Principal's Post

July 24, 2022

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PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME BACK MESSAGE

Welcome Back Mustangs!


I trust that everyone had a relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating summer break! Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Montgomery Elementary School! I am excited to begin a new year with your child(ren), and I truly thank you for choosing MES for their education.We have missed seeing your students and have worked hard preparing the building for their return. In light of the recent tragedies that have occurred in the last few months, much thought, reflection, and planning have taken place to ensure that our school continues to remain a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff.


Our theme for the 2022-2023 school year is “G.A.M.E. On!” This theme centers on four key areas that will be the catalyst for our instructional focus using G.A.M.E, as an acronym for G = Growth, A = Achievement, M = Mentoring, and E= Enrichment. The past two unprecedented school years brought many changes that tested our school community, so it is a perfect and appropriate time to focus on student growth. Even with the challenges we faced, our students achieved academically, we saw our beautiful garden revitalized, and as a school, we achieved Cognia STEM recertification. I look forward to leading the work that will lead to authentic and meaningful instructional support, best instructional practices, STEM integration, and build up the very best in each child socially, emotionally, and academically.


I am honored to serve the Montgomery School Community for the 8th year. Our school is known for its commitment to excellence, but more importantly, to children. As your leader, I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community. I promise that they will learn something new every day. Some days they will carry it in their heads. Some days they will carry it in their hands, and some days they will carry it in their hearts.


Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, I look forward to the work we will do together. I cannot wait to share with you all the great things they will do throughout their days here at Montgomery. And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.


Once again, I look forward to working with each of you and your children.


With Mustang pride,


Dr. Lori M. Bolds

Principal

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SCHOOL SAFETY

School Safety is top of mind for me and I know for you as well. My team and I have reviewed and refined our procedures this summer to ensure we are ready if any emergency arises.


Every precaution will be be taken to ensure the safety of your child during school hours. One safety measure practiced are safety drills (fire, tornado, and intruder), which are conducted throughout the school year. Fire drills are held once every month. Tornado drills are held twice a semester, Intruder (Lockdown) drills are held three times a semester. Schedules, exits, and procedures are a part of these important drills to keep our students and staff safe in the event of an emergency. The administrative team and all staff members will be in position to aid in a safe, quick evacuation. Routes of exit are posted in each room of the building. Our number one priority is the safety and security of students and staff.


During the school day, we ensure the following safety measures are taken:

  • All classroom doors remain closed and locked at all times.
  • Exterior doors remain locked at all times and are not propped open for any reason.
  • Exterior doors will not be opened for visitors.
  • All visitors must come to the front of the school to receive assistance.
  • All visitors must press the entry button outside the front door and show photo identification. The front office staff will assist all visitors from this point.
  • If a visitor does not have an appointment with staff, is not checking out a student, or is not receiving assistance from the front office, they will not be allowed inside the school.
  • If parents would like to drop off items for their child, they will utilize the black cart outside the front door and complete a drop off slip. Front office staff will retrieve the items off the cart and ensure your child receives the item.
  • Students are monitored by staff members in all areas of the building, on the playgrounds, and the field.
  • Outside of traveling with their class to other parts of the building, students will travel in pairs when leaving their class independently to go to the restroom, nurse, or front office.
  • Every classroom is equipped with a telephone and a call button in the event of an emergency.
  • For afternoon dismissal, students are only dismissed from when their name appears on the dismissal spreadsheet and/or their bus is called.
  • Staff are strategically stationed throughout the building and campus to ensure students arrive and depart safely from school.


Our school resource officer does stop by the school on a consistent basis and walks the building and grounds to ensure that order is maintained. As an added safety measure, we have developed and maintained a partnership with Brookhaven Police. They patrol our campus, develop relationships with students and staff, and ensure we are safe,


In the event of an emergency, we will communicate with all parents via School Messenger. Please be sure you are connected and signed up on your mobile phone. It is important that parents read all messages from the school thoroughly and follow next steps as outlined.


Safety will always remain our top priority. We appreciate your partnership and collaboration as we work together to maintain a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

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Open House/Back to School Fair Reminder

Open House is an annual event for parents and students to visit schools prior to the start of the new school year. Open House sessions provide parents and students an opportunity to meet teachers, receive pertinent information (schedules, bus rider agreements, bus routes and class expectations), and become excited about the upcoming school year. Additionally, agendas, PTO membership, school spirit wear and other resources to support the learning environment are shared with parents and students during this time. While we look forward to coming together face-to-face with our parents and students, please be advised that masks are mandatory for all visitors to our school.


Open House (In Person)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


  • 9:00am-11:00am - Last Name Beginning with A-M


  • 11:00pm-1:00pm - Last Name Beginning with N-Z


If you are unable to come to Open House during your designated time slot, please come before 1:30pm on August 3rd. If you are unable to come on August 3rd, please inform your child's teacher.


Before Open House, don't forget to:

  • Complete DCSD Registration (new student) or DCSD Annual Verification (returning student). This must be completed by Tuesday, August 2nd.
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***UPDATED BUS ROUTES***

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

Bus routes have been updated.


Bus routes can be found on the district website or by clicking on the "MES Bus Routes 22-23" button below.

https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/bus-routes/


***The times you see listed on the bus routes are for the morning only. Buses will leave campus each day at 2:30pm. Please be aware that buses may depart campus a little later the first few days of school as we ensure that students are accounted for and on the correct bus. Also, students who are picked up first in the morning will be dropped off last in the afternoon. An adult must be present at the bus stop to meet students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade.


If you have any questions related to DCSD school buses, please contact our school counselor Mrs. Sandra Edwards: sandra_edwards@dekalbschoolsga.org


Next week, your child's teacher will send out a transportation google form. We need for all parents to complete this form to share how your child will arrive to school and go home each day.

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Carpool begins at 7:15am. Please wait for the front doors of the school to be opened before having your child exit the vehicle or pulling off. In an effort to make carpool more efficient, we have changed the location for students to enter the building.


  • 2nd graders (students in Mrs. Tice/Mrs. Nichelson's homeroom), 4th graders, & 5th graders can be dropped off at the Lower Level of MES off Oconee Pass (back of the school near the gym)


  • Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st graders, 2nd graders (students in Ms. Carter, Mrs. Pilger & Ms.Whaley's homeroom) and 3rd grade students can be dropped off at the Main Building (main entrance facing Ashford Dunwoody Rd.)


  • Get in the carpool line by 7:10am to ensure that you get through the line quickly.
  • Students should exit from the right side of the vehicle.
  • MES staff will assist students with removing their instruments. Please stay in your vehicle.
  • Do not block the driveway of our neighbors when bringing your child to and from school.
  • Do not park in the handicap spots or the reserved spaces in the front of the building, unless you have an appointment or need to drop off a project.
  • Do not park on the opposite side of the street and send your child across the street alone.
  • Do not drop off your child in front of the school.

DO YOU NEED A HANGTAG FOR CARPOOL?

If you will be picking up your child from school, you will need to use the MES Carpool Form. Please download the MES Carpool Form below, fill out the required information, and place it on the passenger side of your dashboard.


If you have questions, please contact Ms. Nsele at Moiya_Nsele@dekalbschoolsga.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

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FALL 2022 PRINCIPAL'S ADVISORY COUNCIL (PAC) ELECTIONS

Principal Advisory Councils bring parents, school employees, students, and the community together to share ideas regarding school climate, facilities, increasing student achievement, and community partnerships. If you are interested in being a part of our school's Principal Advisory Council, the candidate declaration window will be open through Friday, September 3, 2021. For more information: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/principal-advisory-councils/#tab-ce10102dfa2e65e77c1
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NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Welcome to Montgomery ~ Home of the Mustangs! All new student registration (grades Kindergarten - 5th grade) takes place online. Please visit the following website to register: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/online-registration/


Once you have registered, please email your online registration application number to our registrar, Ms. Tammy Liddell: Tammy_Liddell@dekalbschoolsga.org. She will return from summer break on July 25th.

RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION

The Dekalb County School District has moved all returning student registration to an online portal called "Annual Verification."

If your child is returning to Montgomery ES for the 2022-2023 school year, you must register them using this online verification portal. Step-by-step directions are included below. During the verification process, be prepared to upload a copy of your license, proof of residence (June/July bill statements only), and your child's medical information. The district is moving all records to a digital format.

All questions pertaining to registration and access to Infinite Campus should be directed to our school registrar, Ms. Tammy Liddell: Tammy_Liddell@dekalbschoolsga.org or contact the school at (678) 676-7503 between the hours of 9am-3pm. Ms. Liddell will return from summer break on July 25th.


If you need an activation code to set up your Parent Portal, please contact our bookkeeper Mrs. Cathy Clark: Catherine_Clark@dekalbschoolsga.org.

Click the attachment below for step-by-step directions on how to complete the annual verification process.

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SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

Please visit the link below to retrieve school supply lists. We ask that you bring all school supplies to Open House on August 3, 2022.


https://montgomerypto.membershiptoolkit.com/schoolsupplies


If you ordered a school supply kit, they will delivered to the school

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2022-2023 AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM @ MONTGOMERY ES

Montgomery will offer our After School Extended Day Program (also called ASEDP) on school days during the 2022-2023 school year. Enrollment is limited and determined through a lottery. Some details about ASEDP:


  • ASEDP runs Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. (The program is closed on days the school district is closed).
  • Students have snack, recess, activities, and complete homework.
  • MES teachers and faculty members run and staff the program.
  • There is no “late” bus for transportation home from ASEDP. Parents must pick up their children from the program.
  • Funds from this program come back to MES and are used for instructional materials and online tools for students in addition to building improvements.


For more information about Montgomery's After School Program, please click on the link below.


https://sites.google.com/dekalbschoolsga.org/asedp/home


Please contact our ASEDP co-directors if you have questions:

Ms. Kathryn Wootten: Kathryn_Knecht-Wootten@dekalbschoolsga.org

Ms. Erica Mistretta: erica_mistretta@dekalbschoolsga.org

SCHOOL UNIFORMS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

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2022-2023 FAMILY HANDBOOK

A comprehensive family handbook was developed over the summer that outlines our school policies and procedures.


***Please download the handbook using the attachment below and save it to refer to throughout the school year.

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MEDICATION FORMS

If your child will needs to have medication administered at school, please download the form below and have your physician complete it. Only children who have a permission to carry form documented in the clinic can carry their medication. This form only covers medication such as an epi pen or an inhaler. All other medication is to be brought to the school by a parent or sibling 18 years or older with the documented medication on each form signed by a physician. Over the counter medication must also be documented on a form and signed by a physician. Otherwise, they are in violation of the handbook policy.


If you have questions, please contact our school nurse: Nurse Pamela Black at Pamela_Black@dekalbschoolsga.org

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SCHOOL MEALS

Breakfast and lunch are served each day of school. Please review the flyer below for more information.


Breakfast and lunch menus can always be found on this website:

https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/school-nutrition/menus/


Please contact our Cafeteria Manager if you have any questions: Mrs. Sandra Carr at Sandra_Carr@dekalbschoolsga.org

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WHO TO CONTACT WHEN QUESTIONS ARISE

WHO TO CONTACT WHEN QUESTIONS ARISE


Please review and save the list below so you are aware who to contact when questions arise.


Direct questions regarding the following items to the people below.



IMPORTANT: Report Covid Positive Cases and Exposures directly to Dr. Bolds: lori_m_bolds@dekalbschoolsga.org

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AUGUST 8, 2022: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Parents may walk their child to class the first week of school. Starting August 15th, students should be prepared to be independent by walking to class by themselves. Staff will be stationed throughout the building to assist.
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2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The school calendar is set by the DeKalb County School District. Please click the link below to view the 2022-2023 school calendar.

Important Dates

August

1 Teachers will send welcome letters to parents

3 Open House/Back to School Fair (9:00am -1:00pm)

4 New Parent Orientation ~ 6:00pm (virtual - a link will be sent to parents)

8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

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OPT-IN TO SCHOOL MESSENGER

Communication between home and school is very important. The primary way that I communicate with parents is via School Messenger. To receive timely emails from Dr. Bolds and the district, please opt-in to School Messenger.
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