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November 16, 2020 - November 20, 2020

Kimberly Elementary School
3090 McMurray, Dr. SW, Atlanta GA 30311
(404) 802-7600 / (404) 802-9447
As we get ready for Thanksgiving Break (next week) and the end of the 2020 (little over a month away), I want to remind all of you what I am thankful for.  I am thankful for family and friends.  I am thankful for each of you, my extended family of students and parents.  I am thankful for my school family of faculty and staff members.  I am thankful for the Atlanta Public Schools and it's leadership.  I hope that all of you can list some things that you are thankful for this year.

Starting this week we will offer our Targeted Interventions for students at home and at school.  Students selected for in-person support were selected based on the following criteria.



Targeted Interventions will take place from November 18 - January 6.  Bus transportation will be provided as well as breakfast and lunch.  Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 7 students and one adult to ensure that NO MORE THAN 8 persons will be in any one classroom area at a time.  We will hold these Intervention Days on Wednesdays from 8am - 12:30pm.  Please be sure to take advantage of this opportunity should your child be selected to participate.  

The teachers and staff at Kimberly have been working very hard to make this the BEST YEAR YET for your youngsters.  We believe that 'Virtually, We Can Do Anything!'
10/28 - 11/20
Parent Conference Window


11/2 - 11/20
Benchmark Testing Window (Gr 2 - 5)


11/17/20
DSE Parent CAFE (What Does DBHDD Have for Me?)
12:00p - 1:00p

11/18/20
Targeted Intervention Day (Select Students Only)
8:00a - 12:30p

GoTeam Meeting
4:00p - 5:30p

11/23 - 11/27
Thanksgiving Break

12/1/20

Progress Report Day

12/2/20
Targeted Intervention Day (Select Students Only)
8am - 12:30pm

12/3/20
DSE Parent CAFE (Social Emotional Learning)
5:30p - 6:30p

APS Parent & Community Town Hall
6:00p - 7:00p

12/10/20
Principal's Chat & Chew
9:30a - 10:30a
Parent Teacher Conferences (Oct 28 - Nov 20)

As we enter the end of the 1st Quarter, teachers will begin reaching out to you to schedule Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This will be a great opportunity to discuss how your child is performing in his/her classes.  If you don't hear from your teacher by the end of the week, please feel free to reach out to them.  Most teachers are posting information on Class Dojo or sending messages via Remind.

Materials / Supplies Drive By (Nov 10)
Thank you to all the families that we able to come up to pick up Coats, Shoes, Backpacks, and school supplies for the 2nd Quarter.  We gave out over 170 coats.  We still have more supplies and coats that were not picked up.  Please come by the school between 8am - 3pm daily to get them.  Call ahead if you can so we can have them ready for your arrival (404) 802-7600.  



Temperature Checks Daily at Home (FLUency)

Kimberly Elementary School is partnering with KINSA Fluency School Health Program to get FREE digital thermometers for all of our families.  When we return to F2F learning, all students will have to be screened for COVID/FLU symptoms, and one of the characteristics is a fever.  This resource will help parents make the best decision for their child prior to sending them to school each day.
  1. Text FLUency to 900900.  Open the link to download the free KINSA app
  2. Finish signing up with your school in the KINSA app
  3. Check your email
Get signed up today!  Order your FREE thermometer today!
 

Parent Portal Access


Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades through the Parent Portal, an easy-to-use, secure communications tool for the district. Additionally, the Parent Portal enables parents to verify household information, including email, home address and telephone numbers.
 
What you'll need before registering:  
  • Your child's Student Number (It can be found on your student's report card or transcript.)
  • The last four digits of your child's Social Security Number (SSN) or the SSN-like number* assigned to your child.
*If you did not provide your child's SSN at enrollment/registration, they were assigned an SSN-like number. To receive the last four digits of that number, you will need to contact your child's school.

APS Virtual Parent and Family Engagement Conference | November 16 - 19

November is Parent Engagement Month! APS will host the second annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference November 16 - November 19!  This will be a virtual conference with two sessions nightly from 5– 6 pm and 6:30 - 7:30 pm (please see topics and presenters below).
 
Parent and Family Engagement Conference Flyer-English
Parent and Family Engagement Conference Flyer-Spanish
 
SESSION TOPICS AND PRESENTERS
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 5 – 6 pm - Handle with Care: Grandparents Online!
Ms. Danielle Stewart and Mr. Jason Allen, Founder and President-Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc., & Lillie’s Foundation
 
Monday, November 16, 2020- 6:30 – 7:30 pm - The Possibilities are Unlimited-
Mrs. Edith Abakare- Department of Special of Education Parent Mentor, Atlanta Public Schools
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020- 5 – 6 pm - Virtual Family Game Night Fun!-
Ms. Shirley Pattman-Stubbs and Dr. Quail Arnold, Gifted Support Teacher and Coordinator, Atlanta Public Schools
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30  – 7:30 pm - Supporting Your Grieving Student
Liz Carson- Program and Outreach Manager, Kate’s Club
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020- 5 – 6 pm - Talk With Me Baby
Amanda Bisgaard-Family Literacy Program Manager, Hands on Atlanta
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020- 6:30 – 7:30 pm - Mindful Living 365
Ottavia Lang, Parent and Family Engagement Liaison, Atlanta Public Schools
 
Thursday, November 19, 2020- 5 – 6 pm - The Challenge of the Male Presence in Education
Christopher Williams, MBM Consulting
 
Thursday, November 19, 2020- 6:30  – 7:30 pm - Engaging Our Latino Families
Betsy Cowell, Katya Orozoco, Luz Baqueiro, and Joana Garcia, ESOL Community Specialist, Atlanta Public Schools
 
For more information visit  www.atlantapublicschools.us/familyengagement.

Return to Learn | January 2021 Update

The Atlanta Public Schools is beginning to make preparations for a return of APS students to a Face to Face model the first several weeks in January.  The Instructional Model selections will remain the same.  Parents will be given an opportunity to update their Instructional Model Choice in December (Site Based Virtual - Face to Face - Atlanta Virtual Academy).  Please stay tuned.
 

Spelling Bee (Gr 3 - 5)

This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Kimberly Elementary School to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes.

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold competition through online spelling and vocabulary tests. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com.

I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXzjpnMijc

Once you have registered, we will be able to assign the appropriate level test to your child beginning on Wednesday, November 11. Your child must complete the test before Wednesday, November 18, and these tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.

The 5 students from each homeroom with the highest scores will move on to compete at the school level. This year, our school-level competition will be administered in December.

Our school champion will then move on to represent Kimberly in the Atlanta Public Schools regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.

The first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Please register at your earliest convenience as we will begin assigning tests to students on Wednesday, November 11. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.

Please reach out to me (sarah.hinton1@atlanta.k12.ga.us) if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. We look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!

Feed a Billion - Thanksgiving Giveaway

 

Morning Announcements (11/16/20 - 11/20/20)
Welcome back to “The Week,” where Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring provides you with a video summary of the news and information you need most from Atlanta Public Schools. 

Watch here: https://youtu.be/_bnSYsDkR4M
Read more: https://talkupaps.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/the-week-with-dr-lisa-herring-week-of-october-19/
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