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NEWSLETTER - Back to School edition!
Aug 2015                                                                  
Vol. 17 No.1                                                                                               View this content in your browser

School is Starting!

 

We are so happy that school is starting. When all the public school kids have been back at school for three weeks, we feel like we are missing out. Being on the playground when it’s 96 degrees in the shade doesn’t sound good, but new lunchboxes and newly sharpened pencils always remind us of a fresh start and new beginnings. 

          We have 3 new teachers!!!! You will be meeting them in the next few days in person. But stay tuned for more about them in their formal introductions in our Fall newsletter in September.

 

Our new building is wonderful and we are so happy with how the rooms are shaping up. Debbie keeps coming over to the school on the weekend to work in a room all full of light and with lots of places to spread out. The camp room is transforming into the afterschool room and the toy library. The art supplies are all neatly organized by Alexis and we can find things now. Most of the boxes are gone to the recycling man and even the files for the office have been found, put back into order and filed in a cool, coral-colored filing cabinet. The boys that have visited have spent a lot of time discussing the wonders of having a real “man’s” kind of bathroom. New school, new year, new building, and new teachers. Life at Kingfisher is good.  Now if it could just drop ten or fifteen degrees so everyone could wear their new sweaters. . . 

Event Calendar

  • August 26th First Day of School
  • September 7th—Labor Day—school closed
  • September 9th - PTO meeting 6pm to 8pm
  • September 15thService Morning for Middle Elementary Group

TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC

 
Traffic is rough in Tucker at the beginning of the year, but within a week if will all smooth out.  Kingfisher parents will e asked to drive in from Main Street making a sharp left into our parking ot (when coming from the old location). Then, drive around to our walkway and drop off at the curb. By 8:45, the preschool will begin drop off and since there are many of them, try to get here before 8:45. Otherwise, you may get stuck in their carpool line. 

Everyone will need a Kingfisher parking pass so the parking monitors will know where you are going. We will have those for you the first day of school. In the afternoon, the teachers will be bringing the carpoolers out to the breezeway to spot parents coming in and will send them down to the cars, parked along the sidewalk. If you need to come in, park facing LaVista, where the bus is parked, as the spaces near the playground are reserved for the preschool parents. Afterschool parents can park and come in, or call Tyra (404-740-3804) and she’ll walk your student out to you.  We will be locking the door between 9:00 and 3:15, so have your cell phone and call if you need to come in between those times. The bus will leave at 3:50 for the first two weeks and after that, we’ll leave at 3:35.



$25 off your Fees for Referrals 


Alicia Hughes has earned $50 off for referring two different families to Kingfisher. You can do the same thing if you refer anyone to the school and they enroll their child.

Lunches for the Next Month

Fridays are hot lunch days this year and generally most kids try them around twice a month. Lunches are $4/plate. Here are the menus:

Friday September 4th:
Hot Dogs and Beans
Navel Orange Sections
Served on Fluffy Hot Dog Buns from the Bakery

Friday September 11th:
Spaghetti and Bow Tie Pasta
Tossed Salad
Dinner Rolls

Friday September 18th:
Tuna Fish Roll-ups
With Creamy Sauce
Green Beans
Peach Slices

Extracurriculars for 2015-2016

The Extras Begin in September!

 

Art: Happens on Monday for the whole school. One class will be at 10:30 and the other at 11:30. The art fee is $20/month. That will cover supplies. The school will cover the teacher.

 

Spanish: Happens on Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:15. Both the little guys and the mediums will be taking Spanish. The school covers the cost.

 

Drama: This is more the little kids, but anyone can come. The cost is through Forefront Arts website—I think it’s about $50 a month. This year it will be short plays and skits aimed at the 4 to 8’s. 

 

Tennis: Probably on Fridays at a cost of $10/month. That covers the use of the tennis equipment. We cover the cost of the coach.  Tennis will be around 1:00 p.m. and is for kids 6 and up.

Riding the Bus

Some families have asked about riding the bus. We offer bus trips home to kids that are old enough to go in alone, or that have an adult or older sibling waiting for them. Kingfisher supports the environmental approach to life in Atlanta--and one bus carrying seven children home takes at least four or five cars off the roads around Northlake. The cost of busing is $25/month and we go about 5 miles out—not much further. Typically, we leave the school sometime after 3:30 and the route changes every day so different kids can be the “first one off”. Expect your child between 4 and 4:30.

Middle Elementary Parents:
Library Cards/MARTA cards

This year we’ll use MARTA a couple times each quarter, so get a transit card and put at least 4 trips on it. Also, the older kids need DeKalb County library cards this year and that requires a parent to be present at the library—we can’t do that for you, like we used to. If you don’t live in DeKalb, let me know and I’ll work that out. This way the kids can check out more than one book. When they are doing projects that could be necessary.  Make sure you have your child’s name on these cards—write with a sharpie so it won’t rub off. I’ll keep them in the office so they don’t get lost. Those of you with a connection to a public school, the Marta cards and rides can be purchased at a cheaper price there.

WHAT ABOUT THE PLAYGROUND?

 

We will have a play space at our new building, but we have to create it. We’ve been given the use of the small parking lot behind the building—plenty of shade and the picnic tables are already there. The plan is to close it off with rolling planters and to bring out lots of our old stuff—chalk, water tables, etc. But we first need a small storage building to store things in—Tucker is a small city and we already have had things stolen that we left outside. So, first we want a small storage building, like the ones that Home Depot sells and I’m negotiating with the vendor for that. If we get a good enough one, we can paint it in fantasy colors and use it for our little house, as well. All of that will come as the weather cools down—maybe in October. 

 

 

  


QUICKIE REMINDERS:


Don't forget the easy ways to contribute to our school!
  1. Connect your Kroger card to us. We get $ for our art program that way. PLEASE RECONNECT IT THIS MONTH. IT HAS TO BE DONE EVERY YEAR IN AUG.
  2. Remember to use smile.amazon.com and we'll get a percentage of the purchase!
  3. Show your Publix Partners in Eduction card when shopping there (pick up one at the school).
  4. Use our Kingfisher magnets on your car.
  5. Dump your junk mail and used paper into the recycling bin the parking lot
  6. Many more ideas listed on our site!
  7. Don't forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK! Your pictures and comments welcome!
THANK YOU!
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