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    Happy Spring Break HAWK FAMILIES!!!

    Spring Break 4/1 – 4/5

    All Fulton County Schools will be closed for Spring Break next week. We look forward to seeing our Hawks back on Monday, April 8, 2024, ready to successfully complete the last 7 weeks of the school year! I hope you have a safe and fun Spring Break!

    Solar Eclipse – Monday, April 8th

    On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. This is an exciting and significant event from both an instructional and a safety perspective, respectively.

    In the Atlanta area, we will experience an 80% partial solar eclipse. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:08pm, hit maximum at 3:04pm, and end at approximately 4:21pm. It is essential that all students, parents, and staff understand the safety concerns connected with this exciting event.

    Keeping safety in mind, Fulton County is providing all students and staff with solar eclipse glasses. We will be going over the expectations for wearing safety glasses outside and the importance of not looking directly at the eclipse without the glasses on as it can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye. Only grades third through fifth will go outside to view the eclipse. Permission slips were sent home if you do not want your child to go outside to view the eclipse. All students are permitted to wear all black to commemorate the day.

    However, we ask you to please talk with your child about the importance of not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse when they are dismissed from school. We will dismiss school at the normal time. Students must wear glasses at dismissal to protect their eyes.

    If you would like to enjoy this experience as a family and view the eclipse outdoors, please plan to check-out your child prior to 12:30pm on Monday, April 8, 2024. Absences and early checkouts on Monday, April 8th will be marked excused.

    NASA's website is very clear: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.....Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or another optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

    Mark your Calendars!

    More information will be provided regarding specific events:

    • Spring Break Monday, April 1st – Friday April 5th
    • 3rd Annual Spring Family Dance – Friday, April 19th
    • Staff Appreciation Week – Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th
    • GA Milestones Testing Dates – Monday, April 29th – Friday, May 10th (exact dates will provided)
    • Ison Springs Fun Week – Monday, May 13th – Friday, May 17th (stay tuned for more information)
    • Last Day of School – Thursday, May 23rd

    Have a wonderful Spring Break!

    Principal Lee