Peek at the Week

October 16, 2015

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Maimonides

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Chatham Chats

What an awesome turnout on Saturday for Harbins Days! Thank you to our amazing PTA who worked so hard to create a day of fun for our entire community. I DID kiss the pig, and I am pretty sure I was dunked at least 50 times. My husband, the principal at McConnell, even subjected himself to the dunk tank! Mr. Samuel, "the ice cream man", also offered his services! It was great to see so many of our families there enjoying a beautiful day together. Make sure you check out our Harbins PTA page for some great pictures from the day! We are blessed by the PTA's support of our teachers and children. This truly is a partnership.

Remember our 2nd and 5th graders will be taking the Iowa test each day this week (information below). Please make sure your children are at school on time for this important test.

Looking forward to another great week. It is GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger!


Iowa Test for 2nd and 5th grade;

2nd and 5th grade students will participate in the Iowa Assessment Monday 10/19 - Friday 10/23. We will begin testing everyday promptly at 8:30am.

The Iowa Assessment is a norm-referenced test that measures student achievement in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The test can help identify learning strengths and the areas in which greatest improvement is needed. Scores can also be used to compare students' performance with the performance of other students in the same grade throughout the nation.

Tips for parents to support their child during testing.

  • Make sure your child is in attendance and on time on test days.
  • Keep to your regular routine.
  • Students need a good night’s sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and a positive attitude.
  • Encourage your child to do her best.

4th Grade Service Project

“Harbins Fourth Grade students are sponsoring a service project for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. Collection for items will be during the week of October 19-26. Please consider donating: canned proteins (tuna, ham, etc.), canned soups and fruits, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and personal care items – tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap, toilet paper. These donations will benefit Gwinnett shelters, group homes, and food pantries. Together, we can make a huge impact on the lives of others in our community! You can send these items to school with your child, drop them off at the front office, or deposit them in boxes at car rider lines. Thank you so much for your assistance during the upcoming holiday season! –Fourth Grade Students and Teachers

Cafe Menu Updates

Be aware that the lunch menu has changed and to get a more up-to-date look at the everyday menu please click on the following link:

Please note that there will be another change in about three weeks. We will let you know when the change is made.

Letters to Troops

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On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax).

Please follow the link below to read more.

Important Clinic News


Please DO NOT send any kind of medicine or Natural Oils to school with your child. The oils are considered a medicine by the county, so they need to be kept in the clinic with the proper forms. This includes cough drops, tylenol, Benedryl, any kind of creams (calamine, Benadryl, neosporin, or toothache gel) or inhalers. All of these must be kept in the clinic. A parent must bring these in and fill out the correct paperwork. Any questions please call Ms. Samples in the clinic. 770-682-4272.

Community Resources - We Need You!

Harbins community, we need your help! Please watch the short video below and fill out the form if you are willing to be a community resource for our students! We love making connections with adults in different fields to enhance our learning. Thanks!
Community Helpers

Safety Reminder

Please remember that all visitors to the school must enter through the front doors and sign in. Each visitor should wear the yellow name tag at all times while on school grounds.

Teachers and staff are engaged with children from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Please help us preserve that time. We ask that if you need to speak with a staff member, you set up a time with that person. This way, we can ensure we are devoting our attention to the children in the building and making sure we meet your needs.


We are excited to announce our first Leadership Academy Conference! This year, our student leadership lessons will be delivered during a one day conference for each grade level. Please know that your child will receive the same level of instruction in leadership as we have offered in the past. See the dates below. We would love to see the children "dressed up" in their finest on their special day. At the conclusion of each conference, students will receive their Leadership Academy certificate.

October 27 - Kindergarten

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2015-2016 Promotion Criteria

Please use the following link to locate the current promotion criteria.

Important PTA Dates for 2015-2016

Website: PTA Email:

10/17/2015 11:00-3:00 Harbins Days Fall Festival

11/2/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

11/12/2015 6:30 PTA General Meeting / Veterans Day Program

11/30/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

12/5/2015 9:00 Breakfast with Santa

12/10/2015 6:30 PTA General Membership / Holiday Program

1/11/2016 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

1/28/2016 6:30 Instructional Fair

2/8/2016 5:30 PTA Open Meeting / Officer Nominations

2/12/2016 6:30 Valentine's Dance

3/7/2016 5:30 PTA Open Meeting / Slate Officers

3/24/2016 6:30 PTA General Membership / Spring Musical / Vote Officers

4/14/2016 6:30 PTA General Membership / Spring Musical / Announce Officers

5/3/2016 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

5/9/2016 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

Fridays Are Spirit Days!

Wear your favorite Tiger spirit shirts on Friday to show your school spirit! Help your class win the School Spirit Paw!