Blue Bear Notes

Mashburn Elementary - April/May 2022

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Dear Mashburn Families,

How can it be the last month of school? The second semester has completely flown by. Thanks so much for welcoming me to Mashburn Elementary. I have truly enjoyed serving as the Interim Principal this semester! There are a few events we have over the next few weeks of school that we are excited to be able to experience with parents on campus. We know for many of you, this will be the first opportunity to attend events with your child at school.

As always, thanks for everything you do to support our school! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Fonda Harrison

Interim Principal

Georgia Milestones Assessment

The statewide Georgia Milestones Assessment will finish up next with fourth grade. Parents should have received an email from the district with testing information and dates. Please make sure your children get a good night’s sleep to be ready for the test. Also, to eliminate distractions during testing weeks, we are not allowing visitors into the building as classroom volunteers or to eat lunch with the students. As a quick reference, subjects and testing dates for fourth grade are listed below:

  • Grade 4: ELA-May 2 & 3, Math-May 5

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

Dual Language Immersion is a form of education where students are taught academic content and literacy in two different languages. This program is offered at Mashburn for beginning kindergarteners. The deadline for registration in the program is May 15, 2022. Here is the link for more information about Forsyth County Schools-DLI and the application DLI Application (English), or DLI Application (Spanish).

Parent Portal Access

As we get closer to the end of the year, we want to make sure that all of our parents have a Parent Portal account. Access to this account is important because we no longer send out paper copies of the end-of-year report cards and Georgia Milestones scores. This account gives parents access to report cards, student attendance, state testing results for grades 3-5, and all school communication that is sent out through Messenger during the school year. One account will allow you to access the information for all of your children. If you do not have an account, please contact Gini Kieffer at 770-889-1630 ext. 752100.

Birthday Ice Cream Orders

With supply chain issues and available freezer space, we are requiring that ice cream for birthday celebrations be placed no later than two weeks prior to the celebration. This allows enough ice cream for students to purchase on a daily basis and for party celebrations. If your child has a birthday anytime in May and you want to order ice cream for their class, the order MUST be placed no later than May 9. We will fill orders until the last day of school, but need to order supplies in advance. The cost for the class ice cream celebration is $30. This is the only approved birthday celebration snack. Thanks for your understanding!

Car Line Volunteer Sign Up

We have truly enjoyed and appreciated having our parent volunteers during morning car line. If you are interested in helping during the month of May, please use the link below to sign up! We are asking that volunteers arrive between 7:35-7:40, so that we can share important information about the logistics of the line. Your children can sit inside the cafeteria until the 7:45 bell rings. Here’s the link to sign up for a morning, or two, to help! MES Car Rider Parent Sign-Up.

End-of-Year Events

For all EOY events, parents are welcome to attend, but please make other arrangements for younger siblings. Look for communication from your child's teacher regarding details, limitations, or special circumstances. It will be included with the event and will be communicated by the teacher prior to the event. Because the sign-in procedure can take some time, please let your teacher know if you are attending an event and plan on arriving early for the check-in.

Field Day

    • May 11, 2nd Grade-8:45-11:15, 3rd Grade-12:00-2:30

    • May 12, Kindergarten- 8:45-11:15, 4th Grade-12:2:30

    • May 13, 1st Grade- 8:45-11:15, 5th Grade-12:00-2:30, Bartig-Oliver, Neubert, & Sanocki.

Class Parties - Teachers will reach out with specific information for their class. The plan is for these parties to occur outside. Parents will need to let the teacher know if they will be in attendance.

    • 5/24- Tuesday

      • 9:00-10:00 - Kindergarten

      • 10:30-11:30 - 4th Grade

      • 1:00-2:00 - 1st grade

    • 5/25 - Wednesday

      • 9:00-10:00 - 2nd grade

      • 10:30-11:30 - 3rd Grade

      • 1:00-2:30 - 5th Grade

5th Grade Graduation - We will have the ceremony on May 23 and will follow the schedule below. Due to limited parking and seating space, we are allowing two adults per child to attend the ceremony. Your child’s teacher will send information about signing up for the event.

    • 9:00-Catoe & Shepherd

    • 10:00-Rupured

    • 1:30-Morris & Zanolli

5th Grade Walk - This will occur on the last day of school, May 26. Parents will be allowed to participate in this event. Your child’s teacher will send information about this event.

A Message From Nurse Shannon

Dear Mashburn Family,

Happy Spring and almost Summer!


If your child has medication in the clinic this school year, you will need to pick it up by 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 26th, 2022. If you are unable to come that morning, please contact me to arrange an alternate time for pick up at Please remember, we are not permitted to store medications over the summer and per the FDA, any medications not picked up will be destroyed.


This Summer is a great time to check in with your child’s doctor and have Forsyth County Medical Forms ready for 2022-2023. (Acceptable forms for the next school year must be dated after May 31, 2022.)

If your child has a Health Condition, you will need to obtain new Care Plans and forms for the 22-23 School Year. These forms are available on both the Forsyth County Web Page and the Mashburn webpage- HERE. These forms are under the Student Support Services tab on the bar near the top of the Mashburn Elementary webpage. A drop-down box will appear, click on School Nurse. Go to “Forms”, and there you will find all the necessary forms to send/bring to your child’s Physician.

You can bring these forms, along with any necessary medications/equipment to Open House and turn them in to me. Please remember that all medications require the “Request to Administer Medication” forms, one for each medication. All Prescription meds require the Physician to complete and sign this form as well as complete the care plan and sign. If you cannot find a Care Plan specific for your child’s condition, please have the Physician complete the “Individual Action Plan”.

A Parent or Guardian must bring meds with forms to the School Nurse to sign in as students are not permitted to carry and deliver these.


*Please make sure that you change out your child’s spare clothes in their book bag for the

season-appropriate clothing.

*If you want your child to have sunscreen on, please apply at home before school, and please

do not send any sunscreen to school.

*If you wish to send a hat or sunglasses in for outside recess, please make sure your label

these items, as well as jackets and water bottles with your child’s first and last name and

grade. Please remind your child that sunglasses and hats should be removed while inside the


*Please send your child to school every day with a full water bottle.

*Please send a light jacket or sweater to school with your child each day. It may be warm

outside, however, the classrooms are airconditioned so they may need one so they are


*Please consider sending your child in sneakers and not flip-flops. Flip Flops are hazardous for

climbing on playground equipment, as well as they do not protect feet from Ant bites and

other injuries.


Please remember to also notify the school if your child has been exposed in the home to others who have tested positive for COVID. Also, fill out the COVID form linked under Quick Links on our website & linked below if your child tests positive for COVID (also linked below).

COVID-19 Positive Reporting Form

Thank you for all you do at home to keep your children healthy and safe. Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or updates you may have about your child's health. Together we can try to keep our Blue Bears healthy and happy learners!

Nurse Shannon

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Attendance Information

Please read below for attendance guidelines & directions.

To report an absence or if you have any questions about attendance please email Jorge Lara at Any excused notes must be turned in within five days of the absence.

If you are moving please contact Gini Kieffer at or 770.889.1630 x 752100

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Mashburn Parents,

We are still in need of more presenter for Mashburn's Career Day! Career Day will be on Wednesday, May 18th over the course of the entire day! If you are interested in telling our students about your career, please complete this GOOGLE FORM with your information. Contact Ms. Smith (counselor) with any additional questions.

Thank you,

Bethany Smith

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May 2-5 - GA Milestones

May 9 - Last Day for Birthday Ice Cream Orders

May 11, 12, 13 - Field Days

May 24-25 - Class End of Year Parties

May 23- 5th Grade Graduation

May 26 - 5th Grade Walk

May 26 - Last Day of School (early release)