Blue Bear Notes

August 2017

Parents of Kindergarten Students

As you know, a child’s first years in school can set the tone for the future school years. For this reason, it is important to make sure they are prepared socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically to enter kindergarten. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has partnered with the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) in an effort to help both schools and families with the transition to kindergarten. The Department of Education is pleased and excited to announce the launch of a parent resource website for the GKIDS Readiness Check! The site will serve as a resource for parents to learn more about kindergarten readiness, the skills assessed on the GKIDS Readiness Check, and activities to help support their child’s development at home. The site includes Spanish translation and closed captioning. A flyer will be coming home with your child soon.

Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, our school and community will witness an eclipse while the children are in school. We will practice the viewing advice of NASA and American Astronomical Society, and will assess personally purchased glasses for ISO (International Organization for Standardization) compliance before students can participate in any school activities.

The educational opportunities presented by this event are impossible to overstate. We have posted resources at to help parents support instructional activities while highlighting a safe experience.

Since safety is our first priority, dismissal will be delayed until 3:40 pm which will ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse.

Please complete the viewing form and return to school no later than August 16th. If your child does not return the form, he/she will be unable to participate in the solar viewing event.

Solar Eclipse T-Shirts! Buy Yours TODAY! :)

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Important Changes to Dismissal and Check Out Procedures

Attention parents/guardians who walk their student home from school:

Due to safety reasons, we will release students who walk home AFTER buses have left the parking lot. The safety of our students and community members is our top priority. Thank you for understanding!

Check Out Changes

Due to safety concerns, there will be no checkouts from 2:30-3:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation!

Media Center Assistance

Mrs. Hobbs is looking for help in Media Center. She has several areas in which you can volunteer. Please contact her if you can help in any of the following ways:

  • A volunteer to commit to a day and time to help laminate. Mrs. Hobbs is happy to train you. This task is completed in 45 minutes or less. (Laminating schedule is an URGENT NEED)
  • Volunteers to help with shelve books.
  • Volunteers interested in book fair help.

Your time is valued and your help is truly appreciated.

Mashburn Activity Camps

We are so excited to offer another year full of exciting, after school activity camps! Registration for August Activity Camps is due by Aug. 27th!

Click HERE for more information!

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A Message to Our Blue Bears

Upcoming Events

August 15th: Curriculum Night @ 6:00

August 21st: Late Dismissal Due to the Solar Eclipse

August 24th: Spirit Night Kickoff @ Buffalo's Cafe

August 29th: Blue Bear Awards

August 30th: Early Release

September 4th: Labor Day (No School)

September 5th: 7 Mindset Parent Overview

September 15th: Blue Bear Festival

Starting off the year with a BANG!