Blue Bear Notes

Mashburn Elementary

A Note From Mrs. Gravitt

This year, we are looking to elect a new PTO board. Please let Jessica Williams, current PTO president, if you are interested in serving on the nominating committee or if you are interested in putting your name in for any position to serve on the 2018-2019 PTO committee. Please E-mail Jessica at We appreciate all parents and your support. Our PTO is very supportive to Mashburn and provides so many things for our students.

Upcoming PTO Events:

February 23- Father & Daughter Event

Father Daughter Dance tickets now available online or with cash purchase (check folders for printed flyer)!
Volunteers are still needed - please contact Michelle Der at

March 23-Mother & Son Event

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Public schools in Georgia are evaluated on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) using survey data from students, school personnel and parents to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. Student surveys will be administered in school. The deadline for the surveys is 3/2/18.

Georgia Parent Survey
CLICK HERE to take the survey!

Parents with children at multiple schools must complete one survey per school.

K Registration Information

Save The Date!

May 8, 2018: 9:00am-10:00am-Sneak Peak for all upcoming kindergarteners! Come take a tour of Mashburn and learn about what your child needs to know to be ready for the upcoming school year.

· Kindergarten Screening will be held on three different days. This is a time for us to get to know your little ones so that we can best serve them in the upcoming school year. Please check the Mashburn website or Mashburn Facebook Page for a link to the SignUp Genius.

o May 14, 2018: 3:30-5:30

o May 15, 2018: 7:00-4:00

o May 16, 2018: 3:30-5:30

· August 2, 2018 – Kindergarten Open House will be held at a separate time from 9:00am-

30am. All other grades will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm. This is a fun time for our new kindergarten students to ride the bus to school, see their classroom, meet their teacher, and learn all about kindergarten routines and procedures.

For more information please view the linked flyer:



Counseling Corner

HI Blue Bear Family & Friends!

Happy February!!! Aubie and I have been enjoying welcoming students into our Counseling Classroom! We have space for counseling lessons and groups! It truly is a great space to learn about and grow social-emotional intelligence in our students. Last month, we took a Magic Carpet ride to the Land of Sharing, World of Work, Land of Working Together, and Land of Being Polite (K-2) and The Land of Self-Regulation, World of Work, Land of Problem Solving. We also talked about GRIT/Perseverance!

This month we are focusing on Live to Give and how we are all Unique & Wonders! I’m also excited to announce that our Live to Give project to share backpacks with a school in Africa helped 30 children! They were so excited!!! Thank you April Escobar for letting us be a part of this!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

It’s not too late to order a yearbook! Go to to order your yearbook.

Yearbooks are $35.

*Not sure if you already ordered? You can check your order status on you My Payments plus account at: *

DEADLINE for all Fifth Grade ads is February 14th, 2018

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3. Select Mashburn Elementary

4. Click Shop my School

5. Select your ad size

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7. Create an account

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season is in full swing. We have had many confirmed cases and the number continues to is grow. Please help protect your student from exposure to all communicable diseases by reminding them about the importance of hand washing, keeping hands from face, coughing into our sleeve and cleaning surfaces. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our Blue Bears healthy!

Flu Symptoms

Flu Fact Sheet

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Read to Succeed

Do you have a student participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed? If so, parent signed reading logs are due on Friday, Feb. 23rd. It is not too late to earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags, extra forms with guidelines are located in the Media Center.

Media Center Volunteers

Mrs. Hobbs is looking for volunteers to help straighten and “tidy-up” the bookshelves in the media center. There is a constant need for volunteers. If you are already volunteering in a classroom and can drop by the media center to help out for 10-15 minutes that would be awesome. Waiting in the car rider line and bored? Come to the media center for a few minutes and the time will fly by! Thank you for your assistance!

Read Across America Day

March 2nd the school will be celebrating Read Across America. This is a book character dress-up day. We are encouraging students to dress up as characters from a favorite book. Let’s have fun showing off all our favorite stories.

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Live to Give: Book Drive

Live to Give was our focus in this month's Family Mindset Night! We created posters promoting our book drive for Isabelle’s Book Club. We have extended the drive until February 15th! So get those books in! Please remember that donations should consist of books that do not have: major water damage, missing pages, unpleasant odor, and inappropriate content for children. Let's try to show Live to Give in our community!

Dress Like Your Passion Day

Thursday, February 15th is "Dress Like Your Passion" day at Mashburn! Come to school dressed in clothes that represent your passion! Be creative! Wear a clever sign that tells one of your passions or decorate an apron or jacket with small objects. If you have PE, be sure to bring tennis shoes so you can participate comfortably. We look forward to celebrating your passions!

Important Dates:

Feb. 5th: National School Counselor Week

Feb. 14th: Kindergarten Donuts with Dad

Feb. 15th: Dress Like Your Passion Day

Feb. 16th: Student/Staff Holiday

Feb. 19th: President's Day-No School

Feb. 20th: Professional Development Day-No School for Students

Feb. 21st: County Oratorical Contest

Feb. 23rd: Father Daughter Luau

March 2nd: Read Across America Day

March 6th: Parent Mindset Night

March 9th: Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences

March 13th: Middle School 101 Night

March 16th: End of Quarter 3

March 22nd: Spring Picture Day