Arbor Springs Elementary School

Giving Thankfully! November, 2015

Our Mission: Arbor Springs Committed to Student Success

Our Vision: We ensure the success of each student by providing high-level, engaging work for all learners and leaders to meet the needs of all stakeholders.l

From Dr. D. and Dr. T.

Can you believe we are only a few weeks from the end of the first half of the school year! As always, this time of year is quite busy. Grandparents joined us November 13 for a quick breakfast, some awesome presentations from our students, and classroom visits. Thank you so much to everyone who attended! During the same time, our fall Book Fair was occurring, and our grandparents enjoyed shopping for books for themselves and others.


During our short December, we have many events occurring! Chorus program is December 1, the 3rd-grade musical is December 8, and Santa Night is December 10th. Students will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for their families at our Secret Santa Shop on Santa Night and parents will have the chance to learn more about Google Apps for Education on December 1 before the chorus program. Our school spelling bee will be December 17 with the county-wide bee on January 7, and students will enjoy Polar Express Day on Friday, December 18. It's a busy time of year!


We are in the process of upgrading our playgrounds. We have newly installed borders and are seeking bids on mulch. We hope to have this process finished by the time students return in January.


If you are missing jackets or sweaters, they may be in our overflowing lost and found bin in the front office. Please ask your child to check, or you are welcome to stop in and look for yourself. We will be donating these items to Goodwill before we leave for the break.


As always, thank you for your participation and support of our many efforts at Arbor Springs. We are happy to report that our students (with your help) donated 2,195 canned good for the annual Can-A-Thon!


Please let us know if we can help with anything, at any time. We can be reached at 770-463-5903.

Dr. Julie Durrance, principal

Dr. Page Tarleton, assistant principal

Upcoming Events

See our online calendar here for a complete listing of all events.

Nurse's Notes

Hard to believe that this year is almost over. 2016 is right around the corner. Winter is here and that means a rise in the diagnosis of cold and flu. You might get tired of hearing this, but the best way to protect yourself is good hand washing. Also, the 2015/2016 flu vaccine is now available. Please contact your pediatrician. Last but not least…I know I say this over and over, but, if you send “over the counter” medications to school they must be in the original package. Do not send individual tablets. A note with instructions and permission must accompany any medication to be given. A medication cannot be given without parent permission. This includes cough drops!! Cough drops are considered a medication and must be taken in the clinic. A teacher cannot administer any type of medication, even cough drops. If it is a prescription medication, it must be in the original package with a pharmacy label and a medication form will need to be filled out.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!! Rebecca Sims RN

Mrs. Clay's Counseling Corner

Swimming in a School of Character:

This month character word is courage! Courage means to meet a challenge without giving in to fear.


Having courage means that children will be brave as they meet new experiences, difficult situations, and/or dangerous encounters. Also, courage involves being firm because of strong moral convictions.


Here are some tips for teaching your children about courage:

  • Help them see their own courage. When you see courage in your children, identify it. “It took courage to stand up for yourself like that.” “It sounds like you did the right thing even though it wasn’t easy. That is what we call courage.”

  • Make a family practice of connecting and contributing. Plan a short activity that gives back each week. Children have fun doing this as a secret. They can deliver flowers anonymously to a neighbor’s doorstep, take a short clean-up walk around the block or write a note of appreciation to a teacher or friend.

  • Self-reflect in the presence of your children. Share with your children experiences where you had to be courageous.

  • Model doing what is right for you, even when it isn’t popular with your child.

(Parent Map, 2015)


Jr. BETA Reminders:

BETA Meeting Thursday, December 3 2:30 pm-3:25 pm in Ms. Householder’s Room


BETA & Cookies with Santa

BETA will be providing the baked goods for the Cookies with Santa event on Thursday 12/10 at 5:30. Beta members are expected to arrive at 5:15 and be picked up in the gym no later than 7:30. Please wear your BETA shirt. Please bring all cookies to Mrs. Clay’s office on Thursday. Please refrain from bringing any baked goods that contain nuts or peanut butter. Cookies DO NOT need to be individually wrapped. If you want your platters/containers back, please label clearly for easy return. Don’t forget to log your hours for baking for this event. Thanks!!! All BETA students are expected to provide cookies for this event as part of community service for our Arbor Springs Families.

Platinum Fundraising: Thank you to everyone that raised money for our fundraiser! Cards will be delivered in December when we return from Thanksgiving Break.


Arbor Springs Elementary

Can-A-Thon



Thank you to all the families that donated to help stock the Coweta County Food Pantry. Arbor Spring Elementary donated over 2000 cans! Thank you to the Junior BETA Club for collecting and counting cans daily!



For school counseling program updates, please visit Mrs.Clay's Counseling Corner.

Keivia Clay,

School Counselor

From PTA

PTA & Box Tops Corner

Bring your little ones to Santa Night on Thursday, Dec. 10 between 5:30 & 7:30 for cookies, crafts, and pictures with Santa. Thanks to the Beta Club for providing the cookies! Also, PTA is hosting Santa’s Secret Shop from Dec. 7-11 where students can buy inexpensive holiday gifts for friends and family. Teachers are bringing classes through briefly on Dec 7 & 8 to preview items and students may come back to shop Dec 9-11. The Shop will also be open the evening of Santa Night! Thank you to so many of our awesome parents for volunteering your time to make this event a success!


Please keep sending in Box Tops, Labels for Education, Sunny D UPCs and Coke points! The new Box Tops contest runs December 1 through January 30, so keep clipping! The top BoxTops class from each hall wins a PJ Day and the top 3 Labels for Education classes since the beginning of this school year win a popcorn party!


Olaf Loves Box Tops!

So, Bundle Up for Box Tops and the Top Class from each hall wins a PJ Day!!

Dates: Dec. 1st to Jan 30th

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