Welcome to the MES Kindergarten Center

  • The Morningside Kindergarten Center is located at the Atlanta Metropolitan Cathederal (999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, Geogia 30306)
    The Morningside Kindergarten Center opened at the start of the 2018/2019 school year to help address capacity challenges at the MES Main Campus
    For more information, please visit: MES Community Page.
    Contacts: Kindergarten Center main phone number 404-802-8700 

    Note: As a reminder, this page may be translated by selecting the translate text/icon from the menu/sidebar and select your preferred language.

  • Hello Rising Kindergartener Families!  We will update this webpage to provide all families up-to-date clear and consistent communication.

    • 19/20 Rising Kindergarten Information: Starting School at MES in 2019/20? This is where the lastest Kinder information will be.
    • Kindergarten Center Updates: scroll down to learn what exciting opportunities our MES Kindergarteners have been involved in this inaugural year.

Kindergarten Center Updates:

  • K Center Update 10-29-19

    Posted by Holly Brookins on 10/29/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Happy Fall, everyone! 

    Hope everyone had a blast at the Monster Bash on Saturday. I had a conflict and wasn’t able to attend but my kids went and haven’t stopped talking about all the fun they had!  I have been in years past and I know it is an incredible event! Huge thanks to Sally Carroll and our awesome PTA for putting on such a fun event for our families!

    • You may have noticed that there were additional cars on campus this morning! The church parking lot will be used for parking only on 10/29, 10/30 and 10/31 for a movie that is being filmed off-site at Callanwolde and other locations. There is no filming occurring here on campus. A shuttle is picking people before school begins each morning. A security guard and parking attendant are on campus for these days. We also have our School Resource Officer, Officer Kozma, who will be spending some time with us. Our staff is aware that there will be additional cars on campus and we will implement additional security procedures.
    • Some K Center dates, reminders and updates for you: 
    • 10/30- ABCs of Nutrition- APS Nutrition will be here tomorrow with a sampling of fresh fruits and veggies for every letter of the alphabet that kids can taste if they would like! Nurse Vicky has worked with the Nutrition Department to ensure that there are no foods brought that kids are allergic to! Kids do not have to participate or try everything if they prefer not to!
    • 10/31-- Book Character Day- No weapons, scary costumes or full-face masks, please!  If you are like me, I tried to gently guide my kids to costumes that can be used for Book Character and Trick-or-Treating if this is your family tradition! My daughter insisted that she wanted to be a bat so I tried to find a book that fit with the help of our awesome media specialist. He is an incredible resource if you need to find some good books for your kids! We will have some extra capes and costumes here for kids who do not have one and parents want them to participate!
    • Early dismissal- Reminder that if your child is being picked up early for an appointment, etc, please pick them up by 1:45pm. After that time, the buses are arriving and it gets very busy for us as we manage all of our students being dismissed safely.
    • Absences- If your child is absent, please submit a note to the teacher within 3 days. It is always good practice to let the teacher or office know that day.  
    • Change of Dismissal- Please submit changes in dismissal via a written note in child’s backpack or a phone call to the office (be sure you speak with someone) at 404-802-8700. We cannot accept changes via email at the K Center as these can be overlooked if a staff member is absent. Our dismissal is complex and we want to ensure that all students get home the correct way and safely!
    • Tardy Arrivals- We are seeing an increase in our tardy arrivals. Students must be here by 8:00am. If they arrive after 8:00am, please park and walk  them in to get a tardy slip from the Main office. As a busy mom myself, I know that it can be difficult in the mornings with the morning routine and our fast-paced lives- perhaps try adjusting your routine to allow for an on-time arrival. When students arrive early or on time, they are able to come in and decompress before beginning the day. Just like us, this feels better to them than arriving after class has begun!  Our shuttle from the Main Campus is always a great option! If you would like your child to ride the shuttle from the Main Campus, they must be at Main by 7:40am. When students ride the shuttle, they are never marked tardy. Thank you for getting our students to school on time.
    • Snowflake Serenade- We are so excited to announce that our Kindergarten students have begun practicing with our phenomenal music teacher, Mrs. Johnson, for a choral performance called the Snowflake Serenade! Students will perform a variety of songs to showcase their musical skills! It will be at the beginning of December during the school day and families are invited. Details to follow very soon so you can begin making plans to attend.

    Thanks for all you do! Together, we make a great team to support our youngest scholars at Morningside Elementary!


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  • K Center Update 9-14-19

    Posted by Holly Brookins on 9/14/2019

    Hello, families! Hard to believe it has been almost a month of school. By now, I hope everyone is settling into the routine. All of our kids are learning the routines and rhythm of the K Center and their classrooms and are beginning to flourish! It is so nice to see their smiling faces each morning as we greet them at carpool and off the bus. 

    A few notes to keep you updated:

    Field Trips - Reminder that our first field trip is on Monday, September 16th!  
    Boosterthon Dolphin Dash Fun Run - On September 27th, our kids will head to the Main Campus to participate in the Dolphin Dash Fun Run and it is so much fun! Parents are welcome to come and watch - the Kindergarteners will be running from 10 - 10:45am. You may be wondering what this is... the Boosterthon Dolphin Dash is a fundraiser for the PTA, who supports us in so many ways! You will be getting more information about this exciting event but I wanted you to mark your calendars! The Boosterthon team will be here at the K Center on Tuesday, 09/17 to tell the kids all about this fun event!

    Lobby Guard for Visitor Check-In and Check-Out - Any time you come into the school, please bring your ID and stop at the Lobby Guard station at the bottom of the stairs to get your name badge (this system scans the sex offender database and is a step we take to keep our kids safe while on school property). You must wear a name badge at all times while you are in our building. Stop by the Lobby Guard station on your way out to scan the badge and check out! 

    Tardy Arrivals- If your child arrives after 8am, he/she is marked tardy. Please do not walk your child directly to class as that can be disruptive to the teacher and students. Please go to the Main Office and we will escort your child to class. Thank you for understanding! Try your best to get your child here early or on time. When they arrive on time or early, it allows them to decompress a bit before beginning the day. And just like us when we start the workday - it doesn't feel good to arrive late! :)

    Dismissal - Thank you for keeping dismissal changes to a minimum. Please ensure that you send in a note to the teacher or call the main office and speak with someone. We do not want to miss an email so ask that you do not send it via email.  We understand that things happen and plans change,  but it is so helpful to us and your child when everyone knows the routine! 

    Early Dismissal - To check your child out early, please come in and get your Lobby Guard badge, then proceed to the Main Office where you will again need your ID to check your child out.

    Principal of the Year - Did you know that Mrs. Sofianos, our amazing principal, was nominated for the APS Principal of the Year? She is one of 3 nominees! We are so excited for her! Stay tuned for more info! 

    High-Five Fridays - We will be putting up a sign up for High-Five Fridays soon! This is so much fun! You sign up to come to arrival (7:30am-8:00am) and line up to high five the kids as they walk in! What a great way to start our day- the kids and families love this!  

    Illness Policy: We want to keep all of our kids healthy! Nurse Vicky asked me to remind you that students must be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Students should remain at home until they can maintain a normal temperature (below 100 Fahrenheit or 37.8 Celsius) for a full 24 hours or more without taking fever–reducing medication. 

    Did you know? Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do! Not only is it fun and entertaining, but it also strengthens your bond while building your child's vocabulary and early literacy skills! What a great way to unwind with your child and prepare for bedtime after a busy day! 

    Enjoy your weekend and stay cool!! 

    Dr. Brookins

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  • K Center Update 8-8-19

    Posted by Holly Brookins on 8/7/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Dear Families,

    We are on the countdown to Day One! It is going to be such an amazing year. We have an awesome team here at the K Center and we are so excited to welcome your family!

    • We are looking forward to seeing you at our Meet Your Teacher event on Friday, August 9th. You can drop off school supplies at that time if you have them and the kits will be delivered to the classrooms if you ordered (with the exception of the cleaning products).

    Here is the schedule for K Center and for Main Campus, if you have older kids! Please respect others and adhere to your scheduled time as much as possible - this will help us to keep things running smoothly.

    • Kindergarten Student Information 2019-2020 - Once you have received your letter with teacher placement info (they were mailed Monday afternoon!), please fill out our Google form with important information! We will have Chromebooks set up in our Multi-Purpose room upstairs during Meet Your Teacher, if you prefer to fill it out then.

    The form also asks for dismissal info and will send you an email with your responses, in case you forget what you marked! I will close the form out after Meet Your Teacher. If you are not able to fill out the form for any reason, please ensure that you send a note with your child so we know how they will be dismissed. Remember, our kids thrive on routine! Please try to keep your dismissal as uniform as possible to allow your kids to learn their routine!

                Kindergarten Student Information Form 2019-2020: 


    • Bus Info - If your child will be a bus rider, be sure to stop by our Transportation table in the Multi-purpose room during Meet Your Teacher so you can sign up for the Bus Remind list to be kept informed of any pertinent bus information!
      • You can locate your bus stop here 
    • If you have a child with an allergy or a medical need that requires a plan or medication, please check in with Nurse Vicky. We must have this packet filled out by your physician to administer medication or to have a medical plan in place. If you have questions, email Nurse Vicky at clifton@atlanta.k12.ga.us. The medical packet can be found here
    • Don’t forget to RSVP to the Kinder Mixer hosted by our fabulous MES Foundation on Thursday August 22, 2019 from 6 to 8pm at The Family Dog (1402 N Highland Ave). It will be a great opportunity to meet parents of fellow Kindergarten students and make new friends! RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/yxnxtpdv 
    • Arrival and Dismissal will likely take a bit longer on the first few days. Please remain calm and patient and everything will settle quickly into a routine! 
    • Upcoming Events/Meetings - Below are some upcoming events that may be of interest to our K families. The MES Calendar is updated regularly and always available on the MES website.
      • Please join us for Coffee and Kleenex on the first day after drop-off in the Multi-Purpose room at the K Center!
      • We would love to see you at the Principle’s Coffee at the K Center on Tuesday, August 20 at 8am (there is also one on Friday, August 23 at the Main Campus if that works better for your schedule. All parents are invited to either location!). It is a great time to meet Principal Sofianos, get the latest updates from her, and ask any questions. These are informal meetings that we host throughout the year.
      • The PTA would love to see all our K families at the first general PTA Meeting on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Main Campus Auditorium, where they will be discussing the PTA’s main initiatives for the year and presenting the 2019/2020 PTA budget for approval. You can learn more about the PTA on the MES website and can join online here
    • The “A to Z Index” section of the MES website is a GREAT resource. It is accessible from the main navigation at the top of the homepage. This is an alphabetical index of just about everything you can think of related to our school. If you have a question, it is a great place to start.


    FUN FACT: Birthdays at School

    Wondering how we celebrate birthdays at Morningside? Here is some information for you from our website!  This is great information that will help us all to be on the same page.


    • School Wellness Policy

    Morningside Elementary School and its PTA will not use food or beverages as rewards or incentives for academic performance, good behavior, or goal attainment.  As an alternative, teachers shall use physical activity, special event coupons, pencils, erasers, stickers, or small prizes as rewards and incentives for academic performance or good behavior.  

    Birthday Policy

    Morningside Elementary School recognizes that birthdays are a special day for our students. We must also ensure that parties and celebrations do not disrupt the instructional day or interfere with the health and safety of all students. Birthdays occurring on weekends are recognized the following Monday.  Summer birthdays are recognized before the end of the school year. 

    • Eat lunch with your child: Parents are encouraged to sign-in at the main office and eat lunch with their child on his/her birthday.  Parents, visitors, staff, and students are prohibited from distributing cupcakes, donuts, treats, goody bags, or gifts to other students.
    • Birthday Bulletin Board: Pictures of students may be displayed on the Birthday Bulletin Board during a student's birthday month. Send in a picture of your child during their birthday month.
    • Birthday Announcements & Table: Every child's name is called during the morning announcements to celebrate the birthday. Children are invited to visit the birthday table outside the office to receive their birthday pencil, sticker and ribbon. 

    Reminder: Please do not send birthday party invitations to school. 

    As always, feel free to reach out with any questions- we are always here to help! Can’t wait to see you soon!  

    Dr. Brookins



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  • K Center Beginning of Year Update

    Posted by Holly Brookins on 7/23/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Hello, MES K Center families! I hope everyone is having a great summer. I have been up in New England visiting my family and friends for the last two weeks and had a wonderful time spending time with everyone. My husband, two kids (rising 1st and rising 2nd at Morningside!), and I drove up there with stops along the way to visit friends, check out the sights in Washington, DC and we even made it to the Greenbrier in West Virginia for some relaxation time. It was a fun trip and now I am back at school getting ready for our new Kindergarteners!

    I have a few updates for you that will help in your planning for the new school year:

    *Have you gotten your school supplies yet? I know many places are already starting to put out the school supplies and having sales (and it’s only July!!)! For those of you that ordered the packaged deal, that will be delivered to the K Center so nothing further for you to do.

    Here is a link to the school supply lists:


    *We know how important those pictures of the first day of Kindergarten are for our families! For safety purposes, we don’t typically have Walkers at the K Center but you can walk your child in to the classroom for the first three days and take those pictures of your kiddos to share with your family and friends! J When you walk them in, try to do a quick good-bye! I know it is hard on us as parents but it is easier on the kids if we don’t prolong it. Expect that some of the kiddos will cry when you say goodbye- that is normal- and usually subsides as soon as the parent leaves and they are engaged in an activity with their new teacher and friends!

    Please note that we ask that parents not walk kids in after the first few days as it is important for our kids to become adjusted to their routine. You will be amazed at how independent they are going to become this year! 

    *Mark your calendars for these important dates:

                Registration for grades K-5 at Main Campus July 15-August 7 (weekdays only) from 9am-12pm

    Kindergarten Popsicles in the Park- Saturday, July 27th at 10am, Noble Park

    Meet Your Teacher- On Friday, August 9th, make plans to meet teachers, classmates, and drop off school supplies in your new classroom. (Reminder that K students will receive a letter with teacher assignment at the beginning of August!)

    • MES Kindergarten Meet Your Teacher: See visit schedule below based on student's last name.
      • Time to Visit Class:
        • A - H: 7:30 - 8:05am
        • I - P: 8:15 - 8:50am 
        • Q - Z: 8:55 - 9:30am
      • Location: MES Kindergarten Center (Atlanta Metropolitan Cathedral) 999 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306


    *Back to School info- Click https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/52082 for all you need to know about Back to School!

    *Infinite Campus Activation keys will be given out during Meet Your Teacher and if not picked up then, will be sent home the first week!

    *Extracurriculars- just a reminder that Extracurricular activities are not offered to Kindergarten students first semester and second semester they are offered only to students enrolled in the Morningside After School program full-time. This program is run by My After School Program. For a list of after-school programs, click here https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/52931

    *Nut aware- please be aware that our K Center is “Nut Aware”. Because we have so many life-threatening nut allergies, we ask that you carefully check labels and do not send snacks or lunch containing nuts or nut butter. Thank you for your help with this!

    *Carpool at Arrival and Dismissal: At dismissal time, to keep the flow of our carpool and be respectful of everyone’s time, please pull out of the line and into the parking lot to help your child strap in to his/her seat.  You can also work on those fine motor skills and teach the kids how to unstrap and strap into their seats! Consider putting their seat on the side where they will get in and out at carpool. We want to keep our kids and staff safe and our carpool efficient!

    Fun Fact! Did you know that we have our very own AMAZING school nurse here at the K Center? Meet Nurse Vicky and read her bio!

    I wanted to be a nurse since I was a preteen candy striper at a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina! This dream came true for me in the early 2000's when I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. My career started on a very busy medical-surgical floor at Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia where I cared for postoperative surgical and medical adult patients. A few years later, I moved to San Francisco to be with my husband and worked at the University of California, San Francisco. There I transitioned my nursing career from the adult medical-surgical world to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for very sick neonates requiring medical and surgical attention. After seven great years, life brought us to Atlanta, Georgia! I worked two years of night shift at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston taking care of the sick surgical neonates in the Intensive Care Unit. Our first child was born nine years ago and I took a hiatus to stay home and raise him and (2 years later) his two brothers. Our oldest child is a rising third grader and our twin boys are rising 1st graders at Morningside Elementary School!

    This is my second year as a school nurse and I absolutely loved jumping back into nursing last year at the Morningside K Center! I am eager to care for all the kindergartners this year and to keep them safe and healthy...my number one goal! My door will always be open to the children and parents of the K Center! I am excited to meet you and your child(ren) soon!

    Ok, folks, that’s it for now! As always, please email me with any questions! If there is something you would like me to address in my next blog post, please let me know.

    I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you and your families this year!


    Holly Brookins, Ph.D.
    Program Administrator
    Morningside Elementary School Kindergarten Center
    999 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30306

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  • 2019-2020 K Center Welcome from Dr. Brookins

    Posted by Brian Baron on 6/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Hello, Kindergarten families!

    I am so excited for the 2019-2020 school year to begin! I am the Program Administrator of the Kindergarten Center and this is our second year in this fabulous space!  I am in the unique position of being the Administrator and also an MES parent, with a rising 2nd grade son and a rising 1st grade daughter this year!

    You might be wondering what the title Program Administrator means… as Program Administrator at the MES Kindergarten Center I will have the opportunity to work with your sweet kiddos and our fabulous staff daily, under the direction of our amazing principal, Audrey Sofianos. Mrs. Sofianos will be visiting us frequently so she can also get to know our Kindergartners and their families.

    I know you have lots of questions (and maybe some anxiety which is totally normal!) about the new school year so I wanted to send you some communication in advance! Please reach out to me or our secretary, Ms. Pierre with any additional questions- our door is always open to our families and communication is very important to us!

    K Center FAQs

    • Who will be working with my child this year?  Permanent staff at the Kindergarten Center includes a Program Administrator, 8 teachers, 7 paraprofessionals, a Registered Nurse, a secretary, a custodian and a cafeteria staff member. We will also have our own dedicated Special Area teachers: PE, Art, and Music. Our counselor, media specialist, and garden paraprofessional will visit us on a regular schedule from the Main Campus! We have an incredible team put together and we can’t wait to get started! 

    • How do I find out which class my child will be in? At the beginning of August, all enrolled Kindergarten students will receive a letter letting you know who your awesome K teacher will be. Be on the lookout!

    • How will my child get to school?
    • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
      Option 2: Carpool or Walk to Main Campus by 7:40am and your student can ride the shuttle to the K center
    • Option 3: Carpool to the K Center

    *Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

    • How will my child get home from school?
    • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
    • Option 2: Main Campus Carpool, Walker, Haygood Hut, or Morningside After School program (MAS)- your child will ride the bus from the K Center to the Main Campus and staff will assist in getting them to the correct spot
    • Option 3: Daycare vans from K Center (check with your provider- some pick up at K Center, some pick up at Main Campus)
    • Option 4: K Center Carpool

     *Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

    • Arrival/Dismissal Schedule: We have been busy refining our schedule, and have some updates to share!
      • 7:30 - 8:00am |Carpool begins at Kindergarten Center (999 Briarcliff Road) Please note that after 8:00am, students are considered tardy.
      • 7:40am | K Shuttle leaves Main Campus (1053 E.Rock Springs Road)
        • Please note that there is only one K Shuttle departure time. If your child misses the K Shuttle you must drive them to K Center and drop them off.
        • Students can ride their assigned bus from their house and transfer (with staff assistance, of course!) to the K Shuttle
      • 8:00am | School begins at K Center; students must be present and in their classrooms at 8:00am.
      • 2:20pm | K Shuttle leaves K Center to Main Campus
        • Transfers to assigned bus, Morningside After Care, Main Carpool, walkers, and van riders will all happen at Main Campus with staff assistance
      • 2:20pm | Carpool begins at K Center

    Fun Fact:

    Did you know that all our kindergarten classrooms use Promethean boards? Teachers use the oversized interactive “ipads/tablets” called Promethean boards to engage their students during their daily lessons at MES. Wow, right?!? A couple of years ago the MES PTA and Morningside Foundation came together and purchased one for each of our MES classrooms. It has been an amazing tool to use in the classroom and our teachers can’t wait to show your kiddos how they use technology to learn! 

    I want to keep you all "in the know" so please check back on this page for updates.  As a reminder, all MES webpages can easily be translated by clicking on the “translate” button on the sidebar or top menu of any of our webpages and then select the language preference. Communication is important to me, please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns!

    Enjoy your summer! - Holly Brookins, Ph.D.

    Program Administrator Kindergarten Center | Morningside Elementary School

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  • April 16: Chickens, honeybees and goats oh my!

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 4/16/2019 1:35:00 PM

    First chickens, then honeybees, now goats! We are always busy learning about nature @APSMorningside K Center! Happy Earth Week! 🐐 🌍 ❤️ @AudreySofianos @atlantaeducator @MrPaul24 @APLeverette pic.twitter.com/HMYeFAW4Tz

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) April 16, 2019

    Goat Visit

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  • April 10: Careers on Wheels

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 4/10/2019 10:35:00 PM

    Careers on Wheels Day @APSMorningside K Ctr! Thx City of Atlanta Fire, APS Police, GA Power, and CHOA! @AudreySofianos @APSPDChief @atlantaeducator @AssocSupBrown @APLeverette @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/ljagfbZTHl

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) April 10, 2019

    Careers on Wheels

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  • March 20: Kindergarten Patriotic Parade at Main Campus

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 3/20/2019 9:10:00 PM

    Standing room only @APSMorningside main campus as we welcome 200 family members for kindergarten Presidents & American Symbols parade! Smiles everywhere! pic.twitter.com/6TeUpPICQb

    — Audrey Sofianos (@AudreySofianos) March 20, 2019

    Patriotic Parade

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  • January 30 | Bookfair with Little Shop of Stories

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/30/2019 11:35:00 PM

    Browsing the Bookfair at K Center! Thank you, PTA! @APSMorningside @AudreySofianos @APLeverette @atlantaeducator @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/21lCGtkxhi

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) January 30, 2019


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  • January 26 | Junie B Junes Field Trip

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/26/2019 10:35:00 PM

    K-2 loved Georgia Ensemble Theater’s Junie B Jones!! 3-5 loved A Wrinkle In Time!! Thank you PTA! #AllDolphinsIn @AudreySofianos @atlantaeducator @HMBrookins @APLeverette @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/ScPwEXiCCL

    — Morningside ES (APS) (@APSMorningside) January 26, 2019

    Junie B Junes Field Trip

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19/20 Rising Kindergarten Information