The Roar

November 16, 2015

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chatham's Chattering

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What a wonderful week we had at Harbins. Once again, congratulations to Trisha for her TOTY recognition. What a huge honor for her and for the team here at Harbins that she represents. At the banquet, they asked me what it was that makes Harbins so special. I am certain I didn't do that question justice, but in reality I think it is that you are a family. And being a part of that family, you love each other, but you also push each other daily to be better. You continue to find ways to help each other improve your practice, and you don't offer excuses when things are not as you want them to be - you keep looking for ways to excel. Your love for each other, the kids, and the school itself is evident in all that you do. When you experienced change of such great magnitude these last few months, you didn't shut down - you rose to the challenge of creating a new day. You readily offered me a home and welcomed me with such kindness. When good things happen, you are right there to cheer and celebrate, and when challenges arise, you are there to support and comfort. You very much remind me of that story of the geese. In the end, what makes Harbins special to me is your drive and your heart.

Part of that drive and heart is what you do to provide unique experiences for students to learn, lead, serve, and grow. The Veterans Day program is an example of that. What a beautiful way for students to celebrate those who have served our country and showcase their own amazing talents. To the teachers who carved out time to make it happen and to Linda Wood who led the way, I offer my sincere gratitude for doing your part to expand the learning for our students and for giving them an experience they will never forget.

I am humbled to be a part of this wonderful staff and community. May you all have a week filled with joy. Don't forget the little treats we have planned for you in honor of American Education Week!

Also, on Monday, we will have our Principal of the Day with us. We will be walking around and visiting classrooms. His name is Mike Allee, and he is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. I know he is excited to see what makes Harbins so special!

It’s GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger!


Check out our staff hard at work! We are always learners!

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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To clarify the STEM wear day. . . we thought it would be nice if you could find something to wear related to Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. You all are rather creative. . .

Who Is Making IT Happen

  • Our fourth grade teachers gave their time, planning and expertise to give our fourth grade the students the experience of being on the Veterans Day Program. Your devotion to your students is evident every day.
  • Thank you fifth grade teachers for making it possible for several of your students to be in the Veterans Day Program. Flexible is defined as " able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions." That certainly fits you!
  • Harbins had over 500 guests and over 100 students on stage for the Veterans Day Program. 27 teachers monitored every detail in every room. Thank you for skillfully and graciously handling every need. What a team!!
  • Thank you Johnny Tu and your team. You put up risers in two rooms, moved 500 chairs, set up the stage, and more. Harbins sees what you do and we appreciate you.
  • Thank you Heather Garren, Jean Marie Graham and Amy Crook for preparing your students to perform. Your energies produced a delightful part of our program, and beautiful memories for parents and students.
  • Tisha Spain, Karen Fryer, Sondra Wilson and Linda Pulliam spend a morning each week coaching our children to dance and perform drama. These students performed with confidence, poise and skill. You are making the difference!
  • Thank YOU, Linda Wood, for creating an amazing experience for students and their families with the Veterans Day program. Your hard work and dedication are appreciated. You give us the opportunity to celebrate beyond the walls of the classroom.

Georgia Milestone Assessment

This is the link to the letter we will attach to the Peek for parents regarding the Milestones results.

Leave Procedures

1) Future Absence/Meeting that you already know about.

a) Put in your leave request through the Portal

b) If Personal, Sick, Common Planning or Meeting with a

County Sub Code, put in for a sub through AESOP. Check to make sure

your absence has been picked up.

c) If County Meeting/Training without a sub code check with Montine.

2) Sickness that arises between 3:00 pm and 6:25 am the next morning.

1) Call the absence line – 678-226-7910 and leave a message

2) Put in a request for a sub in AESOP prior to 6:25 am

3) Put a leave request in the Portal if possible. If not then, put in as soon as you are able

Stellars are assigned ahead of time to cover necessary student meetings and are not set to cover any other classrooms until day of. If you are aware that you are going to be out for any time, sick or personal and even if only for an hour, you need to go into AESOP and put in for a sub. Subs have to be booked for at least a 4 hour period. This does not mean that you will be docked four hours, it just means that the sub will be here for the 4 hours. If it is day of, see Montine for possible stellar coverage.

SchoolNet and RBES

  • You can print out an item analysis from Schoolnet that can be attached to your RBES goals
  • Click here to view and/or print the directions document.
  • A copy of the document is also available on the Shared Drive - Staff - SchoolNet folder and in the eCLASS C&I - Harbins ES Training - Content - Tutorial Videos
  • Please see Mr. Rogers if you have any questions about this process

Grandparents Lunch

Wednesday, November 18th- Kindergarten, 3rd & 5th grades

Thursday, November 19th- 1st, 2nd & 4th grades

Smore flyer for the PLC Choice sessions on 11-17

We are excited about our next round of professional learning. Cannot wait to see what great work you engage in with each other!

Sub Folders

Make sure to put a note in your sub folder for the sub to send transportation notes to the front office that morning.


Be sure your attendance has been input each morning before Team Time. Jennifer Rogers has a report that she needs to run each morning. Subs need to send the attendance list down to the front office when you are out. Keeping a current roster in your sub folder is a great help to the sub for being able to turn this in.

Classroom Events

Please be sure to complete an Events Form if you are having an event in your classroom especially if you will be having visitors coming in.

Classroom Supplies

Each of you should have the totals that you are allowed to spend this year on supplies. If you have any questions regarding this, please let Montine know. The last day to purchase your classroom supplies using your allotted money will be December 18th. Please be sure you have ordered your supplies or given Montine your county order by this date.

Formative Observations

Your 30 minute Formative Observations have started. We look forward to seeing all the great teaching that is happening every day all day in your classrooms!

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:

December 10th

January 8th & 26th

February 5th & 22nd

March 4th & 21st

April 18th & 28th

May 12th

Technology Reminders

  • Technology coaching is open to all instructional staff, either through lessons with students, or for you during planning time. I would love to help you plan for successful technology integration in any way that I can, including model lessons, co-teaching, observing, or working during your planning time. Click here to access the 2nd 9 weeks technology coaching schedule and sign up for a time.
  • Please remember to remove yourself from the lab schedule if you can't come at the time you signed up for. There is no need to email to say that a slot is open.
  • Don't forget to turn off your projectors when leaving your classroom.
  • Tip of the week: want to organize filed & folders for teaching in Google Drive? Here is a great video to help you get started.

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 October 20, 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


Teresa Olson 11/20

Ashley Green 11/21

Marie Patterson 11/26

Through the Eyes of a Child

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