Cardinal Connection

Duncan Creek Elementary

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AUGUST 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at Duncan Creek Elementary! As of August 18th, we are beginning the year with an enrollment of 1,118 students. We appreciate all the help from our volunteers during the first two weeks of school. We held two successful Curriculum Nights to help parents have a better understanding of the students’ academic day, routines, and teacher expectations.


Our technology retrofit will take place in September. Each regular education, special education and support staff classroom will receive a new teacher laptop, a new printer, teacher voice enhancement system, a projector, a document camera, and two student laptops. We will use school funds to purchase even more student laptops. We are very excited!


The Gwinnett County Board of Education has called for a referendum on continuing the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education for another five years. This E-SPLOST referendum will be on the county’s November 3rd ballot. This 1-cent sales tax will be on all retail sales in Gwinnett County. It is not a property tax. Everyone who makes a purchase in Gwinnett County, including visitors, contributes to the support of local schools. The E-SPLOST is not a new or additional tax but an extension of the one-percent tax already being collected on sales. Please take the time to go vote on November 3rd.


We are so fortunate at Duncan Creek Elementary to have such a wonderfully supportive PTA. I look forward to seeing you at our first big event, Night Under the Stars, on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. We thank our PTA for their time and dedication.


The 2015-2016 school year is going to be the best year ever! Thank you for your commitment to team with us to provide the best education for your child.


We are STRONGER TOGETHER!


Sincerely,

Carrie Yougel

Principal

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Meet Duncan Creek Elementary’s

School Counselors

Christy Armstrong

K, 1st, 3rd & 5th

678-714-5833


Jennifer Little

2nd & 4th

678-714-5817

Tues, Wed & Fri


We hope everyone is off to a great start! We have enjoyed getting back in the classroom and seeing both familiar and new faces.


As School Counselors we:

  • Meet individually with children

  • Conduct small group counseling sessions

  • Consult with parents in private conferences about their child

  • Consult with teachers

  • Provide information on community resources for families

  • Work to remove barriers that impact academic success

  • Teach regular classroom guidance in classrooms


Classroom Lessons:

  • Peer relations

  • Career awareness

  • Study skills

  • Decision making

  • Self-esteem

  • Personal safety

  • Cooperation

  • Bully prevention

  • Respecting individual differences


In Individual Counseling we:

  • Help children cope with difficult and/or unchangeable life events

  • Help children recognize and make use of their potential

  • Give children the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns

  • Develop problem solving ability

  • Teach decision making skills

  • Help build self-esteem and confidence


We are available to work with parents on the following topics and issues to help children be more successful at school:

  • Study Skills (organization, testing tips, etc.)

  • Family Changes (moving, death, divorce, separation)

  • Stress and Perfectionism

  • Attendance

  • Parenting

  • Classroom behavior

  • Peer relations

  • Responsibility


If we can assist you and your child in any way, please contact your child’s Counselor. We are always happy to help!

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PTA News

Your DCES PTA has many activities planned throughout the year! Please check the school calendar and PTA webpage (located on the MYDUNCANCREEK.COM website, the PTA tab) for information and forms for any upcoming events.


* NIGHT UNDER THE STARS --- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 6-8PM

Plan to join your child’s classmates, teachers and parents for a night of outdoor fun at Duncan Creek!!

Check your Friday folders for more information, as well as meal order forms. Pre-order Zaxby’s meal forms can be found on the PTA webpage as well.

****New location – FRONT of building****


* ROCKET READERS! Help launch young readers at DCES by becoming a reading buddy for Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade students. Requires one hour per week on a day and time of your choice. Training and materials provided. Contact: Denise Mann dmm.mann@gmail.com to volunteer!


*REFLECTIONS ---Your child can showcase many of their talents through this free program. Deadlines for entries are SEPTEMBER 18th. Entry forms, information and a link to the entry guidelines can be found on the PTA webpage.

***Order forms for the following can be found on the PTA webpage***


*YEARBOOKS – Price is $25.00. Link to upload photos will be available soon on the PTA webpage.


*SPIRIT WEAR – The final “Back to School” Spirit Wear order will be placed on September 11th. Get your child a 2015-16 Spirit Wear shirt today before they are gone!

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