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2018-2019: Rich Learning; Enriched Students

Our Mission: Arbor Springs Committed to Student Success.

Our Vision: We ensure the success of each student by providing high-level, engaging work for all learners and leaders to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

From Dr. Durrance

Happy February! We are springing into March with March Madness. Students will read pairs of books and vote on their favorites. This is a super fun activity that Ms. Carla came up with several years ago and kids and teachers LOVE it!


We are looking forward to a fun new tradition--instead of our annual Donuts with Dads and Moms, we are combining the two and will have Pastries with Parents! We will need you to RSVP for this event so that we will know how many donuts to provide. If your last name begins with the letter A through the letter M, we will celebrate with you on Thursday, February 28. If your last name begins with the letter N through the letter Z, we will look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 1! We hope that by combining the two, we will have better luck with parking. We will also have our FBI (Fathers Being Involved) to help with parking. Please share your feedback with us after you attend this event! Please look for a flyer in your child's bookbag and return it with your number of guests by Friday, February 15.


Student artwork from Arbor Springs is currently being displayed at the Nixon Centre for Performing Arts. You can also see some beautiful artwork submitted by Ms. Kent for the Ft. Pulaski "Picking Up the Pieces" project at this link.


This month, as part of our safety planning, we will be having a severe weather drill. We will also have a code yellow drill and a code red drill. Students recently met with Dr. Steve Barker, our superintendent, and one of the things they commented on was feeling safe, partly because of security enhancements (such as our SHIELD System) and our frequent safety drills. I was proud to hear them say that our school is a safe place! Other comments they made included knowing that their teachers care about them, that they never give up on them, and that they want them to be successful!


We are still seeking parent input for our annual School Climate Survey. Please click the link here or visit our website to access the 24-item survey. Thank you in advance for your participation! This survey closes in March.


The REACH referral periods are now open or are about to open:

1st-5th grades: January 2nd - 23rd

Kindergarten is March 1st - 31st

Parents and/or teachers can refer students for screening.


Please go to our website or click on the link below for our calendar. As always, thank you for everything you do to support our school!


Dr. Durrance

Media Center News

This month, students checked out 3,814 items and passed 1,674 AR tests with a pass rate of 87%. Please encourage your child to read at home and to read with him or her! Our Book Fair will be open February 8-14. Here's a link to an online order form.


Fun dates in March:

March 4-5 Reading Caves

March 6-14 Grab Bag Surprise Reading

March 8 Dress Up as a Book Character


Enjoy your reading!

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Clay’s Counseling Corner


February is Black History Month! Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by African Americans and people of African descent around the world. Remember to recognize and honor the various African Americans that have made a significant impact in history throughout the years.


National School Counseling Week 2019, "Providing Lessons for Life," will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.


Character Word of the Month:

This month’s character word is courage. Courage is to meet a challenge without giving into fear. Having courage means that children will be brave as they meet new experiences, difficult situations, and/or dangerous encounters. Also, courage may involve being firm because of strong moral convictions. In either case, there may be feelings of fear, anxiety, or apprehension. Below are some tips to help help teach courage:

Help them see their own courage.

Make a family practice of connecting and contributing.

Self-reflect in the presence of your children.

Model doing what is right for you, even when it isn’t popular with your child.

(Parent Map, 2013)


Jr. BETA Reminders:

No February Meeting

BETA and Pre-K Bake Sale- Thursday, February 7- 8

Next BETA Meeting Thursday, March 7 2:30-3:25 in Mrs. Dumm’s room

Community Service Logs Due March 18!

For school counseling program updates, please visit Mrs.Clay's Counseling Corner.


Keivia Clay,


School Counselor

Milestones schedule for 2019

See the image below for our Milestones schedule for 3rd-5th grade students!
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From the Clinic

Nurse Notes….


The school year is passing by quickly. Thank you all so much for being such supportive parents. Even though we have had the flu and other illnesses, we haven’t had a large amount of students out at one time. Thank you for keeping your children home when they needed to be home. Please continue to encourage and enforce hand washing!! That is our best line of defense against illness. Flu season is still in full swing and will be until about the time we get out for winter break.

Fifth grade parents: Are you ready for middle school?? J It is just around the corner. Middle school is very strict in its requirement that all students be up to date on their immunizations. If you want to know if your student is up to date you can call me or check with your pediatrician.

We will be having a bake sale in February. February is always a very popular bake sale month with lots of homemade goodies. Please make sure all homemade goodies are labeled. If your child has food allergies please remember to send them in a special treat for that day as they will not be allowed to purchase from the bake sale. Please do not send food items with nuts/peanut butter/etc..

If you ever have questions please don’t hesitate to call. Have a Happy Valentines!!! Mrs. Rebecca, School Nurse

Upcoming Events

See our online calendar here for a complete listing of all events.