The Roar

April 11, 2016

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." ~ Steve Jobs

Chats with Chatham

I hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled Spring Break! We made it to Disney and back in one piece, and it appears Sam will be marrying one or both of Cinderella's step-sisters! We had an amazing time as a family just experiencing the magic of Disney. I hope that you were able to find some magical time of your own.

We have much to do before the end of the year. Make sure you are looking at the calendar and noting meetings and activities. The Milestones testing meetings have been moved to Wednesday during planning for those involved with an additional meeting in the afternoon for those who cannot attend during regular planning time. Please ask Christy if you have any questions.

Tuesday after school, you will be meeting with your grade level to discuss our Mission and Vision and hear from your Positive Behavior Team representative.

You will also be collecting Fun Run money this week. Remember that homeroom teachers receive a portion of the funds collected.

We are planning to have the End of Year Checklist to you next week.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

It's GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger!


Funny Motivational Video Teamwork at its Best. Together Everyone Achieves More Animated
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Harbins Staff Calendar

Click the red button to go directly to the staff online calendar. The two weeks shown below is just a snapshot.

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Who Is Making IT Happen

  • All Staff for an exciting and exhausting Fun Run Day!

  • Laurie Aldridge for single handedly putting together the 2015-16 yearbook while training me to learn the ropes. Laurie attends every school event to capture the true essence of every event. Her photography skills, creativeness, organization and productiveness shows in every aspect of the yearbook. The school and I are fortunate and blessed to have her publishing the yearbook. Thank you Laurie for "Making It Happen".

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Student Portal & eCLASS Logins - click the pictures to see how Harbins compares with our cluster, elementary schools, and the district

Boosterthon - Fun Run (Harbins Tiger Run)

Payment information has been placed in the Peek. Payment can be made on MPP or bring in Cash or Checks made out to Harbins Elementary. Make sure student's first and last name and your name and grade are on the envelope/baggie that is turned in. Place students money in your Fun Run Envelope and bring to my office no later than your lunch time. You do not complete any monies collection forms, just put in the big envelope. I have a box in my office labeled Fun Run to put your envelopes in each day. Please do not send money down with a student.

4/13 - First Official Count Day - 10% back to teachers of what is turned in by this date

Boosterthon will have a Customer Service Line this year.

Students that at least register will receive a bracelet.

Volunteer Breakfast, 4/14/16 at 9:00 a.m. - Please have your items on platters or dishes and have serving utensils. Bring that morning to Cafe and place on tables set up in back of Cafe.

Help us thank our amazing volunteers this year for all that they do for us! The designated items for each grade level are listed below. The colors are Archer colors and the theme is Volunteers Make IT Happen. Thank you in advance for your support of this special event to recognize our volunteers!

· Support Staff and 1st Grade: Fruit

· Special Areas: Paper products

· Kindergarten: Beverages

· Special Ed (s/c and resource): Casseroles

· Paras: Pastries

· 2nd Grade: Casseroles

· 3rd Grade: Grits/Yogurt

· 4th Grade: Casseroles

· 5th Grade: Bagels, cream cheese/spreads, etc. and condiments

Computers for Milestones - VERY IMPORTANT for ALL

Student computers from 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will be used for additional computer labs for Milestones testing. The computer labs will be set-up in the Leadership Academy rooms and the Professional Development rooms. Do NOT remove ANY computer from these rooms or any other location!! For the 3 weeks in April (4/11 - 4/29), student computers can NOT be moved from room to room!! This includes rooms where small group testing is taking place as well. You may use the Leadership Academy rooms "computer lab" in the afternoon as a whole class. If you do, DO NOT move any furniture or computers. You may sign-up for those 2 rooms, but only in the afternoon. The Professional Development rooms are reserved in the afternoon for make-up testing. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!!

Front Lawn

We have recently been informed that we should not allow cars to be parked on the front lawn due to certain lines underground in this area. We have blocked the areas where cars have pulled on the lawn on previous occasions.

Education Galaxy - New Feature!

Education Galaxy's new "My Skills Practice" section is available. This is NOT an add-on feature! This comes with our current subscription of Education Galaxy and is already active for you and your students. The new section features the ability for students to race rockets against other live students while practicing basic skills. Currently there are a few math topics available for every grade. They will be adding lots more math and even language arts to this new area. So far, students are LOVING it!

Leaving Early or Coming in Late and Booking Subs

If you have to leave unexpectedly during the day, you will need to complete a leave request form that is located in the mail room with the forms. Have an administrator sign it and give to Montine.

If you leave unexpectedly or have a scheduled leave request, you must also sign out on the clipboard located in the front office. You must also sign in if you come in late unexpectedly or a scheduled leave request.

When Booking Subs

Subs have to be booked for either 4 hours or 8 hours. If you are not leaving til say 11:00 and will be gone for the remainder of the day, you should book the sub for 7:30 - 3:30. If leaving at 1:00, you would book the sub for 11:30 - 3:30. Lets say you have to leave at 9:30 and you are returning at 12:30, you could then book the sub for 9:00 - 1:00 since that would be a 4 hour increment.

Summer Staff Development Registration Opens Monday, 3/28 in the PD&E Tool!!

Courses that are highly recommended...

Writing with Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project - NEW Units of Study for Writing

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • May 31st for K
  • June 1st for 1st Grade
  • June 2nd for 2nd Grade
  • July 20th for 3rd Grade
  • July 21st for 4th Grade
  • July 22nd for 5th Grade

Teaching and Learning Conference

June 16th and 17th - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
@ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

June 14th - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

@ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)


Courses worth considering...

  1. Enhancing Course Pages in eClass
    June 8th and 9th - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    @ Fort Daniel ES
  2. Fostering Literacy through ClassWorks' Integrated Reading
    July 15th - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM or
    July 21st - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)
  3. Differentiated Problem Solving with ClassWorks' Applied Math
    July 12th - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
    July 21st - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)
  4. Personalizing Learning and Supporting RTI with ClassWorks
    July 12th - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM or
    July 15th - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)

GCPS offers many other opportunities.

Save the date GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference June 16-17, 2016

Georgia Milestones Experience Online Testing

The following link provides access to the Georgia Milestones Experience Online Testing site. This link provides access to the tools available to students in the DRC assessment platform. On March 8th, the GaDOE will make Georgia Milestone practice items available to students at this link. Please share this link with parents so students have the opportunity to gain experience with the tools and items they will experience during this year's administration of Georgia Milestones. we will include this link in the Peek.

Milestones Prep (3rd-5th, Gifted, SpEd)

Teachers/Parents of Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 -

The following link will take you to a very valuable Georgia Milestones Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents. Just select the grade level for your students/child.

Online Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

Kindergarten Registration will open up to rising Kindergartners on April 4th. Registration will be completed through the Online Registration (OLR) link. There is an accompanying training video to assist parents through the registration process.

April 4: OLR opens for 2016-17 school year registration (Grades K and 6-12)
May 26-July 5: OLR will shut down districtwide. No access for any parent or school staff.

News From Other Schools/Departments

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Mobile Device Reminders

Please remind students of the following Harbins procedures with the use of school-owned devices.

  • Settings - students DO NOT NEED to go into the settings panel. They should not be selecting wireless networks (GCPS-mobile is the correct network), changing displays, backgrounds, accessibility settings, etc.
  • Apps - students are not permitted to download apps on school-owned devices. Please check your devices periodically to ensure that all of the apps on them are ones that are used for education.
  • Charging - please have a plan for keeping your devices charged. We will be getting more chargers in the next few weeks, and Chris & Keith will distribute them to make sure that everyone has enough.

#EdCamp Athens is coming April 30th!

#Edcamp Athens is a great opportunity to connect with fellow educators in our area. This free, informal "un-conference" features sessions led by participants (optional) with an informal schedule. Lunch will also be provided. Registration is COMPLETELY FREE and the event will be held at North Oconee High School. Several Gwinnett educators will be there as well to connect and learn. TO sign up (did I mention it's free?), simply click the globe logo beneath this post to go to the Eventbrite ticket page. Please see Chris if you have any questions about this event.

Dates That Lunch Monitors Are Not Available and Teachers Will Need to Eat in Cafe With Their Class

Teachers will need to eat with their class in the Cafe on the following dates due to no lunch monitors being available:

April 18th & 28th

May 12th, 23rd, 24th & 25th

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 Chatham by January 21, 2015, 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.

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!

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file has been shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning each month when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays


Amy D'Angola 4/13

Through the Eyes of a Child

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