Peek at the Week

March 20, 2016

"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." ~ Paulo Coelho

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Chatham Chats

Dear Families,

WOW! All I can say is WOW! The Relay for Life basketball game, teachers vs parents, was simply fun and awe-inspiring. Thank you to those of you who played, who cheered, and who helped us support such an important cause. The evening was a true example of what makes this community so very special. Make sure you check out the pictures below!

We are getting ready to kick-off our Fun Run Fundraiser. Be looking for more information, but know that this is one way we are able to raise funds to provide technology for our students. The money we raise will also help support school wide technology tools that our students use daily. While we are having fun raising money to enhance teaching and learning, the Fun Run also encourages healthy habits. I know the kids are looking forward to it!

We can never thank you enough for your commitment to your children and to our school. We see it through your visits to lunch, your attendance at events, and your kind words of encouragement. We are so appreciative of our partnership with you!

It's great to be a Harbins Tiger!


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Morning Car Riders

Just a reminder!

Morning Procedures

· Our warning bell rings at 8:10 a.m. Students are tardy at 8:15 a.m.

· We are going to keep the car rider line open until 8:15 a.m.

· At 8:15 a.m. cars will be directed to the bus lane. Parents will need to walk children in at that point.

· Please know that we open the car rider lane at 7:45 a.m., and there is at least a 25 minute window to drop your child off safely and have your child on time to school.

· We cannot have cars in the bus lane before 8:15 a.m.

· To truly ensure the safety of our entire school community, we would like everyone to make it through the car rider lane. Remember that at 8:15 a.m. our school day has begun.

2016 Field Day T-Shirt Orders Beginning March 1st On MyPaymentsPlus. Cash or Check orders will begin March 22nd. Last day to order is March 23rd.

3rd Nine Weeks Report Cards

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will now be sending report cards home NEXT Friday, March 25.

Please note that you will not be able to see current grades until report cards come home for the 3rd nine week. Until the 25th, current grades will not be available in the portal. After March 25, your portal view should be back to normal.

Thank you for your understanding.

Good News Club will meet in the Media Center on 3/23 instead of the Cafe

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2016 Tapestry

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3/31 Fun Run Day Schedule

9:00 - 10:15 am - 2nd and 3rd grades

10:30 - 11:45am - K and 1st grade

1:00 - 2:15pm - 4th and 5th grade

If Your Child Will Not Be Returning to Harbins for 2016-17 School year

If your child will not be returning to Harbins Elementary for school year 2016-17, please contact us immediately. This information is needed in order to ensure that your student’s records are properly handled over the summer. Therefore, please provide us with the new school of attendance.

You may contact Deneen Parr, Registrar at 770-682-4271.

Jr. Beta Club Meetings

April 12th 7:00 am

May 3rd 7:00 am

Georgia Milestones Practice

The following link provides access to the Georgia Milestones Experience Online Testing site.

This link provides access to the tools available to students in the DRC assessment platform.

On March 8th, the GaDOE will make Georgia Milestone practice items available to students at this link.

Students can use this link have the opportunity to gain experience with the tools and items they will experience during this year's administration of Georgia Milestones

New Phone Answering System

In order to best meet your needs in a timely manner, we will be using a new phone answering system to quickly direct your calls. You will be able to reach a "live" person at any time.

Just a few reminders regarding school procedures

Lunchroom: We are so happy you want to come eat with your children. Please help us with the following:

1. Remember students, not adults, have priority for seating. We have to make sure all students have a seat.

2. Depending on availability of seats, students may invite one friend to the visitor table.

3. Refrain from taking pictures of students.

Car Riders: Please help us maintain safety for your children.

1. Remember that you must remain in your car at dismissal. Students cannot be released to you directly from the gym.

2. Your car rider tag must be displayed the entire time you are in the line.

Box Tops

It's that time of year again! Our last contest of the year for Box Tops! call your grandmas call your aunts and uncles, tell them to save their box tops for our school. Turn them in for the next 2 weeks. The person that has the most box tops turned in, will win a prize!! Make sure you go to the website and print a collection sheet or put them in bundles of 50 before you send them in. Your name must be on the sheet or the baggies when you put them in the BIG BOX TOP BOX out front! Happy Collecting!!

Clinic Corner

Parents if you have a child that has frequent accidents or a Kindergartner/first grader, please put extra clothes in your child's book bag. We are running very low on clothes in the clinic. So, if your child comes to the clinic with wet clothes, they may call you to bring them clothes, because I may not have anything to fit them in my closet. If your child borrows clinic clothes, please wash them and return them as soon as possible, so someone else can use them. ALL kindergartners and first graders should have a baggie of clothes in their book bag just in case!

Please make sure if you already have a change of clothes in your child's book bag, you change out the summer clothes and add winter clothes. Lots of friends have been coming in with shorts, and it has been way to cold for those lately!!

Thank you for your help with this!

Remind 101 - Instructions

Enter this number: 81010

Text this message: @harbinsf

Mrs. Chatham will use Remind 101 to send you text reminders about important school information.

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Fridays Are Spirit Days!

Wear your favorite Tiger spirit shirts on Friday to show your school spirit! Help your class win the School Spirit Paw!

Check out this week's GCPS communication!