TR1BE, With so much uncertainty remaining as we navigate our days, weeks, and months, we know that many questions are swirling concerning the plans of our upcoming school year. We could put out a plan today that would likely need to change multiple times as health concerns and guidance changes over time. We are not behind the eight ball. Rather, we are taking things seriously, studying our options, and formulating research-based plans of action for the new school year. Our leadership team in Lumpkin County is currently meeting through email, virtually, and in person to work out details for the following areas: student and staff wellness, facilities, technology, school nutrition, transportation, instruction, assessment, and virtual learning. These focus groups will work in coordination with our school board to publish a final plan in mid-July. In the meantime, it’s important for you all to know this—student safety has been, is, and always will be our top priority in Lumpkin County. As parents, you will have a face-to-face option and a virtual option for your children. What those look like will be determined by the findings of our focus groups over the next month. Rest assured, we are working tirelessly to provide the best education in the safest environment possible for your children. We know other school systems are posting their tentative plans now, and we want you to know that we aren’t asleep on this topic. We like to take a calculated, strategic approach to our planning process. If you have questions or concerns that you would like to share with any of the focus groups mentioned above, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sure to pass along your correspondence to the focus group leader. Thank you for your continued support of Lumpkin County Schools!
To View BES Top AR Awards Click Link Below https://drive.google.com/open?id=1k1AmFbPZtFl35JGkQFx9lR69LbQvEqTt
BES 2nd Semester Honors 2019 - 2020 To view the video click the following link https://tinyurl.com/beshonors19-20
All-Call Transcript 5/20/2020 Hello, this is Betsy Green, Principal at Blackburn Elementary School. We are going to have our 3rd and final drop off/pick up day on Friday, May 22 from 10am to 2pm. Please drop off Chromebooks, completed paper packets, and library books. You will be picking up your child’s personal belongings which have already been bagged up and a yearbook, if you purchased one. If you have not purchased a yearbook yet, we do have yearbooks on sale for $30 if you would like to buy one. When returning Chromebooks, please charge the device before returning it and remember to return the charging cord with the device. We will be having curbside service again and we ask that you stay in your car and drive up like you would for parent pick up. Several staff members will be outside to assist you with dropping off and picking up. If May 22 doesn’t work for you, please bring Chromebooks and Library Books to the school May 26, 27, or 28 from 8:30 to 3:30. You can return Library books in the trash can outside of the front doors of the school. Please ring the doorbell for assistance if returning a Chromebook. This all call transcript will be posted on our website so you can refer back to it. As always, thanks for working with us during this very unusual time and we all wish you a great summer. If you have questions or need help with anything, please email me at email@example.com. Take care.
All-Call Transcript (2nd/3rd drop off/pick up) Hello, this is Betsy Green, Principal at Blackburn Elementary School. We are going to have our 2nd drop off/pick up day next Tuesday, May 19 from 10am to 2pm. Please drop off Chromebooks, completed paper packets, and library books. You will be picking up your child’s personal belongings which have already been bagged up and a yearbook, if you purchased one. If you have not purchased a yearbook yet, we do have yearbooks on sale for $30 if you would like to buy one. When returning Chromebooks, please charge the device before returning it and remember to return the charging cord with the device. We will be having curbside service again for May 19 and we ask that you stay in your car and drive up like you would for parent pick up. Several staff members will be outside to assist you with dropping off and picking up. Remember that you child has until May 22 to complete all assigned work if they are not already done with it. We will have one more scheduled drop off and pick up day on Friday, May 22. If none of the scheduled drop off days work for you, there is a trash can outside the front doors of the school where you can drop off paper packets and library books anytime the gates of the school are open. The gates will be unlocked every week day from 6am to 2:30pm and many days it will be unlocked after 2:30. If you need to return a Chromebook on a day other than the scheduled drop off days, please ring the bell outside the front doors and someone will assist you with that return. Also, if you ring the bell on any unscheduled day we will be happy to give you your child’s personal belongings. This all call transcript will be posted on our website so you can refer back to it. As always, thanks for working with us during this very unusual time and we all wish you a great summer. If you have questions or need help with anything, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care.
May 6th ALL Call Transcript: This is Betsy Green, principal of Blackburn Elementary School. Tomorrow, May 7, is the last day of new assignments for the 2019/20 school year. If your child has completed all the assignments for the entire distance learning period, then their school year is over tomorrow. If your child has struggled to complete the assignments or is still working on the assignments, then teachers will be reaching out to you and your child to get them to complete the work up until May 22. We will have 3 different days set up for you to return Chromebooks, paper packets, and library books. On these days you will also be able to pick up your child’s personal belongings, and pick up or buy a yearbook. Group pictures will not arrive in time for these pick up days and we will send them home at the start of next year. We will have curbside pickup/drop off with different stations. You will drive up like you would for the parent pick up line. You will stay in your car, drive up to the different stations, and the staff member at each station will assist you. You can also buy a yearbook for $30 as we have extra ones to sell. The first drop off/pick up day will be Tuesday, May 12 from 8am to 4pm. We will have two more dates for drop off/pick up to be announced later. If you are returning a Chromebook, we ask that you charge the device before returning it. Also, please remember to return the charging cord with the device. This all call transcript will be posted on our website so you can refer back to it. Thank you for working with us during this distance learning time and if I can help you in any way please email me at email@example.com. Take care.
TR1BE, We have some important information regarding end-of-year processes, procedures, and activities. Please share this information with our TR1BE! Copy & Paste Link to PDF Version: https://tinyurl.com/LCEndofYearCovid
ART SHOW The rescheduled date is : Wednesday August 19 (but will NOT include the "New" 2020-2021 Kindergarteners, they will be included in the spring show on March 18th, 2021)
YEARBOOK UPDATE: As we all adapt to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition of documenting the history of our students and our school year. We are pleased to announce that our yearbook adviser and staff are working hard to complete the yearbook and make sure it is printed. Since copies are limited and school schedules continue to change, we ask that you please order your yearbook online as soon as possible. Jostens offers a payment plan at checkout for your purchase if you would like to use that option www.jostensyearbooks.com. Yearbooks are $30 and will arrive in May!
Good afternoon kindergarten and first grade parents. This is Betsy Green, principal of Blackburn Elementary School. I am excited to announce that we are now able to offer chrome book check out to our kindergarten and first grade students. Kinder and 1st students will continue to work on their paper packets but can use a chrome book for supplemental instruction, such as Reading Horizons software. After spring break, 1st grade will have the option to do online work or paper packets. If you would like to check out a chrome book for your kindergarten or first grade student, please come by the school during one of the following dates and times: Wednesday, April 1 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm Thursday, April 2 between 10 am and 12:00 pm Or Friday, April 3 between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm You must agree to the terms and conditions in order to check out a chromebook. Chromebooks will be set out on a table right in front of the front doors of the school with chargers. Paperwork will be filled out except for your child’s name and your signature. You will get a CB and charger, sign paperwork, then drop the paperwork in the box on the table. Mr. Froggatt and I will be nearby to make sure you know exactly what to do. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 706-864-8180. Thanks and have a great evening.
Contact the BES Counselor, Ms. Kimberly https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScw28kMkFwbXCDURVFcx4EqvZ22G0OoSBrcj4uMSgWYEHpdbQ/viewform?usp=sf_link BES Counselor info. https://sites.google.com/view/contact-the-counselor/home
Follow this link for an instructional video on Distance and Online Learning in Lumpkin County Schools! https://www.powtoon.com/c/bKfuDDuz4El/1/m
Your child's principal will be reaching out today with specific instructions on how Lumpkin County Schools will be handling distance and online learning. These days are not holidays; they are online/distance learning days. We are all working together to navigate these unchartered territories. We appreciate your continued support of our school system. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can do something to better serve you and your child(ren) during this time. #TR1BE
Boosterthon Update!! Students and family members, you are doing a great job getting those pledges in for our BES Boosterthon Fun Run! Keep up the good work! TONIGHTS CHALLENGE is a CLASS CHALLENGE PER GRADE LEVEL! The CLASS IN EACH GRADE LEVEL that brings in the most pledges TONIGHT ONLY will earn a DONUT PARTY!!! This challenge will allow for ONE class of each grade level to work together to win the challenge! This is a great chance to earn a BONUS prize in addition to your normal prizes! Remember to enter these pledges on FUNRUN.COM! BES Boosterthon Leaderboard! The TOP THREE CLASSES right now are: 1st Place - Mrs. Kingsbury's 1st Grade Class 2nd Place - Mrs. Charles Second Grade Class 3rd Place - Mrs. Bynum's 3rd Grade Class The TOP THREE GRADE LEVELS are: 1st Place - Kindergarten 2nd Place - 1st Grade 3rd Place - 2nd Grade
Parents, We invite you to the Parent Involvement Meeting tomorrow morning at 8am in the conference room. We will be discussing School Improvement Plan, Parent Involvement Plan, and Compacts for next year.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has made pledges to our great group of students during our Blackburn Elementary School fundraiser! Let's keep up the good work! We have a special WEEKEND CHALLENGE - THIS WEEKEND ONLY! For the “Weekend Challenge,” any student who gets pledges for a total of $2 per lap, which is $60 in flat donations, or more, in NEW pledges over the weekend, will receive a Bonus Prize — the Quantum Ring — on Monday. Students, get super excited to rise to the challenge! This is your chance to earn a BONUS prize in addition to your normal prizes! You can do it! Log on to www.funrun.com and make your pledges this weekend!!
Two days away from the BOOSTERTHON Kick-off!!! Parents and Families: Looking for the EASIEST and BEST way to ask for a #Boosterthon pledge? Create a video starring your child to support our school! Register your student on FUNRUN.COM and upload a picture to make a personal video. Share it with friends + family.
Parents! The BES BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN is just 2 WEEKS AWAY! The BES FUN RUN will help our school AND teach our students character. This year, we’re raising funds to Enhance General Programs at BES! Last year we raised money for the following: IXL - Math and ELA - a website that allows true differentiation for students in math and ELA skills based on what they already know and the skills they need to acquire. Reflex Math - a math game based website that helps students with their math fact fluency. Data shows that this is helping our students learn their math facts Individual white boards, erasers, and markers for all students to aid in the teaching of our new phonics program Headphones for Chrome Books Specialized furniture for some of our special education classrooms Prizes for reading goals and the summer slide reading program. Watch the video below to see how you can help our students!! https://vimeo.com/342370792/f0b976288a #Boosterthon
Don’t miss out on the memories of the year. Order your yearbook today! Friday, December 13 is your last chance to guarantee a yearbook at the lowest price of the year! http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A07633045
The 5th grade Yearbook Club has been working hard on the BES yearbook. Make sure to order your copy before December 13 at the lowest price of the year! http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A07633045
March will be here before we know it, and we are excited about our Adult Field Day in Lumpkin County! It's time for you to start forming your teams! Don't delay; join today!
We are just one week away! Join us on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM for a community-wide Thanksgiving Lunch at Lumpkin County High School. RSVP are appreciated but not required. Do you need transportation? Thanks to our partners at Dahlonega Funeral Home we can come pick you up! Just call 706-429-7510 with your name and address so we can add you to our list.
Kudos to our staff and students for their excellent work today as BES tested out our new security system! We had a great drill and everyone did an awesome job participating. We had several substitutes in the building today and we received multiple comments from them on how well behaved and attentive our kids were! We are proud of you!
We are hosting a Fall Book Fair with Follett (a new company) this year. The Book Fair will be open the following dates and times: Monday, Nov. 18 – Thursday, Nov. 21 7:30-3:30 daily Friday, Nov. 22 - 7:30 - 12:30 Friday, Nov. 15 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:30– 7:00 p.m. Come out and support our efforts to encourage a "Love of Reading" for all students. We would love to have you!
We apologize for the inconvenience, but our phones are down at all five schools and the Central Office. The issues has been reported to Windstream.
Parents, we had one of our exit signs by the gym doors short out and start smoking this morning at about 7:15AM. The sign has now been replaced and everything is back to normal at this time. We want to thank our bus drivers, our staff, our parents, and especially our students, for being so flexible and helping us as we altered our typical morning routine to accommodate this incident! Have a Fantastic Friday!
Congratulations to Jennifer Kingsbury, Blackburn Elementary School's teacher of the year. Jennifer is an amazing 1st grade teacher that instills the love of learning in her students and communicates her love for her students daily. We are so proud to be represented by such an accomplished educator and wonderful human being.
We officially launched our new school websites and our brand new App today! VISIT our new websites (www.lumpkinschools.com) and DOWNLOAD the new App (search Lumpkin County School District). You won’t be disappointed.