Mariner Moment

April 2019

Mindset of the Month: The Time is Now

What's Coming Up?

  • 4/1-4/5- Spring Break!
  • 4/9- Art Show in the cafeteria 4:30-6:30
  • 4/15-4/30- Georgia Milestones Testing Window
  • 4/17, 4/18, 4/19- 2nd grade field trip to Caney Creek
  • 4/22- 1st grade field trip to AMC
  • 4/23, 4/24- 3rd grade field trip to gold mine

Testing Season is Upon Us!

Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students and teachers are continuing to prepare for the upcoming Georgia Milestones test. At Matt, we remember that our students are more than just a test score. We want them to be encouraged to do their best, encouraged to try even when it’s hard, and to be reminded that we believe in them.

April 15 – Grades 3&5 ELA section 1

April 16 – Grades 3&5 ELA sections 2&3

April 17 – Grades 3&5 Math section 1

April 18 – Grades 3&5 Math section 2

April 19 – Grade 5 Science

April 22 – Grade 5 Social Studies

April 23 – Grade 4 ELA section 1

April 24 – Grade 4 ELA sections 2&3

April 25 – Grade 4 Math section 1

April 26 – Grade 4 Math section 2

April 29-30 – Make-up

Retests: May 20-22

Just a few reminders for parents: Testing materials have been received, therefore school wide testing security measures will begin immediately. This means that we will not allow visitors, including PTO volunteers, Helping Hands, mentors, classroom volunteers or lunch visitors, beginning Tuesday, April 9 through the end of testing, which is on April 30. This applies to all grade levels K-5. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, try to have your kids to school on time. Also, please avoid doctor appointments and trips out of town. If a child misses a test, he or she will have to do a make-up test.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Mrs. Otwell would love media center volunteers! Contact her at to set something up.
  • PTO is always looking for volunteers to support Matt! Click HERE for more information.
  • Helping Hands, our weekly volunteer crew, is in need of more helpers. Email PTO if you are able to help out.

Love of Reading Month at Matt

February was Love of Reading Month at Matt. So often, the joy of reading is missing in schools due to homework, schoolwork, and seeing reading as a "have to". We had a lot of events going on to celebrate reading. Classes got "booked" by passing books to each other, we had mystery readers, there was a "Seuss-tastic" reading room for kids to enjoy, we shopped the book fair, we dressed up like our favorite book characters, and some teachers share bedtime stories on Facebook or Class Dojo.
Moohan is a rock star Partner in Education! They provide after school programs for our Matt students with the proceeds going straight to our S.E.E.D. program! They are also actively involved in International Night, Read Across America Week, and anything else they can do to engage students here at Matt. We are so lucky to have this partnership with them!
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