The Roar

January 26, 2015

Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.--Steve Maraboli

Harbins Staff Calendar

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News to Roar About

  • All of our staff who stayed and decorated for Instructional Fair. Everything is looking great and the kids were so excited to see their bricks displayed!
  • Tammy and Shelly for heading up the decorating for the Instructional Fair. We appreciate your leadership and support. We couldn't do it without you!
  • Malissa Koblick for ESOL/ ACCESS testing- great job!
  • Custodial staff setting up the cafeteria for Junior Beta in such a quick and efficient manner.
  • STEM Lab team help with the Maker Space set up. We are excited to see it in action.
  • Shout out to the teachers who have helped Keith to find missing technology.
  • Layla and Mary for sharing a lesson during collaborative planning. Thank you so much for the awesome learning opportunities that math curriculum coaches provided! Everyone loved the Notice and Wonder lessons! They were "wonder"ful and will inspire all of us!
  • Good luck to Melissa McConkey! We wish you the best as you start your new position in a week from now! We appreciate all you have done at Harbins!
  • Thank you to our certified staff members for your time at RBES mid-year conferences.
  • Tom, Bridget, Cindy, Mandy, Jennifer and Christy for your support of our grandfather in need at car riders. We are so fortunate to have such a responsive and supportive staff!
  • Special Areas teachers for being so understanding when your RBES session was interrupted.
  • Kathy and Chris for sharing with our school council on Thursday. They really enjoyed seeing some of the tools that our students are using.
  • Thank you to our amazing instructional staff for your great feedback on our vision and mission at CFGs on Tuesday. Your wisdom and insights are always impressive!
  • Thank you to our staff and students for another successful fire drill. We are grateful for those gorgeous weather days.
  • 5th grade for a great collaborative planning session on Friday. We look forward to the outstanding student achievement that will result from your hard work and great planning!


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Instructional Fair

When: Thursday, January 29th 6:30 - 8:00

Theme: iBuild

The Instructional Fair is quickly approaching! The kids were so excited to see their bricks on display. Remember to wear your iBUILD shirt with a pair khakis or casual pants (not jeans) on Thursday to wear to the Instructional Fair. Remember, this is a required event for all instructional staff (certified and paras). We need all hands on deck to make this night a success!

Reminder: Kid Talk Data Should Be Entered in Spreadsheets by Friday, January 30

Emergency Drills

We will not have a lock down drill on Tuesday as the calendar shows. We have had a change of plans so we will reschedule the drill. Stay tuned for that information.

We will have our statewide tornado drill on Monday, February 2 at 9:10. Wait until the 3 blasts to take cover. Please take a few minutes between now and February 2 to review the procedures for this drill with your students and be sure everyone knows where to go. IF there is really inclement weather on February 4, we will have the drill on February 3 at the same time instead. We don't want to frighten the students.

Visitation Day

Don't forget that our visitation day is coming soon on February 11. Plan ahead with your grade level for device use and tech integrated plans to share.

RBES Mid-Year Implementation Update Reminders

Don't forget that your mid-year updates should be posted by Friday, February 6. Chris will send out to you this week the directions along with a screencast on how to attach your copy of your DDA mid-year results to your goals plan. Thank you for a great mid-year conference!
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Reminder: All members enrolled in Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts have until March 31, 2015 to claim remaining funds for expenses incurred no later than December 31, 2014.

Fun Run

It is almost time for our Fun Run kick-off. We will have the kick-off on Tuesday, February 3 in the gym. This will be in place of specials that day. All teachers need to attend the Fun Run kick off with your students. Special Areas teachers should attend both sessions to help direct students in and out and supervise. We will have a morning kick-off this year. No Team Time will be held on February 3. Please wait to be called before coming to the gym.

Fun Run Kick-Off Schedule

8:30-9:15- K-2

9:30-10:15- 3-5

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How's It Going?

For those of you who have been on staff for a while, you will recall that we used to have How's It Going conferences each year. This is a time to sit with Cindy Truett and share any thoughts or concerns or feedback with her that you'd like to share. It's a time for her to just listen to anything you would like to share. This is open to all staff members. If you would like to have a HIG conference, just click the link below to sign up for a time slot at your convenience.

Student Survey Schedule for Grades 3-5

DDA Reviews

Your grade level is allowed to review DDAs for 3rd nine weeks and offer feedback. Please contact Christy LeMaster, SIT members, if your grade level would like to review the DDAs for that grade level and offer feedback.

Technology Weekly Update (Please click each week for new info.)

Media Center News

Check out what is going on in the Media Center for the start of 2015.

Grade Level Professional Learning

  • January 28 - 2nd Grade Collaborative Planning
  • January 29- No grade level professional development
  • January 30 - 1st Grade Collaborative Planning
  • February 4 - Tool Time
  • February 5 - Grade Level Staff Development - Math
  • February 11 - Grade Level Planning
  • February 16 - Professional Development Day - Math/Literacy Combo
  • February 19 - Grade level Staff Development - Literacy

Faculty Meeting

Our next faculty meeting will be on January 27th from 3:20-4:30. You will be able to use this time to complete the required district RBES surveys. Please meet in the Harbins Cafe for directions and logon information. No book study for this session.

Troy University MS in Elementary Education - Representative at Harbins on February 2nd in the Tiger Conference Room

Troy University’s M.S in Elementary Education is a 36 hour program that can be completed online in just 1 year and 1 term. The M.S in Elementary Education is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. For more information teachers can follow the steps below.

1. Go to

2. Select Certificate Upgrade link (click here)

3. Select Certificate Upgrade Advisor link (click here)

4. Current teachers select the Login button and Others select the

Quickview button (click here).

5. Follow prompts to search by program of interest.

Classroom Spirit Award

Each Friday, you will go into the Google Chrome "Friday Spiritwear" file that Montine shared with each of you and enter the total number of students in your class that is wearing a red shirt or Harbins spirit wear. The class showing the most school spirit by wearing red or school spirit wear will get a "spirit paw" to hang on the door. Go Tigers! Show your school spirit and encourage your students to participate!

ABCD Awards

Please send your nominations to Cindy Truett by January 20th for recognition of staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that teaching and learning at Harbins are at the highest levels.

School Improvement Team

The SIT Team meeting will be held on February 3 from 1:15 - 4:00. Location: Professional Development Room. Read Chapter 5 of Change Leader for our session.

Roar Deadline

If you want to add something to the Roar, it must be sent to Montine by noon on Thursday of each week. If not turned in by Thursday at noon, it will have to be entered into the following week’s Roar. Thanks for your help!

News to Roar About

We will place “News to Roar About” in the Roar each Monday. It is our hope that throughout the year that you will take time to send us a note to let us know about a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work. Please be sure to share your compliments with us so we can highlight those individuals in the Roar. You can email compliments to Cindy Truett or Montine Powell.

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file will be shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning for August when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays


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