September Newsletter 2015

Chestatee Elementary School

A Letter From Mrs. Tennies, Our Principal

Dear Families of Chestatee,

Welcome September! My Northern friends are amazed that we have been at the business of school for over a month. I hope this year began with a smooth start for your family. One of the most important pieces of a beginning school year is to establish a feeling of community in the classroom. Learning becomes very meaningful in a social, collaborative classroom. At Chestatee, we strive to create that feeling of working together.

This year we are excited to be able to offer our students The 7 Mindsets. This is a joint project with our partner elementary schools and feeder middle and high schools. In all nine schools in Forsyth County are working together to bring this program to students. The program will be used for our weekly class meetings at Chestatee and features seven mindsets that successful and happy people maintain. Building resilience and perseverance in children is a necessary skill in today’s society. A growth mindset has been attributed to personal achievement. You are welcome to learn more about the program by accessing the website.

Our first mindset explored in the month of September will be We are Connected.

We want to empower kids to work well together. Look to hear more about The 7 Mindsets as the year progresses. Our counselors, Ms Bryant (K-2) and Ms Cox (3-5), are excellent resources at the school regarding the program.

The 7 Mindsets:

We are connected

100% Accountable

Everything is possible

Live to Give

Passion First

The Time is now

Attitude of Gratitude

Let’s plan to connect on campus, through our webpage, or with Facebook soon,

Polly Tennies


7 Mindsets Downloadable Book

We will be studying the 7 Mindsets in our class meetings this year at Chestatee. If you would like to know more about these 7 Mindsets, you can read along with us.

For a limited time, this download eBook is available. Please click the following link to download your very own eBook.

7 Mindsets eBook PDF edition.pdf

What's Coming up at the T?

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night for the T ! 9/15/15

Come and EAT MORE CHICKEN @ the Dawsonville Chick Fil A from 5-8. A portion of the proceeds from that evening goes straight to our school! There will be bingo, prizes, and some of your favorite teachers from the T!

Plus who doesn't love Chick Fil A?

Annual Title 1 Family Night 9/17 @ 6:00

Please join us for the Title I Annual Meeting on September 17th at 6:00 pm.

We will share the Title I plan for the upcoming year with you.

This meeting will be very informative and answer many questions you might have regarding Title I services, resources, and funds.

Fund Run 9/17 & Color Run 9/18

PTA's BIGGEST fundraiser of the school year is right around the corner! The Fund Run will be held on Thursday, September 17th, and the Color Run Party will be held on Friday, September 18th.

Every student will participate in the Fund Run on Thursday, but those students who raise a minimum of $15 will also have the chance to participate in the Color Run Party on Friday.

Ask anyone who participated in the Color Run Party last year, and they will tell you what an awesome time the students had running through all of the colors!

If you did not already receive a packet of information about these events, please contact us and we will be sure to get one to you.

Volunteers Needed for Fund Run and Color Run!

Go to Sign up Genius HERE and you can sign up for a time slot to volunteer!

Don't miss out on the fun!

Fall Break

Don't forget that this year we have a Fall break included in our school calendar.

Students will NOT be in school September 28th- October 2nd.

Hope you enjoy your time off with your families!

Itslearning Tip of the Month!

itslearning Parent Video

The video is 10 minutes long and provides an overview of what you as parents can expect to see when you login as yourself or as your student(s). It also describes the consistent planner and dashboard that the district is using this year.

Parent How To for itslearning Planner


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Your Chestatee PTA has been working hard to help our school year get off to a great start by sponsoring events such as Kindergarten Round-Up, Open House, Boo Hoo Woo Hoo Breakfast, and the Room Parent Breakfast. And we have many more exciting events coming! Listed below are some upcoming events, and you can always find additional information and our contact information on the PTA page on the Chestatee website ( and on our Facebook page (

PTA Membership Drive

We will be having our membership drive during the entire month of September!

For only $10 you can become a voice in your child’s school by helping decide where money that is raised by PTA events is used throughout the school. Packets have been sent home in your child’s gold folder regarding becoming a PTA member, but if you would like additional information or if you did not receive the packet please contact any member of the board.

Family Day at Warbington Farms

Warbington Farms has graciously offered to have a Chestatee Family Day at the Farm on Saturday, September 19th.

For every ticket that someone buys that day and mentions Chestatee, Warbington Farms will donate $2 back to our school!

They will have hayrides, a petting zoo, slides, a corn crib, inflatables, and a corn maze that measures over 9 acres! So come on out and have some family Fall fun and help our school at the same time.

News From our Parent Involvement Coordinator

Hi! I'm Meg Killingsworth, and I'm your parent involvement coordinator.

This is my 13th year at Chestatee, but my first year as your Parent Involvement Coordinator. I am a proud teacher and parent at Chestatee. I’m looking so forward to serving you and your family this year! In my first month of this position, here are the top 6 questions asked by families.

Your Top 6 Questions and our Answers about Title 1

6. What does Title I mean?

What is Title I? Title I is a federally funded program that is intended to supplement the regular classroom curriculum. Students are provided extra assistance by highly qualified teachers in reading and/or math. The program's goal is to support students, so that every child meets and/or exceeds the state's standards. A variety of teaching methods and materials are used to reinforce curriculum concepts.

What does school-wide Title I mean? A school-wide Title I program ensures the success of all Chestatee students. Everyone has access to the numerous resources and materials purchased with Title I funds, including iPods, laptops, computer programs, books, manipulatives, and learning games.

You can find more information on our Chestatee webpage under “Student Services” or at this link:

5. What is a parent involvement coordinator?

A parent involvement coordinator, otherwise known as a PIC, is a teacher who provides resources in our parent resource room, plans Title I Family Nights, holds parent trainings, and provides access to give feedback through our Parent Advisory Committee. At Chestatee, the parent involvement coordinator supports teachers and serves students by teaching small groups. Family engagement is key in Title I schools and the PIC helps support and connect families and the school.

4. What is the parent resource room? Why do we have it?

The parent resource room (room 302) is a beautiful place (two doors past the media center headed to the gym) where parents can come grab a cup of coffee and check out materials to help their children at home. It saves a trip to a teacher store and saves lots of money as the room is filled with hundreds of engaging games, books, flash cards, Leap pads, and other technology based resources. The items were selected by teachers because they have proven to be effective and engaging. If you need help finding materials, the parent involvement coordinator is here to help. If I am out of the room, leave me a note. I can pull materials and send them home with your child. We are able to have this room because of Title I funding specifically set aside for parent involvement. This room is yet another benefit of being at a Title I school!

3. Can I check out materials from the parent resource room if no one is in there?

Yes! Come on in! I may be out and about teaching children or supporting staff, but you are always welcome. Come on in between 7:00 and 3:30 any day. The directions for signing out are in the room. Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and browse the room.

2. My child isn't served by Title I? Can I use the parent resource room?

Yes! The parent resource room is for all Chestatee families! It is a major benefit to our students because there are materials that are selected by teachers and are proven to be effective and engaging. If your child's teacher asks you to work on a specific skill, come on by and check out something for that skill. If your child needs enriching, come on by and check out something that is a grade or two above your child’s grade level. This room is for you!

1. The Title I Family Nights sound fun. Can all of the families come to these or just families served by Title I?

All families are invited to our Title I Family Nights. Because we are a Title I school, we offer nights to promote school and home connections. Because the time falls at the dinner hour, we offer free pizza purchased with school funds. We also provide childcare for younger siblings. Childcare and translators will be at every Title I family night.

Mark your calendar for 6 PM on the following dates. You won't want to miss the fun…

November 12th: Technology in the Classroom

January 14th: Math Tools and Games

February 18th: Literacy Night

March 22nd: Science Night

May 12th: Title I Planning Night

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Don't Forget.... You can Help the "T" Earn "Money for Nothing"!

Target Red Card

When you enroll your Red Card at target a certain portion of the proceeds goes straight to Chestatee! To create an account go HERE.

Box Tops/ Soup Labels

We collect Box Tops and Soup Labels all year Long to raise money for our school.

Remember if you full up a box tops page, Ms. Donna has a prize you can earn!

Kroger and Publix will donate money too...

If you ask to connect your Kroger Plus card to Chestatee Elementary, they will donate a certain percentage of the profits to our school. You can find out more about how to do this if you CLICK HERE.

Publix Partners key-ring cards are available in the front office for to you scan every time you buy groceries at Publix. Publix will donate a certain percentage of their profits to Chestatee as well!

See Ms. Donna in the front office for one of these cards, or send a letter with your child asking for one, and we will send one home for you!

We love our Partners in Education!