Weekly Update 09.23.16

 

Weekly Update

Week 7 (9/19/16 – 9/23/16)

7th  Week (out of 9) of the First Quarter

7th Week (out of 38) of the School Year

Days 30-34 (out of 179) of the school year

149 school days left in the school year (incl. 9/19)

 

 

Learnapalooza!

Learnapalooza is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  It will take place on Saturday, October 15.  Learnapalooza is an all day teaching and learning festival complete with food trucks, vendors, and amazing classes scheduled throughout the day for all ages and interests.  We will need many volunteers, session teachers, and attendees in order to be successful.  Please sign up at www.learnapaloozaatl.com.  We NEED you!

 

Taste of Chatt Hills!

Friday, September 30, is the PTO-sponsored fundraiser, “Taste of Chatt Hills”.  This is an opportunity to gather together as a family and get a small taste of different cultures and cooking and baking styles.  You received a response slip last week.  If you can’t locate your slip, please email your child’s teacher and he or she will send one home.  Hope to see you there!

Our Focus This Week

This week is National Pollution Prevention Week.  Students will be engaged in activities this week that will raise their consciousness about pollution prevention.  Please see the U.S. EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/p2week for the history of P2 and ways to get involved as a family.

 

Oz Pizza Spirit Night

We will have our monthly Oz Pizza Spirit Night this Tuesday, September 20, at Oz Pizza in Fairburn from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Besides raising money for PTO to grant to school activities and equipment, it’s a great time of community-building.  Hope to see you there!

 

Title 1 Monthly Workshop

September’s Title 1 Workshop will focus on interpreting test results (Georgia Milestones, Guided Reading, STAR, MAP).  Workshops will be held at 7:15 AM and 4:30 PM.

 

Highlights From Last Week

Last Friday, September 16, was Picture Day.  Boy, did the students look GOOD!

 

The staff was triumphant over the 7th graders in our first staff vs. students competition of the year.  The football game ended with a 49-35 score and a lot of “That’s not fair!” ‘s.  Ms. Marietta, middle school science teacher, was the game’s MVP!

 

Appreciating and Celebrating Cultural Diversity

September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.  Part of our weekly whole-school LAUNCH meeting (Monday at 10:25 am this week) each week this month will be devoted to highlighting and celebrating a hero from the Hispanic culture and learning about and appreciating a ritual, tradition, or celebration from the Hispanic culture.  Come join us!

 

A great book to share with your child(ren) is Juan Felipe Herrera’s book, Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes.  Scholastic Books has an informative website, too, at http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/history.htm.

 

Setting Your Student Up for Success with Study Skills

SETTING GOALS

There are 3 weeks left in the first grading quarter of the year.  The first quarter ends on October 12 and first quarter report cards will come home on October 18.  Parent-teacher conferences will be available all day on Tuesday, October 11.  Students will be receiving an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) form on Monday, September 19.  We are asking each family to spend 10-15 minutes with their children to set goals for the next 3 weeks and for the October 18 first quarter report card.  Using your child’s 4 ½ week progress report, received on Friday, September 9, your expectations for your child, and your child’s own expectations, simply set goals (“I have a grade of ___ in _____.”) for each subject (reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science) as well as 1 or 2 strategies you will use in each subject to reach or exceed those goals.  Take a picture of the ILP form to reference over the next 3 weeks and return it to school on Tuesday.  The ILP form will then become part of the parent-teacher conference discussion on October 11.

 

During the week of October 17, homework will be “Parent-Led Conferences” for K-2nd and “Student-Led Conferences” for 3rd – 7th in which students and parents will work through a script provided to review progress in the 1st quarter and create an ILP (individual learning plan) for the 2nd quarter (October 13 – December 22). 

 

After School Signature Programs

Our EMAP (Early Morning and Afterschool Programs) Signature Programs have begun, but there’s still time to sign up.  Some of the classes available will be Zumba, Swimming (if there’s enough interest), Soccer, Piano, Foreign Language, Dance, LEGO STEM, and Drama.  All of our piano classes are full.

 

Meal Orders

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.

 

Chick Fil A Fundraiser

We will have sales this Monday, September 19, and Friday, September 23, for adults only, in the left hand lane of the car rider lanes, while supplies last.

 

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.

 

This Week's Forecast:  Upper 80s

Sunshine and temperatures in the upper 80s are predicted.  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 has a Block Schedule this year.  A Block Schedule is a schedule that has a long  1 ½ hour blocks for specials (art, physical education, science integration, and music) on one day and no specials the next day.  Or, to look at it the other way, long blocks of time for language arts and math one day and a long 1 ½ hour block for specials the next day.  Why a  block schedule?  First, we have 8 grade levels and only 4 specials teachers. Those teachers can’t possibly see all 8 grade levels in a day!  Second, it will allow the specials teachers longer blocks of time to work on projects instead of beginning one day and finishing a day or two later, depending on the schedule.  Third, it will allow longer blocks of instructional time for language arts and math.  Fourth, it will allow teachers longer blocks of planning time when students are at specials. Fifth, the schedule will allow specials teachers one day a week when they don’t see individual classes, but instead get to work collaboratively with teachers in classrooms to plan and implement integrated lessons and units, integrating their specialties with the core curriculum.

 

National School Lunch Program

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

STAR assessments continue this week.

National Pollution Prevention Week

 

Monday                B Day; LAUNCH at 10:25 AM in the car rider turnaround

Tuesday               A Day; PTO Spirit Night at Oz Pizza 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Wednesday B Day; Title 1 Workshops 7:15 AM and 4:30 PM

Thursday              A Day

Friday                   B Day;

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 week; even better, 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?

Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessments administered in April 2017 will be a little different this year.  Only 5th and 8th graders will take all 5 assessments (reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies).  3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th graders will only take the reading, language arts, and math portions.  All CHCS students are tentatively scheduled to take the assessments online.

 

Who are we? 

We come from Chatt Hills, Fairburn, Palmetto, East Point, Hapeville, College Park, Union City, and Atlanta (but Fulton County School District).  How many from each city?  Coming soon!

 

 

 

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 first progress report will be distributed on Friday, September 9.  The first report card will be distributed on Tuesday, October 18.

 

We will continue the Fall administration of STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) for all grade levels this week.  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.  Guided reading assessments were completed on September 2 and results went home with 9/9’s progress reports.

 

We will begin the Fall administration of MAP in late 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 10:25 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 ordered from Land's End and bottoms may be purchased from any vendor or store.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

The next PTO $1.00 Dress Down Day will be Friday, October 14.

 

The next Final Friday Fun Day $1.00 Dress Up or Down Day will be Friday, September 30.

 

 

The next School Board meeting is Monday, September 26, at 7:00 PM in Building F1.  Each meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders to speak.  (Subsequent meetings will be:  10/27; 11/7; 12/5; 1/9; 2/6; 3/6; 4/3; 5/8; 6/26)

 

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

 

PTO meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month except for October, November, and February when the second Tuesday falls on a day off for students (October and November) or on Valentines Day in February.  The next PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates:  10/18, 11/15, 12/13, 1/10, 2/21, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9. 

 

The next Oz Pizza Spirit Night will be September 20, from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Oz Pizza in Fairburn.

 

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

 

 

The next days off for students are Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11, for Columbus Day and Teacher Workday/Parent-Teacher Conferences.

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

 

Veterans Day Celebration will be Thursday, November 10, at 2:00 PM in the car rider turnaround.  Rain date is Friday, November 11, at 2:00 PM.

 

Grandparents Day will be Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 11:00 AM.

 

Book Fair will be the Week of November 28-December 2.

 

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.  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. 

 

 

 

        

09/19-23     Pollution Awareness Week

09/20          Spirit Night at Oz Pizza from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

09/21          Title 1 Parent Workshop 7:15 AM and 4:30 PM

09/26          Board Meeting 7:00 PM

10/10          NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

10/11          NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday and Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/8            NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

11/10          Veterans Day Celebration 2:00 PM (Raindate:  Friday, 11/11/16 at 2:00 PM)

11/21-25     NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

11/28-12/2  Scholastic Book Fair

11/29          Grandparents Day

12/23-1/8    NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break

1/9              1st Day of the Second Semester

1/16            NO SCHOOL – Dr. King’s Birthday

2/17-20       NO SCHOOL – President’s Holiday Weekend

3/10            NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

3/13            NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday

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

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

 

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

Please let me know how I can serve you!  

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

Have a great week!