Findley Flyer 10/7/21


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Dear Findley Families,

It's hard to believe that we are half way through the first semester. It has been a busy school year so far and I have enjoyed visiting classrooms and seeing the wonderful learning and teaching taking place.

October is an exciting month with our Findley Oaks Fun Run coming up on October 22. This is our PTA's largest fundraiser with a fundraising goal of $20,000. We can do it!

Don't forget that that there is no school for students on October 11 and 12. Enjoy the long weekend!

Camille Christopher


Fun Run Pep Rally!

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Important Dates

10/11-Holiday (Schools Closed)

10/12-Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

10/13-10/15-MAP Standardized Assessment Math (Grades 2 and 4)

10/18-10/22-National School Bus Safety Week

10/20-Community Night

10/22-Fun Run

10/25-Late Start Day

Georgia PreK Week!

Our PreK classes have been celebrating Georgia PreK Week. The children have enjoyed read alouds from various guest readers including our Zone 6 Superintendent, Tim Corrigan!

Light on Literacy by Debby Sullivan

As the K-2 Literacy Coach, I have had a wonderful time supporting your readers. They are growing and learning because of the work you are doing at home and the work the teachers are doing in school. I hope you have enjoyed exploring Phonemic Awareness with your child these last few weeks. Each pillar of reading is intertwined with the other, the 5 pillars of reading that help children learn how to read are Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. This article will focus on Phonics.

PHONICS helps students match sounds to letters or letter groups. This is a key to decoding new words. Breaking words into sounds and syllables allows young readers to connect words on paper with words they hear and speak every day.

Here are ways to help your child with PHONICS at home.

1. The Reading League, a national education nonprofit led by educators and reading experts just started filming a wonderful series called THE READNG LEAGUE’S READING BUDDIES. You can find it on YouTube or through The characters Dot and Dusty introduce and reinforce phonemic awareness and phonics in cute, fun ways.

2. Read to your child daily. Seeing and hearing words will help your child make connections between the spoken and written word.

3. Turn on closed caption on your TV. Your child will see how the spoken and written word connect.

4. Visit for fun phonics activities you can make and do at home.

5. Purchase a set of magnetic letters and spell words on a prominent place in your home.

Enjoy playing with words and sounds in a relaxed, fun way that will instill the love of reading for your child.

Debby Sullivan

Shining the Light on Literacy for learners to Engage~Connect~Grow

Curriculum Hub for Parents

The Curriculum Hub provides a variety of resources to assist parents in supporting their student's learning in the areas of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies including:

  • A year-at-a-glance for each course with the standards taught in each unit
  • Parent resources to preview or review concepts and skills taught in each unit

Go to to check out this new parent resource!

Be the Voice

We are excited to partner with Be The Voice again this year. This is a student led movement for kindness, compassion, and inclusion.

This program will begin the week of October 18 with the following themes: Be the Voice of Kindness (activities revolving around defusing bullying/cyberbullying), Be the Voice of Inclusion (activities revolving around discrimination and exclusion with activities to inspire change), Be the Voice of Compassion (service to improve student relationships, or benefit the community).

One of the many great things that came out of this program last year, was the Buddy Bench. Last year's student council added the bench to our playground!

For more information visit

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Who do I Contact for Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. The first point of contact will always be your child's teacher.

  • David Applegate- The Instructional Support Teacher (IST) coordinates programs and service delivery for special education students. He coordinates educational testing for students who are referred for special education services. Parents with questions about the special education process should contact the IST for information.
  • Cindy Lamb-The Assistant Principal who oversees student information (Infinite Campus, Parent Portal), grading, standardized testing, discipline.
  • Kate Hernandez-The School Counselor works with school personnel to foster a positive learning environment for children. The counselor assists parents in understanding children and in developing positive attitudes, techniques, and strategies essential for constructive child rearing. The counselor assists parents and children in obtaining special school and/or community services and helps conduct the SST and testing programs.
  • Colleen Greathouse-The Curriculum Support Teacher (CST) Parents with questions involving curriculum, class placement, and diagnostic placement assessments are invited to contact the Curriculum Support Teacher for information.

3. If further assistance is still needed, contact the Principal, Camille Christopher.

Math Kangaroo

Registration is now open and available for students in grades 1-5.

Math Kangaroo is an International Competition. Not only has it spread from country to country, but the various countries in which the competition takes place work together each year on choosing the problems for the contest. It also takes place at the same time throughout the world. However, the results are not compared between various countries, and prizes are awarded by the national organizers of the competition.

Registration closes December 15th. The test will be at Findley Oaks Elementary on March 17th, 2022, from 2:30-4:15.

Online Registration Fee: $21.00 For more information Click Here.

For questions, reach out to Sharon Ferguson at

COVID-19 Reporting

  • As a reminder, if your child is sick, please have him or her stay home.

  • All FCS staff and students are required to report a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, a pending COVID-19 test result (regardless of the reason for testing), and a direct contact with person who is COVID-19 positive.

  • FCS student/parents must use the Parent Reporting Portal to make the COVID-19 report.

  • Reporting staff and students must wait for further guidance from the FCS Health Services Team, Talent Department, or public health officials after submitting a report.

  • The FCS COVID-19 Response Team will case investigate all reports in consultation with public health officials. Staff and students are required to cooperate with response team/public health department nurses and respond truthfully to all questions.

  • The district will update positive COVID-19 cases once a week on the FCS website.

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National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest

The American School Bus Council will be administering the 2020-21 National Poster Contest, which aims to select poster that best depicts the Theme: 1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education. More information is provided in the attachment below.

Note that the Georgia Department of Education is asking for entries in February. Please turn in entries in to our art teacher, Pam Cessna, by Friday, February 11.

Findley Oaks PTA News

Spirit Night at Alessio's Pizza

Thursday, October 28 from 4-9PM

Alessio's Pizza & Pasta


To receive fundraising credit, patrons must tell the server that they are purchasing in support of Findley Oaks Elementary School Spirit Night.

Fun Run Information

Hey parents!

We would love for your help with our Fun Run! Below are 2 sign up links. We need mini water bottle donations for our Fun Run day and another to help inside the school to organize prize bags. Please be sure to fill out the volunteer registration form if you help organize our prize bags.

Thank you so much!

-Your Fun Run Committee

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Breakfast and Lunch-Week of 10/11



Pancake and Sausage Griddle

Assorted Cereals


Cherry and Apple Frudals

Raspberry Yogurt with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Bar


Chicken Biscuit

Assorted Cereals



Salisbury Steak with Gravy

Chicken Filet Sandwich

Hummus Bento Box


BBQ Chicken with a Wheat Roll

Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks

Grilled Chicken Chef Salad


Cheese Pizza

Meat Lovers Pizza

Filet of Fish Sandwich

Turkey and Cheese Lunch Box Buddy

Here Comes the Bus

If your child is going to ride the bus this year you will find the "Here Comes the Bus" app useful. "Here Comes the Bus" is a free, easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time. No more worrying about whether your child has missed the bus! Click here for more information:

Change of Dismissal Information

Changing Dismissal Method -- If a student has a need to leave the school in a manner different from his/her normal routine, it will be necessary for the student to bring a “Change of Dismissal” form from the student’s parent/guardian to the classroom teacher. This should be sent prior to the date of need or immediately upon arrival to school the day of the change. Change of Dismissal forms are provided on the Findley Oaks website or can be requested from the classroom teacher at any time. Please remember bus changes will be made on an emergency basis only.

If there is a need to change your child’s dismissal during the school day, please send an email to Emails to the teachers and phone calls will not be accepted. Change of dismissal will not be accepted after 2:00 pm.

Community News

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Mission: Engage. Connect. Grow

Vision: To create a school community of engaged, connected, and growing learners.

Motto: From Tiny Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks