Chestatee Elementary School
A Letter From Dr. Tennies, Our Principal
Dear Chestatee Families,
Hello Fall! We have almost completed our first quarter of school and are gearing up for October Parent Teacher Conference appointments.
What can you expect?
- We like to provide options. One positive we learned through our pandemic experience is one size does not fit all. Expect your teacher to be able to provide face to face, virtual, or phone conference options.
- Expect to talk about the report card. Forsyth County issues a standards-based report card which judges students on a 4-point scale with 3 being proficient, and 4 exceeding the expectation. Fourth and fifth graders also receive numeric grades.
- Expect that you will have time for questions. You might want to jot a few down ahead of time, knowing that conference time is limited.
- Know that we are keeping a schedule, so if you need more time, it is possible to connect again later. We will do our best to be timely for all concerned.
Looking forward to seeing you on campus soon and partnering for your child’s education. Together we are Chestatee!
Dr. Polly Tennies
We Have a New System for Checkouts!
Last Month's Highlights...
Students with Positive Office Referrals
Celebrating Reading and Great Choices!
Friday Car Line Fun with Guests
Football Team Day!
The Haven Opens for Staff
Academic Parent Teacher Teams and Curriculum Nights: 9/1 and 9/8
Be the Light Event
Constitution Day: 9/17
Orchestra Club Continues
SOAR Bus Safety: 9/21
Career Days and Community Helpers in Kindergarten
Boosterthon was a Blast!
Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month for September- Kelly Lamb!
We are proud to announce Kelly Lamb, as our September Staff Member of the Month!
Kelly has been teaching 3rd grade at Chestatee for three years. This will be her 20th year teaching. Over her career, she has taught second and third grade at Oak Hill, Sawnee, and Daves Creek Elementary Schools. She graduated from Georgia Southern University and holds her degree in Early Childhood Education along with her science endorsement. She enjoys hands-on, creative learning opportunities and takes pride in making school fun and meaningful for her students. Mrs. Lamb is a proud Chestatee Eagle!
Mrs. Lamb has been nominated many times over the years, and she was nominated three times just this month. One of her students said it so well when she said, “I love my teacher. She makes my day brighter. She is always understanding when I am upset. She makes me want to be the best me and makes me want to come to school every day.”
Kelly and her husband, Tyler, got married a year ago. They bought a house on the Lake Lanier recently and love spending time together on the lake, travelling, and with friends and family. They love cheering on the Braves and Bulldogs too. Kelly is adored by her students and families. Her team values her positive attitude and great contributions, and her colleagues love how Kelly is always happy go lucky!
We are very grateful that Kelly is a part of our amazing Chestatee staff. Congratulations
to Kelly Lamb!
A big thank you to our PTO and Mathnasium of Coal Mountain for sponsoring our Chestatee Staff Member of the Month Program!
Teacher and Staff Member of the Month Nominations
What's Coming up at the T?
Important Dates this Month
10/7 Book fair Begins
10/17-10/20 Bus Driver Appreciation
10/13 Walk and Treat Event- Chestatee 5:00-7:00/ The Book fair will be open!
10/19 and 10/20 Early Release Days/ Students dismiss at 11:50
10/20 50th Day of School/ Students and staff are invited to dress in 50's attire
10/21 Professional Development Day/ No School for students
10/26 Picture Makeup Day
10/27 One East Fall Festival at East Forsyth HS
The Book Fair is Coming! The Book Fair is Coming!
All volunteers must sign watch the mandated reporter video and sign the confidentiality form. Click here to access.
Our PTO is a Great Way to Get Involved!
Our PTO board members raise money to help teachers and our school.
You can support our PTO through our fundraisers, Spirit Nights, events, and spirit wear.
There are no membership dues this year.
Contact our PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
Save the Dates for these Fun PTO Spirit Nights!
Boosterthon was a Success! Thank You!
We Enjoyed Silly Lilli and Samurai Seth!
Our Communi-T-y is the BEST!
Dojo Helped with Childcare Both APTT Nights!
Michael Cannon and 3RE Inc Donated 4 Laptops for the Robotics Program!
Chestatee River Daughters of the American Revolution Donated Books to 2nd Grade!
Chestatee Received Grants!
Thank you, Kendle's Krew!
We received $3800 for sensory equipment.
Thank you, Sawnee EMC!
We received the Bright Ideas Grant to build a love of reading.
Teacher Reuse Exchange Brought Books for Pre-k and K Students to Take Home!
Partners in Ed- Faye and Rusty Tarsches from Mathnasium of Coal Mountain Support Our School!
Our Parents Make Awesome Partners!
The Cantrell Family and Music Authority Donated Guitars for our Winter Drawing!
Former Parent, Stacy Archer, Brought Goodies for our Staff from CASA
Angel Wiley with EXP Realty-Hoff Homes Stocked the Haven for Staff!
Leigh Baldwin is Helping with Paint Decorating Around the T!
She is Sharing her Talents AGAIN! Thanks Stephanie Schroeder!
One East Community Corner!
Community Corner and Resources
Volunteer Group of the Month: Room Parents
Do You Have 30 Minutes a Week to Change a Child's Life? Be a Mentor!
There are two ways to help:
#1- Wear a WD shirt (we have one to borrow if needed), and help on car line by smiling, greeting kids, and helping them get out of the car.
#2-Wear a WD shirt and spend the day with us! You'll visit the carline, the school news, your child's class, Pathways classes, lunch and recess. You'll be busy and tired at the end of the day!
Questions? Contact Meg Killingsworth
770-887-2341 ext. 723002
A Few Words From our Family Engagement Coordinator
Dear Chestatee Families,
I hope your Fall Break was relaxing and gave you a chance to recharge and get ready for a wonderful October!
We are excited to have Parent Teacher Conferences this month! Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you about a good time to talk. Whether you choose to meet in person or over the phone/ computer, this is such a valuable time of year!
As a teacher, I always loved conference time because it meant sitting down with each parent and taking time to discuss each child at length. As a parent, conference time is my favorite because I get to hear about my child. Conferences provide a chance to speak with the teacher, ask questions, and find out more about how the year is going. As you prepare for this one-on-one time, I encourage you to bring a little list.
What is going well with your child?
What concerns do you have?
Do you need clarity on anything?
Your child’s teacher is on your side. You make a great team together.
The report card can also be a topic of conversation. Report cards will be digital and found on Parent Portal. It is very important to have a Parent Portal Account, so that you will be able to access this information. This year, the county is sending an email every Monday for families who do not have Parent Portal yet. The link is active for 48 hours to set an account up right from home. Ms. Stacey can help families who need a password reset. If you need to activate your Parent Portal Account, please contact Stacey Holbrook at email@example.com or stop by the front office.
I love helping folks sign up for Parent Portal, so if you have an issue, feel free to reach out to me. We can go over it on the phone or you can come to the front office with me. We also have videos to show how you can use this program. Click here for video help.
See you soon!
Family Engagement Coordinator
770-887-2341 ext 723002
Kroger and Publix will donate money too...
Publix Partners with Chestatee also. You only need to put your phone number in as you checkout. Publix will donate a certain percentage of their profits to Chestatee from your purchase!
We love our Partners in Education!