Mashburn Elementary Blue Bear Notes

September 4, 2015

Upcoming Events

  • September 7 No School

  • September 9 Walk to School Day

  • September 14 House Meetings

  • September 18 Blue Bear Festival

  • September 23 Fall Picture Makeups

  • September 24 Spirit Night @ Buffalo’s

  • September 28-October 2 FALL BREAK

7 Mindsets

The 7 Mindsets are based on a three year research effort that began with the simple question: What do the world’s happiest and most successful people have in common? In search of the answer, many of the happiest and most successful people who’ve ever lived were studied. Research revealed that the answer wasn’t related to gender, ethnicity, or where they lived in the world. It had nothing to do with being raised in a loving home or a broken one. It didn’t matter if their families were rich, middle class, or impoverished. It wasn’t even connected to how far they advanced in school or the skills they acquired along the way. In fact, it turns out that the game-changing commonalities of happiness and success are based on how the world’s most successful people think. What emerged from the research was a set of seven mental habits foundational to an enriched life. The 7 Mindsets are a comprehensive blueprint for happiness, intentionality and success, written in simple, powerful language to teach and activate success strategies for people to live the lives of their dreams. Learn more about the 7 mindsets by watching this video:

Bearly Moving

Bearly Moving will resume in mid September. Please look for permission forms in today's Friday folders. Students may not participate until their permission form has been returned.

Walk to School Day

We are having our first WALK TO SCHOOL DAY for the year on Wednesday, September 9th! Please join us in the Publix parking lot that morning at 7:30am. We will leave from there and all walk down to Mashburn together! This is such a fun way to kick off the morning and we hope to see you there!!


We asked our PTA to help us reduce costs for parents and they delivered! When you support the PTA through membership and fundraisers that money goes directly back to our students. This year our PTA has covered the cost of the Social Studies Weekly magazines which we use to enrich the Social Studies curriculum in grades 3, 4, 5. This is a cost we would have asked parents for directly. They have also covered the cost of Scholastic News Magazines for every grade level. These magazines are used in the classroom to help students read about current events and other interesting news stories on their reading level, engaging them and supporting our ELA standards. Finally, PTA has purchased our Reading A-Z and memberships. These programs are helpful for small group differentiation and allows students to work on skills at home. Altogether this is $7,500 worth of programs that are going to help our students to reach their full potential. PTA also provided a grant to the Mashburn Robotics Teams to help pay for the cost of registration with First Lego League. Thank you PTA, thank you parents!! Together We Are Better!!!

Lunchroom Payments

When sending in payment for the cafeteria with your student, please place all money in an envelope or baggie labeled with the student's first and last name, the teacher's name, and the student id number (which is the number they use on the keypad in the cafeteria.) Lunch payments can also be made through My Payments Plus.

Calling All Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to help out at Mashburn’s Blue Bear Festival! We need people to collect tickets and “man” games and rides, sell concessions, do face paint, and put tattoos on. If you are available Friday, September 18th from 5-8 and would like to help out we would love to have you! Please contact Emma Loesch at Please be sure to include your age so you can be matched to the best area for you. Thanks!!!!

Cake Walk

Our beloved Blue Bear Festival is coming up on Friday, September 18th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Among parents and students of all ages, the Cake Walk is one of the most popular events at our festival. We need everyone's help in making this event a success by having lots of treats for people to win. We are in desperate need for people to bake or to buy and donate pies, cakes, or individually wrapped sets of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, Rice Krispy treats, or any other treats that you can think of. We also welcome specialty items such as sugar and gluten free. If you make homemade items, please put a label on it that lists the ingredients for those with food allergies. Starting Thursday, September 17th, we will have a table set-up in the Front Office were you can drop off your donations for the Cake Walk. We will also have a cart out during the car rider line where you can hand your treats off to staff without having to get out of your car. If you have any questions about the Cake Walk, please e-mail Mrs. Porter at We greatly appreciate any donations that you can make in helping our Cake Walk to be a fun experience for everyone.

Mentoring Opportunities

Research shows mentoring can reduce absenteeism while increasing social, emotional, and overall well-being resulting in youth who are productive members of society. To learn more about becoming a mentor, select one of the training dates below. No registration is required. You can also visit For additional information, contact Lindsey Simpson at or Susie Brookshire at
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