Panther Press

New Prospect Elementary School Newsletter

May 11, 2021

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I truly can't believe that the school year is coming to an end. I am really going to miss this 5th grade class!

We are so excited to be planning some great events for the next two weeks, of course with safety procedures still at the forefront of our minds.

For STEAM Day, nothing will be out of the ordinary. Students will be staying with their classes, wearing masks and social distancing. No volunteers will be allowed at STEAM Day....but we want to give the PTA a HUGE thank you for buying and organizing our supplies!

For Field Day, some of the ways we are keeping kids safe include: sanitizing equipment between each class, keeping classes separated, and using new equipment between each class if possible. We are spreading out the stations to accommodate COVID requirements to allow at least 6ft apart from the class they are competing against at each station. We are not having any school wide gatherings during Field Day. There will be no school wide tug of war nor will there be any closing ceremony gatherings. Volunteers will only be outside per Dr. Looney's requirement.

Our Family Movie Night will all be outside and families will be encouraged to stay 6 feet apart and wear masks.

All of our 5th Grade celebrations will follow the same pattern!

Looking forward to all the fun that will be had over the next two weeks!

Thanks for your never ending support!

Amy Lemons


Fulton County Schools values the experience and feedback of our families. This survey is designed to learn more about your experience as a parent/guardian of a FCS student. We plan to use your feedback to create plans for strategic improvements in the areas that are shown to be of greatest need.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your input is valuable to us.

Upcoming Dates-Please Note

May 12-14th-Book Fair (see below)

May 11th- Belen de La Cruz Spirit Day

May 18th-STEAM Day

May 18th-Willy's Medicana Grill Spirit Night (To Go Orders)

May 20th--Field Day

May 21st -Screen on the Green Movie Night at New Prospect *$25 per family; Pay here:

May 24th- Andy's Frozen Custard Spirit Night 6-8pm

May 26th- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00am

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i Ready Diagnostic Assessment Results-Coming Home May 20th

We are working on doing a better job of communicating the great work the teachers do with your child's instructional data. Up until now, we have not sent home iReady results because this is something the teachers use to drive their instruction. Several parents have shared that they want to be a partner in this work. We are excited to continue this work next school year.

The intent of i-Ready Diagnostics is to help identify specific skills each student needs to develop, identify each student’s areas of strength, and measure academic growth through the school year.

Students at NPE are in the process of completing their Spring i-Ready diagnostics, and we would like to share their growth with you using the family reports. We are proud of how hard they have worked and the growth they are showing on these long and difficult assessments. Teachers will send home hard copies of your student’s math and reading scores from this year by Friday 5/20. Please use this opportunity to highlight areas that students have improved in- despite the unusual circumstances we have been through this year. Teachers are using the information in these reports to target skills that students need more help with- so your job as parents is to celebrate your student’s growth! For more information on reading i-

Reading results visit

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Book Fair is HERE!

Book Fair May 10-14-

Book fair is here! Please set up an eWallet with a spending limit for your student!

Your students’ purchases will be charged using this account and you will not be charged for any unused funds. It is a safe easy way for students to make purchases without needing to send in cash or have change sent back home. If you prefer to send cash or check, please label the payment in an envelope with your child’s order the week of May 10th… all orders will be delivered to students based on the returned wish lists or notes from families.

Look for the wish lists to come home Monday or Tuesday May 10th or 11th and please send all orders back the next day… our fair ends Friday, May 14th!

If you have a remote learner at home and want to come in with your child after school to preview the fair, please make an appointment here:

Reminders about Library Books

Families will continue receiving emailed overdue notices each Tuesday.

May 17- Last day for book check-outs from Media Center

May 19- all library books are due to Media Center

May 21- Notices sent home to families for payment of lost/damaged library books

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Summer Reading List

The Fulton County Schools Summer Reading List is available here

In order to give more students access to books this summer, we will feature materials that are available on our online ebook platform, SORA, for the Elementary Chapter, Middle and High School summer reading lists.

We encourage students to explore these optional book selections below chosen by our Media Services Department so that they might benefit in the joy of reading over the summer.


Download the free SORA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store onto your mobile device. Open SORA and search for "Fulton County Schools". Sign in using your FCS username and password.


Sign into Classlink with your FCS username and password.

Click on the SORA icon.

Happy Reading!!

Sandi H. Dennis, METI

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Federal Program Development Survey

The Federal Programs Department is requesting parent, community, and staff input into how we spend our federal grant funds (Title I, II, III, IV, and IDEA) and our District Parent and Family Engagement Plan.

Please review the PowerPoint Presentation: Fulton_SCLIP_3.2021 (002).pptx and click this link to provide feedback.

Your input is essential, and we value your feedback.

Thank you!

Fulton County Schools

Tips to Help Students (and Parents) During Testing

What can I do to help my student?

Students who are prepared, calm, and rested perform better on tests. Here are some of the many ways to help your student approach Georgia Milestones in a relaxed, positive way: • Encourage your student to use their test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing work. • Explain the purpose of the tests. The assessments give students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. They also give teachers information that helps them plan instruction. • Point out that some items may be more difficult than others. • Be certain your student gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast and lunch. Taking tests is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy. • Be certain your student is at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the tests. • Remember to ask your student about the testing at the end of each day.

For more information, visit

Does your child want to be on Safety Patrol?

Rising 5th graders are able to apply for Safety Patrol for next year! Applications are due to homeroom teachers by 4/29.

Please contact Christina McLeod with any questions @

From Your CST Ms. Z

Continuous Achievement Screening

Hello Parents,

Now that we are at the end of the school year I will be screening ALL students in grades K-5 to determine their appropriate placement for the 2021-22 school year in both Reading/ELA and Math. If your child is eligible for a change of placement, either to be moved up to an advanced/accelerated level or down, then you will receive an email from me by May 25th notifying you of our suggested change. If your child is recommended to remain at their current placement, no action is needed and they will be placed to continue on their path.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this process!

~Diana Zarzour

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Student COVID-19 Report Portal Updates

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 for Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. 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.
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Have Feedback that you want heard?

Each month the School Governance Council meets to discuss and plan to make NPE the best school around. If you would like to submit feedback to the Council to add to their planning and discussion, please submit that feedback below.

Congratulations to our March Panther Pride Winners

Mrs. Childs' 5th Grade Class (Water House)- Top left

Mrs. Alterman's 4th Grade Class (Fire House)-Top middle

Mrs. Slimming 2nd Grade Class (Earth House)-Top right

Ms. Todd's 1st Grade class (Air House)- Overall Winner-Below

Please ask your child about our end of the year House Competition!