Friday, August 28, 2015


Mrs. Traci Gast, 1st grade teacher

Ms. Andrea Herman, 5th grade teacher

Mrs. Kathy Spruiell, 4th grade teacher


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Teacher Advisory Council

Our CEO/Superintendent, Mr. J. Alvin Wilbanks, is always interested in hearing from GCPS teachers. The Teacher Advisory Council is made up of one representative from each school in the district that meets 4 times a year with Mr. Wilbanks.

The representative should be someone who can represent the broad interests of teachers in our school and has been a teacher in GCPS long enough to have an understanding of our direction and vernacular.

The first TAC meeting is schedule for Monday, September 14th.

If you are interested in serving as our representative this year please email Penny Young.

REMINDERS: BOY Assessments & Class Profile Sheets

Teachers, next week you should be finishing up beginning of the year assessments. Your grade chairs will be sending you the electronic class profile sheet. All student data must be entered by Tuesday, September 8th. Make sure you save your class profile sheet in the shared drive in your grade level public folder.

Boy Scouts Visit Classrooms

A representative from the Boy Scouts will be visiting 1st-5th grade classrooms on Tuesday, September 1. They will briefly speak to the students about the program and then will leave. Thank you for allowing them 3-4 minutes of your time.

Promoting "Meet Me At The Library"

September is National Library Card Month. To help the public library with their library card drive we will have a Meet Me at the Library night next Thursday, September 3 from 5-8 in the evening. There was a blurb about the event in the school newsletter and I have placed posters around the school.

If anyone would like to join us at the library feel free to stop by during the event. You are welcome to read a story to children or just hang out.

If you would, please cut and paste the blurb below into your next newsletter and onto your e-class white board.

Arcado Elementary and Mountain Park Public Library are hosting a Meet Me at the Library event on Thursday, September 3 between the hours of 5-8 pm. You can drop by the library during those hours to explore the books, magazines, music, videos, and technology available to Gwinnett County residents. If you'd like to sign up for a free library card, please bring your driver's license or other proof of Gwinnett County residency. There will be fun door prizes and story time events throughout the event. See you there!

Let me know of any questions and thanks for helping the library promote their programming.

Angie Curtis

Arcado School Calendar

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Go crazy this weekend & visit the Atlanta Zoo!!!

Zoo Atlanta welcomes educators and PTA Members (one per membership) with FREE admission at Educator Appreciation Day presented by PNC Bank on Saturday, August 29. Accompanying guests will receive $2 off general admission. Have fun exploring the Zoo and finding out what we can do for you and your classroom this year. Kids will enjoy animal encounters, face-painting and more.

PTA Day @ the Atlanta Braves game

Georgia PTA and the Atlanta Braves are teaming up once again to celebrate Family Day on Sunday, September 20, 2015 for a 1:30 p.m. ballgame against the Philadelphia Phillies. Your PTA/PTSA participates by selling the General Admission tickets for $10 each and your PTA retains $3 per ticket. In addition, $2 of the $7 you're sending the Braves per ticket sold will go to the Georgia PTA Educational Scholarship Fund.
Special events for your family to be involved in on this day are:
  • Pre-game tailgating party in the Blue Parking lot. Purchase a Blue Parking pass in advance, bring your food and look for the PTA banner to tailgate with other PTA groups.
  • All participating schools will be involved in the pre-game parade on Turner Field. Line up starts at 12:00 p.m. Bring your school banners, wear your school colors. REPRESENT your school.
  • Find the order form here:

E-SPLOST - As an educator you should always been informed

On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of needed classrooms in nearly 60 new schools and nearly 80 school additions, as well as technology improvements that are essential to teaching and learning.Here are some key facts about the proposed E-SPLOST:

  • Anticipated revenue of $950 million (By law, Buford City Schools will get $22.3 million based on their student enrollment, leaving GCPS with $927.6 million.)
  • Projects include 4 new schools and 9 additions and renovations.
  • Technology upgrades systemwide, including a refresh of technology at all middle and high schools.
  • Equipment and facilities modifications for the high school academies
  • Furniture, fixtures, and equipment to address needs due to growth and replacement
  • Fine arts needs (growth and replacement)
  • Facility improvements to address preventive maintenance that has been postponed due to budget cuts (roofing, painting, carpeting, etc.)

Joint Resolution Calling for SPLOST

Intergovernmental Agreement

E-SPLOST Project List

Q and A on SPLOST (English)

Schools/Additions Completed with E-SPLOST Funds

SPLOST IV Accountability Report (July 2015)

Ballot Question

Voter Information

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