The Roar

December 8, 2014

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. – Harvey S. Firestone

Harbins Staff Calendar

Click the red button to go directly to the staff online calendar.

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News to Roar About


Report Card Timeline for 2nd 9 Weeks

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W-2 Information

As the end of the year approaches, please verify that your address and telephone information are up to date. Employees with portal access can make any necessary changes by accessing their account, selecting the About Me tab and choosing Name/Contact Changes.

DDA Reviews

Your grade level is allowed to review DDAs and offer feedback. Please contact Christy LeMaster, SIT members, if your grade level would like to review the DDAs for that grade level and offer feedback.

Literacy Updates

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition: Please select one piece of writing to submit to this competition. The selection can be any genre. Please place a post-it note on top of the piece with the student's name and teacher name. Pieces are due in no later than Thursday, January 8th to Jennifer Dalton.

Personal Leave Requests

As you know, personal leave requests are not approved in December. Covering classes with subs has been more challenging this year than ever before. This is just a friendly reminder that personal leave requests are not approved in December due to the difficulty in covering classes. If you believe you have a "once in a lifetime event" or an extenuating circumstance that would require personal leave, talk with Cindy.


We will not have CQI Team Time during the week of December 8-12 due to DDAs. No coverage for CQI planning will be needed on Friday, December 5 or on Friday, December 19. We will need CQI planning coverage on Friday, December 12.

Grazing Day

Mark your calendars, wear your eating britches and bring your appetite for a wonderful day of grazing on December 15!

Class Winter Parties

ALL winter parties will be held on December 19. Parties should last no longer than an hour. This helps with traffic and parking on this day so we appreciate your help. Remember, it is a class party and not a major "event." If you are going to have special needs, be sure to complete an events form and turn it in to Mia Latimore.

The front gates will be locked on December 19 with so much foot traffic coming and going. We want everyone to be safe. so be sure parents are aware. We will post in the Peek as well. Don't forget…ALL parties must end by 2:00.

Grades 1 and 3 between 9:00 and 10:30

Grade 4 between 10:00 and 11:45

Grade 2 between 10:45 and 12:30

Grade 5 between 12:00 and 1:45

Grades K between 12:30 and 2:00

Staff Survey for GA Department of Education

We need for all staff to complete this survey. This includes teachers, paras, office, administrators, Head Custodian and Cafe Manager.

Please take a moment to click the link below to complete the survey if you have not already. Be careful on the ratings as the items can shift in a way that make you look at the ratings differently. That will make sense once you complete the survey. Just be sure to read the items and choices carefully.

Technology Weekly Update (Please click each week for new info.)

Media Center News

Check out what is happening in the Media Center with a NEW Smore for OCTOBER

Information on upcoming story times and how to sign up for a Genius hour research lesson

Grade Level Professional Learning

  • January 5- 8:00-11:00- STEM Professional Development- Agenda to be Shared before the break

Faculty Meeting

Our next faculty meeting will be on January 27th from 3:20-4:30. READ Chapter 4 of our staff book study, Putting the Practices Into Action by Susan O'Connell and John SanGiovanni. Bring your book to the meeting with you.

Classroom Spirit Award

Each Friday, you will go into the Google Chrome "Friday Spiritwear" file that Montine shared with each of you and enter the total number of students in your class that is wearing a red shirt or Harbins spirit wear. The class showing the most school spirit by wearing red or school spirit wear will get a "spirit paw" to hang on the door. Go Tigers! Show your school spirit and encourage your students to participate!

ABCD Awards

Please send your nominations to Cindy Truett by January 20th for recognition of staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that teaching and learning at Harbins are at the highest levels.

School Improvement Team

The SIT Team meeting will be held on January 8 from 8:00 - 4:00. Location: Professional Development Room. Read Chapter 4 of Change Leader for our session.

Roar Deadline

If you want to add something to the Roar, it must be sent to Montine by noon on Thursday of each week. If not turned in by Thursday at noon, it will have to be entered into the following week’s Roar. Thanks for your help!

News to Roar About

We will place “News to Roar About” in the Roar each Monday. It is our hope that throughout the year that you will take time to send us a note to let us know about a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work. Please be sure to share your compliments with us so we can highlight those individuals in the Roar. You can email compliments to Cindy Truett or Montine Powell.

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file will be shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning for August when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays


Jennifer Dalton 12/15

Tammy Lee 12/16

Malissa Koblick 12/17

Susie Inglett 12/18

Susan Sager 12/26


Joan Tullis 1/1

Sonam Patel 1/5

Linda Pulliam 1/6

Keith Brown 1/6

Nancy Porter 1/8

Leigh Rimpau 1/10

Through the Eyes of a Child

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Check out the latest "Connect" flyer from GCPS.

What are the ways you connect with your students?