Arbor Springs September Newsletter

2017-2018: Continuous Learning and Growth for All!

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.

From Dr. D. and Dr. T.

Hi folks!

Welcome back to another great year! If you have been in the building, you may have noticed our new SHIELD security system. Many hours went into this project and it will provide a wonderful extra layer of security for us! We are able to securely lock every door in the building with the touch of a single button, which also notifies 911 that we are in need of assistance. It also enables us to instantly shut strategic doors within the building. We are very pleased and excited to have this state of the art security system.

We also have new playground equipment that is ready to install and more on the way. With the help of our PTA (and thanks to your support, we are replacing all of our slides and swings, and we have a couple of other new items on each playground. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of our school. Don't forget to join PTA if you haven't already.

Based on our analysis of last year’s Milestones achievement data, we feel that our school can benefit from shared planning, assessments, and analysis of student work. We have developed a SMART goal for math and for ELA. Each week, we meet with teachers to discuss student progress, upcoming instruction, and strategies to help all students be successful.

We have a few new faces in the building! Ms. Gwen Muwakkil has joined us in Ms. Hand's class and Iralynn Johnson is our new permanent substitute. We have quite a few others who joined us over the summer, so be sure to check out the display board in the front hallway!

Important PTA Information

PTA Corner

PTA is off to a strong start for the 2017-2018 school year! School spirit shirt orders will be taken until the end of October. Order forms will come home weekly. Families have until November 1st to join PTA for only $ 10.00. Remember our major fund raiser of the year, GATOR RUN, is just around the corner. Pledge sheets will come home on September 21st and the GATOR RUN is October 5th. The PTA is currently seeking sponsors for our Gator Run t-shirts. If you are interested in sponsoring the t-shirts this year by donating $ 200 or $ 500 please let us know about by sending us an e-mail at Last, please like our Facebook page. The link can be found at the ASES website under the PTA tab. Thanks to everyone for a great start to the year! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at Thank you!

Box Tops

Box Tops current contest is labeled "Gator Bucks". The PTA will reward $ 1.00 of Gator Bucks for every 100 box tops submitted by September 15th. The maximum prize will be $ 5.00 worth of Gator Bucks. This money can be spent at the School Store. Please send in Box Tops and help our school achieve our financial goal for the year.

Mrs. Clay's Counseling Corner

The character word for the month of August was respect. Respect is courteous consideration and high regard for yourself and others. Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone. It always helps to think before you say or doing things. Always think about how others might feel.

Respect and School

The first few weeks of school you are learning rules and routines. It is important to put what you are learning in practice. As a gator, one of our expectations is to be respectful! Respect has several meanings.

  • Having regard for others. That means accepting that other people are different but just as important as you feel you are. Some people may call this tolerance.

  • Having a proper respect for yourself. That means that you stand up for yourself and don't let yourself be talked into doing things that you know is wrong or makes you feel uncomfortable.

  • Not interfering with others (or their property.)

  • To consider something worthy of high regard. That really means taking all those other values and living them.

I am excited for another school year at Arbor Springs Elementary! I am here to help students become successful learners, as well as provide support for parents and teachers. I can be reached by email at keivia.clay@cowetaschools. net or phone at (770) 463-5903 x211. For school counseling program updates, please visit

Career Day/Touch a Truck. Calling all occupations and vehicles for Friday, September 22nd. I’m still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Please email me at if you are interested!

I am looking forward to an exciting school year!

Keivia Clay,

School Counselor

Upcoming Events

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