Simonton Parent Newsletter

Friday, August 6, 2021

Every Student, Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, & Excel!

Message From Ms. Perkins

What a great start to our new school year. This week we welcomed our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students. We can't wait to see our 4th and 5th grade students on Monday, August 9, 2021.


Supply materials have been prepared for the Simonton ES students who will remain digital learners for this school year. Please stop by the front office to pick up materials.


The official deadline to request for your student to be a digital learner for this school year was August 2, 2021. The district will no longer accept requests.


We will be holding curriculum night soon. Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 19, 2021 for Pre-2nd grade and Thursday, August 26, 2021, for 3rd - 5th grade. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know your child's teacher, the classroom routines and receive more information about the curriculum. Hope to see you here!


Have a great weekend!

Some pictures from around the school:

2021-2022 Student Handbook

ATTENDANCE Policy

Learning hours are from 8:15 to 2:45 pm daily. Children arriving after 8:15 am are considered tardy. Frequent tardiness and early checkouts negatively impact a students’ academic performance.


State law requires that students attend school 180 days per year. Since most subjects are taught in sequence, regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Students are excused for the following absences: 1) personal illness 2) a death or serious illness in the immediate family; 3) religious holidays; 4) court orders and 5) Conditions which render school attendance impossible or hazardous to health and safety. For each absentee, a written excuse explaining the absence must be brought to school on the first day following the absence. By law, parents will be notified if their child misses more than 5 days of school. The state of Georgia considers 10 absences or tardies to be excessive. Parents of children with excessive absences or tardies can be reported to local and state agencies, which will result in meeting with the Student Attendance Review Committee (SARC).

Bus Transportation Information – Parent Portal

  • Transportation information is available in the Parent Portal under ParentVUE on the Student Info tab as in the past.

  • There is a new link in the Parent Portal under Transportation that gives direction on how to find the bus information for your student.

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Parents using the ParentVUE mobile app can click Student Info and then Additional Information link at the bottom of the Student Info screen to see the bus information.

HUGE SHOUT-OUT!!

A huge THANK YOU goes to SRO Darin Mitchem with the BLUE CARES program and Nicole Tomlinson with GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program for their generous donation of sneakers for our students in need. We truly appreciate you!
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Student Devices

All grade levels will return for in-person instruction on Monday, August 9th. If you checked out a Chromebook for the first few days of school while we had our staggered start, please remember to bring it back to school. They can turn them into the Media Center in the morning when they return!

Supplies for Digital Students

Supplies have been prepared for students who will be digital learners this school year. Please stop in the Simonton ES front office Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 - 2:00 pm to pick up your student's supplies.

Curriculum Night

Thursday, August 19, 2021

ESOL Parent Meeting ~ 5:00 pm

Curriculum Night (Pre-K - 2nd Grade) ~ 5:30 pm


Thursday, August 26, 2021

FOCUS Parent Meeting ~ 5:00 pm

PTA General Meeting ~ 5:30 pm

Curriculum Night (3rd - 5th Grade) ~ 5:45 pm

Community Event ~ Kids Zone

The American Chemical Society Kids Zone (Presidential Outreach Event, ACS Fall 2021, Theme: Chemists Catalyze Change) will be on Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET at Georgia Aquarium, Oceans Ballroom Entrance, Atlanta, GA. This free event includes free admission to the Georgia Aquarium.


Register for the event and more info at

www.acs.org/kidszone


Please register for a 1 hour slot. Mrs. Aseltine, our STEM specials teacher, will be going during the 1-2pm slot.

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Reminders:

STUDENT PASSWORDS

All student passwords have been set to reflect their birthdays (MMDDYYYY).

If a student receives the error message “account can not be verified” they have not entered the correct birthdate password.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS

The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. If you received this service last year, and you feel you still qualify, you must complete an application again this year.


Free and Reduced Lunch Application

https://www.nlappscloud.com/Welcome.aspx?api=78f8fee54716f21218e523747d37a13c


Frequently Asked Questions about free and reduced lunch

https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/29666

Join the Simonton ES PTA

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Simonton Elementary ~ What we stand for

Vision

Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.


Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


Commitments

  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent- Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen


Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Tifferney Dodd

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Emily Young