Join us on 10.1.18 for the 11th Annual
World Day of Bullying Prevention™
The first Monday of every October is World Day of Bullying Prevention™!
On this day students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month every October.
Let's #BlueUp together!
Join us in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying! Make it the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world! Wear a blue shirt, you'll be using your voice and sending a message that this is the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world. Change the Culture!
Important Calendar Changes for November 6, 2018 and March 8, 2019
Superintendent Jeff Rose this month recommended a change to the district’s 2018-2019 School Year Calendar. At its August meeting, the Fulton County Board of Education voted to approve that recommendation.
This school year, November 6, 2018 has been changed from a regular school day, to a teacher work day. March 8, 2019 has been changed from a teacher work day, to a regular school day.
The decision alleviates safety concerns raised by some parents and staff, allows for additional staff training on safety protocols, and maintains instructional time for our students. Additionally, the Fulton County School Board has expressed interest in addressing a long-term solution through the legislative process.
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Visitor and Volunteer Information
As you know, Fulton County Schools believes in a safe and nurturing environment for all students and staff. All schools are equipped with a visitor management system called "Raptor." Visitors register in the building at the time of arrival, and their information is checked against state/national sex offender databases as well as local school police databases. Please have your identification available when registering for the first time. Please be sure to sign in using the Raptor system located in the lobby.
All school volunteers will need to be trained in our Child Abuse Reporting Protocol prior to volunteering at EJES. To complete the online training, please visit our web-site at www.estherjackson.org. Click on the Parent tab and then click on the Volunteering link. This process takes 48 hours to process, so please complete at least 48 hours ahead of your volunteer time. Your ID will be required the first time you volunteer.
Esther Jackson Elementary wins school grant to support summer reading
Keeping kids reading during the summer is often a challenge of inclination, but for some students, it’s a challenge of access. For some kids, they read less during the summer because they don’t have reading and learning materials easily accessible. Johns Hopkins researchers found that the “reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school.”
Esther Jackson Elementary decided to do something about the dip in reading progress during summer vacations. They started Project SOAR (Summer of Accelerated Reading) to expand the literacy focus they strive for into a year-round effort. Project SOAR will combat summertime reading regression with increased reading opportunities, including providing access to reading materials to students as well as parent training resources and meetings.
This grant will allow us to create a community of readers in a supportive environment away from the classroom.” -Jennifer Cassidy, Esther Jackson Elementary principal.
“We are thrilled that we have received a grant to fund a summer-slide prevention reading program,” says Jennifer Cassidy, principal of Esther Jackson Elementary.
Project SOAR has received a $7,000 Innovation Fund Tiny Grant to establish a reading program at the River Crossing apartment complex, home to nearly 130 Fulton County students. There will be a library in the leasing office and weekly lessons with teachers. All student residents will have access to reading materials and lessons, and parents will be able to take advantage of their own training materials to support their children’s summer learning efforts.
Innovation Fund Tiny Grants, awarded by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), provide traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts between $1,000 and $7,000 to implement innovative projects that deeply engage students and have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment.