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Moving the Mountain with Parental Engagement

Hi SMES Families!

My name is Keisha Harley and I am the Parent Liaison at SMES. I am very excited to begin this journey with you; working together so that you may become a partner in the educational process. I will be here to guide you in expressing your part as a leader in your own child’s future. It is my promise to you to work with you so that we can reach the key to student success! My hours are Monday – Friday, 8a-3:30pm. I may be reached via email at keisha_harley@dekalbschoolsga.org. We have an open-door policy and will be glad to assist with any questions that parents may have. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me! 

Best Regards, 

Ms. Harley 



"No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." -Dr. James Comer 

Communication Tools:
Calling Posts - automated voice recording will call with pre-recorded message
School Marquee - located in front of school building
Flyers and Posters - posted around building/sent home with children 
School Calendar

Click Parent University 2020.pdf for more information.

FY21 SMES School Compact

Greetings Pirate Parents!
  Please read the most recent Title I School Compact and Parent Family Engagement Policy for our school. 

Once you have read them, please click the link below to sign our signature sheet.

Title I Compact and Policy Signature Sheet


We greatly appreciate your partnership!

Leveling the Playing Field Parent Newsletter

9.20.2020 - Click here for the current newsletter.

FY21 Title I Parent and Family Engagement Input for Stakeholders

All parents, students, community members, and faculty and staff are invited to provide input into our school's Title I parent and family engagement program!  We are asking that you share your thoughts on a brief survey available at http://bit.ly/PFEFY21.     

School Supply Lists

School Uniforms

Parents please read and adhere to the Uniform Policy

Early Bird Meal Pick Up Starting 9/8/2020

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 the DCSD will offer early-bird meal pickup support for parents. 

Cub Scouts Sign Up

Pirate Families!
  It's that time of year again! The Cub Scouts are looking to build an adventure with your scholar. 

The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)

The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has implemented a program to provide financial assistance through scholarships to working families with children ages 5-12 (kindergarten – 7th grade).  SOLVE (Supporting Onsite Learning for Virtual Education) program works with current DCSD families. The SOLVE scholarships are awarded for three months and can be extended if a school district continues to offer a virtual-only learning model. This program can support families currently struggling to balance work, school, and family commitments. 


SOLVE is administered by the CAPS program, but the income requirements are a little different, so families MIGHT qualify for a SOLVE scholarship even if they do not qualify for a CAPS scholarship. Some of your staff may also qualify. 


Families apply for SOLVE scholarships using Georgia Gateway www.gateway.ga.govThey choose their child care provider from all CAPS eligible providers at the time they apply. Families approved for a SOLVE scholarship receive an email providing basic scholarship information as soon as they are approved. SOLVE scholarships are viewable for providers in the CAPS billing portal two days after approval. The scholarships are billed in the same manner as CAPS scholarships in the CAPS billing portal. SOLVE payments are included in a child care provider’s typical CAPS payment.  

Below are links to documents that provide more information about SOLVE: 


1.   A letter to families from Commissioner Amy Jacobs that provides more detail about the program   https://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/SOLVE_LETTER_TO_PARENTS_August 31.pdf 

2.   An informational flyer that you can email or print for families http://www.decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/SOLVEFLYER_3.pdf 

3.   A family eligibility document that can be used to help families determine if they may qualify http://www.decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/SOLVE_EligibilityRequirements.pdf 


On the SOLVE page http://www.decal.ga.gov/CAPS/Solve.aspx, is a FAQ document that explains more and a current list of approved school districts. DECAL will update this information regularly, so refer families to this location often. 

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