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:

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!!!!!

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®.

 

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)

Giving Back and Caring for Others

ID-10061632Tis the season of “Giving Thanks”!  And teaching your children the importance of giving back to others is an integral part of a child’s character development. “Many parents in today’s world find it more important than ever to raise compassionate children.”  Parents are placing more values on the importance of raising well-rounded individuals and striving to teach the importance of generosity, compassion and gratitude.

Here are a few tips from Dr. Gloria Julius, vice president of education at Primrose Schools, on how to teach your little one to give back and care for others:

Give kindness a shout-out. Genuine, specific, positive feedback is a powerful way to influence children’s behavior. They are constantly seeking approval from the significant adults in their lives, so next time you witness an act of kindness–no matter how small–let your child know that you noticed and the impact the act is likely to have on the recipient. Even very young children are constantly looking for cause and effect relationships and learning that they have the ability to help someone can become a motivator of caring behavior.

Address unacceptable behavior. It is also important to help children understand the negative consequences their unacceptable behavior can have. Once again, being specific in your feedback helps them learn the cause and effect relationship. Children aren’t born knowing what is acceptable and not acceptable, and it does no good to tell a child he was “bad.” Be specific about what the behavior was that you didn’t like and why. It’s important to address the specific behavior immediately and give your child a positive alternative.

Practice what you preach. As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. Children are like little scientists, observing what’s going on in the world around them. Consider the many interactions that your child witnesses you participate in each day and ask yourself if you are serving as a good role model. How do you interact with others on the phone, in traffic or in line at the grocery store? Keep in mind your body language as well as what you say. By setting an example early on for your child you are actively participating in their character development.

Give back. Giving back is an important year-round activity that needs to become a habit if you want your child to learn what it means. Volunteering plays an important role in the development of character. It teaches children that they can do things that positively impact the world around them. Even young children can learn to become active participants in their communities.

Role play. Role playing with your child is an excellent way to teach compassion and empathy. Ask your child to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Pose questions like, “If you were new to school and did not know anyone, how would you want your classmates to treat you on your first day?”

These life lessons, if taught at an early age, will help lay the foundation for your child’s success in every aspect of their life.

Happy Holidays from Primrose School of Christopher Robin!

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose School of Christopher Robin 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®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Check out our iheartprimrose.com website to read what past and present families have to say about their Primrose Experience.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

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Back to School Tips with Forsyth County Schools

IMG_5919It’s hard to believe that school starts next week! Forsyth County Schools have published a few resources at the start of the school year.

The first day of school is Thursday, August 8. Open house schedules vary for elementary schools on Tuesday, August 6. Open house for middle school and high school varies – check the website. The bus routes have been posted and school supply lists are on the websites. The 2013-2014 calendar is published.

Forsyth County Schools has a social media presence and also offers an email newsletter signup, Facebook pageTwitter feed and more resources to be informed about your child’s education. Also check your school’s Facebook page and sign up for PTA/PTO newsletters to stay in the know during the school year.

Here are some other resources as you prepare your young ones to go back to school.

Scholastic Parent’s site has lots of tips. Here are some helpful articles as you prepare for back to school.

Check out this neat back to school printable sign for those first day of school pictures!

Are you ready? Have any back to school tips?

How to Select the BEST Childcare and Preschool Option – A Parent’s Guide

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Kristin Lauria, Director of Education for Primrose School of Christopher Robin.

Parents will agree, selecting the right Child Care/ Preschool can be agonizing. Research tells us that children’s brains are rapidly developing between infancy and age 5. A child’s healthy development depends on positive, engaging experiences during these early years of life.

The first step is to know your options. Ask family, friends, coworkers and your pediatrician to recommend local high-quality programs. Visit each school’s website to learn more about their programs.

Your first impressions are extremely important. Many parents say they know immediately when a school has the “right” feel. How were you and your child greeted? Did the school smell good? Was the staff able to answer all of your questions?

Getting to personally know the people at the school is critical-will these individuals partner with you as a parent?

Here are five topics to help determine if a school is a good fit for you and your family.

Education goals and philosophy: What education philosophies and practices does the school use to guide instruction? Does the curriculum reflect what is known about child development and preparing them for the transition into elementary school?

Accreditation: Accreditation means that a school is held accountable by an outside agency to adhere to research based quality standards.

Teacher Qualifications: What are the training requirements for teachers? Is there ongoing professional development for teachers? Art teachers certified in first aid and CPR?

Learning Environment: When visiting the school or center, observe the children around you. What is the atmosphere of the classroom? Are the children engaged in organized activities? Do the children look happy? Are teachers responding to the children and talking with them, not at them? And note if the schedule is posted outside or inside of the classroom.

Center Policies: What are the school’s policies related to safety and parent communications? What would happen if your child becomes sick? What are the payment options?

The care and education that children receive early in life is crucial to their development and serves as a foundation for their future success. There are many different child care and preschool options, so keep searching until you find the one that meets your requirements and feels right for your family.

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose School of Christopher Robin 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®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Please join us for our National Open House Event on Saturday, July 20th 10am-2pm.

We invite you to bring your family to visit our school and learn more about the Primrose Experience. Your family will be able to tour our school and our classroom teachers will be available to answer any questions.

Check out our iheartprimrose.com website to read what past and present families have to say about their Primrose Experience.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

How to Choose a Summer Camp from Primrose Christopher Robin

summer camp at primrose christopher robinPrimrose Schools® Balances Fun with Learning through its Summer Camp Program

Extending Imagination into the Summer

Throughout the school year, the daily schedule for Primrose students puts a focus on learning literacy, math and critical thinking skills. They participate in activities specifically designed to teach them how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, use their imaginations, and express themselves creatively. Most importantly, the schedule is grounded in an emphasis on character development and on helping students learn to regulate their thinking, emotions, and behavior. The instruction, attention and support children receive from their teachers prepares them for success in the school years ahead.

Participating in this kind of balanced program doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school year! This summer, Primrose Christopher Robin will offer summer camp sessions that will enable children to have fun, explore interesting topics AND learn. At Primrose, learning doesn’t take a vacation during the summer. Having fun and learning can go hand in hand. In fact, when we make sure children have opportunities to play with ideas and exercise their imaginations, we’re encouraging them to become lifelong learners. With creative themes and stimulating activities, Camp Primrose is the perfect summer program.

Summer camp programs that include educational components are becoming increasingly popular as an option for parents looking for summer childcare. By visiting summer camp programs in the local community and talking with the staff, families can match their summer goals with the best summer camp experience for their child.

Here are a few tips about how to choose the best summer camp program for your child:

Include your child in the decision. You probably already know most of activities your children enjoy, but ask them what they would add as you make a list together. Then you can begin looking for a program that offers themes that focus on these interests. If you know your child is interested in learning something new, look for a program that provides opportunities to explore these topics in a fun and interactive way.

Choose a well-rounded or balanced program. As summer camps grow increasingly popular, there are more and more options to choose from. Choosing a program offered by an accredited educational organization will ensure that your child will be learning and having fun at the same time.

Visit the location. Summer programs distribute a great deal of written information and brochures, but you will always get a better idea and feel for the program by visiting the location and talking with the staff. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Ask other parents and children. Find out where parents in your community have sent their children for summer camp in the past and what their children thought of the experience. Word of mouth is a proven decision-making factor in choosing the best option for your family.

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose Christopher Robin 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®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, Ga 30005.

 

Balancing Work and Family Life

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Kristin Lauria, Director of Education for Primrose School of Christopher Robin.

As parents, it can be challenging to balance family needs with work and countless other demands. Typical family schedules are already packed full of activities, appointments and responsibilities.

When you pair these demands with a career, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and overscheduled. So, how can you balance work, family and everything in between? Start with these tips and gain control of your busy schedule for yourself and your family.

Find trusted, quality childcare.
Mom guilt is a common working mother complaint. While high-quality childcare alone is not a solution, a parent can find comfort in the fact that their child is in a safe, happy and nurturing environment. When you choose a school that adheres to the highest of standards, you and your children will reap the rewards.

Get organized.
Even if it doesn’t come naturally, establish routines to help you organize and plan your day. Not having to think about what comes next will make all the difference in the world. From laying out your child’s clothing the night before to keeping a family calendar so that everyone’s activities and schedules are in one place – pre-planning will help keep everyone on track.

Start planning your meals.
If you find yourself consistently worrying about what to serve for dinner at 5 p.m. after a long day of work, you are more likely to stop at a drive-through or serve a less- than-nutritious dinner. Taking time to plan meals and shop for ingredients in advance will allow you to enjoy dinner together as a family, rather than worrying about what to put on the table.

Schedule “fun time” for the family.
Consider adding things like weekend trips to the park, quality time together at home or a game night to your family calendar. It may seem silly to schedule family time, but with hectic schedules, it is often the best way to ensure you make time for family fun!

Be present.
Time with your family is precious; so make a conscious effort to be present in the moment. Avoid distractions like emails, phone calls and the television when you are together. It’s all about the quality time.

Make “me” time.
Balancing the needs of family, work and other demands can be a struggle, and oftentimes the last things to get scratched off the to-do list are the activities centered on you. What a lot of parents don’t realize is quality “me” time can translate to a happier family and a happier you. Take the time to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of others.

About The Author

Primrose School of Christopher RobinKristin Lauria is the mother of two young children living in the Forsyth County community. As the Director of Education atPrimrose School of Christopher Robin, Mrs. Lauria is responsible for curriculum implementation and the professional development of the teachers and the staff.

With a degree in Early Childhood education and her passion and commitment to education, she ensures that the children in her school are safe, happy and learning each day.


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