The Roar

February 15, 2016

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage." ~ Walt Disney

Chatham's Chattering

Walt Disney Quotes To Live By

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” – Walt Disney

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” – Walt Disney

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

As we are, in fact, in Disney right now, I thought sending you a few Walt Disney quotes would be appropriate. No matter how old I get, I am still amazed that what is now such a large part of our American culture was started with the dream of one man. As we go through this week, let us remember that we all have it in us to create magic and help the children we serve believe in their dreams.

"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable." -Walt Disney.

See you on Tuesday!

It's GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger!


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Harbins Staff Calendar

Click the red button to go directly to the staff online calendar. The two weeks shown below is just a snapshot.

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Who Is Making IT Happen

  • Entire Staff for a successful Visitation Day
  • he AMAZING Michele Devlin did an extraordinary job teaching the teachers/administrators on Visitation Day...You are dynamite...impressing all those adult learners and still teaching your students all day too! You Rock Michele! Also, Third Grade will be forever thankful for all the hard work Aline Harrington did to set up our FANTASTIC field to the Aurora Theater....who knew Goldilocks and the Three Bears could be so hysterical!!!! You are the bomb Aline!
  • WOW the virtual field trip with Google was AMAZING!!! Thanks Chris, Kathy, and whoever else made this possible for our 3rd graders!!! THEY LOVED IT! So when can we get some???

Visitation Day Comments

Ms. Chatham,

I just wanted to thank you for opening the doors of Harbins Elementary and sharing the knowledge of your talented staff. Not only did I take so much away from yesterday that I will implement in my classroom, but the support of your entire staff in the halls and classrooms was incredible.

Thanks so much for all the hard work, time, and energy your staff and students put into making me a better teacher.


Maureen Gallaher

Conferences with Spanish Speaking Interpreter

As you get confirmation letters back please put them in Amanda Acres' box. You can view the schedule by using the link below.

Boosterthon - Fun Run (Harbins Tiger Run)

3/22 - Fun Run Kick-Off during Specials

3/22 - Teacher Pep Rally 3:15 in Media Ctr. - Refreshments

3/23 - 3/30 Daily Classroom Visits from Boosterthon Team

3/31 - Fun Run - 2 Grade Levels at a time if outside

4/13 - First Official Count Day - 10% back to teachers of what is turned in by this date

Students will not be provided a t-shirt. We will use the large stickers that Boosterthon will provide.

Staff will be provided a t-shirt. I will send out a link for your sizes in case they have changed since we gathered last year.

Boosterthon will have a Customer Service Line this year.

Students that at least register will receive a bracelet.

Students will have the opportunity on the Fun Run website to have a video with their face in it to solicit pledges/donations from family and friends.

Come de-stress before the day of the boosterthon!!!

Please join us for moment of relaxation on March 30. We will have Harbins parent Casey Kissel, licensed massage therapist here to help you relax. She will be doing 15 minute massages! The lights will be dim and soft music playing. Come join us during your planning or lunch time in room 1.118 in the U-Haul for your free session. All staff is welcome!

Peach State Federal Credit Union is Awarding $146,700 in Scholarships!

t’s scholarship time at Peach State Federal Credit Union! For our 2016 Scholarship Program, we are awarding a total of $146,700 in scholarships and educational grants.

Our Career Advancement Scholarships, which honor the founders of Peach State, are a part of this program. Recognizing the importance of education as a lifelong experience, we will award 19 $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarships to eligible members of our credit union. All scholarship winners will be chosen by the end of April 2016 and notified shortly thereafter.

To be considered for the scholarships, all applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· Must be a credit union member in good standing

· Must currently be enrolled in an accredited program of study at a college, university or technical institute with the goal of career advancement (proof of paid registration documents for current term or class schedule from accredited institution must be included)

Please share this information along with the attached scholarship application with your faculty and staff. Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by Peach State no later than March 18, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

PTA Grant Update

For planning purposes, the deadline for submitting receipts for the $50 PTA grants is now March 1. Remember each teacher may receive a grant. If you have any questions, please let us know. AND. . . remember to thank your PTA. They are amazing!

Certified Transfer Process

The Transfer Process will begin on 2/29/16 and will end on 3/11/16. All that are eligible to participate in the process will receive a link/button to use if interested. We will be receiving more information on this process but wanted to make you aware of the timeline.

Custodial/Furniture Needs

If you have furniture needs or concerns regarding classroom/bathroom custodial issues that are not immediate spills, etc, please e-mail Johnny Tu.

Saturday 2/20/16 the school will be open for Staff from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

News From Other Schools

Conferences Needing a Spanish Speaking Translator

We have reserved a Spanish speaking translator for Tuesday, February 23rd and Friday, February 26th.

Review of K-12 Science and Social Studies GPS

A formal review process was conducted for the K-12 Science and Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The review process included several public survey opportunities from April 16, 2015, through September 15, 2015. Teacher and stakeholder survey results informed the revision process for drafting the K-12 Science and Social Studies Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Working, Advisory, and Academic Review Committees representing K-12 Georgia public school teachers and education stakeholders from across the state made revisions to the K-12 Science and Social Studies GPS based on survey results. See the attached documents for an overview of the revision process.

On January 14, 2016, the State Board of Education granted permission to post the draft Science and Social Studies GSE for 60 days of public review and comment.

The surveys for both Science and Social Studies will be posted from January 15, 2016, through March 14, 2016. The survey opportunity will close on March 14, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. EST. We need your assistance in forwarding this communication and the links below to appropriate staff, PTA/PTO members, and other education stakeholders.

For science related information, contact Juan-Carlos Aguilar, Science Program Manager, via email at or via phone at 404-657-9072. For social studies related information, contact Shaun Owen, Social Studies Program Manager, via email at or via phone at 404-651-7271.

Use the following URL to access an overview of the Science and Social Studies revision process, draft standards and crosswalk documents, and survey links:

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Components of effective STEM

1.Rigor- Rigorous interdisciplinary instruction with problem solving

relevance- Emphasis on real-world product development

3.Relationships- Collaborations with business and industry partners in the geographical area

4.Integration of Problem/Project-Based Learning and the Engineering Design Process

5. Using technology and literacy as a facilitator of student learning in a transformative instructional manner.

Special Education Bachelor's Degree Program information Session

Georgia Gwinnett College and GCPS have teamed up to offer an evening/weekend program that will allow GCPS paraprofessionals and school based employees (not including substitutes) to complete a bachelor’s degree and become certified in Special Education while continuing to work. The program is designed for candidates who have completed an associate’s degree or a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter hours from a regionally accredited college, university or technical school. Additional information on the program, program requirements and admission criteria can be obtained during a Informational Session scheduled with representatives from Georgia Gwinnett College and GCPS.

When: Monday, February 15, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: Instructional Support Center Building #200 Grayson Room

437 Old Peachtree Road

Suwanee, GA 30024

Please contact Patrice Pendergast at 678-301-6076 with any questions.

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference 2016—Call for Proposals

This is an open request for proposals to present at the Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference on June 14, 2016 at the Instructional Support Center. The proposal form will be available beginning Monday, January 11, 2016. We hope that you will consider sharing your knowledge and expertise with your peers.Please note that choice session presentations will last approximately one hour. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is February 19, 2016.

We invite Teachers, Administrators, LSTCs, Media Specialists and Central Office Leaders to submit Digital Learning presentation proposals in any of the following areas:

Instructional Strategies

Communication and Collaboration

Digital Tools

Creativity and Innovation

Project-Based Learning


The proposal form is located in the employee portal. Below are directions to access the proposal form:

Log into the employee portal using your employee ID and portal password.

Go to the Tools tab and click on GDLC Proposals in the Media section.

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STEMCampATL - Spring 2016

GCPS is proud to host the 2nd STEMCampATL for metro-Atlanta STEM educators. STEMCampATL is designed to provide access to high quality, personalized professional learning for K-12 educators. Embracing the belief that fellow STEM educators can provde some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues. This unconference learning will be driven by teachers for teachers. Come prepared to share and learn about innovative practices in STEM education.


When: Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00 - 12:00

Where: Peachtree Ridge HS

Registration will open on January 5th @

RFL Cupcake Challenge

Dates That Lunch Monitors Are Not Available and Teachers Will Need to Eat in Cafe With Their Class

Teachers will need to eat with their class in the Cafe on the following dates due to no lunch monitors being available:

February 22nd

March 4th & 21st

April 18th & 28th

May 12th, 23rd, 24th & 25th

Classroom Spirit Award

Each Friday, you will go into the Google Chrome "Friday Spiritwear" file that Montine shared with each of you and enter the total number of students in your class that is wearing a red shirt or Harbins spirit wear. The class showing the most school spirit by wearing red or school spirit wear will get a "spirit paw" to hang on the door. Go Tigers! Show your school spirit and encourage your students to participate!

ABCD Awards

Please send your nominations to Chatham by January 21, 2015, for recognition of staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that teaching and learning at Harbins are at the highest levels.

Roar Deadline

If you want to add something to the Roar, it must be sent to Montine by noon on Thursday of each week. If not turned in by Thursday at noon, it will have to be entered into the following week’s Roar. Thanks for your help!

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file has been shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning each month when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays


no birthdays this week

Through the Eyes of a Child

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