CHCS Weekly Update 05.15.17

 

Weekly Update

Week 36 (5/15/17 – 5/19/17)

Week 8 (out of 9) of the Fourth Quarter

36th  Week (out of 37) of the School Year

Days 171-175 (out of 179) of the school year

9  school days left in the school year (incl. 5/15)

 

 

Monday, May 15                   A

Chick Fil A Sale

K/1 Field Day

Community Meeting with our area Fulton County Schools

     Board member at 6:00 PM at Westlake High School

 

Tuesday, May 16                  B

2/3 Field Day

Maymester 1:45-2:45 PM

 

Wednesday, May 17            A

                                                4/5 Field Day

                                                Maymester for 2/3 only 1:45-2:45 PM

                                               

                                               

                                               

Thursday, May 18                B

Staff vs. Student Soccer Game 10:25 AM

Maymester 1:45-2:45

 

Friday, May 19                      A

LAUNCH!  10:25 AM

Chick Fil A Sale

Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Down Day

 

 

URGENT!  Parent Survey!

One of the metrics of our charter is that at least 85% of parents will fill out a school climate survey and that at least 90% will indicate they are satisfied or very satisfied.  Parent surveys were sent home last week.  If you have not done so already, please fill out the survey (one parent per household) and return to school the next day.  It is a very quick, five minute survey.  Every student who brings it back can get a free ice cream this week.  Thanks!

 

Field Days Are Here!

Field Days are quickly approaching!  This week we will be at Wilkerson Mill Park in Palmetto.  Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the venue as they will spend the entire day in field day competitions and free play.  They will eat both breakfast and lunch at the park as well.  Parents are welcome and volunteers will be needed.  The field days schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 15:                 K/1  (Kindergarten will have their field day at Cochran Mill)

Tuesday, May 16:                2/3

Wednesday, May 17:           4/5/6/7

A field day permission slip was sent home last week.  Please return that on Monday.  Again, drop off and pick up (any time beginning at 2:00 PM) will be at the park.  If you will have students to pick up both on campus and at the venue, please pick up at the park first.  EMAP will be available at the park beginning at 7:00 AM for students participating in Field Day that day, AND on campus at 7:00 AM for those not scheduled for that day.  Afternoon session of EMAP will take place on campus only.  Parents will have to arrange transportation back to the school with another parent if their children are attending EMAP and they can’t provide transportation themselves. 

Students should bring water bottles, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen that they can apply themselves, a towel, and an extra set of clothes in a backpack.  Again, school breakfast and lunch (sack lunch) will be available at the farm for those who ordered through Lunch For Kids.

PTO will sell concessions to parents only and will give away popsicles to students.

 

End of Year Celebration Days For Parents

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 

First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM

 

Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM

Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   

                                                          9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class

                                                        9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class

                                                       10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class

 

Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM

Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM

Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM

Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Thursday, May 25.  It will be a half day from 8:30-11:30.  EMAP will be available in the morning, but not after 11:30.  Weather permitting, this will be a "get wet" day with water fun inflatables as we had last year.

 

Yearbooks Have Arrived!

If you ordered a yearbook online, your child will sign for it and pick it up this week.  If you didn’t order online, you can purchase one at FF2 for $15.00 cash.  There is a limited supply, so please pick up your copy soon!

We also have previous years’ yearbooks on sale for $10.00 while supplies last.

 

aMAYzing May-mester!

This May has been aMAYzing at CHCS!  Each teacher is sponsoring a class based on something about which they are passionate.  The final 2 classes will take place from 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM on May 16 and 18.  Students chose their top 3 classes from a choice board for their grade bands.  

 

Learnapalooza Kick-Off Meeting

Learnapalooza, our big Fall fundraising and family event, will take place on Saturday, September 9.  There will be a kick-off meeting at the home of Roz Lemieux, 10559 Serenbe Lane, on Saturday, May 20, at 3:00 PM.  All volunteers are encouraged to attend.

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For….

ICE CREAM!  We will have ice cream for sale during lunch periods through the end of the year.  Ice cream meets all the requirements of the federal Smart Snacks law.  Ice creams will be $1.00.  K/1 can buy on Tuesday, 2/3 on Wednesday, 4/5/6/7 on Thursday, and all grade levels, again, on Friday, while supplies last.  Proceeds from ice cream sales will go toward end of year activities.

 

Fulton County Library System Summer Reading

Please check with your local library for their summer kick off date activity and sign-up information for the summer reading program.  The Palmetto Library will have its Annual Children’s Summer Reading Kick-Off on Thursday, June 1, from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  They’re calling it a block party and students will be performing and entertaining the community with music, dancing, fun games, activities, and refreshments.  They are looking for local student talent such as bands, dancers, open-mic, singers, dramatic artists, and face painters.  Let’s keep reading through the summer!

 

Tell Your Friends!

If you know someone who would like to sign up for our 2017-2018 waiting list, please tell them to send an email to enrollment@chatthillscharter.org, subject line:  waiting list.  Include parent name, student name, student date of birth, student grade for the next school year (2017-2018), email address, and telephone number on separate lines in the text box.  We'll contact them to welcome them and let them know what number they are on the waiting list.

 

EMAP Hours Extended!

EMAP, our after school care, has extended operating hours for 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  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.

 

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

Hot and sunny all week!  Please send sunscreen and a 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 May 8

We attended Maymester classes on Tuesday and Thursday and we met for LAUNCH on Friday.  Monday night was our Art Extravaganza and Tuesday night was our last PTO meeting of the year.  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.

 

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.

 

Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will have sales this Monday, May 15, and Friday, May 19, 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….

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.

 

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

 

Fulton County Schools is funding us $4,654,980.00 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

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

 

 

 

 

  Nolan                                                                                               47.1

 

 

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 Thursday, May 25. 

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 this month.  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 this month.  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 were assessed in reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, and science.  Social studies and science were assessed in 5th grade only 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!

 

 

 

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 in August.

 

The next School $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be this Friday, May 19. 

 

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, May 8 at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meeting will be 6/26)  Budget Hearing #3 for the 2017-2018 school year budget will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 8 in Building F1.

 

The next Governing Board Finance Committee Meeting is Thursday, June 8, at 10:00 AM.

 

The next Governing Board Academic Excellence Meeting is Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM.

 

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, May 9, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night is TBA.  (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 May 26 – August 6.  The first day of school is August 7.

 

 

 

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.

 

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 
First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM
 
Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM
Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   
                                           9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class
                                           9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class
                                           10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class
 
Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM
Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM
Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM
Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

        

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 an inclement weather make-up day, 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!

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CHCS Weekly Update 05.08.17

 

Weekly Update

Week 35 (5/8/17 – 5/12/17)

Week 7 (out of 9) of the Fourth Quarter

35th  Week (out of 36) of the School Year

Days 166-170 (out of 179) of the school year

14  school days left in the school year (incl. 5/8)

 

 

Monday, May 8                     B

Chick Fil A Sale

Art Extravaganza 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Governing Board Meeting 7:00 PM

 

Tuesday, May 9                    A

Maymester 1:45-2:45 PM

Title 1 Parent Input Meeting 6:00 PM

PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

 

Wednesday, May 10            B

                                                LAUNCH!  10:25 AM

                                               

Thursday, May 11                 A

Maymester 1:45-2:45

 

Friday, May 12                      B

Chick Fil A Sale

 

 

MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER MEALS

Tomorrow, Monday, May 8, is the last day to order meals for the last days of school.  If meals are not ordered, students will receive the alternate meal.  PLEASE order right now, if you haven’t already. 

 

 

Staff Appreciation Week Is Here!

CHCS is celebrating Staff Appreciation Week this week.  Please join us in honoring our teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff!

 

Art Extravaganza

Tomorrow evening, Monday, May 8, 5:30-7:00 pm, on campus, is our annual CHCS ART EXTRAVAGANZA. EVERY student will have on display their own masterpiece that they have been working on through the year.  Come and enjoy this beautiful showcase of our students' artistic accomplishments. You will be able to purchase your student’s masterpiece as well.  All art work will be $10.00.  Cash and debit only.  No checks or credit cards (sorry!).  Hope to see you there!

 

aMAYzing May-mester!

This May is going to be aMAYzing at CHCS!  Each teacher is going to sponsor a class based on something about which they are passionate.  The classes will take place from 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18.  Students will choose their top 3 classes from a choice board that will come home on Tuesday.  We will TRY OUR BEST to accommodate at least one of each student’s top 3.  Classes will be offered in three grade bands, with K/1, 2/3, and 4/5/6/7.  It’s going to be aMAYzing!

 

URGENT!  Parent Survey!

One of the metrics of our charter is that at least 85% of parents will fill out a school climate survey and that at least 90% will indicate they are satisfied or very satisfied.  A survey will be coming home Monday, May 8, for grades 2-7 and on Tuesday, May 9, for grades K and 1.  Please fill out the survey (one parent per household) and return to school the next day.  It is a very quick, five minute survey.  Every student who brings it back the next day can get a free ice cream next week, the week of May 23.  If you have more than one child, please write each child’s name and homeroom teacher on the return envelope so you don’t have to fill out more than one survey.  Thanks!

 

Title 1 Parent Input Meeting

There will be an important end-of-year Title 1 parent input meeting this Tuesday, May 9, at 6:00 PM.  Please bring an outdoor chair as we may meet outdoors if the weather is nice.  Your attendance is very important.

 

PTO Meeting Tuesday

This Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 PM, is our last PTO meeting of the school year!  Please bring an outdoor chair as we may meet outdoors if the weather agrees.

 

Field Days Are Coming!

Field Days are quickly approaching!  This year we will be at Wilkerson Mill Park in Palmetto.  Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the venue as they will spend the entire day in field day competitions and free play.  They will eat both breakfast and lunch at the farm as well.  Parents are welcome and volunteers will be needed.  The field days schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 15:                 K/1

Tuesday, May 16:                2/3

Wednesday, May 17:           4/5/6/7

A packet of information will be sent home this week, including directions and permission slips to sign and return.  Again, drop off and pick up (any time beginning at 2:00 PM) will be at the venue.  If you will have students to pick up both on campus and at the venue, please pick up at the venue first.  EMAP will be available at the venue beginning at 7:00 AM, for students participating in Field Day that day, AND on campus at 7:00 AM for those not scheduled for that day.  Afternoon session of EMAP will take place on campus only.  Parents will have to arrange transportation back to the school with another parent if their children are attending EMAP. 

Students should bring water bottles, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen that they can apply themselves, a towel, and an extra set of clothes in a backpack.  Again, school breakfast and lunch (sack lunch) will be available at the farm for those who ordered through Lunch For Kids.

 

End of Year Celebration Days For Parents

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 

First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM

 

Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM

Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   

                                                          9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class

                                                        9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class

                                                       10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class

 

Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM

Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM

Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM

Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Thursday, May 25.  It will be a half day from 8:30-11:30.  EMAP will be available in the morning, but not after 11:30.  Weather permitting, this will be a "get wet" day with water fun inflatables as we had last year.

 

Fulton County Library System Summer Reading

Please check with your local library for their summer kick off date activity (Palmetto Library is June 1) and sign-up information for the summer reading program.  Let’s keep reading through the summer!

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For….

ICE CREAM!  We will have ice cream for sale during lunch periods through the end of the year.  Ice cream meets all the requirements of the federal Smart Snacks law.  Ice creams will be $1.00.  K/1 can buy on Tuesday, 2/3 on Wednesday, 4/5/6/7 on Thursday, and all grade levels, again, on Friday, while supplies last.  Proceeds from ice cream sales will go toward end of year activities.

 

Tell Your Friends!

If you know someone who would like to sign up for our 2017-2018 waiting list, please tell them to send an email to enrollment@chattthillscharter.org, subject line:  waiting list.  Include parent name, student name, student date of birth, student grade for the next school year (2017-2018), email address, and telephone number on separate lines in the text box.  We'll contact them to welcome them and let them know what number they are on the waiting list.

 

Yearbook Time!

It’s yearbook time!  The link for ordering the yearbook is: 

 

http://community.pictavo.com/c/314674

 

EMAP Hours Extended!

EMAP, our after school care, has extended operating hours for 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  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.

 

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 May 1

We finished ALL testing for the year!  Can I hear an “AMEN!”?  We had a schoolwide art day on Thursday and finished our masterpieces.  Through the week students worked on grade level masterpieces such as the 2nd grade Four Seasons mandala in the circle by buildings F and G.

 

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 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.

 

Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will have sales this Monday, May 8, and Friday, May 12, 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.

 

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

 

Fulton County Schools is funding us $4,654,980.00 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

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

 

 

 

 

  Nolan                                                                                               47.1

 

 

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 Thursday, May 25. 

 

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 this month.  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 this month.  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 were assessed in reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, and science.  Social studies and science were assessed in 5th grade only 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!

 

 

 

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 School $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Friday, May 19. 

 

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, May 8 at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meeting will be 6/26)  Budget Hearing #3 for the 2017-2018 school year budget will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 8 in Building F1.

 

The next Governing Board Finance Committee Meeting is Thursday, June 8, at 10:00 AM.

 

The next Governing Board Academic Excellence Meeting is Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM.

 

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, May 9, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night is TBA.  (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 May 26 – August 6.  The first day of school is August 7.

 

 

 

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.

 

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 
First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM
 
Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM
Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   
                                           9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class
                                           9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class
                                           10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class
 
Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM
Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM
Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM
Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

        

5/8              Art Extravaganza 5:00 PM

5/8              Budget Hearing #3  6:00 PM

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 an inclement weather make-up day, 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!

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First Grade Team

My name is Kimberly Faulkner.

I teach 1st grade students on the  first grade team.

This is my 4th year teaching.

This is my 2nd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Harlem High School in Harlem,Georgia, in 2007.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from From Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 2011.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015.

I am certified in the following areas: early childhood education P-5.

GaPSC certificate number is 941652.  My certification period is 2016-2021.


Other schools in which I have worked: Suder Elementary (Kindergarten), Clayton County Schools, Georgia.


My name is Christina Lee 

I teach on the First Grade team.

This is my year 2nd of teaching.

This is my 2nd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Northgate High school in 2010.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in from The University of West Georgia in 2014.

I am certified in Early Childhood Education 

GaPSC certificate number is 1305509.  My certification period is 2014- 2018.

I love my First Graders and my team. :)


My name is Gabrielle Selementi

I teach first grade students on the first grade team.

This is my first year teaching.

This is my first year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from East Coweta High School in 2011.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University in 2015.

I am certified in the following areas: Early Childhood Education (P-5)

GaPSC certificate number is  1414322. My certification period is 2015-2020.

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Kindergarten Team

My name is Avery Bailey Guy.

I teach Fabulous Frog Kindergarten scholars on the Kindergarten grade team. (because we teach students, not subjects)

This is my 6th year teaching.

This is my 3rd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, in 2010.

I am certified in the following areas:  Early Childhood Education P-5.

GaPSC certificate number is 799433. My certification period is 2016-2021.

Other schools in which I have worked:  Angel Academy, Cobb County (Lead Pre-K Teacher)


 

My name is Sherie Evans and am a Paraprofessional in Kindergarten. I am Ms. Guy's Para and together we teach the Fabulous Frogs!

This is my 20th year working as a Para. I served as a Special Education Para in Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades before coming to CHCS.

This school year marks my 3rd year with Chattahoochee Hills Charter School.

I earned my high school diploma from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia graduating in 1976


I attended Truett McConnell College, in Cleveland, Georgia as a Social Work Major from 1976-1978.

I am certified as a Paraprofessional by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

GaPSC certificate number is 601641. My certification period is 07/01/2012-06/30/2017.


My name is: Jason Miller

I teach on the Kindergarten team.

This is my 2nd year teaching.

This is my year 3rd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Winfield High School.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2003 from Wichita State.

I am certified in the following areas: P-5

GaPSC certificate number is 1470685. My certification period is through June 2018


My name is Maritza Williams. I teach Kindergarten students on the Kindergarten team. This is my 6th year of teaching and my 3rd year at CHCS. I earned my high school diploma from The Nightingale-Bamford School in NYC. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology from Clark University in Massachusetts. I earned my Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at University of Southern California. I am certified in the following areas: pre-K to 5th grade general education.

GaPSC certificate number is  1430048. My certification period is 2013-2018.
Other schools in which I have worked:
Seven Hills Charter School - Worcester, MA (Kindergarten & 1st grade)
Bronx School of Excellence - Bronx, NY (1st grade)
Burnett Elementary - Douglasville, GA (2nd & 4th grade)
Chattahoochee Hills Charter School - Chattahoochee Hills, GA (Kindergarten)

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Maymester Classes

Kindergarten and First Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Story Stones

Ms. Guy

Scholars will create stories using stones as their visual aids. They will be painting pictures onto their rocks depicting their story. :)

 

2.Animals and Habitats

Mr. Miller

We will be using BBC's breakthrough series, Planet Earth, to learn about the animals and habitats you are interested in! Then we will use what we learn to inspire our artwork! If you love animals and have a passion for drawing then this is the class for you! 

 

3.Paint, Paint, and Paint Some More!

Ms. Martin (Ms. Williams’ long term sub) and Ms. Lebron

Do you like to paint?  Me too!  Come paint with me!

 

4.Colorful Sit Spots

Ms. Faulkner

Get ready to enjoy an art-filled time while enjoying nature! We will explore new sit spots each class to observe nature and put it down with colors on paper!

 

5.Crafty Corner

Ms. (Davis) Lee

Show off your artful talent! We will be doing lots of painting, drawing, sketching, and paper collages!

 

6.Blings and Things! 

Ms. Selementi

Get your shine on and get ready! We will be designing bracelets, necklaces, and more! Join this Maymester class to explore the world of creating handmade jewelry! 

 

7.Campus Beautification

Mrs. Moreen

Would you like to help make our campus more beautiful than it already is? In this class you will get to be a part of decorating picnic tables in the outdoor classrooms, repainting tables on campus, helping to create a rock garden, and much much more.  Please join me in your scrubbies to help decorate our campus and make it SHINE! 

 

8.Building Forts and Stuff

Mr. Richard

We’re going to use some natural resources to build forts and other stuff.  Can we build it?  YES WE CAN!

 

Maymester Classes

Second and Third Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 17, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Fairy Tales and Tall Tales

Ms. Shaw

Have you ever dreamed of being a prince or princess?  In this class you will learn all about some popular princess fairy tales. On the last day of our course we will have a princess tea party where you can wear your princess attire, drink tea, and have special snacks like real princes and princesses.  

 

2.Save the Drama for the Llamas! (Theater)

Ms. Canady

Have you ever wanted to break out of your shell, or do you already know the stage is calling your name? We are going to play theater games, learn about the stage and maybe even work on our singing skills in theater! Join me as we dive into theater for kids!

 

3.Cultures Around the World….With Food!

Ms. Weidner and Ms. Dillard

Come fly with us!  We’ll travel the world and learn about different cultures through the foods they eat.  Oh, by the way, WE’LL eat, too!

 

4.#worldchangers 

Ms. Rice

Do you believe that you can change the world? I believe that YOU can! Take my class to find out how!! 

 

5.Stress-Free Coloring In Nature

Ms. Spencer and Ms. Stevens

Students will relax in nature while coloring mandala designs. Students will be provided with color pencils and be able to choose a quiet place of their choice to de-stress from testing. 

 

6.Surprise!

Mr. Lennert

This class is all about the element of surprise. Will we hike? Will we sing? Will we build?  Will we stay dry?  Will we get wet?  Will we stay clean?  Will we get dirty?  Who knows!! It’s a surprise!

 

7.Drawing in Nature

Ms. Taylor-Phillips

Students!  Bring your sketchbook and drawing materials to the woods with your favorite art teacher, Mrs. Taylor-Phillips! We will study and draw the interesting things we find in the peace and quiet of the outdoors.

 

8.Let’s Ride!

Mr. Buttler

Do you like riding bikes?  Me too!  Let’s go for a bike ride!  Please choose this class only if you are able to bring your bicycle on May 9, 11, 16, and 18 and we’ll ride on campus and experience our environment in a new way!  Oh, and we’ll get some exercise, too!  (Park your bicycle outside of the Administration trailer, FF, next to mine.)

Maymester Classes

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Give Me a C…..!

Ms. Denton

Cheerleading! Do you like to look sharp, perform with a group, and get a crowd pumped up?! You should try cheerleading! We will learn a new cheer and chant everyday. (No stunts)  Dress in shorts and good sneakers. We will be jumping, stretching, and moving!

 

 

2.I Can Grow!

Ms. Grant

Explore the wonders of nature, science and agriculture as you learn how to plant seeds, make compost and maintain a garden.

 

 

3.Save the Scraps!

Ms. Horne

Explore your creativity and show off your measurement skills by designing scrapbook layouts using your favorite pictures.

 

 

4.Run!

Ms. Jones (4th Grade Teacher)

We will start off with light stretching, a discussion of  breathing techniques when running and the physical and mental health benefits of running, and then some warm up exercises. We will then spend time running on the trails and have a cool down at the end. 

 

 

5.My Amazing Brain: What's inside your skull?

Mr. Braxton

We are going to take a journey into the brain, exploring its different parts along the way. We'll discover the cool things that go on inside your head and learn what the brain does. On this exciting journey, you will be scientists, carrying out fun experiments.

 

 

6.Bored???!!!  No!!!  BOARD games!

Ms. Jones (5th Grade Teacher)

Let’s have a checkers tournament!  Perhaps a chess tournament?  Maybe some Connect 4?

 

 

7.Make It, Take It, Play It, DIY Games

Ms. Lucas

Let’s make, take, and play games like mancala, skeeball, ping pong toss/ring toss, tic-tac-toe, paper plate bean bag toss, and more!

 

 

8.Outdoor Cooking!

Ms. Baughman

Learn to safely build a campfire and cook over it (it's more than s'mores!).  We will also build a solar oven to make some tasty treats.

 

9.The Beautiful Game

Ms. Marietta, Mr. Barrow, and Mr. Schilling

Are you interested in becoming the next big star?  Do the names Messi and Ronaldo mean something to you.  Join us for Maymester and learn the ins and outs of the game of soccer.  We will do drills to increase ability, cover the rules of the beautiful game, and practice in-game scenarios through play.  Please bring tennis shoes, a water bottle, and a soccer ball if you have one.  Please, no cleats!  The hard ground will cause major back and knee problems if you wear cleats.

 

 

10.Playmaking

Ms. Murphy

In small groups, students will write short play(s) and perform them.  For the final showcase, students will direct and perform a peer written play.  Drama warm-ups will begin each session.

 

 

11.Absolute Archery

Coach Meg

Come back for some more archery practice outside of P.E. Now that you've learned the basic skills, let's get more advanced! 

 

 

12.Sing!

Ms. Ritchea

Let’s sing!  We will be singing 2-3 part pieces from musicals such as Newsies' “Seize the Day”.

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Maymester Classes 2017

Maymester information sheets and response forms were sent home today.  The response forms are due back tomorrow

Maymester Classes

Kindergarten and First Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Story Stones

Ms. Guy

Scholars will create stories using stones as their visual aids. They will be painting pictures onto their rocks depicting their story. :)

 

2.Animals and Habitats

Mr. Miller

We will be using BBC's breakthrough series, Planet Earth, to learn about the animals and habitats you are interested in! Then we will use what we learn to inspire our artwork! If you love animals and have a passion for drawing then this is the class for you! 

 

3.Paint, Paint, and Paint Some More!

Ms. Martin (Ms. Williams’ long term sub) and Ms. Lebron

Do you like to paint?  Me too!  Come paint with me!

 

4.Colorful Sit Spots

Ms. Faulkner

Get ready to enjoy an art-filled time while enjoying nature! We will explore new sit spots each class to observe nature and put it down with colors on paper!

 

5.Crafty Corner

Ms. (Davis) Lee

Show off your artful talent! We will be doing lots of painting, drawing, sketching, and paper collages!

 

6.Blings and Things! 

Ms. Selementi

Get your shine on and get ready! We will be designing bracelets, necklaces, and more! Join this Maymester class to explore the world of creating handmade jewelry! 

 

7.Campus Beautification

Mrs. Moreen

Would you like to help make our campus more beautiful than it already is? In this class you will get to be a part of decorating picnic tables in the outdoor classrooms, repainting tables on campus, helping to create a rock garden, and much much more.  Please join me in your scrubbies to help decorate our campus and make it SHINE! 

 

8.Building Forts and Stuff

Mr. Richard

We’re going to use some natural resources to build forts and other stuff.  Can we build it?  YES WE CAN!

 

Maymester Classes

Second and Third Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 17, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Fairy Tales and Tall Tales

Ms. Shaw

Have you ever dreamed of being a prince or princess?  In this class you will learn all about some popular princess fairy tales. On the last day of our course we will have a princess tea party where you can wear your princess attire, drink tea, and have special snacks like real princes and princesses.  

 

2.Save the Drama for the Llamas! (Theater)

Ms. Canady

Have you ever wanted to break out of your shell, or do you already know the stage is calling your name? We are going to play theater games, learn about the stage and maybe even work on our singing skills in theater! Join me as we dive into theater for kids!

 

3.Cultures Around the World….With Food!

Ms. Weidner and Ms. Dillard

Come fly with us!  We’ll travel the world and learn about different cultures through the foods they eat.  Oh, by the way, WE’LL eat, too!

 

4.#worldchangers 

Ms. Rice

Do you believe that you can change the world? I believe that YOU can! Take my class to find out how!! 

 

5.Stress-Free Coloring In Nature

Ms. Spencer and Ms. Stevens

Students will relax in nature while coloring mandala designs. Students will be provided with color pencils and be able to choose a quiet place of their choice to de-stress from testing. 

 

6.Surprise!

Mr. Lennert

This class is all about the element of surprise. Will we hike? Will we sing? Will we build?  Will we stay dry?  Will we get wet?  Will we stay clean?  Will we get dirty?  Who knows!! It’s a surprise!

 

7.Drawing in Nature

Ms. Taylor-Phillips

Students!  Bring your sketchbook and drawing materials to the woods with your favorite art teacher, Mrs. Taylor-Phillips! We will study and draw the interesting things we find in the peace and quiet of the outdoors.

 

8.Let’s Ride!

Mr. Buttler

Do you like riding bikes?  Me too!  Let’s go for a bike ride!  Please choose this class only if you are able to bring your bicycle on May 9, 11, 16, and 18 and we’ll ride on campus and experience our environment in a new way!  Oh, and we’ll get some exercise, too!  (Park your bicycle outside of the Administration trailer, FF, next to mine.)

Maymester Classes

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grade Classes

Maymester classes will meet from 1:45-2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18

Choose your top 4 on the response sheet on the opposite side and return this sheet tomorrow.

 

1.Give Me a C…..!

Ms. Denton

Cheerleading! Do you like to look sharp, perform with a group, and get a crowd pumped up?! You should try cheerleading! We will learn a new cheer and chant everyday. (No stunts)  Dress in shorts and good sneakers. We will be jumping, stretching, and moving!

 

2. I Can Grow!

Ms. Grant

Explore the wonders of nature, science and agriculture as you learn how to plant seeds, make compost and maintain a garden.

 

3.Save the Scraps!

Ms. Horne

Explore your creativity and show off your measurement skills by designing scrapbook layouts using your favorite pictures.

 

4.Run!

Ms. Jones (4th Grade Teacher)

We will start off with light stretching, a discussion of  breathing techniques when running and the physical and mental health benefits of running, and then some warm up exercises. We will then spend time running on the trails and have a cool down at the end. 

 

5.My Amazing Brain: What's inside your skull?

Mr. Braxton

We are going to take a journey into the brain, exploring its different parts along the way. We'll discover the cool things that go on inside your head and learn what the brain does. On this exciting journey, you will be scientists, carrying out fun experiments.

 

 

6.Bored???!!!  No!!!  BOARD games!

Ms. Jones (5th Grade Teacher)

Let’s have a checkers tournament!  Perhaps a chess tournament?  Maybe some Connect 4?

 

7.Make It, Take It, Play It, DIY Games

Ms. Lucas

Let’s make, take, and play games like mancala, skeeball, ping pong toss/ring toss, tic-tac-toe, paper plate bean bag toss, and more!

 

8.Outdoor Cooking!

Ms. Baughman

Learn to safely build a campfire and cook over it (it's more than s'mores!).  We will also build a solar oven to make some tasty treats.

 

9.The Beautiful Game

Ms. Marietta, Mr. Barrow, and Mr. Schilling

Are you interested in becoming the next big star?  Do the names Messi and Ronaldo mean something to you.  Join us for Maymester and learn the ins and outs of the game of soccer.  We will do drills to increase ability, cover the rules of the beautiful game, and practice in-game scenarios through play.  Please bring tennis shoes, a water bottle, and a soccer ball if you have one.  Please, no cleats!  The hard ground will cause major back and knee problems if you wear cleats.

 

10.Playmaking

Ms. Murphy

In small groups, students will write short play(s) and perform them.  For the final showcase, students will direct and perform a peer written play.  Drama warm-ups will begin each session.

 

11.Absolute Archery

Coach Meg

Come back for some more archery practice outside of P.E. Now that you've learned the basic skills, let's get more advanced! 

 

12.Sing!

Ms. Ritchea

Let’s sing!  We will be singing 2-3 part pieces from musicals such as Newsies' “Seize the Day”.

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Administration

Administrative Staff

My name is Walter Buttler.

I am the principal of CHCS.

 This is my 26th year in education.

This is my 2nd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from St. Agnes Cathedral High School in 1985. 

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York in 1990. 

I earned my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in 1995.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2007.

I am certified in the following areas:  early childhood education P-5, middle school math, middle school language arts, middle school social studies, and leadership. 

GaPSC certificate number is 232178. My certification period is 2015-2020.

Other schools in which I have worked:  LBC Early Learning Center, New York (Principal, teacher); The Covenant Christian School, Franklin Square, New York (Principal); Dutchtown Elementary School, Henry County Schools, Georgia (5th grade teacher); Rocky Creek Elementary School, Henry County Schools, Georgia (Assistant Principal); Luella Middle School, Henry County Schools, Georgia (Principal); Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, Fulton County Schools, Georgia (Principal).

 

Rick Lennert

I work on the administrative team

This is my ninth year teaching.

This is my third year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Starpoint Central in Pendleton, NY

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Fredonia State in Fredonia, NY.

I am certified in elementary education with a middle school extension grades 6-8

GaPSC certificate number is 748680. My certification period is 2012 -2017

I spent six years at Palmetto Elementary

 

My name is Matthew Robinson

I am the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

This is my 4th year in education. 

This is my 3rd year at CHCS.

I earned my high school diploma from Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Morehouse College.

I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. 

I am certified in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Mathematics, Middle Grades Reading, and Middle Grades Science. 

My GaPSC certificate number is 1411822. My certification period is 2014 - 2017.

Other schools in which I have worked: BEST Academy High School.

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CHCS Weekly Update 05.01.17

 

Weekly Update

Week 34 (5/1/17 – 5/5/17)

Week 6 (out of 9) of the Fourth Quarter

34th  Week (out of 36) of the School Year

Days 161-165 (out of 179) of the school year

19  school days left in the school year (incl. 5/1)

 

 

Monday, May 1                     A

Chick Fil A Sale

 

Tuesday, May 2                    B

 

Wednesday, May 3              A

$1.00 Dress Down Day

LAUNCH!

                                               

Thursday, May 4                   B

                                                Schoolwide Art Day!

                                                Governing Board Finance Committee Meeting 10:00 AM, FF

 

Friday, May 5                        A

Chick Fil A Sale

Saturday, May 6                  

 

Sunday, May 7                      May Day at Serenbe

 

 

TESTING SEASON IS HERE!

Georgia Milestones is OVER!  But….STAR and MAP testing continues this week.  Teachers will let parents know which test will be administered on which day and what time.  MAP test results are especially important as they are one of our charter metrics for charter renewal.

                                                                                                                                             

Congratulations, Math Teams!

Our math teams competed in the Perennial Math competition yesterday at Oak Hill Middle School in Milledgeville.  Our 5th/6th Grade Team in the Intermediate division is comprised of Ngozi A (6th), Sydnei S (6th), Brooke H (6th), Niaja M (5th), and Kennedy V (5th). They earned 2ND PLACE in their division, ranking higher than over 20 other teams !!! (Team Name: Sh-Einsteins)

 

We had two teams in the Advanced division and they are all 7th grade students. One team is comprised of JaNiyah G, Maddie P, Stephanie K, Mekhi B, and Bailey H. This team walked away with 3RD PLACE in their division !!! (Team Name: 2 Infinity & Beyond)

 

The second team is comprised of Jordan C, Tyler D, Alaina C, Brianna G, and Deja N. This team led the school's recognition last year at the Regional Tournament at Univ. West Georgia after having earned 2nd Place in CHCS' very first competition as a team. Well this year, they earned the GOLD and took FIRST PLACE in the Advanced division !!! (Team Name: I Square To Keep It Real)

 

We ALSO have individual champions:  Brooke H. placed 2nd in the 6th Grade Division; Tyler D. placed 3rd in the 7th Grade Division; and Alaina C. placed 2nd in the 7th Grade Division.

 

All 15 students have QUALIFIED for NATIONALS, scheduled for late May as a virtual tournament. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating our students’ successes this weekend. They worked hard and deserve it.

 

THRIVE!

 

URGENT!  Parent Survey!

One of the metrics of our charter is that at least 85% of parents will fill out a school climate survey and that at least 90% will indicate they are satisfied or very satisfied.  A survey will be coming home Monday, May 8, for grades 2-7 and on Tuesday, May 9, for grades K and 1.  Please fill out the survey (one parent per household) and return to school the next day.  It is a very quick, five minute survey.  Every student who brings it back the next day can get a free ice cream next week, the week of May 23.  If you have more than one child, please write each child’s name and homeroom teacher on the return envelope so you don’t have to fill out more than one survey.  Thanks!

 

Help Wanted

The Art Focus Team at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School is need of some VOLUNTEERS who are ready, willing, or experienced with the VISUAL ARTS. If you can DRAW, PAINT, DESIGN, or CRAFT we need you! All volunteers will help Kindergarten through 7th grade students transfer their masterpiece drafts from paper to canvas on May 4th, 2017 during our School-Wide Art Day. ALL HANDS & MINDSETS ON DECK. Come ready to assist students in being careful, confident, and creative anytime between 9:30am and 2:30pm. All volunteers must commit to 2 hours of service, but will earn 5 volunteer hours total. If you are interested in volunteering on May 4th, 2017 please email Mr. Robinson at matthew.robinson@chatthillscharter.org . This is all in preparation for our Art Extravaganza which will be held on May 8th, 2017 5:30pm – 7:00pm. EVERY student will have their own masterpiece to have auctioned off this year – GET READY!

 

Art Extravaganza

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 8, 5:30-7:00 pm, on campus, for the CHCS ART EXTRAVAGANZA. EVERY student will have on display their own masterpiece that they have been working on through the year.  Come and enjoy this beautiful showcase of our students' artistic accomplishments. See you there!

 

May Day Celebration

 

We have exactly one week until May Day!!! It is Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 12pm-4pm at Serenbe.  This is one of our biggest fundraisers and also just a wonderful family day.  CHCS will be located at the Children's Hillside and we will have the dunk tank, bungee trampoline, bounce houses, face painting, concessions and so much more!

This is a great time to get your last minute volunteer hours because if you volunteer at May Day, you get DOUBLE volunteer hours!  You can sign up to volunteer at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084babaa28a2f58-mayday

In addition, you can purchase tickets for May Day online at: 

https://2017mayday.eventbrite.com

 

If you plan on volunteering for May Day, you will receive a $1 discount on your ticket rate.  Tickets are $5.00 per person and $20.00 for two adults/two children - family rate.  The discount codes for volunteers are "CHCS" for individual tickets and "CHCSFAMILY" for family ticket purchases.  Purchasing tickets online makes check-in on the day of the event MUCH easier and the lines are MUCH shorter for pre-paid tickets.

Please make sure you let your family and friends know and we can't wait to see you for May Day 2017!

 

aMAYzing May-mester!

This May is going to be aMAYzing at CHCS!  Each teacher is going to sponsor a class based on something about which they are passionate.  The classes will take place from 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM on May 9, 11, 16, and 18.  Students will choose their top 3 classes from a choice board that will come home on Tuesday.  We will TRY OUR BEST to accommodate at least one of each student’s top 3.  Classes will be offered in three grade bands, with K/1, 2/3, and 4/5/6/7.  It’s going to be aMAYzing!

 

Field Days Are Coming!

Field Days are quickly approaching.  We are hoping to secure an alternative off-site location as Bouckaert Farm, who hosted us last year, is unable to do so this year due to scheduling conflicts.  If we are not able to secure an off-site venue, we will have field days here at school.  If we are, students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the venue as they will spend the entire day in field day competitions and free play.  They will eat both breakfast and lunch at the farm as well.  Parents are welcome and volunteers will be needed.  The field days schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 15:                 K/1

Tuesday, May 16:                2/3

Wednesday, May 17:           4/5/6/7

A packet of information will be sent home next week, including directions and permission slips to sign and return.  Again, drop off and pick up (any time beginning at 2:00 PM) will be at the venue.  If you will have students to pick up both on campus and at the venue, please pick up at the venue first.  EMAP will be available at the venue beginning at 7:00 AM, for students participating in Field Day that day, AND on campus at 7:00 AM for those not scheduled for that day.  Afternoon session of EMAP will take place on campus only.  Students should bring water bottles, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen that they can apply themselves, a towel, and an extra set of clothes in a backpack.  Again, school breakfast and lunch (sack lunch) will be available at the farm for those who ordered through Lunch For Kids.

 

End of Year Celebration Days For Parents

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 

First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM

 

Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM

Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   

                                                          9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class

                                                        9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class

                                                       10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class

 

Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM

Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM

Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM

Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Thursday, May 25.  It will be a half day from 8:30-11:30.  EMAP will be available in the morning, but not after 11:30.  Weather permitting, this will be a "get wet" day with water fun inflatables as we had last year.

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For….

ICE CREAM!  We will have ice cream for sale during lunch periods through the end of the year.  Ice cream meets all the requirements of the federal Smart Snacks law.  Ice creams will be $1.00.  K/1 can buy on Tuesday, 2/3 on Wednesday, 4/5/6/7 on Thursday, and all grade levels, again, on Friday, while supplies last.  Proceeds from ice cream sales will go toward end of year activities.

 

Tell Your Friends!

If you know someone who would like to sign up for our 2017-2018 waiting list, please tell them to send an email to enrollment@chattthillscharter.org, subject line:  waiting list.  Include parent name, student name, student date of birth, student grade for the next school year (2017-2018), email address, and telephone number on separate lines in the text box.  We'll contact them to welcome them and let them know what number they are on the waiting list.

 

Yearbook Time!

It’s yearbook time!  The link for ordering the yearbook is: 

 

http://community.pictavo.com/c/314674

 

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, has extended operating hours until 7:00 PM.  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.

 

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.  Camp would be open to CHCS students and students in the community. 

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. 

 

If you would like to sign up your children, but can’t, why not?  What could we provide that would make summer camp at CHCS work for your family? 

 

Please email me at Walter.Buttler@chatthillscharter.org to express interest and/or to let me know what we could provide that would make summer camp work for your family.  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.

 

A final decision will be made the week of May 8.  Stay tuned!

 

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 April 17

We LAUNCHED into the week on Monday, got peppy at Wednesday’s Pep Rally, and began testing on Milestones on Thursday and Friday.   

 

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 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.

 

Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will have sales this Monday, April24, and Friday, April 28, 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.

 

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

 

Fulton County Schools is funding us $4,654,980.00 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

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

 

 

 

 

  Nolan                                                                                               47.1

 

 

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 Thursday, May 25. 

 

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 this month.  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 this month.  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 were assessed in reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, and science.  Social studies and science were assessed in 5th grade only 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!

 

 

 

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 School $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Friday, May 19. 

 

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, May 8 at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meeting will be 6/26)  Budget Hearing #3 for the 2017-2018 school year budget will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 8 in Building F1.

 

The next Governing Board Finance Committee Meeting is Thursday, May 4, at 10:00 AM.

 

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, May 9, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night is TBA.  (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 May 26 – August 6.  The first day of school is August 7.

 

 

 

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.

 

Kindergarten:         Monday, May 22, 9:30 AM 
First Grade:            Monday, May 22, 11:00 AM
 
Second Grade:      Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 AM
Third Grade:          Tuesday, May 23                                   
                                           9:00 AM  Ms. Stevens’ Class
                                           9:30 AM  Ms. Rice’s Class
                                           10:00 AM  Ms. Spencer’s Class
 
Fourth Grade:        Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 AM
Fifth Grade:            Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 AM
Sixth Grade:           Wednesday, May 24, 12:30 PM
Seventh Grade:      Wednesday, May 24, 1:30 PM

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

        

5/4              Governing Board Finance Committee Meeting 10:00 AM

5/4              Schoolwide Art Day

5/8              Art Extravaganza 5:00 PM

5/8              Budget Hearing #3  6:00 PM

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 an inclement weather make-up day, 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!

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