Weekly Update 08.08.16


Weekly Update

Week 1 (8/8/16 – 8/12/16)

1st Week (out of 9) of the First Quarter

1st Week (out of 38) of the Year

Days 1-5 (out of 179) of the school year

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


Welcome and Welcome Back!

Thank you for enrolling or re-enrolling your students at CHCS! Our theme for this year is, “We Were Made to THRIVE!”. This is going to be a year to THRIVE!, so we’re glad you’ve partnered with us to kick off a great new school year.


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. Fee schedules and registration forms will be available on Monday. EMAP will begin the first day of school.
School hours for 6
th 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.


Students who arrive after 8:30 AM must be escorted by a parent to the office to sign in as tardy.


This Week's Forecast: Rainy and Hot

The forecast is for 50% or more chance of rain every day this week. Please make sure your student has an umbrella (please put first and last name on the umbrella), especially for arrival and dismissal times. We will get a break from the intense heat of the last several weeks, but it will be still be warm. Please send a re-usable water bottle every day (please put first and last name on the bottle) that can be refilled during the day.


What is a Block Schedule?

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


National School Lunch Program

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


If your student or students were enrolled at CHCS or any other Fulton County School last school year (2015-2016) and received free or reduced meals, that status will roll over into August. You must fill out a new form by August 15, 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.


For the first week of school we prepared a flat order for meals and you will be invoiced for any meals you purchase. There is no need to pre-order for the first week. For the second week of school, meals must be pre-ordered and paid for on our Point of Sale (POS) system by Thursday. Forms with POS log-in information will be sent home early this week if you did not receive it at Open House.


Parent Orientation Meetings Thursday

There will be parent orientation meetings for parents only on Thursday, August 11, at the following times: 8:45 AM; 2:00 PM; and 7:00 PM (exact locations on campus to be determined). Please bring an outdoor chair for the morning and afternoon sessions. You need only attend one of those sessions. These meetings, led by the Administrative Team, will include discussion of especially important parts of the Family Handbook and a question and answer session. They should last approximately one hour.


Back To School Night!

Tuesday, August 16, is Back To School Night from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. This will be an opportunity for you to come and meet with the teachers on your student's grade level for a preview of curriculum, organization, and assessments and for an opportunity to ask questions. There will be two 45 minutes sessions, one at 5:00 PM and one at 5:45 PM, so that parents with more than one student can attend one student's BTSN session at 5:00 PM and the other student's BTSN session at 5:45 PM.


Ten Day Count

Next Friday, August 19, is “Ten Day Count Day”. An official from Fulton County Schools will be on campus to count every student in attendance to ensure our head count matches theirs so that we can be fully funded for 2016-2017. PLEASE make sure your student is in attendance that day!



Monday A Day; First Day of School!

Tuesday B Day

Wednesday A Day

Thursday B Day; Parent Orientation meetings: 8:45 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM

Friday A Day


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



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.


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.


Our Values are:

The Joy of Learning

Academic Rigor

The Environment as a Classroom

Inclusive Participation




Courageous Excellence

Social Responsibility

Art In Every Facet of Teaching and Learning

Deliberate, Thoughtful Decision-Making

Sustainability in All That We Do


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. All students have the ability to achieve academic excellence.

  2. All students thrive in an engaging school environment.

  3. All students deserve outstanding teachers that produce outstanding results.

  4. All students deserve teamwork between parents and teachers.


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?

tie-a-string-on-finger.jpg  Please remember….

Order lunch online by Thursday for the following week.


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. Parents of Kindergarten students are invited to walk their students to their classrooms on the first day of school.


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.



dyk.jpgDid you know?

We have over 900 students on the waiting list for the 2016-2017 school year?!



Who are we?

Our class size limit is 20 students. We have 23 homerooms, so we will have 460 students this year! That's 110 more students than we finished with in May.


We have 51 staff members. That's a ratio of 9 students to 1 staff member.




Please access your child’s standards athttps://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, you will by the end of the week. The first progress report will be distributed on Friday, September 9. The first report card will be distributed on Tuesday, October 18.


We will begin the Fall administration of STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) for all grade levels at the end of August. 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.  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.  


We will begin the Fall administration of MAP in September. 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. For more information on MAP, please visit:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2014/07/ParentToolkit_0.pdf


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


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


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


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

The first B Day of each week (weather permitting) at 10:15 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 or 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 call.  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 going to do something a little different!  Parents of students in Kindergarten through 4th grade will line up in the right car rider lane and parents of students in 5th grade through 7th grade and 900 numbers (carpoolers) will line up in the left lane.  K-4 will proceed into the car rider turnabout and 5-7 and 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.

After the first week of school, 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.  Meals must be ordered at least 4 days in advance. 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 an account anyway, just in case. 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 beginning the second week of school. We will sell Chick Fil-A chicken biscuits for $3.00 and drinks for $1.00 to parents 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!  We just received a check for over $300.00!  


Thanks for supporting CHCS!



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


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


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


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


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


The first PTO $1.00 Dress Down Day will be Friday, September 9.


The first Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Friday, August 26.

The next School Board meeting is Monday, August 8, at 7:00 PM in Building G1. Each has an opportunity for stakeholders to speak. (Subsequent meetings will be: 9/30; 10/27; 11/7; 12/5; 1/9; 2/6; 3/6; 4/10; 5/8; 6/26)


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

pto.jpgThe first PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, August 16, at 6:30 PM.  

The next days off for students are Monday, September 5, for Labor Day, and Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11, for Columbus Day and Teacher Workday.


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


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.




Each family is required 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



Mid-Year celebration days will be by invitation and will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017, for 5th, 6th, and 7th grades and Friday, January 13, 2017, for K-4th grades in one classroom per grade level.


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


Field Days will be:  K/1, May 15; 2/3,May 16; and 4-6, 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 EMAP the last day of school. 

Each parent will receive a background check form next week. 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. The forms will be stored at the CHPD building and not returned to the school.



08/08 First Day of School!

08/08 Governing Board Meeting 7:00 PM

08/16 Back To School Night 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

08/16 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

08/19 10 Day Count Day!

08/26 Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Down Day

09/05 No School – Labor Day

Please let me know how I can serve you!  

Email me at Walter.Buttler@chatthillscharter.orgor call the office at 678-466-7300.serve.jpg

Have a great week!