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Welcome to Hayes Elementary:
A “Leader in Me” School!
-- Our Vision --
Working Together to Ensure Success for All
-- Our Mission --
Developing Future Leaders to Impact
Community and Global Change
2015-2016 School Strategic Plan --
Please click on the following link to view
2015-2016 School Strategic Plan.
Welcome back to school! We are excited to start the
2015-2016 school year. Please be sure to read the
important information below.
General School Information
- Start Times: School doors will open to students at 7:15 a.m. All students
are expected to be in their classrooms ready to begin instruction at 7:50 a.m.
- Attendance Matters: Students with more than 5 absences work against our CCRPI score. When students are checked
out EARLY (before 11:05 AM) or are checked in LATE, this hurts our CCRPI score.
Students and parents, you can help us with this by being here and scheduling appointments, vacations, etc, outside school hours.
Every day counts!
- Morning Car Riders: School opens at 7:15 AM; students cannot be dropped off before 7:15 AM.
Students are expected to be in their classroom by 7:50 AM to begin instruction. Students are tardy after 7:50 AM.
After 7:50 AM, the student must be signed in by an adult.
- Afternoon Car Riders: We ask all parents to remain in vehicles when picking up students. Be certain to have
your car rider tag displayed on your dashboard on the passenger's side. In the interest of student safety, if you
do not show a car rider tag, you will be asked to park your vehicle, come inside and show identification in order
to pick-up your child. To keep our line moving, we ask that parents refrain from conferencing in the car rider line.
- Breakfast: Breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. for car riders. All students are expected to be
in their classrooms ready to begin instruction at 7:50 a.m. Bus riders will be served breakfast upon arrival.
- No Transportation: Changes after 1:45 PM: For the safety of the students, we cannot take any transportation changes
after 1:45 PM. If you need to come to pick up your student early, it must be done prior to 1:45 PM.
- Afternoon Bus Riders: Students 8 years old and younger will be brought back to their school in
the afternoon if a parent, guardian or parent/guardian designee is not present at the bus stop to receive them or if
they otherwise appear to have no appropriate supervision. This is in accordance with the Department of Family and
Children Services Guidelines for safety and supervision of children. When returned, every effort will be made to contact
parent/guardian. If unable to reach a parent, the student will be placed in the After School Program (ASP). There is a
$10.00 registration fee and a $7.00 daily fee for ASP.
Afternoon Dismissal Times
1st Load: 2:10
Car Rider: 2:25
Winter Break - No
February 15, 2016
through February 19, 2016
Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student
survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the
survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.
For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school
administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to
allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school.
All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia
Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the
calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses
are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia
Department of Education for analysis. Individual data
results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to
the public and will not be posted online. The URL
address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.
Georgia Parent Survey:
our schools & students! Gimme 5 for Education!
Again, this year our school is
participating in the “Gimme 5” for Education campaign to raise
funds for the Cobb Schools Foundation! A portion of these
funds will also benefit our school. Last year, Hayes Elementary
raised almost $4000.00 breaking an all-time record for Cobb
County and placing our school in first place in the “Gimme 5”
Campaign for ALL of Cobb County Schools. Our school
received over $1800.00 that was used for instructional purposes
and materials! The Cobb Schools Foundation is the only
non-profit organization that supports all our schools, staff &
students in Cobb County School District. All funds
collected will directly benefit our schools through Foundation
supported scholarships, grants and programs for our schools,
staff & students.
Donation Envelopes went home today.
Please help us reach our goal of 100% participation by making a
$5 tax deductible contribution and return it to school next
week! Give a high five to education! A portion of
the proceeds benefit our school: If our school reaches
$250 of donations, 20% will be given directly back to Hayes and
if our school reaches $750 in donations, 50% will be given back
to Hayes! Donate starting on Monday, February 8th
through Friday, February 12th.
All the names of the students who
make a donation will be placed in a drawing for 2 Braves tickets
and one lucky family will have their name drawn for a One Year
Paid Family Membership to the NW YMCA. Some of the other
awesome incentives are:
place class – receives a Hawaiian Luau the Friday before Spring
class – receives a popsicle party.
Valentine Carnations and Kisses
Our Student Lighthouse Team is
selling Valentine Carnations & Kisses for $2.00 each.
Students can purchase this package for someone special in their
life (parents, siblings, teachers, friends, administration).
We will accept
Sales will last from February 1st – 10th
every morning from 7:15-7:45. The flowers will be
delivered to that special someone on February 12th.
Thank you for supporting our Leader in Me initiative.
Please see the attached picture for more details.
Yearbooks Still on Sale!
Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Payment can be dropped
in the green PTSA box at the front of the school. Be
sure to include the student’s name, grade and homeroom
teacher. Checks are payable to Hayes PTSA.
You can also
buy your yearbook online at
The price is $30 and payment is by a credit card.
will end around February, so buy yours now to guarantee your
child receives a yearbook!
Pre-ordered yearbooks will be delivered to your child’s
class when the books arrive in mid-May.School
The clinic is in need of boys pants
(all sizes), Lysol wipes and Zip Lock Baggies (any size).
Thank you in advance for your donations; they are greatly
In your student’s Friday Folders, information went home on
The Birthday Announcement Fundraiser. You can have your
child’s birthday displayed on the Marquee for only $25.00.
Proceeds will benefit STEM and leadership development programs
for Hayes’ Students.
Thank you for voting for the
School Council Nominees. The parents and business associates
serving on the Hayes’ School Council for the 2015 - 2016 school
Arnold (Parent and Business Associate)
(Partner in Education)
(Parent and Business Associate)
Leader In Me
At Hayes Elementary, our Leadership Program provides students with tools to develop into leaders who will
impact community and global change! The Leader in Me is a school-wide process that develops staff and students as leaders
and thereby transforms the culture and performance of the school. We seamlessly integrate leadership development into
daily curriculum, activities and systems to create a culture where every student is encouraged to set and achieve meaningful
goals, be a positive influence on others, and use his or her individual gifts to better the world. Be a part of the GREAT
that happens here at Hayes Elementary School!
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
means that it is better to listen
first and talk second. This habit is best approached by
listening as a skill – something that should be practiced.
Simply put, we have two ears and one mouth, and should use them
Expect your child to use words and
phrases like Talking Stick, “listen with your ears, eyes, and
heart,” and “seeking first to understand” in his/her
conversations this week. You can encourage your child to
be a leader by using some of this language at home.
Check out the “Parent’s Place” at
for fun ways to bring the habits
all the students who shared how they were living out Habit #5 at
home. The following students’ names were drawn to have
breakfast with Mrs. Watson on Friday, February 5, 2016:
Beecher Dyke, Chase
Jones, Phoebe Kang, Darren Stephens, Ana Ngov, Gabe Williams,
Britany Zelata, Asia Drake, Arden Green
Habit #6 Synergize
information will come home this week.
KMHS Junior Mustangs are currently
holding spring registration for lacrosse players grades 4 - 8
boys and 6-8 girls teams. Our teams play through MAYLA
(Metro Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Association) Our season
begins with practices the week of February 1. The season
consists of 8 games beginning February 27. There will NOT be
games during the two weekends surrounding Cobb County's spring
break. Please go to
for more information and to join us for a wonderful season and a
great lacrosse experience! Any questions about lacrosse or
our program please email us at :
After School Activity
January 29th - May
Parents we are very excited to
announce that we have partnered with TENNIS TIME to offer the
great kids at Hayes Elementary a really fun excited "Kids
Tennis" After school activity! All the details can be found at
This is a really fun opportunity to have your kids learn or
improve at the great game of tennis! All classes are
taught here at our school in the gym! The tennis time coaches
have been teaching these classes all around Atlanta for over 6
years and have had 1000's of kids go thru the program. Classes
Perfect for ages: Pre K- 6th grade!
Some of what the kids will
How to Keep Score
and so much more including loads
Coaches provide all the equipment
and everything kids will need for the classes! :) Check
out a GLIMPSE Of the FUN Classes Here:
Get details and ENROLL your kids now at: All the details
can be found at
Any questions: 404-406-6490 ext 702
Get Georgia Reading Campaign
with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, I am excited to share
with you a new, FREE resource – GAREADY4K text message program
for parents of 4 and 5 year old. Families can opt-in to
receive about three messages weekly about everyday activities
they can do with their children.
A 2014 study led
by researchers at Stanford University found that Ready4K! had a
positive effect on the levels to which parents engaged in home
literacy activities with their children. The texting program
also led to increased involvement with their child’s school.
is coming to Georgia for parents of 4 & 5 year old children —
sign up now by texting gaready4k to 313131. Again, this is a free, opt-in texting
service. Individuals’ mobile carrier text rates may apply.
How Can I Find Books at My Child's Guided Reading
Parent Resource Room has books available for check out.
The levels that we have available for checkout range from level
A – level U. The levels available are for all students
from kindergarten thru Fifth/Sixth grade. Please contact
Pamela Walker, our parent facilitator, to find out how to check
out books for your child.
morning, students can be dropped off
after 7:15 AM.
There is no supervision for students before 7:15 AM. In the
afternoon, we cannot accept any transportation changes after 1:45 PM.
Due to safety and hygiene concerns, animals are not allowed
in the school other than approved classroom pets, for example,
fish and turtles. Please refrain from bringing your animals/pets
in the building unless you have prior approval for
therapy/service animals or for an event such as “Strut your
In light of the recent
attempted child abductions throughout metro-Atlanta, our Hayes
counseling department focused their guidance lessons on stranger
safety during the month of September.
During these lessons, the
students have been given tips and strategies for staying safe,
especially when it is necessary to walk anywhere unaccompanied
by a parent or guardian.
They were taught how to
recognize safe strangers (policemen, firefighters, etc.) and
safe places (schools, police departments, etc.) where they can
seek help, if needed, and how to respond if a stranger
approaches them or tries to get them into a car.
Students should be bringing
home their stranger safety worksheet in grades K-2 and stranger
safety packet in grades 3-5 by Friday, October 2nd.
Please review the materials
with your children and discuss any concerns they may have.
Further, in today’s world of
dual working parent families, we know that a parent waiting at
the bus stop with a child is not always possible.
Though it is always safest to
have an adult accompany a child to and from the bus stop, here
are a few suggestions to help keep your child safe:
- Work with other parents to have children walk to and
from bus stops and wait in groups. Use the "buddy system"
- Create a Safe Walking Plan with your child using the
safest and most direct path to the school bus stop.
- Establish "Safe Houses" along the route to the bus stop
that your child can go to if approached
while walking to or from the bus stop.
keep working together to ensure the safety of our kids!
CCRPI stands for College and Career Readiness Performance
Index and it is the way the state now evaluates a school’s
performance. There are several factors that contribute to
the overall score:
- Achievement Points
- Progress Points
- Achievement Gap Score
- Challenge Points
We also want our community to be aware that there are
additional factors, in parents’ direct control that will impact
- Student Absences
– The percentage of students with good attendance is also
factored into our CCRPI score. The state of Georgia has
qualified “good attendance” as no more than five days of
absence. This means that once a student hits six or more
days of absence they are counted against our overall score.
This includes absences for any reason.
Both unexcused and excused absences count in the
- School Climate Survey
– Each year, parents are requested to take an online survey
to assess the climate of the school. The percentage
participation rate, along with the parents’ scores, directly
influence our CCRPI score. Parents are asked to rate the
school in the following areas: Safety, Relationships,
Teaching and Learning, and Institutional Environment.
More information about CCRPI can be found here:
The Hayes Leadership and PTSA
would like to congratulate our Teacher of the Month, Nikki
Howell!!!! She was presented with a spa gift card for a 60
minute facial and a 60 minute massage at a Spa in Acworth,
courtesy of our long time sponsor, Melissa Krudwig. Melissa
is fellow Hayes parent and a long time Partner in Education.
The Bear of Real Estate, and the Think Melissa Team are the #1
Sales Team. They are here to help you or others buy or sell
Real Estate now or in the future. They are very protective
of their clients and of their interests. They are skilled at
avoiding real estate "bear traps" that can catch Buyers and
Sellers unaware. As full service Real Estate Consultants,
Melissa and her team of Real Estate professionals provide
services tailored to their Sellers' and Buyers' needs. They were
featured on the JAN 2015 cover of the Top Agent Magazine in
Georgia and were named the # 1 Sales Team for a second time.
Their Buyer's Agent / Director of Buyer's Services, Angie
Chavez, was named the #1 Buyer's Agent and their Closing
Coordinator, Kim Schoenbachler, was named the Top Administrator.
Also, Melissa and Angie are award winning members of their Board
of Realtors. Melissa and her team have over 28 years of Real
Estate Experience. Please take a moment to read their client
You can follow them on Facebook to receive recipes, local
community information, and more.
Office 365 is here for students!
Information was sent home on how to access this valuable resource available at no charge to you.
If you have misplaced the instruction page, please visit the
instructional technology page for more information.
Password = normal computer password
*Students with same first/last names will have a 3 digit code added to their last names. Please contact the media
specialist at your school if you experience trouble logging-in.
New Rule Regarding Food
Please Note: Due to safety regulations, food items for all celebrations going forward must be store bought with nutrition labels.
We must be able to account for the ingredients that our students ingest while at school. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
The Parent Portal is up and working!!! It can be accessed via the Hayes webpage under the Parents tab at the top and
on the side where the links are located. Look for a flier to go home in Friday folders with this information.
SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT HAYES MUSTANGS
Need convenient, after school child care for your student? Enroll your child in ASP.
Program details and a sample enrollment agreement may be accessed by clicking here.
Actual enrollment forms can be picked up in the front office.
Click on the following link to find parent letters per grade level with information about
standards being taught this nine weeks.
Standards - Parent Letters
Congratulations to Mrs. Ginny Buttram!!
Mrs. Buttram was chosen as our
Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016
Congratulations to Mrs. Cheryl Holland!!
Mrs. Holland was chosen as our CETOY for 2015-2016
Congratulations to Our Radical Readers!!!
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl ~ Hayes Elementary Radical Readers, First Place, Elementary Division
Elementary, middle and high school students vied to become the best readers in the District on Jan. 17 at the Annual Helen
Ruffin Reading Bowl, hosted by North Cobb High School. Teams faced off in six rounds of fast-paced, game-show-style
quizzes in which the person who buzzes in first gets to respond.
The Reading Bowl was created by Helen Ruffin, a DeKalb County library media specialist looking for a way to motivate the students at her
school to read more. It was so successful that schools all across Georgia began holding their own competitions.
The Cobb County bowl was started 8 years ago by Kathi Vanderbilt, now a retired school librarian. It has grown so much over the years that the
25+ elementary teams compete in the morning and the 15+ middle/high school teams compete in the afternoon.
To kick off each event the opening ceremonies feature a parade of schools followed by 6 competition rounds. Suspense is high as winning teams are determined by
cumulative points so it’s impossible to know who wins until the closing ceremony. At last year’s bowl a parent remarked, “This is my child’s first academic competition and it’s awesome.”
Winning teams at each level will advance to the regional competition. That is followed by divisional and state competitions. Cobb County School District has a history of
producing state winners.
The Fire Marshall will ticket and/or tow cars that are parked in the fire lane. Please be aware.
Lost and Found
Please check our lost and found if your child is missing something. If these items are not claimed, Hayes will donate them.
Meet our Parent Facilitator
My name is
Pamela Walker and I am your Parent Facilitator at Hayes
Elementary School. One of my main objectives in this role
is to get more parents involved in the school. Too often, people
think because they work they cannot be involved, but that is far
from true. Please know any assistance you can give as a
volunteer is always appreciated!
Resource Room is opened from 7:15 to 3:15 daily. Please feel
free to come and visit the Parent Resource Room, located in the
back hallway, to the left of the cafeteria in Room 1.032
Resource Room has a variety of materials that parents can check
out at their leisure. There are educational books, as well as
math and literature materials and games available. I am here to
assist you at Hayes, should you need assistance in the school or
information on community resources.
Parents are an
integral part of the success of a school. It has always been my
thought that working together can make the difference in the
life of a child. If you would be interested in volunteering,
please feel free to e-mail me with your name and availability
and I will follow up with you about volunteer opportunities.
Thank you in advance for your time
and we look forward to seeing you at Hayes. You can
reach me at 678-594-8127 ext. 254 or
Would you like Volunteer at Hayes?
If you are interested in volunteering at Hayes this school year,
please contact Pamela Walker at 678-594-8127 ext. 254 or
convenient for you. We appreciate all of our volunteers and realize that
we could not accomplish everything we do without your help. Every volunteer
will need to sign off on a Cobb County form in reference to volunteering.
Please feel free to look at the link listed below before coming in to volunteer.
We hope to see you soon!
Hayes Watch D.O.G.S.
Here is a link to the National Watch D.O.G.S site so you can learn more about the program. http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/
is the account created as a central e-mail address to be
able to send and receive correspondence. We look forward to establishing a great group of Watch D.O.G.S. for the 2015-2016 school year!
Message from PTSA
Please "like" the Hayes Elementary PTSA facebook page for information and reminders about school events! If you have something you
would like to share please contact Nicole Burt at email@example.com
2015-16 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year.
Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.
For more information, please see our 2015-16 School Choice webpage.