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Parent Newsletter (5/3/21 - 5/7/21)

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May 3, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Kimberly Elementary School
3090 McMurray, Dr. SW, Atlanta GA 30311
(404) 802-7600 / (404) 802-9447
https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/kimberly
 
 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and Happy Last Month of School!  These are phrases that bring music to my ears and hopefully to the ears of all of you.  Its the time of the school year where we celebrate our teachers and students.  Here are some suggestions on ways that you can help celebrate teachers this week:



I want to say THANK YOU to all of our families who are monitoring their students and themselves daily to ensure the collective safety of our school community.  As such, I also want to remind our parents of our In-Person Learners of the importance of Daily Health Screenings prior to sending your child to school.  This process uses an App on your phone called HealthCheck.  To learn more about HealthCheck, please visit www.stratumhealth.io.  You can get started by downloading the app and begin screening your children that are returning In-Person using the following codes:

Additional Documents about HealthCheck

If you need to manually enroll into HealthCheck, we have simplified the process. Parents can now sign up via an online option using the HealthCheck Parent Sign Up Form, allowing parents to easily locate the facility codes for their school.

HealthCheck, along with the Weekly Surveillance Testing, will ensure that we maintain a safe environment for all our learners and staff.

For those families that are returning their children to a face to face model of instruction, please be sure to review our Return to Learn Playbook.  This is a live document that is updated as needed.

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!'

4/26 - 5/14
GMAS Testing (Gr 3 - 5)

5/10 - 5/18
Benchmark Testing (Gr K - 2)

5/4/21
Surveillance Testing
7:30a

5/5/21
Asynchronous Wednesday

5/7/21
Last Day to Enroll in Summer Academy

5/11/21
Bunche Middle School Virtual Transition Meeting
5:30p

5/26/21
Last Day of School
In-Person Learning Day
Academic Recovery (Summer School in APS)
We recognize that learning loss has occurred throughout the pandemic. To mitigate that impact, we plan to launch the Summer Academic Recovery Academy (ARA) over the next three summers. I’m happy to share that All APS students can attend and are welcome to register for the academy. The registration window will be open from April 1st through May 7th.

Summer APS Social Media Ad - YouTube

If you have any problems registering online, you can either call Ms. King @ 404-802-7600 or complete this Google Form and we will register your child on your behalf.

Our Academic Recovery Academy will be a full-day program from June 2nd through June 30th, and it combines an academic recovery model with a focus on literacy and mathematics with our Power Up programming for students in grades PK-12. Students can receive virtual or in-person instruction that will address unfinished learning and academic learning loss, provide hands-on lessons via Power Up Programming, and recover course credits in an engaging, incentive-filled environment with embedded whole-child and social-emotional supports.

Transportation and meals will be provided for in-person learning students who attend the full day. Virtual learning students will be provided meals at designated pickup sites throughout the community. We are excited to offer our Academic Recovery Academy and will continue to keep you updated on the program.

KROGER Supports Kimberly ES

How many of you shop at Kroger?  If you're like me, I spend a great deal of money on food and other items from Kroger.  I always use my Kroger Plus Card when shopping to get savings on the items that I buy the most.  I have also added our school to my Kroger Plus Card to ensure that Kroger donates a part of the profits from my spending to support Kimberly Elementary School.

Thank you for supporting our school and your students!

Sixth (6th) Grade Virtual Transition Program


GoTeam Elections May 6 - 16

We had a GREAT response to the GO Team candidate declaration! Now it’s your turn! Time to learn about the candidates and cast your ballot. You can view the full list of candidates on the GO Teams website at www.apsstrongschools.com

Voting will be open May 6-16. In order to cast your ballot online, you will need a personal voting link. You will receive an email with your personal link by Thursday, May 6. 

Be sure to encourage fellow parents to vote and share voting information with others!

If you need assistance or have questions, please email goteam@apsk12.org or call 404-802-2885. For assistance in Spanish, call 404-802-7580.  

Strong Schools Start With You!
 

COVID-19 Self-Reporting
Parents of students who have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19 should take the following actions:
  1. Contact the school nurse or principal and report your exposure or positive test
    1. Call the School Nurse: (404) 802-7613
    2. Email the Nurse: ldudley@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    3. Email the Principal:  jlsalley@atlanta.k12.ga.us
  2. Plan to quarantine for at least 10 - 14 days and take a COVID-19 test after the 10th day, prior to returning to school.
  3. Completing the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form at: http://tinyAPS.com/?CovidStudentForm
  4. Contact your child's teacher for information on joining their Virtual Simultaneous Classroom
    1. Teacher Contact Information

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is continuing its effort to keep everyone in our schools and buildings safe by making COVID-19 Surveillance Testing available to all students and staff. COVID-19 Surveillance Testing is a non-diagnostic test that detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic. The benefits of surveillance testing include allowing APS to test, receive test results (within 24 hours) and notify individuals of a clinically significant reading before coming to school or work.
 
While participation in surveillance testing is not required for students, it will be strongly encouraged. The success of this mitigation strategy, and the District’s ability to return and keep students in school, is based on high levels of staff and student participation. APS is exploring all options as it relates to the administration of surveillance testing for staff and will be providing staff training, information sessions, and other staff engagement opportunities as part of this process. 

Read the Privacy Policy for COVID testing here (haga clic aquí para español)

Download and complete your COVID Testing Consent Form:  STUDENT, English  |  STUDENT, español |  STAFF


CurbSmart - After School Dismissal Process


As a result of COVID-19 we have to implement new policies and procedures for student arrival and dismissal.  CurbSmart is an easy-to-use app that instantly synchronizes pick-up lane arrivals, allowing school administrators inside and outside to coordinate the safe and organized release of students after school.  Administrators use the application by entering hang tag numbers into a smartphone or other device in which Inside Administrators view a list of student names on another device at a location where they release the students. 
In an effort to provide the safest and most efficient release of students from our school, please be advised of the following rules and procedures:
  • You’ll be issued a hangtag with a number. Please display this hangtag in your vehicle’s dashboard or from the rear-view mirror so it is clearly visible for entry by the administrator.
  • Create your CurbSmart Account to quickly make transportation changes and update your contact information.  
    • School Code: 9547
You can view a video about CurbSmart HERE.
You can sign-up for a CurbSmart Account at: https://www.curbsmart.net

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.
Welcome back to “The Week,” where you receive a video summary of the news and information you need most from Atlanta Public Schools. In this week’s update, Dr. Herring provides information about the Academic Recovery Academy, Teacher Appreciation Week and more.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/BlwGF8soQvI
 
Read more:
https://talkupaps.com/2021/04/30/the-week-with-dr-lisa-herring-week-of-april-26/
 
 
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