CHCS Weekly Update 04.10.17

 

Weekly Update

Week 31 (4/10/17 – 4/14/17)

Week 3 (out of 9) of the Fourth Quarter

31st Week (out of 36) of the School Year

Days 146-150 (out of 179) of the school year

34  school days left in the school year (incl. 4/10)

 

 

Monday, March 27   :           B

Chick Fil A Sale

LAUNCH!  10:25 AM

 

Tuesday, March 28  :           A

 

Wednesday, March 29:       B

                                                Georgia Milestone Pep Rally 2:15 PM                                                     

Thursday, March 30:            A

                                                Georgia Milestones ELA Part 1 for 3rd-5th

 

Friday, March 31:                 B

Chick Fil A Sale

Georgia Milestones ELA Part 1 for 6th, 7th

 

 

Agriculture/Nature Curriculum Night

Please join us tomorrow, Monday, April 10, from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM for  Agriculture/Nature Curriculum Night.  Activities will include seed cups, tree identification, scavenger hunts, I Spy Activities, Cochran Mill visitors, edible plants, and much, much, more.

 

April  Governing Board Meeting

The monthly governing board meeting is tomorrow, Monday, April 10, at 7:00 PM, in F1.  Budget Hearing #2 (5:00 PM) and Finance Committee Meeting (6:00 PM) will precede.

 

GEORGIA MILESTONES IS HERE!

There are only 3 school days left until the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) assessments begin this Thursday, April 13, for 3rd-5th graders and Friday, April 14, for 6th-7th graders.  Third and fourth grade students will be testing in the paper/pencil format.  Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students and students with IEPs will be testing online.  The following is the TENTATIVE Milestones schedule:

 

Date                                       Grades          Content Area

Thursday, April 13                3,4,5               ELA1

Friday, April 14                    6,7                  ELA1

 

Monday, April 17                 3,4,5               ELA2

Tuesday, April 18                6,7                  ELA2

 

Wednesday, April 19           3,4,5               Math

Thursday, April 20               6,7                  Math

 

Monday, April 24                 5                     Science

Tuesday, April 25                5                     Social Studies

 

This week we will continue to focus on remediation, enrichment, and acceleration in language arts and math and continuing to learn science and social studies standards through language arts and math.  Students will be flexibly grouped across the grade level according to specific standards.  Students who have mastered the particular standard and students who have not will be grouped differently to address specific students and their specific needs.

 

Fifth graders will take Milestones 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! 

 

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will take their end of year STAR assessments beginning April 24.  Third through seventh graders will take the same assessments after they finish with Georgia Milestones assessments.  All students will take their end of year MAP assessments at the end of April and beginning of May.

                                                                                                                                             

Over the next 3 days 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.

 

Thank you, 1st and 2nd Grade Teachers, Students, and Parents!

A special thanks to 1st and 2nd grade teachers, students, and parents!  Ms. Davis, Ms. Faulkner, Ms. Dillard, and Ms. Canady will be vacating their classrooms for the next few weeks so that we can use them as dedicated online testing labs for the upcoming Georgia Milestones, MAP, and STAR testing.  Ms. Selementi, Ms. Shaw, and Ms. Weidner will be receiving students from these classes.

 

TOGETHER, we’re BETTER!  THRIVE!

 

EMAP Hours Extended!

EMAP, our after school care, will extend operating hours until 7:00 PM starting Monday, April 10.  The cost of this service is only $2.00 per day per family.  If you would like to register for EMAP, and this new service, please email Mr. Lennert at Rick.Lennert@chatthillscharter.org and type “EMAP7PM” in the subject box and the names of your children who will take advantage of the service in the text box.

 

Spring Pictures Day

The Lifetouch Spring Pictures Day will be Thursday, April 27.  Order forms will come home this week.

Summer Camp?

CHCS is considering offering a 6 week summer camp to run from June 5 – July 13, Monday – Thursday, except for July 3 and 4, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Rising first graders (will be in 1st grade for next school year) through rising 8th graders would be grouped in mixed level groups (likely to be 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8, with 20-25 students per group).  Students would participate daily in online academics, water fun, hikes, agriculture, arts, and outdoor recess time with a special theme each week.  Cost would be in the $700.00 - $800.00 range for the 6 weeks.  Transportation, snacks, breakfasts, and lunch would be provided by parents.  No partial weeks or drop in days.  (All details above are very tentative.) 

 

Please email me at Walter.Buttler@chatthillscharter.org to express interest.  Please type “SUMMER CAMP” in the subject line and the names of your children who you would be interested in enrolling in the summer camp in the text box.

 

Dads On Duty

Calling all dads!  DADS ON DUTY is forming to assist with morning and afternoon car rider duty.  No need to sign up; just show up and let a staff member know you’re there to help.

 

Supply Lists For 2017-2018

The supply lists for 2017-2018 will be handed out before the last day of school and will be posted on the school website.  One of the concerns we heard at the Coffee and Conversation meetings was that some of the items on the supply lists really weren’t needed and weren’t really used.  We listened and we heard!  Teachers will be revising the lists to ensure that your hard-earned money is well-spent!

 

Another concern that we heard, especially for rising 6th-8th graders at Coffee and Conversation was what kind of technology we recommended for BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). 

 

Fulton County Schools recommends the following:

  • · Apple iPad Air2
    · Dell Chromebook 11
    · Dell Latitude 11 (least expensive)
    · MS Surface 3 (most expensive)
    However, our wifi infrastructure can work with any wifi device.  Please choose the device that is just right for your student….and your budget! 

    Lockers and locks will be available to secure devices when not in use.

 

Again, BYOT is for rising 6th-8th grade students only.

 

Uniforms for 2017-2018

Uniform requirements for 2017-2018 have not changed, but our vendor has.  Our contract with Lands End has expired and they will no longer be our exclusive supplier of uniform shirts.  Stay tuned for more information on how and where to order uniforms for the next school year.

 

This Week's Forecast

Warm and sunny all week with a 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.

 

Opportunity!

The Chatt Hills Nature Journal Club is something that students and families might be interested in. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month (2nd meeting March 25). More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChattHillsNatureJournalClub/ . Printable and web flyers are available on their Facebook page.

 

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. 

 

Student Initiative!

Congratulations to Editor, Xehara Pledger, and her staff on the first edition of a student-initiated, student-led school newspaper!  This year the newspaper staff will be limited as they get the newspaper off the ground, but next year students will be able to apply for positions.  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 March 27

We LAUNCHED into the week on Thursday and ended the week on Friday with Final Friday Fun Day Dress Down Day before launching into Spring Break!  It was a great week!

 

Lost and Found Shed!

There is a 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.

 

Meal Menu Ordering

PLEASE order for April AND May 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.

 

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 and enjoyed celebrating Black History Month this past month.  In March we will celebrate women’s history.  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

Test Talks – Please have a test talk with your student prior to the Georgia Milestones, MAP, and STAR tests.  Remind them that they have what it takes to be successful and that effort matters.

 

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 Monday, April 10, and Friday, April 14, 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.

 

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 teachers will indicate that they are at least satisfied with the overall quality of their job as measured via an annual survey.

89% indicated satisfaction following the 2015-2016 school year.

 

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

 

 

Where are we from?

 

45%     30213     Fairburn

25%     30349     College Park

12%     30268     Palmetto/Chatt Hills

8%       30291     Union City

4%       30331     Atlanta

2%       30337     College Park

2%       30344     East Point

1%       30312     Atlanta

1%       30354     Hapeville

What elementary schools do we come from?

 

17%                Renaissance (56.1)

15%                Palmetto  (52.3)

12%                Cliftondale (65.6)

11%                EC West (61.6)

8%                  Liberty

8%                  Oakley (48)

7%                  Stonewall Tell          

5%                  Wolfcreek

5%                  Campbell

3%                  Feldwood

2%                  Seaborn Lee

1%                  Asa Hilliard

1%                  Bethune

1%                  Conley

1%                  College Park

1%                  Gullatt

2%                  Brookview, Hamilton Holmes, Hapeville, Park Lane, Randolph, SL Lewis

 

 

CCRPI Score Comparison (South Fulton Schools)

 

  Fulton County Schools                                                            72.3

  State of Georgia                                                                      71.7

 

Seaborn Lee

70.8

 

 

 

 

Stonewall Tell

70.3

 

 

 

 

KIPP SF Charter Acad

70

 

 

 

 

Liberty Point

69.3

 

 

 

 

Chatt Hills Charter

68.3

 

 

 

 

Cliftondale

65.6

 

 

 

 

Campbell

63.6

 

 

 

 

EC West

61.6

 

 

 

 

Main Street Charter Academy

61.2

 

 

 

 

Conley Hills

60.4

 

 

 

 

Bethune

60.2

 

 

 

 

Gullatt

57.4

 

 

 

 

Renaissance

56.1

 

 

 

 

SL Lewis

55.4

 

 

 

 

Hapeville ES

54.7

 

 

 

 

Heritage

53.1

 

 

 

 

Randolph

52.6

 

 

 

 

Palmetto

52.3

 

 

 

 

Hilliard

50.4

 

 

 

 

College Park

50.1

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Holmes

49.2

 

 

 

 

Oakley

48

 

 

 

 

Brookview

47.7

 

 

 

 

Parklane

45.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 this 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 Friday, April 28.

 

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 Spring STAR will be administered late April and early May.  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 Spring MAP will be administered late April and early May.  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 13-27, 2017.  Students are assessed in reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, and science.  Social studies and science will only be assessed in 5th grade 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 for a Georgia Milestones pep rally this Wednesday, April 12, at 2:15 PM in the turnaround.

 

 

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 available 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 Friday, May 12. 

 

The next Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Friday, April 28.

 

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, April 10, at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meetings will be 5/8 and 6/26)  Budget Hearing #2 for the 2017-2018 school year budget will be held at 6:00 PM in  Building F before the Governing Board meeting on April 10.

 

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.  The next PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night is Tuesday, April 18.  (Oz Pizza in Fairburn) 

 

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 Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7 for Spring Break.  School resumes Monday, April 10.

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

        

 

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

4/10            Budget Hearing #2 5:00 PM

4/10         Board Finance Committee Mtg 6:00 PM

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

4/11            PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

4/12            Georgia Milestones Pep Rally 2:00 PM

4/13            Georgia Milestones Begin

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 (5th Grade Only – Science and SS)

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

 

* 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!