As the winter season begins, the chances of inclement weather increase. We have the following procedures in place if there are any changes to the normal school day.
In the case of a delayed start, parents will be notified by school messenger and through local media outlets. Buses will pick up students two hours later than normal.
If an early release of students is necessary, parents will again be notified via school messenger and local media outlets. All after school activities will be cancelled.
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and bookmark our school website at www.birminghamfalls.com.
BFES Weather Team Needs Your Assistance!
Winter is here and we want to be prepared should anything like last year's winter event happen again. We are looking for certain items to have at the school that will help make it easier for those who must remain as comfortable as possible. Items we are hoping to collect are blankets, flashlights and batteries for the flashlights. Thank you for your assistance.
GA Milestone End of Grade Assessment
Students at Birmingham Falls in grades 3 through 5 will take the Georgia Milestone End of Grade Assessment (GA Milestone EOG) in the following content areas: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Testing dates are April 16th through May 1st. The GA Milestone EOG is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning. Teachers have been working hard preparing students for this assessment.
The GA Milestone Assessment includes the following features:
· open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics
· a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level within the language arts assessment;
· norm-referenced items in all content areas to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison.
Special education students in grades 3-5 with the read to accommodation and all fourth grade students will participate in the online administration of the GA Milestone EOG.
All other 3rd and 5th grade students will take the traditional paper-pencil test. The goal is to transition to online administration over time for all grade levels.
Below is a Ga Milestone Parent Questions & Answer Brochure link that can prove more details about the GA Milestone End of Grade Assessment.
If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Cheatham, Testing Coordinator at 770-667-2820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Used Sporting Equipment Drive
Hello BFES Families ~ If your closets, dresser drawers, and garages are anything like many others in our community, we are guessing you have sporting equipment and sport-related clothes that are gently used and would be appreciated by others who might not necessarily have these items. We are collecting gently used, clean sporting equipment and clothes. A collection box will be set up in the lobby at BFES starting on
Monday, January 12th through January 30th. Items can include:
Jerseys (any sport and any team; only with no names, first names, or nicknames on the back - no last names please)
Hats Socks Belts Pants
Cleats Leotards Bats Gloves
Shorts Masks Shin Guards Basketballs
If you have any questions, please contact Penny and Nathan Dawson at email@example.com
BFES Fiesta Auction
Dear Falls Families,
As we begin the second half of the school year, our BFES Foundation and PTA are actively working on creating fun, family-friendly events to help raise funds to continue supporting the needs of our school. Our second most important fundraiser of the year is coming up in March: The BFES Fiesta Auction. Last year, we were able to raise an amazing and much appreciated $12,000 during this fun and energetic night. WE NEED YOU to make this happen again! I am asking for your support of this event in three simple ways. First, consider donating an item, service or experience (many ideas are listed below). Secondly, ask your business partners or businesses that you love and frequent for donations (see the attached flyer for instructions on how to get the donation to the school). Lastly, come to the Auction on March 27th ready to have fun, bid and win!
The Fiesta Auction Night will include games, food, and a live and silent auction. To make the event a success, we need your help. In addition to fun items donated by the school such as Principal for a Day, First in Carpool Line and fun with your favorite teacher, we are looking for parents to help obtain items. All corporate and personal donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Some examples of generous past contributions include:
- Restaurant, retail store, movie theater, or spa gift certificates
- Swim, tennis, golf lessons
- Tickets to a concert, sporting event, or theater show
- Gift certificate to Andretti's, Sky Zone, Mini-Golf, Monkey Joe's
- American Girl Doll or Lego Gift Basket
- Professional services: Dentist, car details, taxes, personal training
- We love donations from local business owners too!
BFES Fiesta Donation Form
Windy A. Bottoms, Ed.S.
After School Enrichment Programs
There are 14 opportunities for your student(s) to have fun and be challenged after school this semester. Please visit www.birminghamfalls.com for more information and to register.
NST Running & Soccer
NFL Play 60
Up With Kids Basketball
You Gotta Have Art
Let's Pretend Drama
Up With Kids Volleyball
Bricks 4 Kids
Excellence in Etiquette
Imagine That: Science/School of Magic
Imagine That: Aerospace Engineering
Choice Options Initiative
During the last week of January and in conjunction with National School Choice Week, Fulton County Schools (FCS) will host forums to gather input on what families value most in educational options for their children.
Currently, FCS offers limited educational choice options to families through magnet programs, charter schools, open enrollment, and family and employee hardship considerations. Additionally, over the past two years, elected parents, teachers and community members on School Governance Councils (SGC) have been customizing certain aspects of individual school programming to meet students' needs.
FCS recently launched the Choice Options initiative to thoughtfully expand educational choices for parents as part of the Building Our Future 2017 Strategic Plan. This work is the natural evolution of the charter system and is focused on improving student achievement by providing an educational experience customized to the unique needs of our students and communities. The initiative will also provide equitable access to educational options across FCS while efficiently using the district's facilities and resources. The first phase of this initiative is focused on identifying and understanding our communities' needs for expanded education options.
FCS will gather input regarding education choice options during the following forums:
January 26, 2015, 7:00 pm at Westlake HS
January 27, 2015, 7:00 pm at Lake Forest ES
January 28, 2015, 7:00 pm at Centennial HS
January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm at Tri-Cities HS
February 2, 2015, 7:00 pm at Milton Center
The information gathered during these forums will be used to help create the building blocks for expanded choice options which will be implemented over the coming years. We will ensure any new options will not replace the good work of the SGCs, but will supplement it.
For those parents unable to attend, there will be opportunities to provide input via the Choice Options Website.
Curious to learn more about choice options? Check out these resources:
- FCS Choice Options Webpage
- National School Choice Week Page
- Denver Public Schools
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools
Student Hardship Application - Due February 17th
Applications will be available beginning January 1 for parents who wish to apply for a 2015-2016 hardship transfer or to renew a current hardship to another Fulton elementary, middle or high school. The deadline for submitting a transfer application is February 17, 2015, by 4:30pm., with no exceptions or extensions granted. The February 17th deadline applies to students and parents seeking a hardship transfer for medical reasons, curriculum differences, and/or child care situations. School system employees' children who want to submit or renew a hardship transfer request have the same deadline. For more information, click on Hardship Process.
|Traditional/Discrete Math Options Posted for Public Comment|
MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, firstname.lastname@example.org or Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 656-5594, email@example.com
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Video from Superintendent Woods about math options
Provide feedback on the math courses
January 15, 2015 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods today recommended that the State Board of Education post, for a 30-day public comment period, new math courses that offer a traditional/discrete course option to Georgia high schools, in addition to the integrated course option already available.
If approved, high schools would be able to offer either integrated or traditional/discrete courses to students.
"This is one of the greatest challenges our students have faced in the last several years," Superintendent Woods said. "I have heard from many parents and teachers who have great concerns about having only the integrated approach. Thanks to the cooperation and collaboration shown by the Governor's office and State Board of Education on this issue, we are set to allow our schools to offer traditional/discrete or integrated math courses, and to finally address the challenges our individual students and teachers face at the high school level."
Surveys conducted by the State Board of Education and Regional Educational Service Agencies found that many educators desired a choice between integrated and traditional/discrete math.
"We heard the voices of educators, parents, and students telling us they wanted a choice between integrated and traditional/discrete math in Georgia high schools," State Board Chair Helen Rice said. "After receiving that feedback and examining the options available, we are prepared to offer these new courses for public comment, courses that are specific to the needs and responsive to the voices of Georgia students."
Birmingham Falls is participating in the Six Flags "Read to Succeed" this school year. For those who are not familiar with "Read to Succeed", it is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags. The program inspires kids in grades K through 5 to engage in recreational reading. Students who complete six hours of recreational, non-school-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park. We know the kids LOVE getting a free Six Flags ticket so, with your help, we can quickly get this going!
Reading logs were sent home by your child's homeroom teacher. You can also print the Reading Log from the following link: http://static.sixflags.com/readtosucceed/Y20142015/StudentReadingLog.pdf
The DEADLINE to submit the form to your teacher is no later than, Friday, February 6th.
If your child loves reading and wants to get a FREE Six Flags ticket, have them jump on in and start tracking their time!
Carpool Line Student Drop Off
Students should only be dropped off in the designated student carpool drop off area, in front of the front doors to the school. Please refrain from dropping off students in the bus lane or side parking lots, as this creates potentially unsafe situations for the student.
Big Bobcats on Campus Winners
Congratulations to all the Big Bobcats on Campus for December. We had 455 students with perfect attendance last month.
The winners of the plush bobcats for December are:
- Kindergarten: Emily Temple
- 1st grade: Charles Paulus
- 2nd grade: Harper Mattox
- 3rd grade: Carter Lively
- 4th grade: James Keneck
- 5th grade: Ryland Dines
Thank you for your commitment to excellent attendance at Birmingham Falls and helping your child become a "Big Bobcat on Campus".
Send Us Your Photos
Do you photograph your class activities? Share them with the Yearbook Committee and see your BFES photos in print! We need fun school photos from all grade levels taken using a camera, not a smartphone. Email your photos to
Our school is preparing to take part in the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment. FITNESSGRAM was selected by the Georgia Department of Education because it measures only those areas of fitness related to the health of students. The areas of health related fitness include: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.
Business Partner Spotlight: Learning Rx
OPEN HOUSE: JANUARY 19TH 11AM-2PM at 3538 OLD MILTON PKWY. If your child is struggling with reading or attention, or if they're simply having difficulty keeping up with the class, LearningRx may be able to help. By evaluating your child's cognitive skills, we can determine the root cause of your child's difficulties, which allows you to understand the child's cognitive struggles and seek to improve his or her weaknesses. If you would like more information about this testing or LearningRx's cognitive training programs, feel free to visit www.learningrx.com or call 770-475-3276. We have special discounts for BFES families.
Student Health Forms
If you have a student who has asthma, allergies, seizure disorder or other health-related conditions that require administration of medication or treatment during the school day, please be sure to provide the School Clinic with all necessary information. All Medication Authorization Forms and Health Care Plans may be found on the
Student Health Services Website. If you have any questions, please contact the clinic or Judy Reddick RN, Cluster School Nurse, at
Home Access Center
The following video contains information about using Home Access Center (HAC).
Watch the video below for information regarding our new intercom system, computer check-in system, and volunteer training!
We are actively seeking business partners for the 2014-2015 school year. If you own a business, or know of a business that would be interested in partnering with BFES to help fund our school’s education and technology programs, please have them contact Kelly Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell at
770-568-9241. Please review our business partner flyer and contact Kelly with any questions.
Want to Volunteer at BFES?
Online Volunteer Training! The online volunteer approval process takes 48 hours, and must be completed before volunteering in your child's class.
If you, or a family member plan on volunteering at school, online volunteer training must be completed!
Forms completed online will be sent to the school, however we will need to see your license when you come to the school to ensure you are on the approved list.
Thank you for volunteering at our school!
Affidavit of Residency Form
Persons enrolling a student shall submit appropriate proof of residency (notarized Affidavit of Residency and two proofs of residency) upon initial enrollment in Fulton County Schools and upon entry to 6th and 9th grades. The notarized Affidavit of Residence (SS-8) must be submitted at all grade levels, with the exception of 12th grade, stating that the student resides in the school attendance zone or has an approved hardship or other placement for the school they wish to attend.
Affidavit of Residency Form
New Gun Laws Q&A
Q&A Regarding Newly Passed House Bill 60 and House Bill 826
Outdoor Classroom Plan
Click the link below for a virtual view of our plans for an outdoor classroom.
Outdoor Classroom Virtual View