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September 27, 2020
Principal's Message to Parents
Hi Centerville FamiliesThank you to those parents that participated in the virtual Curriculum Night. I hope the information shared was informative and will help you with supporting your child. This week's message is a request for your support. Each year parents are required to fill out the Free and Reduced lunch applications. The application that you filled out last year expired last Thursday. Gwinnett County Public Schools have a waiver in place for the first semester, but our school's funding is tied to the number of applications that are filled out now. Our school is a Title I school because of the number of students that receive free or reduce price meals. As a Title I school, our school received over $275,000 in additional funding. We receive over $500 for every form that is filled out and found eligible, so it is very important that this form is filled out today or tomorrow. Currently, we have over 50 families who have not filled the form out and that will reduce our ability to pay for additional teachers, special intervention programs, and technology to support student learning by over $25,000. We need your help now. Thank you for your assistance and contribution to our school.Here is a link to complete the Free and Reduced lunch form:
Your Proud Principal
Bonita B. Banks
Urgent Request!The application that you filled out last year expired last Thursday.Gwinnett County Public Schools have a waiver in place for the first semester for free breakfast and lunch. However, our school's funding is tied to the number of free & reduced lunch applications that are filled out now. Our school is a Title I school because of the number of students that receive free or reduce price meals. As a Title I school, our school received over $275,000 in additional funding. We receive over $500 for every form that is filled out and found eligible, so it is very important that this form is filled out today or tomorrow. Currently, we have over 50 families who have not filled the form out and that will reduce our ability to pay for additional teachers, special intervention programs, and technology to support student learning by over $25,000. We need your help now. Thank you for your assistance and contribution to our school.Here is a link to complete the Free and Reduced lunch form:
Virtual - Title I Annual Parent Meeting
Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
Time: Virtual - Prerecorded Informational Meeting
Location: CES Website (Main Page)
All community stakeholders, parents and guardians are invited to join us Monday, September 28, 2020 for our Title I Annual Parent Meeting. We will provide you with information about our Title I Program and how our program benefits you and your student(s) for the 2020-21 School Year. The prerecorded video will be posted on our schools main webpage on Monday, 9/28/2020.
Play 2 Learn
Date: Thursday Mornings starting October 17, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: CES or Virtual
Looking for a free program for your younger child that encourages them and YOU to PLAY, LEARN and GROW?.... Play 2 Learn is that program. Children ages birth to 5 years old and their parent, guardian, or caregiver can register to attend 90 minutes of weekly interactive instruction by contacting Ms. Michelle Bays at (770) 972-2220 or by email at Michelle.Bays@gcpsk12.org.
Registration is required.
For additional information, click here to view the flyer or click here to be redirected to GCPS Play 2 Learn's website.
Date: Monday - Friday
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: CES Bus Ramp (Centerville Hwy entrance)
Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer meals at no charge at all school sites to all students, effective September 8, 2020. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.
Students Attending School In-Person
Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s scheduled meal times.
Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners
Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up programs at Centerville ES, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.
Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:
In addition, as part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Meals may be picked up through the curbside pick-up program at CES, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the bus lane. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.
Date: Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9, 2020 - Fall Break
Monday, October 12, 2020 - Teacher Workshop / Student Holiday
No school for all students October 8 - 12, 2020. Students will return to school either digitally or in-person on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
CES Library Book Check-Out
Date: Monday - Friday
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bus Lane (curbside pickup)
*Holds must be placed on books in advance in order to receive them.
Beginning August 31, 2020 our digital learners will be able to check out books virtually from the Centerville Elementary School Library. Students can place holds on 3 books. Books can be picked up at the curbside in front of the school Monday-Friday, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please allow 24 hours for the books to be processed. Books will be held for pick up for 2 weeks. Please view the video tutorials below for more information.
How to Place a Hold on CES Library Books
Locating Books by Reading Levels
Student Water Bottles
Students will need to bring a water bottle to school with them each day. For health and safety reasons, all water fountains have been disconnected. If a student needs to refill their water, they can use the classroom sink for tap water. Parents are welcome to send donations of water to the classroom teachers.
AKS at Home
You are an important partner with your child’s teacher and school, whether your child is learning at home or at school. As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow you to help your children at home. GCPS AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families so that you truly are partners in your children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that fits you and your schedule best. You can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits your schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help your student(s) through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.
Building Babies' Brains Initiative
Kindergartners are arriving to school unprepared. Early learning plays a key role in school readiness as children’s brains are 90-percent developed by age 5, and the number of words spoken to a child before age 5 significantly increases their opportunity for success in school. GCPS is working to raise community awareness about the importance of early brain development in children under 5 and how vital this is to our community’s success. For more information about the campaign visit https://buildingbabiesbrains.com. This website, which launched on September 25, 2020 offers valuable information that will help parents and caregivers engage with their children in a way that promotes learning from birth.
GCPS Virtual Substitute Job Fair
Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format - you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day.
Self-Guided Learning Resources
Self-guided learning resources have been made available to all through a collaboration between Gwinnett Public Libraries, GCPS, and Lynda.com. By following the link below, you will be taken to the county library webpage. At the bottom of the page, follow the directions.
Your log-in and password are – for students: Student ID and login password; for all others: Library Card number from back of card and 4 digit password that you created with your library account.
Lynda.com access link - https://www.gwinnettpl.org/lynda/
Mask Up Centerville!
We are looking forward to your child returning to school! Our teachers and staff are prepared to welcome your child(ren) for in-person instruction. To help reduce/decrease the spread of Covid-19, we are requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear a mask or face covering in our school building.
*Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to visit the school. However, parents may check-in and check-out students from the front reception desk.
Drive Thru Meal Distribution
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Gwinnett County Public Library - Centerville Branch
3025 Bethany Church Rd, Snellville, GA
Beginning September 2, 2020 Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with Lettum Eat! Inc., will hold free weekly drive through meal distributions at the Buford & Centerville Branches. Meals are available on a first come, first served basis. Limit one meal per person.
Covid-19 Financial Assistance
Impact Church is providing utility and food assistance for Gwinnett County residents that have been affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please view the flyer for information about requirements to qualify and how to apply.
In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), GCPS provides Tutor.com as an online tutoring resource for students. Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, students can receive study skills coaching and “drop-off support,” 24-7, by uploading a document for tutor feedback that will be reviewed and returned at a later time.
Click here for information, resources, how-to’s, and more related to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ plans for Fall 2020. No matter if you are learning digitally or plan to transition to in-person... this is your go-to source.
Visiting the School
Students, staff and visitors must wear a facemask when in the building. School visits are limited to registration (by appointment).
Parents will not be allowed to visit the school. However, parents may check-in and check-out students from the front reception desk. On the first day that your child returns to school, staff members will greet students in the car rider and bus lanes. Staff will escort students to their classes. Parents will not be allowed in the building to limit the number of people in the building.
The Visitors Management System (VMS), or “Buzz-in” system, will be used. ALL parents and other school visitors will be required to state the purpose of the visit before gaining access to the school building.
Below are some links and activities to help keep your student(s) engaged in learning.
Locating Books by F&P Reading Level
Audible-Free Audio Books for Kids
Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids.
Talking To Your Child About COVID-19
Storyline Online Stories
Online Stories Listen to stories read by celebrities.
Gwinnett County Public Library Online Resources
GCPS Elementary School Online Research Library
Get Georgia Reading
Great news! Get Georgia Reading is now offering FREE access to myON Digital Library! Students and their families have access to more than 6,400 online books and age-appropriate news articles! Kids can search more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. During our Digital Learning Days, we hope that every student gets to maximize his or her reading time! Signing up is easy.
2. School Name: Get Georgia Reading
3. Username: gwinnettcounty
4. Password: read
Explore thousands of books and check out the tiles recommended by the Language Arts department!
Max Goes to School by Adria F. Klein
Night and Day by Sian Smith
The Country Mouse and City Mouse by Eric Blair
The Bottlenose Dolphins by Jody Sullivan Rake
Up, Up In the Air by Molly Blaisdel
A Jaguar Grows Up by Amanda Doering Tourville
Sounds Like Trouble by Stacia Deutsch
The U.S. Constitution by Norman Pearl
A Star is Born by Sable Hamilton
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator by Eric Braun
Volar and Victory by Brandon Terrell
Exciting Engineering Activities by Angie Smibert
Virtual Field TripsOver 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links
(Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!)
San Diego Zoo:
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
Yellowstone National Park:
Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!
This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers
11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
U.S. Space and Rocket Museum
in Huntsville, AL:
Virtual Field Trips:
A few of the field trip topics include
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
The Great Wall of China:
Boston Children’s Museum:
Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps!
This virtual tour allows kids to explore 3 floors of fun.
Have fun learning at home!
The Student Portal (flyer), allows you to access your eCLASS course pages, the Online Research Library, the Media Catalog, additional resources such as G Suite for Education, Classworks, Safari Montage; as well as your digital textbooks and Gizmos.
Plus, in StudentVUE (flyer), students can access Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Schedule, Course History, Course Request, Grade Book, Student Info, and Documents. On the Class Schedule tab, you’ll find your classes and teachers. The Grade Book tab shows you your classes and grade averages for the grading period. And with the Detailed Grade Book tab, you can drill down into any class to see a detailed view of current and future
assignments, including missing work.
Centerville Elementary School reinforces Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, an evidence based framework for developing a positive learning environment. As a result, students are rewarded and recognized for displaying desired behavior in and out of the classroom.
As part of PBIS our school expects all students to have Five Star General Pride!
For more information about PBIS, you can go to:
All companies, organizations, or individuals who are interested in supporting Centerville Elementary School, please contact the front office at 770-972-2220 or Ms. Jarrell at 678-639-3721. No gift is ever too small!