January Newsletter 2016

Chestatee Elementary School

A Letter From Mrs. Tennies, Our Principal

Dear Families,

This month, I would like to share with you a congratulations letter that I received from Richard Woods, The Georgia State School Superintendent, regarding Chestatee’s academic performance.

Receiving a letter such as this one, is very special. Being named a Title 1 Reward School is based on three years of work. As the principal, I felt extremely proud of our students, teachers, and families for working so hard together.

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Let’s continue to work together. We have more to do!

Kind Regards,

Polly Tennies


What's Coming up at the T?

MLK Holiday 1/18/16

There will be no school Monday January 18th for Students and Teachers. Enjoy your three day weekend.

Family Dance! January 29th - 6:00-8:00pm

The Chestatee PTA is also excited to announce the annual Winter Dance will be Friday, January 29th.

The theme of the dance is the 80's, so the more hair spray and neon colors you wear, the more totally awesome it will be! The best dressed boy and girl will win a rad prize! Food, drinks, snacks, and fun will be available. The dance will run 6-8pm, and drop-offs are not allowed. More information will be sent home with your student/s later this month.

Kindergarten Registration for 2016/2017 School Year

Do you have a child that will start Kindergarten next year? Do you know someone who has an upcoming Kindergartner?

Registration for students who are entering kindergarten at Chestatee will be the week of March 21-25 at the Hill Center.

For more information visit our website HERE.

itslearning Tip of the Month

Typing Practice

Looking for a fun way for your child to practice their typing skills?

The Chestatee website has several fun links available for typing practice. You can also access those HERE.

Could Snow Days be in our Future??

We could have snow days just around the corner! Do you feel ready?

Check out this video that explains our Online Learning days procedures, also check out the video from our Parent Involvement Coordinator about Snow Day Help for Parents.

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Snow Day Video For Parents

News from our PTA

Honoring Our Heroes Essay Program

The Chestatee PTA is excited to kick-off the 2015-2016 Honoring Our Heroes essay program the week of January 11th. Honoring Our Heroes (HOH) is a writing program that encourages students to discover "real life" heroes, and recognize a person who is special to them. This individual can display trust, bravery, compassion, leadership, etc. Students will not be allowed to write about cartoon heroes, professional athletes, or movie stars, but rather someone who has made a more personal impact on their life. Some examples are family members, teachers, bus drivers, doctors, pastors, mentors, public safety personnel, or soldiers. Essays will be written in class, and a top winner from every grade will be submitted to the County.

Our Teachers are Awesome!

Congrats Mrs. Bruce!!

Mrs. Bruce was awarded a Teacher Grant from the National guard for her Science classroom!

She gets to attend a luncheon at the end of this month at Dobbins Air Force Base where she will be awarded this grant!

Way to represent the T, Mrs. Bruce!

A Few Words from our Parent Involvement Coordinator

Losing weight, exercising, calling my family more often, etc. etc. etc. The list of New Year’s Resolutions goes on and on, and yet every year I have trouble keeping any of them. So this year, I did something a little different and made a resolution that would help my first grader, Kristin. I decided to work on math facts daily with her even though it’s not part of her homework every day. That was something easy I could do with my child that would benefit her in the classroom.

Somehow when something helps my kid, I stick with it better than when it just helps me. Here are some ideas if you want to give it a try.


Practice flashcards for 5 minutes a night (If you need some, come see me. We have tons and have more on order….addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, sight words)


Come by school and have lunch together on the stage. Every time I visit the cafeteria for lunch, my child’s face lights up. I also see it on other children’s faces each time I see family members visit.


Login to itslearning as a parent and check your child’s class planner weekly.


Volunteer in your child’s classroom. Just call, email, or write your teacher a note to see when a good time might be.


Make an appointment with me and get help with a question you have had regarding your child’s learning. I’m here to help you with strategies, resources, curriculum, technology, and anything else related to education. If you have missed a training or family night or you have questions regarding itslearning, I hope you will come see me. Just give me a call or an email and we’ll set it up!

Hope to see you soon!


770-887-2341 ext 722302


School Climate Parent Survey

Your Participation is Needed!

Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating, and we could use your help.

Please take a brief moment and fill out the survey below. We want to hear how we are doing!


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!