The Educator | October 31, 2022

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    October 31, 2022

    FCS Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony


    Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th for all those who served in the U. S. military. It was in 1954 that Congress passed a bill declaring the holiday. FCS is celebrating in a big way by having a Veteran's Day Recognition Ceremony on November 9th. The administrative center lawn will be filled with tents and chairs hosting Fulton County Schools' veterans, school JROTC cadets, guests, and community leaders.

    Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service!


    Fulton County Schools Launches Family Engagement Week Celebration

    FCS will launch its inaugural districtwide Family Engagement Week November 14-17, with a celebration honoring National Family Engagement month.

    The district will host four events during Family Engagement Week at four schools – two in the north district and two in the south district. Host schools are:

    - Banneker High (11/14)

    - Elkins Pointe Middle (11/15)

    - Riverwood High (11/16)

    - Bear Creek Middle (11/17)

    Activities will include a family culinary night complete with taste testing, nutritional education, and recipes to take home and make as a family. Also, a family STEM night will feature a challenge that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in several ways. Click here for registration links.

    Dates to Remember

    Kickball Tournament
    2nd Annual Charity
    Kickball Tournament
    November 5, 2022
    Find more Info here

    Wellness Wednesday
    “Healthy Celebrations”
    November 9, 2022
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Find more info here

    School Psychology Week
    November 7-11, 2022

    Thanksgiving Break
    November 21-25, 2022

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Monthly Awareness

    Native American Heritage Month
    Native American Heritage Month

    National Homeless Youth
    Awareness Month

    What's Coming Up?
    It's a Family Affair!

    It's time to share photos of you and other family members who work for FCS. Email us your photos now!. Be sure to include a group photo with your name and current school or department.

    Inside FCS

    Pet Friendly Photo Gallery!

    Fidelle Hopper and Chuffy
    Fidelle Hopper
    and Chuffy
    Hopewell MS
    Amy Harlin-Mills and Pedro
    Amy Harlin-Mills
    and Pedro
    Mountain Park ES
    Harvey and Donnisha Thomas and Bruno
    Harvey and Donnisha Thomas and Bruno

    Samantha Maxey and Lincoln
    Samantha Maxey
    and Lincoln
    Tracey White and Tux
    Tracey White
    and Tux


    Connect Fulton, Fulton County Schools resource database serving Fulton County communities, was introduced to FCS in the winter of 2021. Since its inception, there have been over 23,500 searches with 44 percent of the searches involving housing assistance and 13 percent for food assistance. Need Help? Need Resources? Click here!

    Legacy of Excellence Awards Honors Employees

    We truly believe our employees are the heart of Fulton County Schools. Last month, FCS hosted its annual Legacy of Excellence Awards at the Georgia World Congress Center. This exciting celebration which honors each school’s teachers and professionals of the year was hosted by WSB-TV Anchor Fred Blankenship and featured outstanding musical performances by some talented students from Westlake HS, Campbell ES, Brookview ES and Banneker HS, whose drumline escorted Overall Teacher of the Year Precious Bayan to the stage with an energetic entrance. Meet our honorees!

    Legacy 1 Legacy 2 Legacy 3
    Legacy 4 Legacy 5
    Focus FCS

    Open Enrollment 2023

    October marks the time of year for Open Enrollment, when employees who are eligible for benefits make changes to, or enroll in, the benefits program for the 2023 plan year.

    This year, Open Enrollment started on Monday, October 17, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Employees needing assistance with plan selections should contact the Benefits Department. Please check your email for additional information.

    Here are a few reminders for this year:

    • Flexible Spending must be re-elected every year:
      • The FSA provider is CAS (Consolidated Admin Services) - new enrollees will be issued a new debit card via US mail.
      • The maximum for the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA) will be $2,850 for 2023.
      • The HFSA pays for employees' out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision expenses as well as their dependents.
      • Elect the Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (DFSA) only if you have children in daycare.
    • Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and phone numbers are required for all dependents.
    • If electing Dental, Vision, and LifeLock be sure you specify which dependents should be covered and their information is accurate in Benefit Focus.
    • If you change plans, your Wellness Credits will roll over to the new plan on April 1st.

    For additional information click here.

    Let's Talk Schools!

    Let's Talk Schools Check out our weekly series, Let’s Talk Schools, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney, as he chats about all things FCS. In episode 11, Dr. Looney talked with Yalanda Bell, executive director of Academic Programs, and Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, deputy chief academic officer, about how FCS students can get a jump on college AND career success through our FCS Middle College program, opening in 2024.

    Click here to watch.

    We Employee Perks!
    The holiday gift-giving and travel season is fast approaching, and over the next few months we wanted to share some “steals and deals” links offering employee discounts.
    Give Tech This Years

    Dell's Holiday Gift Guide
    To kick off your holiday shopping, Dell has launched select items EARLY with our Holiday Gift Guide. We will rotate Black Friday pricing on select models from now through the holiday season. Shop early and still get great savings. No need to wait!

    Access savings on your exclusive member page:
    Look under 'Deals' for some great pre-holiday offers.
    Black Friday in November: Be on the lookout for updates.

    Holiday Travel Discounts

    AVIS Car Rental
    Save up to 25% off base rates. Click on the link below or call 800-331-1212 and use discount code AWD#: D134100.
    Get more info

    BUDGET Car Rental
    Save up to 25% off base rates. Click on the link below or call 800-455-2848 and use discount code BCD#: Z408900.
    Get more info

    HERTZ Car Rental
    Save up to 25% off base rates. Click on the link below or call 800-654-2210 and use discount code CDP#: 1742729.
    Get more info

    Employees can save up to 40% off select hotels on
    Get more info

    Employees can save 8% off select hotels at
    Get more info


    Other Discounts

    Family First Credit Union
    The holidays are around the corner and Family First Credit Union has your back! For the 5th year in a row, Family First wants to help meet your needs by offering the $1,200.00 We Care Loan at 8.90% APR for all Fulton County Board of Education employees. Click here for info.

    Fulton County Schools Night with the Atlanta Hawks

    Click here for tickets.

    Cirque Du Soleil- Kurios
    Discount Tickets

    Save up to 20% off!

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