Crabapple Crossing Elementary

Principal's Newsletter

March 31, 2017

Dr. Rachel Williams, Principal

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Can you believe we made it to Spring Break? Our students and staff are so excited to have a week off to enjoy a vacation or staycation. Our teachers had an exciting week with our Teacher’s College staff developer from Columbia University in New York. Lisa was here Monday through Friday modeling in three classrooms. Special thanks to the students in Mrs. Hinds, Mrs. O’Connor, and Mrs. Nelson’s classes for allowing us to practice teaching and learning with them in action.

I want to congratulate the following parents who were elected to our School Governance Council this week, Curtis Martin and Meg Ricketts. Also, I want to congratulate our teacher who was elected, Mrs. Beth Nation. We cannot wait to begin working with our new teammates. Principal appointees will be named soon. Keep an eye out!

This week I met with our school leadership team. A few concerns arose from multiple grade levels so I wanted to send you all two important reminders:

*We have had a trend recently of sodas and other sugary drinks being brought into the building by students. Water is the only liquid allowed in a water bottle and students are allowed to refill them throughout the day. Sodas are not allowed. If you have any questions, please refer to the parent handbook on page 30, “SNACKS”.

*Also, recently parents have been sending transportation changes in emails. Please refer to page 32 in the parent handbook, “TRANSPORTATION CHANGES.” We ask that these be in writing and come in the morning. Our office makes copies and alerts all staff involved. Additionally, teachers often times do not check email once the school day begins. Please do not send changes via email. We cannot make any promises a teacher will receive it while working, as often times they have meetings even during their planning time.

I hope you have a relaxing Spring Break. When we return we will continue full speed ahead. Learning does not stop until the last day of school and I am a firm believer in that. When I took staff to NYC a few weeks ago, Lucy Calkins talked about the sadness of counting down the days until summer. What kind of message does that send to children? It makes them feel like we cannot wait for them to leave. I make a commitment to you that countdowns will not occur at CCES. Each day we have your child in school is a gift and it is our full responsibility to engage them with learning that is fun and innovative while showing them how much we care about them as an individual.

Spring Dress Code Reminders

The weather is getting hot outside and Spring has arrived. Recently, we have had several dress code violations. Our female students are wearing shorts that are too short according to our policy in the parent handbook. Many teachers have commented; therefore, I felt it was only appropriate to address the issue this week in my newsletter. Please adhere to the rule of ,“Shorts must be worn to the child’s middle fingertip length.” Students should be dressed for school with good taste and not cause a disruption to the educational program. Again, more details can be found in the parent handbook, page 23. Thanks for your help. In the event a dress code violation occurs, we will check the nurse’s office for an alternative outfit or make a phone call home.

April Literacy Lunch & Learn

Wondering what the writing process looks like? Or do you have questions about how writing is taught in your child's classroom? Join Crabapple Crossing's Literacy Coach, Sarah Jones on April 12th from 11 - 12 for a discussion around the Writing Workshop model. Bring your lunch if you would like and meet in the book room. Hope to see you all there!

Sarah Jane Jones
Literacy Coach
Crabapple Crossing Elementary

Georgia Milestones Testing Schedule

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No Visitors or Volunteers During Testing

Please remember that no lunch visitors or volunteers will be allowed in the building from April 13th - April 27th. Together, we want to provide the most quiet and stress free environment for our students as they take the Georgia Milestones test.

Thank you for your understanding.

Parents of Students with IEPS – Parent Survey

Please CLICK HERE if you are the parent of a student with a disability who has an IEP. You will be directed to a 10 question survey which will take less than 5 minutes to complete. The Fulton County Schools Special Education Department and Parent Mentors appreciate your feedback so that we can continue to improve programming for students and support for parents.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our SEC Parent Mentors:

Patti Grayson for North Fulton –

Sabrinia Gresham for South Fulton –

Kindergarten/New Student Registration for Fall 2017

K/New Registration for FALL 2017


Wednesday, May 3rd (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Thursday, May 4th (8:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Note: No student may register unless all required documents are in hand.

Paperwork required for Kindergarten Students

If your child will not have all the materials required (because they have a summer birthday),

Registration will continue all summer long.

If you cannot register right away, help us plan for your child.

Send an e-mail to with your child's name and grade.

See our website in May for summer registration hours.


Please allow us a full 24 hours to place your student.

Paperwork required for New Students

Questions concerning registration?


Upcoming Events

4/3-7 Spring Break - No School

4/13-4/27 Georgia Milestones

4/18 Katie Reeves' Community Meeting, 9:30 am, Hopewell MS

4/19 Katha Stuart's Community Meeting, 6:30 pm, Roswell HS

4/21 Walk to School Day

4/22 Colts Cup and Hands On CCE

4/28 PTO Meeting, 10:30 am