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A Peek at the Week: September 26th - October 4th

Specials Week 4

Happy Birthday:

September 27th - Melissa Timmerman

September 30th - Karen Talley

October 1st - Birthday Triplets: Amanda Ibrahim, Darcy Long, Zekija Mekanovic

October 3rd - Kathi Abraham

Saturday, September 26

Art Class: school will be open 8:30 - 12:00

Sunday, September 27

Monday, September 28

10:00 Sam's Club in Mailroom

2:45 Impact Club

3:45 Running Club at Dacula ES

Tuesday, September 29 - Wear eCLASS cluster shirts today!!!!!!!

7:45 New Bus # 7 will be added. We will be attaching new bus tags when students get off the bus in the morning.

9:00 - 11:30 2nd Grade PBL visit

12:30 - 3:00 4th Grade PBL visit

3:05 Everyone come to Faculty Room for first day visitation celebration

Wednesday, September 30

Bus evacuations throughout the day - see schedule below

3:00 BTC Training

Thursday, October 1- wear eCLASS cluster shirts today!!!!!!!

7:15 Chorus

11:30 - 2:00 1st Grade PBL visit

3:50 Running Club at Dacula ES

Friday, October 2

8:25 Fire Drill

8:30 Management Team Mtg

1:00 PTA exec mtg

Congratulations Athena!!!!!!

Athena has been selected as one of the twenty-five semifinalists for Gwinnett's Teacher of the Year. It is an honor that is well-deserved, and we all wish her luck moving forward to the next round. You are a great ambassador for Mulberry!!!!!

Big Week for Buses at Mulberry!

Tuesday, September 29th - Mulberry will have a seventh bus. Transportation sent out letters on Friday, September 25th to students whose bus will change. The new routes will begin Tuesday morning, and all students who are impacted by this change will receive a new bus tag Tuesday morning before they come down to class. Please hold off on attendance until we let you know all students are in class.

Wednesday, September 30th - All students will take part in a bus evacuation drill. Please bring your class to the front of the school at your grade levels assigned time. The buses will be lined up in order with number one being in the front and number five being at the end. Load the children on the bus and then transportation will take over.

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Upcoming Dates/Events

Thursday, October 8th - Mulberry Reads Kick Off at Barnes & Noble

Friday, October 9th - End of first nine weeks

Monday, October 12 - Professional Learning Day

8:00 Faculty mtg & Breakfast

9:00 -11:00 Grade level breakout sessions - more to come on this later

11:00 - 4:00 On your own & remember you may leave early to go vote when your grades are done. See information below on how to make sure you are registered and where to vote early.

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Interim Testing Guidelines & Schedule

It’s time for… Interim ONE!

In order for the week to go as smoothly as possible, please follow these guidelines:

  • Testing Window: Monday, September 28th – Wednesday, October 7nd

  • You will receive all interim assessments for the week at one time. They do not need to be checked out or in. Please lock them up in your classroom.

  • You may schedule the interims for a time that is convenient for your class within the week. If you have students who need to be pulled for a small group, please coordinate times with your SPED partner (Corley, Trainer, Roberts, Symmes, McGrath).

  • If you have a student absent, please arrange for the student to make-up the assessment ASAP. Hold the entire set of interims and answer documents until you have the completed set. Please turn in all folders by Friday afternoon regardless of 100% completion.

  • When all students have completed each interim or by Friday, please drop the folder with test booklets and answer documents in the buckets located on the floor in my office. There is one bucket per grade level.

  • If you are testing online you have the schedule, but a reminder will be sent by email.

Vision Cohort 7 Information!

The Offices of LA, MA and SC are partnering to offer professional development that promotes a workshop model classroom and encourages cross-curricular reading and writing. Our learning topics this year include the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the craft of reading and writing and learning through inquiry. K-5 sessions have a STEM focus; 6-10 classes will have a science literacy focus.

Vision Cohort 7
10/24, 11/14, 12/5, 1/9 and 1/30
8:00am - 12:00pm
: Peachtree Ridge HS

Please register by 10/01/2015 via the PD&E tool:
Vision Cohort 7
(Participants should register in sections by grade level: K– #21383; 1st Grade– #21384; 2nd Grade- #21385; 3rd Grade- #21386, 4th Grade - #21387; 5th Grade- #21388; 6th Grade- #21389; 7th Grade - #21390; 8th Grade - #21391; 9th/10th Grade - #21392 )

Special Offers:

Atlanta Falcons Special Offer for Gwinnett County Public Schools

Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans Sunday, October 4th @ 1:00PM
Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins Sunday, October 11th @ 1:00PM

Ticket Prices (up to 50% off)
Upper Level Sideline seats $30 normally $80
Lower Level Sideline seats $95 normally $140

*A portion of every ticket is donated back to the GCPS Foundation

Purchasing tickets through these links will not work on a smartphone. Please use an iPad or a computer.

Click the link below to purchase tickets and enter in the special offer code RISEUP

This promotion ends Thursday, October 1st or while tickets remain available

If you are having any trouble purchasing these tickets feel free to email Atlanta Falcons Group Sales Executive Jordan Otto at

All of the shows listed below are at The Fox Theatre and can be purchased with the GCPS Corporate Marque Club promo code listed on the Foundation PERKS link:

Jersey Boys, October 6 – October 11, 2015
Shaping Sound Dance, November 11, 2015

Cinderella, November 3 – November 8, 2015

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, November 25 and 27, 2015

Elf, December 2 – December 6, 2015

Atlanta Ballets Nutcracker, December 11 – December 27, 2015

Discounted Atlanta Hawks tickets are now available for October – December games for the upcoming 2015-16 season!

Please go through the following link to purchase tickets.

Special Access Code: GWINNETT


To ALL the teachers meeting with parents: for the preparation, detailed information and encouragement you provided parents during conferences.

To Donna and the Sunshine committee: Thanks for coordinating and purchasing all of the snacks during conference week.

To PTA and Lorainne: Thank you for providing lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. It was great, and Michael requested we have the same broccoli smell for his room every Thursday.

To Second Grade: Great job scheduling the Publix presentation on how to make ice cream. It was a great sight to see all the second grade students Friday morning wearing hairnets. Everyone looks great in a hairnet, but it is sad that one of our Mulberry employees, Erik Wenger, will never experience of joy of wearing a hairnet over a rich, full head of hair. That is the burden some men must bear!