Mashburn Elementary Blue Bear Notes

April 24, 2015

Upcoming Events

  • April 28-29 Georgia Milestones Testing
  • April 27-May 1 Spirit Week @ Papa John's
  • May 3 Mashburn 5K, 2:00
  • May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 8 Field Day
  • May 12 Spirit Night @ Texas Roadhouse
  • May 15 Fifth Grade Field Trip
  • MAY 19th Aquatic Center Pool Party (5th Grade)

  • MAY 21st 5th Grade Graduation- FCHS Performing Arts Theater 7:00pm

The Time is NOW!

As we continue to focus on The Time is Now we learn to “Get in the Zone”. When we act out of anger, jealously, or confusion, we often get something wrong, and can cause more harm than good. Try to recognize when you are out of sorts, stop taking action, and figure out a way to get in a better state of mind. When you can do this, you’ll get into your zone, and the actions you take will be much more effective and result in a far more positive outcome. This is not to say that acting out of anger may never happen like when you see others bullying or discriminating against someone. The key is to be sure you are acting appropriately and out of necessity. But in any situation, it is vital to think before you act. Teaching our kids this technique takes time and modeling. Help them by talking to them about a time that you weren’t in the zone and how thinking before you act helps dissolve stressful situations.

Media Center: Books Due May 7

Please help Mrs. Sears complete media center inventory on time by returning your book(s) by Thursday, May 7. No books may be checked out after May 1.

Mashburn 5K

Join us for the 3rd annual Mashburn 5K on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Sign up online at, or pick up a registration form in the Mahburn front office. Vendor booths are also available for $50.

To volunteer, or if you have questions, contact our race coordinator, Ginny Ellithorp: or click HERE to sign up.

New Kindergartener Events!

  • May 7, 2015- Ice Cream Social for all upcoming kindergarteners! Drop in from 3:30-4:30 to meet the kindergarten team and other upcoming kindergarteners

  • May 26-27, 2015-Kindergarten Screening for all upcoming kindergarteners. Please visit the Sign Up Genius Link to reserve your time:

  • August 4, 2015- Kindergarten Roundup-9:00- Ride the bus to school, see your classroom and meet your teacher!

Click here for a list of things that your child should know before kindergarten.

From Mrs. Smith

With spring approaching, we naturally think of new beginnings. As educators, springtime signifies the beginning of our planning for the next school year. Mrs. Swaim and I are busy organizing our wonderfully talented educators at Mashburn for the 2015-2016 school year. As parents, this time of year prompts us to think of our children moving to a new grade level and class placement. I can assure you that a great deal of thought and effort will go into the process of forming new classes for next year. Each student will be placed into an instructional group with input from a variety of sources.

While the process we use is comprehensive, we also value your input regarding your child’s needs. Specific individual teacher requests will not be accepted. Sibling requests may be made but are not guaranteed. If you have information you would like to share, please be sure to make your requests based on educational factors unique to your child’s needs and these will certainly be considered as we make our final decisions.

This year we are going high-tech with a survey system. Please complete the following link.

Thank you for teaming with us to create an amazing 2015-16!

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4-8, 2015 is Teacher Appreciation Week at Mashburn Elementary. Our amazing PTA volunteers have been hard at work planning fun events for all of our teachers. You should be receiving an email from your room mom by Monday, April 27 with all the details about this fun week.

2015-16 PTA Committees

Even though this school year still has a few weeks left, PTA is hard at work planning for next year. Here's a list of committees that need co-coordinators (okay, chairs, but coordinator doesn't sound as scary), committee members, or just some general help here and there.
Birthday Marquee*
Room Parents*
Watch Dog DADS
Blue Bear Committee
Fundraising (year long or specific events)*
Honoring Our Heroes
5th Grade Committee*
Talent Show

*These are great opportunities for WOHMs [Work Outside the Home Moms - or dads].

We may have missed one or two committees by accident, so if there's something you want to help out with, just let us know. To get involved, or ask questions, send an email to: You can also check out our Facebook page - MashburnElementaryPTA, [you don't have to be a Facebook member to see this page] where we have a good discussion going about these committees.

Thanks for your support of the PTA. Remember our motto: Every child, one voice!

Mentor Training

Make a difference in the life of a child by mentoring. Research shows that mentoring reduces absenteeism while increasing social, emotional, and overall well-being, resulting in youth who are productive members of society. The next training date for mentors is June 1 from 6-8pm at the Forsyth County Board of Education. No registration is required! For more information you can visit or contact Lindsey Simpson, 770-887-2461 ext. 202347 or Susie Brookshire, 770-887-2461 ext. 202339. See below for additional training dates.
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Are you interested in becoming a member of the Mashburn Robotics Team? Applications are being accepted now. Registration is open to rising 4th and 5th graders who will be at least 9 years of age by the start of the 2015-16 school year. Please submit your application by April 30.

Bearly Moving

Bearly Moving will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons right after school for the remainder of the year. Beginning the week of May 4, students may also participate in Bearly Moving on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. Let’s earn more feet!

Meal Charges

Our automated system will not allow negative meal charges to student accounts after May 1, 2015. Students without funds will be offered a courtesy meal of a cheese sandwich and milk. Please check account balances to determine the funds needed for meals for the remainder of this school year. Money on customer accounts will carry forward to next school year. Remember to note your child’s Student ID on your check or to include it with cash in an envelope. We accept Free and Reduced Applications each school day.

FCHS Feeder Volleyball Program

Forsyth Central high school is starting a feeder volleyball program for girls who are interested in playing. A number of camps will be held over the summer months to gauge interest.

  • Interest camp: MAY 14 and 15 from 5-6:30 in the Arena at Forsyth Central High School
  • JR Bulldog Volleyball Camp: June 8-11 from 9-11:30 in the Arena at FCHS- register online through the city of Cumming Parks and Rec

Tryouts for both teams begin August 6th at Otwell Middle School in the evening (after school).

Please contact either

Katie Vazquez Head Volleyball Coach,,

Christy Bonds,,

or Catherine Stemple,, with any questions. (Junior Volleyball Website)

5th Grade End of Year Events

Here are some important dates to remember for 5th grade students and parents! Please look for flyers and specific information on each event to come home in Friday Folders! Questions? email Field trip questions: please contact your child's room mom or teacher.

MAY 15th: 5th Grade Field Trip

MAY 19th: Aquatic Center Pool Party


FCHS Performing Arts Theater-Arrive at 6:15 for line up. Ceremony begins at 7 pm.

MAY 22nd: LAST DAY CELEBRATION. Class awards, COOKOUT, photos, special presentations and LAST walk.


Parents please help us to get your child to school on time. School starts at 8:20. Students must be in their classrooms at 8:20 when the bell rings. Reminder: 3 unexcused tardies and/or checkouts =1 unexcused absence. If your child is checking in late due to a Dentist or Doctors appointment please remember to bring a note to be excused.