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Duncan Creek Elementary

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SEPTEMBER 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Duncan Creek Parents,


Our enrollment after Labor Day was 1,125 students. Our enrollment projection for the 2015-2016 school year was 1,123 students. We are excited be able to maintain our current staffing for the remainder of the school year.


Thank you for participating in Parent-Teacher conferences during the last week in September. This is an important time to communicate face-to-face with your child’s teacher. Conferences for the second semester will take place the last week of February. In addition to these designated dates, please contact your child’s teacher at any time to schedule a conference as needed.


The Gwinnett County Board of Education has called for a referendum on continuing the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education for another five years. This E-SPLOST referendum will be on the county’s November 3rd ballot. This 1-cent sales tax will be on all retail sales in Gwinnett County. It is not a property tax. Everyone who makes a purchase in Gwinnett County, including visitors, contributes to the support of local schools. The E-SPLOST is not a new or additional tax but an extension of the one-percent tax already being collected on sales. Please take the time to go vote on November 3rd.


The Teacher of the Year selected to represent Duncan Creek Elementary is Dayna Alkire-Barry. Mrs. Alkire is our fantastic PE teacher who has been at Duncan Creek since the school’s opening. She will now participate in the selection process for Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Congratulations to Mrs. Alkire for what she does each and every day for her students. She is a great colleague and teacher leader. I’m sure you will join me in wishing her the best of luck as she goes on in the selection process.


As a safety reminder, please refrain from all cell phone use in the car rider line before and after school. This is important to the safety of our students and staff. Also, the front doors of the school are locked at 4:30pm every day. We do not have personnel to monitor the lobby after this time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you for all that you do to support Duncan Creek Elementary, your child(ren), and the teachers and staff.


Sincerely,


Carrie Yougel

Principal

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Technology Retrofit

We are excited to announce GCPS has just completed our technology retrofit! We were fortunate to receive new computers in our labs. Our media center computers were upgraded to mini student laptops. Teacher laptops, printers and copiers were also purchased and with the help of PTA and school funds, we are able to provide at least 3 student computers in each homeroom. We have 2 mobile carts with 8 computers on each for Specials teachers to check out and use for instruction. Each classroom also has a document camera.

In November our second wave of upgrades will start. Each classroom will receive a new projector as well as a teacher voice enhancement device. Our broadcast studio will receive all new equipment and our media center will get a SmartBoard with projector as well as a video conferencing unit. E-Splost funds help with many of these purchases throughout the county so please take time to vote on November 3rd!

LITERACY NIGHT


Literacy Night is coming up Thursday, October 29th from 6:00-7:30 in the cafeteria. This year we will be hosting author, illustrator, and entertainer, Chris Rumble. Chris is known around Georgia and many other states as a fun, exciting, and inspiring performer who shares his love of literacy with students of all ages. Keep your calendar open for a “Fired Up About Reading: Family Time Around the Indoor Campfire” program. Literacy Night will be followed by grade level programs for our students on Friday, October 30th. Look for more information to come home soon.

PTA News

Visit the PTA page on the DCES website.

http://www.myduncancreek.com/#!pta/cfvg


Thank you to everyone who donated time and efforts to make the Night Under the Stars event such a fun time! Despite the rain, the kids had a blast!


UPCOMING EVENTS


*FUN RUN - The fun run is almost here!! Donation collection has started and will run through October 5th. The fun run event will be held in the gym on October 2nd. (Please sign in at the front lobby first and then come to the gym to cheer on your child and their classmates.)

Grade level times for the fun run are as follows:

9:15am 5th grade 12:15pm 2nd grade

10:10am 1st grade 1:10pm 4th grade

11:15am Kindergarten 2:05pm 3rd grade


*SPIRIT NIGHTS – Monday, October 5th at Surf City Sweets (Next to Italy’s on Hamilton Mill Rd). Enjoy a homemade, sweet treat, old-fashioned candy, and ice cream from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Tell them that you are from DCES and a portion of the sale will come back to the school. Go to the PTA page on the DCES Website and view a list of all our upcoming Spirit Nights!


REMINDERS

*YEARBOOKSDuncan Creek Yearbooks are on sale now! For a limited time, purchase your DCES Yearbook for $25.00. Prices increase in January. Go to the PTA page on the DCES Website to find Yearbook order forms or use the Yearbook Order link to order your Yearbook online at Balfour.com.

Want to increase the chance of seeing your child in the Yearbook? Bring your camera or take out your phone camera and start taking pictures at any DCES event or at any class event. We want your pictures!! You can upload your pictures to our Balfour website by accessing the link on the PTA page of the DCES Website.


*SPIRIT WEAR – All “Back To School” spirit wear orders will now be filled with our current stock. BBQ cups and Car Decals are also available. Go to the PTA page on the DCES Website to print a BBQ Cup and Decal order form or a Spirit Wear form.

-Holiday Gift orders will be place on November 13th. No “Holiday Gift” orders will be accepted after this date. Postcard order forms will be sent home in October.


*BUSINESS PARTNERS – Interested in becoming a DCES Business Partner? Click here for the form.