Titans Bulletin from Dr. DeJesus
August 12, 2022
Dear Cedar Hill ES Community,
On behalf of Cedar Hill Elementary School staff, I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome your child back to school for what we hope will be a more promising year of teaching and learning.
During these first few weeks, teachers and staff will go over the classroom and school processes and procedures, routines and expectations, and much more critical information your child needs to know to be ready to learn and have a successful academic year. We recognize that our students need a home and school support to succeed. We look forward to collaborating with you again this year as we continue to provide our students with a well-rounded education. Your child’s success is our success.
The school hours are from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm. We open up the front doors for students at 7:40 am. Those students who eat breakfast at school, except the kindergarteners, will go to the cafeteria to get their breakfast. The kindergartners will report to their classroom, check in with their teachers, and proceed to the cafeteria. Those students who will not eat breakfast at school will continue to their rooms. We ask parents NOT to drop off their child before 7:40 am. We do not have the supervision to oversee students before our doors open.
With our safety measures still in place for COVID-19, we will not have parents, or family members permitted to eat lunch with the students. As conditions improve, we will then be able to open our school for visitors.
Our regular daily hours of operation are as follows:
- The building opens at 7:40 am
- Buses unload students at 7:40 am
- The car rider lanes in the rear of the school will open at 7:40 am and stay open until 8:15 am.
- The tardy bell rings at 8:15 am. If you arrive after 8:15 am, you must walk your child to the front of the school and have them check in for a tardy slip at the front desk. Parents do not need to come into the office.
- The dismissal bell rings at 2:45 pm
- The gate to the car rider lanes in the afternoon opens up at 2:40 pm
Please note that the bus's main entrance is the school’s main parking lot. We ask that if you need to walk into the school during the times that the buses are dropping or picking up students, that you park in the upper 3rd lane of parking spaces; otherwise, you will not be able to exit until the busses have finished loading or unloading the students.
There are two ways to enter the school campus to drop off your child for our car riders.
- If you enter from the light at Sugarloaf Pkwy and Longmont Dr., you will make a left, then an immediate right-turn up the first street. You will proceed until you see a designated area to make a U-turn. Once you make the U-turn, you will stay in the right lane and move forward to the stop sign. At the stop sign, cross over and remain in the right lane to enter the line for the drop-off area.
- If you enter from Sugarloaf Pkwy at the light to Richard’s Middle School (Past Legacy Academy), make a right and get on your left lane. At the stop sign, make a left, and then stay in the right lane. At the stop sign, cross over and remain in the right lane to enter the line for the drop-off area.
- Once inside the school’s drop-off area, we ask that you pull forward to drop off your child. We will have staff on-site to help the students walk from their cars to the school building.
We have collaborated with local community business partners, and they have generously donated back-to-school supplies like backpacks, paper, pencils, etc. Please send in a request with your child if you need some school supplies.
Our clinic worker, once again this year, will be Ms. Mercedes Dyer. She has requested that parents not send in any medicine with their child to school. An adult must bring all medication, including cough drops, oils, and herbal supplements (with a doctor’s permission), to school at all times. If the students must carry their Inhalers and EpiPens, etc., with them during school hours, the doctors must sign the CarePlan (Clinic), and both the medicine and CarePlan form must stay together while on the bus and in the school setting.
In addition, the clinic needs the following items below:
- Sandwich and Snack sized baggies
- Tissue boxes
- Paper towels-sized sheets
- 3-ounce cups
- Boys’ and girls’ clothing (t-shirts, socks, pants, shirts, etc.)
Also, students should not text their parents when they are not feeling well. We ask the students to let their teachers know they do not feel well and want to visit the clinic. Ms. Mercedes Dyer, the clinic worker, will contact the parent if the child is not feeling well enough to stay in school.
Reminder, parents must complete the Free and Reduced lunch applications every year. This year, all students will receive breakfast free of charge but will have to pay for lunches. We ask that all parents fill out the free and reduced lunch form that can be found at https://bit.ly/3x9yKTe. The form can be translated into multiple languages.
Gwinnett County continues to experience "High" community transmission of COVID-19. As a result, masks are required for staff in all GCPS facilities. For visitors and students, masks are strongly recommended.
Mark Your Calendar
We have a few significant events happening in August and September.
- Play2learn Classes, Every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 am
- Boy Scout Parent Meeting—August 23 at 7:00 pm
- Curriculum Night—August 25 at 6:00 pm
- Hat Day—August 26 (Pay $1 to wear your favorite hat)
- Progress reports go home—August 26
- Play2learn Classes, Every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 am
- Technology Night—September 1 at 6:00 pm
- Labor Day Holiday—No school on September 5
- Annual Title I Meeting—September 7 at 9:00 am English, 10:00 am Spanish
- Terrific Titans Celebration—September 9 at 9:05 am
- Progress Reports go home—September 15
- Digital Day/Staff Development—September 16
- Culvers Share Night—September 20 at 5:00 pm
- Local School Council Meeting—September 23 at 9:00 am
- Hat Day—September 30
Title I Meeting
This annual meeting informs parents and the community about the Title I program and how it benefits our school and students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Parents, we are encouraging everyone to sign up for My Payments plus. We will use this program to sign field trip forms and Title I documents and access other essential documents like the Parent/Student handbook. You will also have the chance to put money on your child’s lunch account and quickly pay for field trips and spirit wear. You can sign up by visiting https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome. If you need help, please call Dr. Aisha House at 770-822-1263 or Mrs. Alexandra Vigorita (Spanish) at 678-377-8997.
Once again, thank you for your support. We ask that you continue to visit our website often, as this will be one of the best sources of information. You can access Cedar Hill’s website from the school system’s homepage: https://www.gcpsk12.org/CedarHillES. If you need assistance in Spanish, we do offer interpretation services.
Dr. Jose M. DeJesus