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 March 13 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - No School for Students

March 16 - Shakerag RFF Day - No School for Students

Shakerag has a new Assistant Principal! 

Please join us in congratulating our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Margaret Mathas.  The Fulton County School Board approved Ms. Mathas' promotion at Thursday's board meeting.  Ms. Mathas joined the Shakerag family in August 2019 as our Student Academic Support Teacher.  In her short amount of time with us, she has added great value to our team and provided academic and social/emotional supports for our students, teachers, and the community. 

Ms. Mathas is currently in her 10th year of education, five of which were in Plano, Texas and five here in the Northeast Learning Community within Fulton County. As a former elementary classroom teacher and current staff member, Ms. Mathas has a lot to contribute to our already amazing community.  Her talents will support our continued efforts to grow as a school and ensure all students experience success.   

If you have not already had the opportunity to meet her, please join us for Muffins with Ms. Mathas on Tuesday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the media center.
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Congratulations to our Teacher/Professional of the Year!

Every year the staff is charged with the difficult decision of selecting one professional and one teacher to represent the amazing staff at Shakerag Elementary School as our Employees of the Year. This year we would like to congratulate Ms. Sally Petty, Music Teacher, who will be representing our staff as Teacher of the Year, and Mr. Mark Harrell, Special Education Paraprofessional, who will represent our staff as Professional of the Year. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing team that this decision gets harder and harder every year. Both of these staff members are well-deserving of this honor and will represent Shakerag well. CONGRATULATIONS!

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New Student Registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins on April 1. Documents required for K-5 and Pre-K registration can be found by clicking here.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for Kindergarten will be:

Wednesday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

KINDERGARTENS must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020. (Birthdate on or before September 1, 2015)

PRE-K REGISTRATION

You must register in person at Shakerag in order to enter the Pre-K Lottery

Registration for Pre-K will be:

Wednesday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pre-K Lottery will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Shakerag Atrium

PRE-K must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020.  (Birthdate on or before September 1, 2016)

GENERAL REGISTRATION

Registration for K-5 will be:

Wednesday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

FIRST GRADERS must be 6 years old on or before September 1, 2020.  (Birthdate on or before September 1, 2014)

Please share this information with interested friends and neighbors. 

There is still time to declare your candidacy. The School Governance Council really needs your support.  Please check out our most recent video all about how YOU can get involved with Shakerag's School Governance Council! Click here to watch https://spark.adobe.com/video/V5S7TUo87tdMu and learn more! This year, one of our parent/guardian positions and one teacher position on our SGC are up for re-election. Parents/guardians and teachers who are interested in standing for election, should declare their candidacy by visiting the Governance and Flexibility website at www.fultonschools.org/sgc and then clicking on "Elections." The declaration phase began on Monday, February 3rd, and will end on Wednesday, February 26th. We would really appreciate your support! For more information, please visit the SGC website at the address noted above, or you may also contact our SGC Chair, Robert Luskin, luskinr@fultonschools.org, or our principal, Christine Lemerond, Lemerond@fultonschools.org, with any questions. We encourage all parents to consider becoming a part of our School Governance Council. Our next School Governance meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at 7:15 a.m.

Join us for an awesome night of science for you and your family on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.!  Practicing Scientists & Engineers will perform demonstrations and guide you through activities filled with hands-on, practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Each person who completes an RSVP will attend three different, twenty-five minute activities.  This is a family affair!  An adult MUST be present and siblings are welcome.

Due to the necessary preparations needed for Family Science Night, all families attending must RSVP by clicking this link http://bit.ly/2019fsn to pre-register. Please make sure to only fill out ONE entry per family on or before Monday, February 24, 2020. This event is free to all Shakerag families

It's hard to believe we are already beginning the informational process for the transition of our current 5th grade students to River Trail Middle School (RTMS).  RTMS will begin to host several parent and/or student transition events for our current 5th grade students and their parents (click here for the calendar of events).  These meetings will give you a general overview of programs available for students. On March 6, our 5th Grade students will have the opportunity to visit RTMS with their teachers. All parents of rising 6th grade students are invited to the Parent Night at RTMS on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wear your Shakerag Spiritwear on Friday, February 28 for a chance to have your picture highlighted in the yearbook!  Need a shirt?  Spiritwear items are on sale at www.ShakeragPTO.org (click Store).

Our annual Sharks Have Heart family walk will be on Saturday, March 7 (Rain or Shine).  Registration forms were sent home last week.  Please send in your registration form and payment on or before February 21 to receive a t-shirt.  All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association in honor of Coach Cooper. For more information and a copy of the registration form, please click here.

The Northview Mu Alpha Theta Club will be hosting a math tournament to raise funds for underfunded schools for math supplies.  The tournament will be held at Shakerag Elementary School on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30-11:00.  Join the students of Northview for a morning of math fun.  Please click here for more details and the link to register.

Our school store will be open 7:10 a.m. - 7:35 a.m. in the atrium on Friday, February 21.

It's that time of year when parents are planning the activities their child(ren) will be participating in over the summer. If your child has a love for science and engineering, this would be the perfect camp for them!  Each week will consist of a blend of robotics and STEM related activities. Kindergarten - 2nd grade campers will create their own LEGO models and bring them to life using LEGO WeDo 2.0, programing the Dash and Dot robots to complete various tasks, code using Ozobots, and also engage in other STEM related activities.  3rd- 5th grade campers will build & program the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to complete various missions, design, create and launch water rockets, and so much more! Our STEM camp will be limited to 30 students per week.  Registration will open on Sunday, February 9.  For more information, please visit our ASL website by clicking here.

After Spring Break, we will start Milestones Testing in grades 3-5. We wanted to provide you with the updated schedule as a few dates were adjusted due to the shift in the district calendar to accommodate state-wide elections. This schedule ensures:

  • Students will only have to complete one section of the test each day, hopefully decreasing testing fatigue
  • Testing on any given day should take less than 2 hours
  • Spreading out testing countywide will decrease the number of students testing on the same platform at one time
  • This supports schools that may not be as fortunate as ours in regard to the number of devices they have on hand

Please mark your calendars to reflect the following schedule.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Nusnbaum, our Testing Coordinator, at nusnbaum@fultonschools.org.

 

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
April 6-10 Spring Break
April 13April 14April 15

April 16

EOG Math Sec. 1

Grades 3 & 5

April 17

EOG Math Sec. 2

Grades 3 & 5

April 20

April 21

No School for Students- Digital Learning Day

April 22

EOG ELA Sec. 1

Grades 3 & 5

April 23

EOG ELA Sec. 2

Grades 3 & 5

April 24

EOG ELA Sec. 3

Grades 3 & 5

April 27

EOG Science

Grade 5

April 28

EOG SS

Grade 5

 

April 29

Make up Testing

April 30

Make up Testing

May 1

Make up Testing

 

 

May 4

EOG ELA Sec. 1

Grade 4

 

May 5

EOG ELA Sec. 2

Grade 4

May 6

EOG ELA Sec. 3

Grade 4

May 7

EOG Math Sec. 1

Grade 4

May 8

EOG Math Sec. 2

Grade 4

May 11-13 Make-up Testing

 

This year, due to a change with the publisher, we will not be offering the option to purchase the COACH Milestones practice books.  If you are looking for additional resources to encourage further practice at home, please have your child continue the use of iReady math and/or iReady reading which provides digital instruction to meet students' individual levels of learning. In addition, please click here to visit the Georgia Department of Education's (GADOE) website to access Georgia Milestones Study/Resource Guides. These free GADOE resources include practice questions and learning activities for each tested content area in grades 3-5.

Once again, Shakerag will be participating in the "Six Flags Read to Succeed" program. Look for your child's unique code for their online reading log in folders today. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before Friday, April 10 will earn a free admission ticket to Six Flags. The program is open to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Hours can be logged online for read-aloud time as well as independent reading. Parents/Guardians will need to complete the online log by the deadline.  This is a great opportunity to encourage reading or even snuggle up and read a great book together. Happy Reading!  Please contact Ms. Supal Patel (Media Center) with any questions at patels@fultonschools.org.

Box Tops have gone paperless! The new process couldn't be easier. Download the app, scan your store receipts and Box Tops are automatically credited to our school. No more cutting out or sorting through expired Box Tops! We have removed the BoxTop Box from the front of the school. All Box Tops will now be collected through the app method. Thank you in advance for continuing to support our school!  Tap here to download the app now: https://www.boxtops4education.com/  Shakerag School ID: 219664 

Shakerag's Annual Artist Day is returning in the spring of 2020!  This year we are hoping to learn more about art and culture from our very own school family! To do this, we are looking for volunteers!

On Friday, April 3, we will be hosting an Artist and Culture Day at Shakerag. We are hoping our children will have an opportunity to virtually travel around the globe and learn about various forms of art and culture, but we need your help to do that!  Do you paint, dance, sing or play a musical instrument?  Would you like to showcase some art or activity from your culture? If so, we'd love to have you coordinate an activity with like-minded artists and share your talent with our students! Please reach out to the Artist and Culture Day co-chair Paiker Sayed at paikersayed@gmail.com if you're interested.

Digital Learning Days

If we miss school due to inclement weather, Fulton County will determine if the day will become a Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Days are days where students will complete assignments sent by their teachers AT HOME. Should this happen, you can expect to receive an email from your child's homeroom teacher no later than 9:00 a.m. the morning of the Digital Learning Day. If your child is in Special Ed., ESOL, or EIP, those teachers will review the digital learning plan for your child's grade level and email you directly if they feel any adjustments need to be made to the grade level plan. What to expect: Students in grades K-2 should spend no more than 90 minutes working on their assignments. Students in grades 3-5 should plan to spend no more than 3 hours on their assignments. All assignments are due 5 days after our return to school unless additional time is provided by the teacher. If you have any questions about the assignments, please do not hesitate to email your child's teacher. In the spring, we will have a few Digital Learning Days due to state-wide elections. Teachers will communicate and send home assignments for these prearranged days no later than the day prior. We hope that we will not miss many days this winter season, but we want to be prepared should Mother Nature have a different plan.

Digital Resources "One Pager"

Do you need help with digital resources your child might be using? You should have received a digital learning tools "one-pager" from your child's teacher that will provide you with some tips, tricks, and log-in information. If you have not received this document, please reach out to your child's teacher. This will be a great resource for our Digital Learning Days.

Don't forget to order a copy of our 2019-2020 Shakerag Elementary Yearbook for only $40.00 each.  Click here to order online now, as prices will increase later in the school year!

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Online Enrollment is quick and easy!

 

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Please click here to review the 2019-2020 school calendar for Shakerag Elementary. Our school calendar is slightly different from the original Fulton County school calendar. Our students will also be out on September 3, February 14, and March 16 so our teachers can engage in additional professional development opportunities.

The Fulton County School Board approved making April 21, 2020, and May 19, 2020, "Digital Learning Days" for students while maintaining regular work days for employees. A Digital Learning Day is an opportunity for students to engage in off-site learning instead of attending school.

Since April 21 and May 19 are state-wide election days, there is high-volume participation of the public at polling stations located in our schools, and this increases the potential for security concerns. By utilizing digital learning activities, students will be able to maintain their focus on instruction even though they are not on campus. This also allows staff the opportunity to participate in high-quality professional development to deepen their knowledge and skills. Below you find a summary of the Fulton County Calendar changes, or you can click here for the updated 2019-2020 Shakerag Elementary School Calendar. 

Summary of the recent calendar adjustments:

  • March 13, 2020 remains a teacher workday.
  • March 24, 2020 (GA Presidential primary election) will be a teacher workday.
  • April 21, 2020 (state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.
  • May 19, 2020 (state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.

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Visitors will need to sign-in at the front desk with a state issued photo ID to receive a printed visitor/volunteer badge throughout the day. After June 1, 2018, everyone was required to complete the volunteer registration process even if you had completed it previously.  The district is working on a two-calendar year rotation. To keep in compliance with State Law and best practices, for the 2019-2020 school year, if you did not complete the volunteer registration after June 1, 2018, we will require that all persons interested in volunteering in the Fulton County School District to register by completing the online volunteer registration/application process. We recommend that you complete this process on a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet device. The registration process can be found on the FCS District Website under Community/Partners & Volunteers. Applicants should be prepared to spend about 10-15 minutes for the training and application process.  In accordance with State Law, all volunteers must be current with the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol Training before being allowed to volunteer in our schools.  It is very important that volunteers enter their full legal name as it appears on their government issued ID (please do not use nicknames or "goes by" names on the application).  All applicants must wait 24-48 hours after applying for application processing.  If you have not completed the registration process since June 1, 2018, you will not be allowed to volunteer!

Click here to begin the volunteer process 

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Here Comes the Bus App

"Here Comes the Bus" is a free, easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child's school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop.  Please click here for detailed directions on how to download the app. 

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Christine Lemerond, Principal
Lemerond@fultonschools.org

 

Margaret Mathas, Assistant Principal
Nasonm@fultonschools.org

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Shakerag Elementary Strategic Plan
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Shakerag Supply List 2019-2020

Dismissal Change Form

Registration and Forms

Shakerag 2019-2020 School Calendar

 

 
2019-2020 Fulton Testing Schedule

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