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Week of Aug. 22nd- Aug.26th at SIES

Arrival

It's time to transition into our regular school routine. Students may begin arriving at 7:00 a.m. and must be in their seats, ready to start the day at 7:25 a.m.  This means that the car rider line will close promptly at 7:22 a.m.each day.   After the car rider line is closed, parents must park and accompany their children to the front office.  The optimal time for car rider drop off is between 7:00 a.m. and 7:15 a.m..  Thank you for your help with this.  When just one student is late to class, it impacts the entire classroom. Please help your child start their day on the right foot by arriving at least 5 minutes early.  

School Launchpad

School Launchpad is a strategy that really works to help kids take some responsiblity for arriving at school on time.  Imagine that you are a pilot or an astronaut preparing for an important mission.  How would you prepare before your flight or blast-off? Arriving at school on time is all about preparing the "launchpad" the night before. Engage your child in making sure that all systems are in place:  outfit (including socks and shoes), lunch, notes or homework, car keys, alarm set, etc.  It sounds simple, but this strategy works! 

CD Blend Class

The Child Development Blend Program begins this Monday.  Please note that CD Blend parents will be walking their students to the classroom throughout this week.  Students in grades K-5 will walk without parents.  CD Blend parents are invited to attend a Welcome Back Coffee and Doughnuts in the Library from 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


Lunchtime Visits

Parent visits at lunch will not begin until Tuesday, September 6. 

Bell Times

Arrival:   7:00 am - 7:20 am
Tardy Bell:   7:25 am (students must be in their class, ready to start the day)
Bus Dismissal:   2:10 pm
Car Dismissal:   2:10 - 2:35 pm 
Walker Dismissal:   2:20 pm (or when the last bus pulls out)

Silent Dismissal Account

Please visit silentdismissal.com for detailed information regarding our dismissal program.  You are responsible as parents for setting the default dismissal method for each child for each day of the week.  Once set these methods will remain in place until you change them and may be overridden on any day by you until 1:55 pm.  There is no charge to your family to use this web-based program. 
1.  Go to sullivansisland.sdcs32.com
2. Click parent account
3. In the #Reference Box enter the first 3 numbers from your car tag
4. In Code Box enter your 10 digit string of letters and numbers
Note:  your email becomes your user ID

Seining Field Trips

Seine Net Introduction:

We are excited to announce that we are providing an introduction to using the seine net to all classes next week. Students will be seining for thirty minutes with their class on Monday 8/29 or Wednesday 8/31. Your child’s teacher will give specific schedules. Please have students prepared for the outdoors on their scheduled day(sunscreen applied at home, hat, water bottle). Students will not be going in the water.


Volunteers: We will be working with Jim Koenig from Kingfisher Environmental Education. With the extra hands, students staying out of the water, and the limited time, we will not be asking for volunteers for this excursion. We will continue seining throughout the year and there will be opportunities to volunteer then.




 

 

Partial Magnet Update


One of our top priorities for the 2016-2017 school year is to consistently  integrate the Coastal Environment theme with our school wide curriculum.   Providing children with authentic, hands-on lessons in the classrooms, the science labs, and in the outdoors is key in accomplishing this goal.  As we move into the new school year, I wanted to take a moment to share  a few updates within our partial magnet program:


As some of you may be aware, our wonderful Wet Lab teacher, Ms. Blair, resigned from Charleston County School District earlier this summer.  Ms. Blair will be missed by all, and I know that you will join the staff and I  in wishing her the very best as she embarks upon a new chapter in her life.  


Another change in our partial magnet program is the new allocation of a second partial magnet teaching position.  This addition in staff opens up more opportunities for students and teachers to work in both the Wet Lab and the Discovery Lab.   It also increases opportunities for our students to regularly use the outdoors as a classroom.


I am pleased to announce that Ms. Rhodes (formerly 1st grade) and Ms. Rambo (formerly 5th grade) will be moving into the two partial magnet slots.   They have been working closely together this summer to prepare for a great year of learning.  An important part of their job will be to get students outdoors and using the nature trail, outdoor classroom and the beach.   Both Ms. Rhodes and Ms. Rambo will share the Discovery Lab and the Wet Lab.  At times they will work separately and at other times they will co-teach.  


As you can imagine,  Ms. Rambo and Ms. Rhodes  have been meeting throughout the summer  with teachers and school business partners to prepare for a dynamic year.   In fact, this morning we were out at the beach practicing pulling the seine net.  We caught shrimp, crabs, a variety of fish and three juvenile stingrays!  It is always amazing to get a glimpse of the rich biodiversity  just outside our backdoor!


Please continue to check the website for more updates on our partial magnet program, other new staff members, and much more.  I look forward to seeing everyone in a few short weeks.


Sincerely,

Susan R. King, Principal

Rhodes and Rambo - "the Dynamic Duo"

Our mission: To guide our students to become stewards of the Earth, using science and math to make connections to the world around them and gain a love and respect of the coastal environment. 


Lindsey Rhodes  

Following her Master's in Early Childhood Education, Lindsey graduated with an Education Specialist degree from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She grew up around the lakes of Northeast Georgia where she gained a love of the outdoors, spending her childhood camping, hiking, and fishing with her family. Lindsey is passionate about making education exciting and bringing innovation to the classroom. She envisions SIES as a place where children discover the joy in exploration, and she aims to inspire her students to become lifelong learners.   

 

  

Caroline Rambo

Caroline received her Undergrad in Elementary Education from College of Charleston.  She is currently studying for her Master's in Education in Math and Science. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant where going on the boat and the beach was an everyday activity. Caroline's grandparents lived in the Caribbean for four years during her childhood where she was able to snorkel and dive every summer, exploring even more! She is passionate about empowering students to explore the world around them and is excited to take on this new adventure at SIES! 


NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

STEP 1:  Sullivan’s Island Elementary School can no longer be accessed via Infosnap. Please follow the directions below to register electronically. 

  • Please visit the CCSD homepage ccsdschools.com
  • Click on Our Schools, go to Schools and Programming and click on the Elementary Learning Community
  • Scroll to the bottom for Sullivan’s Island Elementary

STEP 2:  Please bring the following documents to the school's front office:

  • Child's Legal Birth Certificate – we will make a copy.  Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 (no exceptions per SC law).
  • South Carolina Certificate of Immunization
  • Notarized Affidavit of Residency
  • 2 proofs of  parent's residency: 
    • #1 copy of mortgage statement, lease agreement or property tax bill AND
    • #2 recent utility bill, car registration, pay stub, or piece of local/state/federal agency mail

STEP 3: 

All residency verification documents must be dated after May 1,2015.

 

 After completing the enrollment link, you will receive an email with further instructions. Included in your email will be an attachment with lots of information.  Be sure to print it out, read it and be informed. Please call the office if you have any questions (883-3118).  

Registration is NOTcomplete until all steps have been followed.

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