Blue Bear Notes

Mashburn Elementary

A Message From Mrs. Gravitt

We are approaching the mid-point of the school year, wow. This has been a wonderful beginning in a great school. Thank you for welcoming me to Mashburn. I have enjoyed getting to know teachers, students and families. Mashburn is truly a special family, and I feel so blessed to be a part of this family. Students are demonstrating SPARK (Safe, Prepared, Accountable, Ridiculously Amazing, Kind) throughout the school, great job. Looking forward to a productive and fun December. Please try to join us next Thursday, December 7 – 6:00-8:00 PM, at Forsyth Central High School for “Heart of Forsyth Winter Festival”. Enjoy hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, a bounce house, live musical performances, activity booths, decorated tree walks and more. It will be GREAT family fun for everyone. Thank you parents for all your support.


Carla Gravitt

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Save the Date: Mashburn's FIRST Facebook Live Event

Mrs. Hobbs will be coming to you LIVE from the Mashburn Media Center! She will be demonstrating helpful tips and examples that you can use when sharing your favorite holiday story with your child. This demonstration will begin at 9:00 am on December 21st. Can't make it? No problem! The recording of this event will be saved on our website and Facebook page!
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Registration of Kindergarten students for NEXT school year (2018-2019)

Kindergarten Roundup will be held at the Almon C. Hill Educational Center and NOT at individual schools.


March 5 - 9: Brookwood Elementary, Mashburn Elementary


The Almon C. Hill Educational Center is located at 136 Almon C. Hill Drive, Cumming, GA 30040.


Step 1) Visit

Step 2) When the page opens you will need to do 3 tasks:

a) Make an online appointment to come to the Hill Center to register

b) Pre-register your child’s information into our online system

c) Review and gather all documents*

* If you are missing any documents please still register. You will be incomplete but you can return documents at a later time convenient to you. This will allow the school to have your contact information and inform you of upcoming kindergarten events.

Entering Kindergarten: According to Georgia law, children must be five years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten.

For questions not answered on the website please send an email


After School Program

Did you know Mashburn offers an After School program for our students? Children play together on the playground, do homework, enjoy free play and sometimes craft together. The service is offered from dismissal until 6:30 p.m. each school day and is available at the frequency you need to fit your schedule. For details, please check out our web page at

Counseling Corner

Hi Mashburn Family & Friends,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in December and closing out 2017! Aubie and I have loved working with our students in the classrooms for our Core Counseling Curriculum lessons, in small groups like Movement & Mindfulness, individually and with parents and staff to support our Mashburn Blue Bears grow and learn not only academically, but also social and emotionally! Last month, we focused on communication and our first career lesson. In December our focus will be on Gratitude and our second career lesson of the school year!

I’m excited to announce that Forsyth County is offering an amazing parenting series: Love & Logic effective parenting! Love & Logic provides parents with a loving and balanced approach to handling their kids. Children will learn how to develop personal responsibility and practice self-control. This FREE 6-week series begins on January 18th and meets on Thursdays from 6-7pm at the Forsyth county Public Library 585 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040. Food and Childcare will be provided. For more information or to RSVP please call 770-887-1098 or email

The holidays are a great time to push the reset button and be grateful as a family for each other, what you have and how you support each other. I hope that you and your family have a December to Remember and a fabulous holiday season!

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Georgia Student Growth Model

The 2015, 2016, and 2017 Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) Student Reports are now available to parents in the SLDS Portal. Please read the GSGM Parent Letter for more information regarding GSGM reports. Accessing these downloadable reports through Parent Portal provides parents with individual student performance information. For instructions on navigating the parent portal, please refer to the SLDS Parent Portal Guide.

Parent Survey

We need your help! Please complete the parent survey regarding Mashburn's School Climate. Thank you for your feedback!

Parent Survey