Kindergarten Registration for Forsyth County, GA in 2016

kindergarten roundup forsyth county schools gaInformation for registration of kindergarten students for the NEXT school year (to begin August 3, 2017) from Forsyth County Schools, GA.
Kindergarten Roundup will be held at the Almon C. Hill Educational Center and NOT at individual schools.  Each school will have a specific week to register (see schedule below). The Almon C. Hill Educational Center is located at 136 Almon C. Hill Drive (formerly named Elm Street), Cumming, GA 30040.
Directions: Map and Directions
NOTE: some GPS systems cannot accurately locate the building so to find us, use the link above. 
Kindergarten Roundup Schedule:
**If you cannot make your school’s scheduled week or the Registration Office is closed due to possible snow/ice days during your child’s school scheduled week, then please make an appointment for the week of April 10th-14th.
January 23 – 27: Coal Mountain Elementary, Silver City Elementary
January 30 – February 3: Brookwood Elementary, Kelly Mill Elementary
February 6 – 10: Haw Creek Elementary, Matt Elementary
February 13 – 17: Chestatee Elementary, Shiloh Point Elementary
February 21 – 24: Daves Creek Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary
February 27 – March 3: Settles Bridge Elementary, Vickery Creek Elementary
March 6 – 10: Chattahoochee Elementary, Whitlow Elementary
March 13 – 17: Big Creek Elementary, Midway Elementary, Sharon Elementary
March 20 – 24: Brandywine Elementary, Cumming Elementary
March 27 – 31: Mashburn Elementary, Sawnee Elementary
**If you cannot make your school’s scheduled week or the Registration Office is closed due to possible snow/ice days during your child’s school scheduled week, then please make an appointment for the week of April 10th-14th.
If you are unsure which school is zoned for your address, please Click Here.
Before you arrive, there are several steps you must do in order to successfully register your child. The checklist below has all the information needed to register your child and schedule an appointment where you can select a specific date and time to meet with a registrar to review all documents and finalize the registration. Work through the checklist below to begin the process.

Kindergarten (for August 2017) Registration Checklist:

Step 1) APPOINTMENT
Make an appointment to register your student(s) using the online appointment calendar. If pre-registration is complete (step 2), the appointment should take about 20 minutes.  Click here to make a Kindergarten registration appointment:
https://fcsapps.forsyth.k12.ga.us/OnlineAppts/KKRoundup.aspx  
Step 2) PRE-REGISTRATION
Pre-register at the following link. You will be entering information about your student(s) including contact info, family info and emergency contacts:  https://campus.forsyth.k12.ga.us/campus/onlinereglogin2_forsyth.jsp
Step 3) REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Gather all required documents listed on this linked page:  http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/45177

If you have other questions not answered here please email the registration center at: registration@forsyth.k12.ga.us. To return to our department navigation page for more options, please click here: http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/46421

For special bus transportation requests, please visit the Transportation Request website:

Georgia Back to School Tax Free Weekend – July 30 – July 31, 2016

back to school supplies shopping dealsIt’s hard to believe our tax free sales weekend is coming up AND that it’s the last weekend before Forsyth County Schools starts the 2016 – 2017 school year! Ack!

The Georgia Department of Revenue announced the Georgia Sales Tax Holiday 2016 dates and items list. The Georgia Back to School Sales Tax Holiday 2016 for Clothing, Computers, and School Supplies is from July 30, 2016 through July 31, 2016. 

Georgia Back to School Sales Tax Holiday 2016 Items List

  • Clothing and Footwear < $100Clothing and footwear, no sales tax unless item is over $100. 
  • Computers and Computer related items < $1000Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a price $1,000 or less. 
  • School supplies > $20School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use costing $20 or less.
  • Also check for coupons and BOGOs to make the most of this tax free weekend!
  • Here’s a great back to school cheat sheet: where to get the best deals on school supplies – is it Wal-mart? Target? Staples? Office Depot / Office Max?

Managing Stress and Anxiety in Children

crayonartFamilies in Georgia are preparing for the Georgia Milestones tests to begin tomorrow. Children can get anxious about tests and many other things.

Children and adults have anxiety and stress in many circumstances. Working on coping skills can help us all learn to manage our stress, worry and anxiety when it occurs.

Our school recently had a seminar from Beyond Today Counseling Center. The counselor shared an interesting presentation “Stress and Anxiety Management for Children” about how our brains work, how children process things at their brains develop and much more.

Our school counselors also posted some test taking tips on our school website. I hope by sharing these tips that they will help as we help our children grow and thrive in school and in their lives.

This post is informational for helpful purposes – if any anxiety or stress causes problems that interrupt your family’s daily lifestyles, then look into getting professional help.

People have 3 responses when anxious (fight, flight or freeze):

  • Fight
  • Flight – these both increase
  • Freeze (when the prefrontal cortex shuts off, it takes about 3 days for our rational minds to come back) – that deep fog you feel when going through a stressful time.

Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Jitteryness
  • Separation anxiety
  • Performance anxiety

There are many causes of anxiety such as genetic predispositions, autoimmune disease, traumatic experience or loss.

Recommended Reading Material: The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley.

  • Help the child realize what’s going on inside. Name it – develop an emotional language. What are you feeling? Where are you feeling it? Build awareness of feelings and where they are affected.
  • Trigger tracker – keep track of triggers. What events and thoughts are contributing to your feelings? Are there patterns?
  • Coping chart – ideas how to cope. Coloring, play kickball are example of things kids can do when they feel stress or anxiety.

Increasing patience can increase focus.

Practice delayed gratification.

  • Take breaks from stimuli such as technological devices.
  • Observation skills – go outside and watch the birds, listen to nature.
  • Breathing to relax.
  • Use your Imagination – use your imagination to draw a picture, write a story, etc.

What You Can Do To Help

  • Focused attention – patient, empathetic.
  • Teach him/her emotional language.
  • Don’t remedy anxious thoughts with adult logic.
  • Encourage them to be creative – come up with strategies and solutions.
  • Provide comfort and make sure home is a safe haven for thoughts & feelings to be expressed.
  • Provide structure around homework, bedtime, nutrition and sleep. Kids ages 7-12 need 10-11 hours a night sleep on average.
  • Playtime is important, exercise helps a lot. Walk, run, swim, biking – bilateral movement helps minimize anxiety.
  • Practice relaxation – breathing, grounding (stomp feet), meditation & visualization, muscle relaxation (squeeze fists and toes, work your way up, focus on each muscle group – squeeze & release.)
  • Go outside in nature. Take a nature walk. Breathe fresh air. Look at the clouds in the sky – what shapes do they look like? Bird watch. Listen to the sounds.

Fitness Hacks – Yoga for Your Brain – series of videos online to exercise your brain!

Visit Beyond Counseling for the entire presentation.

I hope this helps! I have two stressed students tonight and we are trying to relax, get a good night’s sleep, pick out clothes tonight, have a healthy breakfast in the morning.

We have also had success with this workbook: What to Do When You Worry Too Much – A Kids’ Guide to Overcoming Anxiety.

Good luck to all! And be sure to let your kids know that they are so much more than a test score!!!!!

Georgia Aquarium Adds New Sea Lion Gallery, Dolphin Celebration Shows and More

whale shark at Georgia AquariumMy family and I were recently invited to visit the Georgia Aquarium to see its newest attractions including the Sea Lion Gallery and Dolphin Celebration.

The Georgia Aquarium never ceases to amaze and we had a wonderful adventure discovering all of the marine life through the different pavilions.

My daughters are older now – in seventh and third grades – and they enjoyed seeing all of the marine life like the beautiful Beluga Whales, adorable Penguins, the majestic Whale Shark and experiencing the interactive features like the touch pools.

The Dolphin Celebration is an amazing show and the dolphins are truly smart, talented and loving mammals. It was nice learning about the trainers and the dolphin’s relationships.

The Sea Lions are a wonderful addition and it was interesting learning all about them. The older and younger sea lions were cute and it will be neat to watch them grow up there.

There is plenty to do with the newest attractions including new touch pools, a fully renovated 4D Unbelievable Theater and an upgraded Aquanatouch pool at Georgia Aquariumut Adventure.

When we drove there, we were pleased that the Georgia Aquarium parking was $10.00. That’s not a bad fee for a day parked downtown. I was also glad to know that the new shows are included in your daily admission ticket price.

When you arrive, be sure to get a map and schedule of the day’s events – or even better – print it out ahead of time.

Here are a few tips that the Georgia Aquarium folks gave us:

Check out the Waddle Walk featuring African penguins. The best place to get a picture of this cute even is along the railing of the walkway!

Watch the Happy Feet in the 4D Funbelievable Theater on the second floor. Showtimes run throughout the day.

At lunch time, dining options include Cafe Aquaria, Oceans Food Market and the newest addition, Seaside Delights, located in the Atrium. Additional seating is available in the atrium and in the second floor rotunda to avoid cafe crowds.

IMG_0606Plan when you want to see the AT&T Dolphin Celebration and be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early for seating as it fills up quickly.

Check out the Sea Lions at SunTrust Pier 225. The young ones are still learning and will be growing in their abilities as they grow up at the Aquarium.

Explore the Georgia Aquarium Galleries. Visit the Ocean Voyager theater and see the whale shark feed – it was at 3:00 pm the day we went. Also check out the new shark and ray touch pool!

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Entertainment Show is at the Atrium. The best view of this show is in front of Seaside Delights.

Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Check out new additions including the Buoyancy Challenge game, Cup Crunch display and Marsh Madness game! We really liked this area and it also had touch pools which were less crowded! It was very educational and hands-on.

20160410_132429We really are fortunate to have this wonderful Aquarium in Atlanta. I highly recommend it for a fun day trip into the city!

Thanks again to the folks at the Georgia Aquarium. We had a special day and learned a lot about marine life and Mother Earth!

Disclosure: The Georgia Aquarium provided my family and I tickets for admission. My review is my honest opinion of my experience.

Best Back to School Supplies Prices and Store Sales Roundup 2015

back to school supplies shopping dealsJust as we are getting into the swing of summer, it’s hard to believe that back to school is right around the corner.

Here are some great back to school shopping resources as you prepare for the new school year!

The site Pocket Your Dollars is posting weekly back to school shopping deals on school supplies so be sure to check this blog out before you go to the stores.

Passion for Savings is another great site to check out for back to school shopping deals, tips, state tax free weekend dates and more.

Another site that I found for back to school supplies pricing is Coupon Project. Unfortunately this year she is unable to provide the spreadsheet for best back to school supply prices, but she will still be reporting in-depth on prices for Target, Amazon and Fred Meyer and offering lots of tips.

Although Forsyth County, GA goes back to school earlier than most (August 6, 2015), research of school supply deals over the past few years confirms that most deals occur in AugustYet, there are still deals to be found for July.

Georgia’s back to school tax holiday is July 31 – August 1, 2015. The best items to buy are the big ticket electronics items if you have students going to college or needing technology for school. “Purchases of clothing (up to $100 per item), computers and related accessories (up to $1,000 per item) and school supplies ($20 per item) are exempt.” Here is helpful information and a list of eligible items from 11Alive – “Georgia tax-free weekend: What you need to know.”

As for back to school clothing? We have great consignment stores as well as retail stores in Forsyth County, GA. The Collection Forsyth and North Georgia Premium Outlets are having various summer clearance sales and a back to school preview.

On the consignment side, Uptown Cheapskate and Plato’s Closet are favorite spots for tween and teen brand name clothing fashions. Kid to Kid Cumming is a great resource for elementary and preschool aged play clothes.

Passion for Savings and Retail Me Not has a round up of back to school clothing sales, deals and discounts – check back for updates.

What are your favorite back to school deal sites? Where do you shop? Most importantly, how do you cope?

Image via Grant Cochrane, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Kindergarten Registration for Forsyth County, GA 2015

Kindergarten RoundupKindergarten Roundup will be held at the Hill Educational Center, NOT at individual schools. Each school will have a specific week to register (see link above).
Families that are unable to register for their week should register for the week of March 23, 2015.
Forsyth County Schools Registration of Kindergarten students for NEXT school year (1st day of school August 6, 2015)

NEW THIS YEAR: Beginning this year, Kindergarten Roundup will be held at the Almon C. Hill Educational Center and NOT at individual schools. Each school will have a specific week to register (see schedule below). Families unable to register for their week should register the week of March 23. View the Kindergarten Roundup flyer.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Step 1) Visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/KKenroll
Step 2) When the page opens you will need to do 3 tasks:

a) Make an online appointment to come to the Hill Center to register
b) Review and gather all documents
c) Pre-register your child’s information into our online system

Kindergarten Roundup Schedule:

January 26 – 30: Big Creek Elementary, Brookwood Elementary
February 2 – 6: Chattahoochee Elementary, Chestatee Elementary, Coal Mountain Elementary
February 9 – 13: Cumming Elementary, Daves Creek Elementary
February 16 – 20: Haw Creek Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary
February 23 – 27: Kelly Mill Elementary, Mashburn Elementary, Matt Elementary
March 2 – 6: Midway Elementary, Sawnee Elementary, Settles Bridge Elementary
March 9 – 13: Sharon Elementary, Shiloh Point Elementary
March 16 – 20: Silver City Elementary, Vickery Creek Elementary
March 23 – 27: Whitlow Elementary
* If you are unsure of the school zoned for your address, look it up at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/attendancezones

Entering Kindergarten: According to Georgia law, children must be five years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten.

The Almon C. Hill Educational Center is located at 136 Elm Street, Cumming, GA 30040. Registration Center is located around the back of the building.

For questions not answered on the website please call Forsyth County Schools at 678-947-0863, ext. 312701.

Primrose Helps Your Children Build Perspective

Its A Small World (3)The new experiences, friendships and opportunities at the beginning of the school year provide a natural platform for children to learn about how they are the same and different than their classmates.

Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, work life researcher, former NAEYC president, and parenting book author, defines perspective-taking as an essential life skill that involves putting aside one’s own thoughts and feelings in order to understand how someone else perceives the world.

In her book, Mind in the Making, Galinsky explains that young children who learn this broader view adjust to kindergarten faster, as they are better at anticipating their teachers’ expectations. These children also have more developed conflict resolution skills than their peers who have not yet learned how to take the perspective of others.

“As our society becomes more diverse, it is essential that our children learn to respect the perspectives of those around them,” said Kim Musso, Franchise Owner, Primrose School of Alpharetta East. Skills like understanding other people’s perspectives translate into later life experiences and prepare children for the world outside our classrooms.”

These are life lessons that parents should begin teaching their children at an early age. Providing them with these social skills will help children develop important character traits like appreciation for others and empathy, reinforcing an understanding of their own cultures as well as the different backgrounds of their peers.

Since September 11, 2001, at Primrose Schools across Atlanta, the entire month of September is dedicated to Celebrating Cultures.  Our teachers help children develop these important life skills in a fun and meaningful way by learning about heritages, sports, animals and music from around the world.

Encourage your children to learn more about other cultures and remind them that while we may look different, come from different backgrounds and have different family environments, we really are all the same but, with a uniqueness of our own.

About Primrose School of Alpharetta East

Primrose School of Alpharetta East is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

 

Best Back to School Supplies Prices and Store Sales Roundup

ID-10046485It’s hard to believe that back to school is right around the corner. My favorite site that I found last year for back to school supplies pricing is Coupon Project. Angela’s very informative post “Best Back to School Supplies Prices.”

Angela works with top bloggers in the U.S. and “at any given week during the next two months, you can come here and know where to shop to get the best deals on the supplies on your kids’ lists!”

In her brilliance, Angela compiled a great printable list of best prices for school supplies. Angela also created a Google Doc spreadsheet that compares prices at many retail and office supply stores that will be sure to save time and money! She also had a great idea to restock your home office supplies and buy extra supplies to donate to a school of your choice.

Although Georgia goes back to school earlier than most (August 7), research of school supply deals over the past few years confirms that most deals occur in August. Yet, there are still deals to be found for July.

Georgia’s back to school tax holiday is August 1 and 2, 2014. The best items to buy are the big ticket electronics items if you have students going to college or needing technology for school. “Purchases of clothing (up to $100 per item), computers and related accessories (up to $1,000 per item) and school supplies ($20 per item) are exempt.”

As for back to school clothing? We have great consignment stores as well as retail stores in Forsyth County, GA. The Collection Forsyth and North Georgia Premium Outlets are having various summer clearance sales and a back to school preview.

On the consignment side, Hut No. 8 recently opened in Johns Creek, GA for tween and teen brand name clothing fashions. Kid to Kid Cumming is a great resource for elementary and preschool aged play clothes.

Passion for Savings and Retail Me Not has a round up of back to school clothing sales, deals and discounts – check back for updates.

What are your favorite back to school deal sites? Where do you shop? Most importantly, how do you cope?

Image via Grant Cochrane, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Five For Five Earth Day Activities for Families

Guest Post By Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature Education Outreach Foundation 

Founded back in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide by more than 190 countries.

But what if every day could be Earth Day?

Here are 5 family friendly ways you can show your support for the environment and have fun doing it – together.

#1 – RECYCLE
Recycling saves trees, conserves energy, curbs water pollution, reduces landfills, and creates prosperity.

Paper Recycling Bins at Coal Mountain Convenience CenterForsyth County earned $60,000 in revenue from the recycling of plastics at convenience centers in 2012.

Annually Georgians bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in Georgia.

5 recyclable items used every day:
Glass
Paper
Steel
Aluminum
Plastic

#2 – COMPOST
Composting diverts waste from landfills, improves soil, is a free fertilizer, a superior alternative to chemical fertilizers, and is the best gift you can give your garden.

Composting at Haw Creek ES (640x478)

Composting at Haw Creek ES

Composting requires very little work and can be done in apartments to roof tops. There are over 80 things that can be composted!

5 compostable items:
Vegetables
Fruit
Eggshells
Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags

 

 

#3 – GROW
Growing your own vegetables is inexpensive, improves your health, connects family and friends, saves money, and is very rewarding.

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Cumming Elementary Dig in the Dirt Day… Shannon Archer, teacher, with her son, Patrick,
working on her classroom raised bed.

It’s also a great way to show yours kids where food comes from using the compost you make to fertilize your garden, and April just happens to be the best month to start a garden.

5 vegetables that can be grown easily:
Carrots
Beans
Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

#4 – VOLUNTEER
Volunteering helps you live longer, establishes strong relationships, is good for your career, is good for society, and gives you a sense of purpose.

Adopt A Road - SWC

Adopt A Road – SWC

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful holds many events, workshops, and programs yearlong. Consider making volunteering part of your life.

5 upcoming events and programs:
Mobile Trash Unit – April 24
Adopt-A-Road – All Year Long
Shore Sweeps – September 27
Recycle Electronics – May 3
AAS Workshops – April 26*
*Adopt-A-Stream Amphibian Workshop, Central Park

 

 

 

#5 – EXPLORE
Exploring the great outdoors can turn a frown upside down, makes children and families happier, makes you healthier, is educational, and is very relaxing.

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

Exploring at Sawnee Mountain

There are many great places to get outside in Forsyth County. Many are free and provide an opportunity for you and your family to unplug, unwind, and explore nature together.

5 places to visit:
Lake Lanier
Sawnee Mountain
Cedar Hill Enrichment Center
Big Creek Greenway
Local Forsyth County Parks

 

This Earth Day make a commitment to being healthier and happier by picking 5 actions that you and your family can commit to.

You’ll reap the rewards this Earth Day and every day.

About Denise Carleton

Denise Carleton lives in Cumming with her husband two daughters. She is the founder of Reaping Nature Productions and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. She is also the Conservation Department Chair for Sawnee Woman’s Club and Race Director for the Five Points Challenge 5K. She has received awards for her environmental efforts from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. To learn more about Denise and Reaping Nature visit www.reapingnature.org and www.reapingnature.com. You can contact Denise by emailing her at info @ reapingnature. com.

Kindergarten Registration for Forsyth County, GA 2014

Welcome to KindergartenCalling all 2014 – 15 Kindergarten Parents: March Registration Dates Announced for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2014 – 2015 school year will be held on:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Registration will take place at the elementary school in your attendance zone. To locate your attendance zone visit www.forsyth.K12.ga.us/attendancezones

For registration requirements visit http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/kregistration

Prior to attending registration, pre-register your child at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/enroll

If you are unable to attend the Kindergarten Registration at your child’s school, please call 678-947-0863, ext 0 to schedule an appointment to register your child after April 14, 2014. The Registration Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (closed 12:00-1:30).

Please note that students are not required to be present at time of registration.

 2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration Flyer (CLICK HERE)

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