Mashburn Elementary Blue Bear Notes

December 19, 2014


  • December 20 through January 5 - Winter Break
  • January 9 - House Meeting
  • January 19 - MLK Holiday, No School
  • January 20 - 100th Day of School, PTA Meeting, Ceiling Tile Painting Event
  • February 13 - House Meeting
  • February 16 - Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • March 13 - House Meeting, New Date for Denim and Diamonds

7 Mindsets-Live to Give

Creating a Live to Give Mindset at Home- Get your children involved in service projects early. This helps create self-worth, and allows your child to help others while feeling the great satisfaction of making a difference. Volunteer over the holidays, feed the homeless, nurse a stray cat back to health, do something that contributes something to the world. Create real life moments of service and giving in your home and celebrate them. Then explain to your kids that giving doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions or only be done when you achieve a certain level of success. Ideally, giving is connected to causes you are passionate about and integrated into your daily life. Have a wonderful holiday!

Volunteer Opportunities

The PTA has many volunteer opportunities coming up during the Winter Semester. If you are interested in helping with any of the following committees, please send an email to

Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Mashburn 5K, 5th Grade Graduation, Talent Show, Birthday Marquee, and Denim & Diamonds.

Also, you may not be familiar with what each of these committees does, but you may have some talents or skills you would like to share in a volunteer capacity. If you have special skills or talents, such as event planning, sales, photography, customer service, creative design, or if you just have passion for helping our children, we'd love to have you as a volunteer. Contact us today through e-mail, or ask your Room Mom, teacher, or anyone with a blue PTA badge for more information. Together We Are Better!

Wanted for 2015: Media Center Volunteers

Do you desire a sense of helping children learn and grow in a quiet and quaint atmosphere? The Mashburn Media Center fits those needs for all volunteers. Picture this: a sweet child’s face, smiling brightly after you just told her where No David! by David Shannon is located or seeing eyes widen with satisfaction when you show a young boy The Deadliest Bugs on Earth book. Yes, you can bring delight to a child’s day by helping her or him either directly, face to face, in the media center or indirectly, by placing books back in their proper places on the shelves so children can find them easily. If you feel you have some time that you can donate to help the media center run more smoothly for the children of Mashburn, it would be greatly appreciated. So, if you love books and helping children share that love of reading and learning, then come volunteer. It’s so easy and fun! Please contact me, Nikki Cohen, at or Donna Sears at if you think the media center is for you!

We also have a big project going on in the media center and we need your help to get it rolling. We are attempting to label some of our books in order to help our students to find “Just Right Books”. This is a project that will impact all of our students and we know you all have a heart for all our Bluebears. If you have an hour, or even a few minutes, to spare over the next few months please consider stopping by and labeling a few books for us. Mrs. Sears will be able to show you what to do.

Forsyth County Tech Fair

Do you like technology? Then its time to start thinking about the Tech Fair. This year's Tech Fair will be held at Whitlow Elementary on Saturday, January 24. All students in grades 3 through 12 who attend school in Forsyth County may participate. This includes all public, private, and home-schooled students. Students may compete individually or in teams of two. Categories include robotics, photography, game design, 3D modeling, graphic design, video production, and more. There is a ten dollar registration fee per student. Visit to register or find out more about the events.

Science Olympiad Meeting Dates

3rd Grade Science Olympiad meeting dates:

Dec. 2, Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th, Feb. 24th

4th/5th Grade Science Olympiad meeting dates:

Dec. 9th, Jan. 20th, Feb. 3rd, Feb. 17th, March 3rd

School Yearbook

It's a great time of year to buy a yearbook! Please remember, we do not order extra books-so get your order in soon. Order forms available at the front desk, or online at You can also order via ccard at

In order to have a great yearbook-we need GREAT PICTURES! Please take a few minutes to transfer any photos you might have taken with your smartphone by adding the Pictavo app from your app store. It's free of charge and we need the pictures! You can also upload photos at easy options. Don't wonder if your child will be in the yearbook-make it happen! Send in their photos today!

Staff Holiday Contest

On Wednesday, our faculty and staff tried to outdo each other with their holiday finery. By staff vote, Mrs. Michelle Abrams was selected as the first place winner. Mrs. Fitts came in second. In a tight race for third and fourth places were Mrs. Hartzler and Mrs. Cook. Head to the Mashburn Facebook page for more pictures!

School Climate Survey

Public schools in Georgia are evaluated on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) using survey data from students, school personnel and parents to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. Student surveys will be administered in school. Parents and school personnel can complete the survey using their personal computers, smartphones or iPads. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, please contact your school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Click HERE to access the survey.