January / February Newsletter

Chestatee Elementary School

A Letter from our Principal, Mrs. Tennies.

Dear Chestatee Families,

Why technology? Research found over 92% of the school-aged generation use a laptop or desktop for completing homework and assignments. An average student now spends at least 8-10 hours per week on computers doing their school related work (Sorenson,2014) What is the draw for so much use in schools? I believe these three reasons are the primary draw:

· Engagement. All of a sudden we have games, bells, and whistles! The graphics, charts, and tables capture attention. Students increase the amount of time and effort they put into tasks when technology is included. The audio visual component is huge for students.

· Community. Learning can become a social event with posting and sharing in blogs and through protected pages. The interactions foster connections and learning communities. It is an opportunity to share and respond with peers and teachers.

· Differentiation. Many programs assist teachers in adapting assignments to students performance levels. By addressing the specific needs of the learner, we foster more growth, and can move at a pace designed for the student.

On January 5th, we tried a snow day drill, by providing work for students on itslearning. We tested the strength of the platform by encouraging all Forsyth County Students to access their assignments. In 2015-16 school year, actual snow days will become on line learning days for students. We are getting ready to participate! Please take the time to share with me your thoughts on technology by adding your ideas to my blog.

Kind Regards,

Polly Tennies


What's Coming up at the "T" ?

Great Things at the "T"

Chestatee Spelling Bee!

We are so PROUD of all the students who did so well in their classroom Spelling Bees, and were able to compete in the school Spelling Bee.

We had 14 Fourth and Fifth graders who competed for 22 rounds!

The Winners were:

1st Place Kira Weston ( Mrs. Prosser's 4th Grade Class)

2nd Place Emily Hills ( Ms. Garrett's 4th Grade Class)

Special thanks to our judges Cindy Mills, Ida Ramsey, and Tanner Buggs!

Happy 100th Day of School!

Celebri"T" Spotlight

We have the BEST Specials Teachers in town!

We want to take a minute and thank these ladies for the hard work they do every day! Students at the "T" love going to these specials every day and learning how to be well rounded in every way! These ladies are well known and loved around here, and we are glad they are teachers at the "T"!

Parent Survey: WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

DID YOU KNOW...Public schools in Georgia are evaluated on the College

and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) using

survey data from students, school personnel and parents

to calculate the school climate Star Rating?

The Georgia Parent Survey is 24 questions – please CLICK HERE to

take the survey!

The survey ends on 2/27/15.

Parents can complete the survey using a personal

computer, Smartphone or iPad.

If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school and a

place will be provided for you to complete the survey.

Responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly

to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. A

Spanish version of the survey can be accessed by clicking

“Espanol” at the top left of the survey.

You can also scan the QR code below to access the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to share with us how we are doing!

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News and Notes from the " T"

A Note from our Nurse!

Please review the poster below about when/if you should keep your child home from school! Let's spread happiness... not germs!
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A Note from our Community!

Volunteers Needed for Spring GOTR

Volunteering with Girls on the Run is a life-changing experience. You share your time and energy, and help instill a positive self-image in girls in grades 3rd-5th.

Our volunteers are typically parents, coaches, runners, community volunteers and teachers. You do not have to be a runner to be a Girls on the Run volunteer. The main requirement is enthusiasm and a desire to further the GOTR mission!

Contact us for more information at info@girlsontherunnorthga.org or by calling


Girls on the Run Spring Season begins February 9th runs through May 1st. Visit www.girlsontherunnorthga.org for more information on meeting locations and times.

Program registration is now open! Visit www.girlsontherunnorthga.org for registration!