Hilltop Happenings from Dr. Bearden

It's Always a Great Day up on the Hill!

For the week of November 18, 2019

Each week, Hilltop Happenings will be saved and archived on the SHE website under the parent tab: (http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/default.aspx

Follow Summit Hill ES on Twitter: @summithillhusky and Instagram: @summithillesmiltonga

Visit SHE Media Center website to view any of the morning announcements from this year! These are uploaded as soon as the SHE morning newscast concludes and watching is a great way for you to get daily info about SHE.

Summit Hill PTO website is another great source of information for SHE families: SHE PTO or follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/SummitHillPTO/ or Twitter: @summithillpto

News about Fulton County Schools, including weather updates, transportation, and calendars can be accessed at www.fultonschools.org

A Message from Dr. Bearden

Good morning, SHE Families,

I hope that you all had a great week and weekend!! There was a lot going on at SHE during the past week and a bunch of great things coming up! Summit Hill ES is a very special school, where staff, families, and community work together to create the best possible environment for our students! It is my pleasure to serve this community and to love/care for your children each and every day!

#SHEShines: I enjoy this job so much and love sharing activities with you all, which spotlights our students and/or SHE learning environments each week.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for my family, my friends, and a job which I love and enjoy! I am also humbled each day and thankful to work with the Summit Hill staff. Since opening in 1999, SHE has always been a special place for students, teachers, and our families. We are blessed in so many ways. We are a family and a great team for our students. As often as possible, I walk the halls and visit classrooms to experience a variety of high-quality learning environments. Each day, the majority of our teachers and staff give 110% to your children and I do not brag on or thank them enough! The approaching Thanksgiving season reminds me to work harder to let someone know that I am thankful for him or her! A simple compliment, card, or email goes a really long way for those who work so hard and find such joy in teaching/loving children! I hope that you will join me in personally thanking a SHE staff or teacher, who has made a difference for your child some time this week, month, or school year!! Enjoy your week!!

November 11th

Veterans Day, Monday: It was so great seeing all the staff and students, who were wearing red, white, and blue to honor all who serve to protect American freedoms. Mr. Simonton and the special areas teachers created a bulletin board to display the pictures we received for students. Thank you to all who sent pictures as it helped SHE to pay tribute to veterans in our community. FYI: any active duty military and first responders are always welcome to eat lunch at Summit Hill ES on any school day at no charge. Thank you for your service!

November 12th

Principal Chat: Parents, grandparents, staff, and community members learned more about Summit Hill ES and the recently released College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) with Dr. Bearden. Her presentation helped SHE stakeholders to not only understand how the score is calculated, but also how the overall score of 82.0 and a 5-star climate rating is used to guide the instructional work and student support for the SHE staff. Dr. Bearden's Principal Chat presentation was recorded and will posted in next week's HH. Check back for the video.

TAG Presentations (5th Grade): Ms. Howard's and Herrington's TAG students wowed their parents with their projects and live presentations. Thank you to our TAG teachers and students for these "SHE-rrific" presentations.

School Governance Council Meeting: the SGC council welcomed Crabapple Crossing SGC chair, Brad Beckman. Mr. Beckman asked to attend the meeting as he wants to gain experiential knowledge from other northwest Fulton schools with high-quality councils and then bring that back to his SGC council. We were flattered and happy to have him visit. The next SGC meeting is December 10th @ 7 am in the PTO room. Any SHE community member is invited and welcomed to attend

November 13th:

#SHEShines Community Event: Business partners, realtors, and City of Milton leaders, including Mayor Joe Lockwood and City Council Members, Laura Bentley and Peyton Jamison, visited Summit Hill ES to hear and experience how and why SHE Shines. SHE student council members led the visitors on a short tour which spotlighted our staff and students. View SHE Shines Invitation Read SHE Shines Summary

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair is officially underway and students/parents are welcome to attend until the end date of November 21st. Click here for SHE Online Book Orders

Art With Heart Spotlight: Mrs. Refaei's Art with Heart students were commissioned by Milton Mayor Lockwood to paint a portrait to hang in the Milton City Hall. At 3:30, Ms. Refaei, volunteer parents, students, and AP Burns visited the mayor at Milton City Hall and presented him with a beautiful horse and barn portrait, which was a joint student effort. The portrait hung in SHE the week before and is absolutely stunning! As well, Ms. Grant, SHE art teacher, often spotlights student work in the Milton City library. We hope that community members enjoy how SHEShines with artwork hanging in our beautiful Milton library and City Hall!

Bring a Buddy on November 14th & 15th: Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring our Bring a Buddy breakfast. I was attending a conference in Augusta and heard that it was well attended and lots of fun for the students and his/her Buddy. I hope that all, who attended, enjoyed the experience.

#SHEShares November: Nonperishable Food Drive for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC): SHE is so proud of all of you who shared food to make Thanksgiving even more special for families in need. Our community brought in so much food that we had more food than crates to hold the food. At SHE when we Synergize really SHINE! It was a close contest… but the House of Unity won with 17 ½ crates of food for NFCC. The Friendship House was close behind with 16 ½ and the Creators right behind with 16 crates. However, we are all winners when we share with others! Fabulous job SHE students. If you are giving/helping/sharing with others this holiday season, please consider posting your picture(s) using #SHEShares and/or #SHEShines Let's give the Internet and/or social media trending posts which show kids being kind/respectful/helping/sharing/loving/etc. with others...with all!!

Upcoming Events for This Week:

November 19th & 20th: Join FCS Board Members Katie Reeves (9:30 @ WBMS) and Katha Stewart (9:30 @ MPES), respectively, for their community meetings. This is a great way to learn about and be involved in Fulton County Schools district.

November 20th and 21st SHE Thanksgiving Feast: Parents, families, & friends are invited to join us in our annual SHE Thanksgiving Feast. Lunch ticket orders were sent home in Friday Folders and are also available in the front office. If you need an order form, please email your teacher. Click here for more information on the Thanksgiving Feast

That is it for this week! As always, thank you for reading and for your partnership!

Please reach out if you have any questions or anything to share. Take care, Lorrie

Save the Dates! Upcoming Events for SHE (Updated Weekly)

Every Friday is SHES Spirit Day: Wear SHE or House colors;

Tuesday, November 19th: FCS Board member, Katie Reeves, community meeting at Webb Bridge MS at 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 20th: FCS Board member, Katie Reeves, community meeting at Mountain Park ES at 9:30 am.

Thanksgiving Feast: It's time for the SHE Annual Thanksgiving Feast! Ms. Val and her staff are preparing traditional Thanksgiving foods for you to come and share with your child. The cost for an adult lunch is $3.45 and a child's lunch is $2.45. Ms. Val's cafeteria/kitchen has a health rating of 100 and you are in for a Thanksgiving treat!! More Information for Parents

Wednesday, November 20th: Thanksgiving Feast for Grades PK, K, 2, & 4 during child's lunch time in cafeteria. *Book Fair Open to Families

Thursday, November 21st: Thanksgiving Feast for Grades 1st, 3rd, & 5th during child's lunch time in cafeteria. *Book Fair Open to Families

Monday, November 25th thru 29th: Thanksgving Holidays; No School for Staff/Students

Monday, December 23rd thru January 2nd: Winter Holidays; No School for Students/Staff

Friday, January 3rd: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Monday, February 3: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Monday, February 17th: President's Day Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Friday, March 13th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, March 16th: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Tuesday, March 24: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. There will be no school for students due to Georgia Elections Processes.

Monday, April 6th thru 10th: Spring Break Holidays; No School For Students/Staff

Tuesday, April 21st: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. Students will not come to school but participate in a digital learning day. (More details forthcoming)

Tuesday, May 19th: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. Students will not come to school but participate in a digital learning day. (More details forthcoming)

Friday, May 22nd: Last Day of School for Students

Calendar Updated Weekly and Includes all future FCS and/or SHE Calendar Days Off for Students

SHE General Information/SOPs for Families (FAQ)

SHE General Information and Operating Procedures, Which Families Need to Know. We are updating as needed so that you can find the answer to your frequently asked questions.

FCS Board member, Katie Reeves, Community Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 9:30am

4455 Webb Bridge Road

Alpharetta, GA

Please join Board Member Katie Reeves, District 2, for her community meeting.

AGENDA: Please join Board Member Katie Reeves, District 2, for her November Community meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. @ Webb Bridge Middle School. Fulton County Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Director, Susan Baker and Dr. Lorrie Bearden, Principal, Summit Hill Elementary School, will be Mrs. Reeves’ guest speakers.

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org

FCS Board member, Katha Stewart, Community Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 9:30am

11895 Mountain Park Road

Roswell, GA

Please join Board Member Katha Stuart, District 1, for her monthly community meeting.

for more information, see links below:

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org

ATL HAWKS Fulton County Schools Night

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30pm

1 State Farm Drive

Atlanta, GA

CHS Turkey Trot hosted by Boys' Soccer Team

Thursday, Nov. 28th, 7:30am

2845 Bethany Bend

Milton, GA

CHS Turkey Trot

Register at: bit.ly/chsturkeytrot2019

SHE Steam Night for Parents and Kids

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 5-6:30pm

13855 Providence Road

Alpharetta, GA


NEW INFORMATION for This Week's Hilltop Happenings

#SHEShares: SHE students and staff community service opportunities.


Nonperishable Food Drive for North Fulton Family Charities: Students in all 3 Houses are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items. North Fulton Family Charities, located in Roswell, is a member of our community and provides a great deal of needed to support for many of the families in the Roswell, Alpharetta, and Milton Communities! Each year, we participate in their nonperishable food drive as they prepare for the Holidays. If your family is also passionate about community service, I would encourage you to call NFCC and volunteer as a family. There are always jobs available such as: Food Pantry organization, Thrift Shop organization, and Donation organization. Once you make your appointment, there is a quick orientation with NFCC staff, and then an hour (or more) of much needed help to clean, sort, organize, hang, help, etc. Our staff volunteers each year and I hope that your family can spare a few nonperishable items (or time at NFCC) to help out with their busiest season of each year! (more information)

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Parent Information: The Leader in Me

Parents, If you would like more information on our Leader in Me culture at SHES, click this button. There are also resources for parents on this website.

Parent Information: Bus and Carpool

SHE Parents, This link will open information regarding bus and carpool information.

Summit Hill Elementary School Governance Council (SGC)


The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school, staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.
The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative
of the community and the school, but operates under the control and
management of the Board of Education. The Council is responsible for
making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a.) Approve the school strategic plan and updates
b.) Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c.) Manage the Request for Flexibility process
d.) Participate in hiring the principal (in case of a vacancy)
e.) Provide annual feedback on principal performance

SGC meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month @ 7 am in the PTO room. All are welcome to attend. After each meeting, minutes and agenda for the next month will be posted on the SHE website.

If you would like more information about the SGC work and/or meetings, visit our SHE website:. http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/School-Governance-Council-(SGC).aspx

SHE Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Summit Hill Elementary is very lucky to have such a wonderful community and the PTO offers monetary and volunteer support to keep our staff/students equipped with the best learning experiences possible. SHE loves our PTO support!! If you have not already done so, please consider joining the PTO. There are different levels of membership and every membership is vital to the PTO and its work. Find out more about the PTO and how you can join at:

Summit Hill Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization

PTO CoPresidents: Kristen Vasser and Kelly Cravens

SHES Website Links-All In One Place


Below are the links to access SHES websites and/or newsletters.


Kindergarten: https://summithillkindergarten.weebly.com/

1st Grade: https://summithill1stgrade.weebly.com/

2nd Grade: summithill2ndgradeweebly.com

3rd Grade: www.thirdgradeshe.weebly.com

4th Grade: www.she4thgrade.weebly.com

5th Grade: 5th grade Website

SHES Media Center Newsletter:


SHE Talented and Gifted:

Follow us on Twitter: @SummitHillTAG

TAG Website: http: http://shetagoverview.weebly.com/

SHES Advanced Strategies Lab (Ms. Leeson)


SHES Chorus (Ms. Goldfuss, 2018-19 SHE Teacher of the Year:


Follow SHE Chorus on Twitter @HuskyHarmonies