Chestatee Elementary School
A Letter From Dr. Tennies, Our Principal
Greetings from the T!
Progress. It was a happy moment this week when we opened the doors again of our media center at Chestatee. Our polished concrete floor was finished and we were able to start moving bookcases back into our library. I am feeling so proud of our students and staff who managed to come up with creative solutions during this unusual situation. The Chestatee Way was in full use!
At lunch recently, a fourth grader shared that some of the books that were lost were a little bit old and tattered, and wouldn’t it be great to have new books to read. We talked about having patience while the solution was being worked on at our school, but her positive mindset was admirable. Several teachers shared how their students made use of class bookshelves with paperbacks and read from an online application available to Forsyth County Students on Class Link. It’s wonderful when kids can see more than one way to solve a problem! Our mini media center also filled a need for kids.
Mrs. Wiggins, our Media Specialist, rallied her team who carefully rearranged our space. Giving time, effort, and ideas as we did indeed come back together better than ever. As we continue to open boxes of materials, settle our skipjack back into place, and arrange the tables and chairs, I know that we have all grown from this experience. I hope that you will get a chance to stop by the media center in the month of March and see the progress for yourself.
Together, We are Chestatee!
Dr. Polly Tennies
Classes are Back in the Media Center!
The media center is open and close to being finished!
We Have So Many Congratulations to Give... First, Congrats from Chestatee!
Fifth Grade Oratorical! Congrats to O'Raylia!
O'Raylia took first place, and Bailey was the runner-up for our oratorical contest. Each fifth grade class sent a representative. Congrats to all of these students!
Kindness Drawing Winners
Our drawing was held on 2/22, and the winners received bikes, roller blades, or scooters! Kindness is how we roll at the T!
Chestatee Won the "Stock the Fridge" Contest! Thank You, Mathnasium of Coal Mountain!
$250 will be used on treats for staff. Our community is amazing! Thanks to ALL.
Wishing Our Robotics Team Good Luck on Saturday!
They'll be Competing in the State Competition at NFHS!
Our team is:
Kiera R.- Daise
Zainab I.- Ware
Lila W.- Stowers
Congratulations from Forsyth County Schools!
Emily Castleberry received the FCS Outstanding Employee of the Month!
O'Raylia Became a Finalist in the FCS Optimist Oratorical Competition!
Olivia W was the First Place Winner of Young GA Authors for FCS!
Dr. Tennies was Recognized at the Board of Education Meeting!
We Received a $1,400 Grant for School Supplies!
Thank you to the FCS Education Foundation and Publix!
We are So Lucky to Have Such a Fun School!
Car Line Fun!
Thank You for Joining, Parents!
We love dressing alike!
Into the Woods, Jr. at East Forsyth HS
Thank you for a great first grade field trip!
The Wizard of Oz at Central Forsyth HS
Our kindergarten students went to see the play!
Always a favorite!
Staff Visited EFHS Students on "Hey Day!"
It was great to see former Chestatee Eagles!
FCS Job Fair with Our Leadership Team
We met tons of potential candidates for next year!
Charlotte's Web Book Study....
Second graders dressed as their favorite character!
Make amazing substitute teachers!
National School Resource Officer Day
We are Lucky to Have the Live to Give Club!
Students in this club did service projects- cleaning up the outdoor classroom and making cards for staff.
Teaching Fire Safety to First Grade
Thank you to the Forsyth County Fire Department Education Division!
- Please remember to send in your child’s excuse within 5 days.
- Families can send up to 10 notes from home for absences before doctor notes are required.
- On email excuses to the teacher, it’s easy to add Ms. Stacey (Sholbrook@forsyth.k12.ga.us) to make sure she gets the excuse.
- Any time you go to see the doctor, please ask for a school excuse. If you forget, contact the doctor and ask them to email or fax the excuse. Fax: 770-781-2281.
- Georgia law requires the school to send attendance letters after 5 or more unexcused absences.
- If your child is checking out from the clinic, the absence is excused.
- When you check your child in/ out on Checkmate, the absence will be unexcused. Please provide a medical excuse if you'd like the absence excused.
Save the Date for Our Kindergarten Night: May 18, 2023
Visitors are Welcome for Lunch!
Chestatee Lunchroom Guests- Register for a Table
Lunch guests are welcome after Labor Day at Chestatee on a sign-up basis. Please use this sign up to register. We recommend visiting once per month. When you register, you are signing up for a table with 4 chairs (not the number of guests).
Thank You for Supporting the Huggers Fundraiser!
Another Congratulations is in Order!!!!
Congrats to our High Flyers for Showing Responsibility!
You may be wondering what a High Flyer Ceremony is! Each month, we will recognize 2 students from each class who have done an amazing job exhibiting the Chestatee Way! Students will receive a special invitation for their families. We will meet in the cafeteria together. We love celebrating the positives in students! We have had these virtually the last two years, and so we have been so excited to have our ceremonies again this year!
So Many Students are Earning Positive Office Referrals and Lunch with Dr. T!
Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month for February- Lynn McNeal!
We are proud to announce Lynn McNeal as our February Staff Member of the Month!
Lynn is known for her dedication to the T. She began working at Chestatee in 1992 as a substitute teacher and volunteer. She has served as an instructional assistant in first grade, kindergarten, and Pre-K and has worked at Chestatee for 30 years! Lynn currently works with Mrs. Kim Sarfaty in our Pre-K program. Together, Ms. Lynn and Ms. Kim are often a child’s first teacher and instill a love for learning early.
Ms. Lynn is loyal and hard working. Recently, she has needed to do some extras, and she has always done this with grace. Ms. Lynn has gone over and beyond. She received several nominations in the past few months stating how amazing she has been.
Lynn and her husband, Tim, have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren! Their twins, Haley and Holden went to Chestatee many years ago. Lynn and Tim live in the Chestatee community and are very active in their church. We are so very thankful that she is part of our amazing Chestatee staff. Congratulations to our Lynn McNeal!
A big thank you to our PTO and Mathnasium of Coal Mountain for sponsoring our Chestatee Staff Member of the Month Program!
Teacher and Staff Member of the Month Nominations
What's Coming up at the T?
Important Dates this Month
March 3- Read Across America Day at the T!
March 6-9- Teacher Appreciation Week
March 6-9- Exceptional Children's Week
March 7- STEAM Night (Math and Science fun at Chestatee): 5:30-7:00
March 8- Vertical Acknowledgement Awards Night at East: 6:30 (By invitation)
March 9- Early Release for Spring Conferences
March 10- Student Holiday/ Professional Development
March 14- Pizza Azzuri PTO Spirit Night
March 15- Spring Pictures and Class Pictures
March 20-31- Virtual Art Show
March 28- Fine Arts Night
Join us for this FUN, FREE EVENT at the T!
Our PTO is a Great Way to Get Involved!
Our PTO board members raise money to help teachers and our school.
You can support our PTO through our fundraisers, Spirit Nights, events, and spirit wear.
There are no membership dues this year.
Contact our PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
Our Boosterthon Earnings Were Amazing!
- PTO installed a second gaga pit with turf, and turf/ new padding will be added for the original gaga pit.
- Bookshelves were also added to each classroom on the 3-5 end of the school.
- Many new books were purchased for our media center.
Thank YOU for your generosity!
CFA Points Help Us to Treat Teachers!
The Pre-K team earned a treat day!
A Perfect Valentine's Day Treat for Staff!
Thanks to Frozen Frenzee!
A Note from Nurse Kristen
The main reasons for keeping your child at home are as follows:
- If he/she is too sick to be comfortable at school
- If he/she will spread a contagious illness/disease to another child
Remember: Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before returning to school. Students must also be vomiting and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Let me know as you have questions,
Our Communi-T-y is the BEST!
Our Friends at Mathnasium Actively Support the T!
Faye and Rusty Stop by to Visit!
We were so excited to win the "Stock the Fridge" Contest!
Thanks to Adam from Grand Canyon University!
Adam brought information and refreshments for staff on Valentine's Day!
Regions Bank at Hammond's Crossing is a New Partner!
Thanks to Colin and Priscilla for bringing information and donuts for the staff!
Construction Ready and Associated General Contractors of Georgia Make Learning Fun!
Thank you to Clint, Ash, and Jenny for visiting and for helping our students build in STEM! We appreciate Construction Ready and Associated General Contractors of Georgia!
One East Community Corner!
Community Corner and Resources
Great opportunity with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship...
Our Youth Scholarship provides funding for families that cannot afford the participation fees for our recreation, athletic and camp programs.
Children ages 17 or younger are eligible to apply for this scholarship. They must be county residents and must provide a completed application with supporting documents. You can find the application and more information here:
Volunteer Group of the Month: Senders!
Thanks to Leigh Baldwin for Painting the Rock for Teacher Appreciation!
Do You Have 30 Minutes a Week to Change a Child's Life? Be a Mentor!
There are two ways to help:
#1- Wear a WD shirt (we have one to borrow if needed), and help on car line by smiling, greeting kids, and helping them get out of the car.
#2-Wear a WD shirt and spend the day with us! You'll visit the carline, the school news, your child's class, Pathways classes, lunch and recess. You'll be busy and tired at the end of the day!
Questions? Contact Meg Killingsworth
770-887-2341 ext. 723002
Watch DOG (Dads of Great Students) Sign up here!
Our WatchDOG (Dads of Great Students) is an awesome program where positive role models come and spend the day with us! From car line to the morning news to visiting classrooms, our guys will have a blast helping us at the school. Get ready in 5 easy steps! 1.
A Few Words From our Family Engagement Coordinator
Book Club- It's Not Too Late to Join!
By now, you may have heard about our book club. It’s the first time, we’ve done a book club at the T with parents, and I’m so excited. We are reading, Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids. We just finished chapter 1 of our book, and we are already learning so much!
One of my favorite lessons came from the members of the club during our first session. We noticed that parents are more alike than different. Many of us want the same things for our kids: to be happy, healthy, confident, kind, loving, thriving and successful at whatever they might choose to do. It felt good to meet with people who had such similar feelings as me.
And in Chapter 1, we read about two of my favorite topics…mindfulness and self-care. The author writes that self-care is parental responsibility. Now, my self-care is taking time for my nails and lashes. LOL. But our group had other great ideas. What self-care might you be doing?
Taking a walk
Walking with a friend
Watching a show
Going out with friends
Taking a nap
Reading a book (or joining a book club)
Soaking in a bath
As we continued reading chapter 1, we learned about taking time to be mindful. Being mindful simply means that we live in the present- being in that moment. One of the best things we can be for our kids is present. That means we stop to listen and acknowledge what they are saying. Being mindful while you do something is using your five senses to enjoy the moment. It’s feeling grateful for that moment even when you might not love what you are doing. And being mindful makes us better parents because it slows us down. How many of us are listening, making dinner, emptying the dishwasher, and checking our phones all at the same time? When we do this, we really aren’t doing anything well. So learn to do one of those things at a time. Slow down. It will help you do a better job at each of the items.
There’s so much more that I learned, but I know you only have so much time! If you were interested in the book, I’ve got a couple of copies left for checkout. And it’s not too late to join the book club either. We are meeting on Wednesdays at 9:30 in the Family Resource Room or on Teams- Monday nights at 7:00. You are always welcome!
I’ll write more as I learn!
See you soon!
Family Engagement Coordinator
770-887-2341 ext. 723002
Are You Interested in Joining a Book Club?
It's not too late to join! We are starting chapter 2 this week.
There are options for a book club led by Meg and several teacher leaders.
Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 AM in the Family Resource Room or
Monday nights at 7:00 PM on Microsoft Teams.
Here’s the link for more information about our first book. Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids https://a.co/d/6mdNsO4 You can purchase your own or check one out from our Family Resource Room.
We’d love to have you! Contact Meg if interested! email@example.com
Or 770-887-2341 ext. 723002
Kroger and Publix will donate money too...
Publix Partners with Chestatee also. You only need to put your phone number in as you checkout. Publix will donate a certain percentage of their profits to Chestatee from your purchase!
We love our Partners in Education!
Chestatee Elementary School
Location: 6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, United States