Arbor Springs Elementary School

Happy Holidays! December 2015

Our Mission: Arbor Springs Committed to Student Success.

Our Vision: We ensure the success of each student by providing high-level, engaging work for all learners and leaders to meet the needs of all stakeholders.l

From Dr. D. and Dr. T.

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for all of your support, kindness, and generosity throughout the year! We are so grateful for everything you do, the positive interactions you have with us, and the meaningful difference you make in our students' lives--not just your own children, but ALL of the students at Arbor Springs. We hope you have happy holidays and can't wait to see you in January!

Pictured above are some of our fun moments from this month. Our Academic Bowl Team has been hard at work, Santa's Elves have been all around the building, and Mrs. I's class enjoyed a field trip to Corrall.

Our school spelling bee was a huge success and a hard-fought competition, as always. This year's winners are Haley Holden with Luke Johnson as runner up. Other participants included Zaina Khalousi, Sydney Nichols, Tomas Becker, Joshua Taylor, Kade Moseley, Nicholas Mans, Rylan Fuller, Katie Steadham, Ross Loving, and Bradley Smith. Pictured below are all our contestants, our winner and runner up, and winner Haley Holden.

Please let us know if we can help with anything, at any time. We can be reached at 770-463-5903.

Dr. Julie Durrance, principal

Dr. Page Tarleton, assistant principal

Upcoming Events

See our online calendar here for a complete listing of all events.

Nurse's Notes

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy your time with family and friends! I can’t believe when we come back it will be 2016! Time goes by so quickly. Please take care of yourself and your family over the break. Wash your hands, wear your coat and your hat. When we return, I will start reviewing 5th grade immunizations. It is still not too late to get your flu vaccine! See your doctor if you have any questions. Merry Christmas, Love Nurse Rebecca

Mrs. Clay's Counseling Corner

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2016 a great one!

Swimming in a School of Character:

This month character word is respect. Respect is courteous consideration and high regard for yourself and others. Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone.Having respect for someone means you think good things about who a person is or how he/she acts. You can have respect for others, and you can have respect for yourself.Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being. Showing respect for others include things like not calling people mean names, treating people with courtesy, caring enough about yourself that you don't do things you know can hurt you.

10 Parenting Tips for Teaching Respect and Curbing Disrespect:

(1) Model it: If you want them to do it, you have to do it too.

(2) Expect it: When your expectations are reasonably high, children rise to the occasion.

(3) Teach it: Give children the tools they need to show you respect.

(4) Praise it: When you see or hear your children using respectful language and making respectful choices, recognize it and praise them for making positive, respectful decisions.

(5) Discuss it: Pick out times when you see other children using respectful or disrespectful language or behavior and discuss with it your children.

(6) Correct it: Be strong, firm and direct when teaching respect. At the same time, be sure you are being respectful yourself while correcting the behavior.

(7) Acknowledge it: Don’t just let things slide! Be sure to notice when respectful behavior is being exhibited and make sure to call them on disrespectful behavior!

(8) Understand it: Your children are growing and learning. Sometimes word choice and behavioral decisions are made because they do not have the correct words or behavior to relay “I’m tired,” “I’m frustrated,” or “I’m angry.”

(9) Reinforce it: Remind children of their good decisions so that they remember how it felt, the praise they received, and the overall experience of being respectful.

(10) Reward it: Respectful behavior should be something that children want to do without overindulgent rewards. However, it is good to associate respectful behavior with intangible rewards such as praise, recognition, extra responsibility, and privileges.

(Powerful Words:Parenting Tips, 2014)

Jr. BETA Reminders:

BETA Meeting Thursday,January 7 2:30 pm-3:25 pm in Ms. Householder’s Room

BETA & Cookies with Santa

Thank you to all the BETA members and parents that helped make Santa Night a success!!

For school counseling program updates, please visit Mrs.Clay's Counseling Corner.

Keivia Clay,

School Counselor

From PTA

December 2015

PTA & Box Tops Corner

Thank you to all the parents and ASE staff for their support of Santa’s Secret Shop! It was a huge success and something we will consider continuing. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. After the holiday break, PTA will start seeking donations for our Spring Fling silent auction. If your company would consider donating, please contact us at or through our Facebook page. Keep sending in Box Tops, Labels for Education and Sunny D UPCs! Our next BoxTops contest is underway and runs through January 30…Top Class from each hall will receive a PJ Day! Happy Holidays to all our families, faculty and staff – see you in 2016!

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