February 15: No School
February 18: No School (President's Day)
February 19: No School for Students (Shakerag Professional Learning Day)
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. Melissa Minore, PreK, who will be representing our staff as Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Erin Collins, Intervention and Enrichment Coach, 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 ladies are well-deserving of this honor and will represent Shakerag well. CONGRATULATIONS!
Our School Governance Council (SGC) needs YOU!!!! Two of our parent/guardian positions and one teacher position on our SGC will have open seats. If you want to get involved and help support our school's strategic plan, please visit the following website, SGC Candidate Nominations, to submit your candidate declaration form. The window to submit your candidacy closes on Wednesday, February 20 so don't wait! We would love to have several parents and teachers willing to support our school and our council! If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact our SGC Chair, Robert Luskin, firstname.lastname@example.org, or our principal, Christine Lemerond, email@example.com.
If you did not have a chance to complete the annual Georgia Parent Survey earlier this year, we would still love your feedback. This important survey is utilized as part of the calculation for Shakerag's school climate rating which is reported with our CCRPI scores. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous and are submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please click here for the link to begin this quick survey. Thank you for helping us reflect and grow! Looking forward to another 5 Star rating!
Our annual Sharks Have Heart family walk will be on Saturday, March 23 (Rain or Shine). Please send in your registration form and payment on or before March 1 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 Patriotic Club will be hosting a Kindness Matters Campaign February 4 – 22. Students will be able to donate items that will be packaged and sent to Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan or at local armories. The Patriotic Club will be collecting items throughout February to send a little bit of love from home. If you would like to make a donation, click here for a list of items that can be dropped off in the atrium.
Once again Shakerag will be participating in the "Six Flags Read to Succeed" program. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before Wednesday, February 20 will earn a free admission ticket to Six Flags. The program is open to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Hours can be logged for read-aloud time as well as independent reading. This is a great opportunity to encourage reading or even snuggle up and read a great book together. Happy Reading!
Our school community is very diverse in our cultural backgrounds. This year The Bilingual Community Liaisons (BCLs) are organizing a small tasting for our staff members of different countries that represent our students and their families as a part of their staff cultural awareness initiative. They need volunteers to share food (appetizer/finger food type) or drinks from their countries. Food will be shared with all staff members before a staff meeting on March 19, at 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please sign up using the following link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4dafaf2aa2fa7-20182019 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joy Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Liying Li, Liying@fultonschools.org.
Shakerag's Annual Artist Day is returning in the spring of 2019! 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 March 29, 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 email@example.com if you're interested.
It is “When I Grow Up
Day” at Shakerag Elementary for our 4th and 5th grade
students on Friday, April 26. The Shakerag Foundation is planning a Career Day
for our 4th and 5th graders, and we need you. Yes, you! We are looking for
parents and community professionals who can provide a 10-minute engaging and
relatable presentation to the students in the following fields: Dental,
Medical, Entertainment, Sports, Military and Entrepreneurial. If you are
interested in participating, or you know a professional from one of those
fields, please send an email to Eki Ehigiamusoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring kindergarten registration dates will be Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. During these two days, parents of incoming kindergarten students, as well as other new elementary students entering school in August, can register their children for the 2019-2020 school year. Please come in during these times to register your child.
Pre-K registration will be Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and enrollment is handled by a lottery system. The lottery for Pre-K will be on Thursday, March 28th at 3:30 pm. You do not have to be present for the lottery. Parents will be notified of the results.
Shakerag Georgia Pre-K
This time of year is often referred to as "flu season." Flu viruses tend to peak between December and March. Doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta say flu season usually starts to peak in metro Atlanta right after the holidays in January. Typical symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, running or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home until their symptoms have improved and they have been fever free for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medication). For more information on the Flu Season 2018-2019, click here or visit www.cdc.gov/flu
2018 National Blue Ribbon School Profile
We wanted to thank everyone for all of the kind remarks regarding our recent accomplishment in being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. This award is not something earned overnight! We are so appreciative of all of the amazing staff, students, parents, and community members who have supported us over the years. We can’t wait to see what our Sharks accomplish next!
Don't forget to order a copy of our 2018-2019 Shakerag Elementary Yearbook for only $40.00 each. Click here to order online now, as prices will increase later in the school year!
School Calendar Change
At the Fulton County Board meeting in August, the Board voted to approve the Superintendent's recommendation to change the district's 2018-19 School Year Calendar. 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.
This decision was made to alleviate safety concerns raised by some parents and staff in regards to several campuses being used for voting on November 6. It also allows for additional staff training and maintains instructional time for students.
2018-2019 School Year Calendar
Please click here to review the 2018-2019 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 4, November 26,
and February 19 so our teachers can engage in additional
professional development opportunities.
Shakerag Volunteer Registration
To keep in compliance with State Law and best practices, for the 2018-2019 school year, we will require that all persons interested in volunteering in the Fulton County School District to re-register/register (even if a person has completed an application in the past) by completing the new online volunteer registration/application process. The registration process can be found on the FCS District Website under Community/Partners & Volunteers or Click Here. 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 hours after applying for application processing and approval.
Here Comes the Bus App Now Available
"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.
Get the Fulton County Schools App!
Safety is always a top priority not only at Shakerag, but all schools within Fulton County. We can't thank you enough for your continued support and partnership! Did you know FCS has an app available for you to make a direct report to Safety and Security? Visit the App Store and search "Fulton County Schools". Once you are in the app, look for the quick tip icon. Click here for additional details.