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