Staff Appreciation Week is here (2/8-2/11)!

We love our teachers and staff at SRS and this is our week to show them our appreciation! We have many exciting events planned and we need your help! Please consider donating to the breakfast on Tuesd...more

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Welcome Dr. Michael Forehand as the new principal for SRS!

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February 10 - Wednesday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Thursday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
BoxTops collection
February 12 - Friday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 13 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 14 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 15 - Monday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 16 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Wednesday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
February 18 - Thursday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
5th Grade Field Trip
10:30 AM - 3rd Grade - Tattling Tales - Eleanor Roosevelt
February 19 - Friday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
5th Grade - Anne Frank Assembly
Read-A-Thon winners announced
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 20 - Saturday
Black History Month
Starsrtuck
February 21 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 22 - Monday
Black History Month
February 23 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Pick up Hawks tickets
February 24 - Wednesday
Black History Month
Pick up Hawks tickets
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
February 25 - Thursday
Black History Month
Read- A-Thon Sponsor money due
February 26 - Friday
Black History Month
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
February 27 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 28 - Sunday
Black History Month
3:30 PM - Hawks SRS Family Day - Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets
February 29 - Monday
Black History Month
March 4 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 7 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration Last Names begining with A-E
11:00 AM - K Field Trip
March 8 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begining with F-M
8:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 9 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begininning with N-T
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
March 10 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names beginning with U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica
March 11 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Registration - for anyone unable to attend on their designated day
Taste of Sarah Smith
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
8:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 15 - Tuesday
5th Grade Field Trip
4:00 PM - Art Show
March 18 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 21 - Monday
Spring Conferences
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
March 22 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
6:30 PM - PTA General meeting (vote on next year's slate)
March 23 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
March 24 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
March 25 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
March 28 - Monday
Spring Conferences
Kindergarten Field Trip
March 29 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll -
March 30 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll
March 31 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll -
April 1 - Friday
Spring Conferences
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
9:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
April 4 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 5 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 6 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
April 11 - Monday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not
April 12 - Tuesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not
April 13 - Wednesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not -
9:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
April 15 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 18 - Monday
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
April 20 - Wednesday
2nd - HTHT Space
April 21 - Thursday
2nd - HTHT Space
April 22 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-up
2nd - HTHT Space
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
April 27 - Wednesday
9:30 AM - K Field Trip
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
April 28 - Thursday
9:30 AM - K Field Trip
April 29 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 4 - Wednesday
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
May 5 - Thursday
BoxTops Collection
May 6 - Friday
School Council: Deadline for parents Intent to Serve
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 12 - Thursday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
May 13 - Friday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 16 - Monday
International Travelers Week
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
May 17 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
May 18 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 19 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
May 20 - Friday
International Travelers Week
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 24 - Tuesday
Honors Ceremony
May 25 - Wednesday
End of year parties
Last day of School!!
July 17 - Sunday
5th Grade Trip
July 18 - Monday
5th Grade Trip
July 19 - Tuesday
5th Grade Trip
July 20 - Wednesday
5th Grade Trip
July 21 - Thursday
5th Grade Trip
July 22 - Friday
5th Grade Trip
July 23 - Saturday
5th Grade Trip
July 24 - Sunday
5th Grade Trip
July 25 - Monday
5th Grade Trip

February 3, 2016

Friends and Families of Sarah Smith Elementary School,

I’m wondering if the groundhog will see his shadow this year!  Although I am a fan of winter, I very much enjoy beautiful spring days.  I hope that each of you are having a great 2016 thus far as we enter into an exciting and transformational period for Atlanta Public Schools (APS).  As I’m sure you are aware, APS is transitioning towards a new local governance model.  Local School Governance Teams, called Go Teams, are a requirement of Charter Systems and replace the Local School Councils required for traditional school districts.    Candidate registration is open and will close February 15, 2016.  If you are interested in working side-by-side with our instructional team, please consider running for a seat on our Go Team.  As a parent or educator, you may declare your candidacy by registering at www.atlantapublicschools.us/vote.  Be on the lookout for an opportunity to hear from the candidates running for seats on our Go Team early in March.   We believe that we are the BEST school in the Atlanta Public School System, the state of Georgia, and ultimately the nation and we are looking for the BEST candidates to serve our school. 

Being the BEST school isn’t always about overall test scores.  As an International Baccalaureate World School, our students are preparing to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.  We focus on the development of the whole child.  With over 26 languages represented at Sarah Smith, our students celebrate diverse learning opportunities and perspectives.  Our students are problem solvers and world changers.  However, the public in general doesn’t always see schools through the same lens.  Georgia uses an accountability tool called the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) to quantify the effectiveness of schools.  One key indicator that is measured by the CCRPI is the student attendance rate.  Parental support is vital to the success of the Sarah Smith Elementary student attendance rate.  This rate is quantified as the percent of membership days students were present.  The CCRPI also calculates the percent of students missing fewer than 6 (six) days of school.  High attendance rates have a direct correlation to high achievement rates.  We take great pride in being one of Atlanta’s top performing schools and we are relying on each of you to help us with this specific indicator.  Our current attendance rate is 97.3%; however, our percent of students missing fewer than 6 days is 88.1%.  We know, understand and respect that sometimes students must be absent for reasons that are excused, and we thank you for your attention to providing written excusals when these times arise.  After reviewing historical data, I have noted that attendance rates typically decrease dramatically in the Spring.  Please reflect on this data and work with our teachers to help us remain an elite entity under the lens of the CCRPI.       

Another major indicator measured by the CCRPI is performance on the Georgia Milestones Assessment for 3rd-5th grade students. Every instructional minute is valuable as we engage our students in critical reading, citing evidence from the text, and performance-based math tasks.  Our students are being asked to do more than they have ever been asked to do before.  Have you had the opportunity to see the rigor that this assessment requires?  Please take a few minutes to visit http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/ to experience, first hand, the functionality of the testing platform.  Don’t worry, the tests are not graded, so have fun!  Please note, however, that Georgia is moving towards testing students completely online.  Therefore, in addition to all there is to learn already, elementary students must also be able to type proficiently.  Can you imagine how difficult this might be for our students who are learning English, in addition to their native language?  We are proud of our inaugural performance on the Georgia Milestones, as we outscored the district and state.  I hope that you are able to join me March 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM to hear our State of the School address, as a part of our Spring PTA meeting.  Thank you for sharing your brilliant children with us.  We love them dearly, and we will not let you down.

Respectfully,


Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Principal
Twitter: @MrForehand

 

Amigos y familia de la escuela primaria Sarah Smith

¡Me pregunto si la marmota verá su sombra este año  al salir de su madriguera! A pesar de ser un aficionado de la temporada de invierno, disfruto mucho los hermosos días de la primavera. Espero que el 2016 sea un gran año para cada uno de ustedes así como Atlanta Public Schools (APS) entran en un periodo excitante de transformación. Estoy seguro de que ustedes son conscientes de la transición que APS está teniendo hacia un nuevo modelo de gobierno local. Los equipos escolares de gubernatura local, también llamados go teams (vamos equipo) son un requerimiento del sistema de escuelas chárter y remplazan a los consejos escolares tradicionales. La registración para candidatos está abierta y permanecerá abierta hasta el día 15 de febrero del 2016. Si a usted le interesa trabajar hombro a hombro con nuestro equipo de instrucción, por favor considere la posibilidad de competir por una posición en nuestro equipo (go team). Usted puede declarar su candidatura como padre o como maestro en la página www.atlantapublicschools.us/vote. Estaré a la espera de escuchar acerca de los candidatos de nuestro equipo a principios de marzo. Creemos que somos LA MEJOR escuela del sistema de escuelas públicas de Atlanta, del estado de Georgia y finalmente, las mejores de la nación. Estamos buscando  LOS MEJORES candidatos para laborar en nuestra escuela.

Ser LA MEJOR escuela no solamente se refiere a los resultados generales de los exámenes. Como escuela de primaria internacional, nuestros estudiantes están siendo preparados para ser alumnos cordiales de por vida, que demuestren respeto por ellos mismos y por los demás y con la capacidad de participar activamente del mundo en el que viven. Nos enfocamos en el desarrollo total del niño. En la escuela Sarah Smith, contamos con más de 26 diferentes lenguas que les ofrecen a nuestros estudiantes perspectivas y oportunidades de aprendizaje muy diversas. Nuestros estudiantes son solucionadores de problemas y transformadores del mundo que los rodea. Sin embargo la gente en general no siempre tiene la misma percepción de las escuelas. El estado de Georgia usa un instrumento para medir la efectividad de nuestras escuelas llamado índice de rendimiento de preparación para la universidad y la carrera profesional o por sus siglas en inglés (CCRPI). Uno de los indicadores que el CCRPI mide, es la taza de asistencia de los estudiantes. El apoyo de los padres es vital para el éxito y para la asistencia de los estudiantes en la escuela Sarah Smith. La taza de asistencia es calculada por el número de estudiantes presentes en clase, pero el CCRPI también calcula el número de estudiantes que faltaron a la escuela por seis días o menos. La alta asistencia esta correlacionada con un alto nivel de éxito. Estamos  muy orgullosos de ser una de las escuelas con más alto rendimiento en la ciudad de Atlanta y contamos con que cada uno de ustedes nos apoye con este indicador específico. Nuestra tasa actual de asistencia es del 97.3%, sin embargo la tasa de estudiantes que han faltado por menos de seis días es del 88.1%. Nosotros sabemos, respetamos y entendemos que algunas veces nuestros estudiantes se ausenten por razones justificadas por lo que le agradecemos que nos proporcionen la excusa de manera escrita, siempre que sea pertinente. Después de revisar la información histórica de asistencia en la escuela, he notado que típicamente los índices de asistencia disminuyen dramáticamente durante la primavera. Por favor piensen en estos índices que acabo de mencionar y trabajen en conjunto con nuestros maestros para ayudarnos a mantenernos como una escuela elite bajo los parámetros de la CCRPI.      

Otro indicador importante que es medido por el CCRPI es el desempeño de los estudiantes de los grados 3-5 en los examines de Georgia Milestone. Cada minuto de instrucción es muy valioso en el engranaje de nuestros estudiantes en las áreas de lectura crítica, citación de evidencias en un texto y el rendimiento basado en tareas de matemáticas. A nuestros estudiantes se les está pidiendo que se esfuercen como nunca antes lo habían hecho. ¿Ha tenido usted la oportunidad de presenciar el rigor que estas evaluaciones requieren? Por favor tome unos minutos y visite la página http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/ y viva usted mismo la funcionalidad de esta plataforma de pruebas. No se preocupe, las pruebas no se calificarán, ¡así que diviértase! Por favor observe que el estado de Georgia se está encaminando a evaluar a sus estudiantes completamente en línea.  Por lo tanto, además de todo lo que los estudiantes tienen que aprender, ellos deben estar en capacidad de escribir en el computador de manera competente. ¿Puede usted imaginarse que tan difícil es esta tarea para nuestros estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés además de su lengua nativa? Estamos orgullosos del desempeño obtenido en las pruebas de Georgia Milestone porque superamos al distrito y al estado. Espero que usted pueda acompañarme  en la reunión de la asociación de padres y maestros (PTA) de la primavera, el día 22 de marzo de 2016 a las 7:00 pm y escuchar el discurso. Gracias por compartir con nosotros sus niños brillantes. Los amamos y no los defraudaremos.

Respetuosamente,

Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Director