Shiloh Point Elementary

March 2019 Newsletter

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A Letter from Mr. Hershey

Hello Shiloh families,

Earlier this month I announced that Dr. Ben Jones was approved as our new principal for the 2019-2020 school year. I have known Dr. Jones for about 10 years now and see him as a leader that is passionate, servant-hearted, and growth mindset oriented. To say he is excited to serve as the new leader of Shiloh Point would be an understatement! We will be working very hard over the next several months to give him as many opportunities to meet with you as we make this transition. He has also written a short letter below as a way to introduce himself to you. Please join me in giving Dr. Jones a huge Shiloh welcome as he becomes a new member of our family.

It has truly been a pleasure serving you and your children. I look forward to the next 3 months as we continue to do our very best to finish out the 2018-2019 school year! Thank you for all of your support!


Derrick Hershey


A Letter from Dr. Jones

From Dr. Jones

Dear Shiloh Point Families,

It is my honor and privilege to be named Principal of Shiloh Point Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year.

Over the next few months, I look forward to meeting each of you! My wife, Mary Paige, and I have lived in Cumming for almost 15 years and have two children who attend Sawnee Elementary School. My son, Alex, is in 3rd grade and my daughter, Addison, is in 1st grade. After graduating from the University of Georgia in December of 2002, I began teaching at Carson Middle School in Greene County. In August of 2004, I started my career in
Forsyth County teaching Social Studies at Liberty Middle School. In 2012, I was appointed to Silver City Elementary School as an assistant principal and in 2016, I started my current role as an assistant principal at South Forsyth Middle School. During this time, I earned a Masters Degree in Leadership from Kennesaw State University and a Doctorate of Education from Georgia Southern University. Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, spending time
with my family, and enjoying a really good cup of coffee.

One of my top priorities over the next few months is to learn more about what makes Shiloh Point the amazing school that it is. I can already predict that one of those factors is the passionate and caring staff that serves our community each and everyday. Another indicator of success is the unparalleled support and involvement of the Shiloh Point families and community, and I will strive to ensure that this partnership continues to flourish.

Mr.Hershey is an incredible leader and someone I look to as a mentor, so I know Ihave very big shoes to fill. I pledge to work diligently to continue the path of success previously paved and know that by working together we will continue to create an environment of love and learning for our Shiloh Point community!

Thank you for the honor of serving you, and I look forward to meeting you very soon!


Ben Jones


Parent Corner

2019-2020 Parent Input Forms

Parent Input Forms for Class Placement 2019-2020

We appreciate your input regarding class placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Please complete the items below and return this form NO later than April 12, 2019. We ask that you NOT request a teacher by name. Specific teacher requests, other than sibling requests listed below will NOT be honored. If you have more than one child, please fill out an individual form for each child.

Click here for more information.

The 7 Mindsets - Passion First

The Passion First Mindset teachers us that we are all unique expressions of human existence. It is vital to find out what our individual strengths and talents are so that we might connect them with our goals and visions for the future. In this mindset, we work with students to understand their unique gifts, their skills and strengths, and how to share them with the world to the maximum extent possible. Not only will they explore their interests, they will begin to identify their core values and what they stand for. The next step is helping them learn how to make their dreams into reality, tapping into both the courage and perseverance needed to overcome any challenges they encounter in pursuit of the lives they desire.

Make sure to ask your student about what "Passion First" means. For more information, please click here. You will find great resources on this link that will support you as a parent.

Making a Difference...

Has a staff member made a positive impact on your family? Please take a minute to recognize our staff by completing the short google form. Thank you for taking the time to do this as it continues to feed our staff with positive energy. (Your note will be sent directly to Mr. Hershey and then passed on to the staff member.)

Communication is the Key

Click here to see all the ways that parents can connect with Shiloh Point and be kept up to date with the latest happenings.

Have you listened to our podcast yet?

We will be posting podcasts on a monthly basis to partner with you on hot topics with the development of your students. Click here for more information.


WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.

To learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S., click here

  • To sign up for the WATCHDOG program at Shiloh, use the sign up link below:

PTO Information

We cannot thank our PTO for all of it's hard work and dedication to making Shiloh Point a better place. If you have not yet joined, please do so as soon as possible as an easy way to support our school. For more information on our PTO, please click here to go directly to their webpage.

Forsyth County is Hiring Bus Drivers

For more information please click here.

Approved 19-20 Student Calendar

Please click here to view the 2019-2020 FCS student calendar.


Upcoming Events

Exceptional Childrens Week - March 4-8

Exceptional Children’s Week is an annual event celebrating children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who serve them.

Shiloh Point will celebrate this week by doing different activities with our students throughout the week during specials classes. Please make sure to ask your students about what they are learning!

Early Release - March 8th

Students will be released at 11:50am

Mother and Son Event - March 16th

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Rising 6th Grade Families Event at Piney Grove Middle School - March 21st

  • Brief session focusing on middle school essentials and process
  • Exhibition of clubs, programs, sports, and other activities

Night of the Arts - March 26

Please join us for the Night of the Arts on March 26th from 5:30-7:30. More details to come home with your students.

Staff Appreciation Week - March 25-29

More info to come from the PTO on how to show your appreciation to the Shiloh Point staff. Thank you in advance!


Afterschool Activities

Kid Chess, K-5th Graders

Spring Dates (Club meets every Wednesday that school is in session).

· January 23, 2019–May 8, 2019 (Trophy Day – parents invited).

Spring Tuition & Times

· $289 for the 1st hour (2:30-3:30)

· $229 for the 2nd hour (3:35-4:35)

· $399 for the 1st & 2nd hours combined (2:30-4:35).

  • Lesson presentation is differentiated in each of the two hours.
  • Kindergarteners may only enroll in the 2nd hour.
  • ***10% of all tuition funds are contributed back to the school!

How do I register?

You can register through our website at, or by phone (770.575.

Fine Arts Matter Club

Fine Arts Matter is offered to all students and will meet on Fridays beginning Sept. 8th.

Sign up online by clicking here.

Girls on the Run @ Shiloh Point

Please click here to learn more about spring registration for Girls on the Run.

Contact us for more information at

All Pro Dads

All Pro Dad’s Day provides an opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their children that will strengthen their relationship, as well as benefiting the child’s school and the entire community.

Meeting schedule for Shiloh Point 2018 - 2019 will be the 1st Friday of each month. Meeting times are 6:45 - 7:30 AM.

March – 1st
No meeting in April (Spring Break)
May – 3rd


Partners in Education

Publix Partners in Education

Did you know that shopping at Publix has a partnership with all schools? Please sign up by selecting Shiloh Point Elementary then enter your phone number. At check out, enter your phone number and a portion of your dollars spent will come back to Shiloh Point. Click here for more information.

Bach 2 Rock

B2R Gives Kids an Experience to Last a Lifetime. Music instruction and musical skills lead to many years of pleasure and satisfaction. Young people who learn to perform music with others find their musical accomplishments enrich their lives forever. All our students achieve great personal satisfaction whether they play or sing professionally or perform for their friends at social gatherings, jam with their friends in bands or combos, or share musical interests with their families. They find that music instruction leads to a rewarding social and artistic pastime.

Business Partner Spotlight

Do you have a local business that would like to become a partner with Shiloh Point Elementary? Please contact Derrick Hershey at if interested.