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January 25, 2019

Dates to Know!

JAN 26 - MOTHER-SON EVENT, GLADIATORS HOCKEY GAME

JAN 29 - TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS, 7:10-7:40am (groups); K-3rd during specials

JAN 30 - TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS, 4th-5th, during specials

JAN 31 - LAST DAY OF CLUBS SESSION 4

FEB 1 - HONORING OUR HEROES ESSAY CONTEST DEADLINE

FEB 1 - BOX TOPS DUE

FEB 1 - WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

FEB 2 - BIG CREEK NIGHT/CHORUS PERFORMS AT THE GLADIATORS HOCKEY, 7:35pm

FEB 4 - 22 - READ-A-THON FUNDRAISER

FEB 6 - LITERACY NIGHT, SESSION 1 5:30-5:50pm, SESSION 2 5:55-6:15pm, SESSION 3 6:20-6:40pm

FEB 14 - CLUBS SESSION 5 BEGINS

FEB 23 - TALENT SHOW, 5pm & 7pm

What's for lunch??

MENU FOR WEEK OF JAN. 28

Monday: Popcorn Chicken, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Mini Chicken Sliders, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: Mozzarella- Stuffed Breadsticks with Tomato Soup, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: Mandarin Orange Chicken Bowl, Mattar Paneer, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel


MENU FOR WEEK OF FEB. 4

Monday: Pizza, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: All-American Burger, Mini Chicken Corndogs, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Beef, Chicken), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: All-White Meat Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Ham & Cheese Roll-Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: Mini Cheese Calzones, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel

Birthday Ice Cream Purchases

Just a reminder that this school year, the cost of ice cream increased to $1.10 each. We continue to receive payments for class birthday ice creams at just $1 each. Payment for birthday ice creams (for an entire class), must be paid separately by cash or check made payable to Big Creek Elementary. We are unable to pay for class ice cream from your student's lunch account. Please remember to submit payment at least a day in advance of when you would like birthday ice cream distributed.

Thank you!

School Closure and Delay Information

To ensure the safety of our students and staff FCS has a comprehensive plan that is executed when there is consideration of a school closing or delay due to inclement weather.

The decision to close or delay school is made no later than 5:30 am, and communicated using email, phone, social media, and print/broadcast media. To make sure that you receive all messages, please login to your Parent Portal account and make sure your email and phone numbers are current, and that you have selected the appropriate messaging tool (email, phone, text or inbox) especially for emergency messaging.

More Details on Inclement Weather and School Closings/Delays HERE!

Action Needed! Please Take the Annual Georgia Parent Survey

We need your feedback! It's time for the annual Georgia Parent Survey. Click below for the survey or copy and paste the link into your browser: http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


The data collected from the survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating which is an indicator in our academic accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). More importantly, it helps us to make decisions that positively impact your child's school experience at Big Creek.


You may complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

Box Tops are Due!

February 1st is the deadline to turn in all your Box Tops you collected over the holidays. Our last submission in October we raised $561.20!! It's amazing how fast it adds up, so keep clipping!! Any questions regarding Box Tops please email BoxTops@BigCreekESPTO.com

Do you use Verizon Wireless? If so, please read!!

We recently learned that beginning January 28, Remind 101 users will no longer receive Remind messages as texts if you have Verizon Wireless as your phone carrier.


To make sure you continue receiving Remind messages from Mrs. Webb/Big Creek or from your child's teacher, please either download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge.

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Literacy Night Pizza Dinner

Since this event takes place during dinner time, you have the option of ordering pizza online (whole or by the slice). Please note that the only way to order pizza is through the PTO website prior to the event. No pizza sales will be done at the event. Order pizza here by 7am on February 5.

Big Creek at the Atlanta Gladiators!

It's almost time for Big Creek night at the Atlanta Gladiators game! This is an awesome event to get together with friends and family to watch some hockey, as well as see the Big Creek Chorus perform the National Anthem. A flyer is included below with information about the event, including a link to follow to purchase tickets. A portion of every ticket sold using this link will go back to Big Creek Elementary, so make you use this link purchase your tickets!

We hope to see you all there!

Lost at School

We have a collection of items that have been turned into the office. Please check below and claim these in the office if they are yours. Thanks!
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Get Ready!! It's Almost Time for Read-A-Thon

Big Creek ES PTO proudly announces our 3rd annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser starting February 4th, 2019. Money raised from this fundraiser will help fund STEM purchases for our Wildcat Wonderlab and robotics initiatives including Robotics Morning Lab, Robotics Club and the use of these robotics materials in classrooms. We will have some fun prizes throughout the fundraiser, so be on the lookout for more information. Our goal this year is to raise $30,000 for our school. Please email Fundraiser@BigCreekESPTO.com with any questions. We thank you for your support of our school!

Flu season is here!

Below is a link to the CDC with helpful information about managing the flu.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm


Please refer to the chart below for more information about the difference in symptoms between cold and flu.

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A Few Reminders from Nurse G

Please send extra clothes for your child to keep in their back packs. You never know when milk will spill or a mud puddle will call for splashing in. Even the older students can have a need for a change of clothes.


Forsyth County Policy: The policy states that when a child has a fever (100 degrees or above), vomiting or diarrhea, they must be free of these symptoms for 24 hours without any medications for these symptoms (i.e. Tylenol, Motrin, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, etc.) before they may return to school. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick. This passes germs to everyone else.


No medication should be brought to school with your child. Parents must bring all medications to the clinic- even cough drops. An Administration of Medication Form also is needed for all OTC medications (ie cough drops, Tylenol, etc.). If your child has allergies or a medical condition which requires treatment at school please make sure you complete the forms that were previously sent home. Once completed, please bring those in along with the required medications. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse G.


Cold Weather Clothing: As the weather turns colder, don’t forget those warm coats, hats and gloves. It can be cold at recess on frosty days, so bundle up!

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It's Time for Some Mother/Son Fun

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The last day to get your tickets for the Mother/Son night is Friday January 25th at 11:59PM. We hope to see you there!

Honoring our Heroes Essay Contest

Students are encouraged to write a one page essay about their real life hero. Essays are due February 1, 2019. Please visit the Honoring our Heroes page for more information and to print the application.

This Month on our Voyage Journey!

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Forsyth Wellness Collaborative

Forsyth County has created a new initiative called the Forsyth County Total Wellness Collaborative. The TWC vision is mobilizing the community of Forsyth to support the growth and success of all learners to lead a balanced and successful life. Stay in the know by clicking this link for more Parent Resources or listening to the Total Wellness Collaborative Podcast!

Around Our Community

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Parent Series: Technology Today

Did you know by the age of 7, a child has already been exposed to technology for 2 years...and 1 of those years is unsupervised??

If you want to learn more about technology that impacts our students, please attend this awesome parent night. See details below and use the link to register.

Technology Today: Empowering Parents -- Denmark Parent Series #3 -https://tinyurl.com/ycfklnbr

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Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!

Former Educator Impacts Big Creek as a REALTOR

Last year, you would have seen her out at carpool, in the classroom teaching, and walking the halls of Big Creek. National Board Certified Teacher, Trisha Hoyes, was an educator for 14 years. The last several years of her employment were right here at Big Creek. Wanting more time and flexibility with her family, Trisha changed lanes and became a REALTOR.

Trisha loves our students and the sense of community here at Big Creek. The teachers and parents clearly work together to help students reach their fullest potential. She wanted nothing more than to remain a part of this community by partnering with us to continue to impact students.


She is dedicated to positively impacting our Wildcats even though she is not in the classroom. Trisha’s contributions have provided the memorable Veteran’s Day program last fall, as well as leveled libraries of books for each classroom. She has donated prizes for PTO fundraisers and also volunteered her time at Big Creek events, allowing her a chance to interact with students.


As a REALTOR, Trisha has experience and knowledge of market trends, lending options, and she knows our community well. She is an expert in buying, selling, and rental needs. When listing, her priority is to sell your home quickly and at a price you deserve. She is eager to earn your business and referrals.


If you or someone you know is thinking of making a move, please contact Trisha to see why she is your best choice. Your business will help her continue her contributions here at Big Creek. At your request, she would be happy to provide you with a Buyer’s Market Analysis specific to your home.


Trisha is affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties located at 33 S Main Street, Suite 250, Alpharetta, GA 30009. Her contact information is 678-435-4770 or trisha.hoyes@bhhsgeorgia.