CHCS Weekly Update 02.20.17

 

Weekly Update

Week 25 (2/20/17 – 2/24/17)

Week 7 (out of 9) of the Third Quarter

25th Week (out of 36) of the School Year

Days 119-122 (out of 179) of the school year

61  school days left in the school year (incl. 2/21)

 

 

Monday, February 20:         No School – Winter Break

                                   

Tuesday, February 21:        A

                                                Chick Fil A Sale

 

Wednesday, February 22:   A

                                                LAUNCH!  10:25 AM

                                               

Thursday, February 23:       B

                                                $1.00 Dress Down Day

 

Friday, February 24:            Chick Fil A Sale

Black History Month Dress-Up Day (free)

Coffee and Conversation for parents of 6th and 7th graders

Black History Month Celebration 1:00 PM

 

 

 

Black History Month

February is Black History Month!  If your child has been selected to be part of the Black History Month Celebration, please make sure he or she is at each practice to ensure a great program!  Below are some ways we will celebrate:

 

Date:

·        February 24, 2017- 1:00 PM – Please join us!

         (Back-up date: February 28, 2017) 

 

Practice Dates:

·        February: 21,  dress rehearsal 23

 

Month-long themes:

Students will be asked to voluntarily dress –up on each Friday of February to represent someone from the weekly themed categories, and add a name tag to tell who the person is. Teachers will receive a suggested list of names for each category to share in class and briefly discuss the accomplishments of some people on the list. 

 

Weekly Themes and Dress-Up Days:

 

·        February 24- Kings and Queens of Africa

 

Paper Murals by grade-levels: (Must be laminated)

 

Mural Assignments

Antiquity--5th grade (Kings/Queens)

Black Wall Street7th grade (accomplishments only)

African American influence on Agriculture/Farming/Environment6th grade

Music/Art/Literature/Sports- 4th grade

Civil Rights/Social Activism- 2nd /3rd grades (accomplishments only)

Current African American LeadersK-1st grades

Historically Black Colleges/Universities-TAG  classes/students

1st African American President-Obama Tribute- Intervention classes/students 

 

PTO Meeting This Tuesday

Please join us this Tuesday, February 23, at 6:00 PM for our monthly PTO meeting.  Come and hear about the exciting PTO projects going on, the end of year events PTO has planned, and how you can be involved.  Hope to see you there!

 

IMPORTANT:  32/56

There are only 32 school days (56 calendar days) left until the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) assessments begin the week of April 17 for 3rd-7th graders.  Fifth graders will take assessments in language arts (2 assessments), math, science, and social studies while 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th graders take the language arts (2 assessments) and math assessments only.  This is due, in part, to the State reacting to all stakeholders’ concerns about too much end of year testing.  Thank you, GaDOE!  We will let you know what the schedule is as soon as we knowl

 

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will take their end of year MAP assessments and STAR assessments in the same time period.  Third through seventh graders will take the same assessments after they finish with Georgia Milestones assessments.

                                                                                                                                             

During the next 32/56 we need every student working in iXL, typing tutor, RAZ Kids, Reading A to Z, and Science A to Z as much as possible.  It is vital that our MAP scores and Georgia Milestones scores rise significantly as our charter renewal is based, in large part, on those scores and how those scores affect our school report card, CCRPI.

 

Read Across America Week Coming Soon!

Read Across America Week is celebrated each year during the last week of February (NOT THIS WEEK!).  It is held to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and to celebrate reading.  We will celebrate NEXT WEEK, February 27 – March 3.  Each day will have a fun dress-up theme (Dress-up days that week are free!) and students can look forward to read alouds from guest readers throughout the week.  We’ll even have a Dr. Seuss-themed school store open through the week with most items priced in the $1.00 - $2.00 range.  All proceeds will go to creating reading spaces on campus.

 

Monday, February 27:         Cat In the Hat Day (Wear stripes!)

Tuesday, February 28:        The Lorax Day (Wear a mustache!)

Wednesday, March 1:          Cozy Up To a Good Book Day (Wear your pajamas!)

Thursday, March 2:              Thing 1 and Thing 2 Day (Wear a crazy hat and/or hair!)

Friday, March 3:                    Fox in Sox Day (Wear crazy or mismatched socks/shoes!)

 

Lottery!

CHCS held its annual lottery to fill available openings for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, February 15. There were 630 applicants. We went into the lottery with only 35 seats out of 60 available in kindergarten due to priority registration for siblings of current students, children of board members, and children of staff members. We only had 13 openings all together in 1st - 8th grades due to 97% of current students re-enrolling and siblings of those students filling the other openings. We will have a full enrollment for 2017-2018! Those students who did not secure a spot in the school were placed on a waiting list that will open up to the entire Fulton County community on March 16. Last year we had over 900 on the waiting list. Chattahoochee Hills Charter School is THRIVING!

 

Data Needed!

Please send an email to your student’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible with the following information:

 

  1.  Your student’s name
  2. The city listed on your address (College Park, Hapeville, East Point, Palmetto, Chatt Hills, Fairburn, etc.)  If you have an Atlanta address, but live in East Point, for example, please list East Point.
  3. Zip code
  4. Elementary school for which you are zoned.
  5. Middle school for which you are zoned.
  6. High school for which you are zoned.

 

*Please email EACH of your children’s homeroom teachers with this information.  Just copy and paste.

 

For example, a family lives in Palmetto.  Their email to their homeroom teacher would look like this:

 

Student’s name:       Will Smith

City:                          Palmetto

Zip Code:                   30268

Elementary:               Palmetto ES

Middle:                       Bear Creek MS

High:                           Creekside HS

 

Welcome to the CHCS Family!

Welcome to Ms. Ashley Fields!  Ashley joins us in the position of Technology Specialist.  She will service all of the laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and IPAD minis that we have and get the new devices to come into service right away.  She will do that and MORE!  Welcome!

Wow!

We have 3 CHCS dads running for the city council of the newly-formed City of South Fulton!  Congratulations to Mr. Bowen (dad of Reese and Reagan), Mr. Davis (dad of SaVannnah and StaLone), and Mr. Wakefield (dad of Riley).  We wish you well!

 

What’s Going On?

There will be landscapers on campus the next few weeks preparing gardens like the ones on the opposite side.  Last week they resolved some drainage issues, laid irrigation plumbing, pulled up what was left of the grass, and laid down compost, soil, and wood chips.  It looks great now, but imagine what it will look like when its’ done!

 

The CHCS Foundation, the school’s landlord, has announced that it is tentatively scheduled to close in April on a bond-type loan to pay back a loan to have the original campus built, to build a 16 classroom middle school building, and, if financially feasible, to build an art center that will also have a multipurpose area that will serve as a cafeteria, gymnasium, and auditorium.  Ground-breaking will occur shortly after that.  The buildings should be ready to occupy for the 2018-2019 school year.  For the 2017-2018 school year we will bring additional trailers on campus for classrooms for an additional 6th grade class and 2 new 8th grade classes.

 

This Week's Forecast

Warm and sunny throughout the week with temperatures in the lower 70s with a small chance of rain in the middle of the week.  Please send an umbrella, raincoat, and re-usable water bottle every day (please put first and last name on the bottle) that can be refilled during the day.

 

Coffee and Conversation!

We had great times of coffee and conversation with parents of kindergarten through second grade students and parents of third through fifth grade students.  Now it’s your turn, parents of upper classmen!  We will continue the conversation with parents of 6th and 7th grade students on Friday, February 24, at 8:45 AM in Building M.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to parents who have recently painted picnic tables, emptied garbage cans, and photocopied and laminated for teachers.  If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities to fulfill your volunteer hours requirement, we need parents to organize the lost and found shed, serve lunch, do lunch duty supervision, do recess supervision, wash down classroom and restroom walls and moldings weekly, wash windows weekly, do carpet cleaning weekly, do touch up painting in classrooms and restrooms, paint picnic tables, pull weeds in our gardens (yes!  They’re starting to grow already!), pressure wash sidewalks weekly, and photocopy and laminate for teachers.  Some of these tasks can even be done in the evening or on the weekends.  Please email Jessica at Jessica.Denton@chatthillscharter.org to inquire about volunteer opportunity times. 

 

Important:  ILP’s and SLC’s and PLC’s, Oh My!

Students in 3rd through 7th grade were to conduct student-led conferences at home using a script we will provided.  During that student-led conference, students and parents were to review progress on Term 2 learning goals using the report card sent home in January and set new learning goals for term 3 (January 9 – March 9) on the individual learning plan.  Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade were to participate in parent-led conferences at home.  ILP’s and SLC forms were due by Monday, January 30, and each student who turned it in that day will receive a voucher for a lunch time treat. 

 

A student progress recording sheet was part of the welcome packet received at Open House.  Please update this sheet by recording 2nd quarter report card grades and 3rd quarter progress report grades so you can monitor your student's progress throughout the year.

 

Coming Soon!

A student-initiated, student-led school newspaper is on the way with a first publication date planned for March 1.  The staff will be limited as they get the newspaper off the ground, but next year students will be able to apply for positions on the news staff.  Congratulations to Xehara Pledger, 5th grader, for her initiative and for becoming the first Editor-In-Chief!  Inspiring students to lead...THRIVE!

 

Resources Galore!

Students in 3rd-7th grades received log in information for the online typing tutor we have provided to help students develop proficiency in typing.  This will give students confidence in typing brief constructed responses and extended constructed responses on the math and ELA portions of the Georgia Milestones end of grade assessments in April.  Both parents and teachers will have access to an online dashboard that monitors student progress.  This will be a great task to do on nights when homework is light, on weekends when there’s free time, and on breaks.  Add to that iXL, Raz Kids, Reading and Science A to Z, and Head Sprout (for K) and CHCS students have online resources galore to help them be successful!

 

Highlights From Week of February 13

We LAUNCHed into a great new week on Tuesday, held Title 1 parent workshops on Wednesday, held our 2017-2018 Lottery on Wednesday, held a meeting of the Student Council on Thursday, dressed up for Black History Month dress-up day on Thursday, and started Winter Break on Friday.  It was a great week!

 

New!  Lost and Found Shed!

There is a new Lost and Found shed between A1 and A2.  Please give a look if you’re missing something.  Lost and Found items will be donated following each PTO meeting.  Please feel free to check out the lost and found any time.

 

Change of Date

Saturday, March 4, is CHCS Day at the Georgia State University basketball games.  Some students will be selected to participate in on and off-court activities before, during, and after the games.  The women’s game begins at 12:00 NOON and the men’s game begins at 2:15 PM.  Pre-paid tickets are $8.00 each, with a portion of each ticket going Fback to CHCS.

 

March Meal Menu Ordering

PLEASE order for March as soon as possible.  When you order, PLEASE only order one breakfast and one lunch for the day.  We have had many families ordering multiple meals and we have to charge for each meal.

 

Serving Our Community

Chattahoochee Hills Charter School’s Junior BETA Club collected over 100 toys and 50 coats with our annual toy and coat drive!  CHCS rocks! Coats were donated to Community Brickworks in Chattahoochee Hills and toys were donated to Helping Hands in Union City. 

 

Community Brickworks is also accepting donations of every day toiletries such as toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.

 

Two weeks ago we had several 7th grade students who completely led an effort to feed the homeless in Atlanta and will be organizing such service opportunities in the future.

 

Field Trips

We have several field trips coming up this semester.  We are blessed to have parents who are involved and active and want to be part of their children’s education and, therefore, want to chaperone trips.  That’s great!  We would love for every parent who wants to chaperone a field trip to be able to come, but we are often limited by the field trip venue or organizer, as well as the number of seats on the buses, as to how many parent chaperones can attend.  If you would like to chaperone a field trip, please express interest to your child’s homeroom teacher and then await confirmation.  Please do not pay unless you are confirmed by the teacher.  If you are confirmed, please give your full attention to the supervision and safety of students and limit any distractions, such as cell phones.  If you are not confirmed, please understand that a larger number of parents requested to chaperone than we have room.  Thanks!

 

Dismissal Reminder

Please do not come to the office or approach a staff member once dismissal has begun to get your student.  It is our goal to conduct dismissal in an organized manner to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students.  Such requests present an interruption to the dismissal process and divert attention away from the students.  Such requests will not be honored.  Early checkouts must occur before 2:45 PM and are on an occasional, not regular, basis.

 

When You Visit the Campus

It is Georgia Law that all visitors of a school must check in at the front office and give the reason for their visit every time they come on campus.  Visitors cannot come on campus without first getting a CHCS visitor pass and stating the purpose of their visit.  This is for the safety and security of students and staff. (OCGA 20-2-1180.  Official Code of Georgia Annotated or OCGA is the compendium of all laws in the state of Georgia.)

 

I have told the staff that they may not use instructional time to have even a brief parent-teacher conference because every minute of teaching and learning matters!  If a teacher politely declines to leave their class to speak to a visitor, please understand that they are following instructions and maximizing instructional time for the benefit of all students.  Please make an appointment with the teacher for a conference. 

 

If you would like to come in and observe a class, we welcome that.  Please contact the teacher ahead of time to arrange a time.  Thank you for understanding!

 

Administrators are on duty supervising the arrival of students in the morning from 7:45 – 8:30 AM and in the afternoon from 2:45 – 3:45 PM.  As student safety and security are a top priority, we cannot hold conferences during those times.  In addition, administrators are in morning meetings with staff each day except Wednesday from 7:15 – 7:45 AM.

 

When requesting a meeting with an administrator, we ask that you have spoken with the teacher first.  Often, the concern can be addressed and should be addressed at that level. 

 

Warning!

The City of Chattahoochee Hills has posted “NO LEFT TURN” signs on Rivertown Road.  This will be enforced from 8:00 AM-9:00 AM and 3:00 PM-4:00 PM each day.  CHPD will be writing tickets starting this week for left hand turns during these hours as well as U-Turns at the intersection of Rivertown Road and Cochran Mill Road.  These signs also indicate the 25 MPH speed limit during the hours of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  In addition to observing traffic safety measures and traffic law, this is also about being good neighbors.  Please go the extra mile (or 2) and make a right off South Fulton Parkway onto Cochran Mill Road and follow it around to make a right onto Rivertown Road.  The City is in talks with the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding creating some solutions to the traffic patterns on Rivertown.  Stay tuned.

 

Please observe speed limit signs as well.

 

Appreciating and Celebrating Cultural Diversity

We had a great time in December researching countries and their holidays, have enjoyed celebrating Black History Month this month, and will celebrate women’s history in March.  As I plan out the rest of the school year, I would like to hear from you!  What cultures would you like to see celebrated at CHCS that represent your family’s identity?  Email me at Walter.Buttler@chatthillscharter.org, put CULTURE in the subject line, and put your child’s name and culture in the text box.  Thanks!

 

Setting Your Student Up for Success

Read the question before you look at the answer.  Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers, this way the choices given on the test won't throw you off or trick you.  Eliminate answers you know aren't right.  Read all the choices before choosing your answer.

 

Yearbooks

We still have a limited supply of yearbooks from last school year (2015-2016) on sale for $15.00.  Please email Jessica Denton at Jessica.Denton@chatthillscharter.org if you would like one.  Simply type YEARBOOK in the subject line.

 

2016-2017 yearbooks will be on sale soon!  Stay tuned!

 

After School Signature Programs

Our EMAP (Early Morning and Afterschool Programs) Signature Programs have begun.  We have recently added a tutoring program.  Talk to Mr. Lennert for more information.

 

Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will have sales this Tuesday, February 21, and Friday, February 24, while supplies last.  We have increased our order with CFA, so please come hungry and support CHCS!

 

Arrival and Dismissal Times

School hours for Kindergarten through 5th grades are 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM.  Early drop off for students begins at 8:00 AM.  Staff members will be on duty to supervise.  Students who arrive between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM will report to the EMAP classroom.  For our new families, EMAP is our Early Morning and Afterschool Program. 
School hours for 6th and 7th grades are 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM.  Early drop off for middle school students begins at 7:45 AM.  Students who arrive between 7:00 AM and 7:45 AM will report to the EMAP classroom.  Siblings of middle school students and those students who carpool with middle school students may attend EMAP from 7:45 AM – 8:00 AM at no cost.

 

Middle School students who are not in their seats ready to begin their studies at 8:00 AM are considered tardy.  Kindergarten through 5th grade students who arrive after 8:30 AM must be escorted by a parent to the office to sign in as tardy.  Students who are checked out early will earn a full day of attendance if checked out after 11:45 AM.  The last early check out is 2:45 PM unless there is an emergency.

 

Please call the school at 678-466-7300 if you will be late in picking up (after 3:45 PM) if your child does not attend EMAP.

Permanent car tags have been distributed.  If you did not receive one, please email Jessica Denton at Jessica.Denton@chatthillscharter.org.

 

What is a Block Schedule?

CHCS has a Block Schedule this year.  A Block Schedule is a schedule that has a long 1 ½ hour blocks for specials (art, physical education, science integration, and music) on one day and no specials the next day.  Or, to look at it the other way, long blocks of time for language arts and math one day and a long 1 ½ hour block for specials the next day.  Why a block schedule?  First, we have 8 grade levels and only 4 specials teachers. Those teachers can’t possibly see all 8 grade levels in a day!  Second, it will allow the specials teachers longer blocks of time to work on projects instead of beginning one day and finishing a day or two later, depending on the schedule.  Third, it will allow longer blocks of instructional time for language arts and math.  Fourth, it will allow teachers longer blocks of planning time when students are at specials. Fifth, the schedule will allow specials teachers one day a week when they don’t see individual classes, but instead get to work collaboratively with teachers in classrooms to plan and implement integrated lessons and units, integrating their specialties with the core curriculum.

 

National School Lunch Program

CHCS participates in the National School Lunch Program.  We do not yet have a kitchen or cafeteria in which to prepare meals, so we use a vendor, Lunch For Kids, that prepares the food in their kitchens and delivers it each day to our campus.  Using a vendor like this, of course, costs more, thus, our $4.00 per lunch and $1.55 per breakfast prices.  In addition, we have chosen to transition from styrofoam take-out trays for lunch to more environmentally friendly and biodegradable trays, which involves more cost as well.

 

If your student or students were enrolled at CHCS or any other Fulton County School last school year (2015-2016) and received free or reduced meals, that status will roll over into August.  You must fill out a new form this month, but free or reduced meals will continue into the first part of August.  Forms are available in the front office.

 

If your student or students were not enrolled in a Fulton County School last school year (2015-2016), your free or reduced status will not roll over to CHCS.  You will have to fill out a form and submit it to the office ASAP.  Meals will not be free or reduced until the form is received in the office, submitted by the office to the agency, and approved.  Meal costs during the application period are not retroactive and will not be reimbursed. 

 

If you have never received free or reduced meals for your student, please fill out the application and submit it as soon as possible. 

 

Please pre-order and pay for meals on our Point of Sale (POS) system.  All meals, whether they be free, reduced, or full price, need to be pre-ordered a week or a month in advance.  Please aim to pre-order and pay by Wednesday of each week to order a week at a time or, even better, to order a month at a time.  Remember, you must create an account on our new POS in order to place an order and pay for it.   Please request log-in information from your child’s homeroom teacher early this week if you have not yet received it.

 

Vision

Our Vision is for students to live meaningful, healthy, flourishing lives through immersion in the arts, agriculture, and the environment.

 

Mission

Our Mission is to inspire all children to the highest levels of academic achievement through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the wonders of the natural world.

 

Goal

Our Goal is for our students to cultivate the capacity to achieve a meaningful, healthy, flourishing life that embodies responsibility, stewardship, experiential engagement with the arts, agriculture, and the environment in informed, imaginative, and rigorous ways.

 

Values

Our Values are:

The Joy of Learning

Academic Rigor

The Environment as a Classroom

Inclusive Participation

Imagination

Curiosity

Creativity

Courageous Excellence

Social Responsibility

Art In Every Facet of Teaching and Learning

Deliberate, Thoughtful Decision-Making

Sustainability in All That We Do

 

Focus

Our Focus is on a hands-on thematic instructional approach that uses the school’s unique rural surroundings as a framework. It positions agricultural, environmental, and artistic themes as lenses through which the Georgia state performance standards will be achieved and exceeded.

 

Core Beliefs

  1. 1.  All students have the ability to achieve academic excellence.
  2. 2.  All students thrive in an engaging school environment.
  3. 3.  All students deserve outstanding teachers that produce outstanding results.
  4. 4.  All students deserve teamwork between parents and teachers.

 

Culture

We have a culture of “How might we?”.  How might we inspire children with a curriculum that integrates the wonders of the natural world so that it changes their definition of what's possible?

 

 Please remember….

Order lunch for next month.

 

Students should be walking to their classrooms in the morning on their own. Parents and other family members should drop their students off in the car rider lane and allow them to walk in on their own. 

 

Any car in the car rider lane must have a CHCS-issued car rider tag hanging on the rear view mirror or the car will be flagged to park and go to the office for a license check.  We put child safety first, plus it helps speed up the dismissal process.  Thanks!

 

Please put on your blinkers when you enter the turnaround for afternoon dismissal and turn them off when your car is loaded.  This helps speed up the dismissal process, too.

 

 

Did you know?

Our charter is in effect through June 30, 2019.  We will begin the charter renewal process in January, 2018.

 

One of our accountability metrics is:  Each year 90% of parents will indicated that they are at least “satisfied” with the overall quality of their child’s education as measured via an annual survey conducted at the conclusion of the school year, in which the options are very unsatisfied, unsatisfied, somewhat satisfied, satisfied, and very satisfied.  The survey response rate will be at least 85% of parents surveyed. 

 

Only 79% of parents responded they were satisfied or very satisfied in the 2015-2016 school year.  We’re hoping to reach and exceed 90% when the new surveys are distributed in early May.

You can access our charter application and charter contract at http://governance.chatthillscharter.org/chcs-petition.pdf

 

Who are we? 

 

            Boys  Girls

K         34        26

1          27        32

2          43        35

3          37        24

4          34        26

5          30        30

6          26        13

7          23        31

 

55% of our students are boys and 45% are girls!

 

81% Black or African American

18% White

<1% Hispanic

<1% Asian

<1% Indian

<1% More than one race

 

 

Please access your child’s standards at https://www.georgiastandards.org/standards/Pages/BrowseStandards/GPS_by_Grade_Level_K-8.aspx

 

Standards are what children need to know, understand, and be able to do.

 

 

Instructions and log-in information for the parent portal were given out at Open House.  If you did not receive them, please contact your child’s teacher.  The next report card (for the 3rd term) will be distributed on Friday, March 24.  The last progress report (for the middle of the 3rd term) was distributed on Friday, February 10.  The next progress report (for the middle of the 4th term) will be distributed on

 

STAR assesses both reading and math progress.  It is called a “universal screener” because all students will complete this assessment.  Universal screening is a critical first step in identifying students who are at risk for experiencing reading and math difficulties and who might need more time, support, and strategies.  STAR is administered 3 times each year to monitor progress and inform instruction and individual learning plans.  The Winter STAR make-ups will be completed by the end of this week.  For more information on the STAR assessment, please go to:  http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0054872491706A8.pdf

 

Teachers will also assess students’ reading fluency and comprehension via a guided reading assessment.  Each student meets one on one with a teacher and reads a passage and answers comprehension questions on the passage.  The student then receives a score which gives a reading level.  

 

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are computerized tests that are adaptive. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.  MAP is administered 3 times each year to monitor progress and inform instruction and individual learning plans.  The Winter MAP make-ups will be completed by the end of this week.  For more information on MAP, please visit:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2014/07/ParentToolkit_0.pdf

 

Kindergarten students will be assessed on the GKIDS assessment tool throughout the year.  For more information on the GKIDS assessment, please go to:  https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Documents/GKIDS/GKIDS%20Parent%20Brochure%202015-16.pdf

 

Writing is an integral part of each student’s education and is integrated into every subject area.  Students will complete one piece of writing through the month and one piece of writing on a common writing day where most of the students on campus will be writing at the same time.  Writing pieces will be scored on a rubric and added to each student’s portfolio which will follow him or her throughout his or her years here at CHCS.  

 

Georgia Milestones is the end of grade assessment for 3rd-7th grade CHCS students from April 17-May 5, 2017.  Students are assessed in reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, and science.  We are awaiting confirmation of a report that social studies and science will only be assessed in 3rd and 5th grades at CHCS this year.

 

A student progress recording sheet was part of the welcome packet received at Open House.  Please record STAR, MAP, Guided Reading, report card grades, and Georgia Milestones scores on this recording sheet so you can monitor your student's progress throughout the year.\

 

 

The first B Day of each week (weather permitting) at 10:25 AM, the whole school meets in the turnaround around the flagpole for “LAUNCH”.  It’s a community-building time to say the pledge of allegiance, have a moment of silence, hear a motivating word, hear some announcements, and count down to a great week.  Come join us!

 

Please join us on Friday, February 24 at 1:00 PM for our Black History Month Celebration.

 

 

We work hard to dismiss students in a timely way!  We dismiss 300 + students via our car rider lanes each day and their safety is the most important thing.  Please bear with us as this takes time!

 

Dismissal begins at 3:15 PM with Mr. Lennert and Mr. Robinson walking through the line and calling numbers on the walkie talkie to the teachers who are supervising students in centralized classrooms where all students in a grade level wait quietly to hear their car rider number called.  When students hear their number, they walk to the appropriate car rider lane, get in the appropriate line (separated by grade levels), and wait for their car.

 

This year we’re doing something a little different!  Parents of students in Kindergarten through 7th grade will line up in the right car rider lane and 900 numbers (carpoolers) will line up in the left lane.  K-7 will proceed into the car rider turnabout and 900 number carpoolers will drive across, into the parking lot and into the lane between the playground and the buildings.

 

If, for some reason, your child does not come to your car when called, we may ask you to pull aside into a waiting area to allow the other cars to leave the campus.  

  

At Open House you received a car rider tag.  If, for some reason, you or your designated driver don't have a car rider tag, please stop by the office in the morning to get one.  If afternoon transportation ever changes during the year, please notify your child's teacher.  If you or your designated driver do not have a CHCS-issued car tag, we will ask you to park and go to the office to present identification and get a temporary pass.  Hand-made car tags will not be honored.  Remember!  Anyone can make a hand-made car tag!  Help us to maintain safety and security for all students!  Please make sure your child knows his or her car rider number.

 

Please remember that there are no left turns into the car rider lane or into the main entrance during arrival time and dismissal time. Also, there are no U-TURNS on Rivertown Road or Cochran Mill Road at any time. CHPD will be issuing tickets for violations.  We are required to go down South Fulton Parkway, make a right onto Cochran Mill Road, and then make a right onto Rivertown Road.  The City is working on a plan to add a passing lane by the car rider entrance to allow left hand turns.  We’ll keep you updated.

 

Sixth and seventh grade students (and their siblings or car pool friends who may go to Building B for EMAP -  no charge) may be dropped off in the turnaround from 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM.  (All other grade level students should line up in the car rider line.)  EMAP staff will watch from the Administration building as 6th and 7th grade students walk from their cars to Building B or to Building M to get their breakfast.  Students will wait in Building B until middle school teachers finish their morning staff meetings.

 

Please do not pull into the open gate near the administration trailer as there will be no staff present to supervise students in that area.

 

We are trying hard to speed up the car rider lane!  Please help us:

  1. Please pull all the way up so we can get as many cars as possible in the lane.
  2. In the morning, please stay in your car and allow the staff to help your child out of the car.
  3. Please do not park and drop your child off in the morning.  Please get in the car rider line.
  4. Please do not park and bring your car rider number to a staff member in the turnaround in the afternoon.  We will not be able to accommodate your request.
  5. In the afternoon, please hang your car rider number on your rear view mirror and leave it there until your child gets in the car.
  6. Please put your blinkers on when you enter the lane and turn them off when your child gets in the car.
  7. You may want to wait to get in the afternoon dismissal line at 3:30. The line is moving much more quickly at that time.

 

 

 

Please order meals for the month ahead.  If you need to order for the week ahead, please do so on Wednesday.  Any student who does not pre-order a meal will be given a sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and milk as Lunch For Kids will only deliver as many meals as were pre-ordered.  The fee for these meals will be invoiced.  Please make sure you checkout and pay (if applicable) or your order will not be completed and a meal will not be delivered for your child.  Meals must be pre-ordered whether the meal is free, reduced, or full price.  Please order meals for a month at a time.

 

Even if you don’t plan to use the school lunch program, please set up a POS account anyway, just in case. The POS system will be used for fundraisers, field trips, etc. as well.  There is no cost to set up an account.

 

If you have any difficulties, please let us know.  We can walk you through the process on our computers in the office.

 

Please remember that we are a peanut-free and tree nut-free campus.

 

We will have a school-sponsored Chick Fil-A fundraiser on Mondays and Fridays.  We will sell Chick Fil-A chicken biscuits for $3.00 and drinks for $1.00 to adults only.  We will not sell biscuits or drinks to students as per federal and state guidelines. We encourage use of our Lunch For Kids breakfast option for our students.  Supplies will be limited each day.

 

Please save BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION!  Box tops are a great way for our school to earn free money.  There is a collection box in the front office.  There will be a prize for the homeroom with the most box tops!

 

Thanks for supporting CHCS!

 

 

 

School uniforms are expected the first day of school.  If you are encountering any problems, please let your student's teacher know.  Shirts are ordered from Land's End and bottoms may be purchased from any vendor or store.

 

School uniform is a navy blue school logo shirt for K-4th grades and an evergreen school logo shirt of 5th-7th grades.  Bottoms (pants, shorts, capris, skorts, dress with school logo, jumper with school logo) can be brown, black, blue, or khaki.

 

Please make sure your child has an extra uniform outfit at school in case of an accident or a fall in the mud (It happens!).

 

Please make sure your child has a raincoat and an umbrella on rainy days.

 

Please make sure your child has a coat, hat, gloves, and scarf on cold days as we will be outside!

 

 

 

The next PTO $1.00 Dress Down Day will be Thursday, March 17. 

 

The next Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Thursday, February 23.

 

When students are dressing down at any time, shoulders must be covered.  No tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts.  No leggings or short shorts may be worn at any time.

 

 

The next Governing Board meeting is, Monday, March 6, at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meetings will be:  3/6; 4/3; 5/8; 6/26)  Budget Hearing #1 for the 2017-2018 school year budget will be held at 6:00 PM in  Building F before the Governing Board meeting on March 6.

 

The CHCS charter and application, work, committees, policies, and draft policies can be found at governance.chatthillscharter.org.

 

Governing Board members:  Abigail Corbett, Lachauna Edwards, Morgan Lindsey,  Dominique Love (parent), Warren Edwards (parent), Tyler Thigpen (parent), Tim Cailloux (treasurer), Xeron Pledger (secretary), Knox Phillips (chair), and Clay Johnson (vice chair).

 

PTO meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month except for February when the second Tuesday falls on Valentines Day.  The next PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  3/14, 4/11, and 5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night is Tuesday, March 21.  (Oz Pizza in Fairburn)  Subsequent date will be Tuesday, April 18.

The next Skate Night at Starlite in Sharpsburg will be this Spring.  Date to be announced soon.

 

The PTO Executive Board is:

            President                                                      Michelle Vaughn

            Vice President                                             Haley Turner

            Secretary                                                      Sharon Jones

            Treasurer                                                      Denise Bowen

 

The PTO Committee Chairs are:

            Spirit Wear and Merchandise                 Ashley Jackson and Joya Casson

            Spirit Nights, Share Nights, Etc MJ Nock

            Hospitality                                                    Bertha Furcon

            Communications and Outreach Taneisha Miles

            Social Media                                                Shonte Press

            Membership                                                 Heidi Day

            HOOTS Crew                                               Keion Edwards

            Animal Liaison                                            Dee Claborn

 

Check out the new PTO website at www.chatthillscharterpto.org.

 

 

The next days off are Friday, March 10 – Monday, March 13 for staff workday and professional learning day.  School resumes Tuesday, March 14.

 

 

 

Communication

Please like our Facebook page (Chatt Hills Charter School).  As I'm able, I will post pictures during the day.  Also, please like our photos page.

 

Please sign up for our REMIND text service.  We will send reminder and alert texts during the week. To receive these texts, please text: @chcbuttler to the number 81010.  You will receive a welcome text from Remind.  If you have trouble with 81010, try texting @chcbuttler to (678) 249-3787.

 

Please sign up for our Mail Chimp Emails.  We will send reminder and alert emails during the week, as well, and a weekly update on Sunday evenings with news, events, dates, times, etc.  You don’t want to miss these communications!  To receive these Mail Chimp Emails, please email Jessica Denton at Jessica.Denton@chatthillscharter.org.  In the subject line, please type, SIGN ME UP!, and include your email address in the text box.

 

Also, please visit our website!  The student and family handbook posted there is the best around!

 

Cell Phones

Students may have cell phones at school, but phones must remain in the off or silence mode and in backpacks. Cell phones may be used during the day only for class assignments and only with teacher permission. CHCS will not be responsible for cell phone damage or loss.

 

 

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Each family is asked to volunteer 15 hours per year (20 hours if you have 2 or more students enrolled.)  One hour is awarded for attendance at each PTO meeting.  Other volunteer opportunities include walking trail volunteers, lamination to be cut out, science journals to be stapled, and printable books to be copied, cut, and stapled.

 

Please volunteer to help serve lunch to students each day.  Please follow the link in order to sign up:  https://doodle.com/5tbh8s4krk57cv9

 

 

 

 

End of year celebration days for all students will be held in individual classrooms on the following dates:  K/1, May 22; 2/3, May 23; and 4-7, May 24.

 

Field Days will be:  K/1, May 15; 2/3, May 16; and 4-7, May 17.  May 18 will be the rain date.  

 

The last day of school is Thursday, May 25.  It will be a half-day, ending at 11:30 AM.  There will be no after school program the last day of school. 

 

 

 

Each parent will receive a background check form.  Background checks must be completed in order for someone to volunteer on campus.  Simply fill out your form and return to school as soon as possible. 

 

Community Meetings With Our Fulton County Schools Board Representative and Vice President, Linda Bryant

 

2/21/2017-6:00 p.m.-A. Philip Randolph Elementary School

3/20/2017-6:00 p.m.-C. H. Gullatt Elementary School

4/17/2017-6:00 p.m.-Oakley Elementary School

5/15/2017-6:00 p.m.-Westlake High School

 

Title 1 Spending

Parental Involvement:                  $12,520.00 (14%) 

Classroom /Direct Instruction:  $27,272.00 (31%) 

Improvement of Instruction:       $48,000.00  (55%)

 

Title I Focus Goals

1. 15% of students in grades 3-7 will perform at proficient level, or above on the Math Georgia Milestones Assessment by Spring 2017.  

 

What can I do to help us meet this goal?

-Coaching and modeling on workshop model, number talks, recreational mathematics, sequential story telling, standards for mathematical practice, argumentative, persuasive, and informational writing, dip sticks, hand signals, IXL, Hand2Mind,etc.

 

2. All grade levels (K-7) will increase by 30% from the Fall 2016 to the Spring 2017 on the STAR reading and math assessment.

 

What can I do to help us meet this goal?

-Coaching and modeling on workshop model, number talks, recreational mathematics, sequential story telling, standards for mathematical practice, argumentative, persuasive, and informational writing, dip sticks, hand signals, IXL, Hand2Mind, guided reading system and groups, mentor texts, read alouds, pictography, concept and mind mapping, Marzano’s 6 steps, phonemic and semantic cues, frayer model, context clues, word parts and word webs, text talks, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, RAZ kids, etc.

 

3. 15% of students in grades 3-7 will perform at proficient level, or above on the Reading/ELA Georgia Milestones Assessment by Spring 2017.  

 

What can I do to help us meet this goal?

- Coaching and modeling on workshop model, guided reading system and groups, mentor texts, read alouds, pictography, concept and mind mapping, Marzano’s 6 steps, phonemic and semantic cues, frayer model, context clues, word parts and word webs, text talks, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, RAZ kids, etc.

Title 1 Parent Workshops (7:15 AM and 4:30 PM)

 

Wednesday, March 15th Stevens/Horne/Schilling/Lucas (GA Milestones)

 

Wednesday, April 19th  Guy/Shaw/Faulkner (Reading and Math)

 

 

 

 

        

 

2/21            PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

2/21            Community Meeting with FCS Board Member, Linda Bryant, 6PM

                             Randolph Elementary School

2/23            School $1.00 Dress Down Day

2/24            Coffee and Conversation with parents of 3-5 students 8:45 AM

2/24            Black History Month Dress-Up Day (Free)

2/24            Black History Month Celebration Assembly 1:00 PM (rain date:  2/28)

2/27-3/3      Read Across America Week

3/4              CHCS Day at Georgia State Basketball Games 12:00 NOON

3/6              Budget Hearing #1/Board Finance Committee Mtg 6PM

3/6              Governing Board Meeting 7:00 PM in Building F

3/10            NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

3/13            NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

3/14            2nd/3rd Field Trip to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

3/14            PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

3/15            Title 1 Parent Workshop (7:15 AM and 4:30 PM)

3/16            K/1st Field Trip to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

3/20            Community Meeting with FCS Board Member, Linda Bryant, 6PM

                             Gullatt Elementary School

3/21            Oz Pizza Spirit Night

3/24            Report Cards for Term 3 Distributed

4/3-4/7        NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

4/10            Agriculture and Nature Curriculum Night 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

4/10            Budget Hearing #2/Board Finance Committee Mtg 6PM

4/10            Governing Board Meeting 7:00 PM in Building F

4/11            PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

4/17            Georgia Milestones This Week

4/17            Community Meeting with FCS Board Member, Linda Bryant, 6PM

                             Oakley Elementary School

4/18            Oz Pizza Spirit Night

4/19            Title 1 Parent Workshop (7:15 AM and 4:30 PM)

4/24            Georgia Milestones This Week

4/28            Progress Report Distributed for 4th Term

5/8              Art Extravaganza 5:00 PM

5/8              Budget Hearing #3/Board Finance Committee Mtg 6PM

5/8              Governing Board Meeting 7:00 PM in Building F

5/9              PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

5/15            Field Day for K/1

5/15            Community Meeting with FCS Board Member, Linda Bryant, 6PM

                             Westlake High School

5/16            Field Day for 2/3

5/17            Field Day for 4-7

5/18            Field Day rain date

5/22            End of Year Celebrations for K/1

5/23            End of Year Celebrations for 2/3

5/24            End of Year Celebrations for 4-7

5/25            LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (HALF DAY – 11:45 AM RELEASE – NO EMAP)

5/25                Final Report Card Distributed

 

*February17, March 10, and May 26 may be used as inclement weather make-up days, if necessary.

Please let me know how I can serve you!  

Email me at Walter.Buttler@chatthillscharter.org or call the office at 678-466-7300.

Have a fantastic week!