The Tiger's Roar!
College Park Elementary School
Thursday, February 27, 2020

February has been a short month. We have had two 4-day school weeks and experienced the temperature change from winter to summer a few times. It even snowed in some parts of GA, including at my home. I am excited to share my snow pictures from February 8, 2020 (below). I was even more excited when it all melted away by 2pm the same day.

While the nation observed Black History Month, we reflected on how Black History has positively impacted and influenced American History. Each morning we had representatives from various grade levels share a historical fact early in the morning after arrival. I was fortunate enough to see their proud faces fill up with pride when they shared their facts.

A snowy Saturday on our street this month. We are all looking forward to the official arrival of spring next month!

As we reflect as a school community, I encourage all our families to reflect on what part you play in ensuring we are a school that meets our goal of success. We are all in on this journey to excellence. This journey will require us all to invest a little more time and improve each day to meet the outline of our journey to excellence. What will your investment look like? Volunteering at the school, arriving to school on time, attending a school-wide meeting, having your child practice on iReady at home and thanking your child's teacher for remaining committed to your child's success at the school. Whatever you choose, just choose in a way that connects to your child's success.

In Tiger Pride,
Dr. Maisha N. Otway
Proud Principal  
College Park: A Community School on a Journey to Excellence
Upcoming Events

2/28: Field Trip to Starlite Fun Center - 4th Grade - 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
3/2: Read Across America & Book Fair, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm   
3/3: Spring Individual and Classroom Photo (Lifetouch- NO Retake)
3/4: Field Trip to Georgia Aquarium - 1st Grade - 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
3/5: Exceptional Children's Week Program, 8:00am - 9:00am  
3/11: Dream Maker Picture Day
3/13: No School - Teacher Work Day
3/17: Report Cards
3/19: Title I /Pre-K Transition, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
3/20: Tiger Townhall Reward Celebration

Parent reminder: School hours are 7:10 - 2:20 It is very important for all students to arrive on time and be at school everyday. Thank you for your support.
Read Across America Day
Monday, March 2 

On Monday we will observe Read Across America Day. All classes will have a fun engaging reading activity during their ELA classes. Each student will visit the Love of Literacy Library and choose their own choice of 3 books for their personal libraries at home.

Technology Resources

iReady - (K-5 grade students): Students will use the program for 15-20 minutes a week
iReady - (3-5 grade students): Students will use the program for 50 minutes with a 70% pass rate.  
iReady - (K-5 grade students): Students will use the program for 50 minutes with a 70% pass rate. 

Tiger Vital Signs 
Perfect attendance

We had 359 students to be celebrated for prefect attendance for the mouth of January. It is so important that our students come to school everyday and on time!

Movie & Conversation

South Fulton Literacy Festival (Feb. 15)
Jr. Beta Team   

Even on a long weekend off, our Jr. Beta Team, led by their sponsor Ms. Chancellor, took time to shine their talents at the South Fulton Literacy Festival. They participated in workshops, shared a poem at the Poetry Café, participated in the Black History Wax Museum, and participate in the Spelling Bee. Showing dedication to our kids is how THRIVE.

College Park in the News!
Reading W/A Rapper Program (Feb. 21)

College Park Elementary made the local news for being the first school in Georgia to participate in the Reading W/A Rapper (RWAR) Innovative Pop-Up experience! The program teaches and strengthens literacy skills through conscious rap lyrics, core English Language Arts (ELA) metrics, content and technology.

During the visit, RWAR incorporated the lyrics of the featured artist Protéjay's music into the demonstration followed by a surprise reveal of Protéjay's presence. Protéjay then led a portion of the demonstration using his own music and lyrics from his new records Defined and Still Miss You, as well as sit with RWAR co-founders Jarren Small and Douglas Johnson for a Q&A.

Our 5th graders related to the artist Protéjay. It was very special when we discovered he is a triple threat out of Atlanta (actor/rapper/producer) while carrying the culture of Atlanta making him effortlessly versatile. It was extra special when he shared he is a Fulton County School alumnae that attended Sandtown MS, Westlake HS and graduated from Riverwood HS!

Artist Protejay talks with our 5th grade Tigers last Friday.

11Alive News coverage story

Reading W/A event video reel:

Communities in Schools
College Park student and parent support  

My name is Temeka McLain and I am the Site Coordinator with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Atlanta. I am excited about working with College Park ES this year and the years to come. I have been working in education for over 16 years. The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our focus here at College Park is 3rd - 5th grades; however, I will be assisting Ms. Terrell and Ms. Simmons-Harris with other students that may need my help.

CIS of Atlanta strongly believes that success is a team effort and therefore your participation in helping to identify students who would benefit from this support is extremely important.

What your student can expect to receive:
  • Academic Support and Progress Monitoring
  • Mentoring and Advocacy
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Support
  • Career Readiness, Post-Secondary Options Planning, Local College Visits
  • Rewards to encourage and motivate student attendance, good behavior and academic achievement
  • Family Support and Assistance
  • Food and Clothing Assistance
What parents can expect to receive:
  • Family Advocacy and Support
  • Parent Engagement Activities
  • Progress Monitoring Updates
  • Parent Survey to determine your individual needs

(404) 750-3833

This Week's Motivational Moment!
Black History Month '20
A Lesson in Goal Setting from Harriet Tubman - "The General"

Harriet Tubman's likeness on the postage stamp printed in her honor.
Harriet Tubman fancied the winter, when fierce Maryland winds cracked even the toughest skin. She liked long, cruel nights that held off the manhunters and their torches, guns, knives, whips and snarling dogs. As it turned out, night was the best time to travel, and knowledge of basic astronomy became her biggest tool (she always knew how to find the North Star). Hunger was also a constant problem but really a short-term discomfort, she realized.

So how did she cope with lean times and all these problems? By remembering her goals. She knew that everything would taste sweeter in freedom. The biggest challenge: killer conditions raked her Underground Railroad charges - those that she was trying so hard to get free. But Tubman (1820-1913) didn't baby anyone, though. Followers who talked about turning around were shown the pistol. "Go on and be free," Tubman would say. "Or die." Tubman understood that being overly sweet would have squelched the whole operation.

A lesson for our College Park Tigers? Landing a dream takes grit,Tubman knew that. Escaping slavery? That took courage a hundred times over. Tubman felt it was worth rankling a few disciples to win the big prize.

Tubman always stayed incredibly focused on her goal, which was attaining her own freedom and helping other people achieve their goals. After Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849, she made several trips back to the South. Hundreds of slaves owed their freedom to her. Those who doubted her on the road later thanked her for pushing them.

Tubman's steel nerve, with an against-all-odds vision, made her shine as conductor in the Underground Railroad from 1850 to 1860. Her nickname: The General. And like a good general, she considered both the details and the big picture. On the road, Tubman was a stickler for details. She had to pay attention to every snap of a twig, every dog bark, the wind blowing. And Tubman would always left slave country on Saturdays, knowing that posters announcing runaways couldn't legally be posted on Sundays, giving her a 24-hour head start. She carefully planned out every step, through Maryland's marshes, woods, estuaries, creeks and inlets. But above all, she demanded complete unity and loyalty from her followers.
Tubman went back to the South about 20 times, eventually freeing many of her friends and family, one by one, with the exception of John, her husband who'd remarried as soon as she originally left.

In the 1890s, three decades after the Civil War, she had brain surgery to help with problems from that old wound. She was so tough, she insisted on biting on a bullet instead of taking anesthesia. No wonder they called her The General!

Tubman kept a stiff backbone all the way to the end of her life. She promoted women's right to vote and helped the elderly of Auburn, N.Y., where she had settled.

"There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death," Tubman said. "If I could not have one, I would have the other."
After Tubman died at age 93, she was buried with military rites for her service to America. In 1995, the federal government issued a commemorative postage stamp bearing her name and likeness.

The big lesson for our Tigers? "Every great dream begins with a dreamer," Tubman said. "Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Leadership Team

Maisha N. Otway - Principal -
Shantara Whitaker-Crooks - Assistant Principal -

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