Peek at the Week

January 18, 2016

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Chatham Chats

Dear Families,

We are excited about our upcoming Innovation Fair. Please be sure to join us January 28 at 6:30 to see our students' work. Great things are happening here at Harbins, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to see it all! Also, don't forget the Valentine's Dance on February 12. Please see the detailed information located in this newsletter.

In your child's report card, you should have received a form regarding feedback for placement next year. Yes, we are already making plans for the 2016-2017 school year! Please take a moment to complete and return to the school.

If your child is in 4th or 5th grade, you should have also received a detailed student report regarding Georgia Milestones scores from the last school year. Please see the link in the newsletter for additional information regarding those reports.

If you have not taken the CCRPI survey (link in this newsletter), please do so. Your feedback is important to us. Remember, this information will be calculated in our overall CCRPI score.

As we begin this week, know that we believe it is our greatest honor to serve this community through our work. We thank you every day for entrusting us with your most precious children and for supporting us in our endeavor to create the best possible learning opportunity for each child.

It's GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger!


Personal Safety Lessons

Below is a link providing information on Personal Safety Lessons which will be taught in February. Click on the link below for information on reviewing the program in January.

2014-15 Milestones EOG Results

Within your student's 1st semester report card, you will find a copy of his/her 2014-15 Georgia Milestones Individual Student Report. The Georgia Milestones Parent Guide is designed to help you understand the Individual Score Report.


Cyber Days

Keep looking here for updates on a potential Cyber Day for learning if we have a 4th snow day. Also, make sure you check our website frequently. If you have not signed up for Remind 101 from Mrs. Chatham, please do so. This is a great tool for communication in case we have inclement weather.

Remind 101 - Instructions

Enter this number: 81010

Text this message: @harbinsf

I will use Remind 101 to send you text reminders about important school information.

School Closings Due to Weather Issues

When there are possibilities of school closings due to weather issues, be sure to go to Channel 2 - WSBTV, or listen on the radio to 95.5 or AM 750 to see if Gwinnett County Schools are Closed or Delayed. These are the official sites for Gwinnett County. If Gwinnett County Schools are not listed then we will be in school

Valentine's Dance

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"Day of" Transportation Changes That Occur After Your Child Arrives at School

Below is information that is noted in the handbook but we wanted to bring to your attention as a reminder.

If a transportation change is needed after the school day has begun, you will need to contact the school by phone and send a signed note by fax, including a copy of your picture ID, stating the change in dismissal transportation for your child. Phone calls alone will not be accepted as verification of the needed change in transportation. Please do not send an email to your child’s teacher, as he or she may not have the chance to check messages prior to dismissal and we must have a note with a signature and a picture ID for changes in transportation. All “day of” transportation changes must be sent to the office no later than 2:00 that day. That is the only way we can ensure that the notice will be received and communicated to your student prior to dismissal.

The Harbins Innovation Fair is coming soon!

We hope everyone is planning to join us on Thursday, January 28th for this amazing event! The fair will be from 6:30-8:00 PM and will be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see and experience all of the innovative teaching and learning that happens at Harbins every day! Student projects will be on display, hands-on activities will be happening at every grade level, and there will also be some amazing door prizes!

Student fair projects are due before school on Wednesday, January 20th. Late projects cannot be accepted.


The on-line purchase of Yearbooks will end on February 8, 2016. After this time, all purchases will have to be made by cash or check only while supplies last.

Domino's Pizza Spirit Night is Thursday, January 21st. A percentage of sales come back to Harbins.

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Parents of Students in grades 3-5

3rd-5th grade students will participate in the Georgia Student Health Survey beginning January. Please read the attached information. Thank you!



BYOD Device Guidelines

Shopping for a device for your student this holiday season? Please refer to this guide developed by Gwinnett County Public Schools to help inform your purchase.

CCRPI Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this very important survey. Your feedback will be a part of our schools CCRPI score, and it is important for us to hear you!

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.

2015-2016 Promotion Criteria

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