Dolphin Splash Family Newsletter

Monthly Update #1 | Friday, August 5th

Our school newsletter will be sent on the first Friday of each month.

This newsletter will contain important information for families. We will use Class Dojo school-wide to communicate with our families so please connect with your child's teacher and the school there.

Student & Family Handbook

Please take some time to read over our FSES Student & Family Handbook which is on our website and can also be found here.

Important Dates to Note

Monday, August 8, 2022: Regular Elementary Dismissal times (2:25 pm) begin

Tuesday, August 16, 2022: School Picture Day

Thursday, August 25, 2022: Back to School Boogie | More information to follow

Monday, September 5, 2022: No School for All | Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 6, 2022: No School for Students | Teacher Work Day

Character Trait Words for August

Week of August 1, 2022 | Character: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual

Week of August 8, 2022 | Conscientious: Wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly

Week of August 15, 2022 | Active Listening: The act of hearing someone’s words, includes understanding views and feelings of the person speaking.

Week of August 22, 2022 | Inclusion: The act or state of including or of being included within a group

Week August 29, 2022 | Honesty & Integrity: Being truthful, fair and adherence to a code of values

School Nutrition: Breakfast and Lunch

Parents are required to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application in order to qualify for free or reduced meals. Meals will no longer be free. Parents will be required to send money for breakfast and lunch until the free/reduced meal application is approved. You can use to load money to your child's account or send cash for meals.

School Picture Day

Bill Miller will be here on campus to take individual student pictures for the yearbook on Tuesday, August 16th.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Here is the link for directions on signing up for the Parent Portal for our Student Information System, Infinite Campus. We use Infinite Campus school for student's grades, attendance and other important data.

Class Dojo

Make sure you're connected with Factory Shoals Elementary School (2375 Mt. Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA) and your child's teacher. We will use this as our school-wide communication tool. Once you join our school, you can join your child's classroom via a code or you can request to join.

Absences and Tardies

Please do not send sick students to school. Students who are absent must submit a valid excuse for their absence within 3 days of the absence. Please only send a parent note or doctor's note. Attendance Notes should contain the student's full name, grade, date(s) of absence(s), parent's signature and contact number. Absences that are 3 consecutive days or longer require a doctor's note.

Transportation Changes

All afternoon dismissal and transportation changes must be made in writing. Please send notes in with students in the morning. If you need to send an email, those need to be made prior to 1:00 PM to your child's teacher.

Here Comes the Bus & Bus Expectations

Here Comes the Bus is available for parents and students to download now. The highly-rated free app currently has over a million users. To sign up, visit the Apple or Android store, or visit Each school will provide students the district code needed to complete the registration process.

Students are still encouraged to arrive at their stop five minutes early and to follow any additional instructions given by drivers. Please sign up for Here Comes the Bus. You can use code.

As your children board the bus each morning, please help us and remind them of our bus rules. Students should stay seated in assigned seat, there is to be no eating or drinking on the bus and students should use their inside voices. Students should also keep their hands and other objects to themselves while riding the bus.

School bus transportation is a privilege afforded pupils by the Board of Education. It is not a right. To protect the safety and well-being of all involved, pupils must adhere to established bus conduct rules. Bus transportation privilege may be revoked if the pupil does not observe bus conduct expectations.

Afternoon Office Pick-up Times

As instruction and student safety are our top priorities, we hope to limit the reduction of instructional time disruptions and the decrease in office chaos in the afternoons. We respectfully ask that all families refrain from office check-outs after 1:45 PM each day. We can no longer pull children off the bus once they load as this becomes a safety issue for students. Of course we understand that emergencies happen but we do ask that you work with us as we ensure all students get home safely in the afternoon.


School ends at 2:25 PM. Buses will depart our campus at that time. We will begin calling car riders at 2:25 PM. Please have your car rider tag in your rearview mirror. Students are to be picked up for the car rider lane by 2:40 PM. If you arrive after 2:40 PM, please pick your student(s) up from the front office and be prepared to show ID.

Morning & Afternoon Car Rider Procedures

Morning Arrival to FSES

  • Car riders may only be dropped off and picked up within the designated car rider zone.

  • Morning student drop-off begins at 7:00 AM. Afternoon dismissal of car riders begins at 2:25 PM.

  • As the car approaches the drop-off location, students should unbuckle themselves, have their bookbag on, and place any materials being carried in their hands.

  • Please move forward until directed to stop. Once stopped, please remember to unlock doors. In the morning, we typically unload three to four cars at a time.

  • Students MUST wait until FSES School Staff opens the car door in order to proceed from vehicles. Students should not get out of the car by themselves. This is for the safety of all students.

  • If possible, all students should be loaded and unloaded through passenger side doors- Curb Side.

  • Do not drive around or pass cars that are still unloading. Vehicles will wait until all children have exited their vehicle before proceeding to the exit. Like school bus loading and unloading zones, violators will have license plates turned over to the DCSS Police Department.

  • Vehicles NOT in line when the clock turns 7:40 AM will be directed to sign the child in through the front office.

  • Students coming in through the front office must be escorted into the building by a parent or guardian.

Afternoon Dismissal from FSES

  • The afternoon car rider line begins at 2:00 pm.

  • Afternoon dismissal of car riders begins at 2:25 pm.

  • Please do not use cell phones once the car pick-up line begins to move.

  • The school-issued car rider tag is required for pick-up. (Even if we know who you are. You must have a car rider tag to pick up a child.) If you do not have a tag, you will be directed to the front office to get one. Additional tags are $2.

  • A staff member is responsible for radioing your child's car rider number. Please wait until they have done so before moving on in the line.

  • Move all the way forward until directed to stop.

  • Vehicles should be placed in park.

  • Normally, three students are loaded into cars at a time.

  • Children will enter the car on the right-hand side.

  • Parents or Guardians should remain in the vehicle at all times.

  • Once the child is loaded, you may proceed to the exit.

  • If a child needs assistance with getting buckled in, your vehicle should move forward towards the exit. Do not assist while in the line.

  • Vehicles need to be in line by 2:40 pm. After 2:40 pm you will need to pick your child up from the front office.

  • Students waiting after the car rider line ends will be placed in the After School Program and a fee will be assessed.

If you or the person who is picking up your child in the afternoon does not have the hanging FSES 2022-2023 Car Rider Identification card, they will have to pick up the child from the front office and have their ID available for our front office staff to check. This is for the safety of your child. Thank you for your understanding.

We thank you in advance for adhering to our rules as they all help keep your students safe around moving vehicles.

Pulse Surveys for Parents

As school we want to get better at improving our school culture and get a pulse on the issues that matter to you. We have a service that will send you regular, short, anonymous surveys making it quick and easy to get your voice heard.

Please click the link below to sign up

Please use the school ID 659223 when prompted to join the school. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Wednesdays are AVID Spirit Days

We are an AVID School. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Wednesdays are AVID College Spirit Days. Please dress your scholar in college gear! FSES Dolphins are future college students!!

FSES is a No Cell Phone Zone

We recognize that electronic devices are an important part of our everyday world and are increasingly being used in teaching and learning. However, we want to be sure that any devices at school are being used as an appropriate instructional tool, and their use does not interfere with our students’ learning environment.

Factory Shoals is proud to provide student access to Chrome Books in all of our classrooms. Students should only use electronic devices under the direct supervision of their teacher, so there is absolutely no need for students to bring their own devices from home. This includes cell phones, smart watches, iPads, and tablets. We believe that elementary school students are not equipped to deal with the responsibilities of having unsupervised access to technology, and their brains are not quite ready to handle such distractions at school.

If your child must bring a device to school in order to communicate with you after school hours, then please remind them of the following:

Electronic devices brought from home will be kept in the backpack turned off during the school day and will not ring or cause disruption to the instruction in the classroom.

Thank you for helping us to make Factory Shoals an amazing place where students value their education!


We do not allow whole birthday cakes or any birthday treats that are not individually wrapped.

We enjoy honoring our students on their birthday. We announce the birthday child’s name on the morning announcements and allow families to bring in treats within the guidelines below.

Cupcakes/snacks must be store bought AND prepackaged/individually wrapped.

Also, you may want to think about non-food items. The items listed below will still make your child feel special and they will last a lot longer than a food item.

  • A game for the classroom
  • A classroom book (A nice touch would be having your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
  • A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.

Bilingual Liaison

Ms. Lizzy Kilgore is our District Bilingual Liaison. Please contact her if you need help with translating or interpreting.

Phone: 770.651.2223