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July 19, 2013

 

Greetings Margaret Fain Families:

 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your child back to Margaret Fain Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year. I am excited to be back at Margaret Fain Elementary School for my fourth year as principal. During my time here at Margaret Fain, I have enjoyed working with many of you and I look forward to strengthening our relationship. As the principal, I am committed to providing your child with an excellent education daily from teachers who are excited about teaching and developing your child’s mind.

 

Last year we implemented a new Common Core Curriculum in Reading, English Language Arts, and Mathematics. This year we will continue to implement these new standards and expose your child to challenging topics to prepare them for college and beyond. Our school’s motto is “Our Students are Ready to SOAR to New Heights” and I believe that we are well on our way at Margaret Fain to fulfilling this motto. In order for us to continue to SOAR to New Heights I will need your assistance with the items below.

 

1st-Safety
With all that has happened in schools over past years, my number one priority is to ensure your child’s safety. In order to ensure that our school is secured and your child is safe daily please adhere to the following procedures when visiting the school’s campus:

 

  • Ring the school’s bell and indicate your name and nature of your visit.
  • Please present State issued photo ID when visiting the school for an appointment.
  • All parents/guest must provide 24-hour notice before visiting classes, parent conferences, or volunteering.
  • Please note who has permission to pick your child up from school. Otherwise, your child will not be released to anyone unless this information is noted on the student information form.

 

2nd-School Dress (Uniforms)

All students PreK-5thare required to wear school uniforms daily. School uniform colors are hunter green, gold (yellow), and white.

Tops

Bottoms

Shoes

Girls

White, Gold, or Hunter Green Polo, Button Down, or T-Shirt

Girls

Khaki Skirts, Shorts (may not be more than 2 inches above knee), or Pants

Black or Navy Blue Shoes

Boys

White, Gold, or Hunter Green Polo, Button Down, or T-Shirt

Boys

Khaki Shorts (may not be more than 2 inches above knee) or Pants

 

 

Failure to wear school uniform daily will result in your child not participating in extra-curricular activities. Students not appropriately dress will have to call home for appropriate clothes. Students will be allowed to wear regular clothes during certain times throughout the school year. Those dates will be communicated via our weekly newsletter and posted on our website. The following clothing items are strictly prohibited:

 

  • Shorts and Skirts higher than 2 inches above the student’s knee
  • Leggings
  • Tu-tus
  • Skinny, tights, low-rise pants or jeans
  • Jeans or pants with holes and rips in them
  • Shirts with inappropriate wording or violent pictures
  • Flip-Flops
  • Mid-Drift Shirts & Tank Tops
  • See Through Clothing

 


3rd School Hours and Early Dismissal

The school operational hours are from 7:15-3:00 PM daily. Students are allowed to enter the building at 7:15 AM. The school day begins promptly at 8:00 AMStudents arriving to school after 8:00 AM are considered tardy and will not be allowed to eat breakfast. Breakfast will begin daily at 7:20 AM and end promptly at 8:00 AM. The school day ends at 2:30 PM and all students will be dismissed. Any student not picked up by 2:50 PM will be referred to the school social worker.If you would like to check your child out prior to the end of the school day, please do so before 2:00 PM. No early dismissals will be allowed after 2:00 PM.


4th-Student Agendas

Each student will receive a school agenda which is required for daily use at school. If the agenda is lost or stolen, a replacement agenda must be purchased for $5. The purpose of the agenda is for your child to write down their homework, the teacher to communicate with you, and a place for you to write notes to the teacher. Please check your child’s agenda daily. If you do not see use of your child’s agenda, please call the school to let us know.

 

5th-Transportation and Dismissal Procedures

If your child lives in the school’s bus zone they will be permitted to ride the bus to and from school. At this time bus routes have not been provided by transportation, you may check the District’s website on July 31, 2013 for bus informationhttp://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/5364. Also, review the Bus Safety and Conduct standards with your child.

 

  • Bus safety is very critical to student safety. Please remind your child to follow all bus rules given by the bus driver. Incidents that occur on the bus will result in disciplinary action and may lead to expulsion from the bus. Please be reminded that bus transportation is a privilege.
  • Walker safety is important and we want to make sure your child arrives to school safely. Please speak to your child and tell them it is important that they walk to school using the sidewalks and obey all traffic rules as well as rules from the crossing guards.

 

Students will be dismissed daily at 2:30 PM; parents are not allowed in the building during dismissal. All walkers will be dismissed from the gymnasium; parents may meet their children outside of the gymnasium. All car riders and nursery van riders will be dismissed from the Media Center; the front driveway will be utilized to dismiss all car and nursery van riders. Parents must remain in their cars and someone will call for your child to report to the front. Parents please do not park your vehicles in the pick-up lane this interferes with a safe and orderly dismissal. 

 

As always, I have an open door policy and encourage you to come in to meet with me if you have any concerns about your child’s education. Also, please make time to come by the school to volunteer and meet with our parent liaison. We are here to offer support to you as parents. Finally, the sign of a successful school is one where the parents and the school work together to achieve success. I am asking each of you to be an active member of our PTA by joining the PTA for $5 and attending PTA meetings, volunteering, checking your child’s book bag, and stopping in just to sayhello. I am confident that together we will have a great school year. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns please feel free to contact me at (404) 802-8600 or via email mgreene@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

 

Thank you for making Margaret Fain Elementary the school of choice to educate your child.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mesha L. Greene, Principal 

 

Mesha L. Greene, Principal