Parent and Family Engagement

February 2023

Orrs Elementary

Finding Help

On January 12, 2023, our community suffered a terrible blow in the form of a number of tornadoes which hit Griffin and Spalding County. The clean up and repair from the damage done during the tornadoes is under way. Many are asking about resources to help in the clean-up and the rebuilding process, below you can find information about programs that might be helpful to you.
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Planning for Success in 2023-2024

It is that time of year when our school starts to look at data from this school year (2022-2023) and plan for next school year (2023-2024). As part of this planning process you will be invited to share your feedback about our school's Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy, the School-Parent Compacts and the use of Title I Parent and Family Engagement funds. Make your voice count by attending a feedback meeting and by filling out the GSCS 2023 Spring Parent Survey. Look for more information about these opportunities coming soon.

How Do I Know What My Child Should be Learning at Each Grade Level?

Georgia Standards of Excellence outline what is to be mastered at each grade level and within each subject. You can find information about the Georgia Standards of Excellence at the Georgia Department of Education website. This link will take you to Easy to use icons will allow you to click on each subject area and review standards for each grade level. If you have questions about the Georgia Standards of Excellence, please talk with your child's teacher or call your child's school and make an appointment to speak with the school's parent liaison.

New Math Standard Q&A Parent Meetings

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Math in the Real World

Help your child to better understand the importance of math in everyday life. Here are some articles and activities you might want to try.

Math Matters in Everyday Life

Making Math a Family Thing

At Home Math for Early Learners

8 Places We Use Math in Everyday Life

Ideas from Georgia Public Broadcast

New Math vs Old Math

Free Math Resources

Math Concepts Through Children Literature

Below are grade level lists of children literature/books to help you work with your child on math concepts. These books provide you with a fun and easy way to explain math concepts to reinforce what your child is learning at school.
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February is Black History Month

Here is a website link to provide you with more information on Black History. This website has educational videos, news articles, and online Exhibits all around Black History.

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February 2, 2023 is Groundhogs Day

Here is some information about Groundhogs Day.
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Picture Day is coming

February 15, 2023 Orrs Elementary will have Spring pictures. These are pictures you can have made with siblings.

Students will be taking class pictures.

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Student Led Conferences

Orrs will host Student Led Conferences on February 16 from 4-5:30. Please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule your conference today.

Here are some helpful resources for use during your conference:

Student Led Conferences Made Easy! (For PARENTS and TEACHERS)

Student-Led Conferences: Resources for Educators | Edutopia

A Step-by-Step Plan for Elementary Level Student-Led Conferences

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Winter Break

Schools will be closed February 20-24. We hope you stay safe and rest.

Principal- Michael Maths

Greetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year of excellence at Orrs Elementary School. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve your students this year. I have served students as a high school and elementary teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, school improvement specialist, assistant principal and now as the proud principal of Orrs. This service is founded on a strong commitment of ensuring success for all students and this can only be accomplished when all of us work together. With that in mind, we must work daily to help our students exceed their goals.

To accomplish this, students should:

- attend school daily, on time, ready to learn and share with others.

- share daily learning experiences with parents and set new goals together.

Additionally, parents are asked to:

- communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to support the learning process.

- celebrate your child’s success as he/she masters skills and concepts.

Our investment in this work will help Orrs students exceed their goals.

Thank you for sharing in the cooperative work of “Engineering Excellence” for every student at Orrs.

Michael Mathis


Orrs Elementary School

“Where Excellence is Deliberate!"

Assistant Principal- Quanedra Jackson

Greetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:

I am Quanedra Jackson and I am the proud Assistant Principal of Orrs Elementary School. During my time at Orrs, I have served as a teacher, instructional coach, and now I am thankful to serve our Orrs family as the Assistant Principal. I am a native of Griffin, Ga and was educated through the Griffin Spalding County School System. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education - no matter what! We ask that you partner with us to help all of our scholars reach their full potential.

At Orrs, we are committed to providing a safe, encouraging, and rigorous learning environment conducive to meeting the social, emotional, and learning needs of your child.We must all work together as a team to ensure that our scholars are exceeding their goals. Together we can ensure that our scholars are prepared and equipped with the skills they need to thrive as contributing members of society.

Counselor-Kimberly Mitchell

Greetings Orrs Family!

I am so excited and thankful to serve as Orrs Elementary School Counselor! I cannot wait to help our precious students reach their potential. I am here to serve you and your students, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your child(ren) socially, emotionally, or academically.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Parent Liaison- Paige Samples

Hello, my name is Paige Samples. I am the Parent Liaison for Orrs Elementary. I am also the Math Lab teacher. I have been in education for 19 years. While at Orrs, I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through 4th grade. I absolutely love math and am so excited to have the opportunity to help students find success in math through the math lab. I am looking forward to this year at Orrs and working with you and your children to have a successful year.