Peek at the Week

September 4, 2015

"The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do." ~ APPLE, INC.
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Chatham Chats

This past week at Harbins, we celebrated many amazing things. I had the privilege of recognizing our August Leaders in Learning. I was inspired by our children who could explain to me so perfectly why they were leaders in learning. We also celebrated our initial fundraiser success by singing and dancing in the lunchroom. The students’ enthusiasm was catching, and I believe they had quite a bit of fun. If you have not established your child’s account for the PTA Read-a-Thon, please do so! This is a great way to encourage our students’ reading and support our PTA. At the end of the day on Friday, we cheered on our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Connor, and our Support Person of the Year, Mrs. Latimore, with our parade throughout the school. What a wonderful tradition that allows the entire school to honor our special staff representatives!

I hope you have all enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing three day weekend.

It is GREAT to be a Harbins Tiger.


Safety Reminder

Please remember that all visitors to the school must enter through the front doors and sign in. Each visitor should wear the yellow name tag at all times while on school grounds.

Teachers and staff are engaged with children from 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Please help us preserve that time. We ask that if you need to speak with a staff member, you set up a time with that person. This way, we can ensure we are devoting our attention to the children in the building and making sure we meet your needs.

Early Release Days in September

Gwinnett County's Early Release Days are scheduled for September 23rd and 24th. Please mark your calendar that the students will be released on these two days at 12:15 pm. You will need to make sure someone is home to receive the children as they get off the bus.

Support our Archer Tigers!

High Five Game of the Week

Archer v Grayson is in the running to be the Featured game on Fox5 this week, but we need your votes. Follow this link

High5 Voting Link

and cast your ballot for Archer.

Voting ends on September 10th at Noon!!

Box Tops

Last year we earned over $3200 from Box Tops, which helped us purchase much needed technology for our school. Our first contest of the the year ends October 1.

Please send in your box tops in groups of 50. Separate bonus box tops from regular ones, and make sure you only send in ones that are dated before 10-1-15.

If you turn in more than 100 box tops before October 1st, you will receive a prize!

These are the 3 ways you can turn in box tops:

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Student Medications and Medical Conditions

Parents, please remember that all medicine must come in with a parent, this includes cough drops/lozenges and any kind of creams. You may go to the Harbins website and print out the Administration of Medication form to bring with you. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT ON THE BUS WITH YOUR CHILD!

Also, if your child has any kind of medical condition, please contact Jennifer Samples in the clinic. This is includes, but is not limited to, allergies, asthma, seizures, chronic illnesses and cancer.


We are excited to announce our first Leadership Academy Conference! This year, our student leadership lessons will be delivered during a one day conference for each grade level. Please know that your child will receive the same level of instruction in leadership as we have offered in the past. See the dates below. We would love to see the children "dressed up" in their finest on their special day. At the conclusion of each conference, students will receive their Leadership Academy certificate.

September 15 - 5th grade

September 22 - 4th grade

September 29 - 3rd grade

October 6 - 2nd grade

October 13 - 1st grade

October 27 - Kindergarten

Read-A-Thon - PTA Fundraiser

Remember we have some awesome incentives for signing on sponsors for our Read-a-Thon.

The classrooms in K-2 and 3-5 with the highest sponsorships will have an ice cream party and will receive an Amazon gift card for classroom books!!!

The students in K-2 and 3-5 with the highest sponsorships will share the title of principal for the day!!!

If we reach our goals, students will have some opportunities to watch Mrs. Chatham be silly!

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Free and Reduced Meal Participants

Friendly reminder to all parents: If your child receives free or reduced meals this includes both breakfast and lunch.

2015-2016 Promotion Criteria

Please use the following link to locate the current promotion criteria.

Important PTA Dates for 2015-2016

Website: PTA Email:

9/1/2015 Fundraiser Kickoff

9/14/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

10/5/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

10/17/2015 11:00-3:00 Harbins Days Fall Festival

11/2/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

11/12/2015 6:30 PTA General Meeting / Veterans Day Program

11/30/2015 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

12/5/2015 9:00 Breakfast with Santa

12/10/2015 6:30 PTA General Membership / Holiday Program

1/11/2016 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

1/28/2016 6:30 Instructional Fair

2/8/2016 5:30 PTA Open Meeting / Officer Nominations

2/12/2016 6:30 Valentine's Dance

3/7/2016 5:30 PTA Open Meeting / Slate Officers

3/24/2016 6:30 PTA General Membership / Spring Musical / Vote Officers

4/14/2016 6:30 PTA General Membership / Spring Musical / Announce Officers

5/3/2016 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

5/9/2016 5:30 PTA Planning Session (open to all members)

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Fridays Are Spirit Days!

Wear your favorite Tiger spirit shirts on Friday to show your school spirit! Help your class win the School Spirit Paw!
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Pack 529 Cub Scout Round-up

September 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

What is Cub Scouts and who is Pack 529?

Pack 529, chartered by Harbins Elementary PTA, has dedicated leaders and volunteers who are tasked with teaching Cub Scouts both fun and valuable lessons that will help them progress in the Cub Scout Program and in life. What makes Cub Scouts truly unique is the opportunity it gives the entire family to be involved in each child’s scouting adventure. From volunteering with the pack to leading activities at home, parents can take full advantage of the time they’ll have participating in their Cub Scout's life. Cub Scouting is the foundation of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). While it is designed for boys in the first through fifth grades, this program really involves the whole family. Whether it is camping, hiking, or racing a pinewood derby car there is always a unique adventure happening for you.
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