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New Meal Payment System

On Oct.1, APS introduced a new online payment system, My School Bucks, for breakfast and lunches. (Existing balances should have transferred to the new system.)

NAPPS Eduction Election Guide

NAPPS (North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools) has published an election guide to help you make the most informed decisions regarding education this Election Day.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Mark your calendars! Grandparents & Special Friends' Day is Friday 10/24. Shuttle bus service from the parking deck at Peachtree Presbyterian will again be provided. Read more for schedule and...more

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October 21 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
06:00 PM - Reflections Awards Ceremony - IC Gym
October 22 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 23 - Thursday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
5th Grade French Food Day
October 24 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
October 25 - Saturday
Fall Festival
October 27 - Monday
Bring Canned Goods for Red Ribbon Week
October 28 - Tuesday
Wear Crazy Socks for Red Ribbon Week
October 29 - Wednesday
Wear a Hat for Red Ribbon Week
October 30 - Thursday
2nd Grade Field Trip
Wear Favorite Team Jersey for Red Ribbon Week
October 31 - Friday
Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
November 4 - Tuesday
5th Grade Field Trip
November 5 - Wednesday
Picture Re-Take Day
09:00 AM - School Tours
November 6 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
November 7 - Friday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
November 11 - Tuesday
Kindergarten - HTHT
12:00 PM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
November 12 - Wednesday
Kindergarten - HTHT
November 13 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Kindergarten - HTHT
November 14 - Friday
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
November 17 - Monday
3rd Grade Field Trip
November 18 - Tuesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
November 19 - Wednesday
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - Garden Hills Elementary
November 21 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
November 24 - Monday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 25 - Tuesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26 - Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 27 - Thursday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
05:00 PM - SRS Chorus Performs at Macy's Tree Lighting
November 28 - Friday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
December 3 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - School Tours
December 5 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
December 9 - Tuesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
3rd Grade French Food Day
December 10 - Wednesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
06:30 PM - Jr. Beta Club Induction
December 11 - Thursday
5th Grade French Food Day
December 12 - Friday
2nd Grade Field Trip
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
09:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
December 15 - Monday
3rd Grade Field Trip
December 16 - Tuesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
Kindergarten Field Trip
December 17 - Wednesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
December 19 - Friday
Class Holiday Parties
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
December 22 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 23 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 24 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 25 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 26 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
December 27 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 28 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 29 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 30 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 31 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 1 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 2 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 3 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 4 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 5 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 8 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
5th Grade French Food Day
January 9 - Friday
Report Cards
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 12 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
January 13 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
09:30 AM - Read-A-Thon Classroom Rep Meeting - PC Cafeteria
12:00 PM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
January 14 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
January 15 - Thursday
Kindergarten - HTHT
5th Grade - HTHT
January 16 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 19 - Monday
MLK Day - No School
January 20 - Tuesday
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 21 - Wednesday
2nd Grade - HTHT
09:30 AM - Prospective Parents Meeting
January 22 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 23 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 24 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
January 25 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
January 26 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
January 27 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
January 28 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
January 29 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
January 30 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 31 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
February 1 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
February 2 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
February 3 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
February 4 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
PTA & SSEF Board Nominations Due
09:00 AM - School Tours
February 5 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
February 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
06:30 PM - Bingo Night
February 9 - Monday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Tuesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Wednesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 12 - Thursday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 13 - Friday
Winter Break - No School
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
February 16 - Monday
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Tuesday
Winter Break - No School
February 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - E. Rivers Elementary
February 19 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
February 20 - Friday
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
February 24 - Tuesday
Mardi Gras
February 25 - Wednesday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 26 - Thursday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 27 - Friday
5th Grade Field Trip
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
07:00 PM - Read-A-Thon Hawks Game
March 4 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
09:00 AM - School Tours
March 5 - Thursday
5th Grade - HTHT
March 6 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
06:00 PM - Taste of SRS
March 9 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names A-E)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 10 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names F-M)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
March 11 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names N-T)
March 12 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
March 13 - Friday
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
March 16 - Monday
Teacher Learning Day - No School
March 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 19 - Thursday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 20 - Friday
Report Cards
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
March 23 - Monday
Spring Conferences
March 24 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
March 25 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
2nd Grade Field Trip
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 26 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 27 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
March 30 - Monday
Spring Conferences
Kindergarten Field Trip
March 31 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
April 1 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
09:00 AM - School Tours
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
April 2 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
April 3 - Friday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 6 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 9 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 10 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 13 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 14 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 15 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - North Atlanta HS
April 16 - Thursday
2nd Grade French Food Day
April 17 - Friday
2nd Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 24 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-Up
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 27 - Monday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 28 - Tuesday
1st Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
April 29 - Wednesday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 30 - Thursday
Kindergarten Field Trip
5th Grade French Food Day
May 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 4 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 5 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 6 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 7 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
May 8 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 11 - Monday
International Travelers Week
May 12 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
06:30 PM - 2nd Grade Night at the IC
May 13 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 14 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 15 - Friday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 20 - Wednesday
Yearbook Signing - IC
05:30 PM - 5th Grade Graduation
May 21 - Thursday
Yearbook Signing - PC
May 22 - Friday
Last day of school!!!
End of Year Parties
May 25 - Monday
Memorial Day
June 2 - Tuesday
Final Report Cards

September 29, 2014

Hello Sarah Smith Community

Thanks so much to the parents and friends of Sarah Smith who have diligently sought to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at SRS and in the North Atlanta cluster of schools. The Present Parenting series had an IB focus on September 9 and that same evening a brief presentation was given at the first PTA meeting of the school year. On September 18-19, a team of IB educators visited Sarah Smith for our 5-year evaluation. Overall the visit was very successful and we are proud of the commendations the team gave the staff. Of course, they provided some very useful recommendations to implement as we continue to refine our IB practice!

Absences from School

Since the beginning of the school year on August 4, 122 students have been absent from school three days or more. This number is really alarming!

School attendance is critically important as it’s not possible to teach the children important subject matter content if they are not here. Please work hard to ensure that children are only missing school when they are sick.

Early checkouts and late arrivals are also problematic. Please work with us to have your child at school on time and allow the child to stay for the entire school day. Additionally, it seems there is some confusion regarding excused and unexcused absences.  

Excused absences are those absences authorized by the Atlanta Board of Education. They include:

  • Personal illness of the student and when attendance in school would endanger the health of the student or the health of others.
  • Quarantine either by the county health department or by the family’s physician.
  • Serious illness or death in the immediate family of the student that would reasonably necessitate absence from school.
  • Medical or dental appointments with verifications; however, such non-emergency appointments are encouraged during non-school hours when possible.
  • Special or recognized religious holidays observed by the faith of the student.
  • Weather or other environmental conditions preventing a student from getting to school or rendering school attendance hazardous to the health or safety of the student.
  • An absence not to exceed one (1) day in order for the student to register to vote.
  • Court ordered by governmental agency mandating the student’s absence from school.

All other absences are unexcused. When absences are excused, it does not mean they are erased from the student’s record, it simply means there was an APS-valid reason for the child to miss school. Students cannot be counted present at school if they are not in attendance.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers are currently in the process of scheduling fall parent-teacher conferences. Please look for an invitation from your child’s teacher/s in the next few days. The conferences will be held from October 6 – October 24.

Georgia Milestone Assessment System –

The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace the CRCT. Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and will require more from students than the CRCT it replaces in order to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress. A major benefit of the new system is that it is one consistent testing program across grades 3-12, whereas previously students took a series of individual tests.

The increased expectations for student learning reflected in Georgia Milestones may mean initially lower scores than the previous years’ CRCT scores. That is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said,  “We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states.”

The new testing system will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. With some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, Georgia Milestones will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.

Update on the Installation of Artificial Turf for the IC Playground

As you are probably aware, the PTA is investing approximately $90,000 to make the playground at the IC a better place for our children to play and enjoy PE and recess. These improvements will come at a slight cost to us in that students will not be able to use the playground from Monday, October 6 through Friday, October 17 (if there is no inclement weather). Part of this time is during fall break to avoid as many days that students are in school as possible.

The payoff will be great when we have a playground that actually has grass and not just dirt. Additionally, the school should remain cleaner as the students will not be tracking in dirt, dead grass, and pine straw remnants from the field. If the construction is completed earlier than expected, of course, the playground will reopen.

During this time-frame (October 6-17), there can be NO parking at or around the rear entrance of the cafeteria as the construction company must have clear access to the field for equipment entry, etc.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. Also a BIG thanks to the PTA!

Staff Feature

Each month two staff members are randomly selected and profiled in “The Anchor.” This gives you an opportunity to know a little bit about the wonderful faculty and staff members working with your children every day.

Alfonso Champion - First Grade Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Los Angeles, CA

Education – BBA in Marketing – Howard University; Master’s in Early Childhood from Georgia State University; Specialist’s in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University

Personal - Hobbies, Family, Interests – Writing (poetry); Gaming on Xbox and iPad; Listening to Jazz, spending time with family

Claim to Fame – None, really – other than being a fantastic teacher

Favorite Quote – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

Robert Piacentino – Third Grade Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Roosevelt, New York – Grew up in Kings Park, NY

Education – Bachelor’s in Education and Sociology from State University of New York at New Paltz

Personal – Hobbies, Family, Interests: Reading (especially Stephen King), music (favorites Elton John and Dave Koz), movies (loves trying to choose the Academy Award winner each year)

Claim to Fame – Been teaching for 26 years and has taught in NY, FL, VA and GA. Huge Disney fan…makes trips to Disney every year.

Favorite Quote – “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

Your Principal
Ken Proctor, Ed.D.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal's Desk

On behalf of all of us at Sarah R. Smith Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to our website. Sarah Smith Elementary has a long and distinguished history of service to our children and families.  We are proud of our students.  They continue to achieve at high levels and make significant contributions.
 
--- Dr. Kenneth Proctor