Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

March 22, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

3/22, 3/23 and 3/24 Remote Learning Days for ALL students

3/24 - 3/31 SGC Elections

3/29 School Governance Council Meeting 3:00 pm

3/29 - 4/2 Staff Appreciation Week

3/31 and 4/1 Spring Registration days for students new to Fulton County for Fall 2021

4/5 - 4/9 - Spring Break (school closed)

4/12, 4/13 and 4/14 Remote Learning for ALL students

4/15 Students return to school for face-to-face learning.

Remote Learning Days for ALL Abbotts Hill Students March 22-24

The Fulton County School System is working with the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) to provide the opportunity for school system staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. For the district to efficiently accommodate all employees through the vaccination process, elementary schools will be remote on March 22, 23 and 24.

Updates From Dr. Stabler

March 22, 23, & 24: Universal Remote Learning Days


Universal Remote Learning Days

All FCS elementary schools will be in Universal Remote Learning on Monday, March 22 – Wednesday, March 24 to support the district’s efforts to provide vaccination opportunities for all school personnel. Teachers will be posting additional details in their messages. We look forward to “seeing” everyone on TEAMS.

UPDATE: Originally, ALL students were going to be in Universal Remote Learning the week following Spring Break. At Thursday night’s board meeting, the district revised the plan to match the vaccine appointments for school personnel. Students will now be in Universal Remote Learning for Monday, April 12-Wednesday, April 14. We look forward to seeing students back in the building for face-to-face learning on Thursday, April 15. Please click here for more information.


In-Progress Report Cards

Student In-Progress Report Cards are now available on the Parent and Student Portals. For instructions on how to access your child’s Quarter 3 In-Progress Report, please click here. The In-Progress Report is a snapshot of the student’s grades currently in the semester. The grades will continue to average until the completion of the semester, at which time students will receive their final report card. The In-Progress Report will look very similar to the standard report card. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.


Spring Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

Spring Registration will be held on March 31-April 1 for NEW students (Kindergarten through 5th grade) who will be joining us at Abbotts Hill in August. Registration will be conducted all online. If your child is currently enrolled at Abbotts Hill, there are no actions needed for enrollment for next school year. If you know of any families new to the area or meet a new family over the summer, please encourage them to enroll as soon as possible! For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.


Meal Kits for Face-to-Face Students (April 5-9)

To ensure children have access to essential nutrition over Spring Break, April 5-9, Fulton County School Nutrition is providing FREE Meals to students at our school. Your student’s meal kit will contain 10 meals, 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, to be enjoyed on the days that students are out of school. These meals are FREE for all face-to-face students. Meals will be distributed through our Bus Lane on Thursday, April 1 from 8:30- 9:30AM. Look for a form to come home with your face-to-face student on Thursday, March 25th. This form is due back on Friday, March 26th.


Georgia Milestones

We have frequently been asked the following question: If my child does not take Georgia Milestones, will there be any impact on my child’s grades, placement, and/or ability to be promoted to the next grade level? Answer: Georgia Milestones is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards. We are offering, and highly encourage, this testing opportunity for all students; however, there are no repercussions or consequences if your child does not participate. If you refuse testing, it will have no impact on end-of-year grades or next year, as it relates to promotion and retention. Please see below for the district assessment schedule for face-to-face testing during the normal school day:


K-2 Textbook Adoption

Our district is in the final phases of adopting a new textbook series for Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The textbook options have been narrowed to two resources: Benchmark Workshop and Wonders. There will be an extended public review of the materials at each school. Parents and teachers are invited to review the two resources and complete the electronic survey located on the district website. Materials for the two textbook series will be set up in the front entryway of Abbotts Hill Elementary for public review through March 26. The selection of the textbook resource will be recommended to the FCS school board in April, with a final decision made in May. For additional details, please click here.


Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Information Site

The FCS COVID-19 site provides updates regarding resources, cases, positive trend rates, and pediatric reports. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Fulton County, please click here to access the site.


Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Reporting Site

The Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools have developed an on-line portal for FCS parents/guardians to report student COVID-19 related cases. The portal has been updated to include Spanish, Korean, and Chinese language options. FCS parent/guardians will find a dropdown at the top right for translations. Please make a report to the FCBOH when your student is COVID-19 positive, has a pending COVID-19 test result, or has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Also, please use this resource for official reporting rather than alerting the school and/or teacher. If you must engage the school/teacher, please do so after you have made an official report to the FCBOH. Lastly, to ensure the protection of our school community, please do not allow your child to attend school or school-sponsored events when he/she is ill and/or has any of the above COVID-19 concerns. Please click here for more details and consider posting this document in a visible location, i.e. the refrigerator, for easy access. www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID.

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Curriculum Corner by Mrs. Truesdale

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2020-2021 Assessment Guides for the Georgia Milestones. The guides provide practice questions in the same format as Milestones for Reading/Language Arts and Math. For 5th Grade, they also have Science and Social Studies guides for practice. Please use the links below to access those guides for practice.


2020-2021 Georgia Milestones Assessment System study guides

3rd Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

4th Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

5th Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents


GMAS resources

Parents the links below will allow your child to practice for the GMAS. Other links included are helpful information for parents to read and assist in preparing your child for GMAS.

Education Galaxy

Lumos Learning

Edulastic

Follow the link below to access the Kidspot article “9 Tips to Help Kids Prepare for Tests”.

Article: "9 Tips to Help Kids Prepare for Tests"


Student Success Skills

Focus- Social Emotional Learning- Wants and Needs

Some things in life are things that we want like we might want to watch a certain movie or we might want to hang out with a certain person in our life. Some things are needs and we all have them like going to the bathroom, eating, drinking water, and sleep. Understanding our wants and needs and understanding that wants are different from needs is important for our independence, self-advocacy, and self-knowledge. Knowing how and when to get access to our wants and needs is an important life skill.

Children are learning to ask for things that they want or need appropriately. Students were taught appropriate ways to ask for things such as getting the person’s attention, looking at the person, asking nicely, and saying “please”.

Suggested activities with your child:

⋅ When your child wants or needs something at home, remind him/her to ask for it appropriately and review the steps for asking for something the right way.

⋅ When your child says that he/she “needs” something that is actually a want and not a need, remind him/her to say that he/she “wants” that not “needs” that.

Class Placement Letter

Class Placement Letter (see attached)

Attention Parents, If your child has special needs such as separate students, consider family or personal challenges or sever allergies please complete this form and return it to Dr. Stabler no later than April 2, 2021.

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Click on the attachment below to see all the information you need from The Learning COmmons

News from the Clinic

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PTA News

Staff Appreciation Week: Save the date for Staff Appreciation Week March 29th- April 2nd. Help us show Abbotts Hill staff our appreciation, especially this year. Visit the Sign up Genius to view a list of requested donations. See flyer for more information about the activities planned for our Lights, Camera, Staff Appreciation Week.

Virtual Family Bingo Night: Join us on April 22nd from 7-8pm for a free virtual bingo night. There are a limited number of Bingo cards available. You MUST email liz.lehnertz@gmail.com to reserve your card(s) by April 15th. Make it a pizza and bingo night by ordering from Peace Love & Pizza (Old Miton location) on the same night. Mention Abbotts Hill Elementary when ordering and the school will receive 10% of the night's sales.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Your help is needed in distributing the lunch kits at Abbotts Hill. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Wednesday morning meal distribution is ongoing! Sign up here to volunteer.

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New Student Registration Days for 2021-2022 School Year

New Student Registration

New Student Registration Days for the 2021 – 2022 school year are Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1. Parents are encouraged to use the online enrollment application process to register online at their convenience. If your child is currently enrolled in Pre-K in Fulton County Schools you do not need to register your child.

K – 5 Registration

1. Complete the online registration process https://www.fultonschools.org/enrollment.

2. Email your application number to Alice Lan at lan@fultonschools.org.

If you do not have access to online registration, contact Alice Lan, lan@fultonschools.org to make an appointment for registration.

All documents will be reviewed and verified before completing the registration process.

Required Documentation

1. Certified Proof of Date of Birth (https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/660)

2. Original Social Security Card or Waiver Form (https://school.fultonschools.org/ms/northwestern/Documents/Documents_Forms/Waiver-SocialSecurity.pdf)

3. Current Immunization Record (GA Form 3231) Signed by Doctor

4. Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, Nutrition (GA Form 3300)

5. Government Issued Picture ID

6. Proof of Residency- Required to provide One Current Utility Proof AND One Residence Proof

7. Academic Record (if applicable)

Approved Residence Verification List

· Current utility bill (electric or water)

AND

· Copy of home mortgage payment

· Lease / Renters Agreement

· Current bank statement

· Copy of Section 8 / HUD housing contract

· Copy of home contract

· Homeowner's / Renter's insurance card

· Current paycheck stub

· State driver's license / ID with current address

· Current HOA Bill / Statement

Staff Appreciation Week March 29 - April 2

Hi Parents,

Staff Appreciation Week is quickly approaching Monday, March 29th- Friday, April 2nd. We need your help to make this week special for our STAR AHE STAFF! Please sign up to help out or send in a donation.


2021 Lights, Camera, Appreciation Donation Sign up Genius

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4AAEAF22A6F85-lights


Lights, Camera, Staff Appreciation Weekly Schedule:


MONDAY 3/29 is T-Shirt Day!! Wear your teachers’ favorite color t-shirt or

design a t-shirt to wear to show your teacher they are SUPER STARS!

*Virtual Students post your t-shirt on seesaw for teachers to see.


TUESDAY 3/30 is RED CARPET CARPOOL PARADE- Staff & Students wear

their best Red Carpet Attire for the day & walk in on the Carpool Red

Carpet or Bus Lane Red Carpet. Decorate your car for the parade

with a poster, play fun music, honk your horn, get creative while

being dropped off. Bus students may hold up a small sign in window.

*Virtual students may participate and drive though carpool as well

and just wave and post your best Red Carpet Pose on seesaw.


WEDNESDAY 3/31 Encore Performance Bring flowers for AHE Staff.

*Virtual students may drop off flowers in carpool lane to volunteers;

deliver flowers to front entrance by 8:00am to be delivered, or post

a virtual picture of flowers to teachers and staff.


THURSDAY 4/1 Send Fan Mail to favorite POP STAR Teachers!

(Don't forget specials teachers)

*Virtual Students can post/email Fan Mail to teachers and staff.


FRIDAY 4/2 School-wide PAJAMA DAY!!! Everyone can wear PJ’s

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Meet Our SGC Candidates

The voting window for the SGC Committee will be open from Wednesday, March 24 through Wednesday, March 31.

Please see the candidates statements at 2021 SGC Candidate Statements.


2021 Spring SGC Elections
Frequently Asked Questions

How will parents vote?
Parents will receive a unique link in their email address that is on file with the district. This unique link will allow parents to vote directly for their school candidates.

What if I have a child at multiple schools?
Parents will receive unique links to the same email address based on each student. For example, if you have a child at multiple schools, you will receive one email with a unique link that allows you to vote for each SGC.

What if my spouse and I share the same email address?
You and your spouse will receive one email with two different links for each child's school.

How will teachers vote?
Teachers will receive a link to vote via their FCS district email.

Will there be paper ballots?
We will not provide paper ballots; however, you may contact your school to provide support for updating your email address (or setting up one) for the elections.

What if I don't have an email address on file?
Please contact your school data clerk to provide updated information.

Will the election ballot be translated?
The election ballot will be translated into different language options for parents

Farewell to our AHE marquee

In the coming months roadwork will begin on Abbotts Bridge. The work along the roadway requires that our marquee be demolished. We have been notified that demolition will occur during the week of March 22.

We will have a temporary marquee until after the roadwork is completed. After completion of the roadwork, we will have a new digital marquee!