Bulldog Newsletter

March 5, 2020

Greetings Clairemont CREW:

Exciting times continue at Clairemont Elementary. Staff and students hosted an amazing program, this past Friday, as a culmination of our celebration of Black History Month. We are now preparing for our school wide trip to the Alliance Theater where students will see, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed on March 13, 2020. March is Women's History Month and we will be highlighting the many positive contributions of women to our global society.
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Clairemont Musical

This Spring, Clairemont will have its annual 2nd grade musical! The musical will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 6pm, and Friday, May 1st at 1:15pm for the entire school. Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, we have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in our school. The African savannah will come to life on our stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

In addition to a license to produce the show, The Lion King Experience features a rigorous curriculum designed to introduce our students to a wide range of theatrical skills.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

You can still register for the annual Tour deCatur 5K and one-mile fun run. Decatur’s biggest 5K event is happening this year on Pi Day, 3-14-20! Register today at www.tourdecatur.com! Proceeds from the Tour benefit many of DEF’s initiatives impacting teacher innovation, racial and economic inequity, and student mental health. So you are doing SO much more than running a race. Pick up your numbers and t-shirts the day before the race from noon to 2 pm and from 4-6 pm at the Tour EXPO where students can watch their teachers get “pie-d”! NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: The Tour EXPO is now at Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive. Together we make a difference for #ourkids #ourschools and #ourcommunity in #decaturga

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Clairemont Elementary Yearbook Sale

Yearbooks are on sale, don't miss out on this great collector's item. This memory can be saved for a lifetime. All yearbooks will be in full color and it will only cost $15. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please visit this website using the school's code 17410:

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Nurs Huff-Cox Update

The safety of our students and school community is a priority. We are currently monitoring the situation closely and following the guidance of our partners at the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health, Dekalb Board of Health, and the Dekalb Emergency Management Agency. The most recent information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 can be found in the link below. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Education has a document for schools, Pandemic Planning: Information for Georgia Public School Districts that can be useful in planning for a pandemic event.

At this time, the same recommendations are encouraged to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Current information is available on the homepage of the CSD website and we will continue to update our website as more information is shared from our partners. As with any potential emergency situation, we will follow our safety protocols and communicate with parents through our email, text, and phone system.


Title One Event

Math Game On! Math Day/Night

Thursday, March 19, 2020


Clairemont Elementary

Room #124 at 8:30AM

Wilson School Support Center

PLC at 6:00PM

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes to Schools invites you to participate in the 5th Annual Bike to School Month Poster Contest. The deadline to submit your entry is March 6. Please see the attached flyer and entry form for more information.
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March 23-27, 2020

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Spring Break April 6-10, 2020

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College and Career Week April 20-24, 2020

Speakers needed for Clairemont Career Day!

Clairemont's career day is April 24th from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. The purpose of career day is to expose students to a wide variety of professions. We are looking for presenters with traditional and non-traditional careers. Please use the google link to sign up for career day. Please also forward the sign up link to friends, colleagues and family members that may be able to attend.

Career Day signup: https://forms.gle/i1ivvAKLL9kpqqnGA

If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Pratt, cpratt@csdecatur.net or Mr. Gusta, mgusta@csdecatur.net

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Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey was developed to measure the school climate at your child’s school. Your opinion is very important to us. The survey link is listed here and below. We are asking that all students, parents, and staff complete this survey. Your survey responses are confidential and will be combined with the survey responses of other parents at your child’s school to identify areas in need of improvement. It should only take ten or fifteen minutes to complete the survey. The survey has 24 questions. We encourage all parents to complete this survey because the data is used as a piece of the calculation for our school climate rating score. The answers are anonymous they are reported directly to the Georgia Department of Education. The survey is translated into Spanish for those who need the Spanish version, please select the Spanish version with in the survey. If you don't have internet access at home, then you can come to the school to complete the survey in the media center.Thank you for the support in getting this task done for our school.


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IDEA Parent Survey

The IDEA Parent Survey will be open from January 15, 2020 – May 31, 2020.

The IDEA Parent Survey helps the state to determine parents’ perception of the success of parent engagement between the local school and themselves. The information is gathered as a component of the State Performance Plan, Indicator 8: Percent of parents with a student receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving results for children with disabilities. The data collected is reported in the Annual Performance Report and on the system profile about each system. Each state is required to conduct a parent survey collection process to measure parent/family needs and perceptions.

Georgia’s parent survey is available to all families of students with disabilities. The survey will be administered through an online link and can be found on the websites listed below.

For Technical Assistance with the survey:

Problems with the online survey:

Questions about the Parent Survey:

Families want to answer the survey by phone:

  • Contact the Special Education Help Desk at 404-657-9968.

Questions about Parent Survey Dashboard data:

Contact Linda Castellanos at lcastellanos@doe.k12.ga.us.

Math Club

Join us for Math Club meetings on Fridays 7.30A-7.55A in the Media Center. Our math club is taught by Georgia Tech professor, Vlad Kolesnikov. The club focuses on developing logic by discussing 1-2 grade math competition-style problems, such as these:


We look forward to you joining us!

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PTA Reminders

March 21st 9-3. Community day
March 27th 6-8 pm Talent Show

Please put these on your calendar and we looks forward to seeing everyone there!

Talent Show

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Rehearsals: March 5th and 17th from 2:45-4:30 p.m.