Wolf Creek Weekly
Building Pathways To Success
From The Principal's Desk February 23, 2020
Welcome back to another great week!
What an awesome week we had! Thanks for all of your support. A HUGE shout our to the men that participated in the Real Men Read Day! We had fathers, grandfathers, brothers uncles, Creekside Male Students, community members and the list could go on. It was a great experience for students. Literacy is our BIG focus area and we are going hard for READING!! We hope our grand parents will join us for the Living Legends Day. They are invited to read to our little ones on March 2nd. Let's keep the momentum going. Exposure to reading is the BEST way to encourage reading by our students.
As we are wrapping up our celebration of Black History month this week, don't forget to check Class Dojo for daily events. Tomorrow, we are representing by honoring the life of Kobe Bryant by sporting purple and gold or his team paraphernalia. Our Black History programs will be held on Tuesday and Thursday. Both programs will begin at 9:00 AM. We also will be featuring our Student Historical figures Wax Museum during our program windows. We would love for you to stop by and visit.
Parents, you ROCK!! We have 265 Parent Climate Surveys completed! Only 35 away from our 2020 SY goal of 300!!!! This is a significant increase from last week. Keep them coming. Every voice counts. Let's highlight our GREAT school. This is your school and your community. We want to continue the great things happenings here at Wolf creek. See below for more information regarding the School Climate Surveys.
Boosterthon Update: Thanks for your outstanding contributions for our Annual Boosterthon Fun Run event. Totals as of 2/19/2020:
We have collected $27, 201.75 of $31,840.70
Here are the top 3 classes and students based on funds collected:
1. Jahleel Lilly 1st grade Everett $833
2. Kadence Dennis 1st grade McFadden $745
3. Carrington Townsend 4th grade Watson $ 738.45
1. Mrs. Everett 1st grade $2859.50
2. Mrs. Lewis 3rd grade $2417.88
3. Mrs. McFadden 1st grade $1853.80
We still have about 100 students with outstanding pledges. Please send in the remaining funds. Final awards and prizes will be announced based on funds collected after the collection period has ended.
As you know, we also support our PBIS initiative with our PACK principles! They tie in seamlessly with the 7 Habits. Every day students will recite the Wolf PACK Creed. See the parent and student handbook online and in the front of your child's agenda.
We are a Leader In Me school! This month's focus is Habit #5 - Seek First To Understand Than To Be Understood. See more information on Habit #5 in this newsletter. Staff, students and stakeholders will be engaging in the principles of the 7 Habits of successful people this year. See the 7 Habits Tree picture below.
For more information see: http://www.theleaderinme.org/ . We are excited about teaching 21st century leadership and life skills to students, staff and stakeholders and creating a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
Safety First! Parents, we need your help! We have cones and barricades in place to help us with our car rider lane, bus ramp and parking lot. We ask that everyone please adhere to set up and proceed with caution when driving on campus. Last week we encountered a few traffic violations that could have caused an accident. Your patience and caution is imperative. While we do understand that the morning time can be a bit hectic with trying to get to our respective jobs and appointments, we ask for consideration when driving on campus. We're replacing cones and adding additional signage in the near future in hopes that this will add another layer of safety. Please do not move emergency cones or barricades. Also, be mindful that replacement of cones is costly, as we have several that have been damaged from cars running over them.
Students should be dropped off in the Car Rider Lane in front of the building. Drop off in the bus lane is prohibited. Please do not drop your child off at the top of the parking lot/bus ramp and have them walk down to the entrance. This is a safety concern. Parents are asked to use the parking lot near the bus lanes to escort students into the building only. Please do not drop students off in this area. It is also imperative that students are not dropped off alone before 7:10 AM. We have had a few students waiting alone prior to 7:10 AM. We are aware that our assigned police officers may have been absent from a few of our posts. We are working on replacements when made aware of their absences. Let's all pitch in and lend a hand. Be careful and look out for each other during drop off and pick up.
If we have parent volunteers available for morning duty in our parking lots and car rider lanes, we would greatly appreciate your support. Your may contact Ms. sims, Parent Liaison @ email@example.com or Mrs. Canty, Assistant Principal @ firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to support. The more hands on deck, the better. Morning duty begins at 7:10 AM and ends at 7:40 AM.
We are a uniform school. Students looked great in their uniforms today. Let's keep it up! We are encouraging our 4th and 5th graders to LEAD the way. Our 5th graders are the "seniors" in the building and we want them to be positive role models for the student body.
Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.
We are looking forward to a great week!
Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!
WCES school website: https://www.fultonschools.org/wolfcreekes
Georgia Milestones - Coming Soon
Georgia Milestones Dates
April 16th - April 24th - 3rd and 5th Grades
May 4th - May 8th 4th Grade ONLY
3rd - 5th grade parents - Check out the resources and more information regarding the April Georgia Milestones session.
Georgia Schools Climate Survey
Parents, the 2019-20 Georgia Parent Survey is open for this school year. The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, you may use computers at the school. Please visit our Parent Resource Center.
Last year we reached our goal of 200 completed surveys! This was an increase from 2018-19. Let's reach 300+ this year. I know we can do it! Thanks in advance for your completion.
Be reminded, that this rating is open to the public and helps to establish the overall climate rating for our school and our local community. These survey results often "paint the picture" of our residential areas and impact the story for prospective home owners. We want to ensure that we are supporting our school in the most positive way. As shared in our results from last year, we had an awesome 2018-19 school year and want to do even better this year! We are just .80 points away from 4 STARS. If there are specific school concerns, we ask that you contact the school directly and allow the school to address those concerns locally. Copies of the 2018-19 results are available in our Parent Resource Center.
All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.
For more information on school climate ratings:
Mark Your Calendars!
Please see the school calendar on our school website here:
***Check with your child's teacher for more information regarding field trips. Volunteers and parents attending field trips should complete the Volunteer online process for Fulton County prior to the field trips.
Book Drive - Please consider donating a barely used or new book to the school.
WCES Literacy Corner
Did you know that increasing literacy is one of our BIG rocks at Wolf Creek? Lexile scores are important. Ask your child's teacher how you can help at home with increasing your child's score.
Check out these fun and exciting games for kids at home!
Digital Learning Days 2019-2020
REMINDER: FC BOE has recently approved several Digital Learning Days this year. Please mark your calendars. See the news release here:
At its work session last night, the Fulton County School Board approved making April 21, 2020, and May 19, 2020, "Digital Learning Days" for students while maintaining them as regular work days for employees. A Digital Learning Day is an opportunity for students to engage in off-site learning instead of attending school.
Since April 21 and May 19 are state-wide election days, there is high-volume participation of the public at polling stations located in our schools, and this increases the potential for security concerns. By utilizing digital learning activities, students will be able to maintain their focus on instruction even though they are not on campus. This also allows staff the opportunity to participate in high-quality professional development to deepen their knowledge and skills.
Here is a summary of the recent calendar adjustments:
- March 13, 2020 remains a teacher workday.
- March 24, 2020 (GA Presidential primary election) will be a teacher workday.
- April 21, 2020 (state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.
- May 19, 2020 (state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News
It's election time!
We are looking for people who are interested in being part of the 20/21 PTA Board. All positions are open. Nominations will begin in March. If you have questions or would like to sit down and talk one on one please reach out via email at email@example.com .
Volunteers needed for all upcoming events! Please contact PTA!
- March General Body Meeting - March 24, 2020, 6PM
- Virtual April General Body Meeting – via Facebook Live - April 21, 2020, 7PM
- Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4-8, 2020
- May General Body Meeting + Elections - May 12, 2020, 6PM
Follow us: Instagram @wolfcreekpta and Facebook @wolfcreekelementarypta
and let the team know.
Leader In Me Habit #5 Seek First to Understand Than to Be Understood
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Listen Before you Talk
Seek First to Understand means to listen to how other people feel before sharing your thoughts. This is one of the hardest habits to master, but it's also one of the most important. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting our point across, that we completely ignore the other person.
HOW CAN I SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND IN MY LIFE?
- Listen with your eyes, ears, and heart. -Try to make eye contact when someone is talking to show them that you're paying attention. Use your ears to hear what they have to say and how they feel. Lastly, use your heart to empathize with them and care about what they are sharing with you.
- Repeat back what you hear. -To make sure you really understand, repeat what the other person said.
- Help friends when you see them having a misunderstanding. -Help them take turns explaining their sides of the story. Remind the other person that it is not their turn to talk yet. After they listen to the other person, they'll get their chance to share their feelings. When that time comes, make sure the one who already shared listens to other as well.
WHAT BOOKS CAN HELP ME LEARN ABOUT SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND?
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- Veronica Knows Best by Nancy Robinson
Title 1 News
Only less than 40 left to complete and submit! Way to go parents! Our Parent and Family Engagement Plan Plan and School Home Compact have been sent home soon. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school Our goal is 100% compacts signed. We have been 100% each year. Let's do it again!
We have great resources for parents to be used at home. Don't forget to visit the Parent Resource Room. See Ms. Sims for more information.
See more information regarding Title 1 at : http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/acd/supportserv/TitleI/Pages/default.aspx
Thanks for your support.
Thanks for your support! It is important that everyone adhere to sign in and out procedures, volunteer procedures and procedures for receiving a visitor badge daily. When buzzing into the school, be prepared for additional safety questions regrading your visit before entering the building.
***Please note: entry through the cafeteria during dismissal still requires parents to report to the front desk for sign in.
Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students. Remember to bring in your state ID or license when visiting the building. All visitors will be asked to sign at the front desk. Instruction begins at 7:40 each day. Parents are asked to say their goodbyes and exit timely so that we may begin the instructional day.
We still need your patience and support as we execute the morning drop off process. The cafeteria doors close at 7:35 AM each morning. Breakfast ends at that time. Students are tardy at 7:41 AM. Parents are asked to sign their children in and get a tardy pass prior to reporting to class. Parents who wish to walk their child to class must also sign in at the front desk.
Dismissal procedures - All parents entering the building for pick up should check out their child through the front desk. Be sure to stop at the front desk and allow the front desk personnel to manage the check out process. Students should be called to the front desk to meet their parents for check out. Students that require extra support will be escorted to the office by school personnel.
Please help us by using the car rider loop in the front of the building for all student drop-offs in the mornings. The car rider loop moves fast but it does require some wait time and patience. This is the safest area for student drop offs. We have assigned staff to support students as they get out of cars. The bus ramp in the back is reserved for buses only. If parents are using the parking lot near the bus ramp area for parking, they are asked to park their vehicles and escort their child into the building. Students should not be dropped off and allowed to run across the bus ramp to enter the building. We want students to be safe. We had a few cars moving fairly fast in this area. This is a safety concern. Remember, the doors open at 7:10 AM for student arrival. Thanks in advance for your support. If we have parents that can volunteer in the bus ramp area, please let us know. We could use the extra hands and eyes to ensure safety for the students.
Thanks for your support!
Our School Day Start/End Times
Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.
Wolf Creek Elementary School
Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.
Dionne C, Glass, Principal
A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal