Hornet Parent Connection

2022 February Parent Newsletter

I Love❤️ Reading 📖!

In February we often think of Valentine's Day, candy hearts, cupid, and love! How awesome that we have a special day marked for the expression of our love for others. February also marks the celebration of Presidents' Day, when we remember the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln; Black History Month, when we celebrate African Americans heroes; and Random Acts of Kindness Day, when we celebrate kindness!

I love to also see our schools are get involved with the sentiments of this month by decorating for Valentine's Day and Black History Month and participating in Acts of Kindness challenges!

Another love that we would like to encourage this month at Pelham City School is the love of reading! Our PCS Literacy Coach has prepared various family reading activities and themes for this month. A reading challenge calendar has been prepared for PES and you can access below. I challenge you to take time this month to support some of the same activities at home. if you do take the challenge, please share them with me by emailing/texting (see my contact info below) me a picture!

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Zoom in '22

Our first Zoom in '22 Virtual Parent Academy was held on Feb. 1, 2022 and the subjects covered were ADD/ADHD and Testing Prep! Thanks to those of you who were able to join us virtually and I would like to announce the parent winner for the subway lunch drawing, drum roll please...

Ms. Lashonda Smith!

If you did not get a chance to join us please access the zoom recording above and the resources below. Feel free to sign up for any resources that were offered in the zoom meeting with the Parent Involvement Resource Center form here and also see the resource links found on the ADD/ADHD resource page at the button below.

I ❤️ 📖

Up next, Zoom in '22 Virtual Parent Academy will be held March 1, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., the focus will be on Reading and Managing Stress! Reading will be an appropriate subject for "Read Across America Week" and an appropriate subject to help our students be successful!

According to our parent surveys in the information packets we disseminated at enrollment this year, the number one concern for elementary parents and in the top five of concerns for the middle school and high school parents, is "How to Help my Student Enjoy Reading"! Ms. Alicia Donaldson will be our Zoom in '22 guest for this next Virtual PA and she will give us some great tips on instilling that love for reading in our children no matter what the age! We will also be motivated to an improved culture of reading in our homes when we see the impact reading has on student academic success.

The second part of this Virtual PA will focus on managing stress, as a mom of 6 and now "Gaga" to 5 children the subject of destressing my life has always been of great interest to me! We will look at ways to help manage the stressors in our lives. We know that stress doesn't go away necessarily, so therefore we need to develop these tools to cope.

We will again have a "lunch on us" drawing from our parent participants for the March Zoom in '22, we hope you will join us!

Topic: Zoom in "22, Virtual Parent Academy

Time: Mar 1, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 779 9882 0775

Passcode: AWpu2r

What is ADHD?

Speaking of Love❤️❤️❤️

One of the most monumental moments for me as a mother is when I discovered the "The 5 Love Languages of Children" book by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The book was an eye opener for me as the mother of six children ranging at that time from fourteen down to two years old.

The book introduces the notion that there are 5 basic ways that we express and receive love from each other. These are known as the "5 love languages" and most people have one primary one but for some people they "speak" more than one. This primary "love language" is not only how we feel loved but how we in turn express our love to others. The love languages are:

Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

As I started to read the book I could not put it down; I was so enthralled with understanding how to first examine my families love languages and then begin to effectively express love to them. This also helped me understand what my own love language is and how I so often mistakenly love others the way that speaks to me personally and do not always investigate to find out how others best understand the love I so much want to express. If you have never read this impactful book this would be a great month to check it out!

It is available on amazon for $8.99 and in the PIRC with the Parent Involvement Resource Center form.

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What's Going On?

Your Local Library Activities!

Don't forget this month to check out (literally😁) the great activities you own local library has planned for you and the whole family! From arts and crafts, story hour, lego fun, valentine festivities plus all the great books and videos for your family to enjoy! Remember the library hours are:

Carnegie - 9:30a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (closed daily from 12:30-1:30 for lunch)

Desoto Trail - 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. M-F & 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sat.

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Next Level - PHS!

Upward Bound college Bound🎓

As some of our PHS parents already know, the Upward Bound College Bound program is an amazing program that many of our high school students in the last 5 years have had the opportunity to take advantage of. This program helps to prepare, support , and encourage students and even help them develop tools needed to navigate the path from high school to college. This program is a grant based program that is funded for 5 years and then goes into a reapplication process based on several different factors. Our current program has been very successful and this year is the reapplication year. We are very confident that the program will again be granted funding and will be able to continue on through the coming 5 years.

The program serves 60 high school students with the highest priority (about 2/3rd) given to students of low income families and that would be the first generation furthering their education. grades. The program is not full yet, going into next school year, so if you have a student heading into PHS or already attending, please check this out! Students in the program get help with all steps of journey to college between taking SAT/ACT, applying for school, and even college campus visits!

Stay in the Know!


Please sign up for our Parent Engagement Remind text message. Just text (229-588-2949) and use the code below as the message for your school or schools of choice.

PHS @9-12a123



Cindy Smith, PCS Parent Engagement Coordinator & Homeless Liaison

contact me in various

website: pelham-city.k12.ga.us & follow us on Facebook

Coming Soon!

*Feb. 21-25- Winter Break

*March 1- Zoom in "22, Virtual Parent Academy on Reading & Managing Stress, at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Zoom link above