Blue Bear Notes

Mashburn Elementary - November 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Mashburn Families,

As we bring our 3rd month of school to an end, we are so very thankful for a great beginning to the year and all your support to make the year wonderful. We appreciate all your work for the BOOSTERTHON as we exceeded our goal – we will be putting in the track around the back playground this school year. We have the project lined up with Black Jack Paving, it may be closer to spring when this occurs in order to ensure temperatures are 50 degrees and rising. The company will use permaflex asphalt.

Here is the breakdown of the funds raised this year through Boosterthon and over the past 5 years with Boosterthon. Thank you!! WE are grateful for the team work and support parents provide. Together we are Better and we provide so many great things and opportunities for students.


Carla Gravitt


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A Message From Our Nurse

Dear Mashburn Families,

Hi! It is hard to believe I have been at Mashburn for three weeks! Time flies! I am enjoying my new role as the school nurse and meeting all the students, staff, and parents! Thank you for such a warm welcome. I have been a nurse in many different settings but this setting has to be the very best. My children are in their early 20's and getting ready to graduate from college, so it is very special to spend time with young school-aged children. I am planning on doing the Hearing and Vison Screenings for the first, third. and fifth graders in early to mid-November. More details on this soon! Thank you for your generous donations of supplies to the clinic . We are short on paper towels. If anyone wants to donate this item, it is much appreciated! If you have any specific questions or concerns, please let me know!

Looking forward to meeting all of you! Nurse Missy.

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Please read below for attendance guidelines & directions.

To report an absence or if you have any questions about attendance please email Noelia Fredericks at If you have a Doctors or Dentist's note please either send it to the student’s teacher or you can email Noelia Fredericks. Any excused notes must be turned in within five days of the absence. If you are moving please contact Gini Kieffer at or 770.889.1630 x 752100

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SAVE THE DATE!!! The Fall Book Fair is COMING!

WHEN: Nov. 5th-Nov. 12th - Preview books NOW!

WHERE: Mashburn Media Center


Click this link to browse the titles that will be available for purchase in the upcoming book fair. Classes will sign up for a time to preview books and then shop in person! Shopping begins on November 5, 2021 and ends on November 12, 2021. Browse the link to find all of your favorite books and new titles!

Every purchase from the PAWS for Books Scholastic Book Fair earns MONEY for new books for our media center collection, so check it out! Students will shop by class during the school day with their teacher but can also shop online now through Nov. 17, 2021. Parents can send cash to school OR put funds in your child's "ewallet" for shopping - see below.

Set up your "ewallet" now HERE!

MES Storybook Pumpkin Patch 🎃

Book Character Pumpkin Patch

The Book Character Pumpkin Patch at Mashburn was a HUGE success! Check out the video below to see all of them. Thank you to all the families that participated! The way students depicted their favorite book characters through pumpkins was magical! Classes have enjoyed taking a tour of the pumpkin patch and finding their favorite book characters too!

Important: All Pumpkins will need to be picked up from the Media Center by Tuesday, Nov. 2nd. If not picked up, we will need to dispose of them to prevent rotting.

If you have any questions or concerns about picking up pumpkins, please contact Carol Ann Dunlap at

Thank you again for making our Book Character Pumpkin Patch so amazing!

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A note from our Counselors:

  • Mashburn needs mentors!
    • Please check out this flyer or visit the FCS Mentoring website for more information on how to be a mentor!
  • Interested in Forsyth’s Total Wellness Collaborative?
  • Want to donate to the counseling department?
  • Want to help our students in need? Purposity is a way you can help!
    • Download the Purposity app, create an account, and follow Forsyth County Schools on the app & you'll see request from our schools. Learn more here!

Canned Food Drive

Beginning November 1st, we will be collecting food items benefitting The Place of Forsyth and families in need in our community! Our food drive will be running for the next two weeks through Monday, November 15th.

This will be a grade level competition & the winning grade level with the most collected will have a prize! Below are items that The Place of Forsyth have specifically requested for donations this year; however, all non perishable food items will be accepted!

---Hamburger Helper

--Boxes of pasta (specifically elbow, corkscrew, & penne)

--Soups (specifically cream of chicken, cream of celery, and cream of mushroom)

--Any type of cake, cookie, or brownie mix.

Thank you so much Blue Bears, for your support of families in need in our community! Together We Are Better!

News from our PTO

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Nov. 8th: Spirit Day @ Smallcakes

Nov. 1-15th: Canned Food Drive

Nov. 22-26th: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 2nd: Winterfest (see website)

Dec. 8th: Spirit Night @ Lenny's