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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
General School Information
Attention Parents/Guardians of Car Riders
Afternoon Dismissal Times
1st Load: 2:10
Car Rider: 2:25
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
CoGat Testing will be held September 13th-15th
for 1st and 3rd
IOWA Testing will be held September 16th-21st
for 3rd and 5th
Pajama Day is Thursday, September 22nd. As
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hayes will be having
a pajama day on Thursday, September 22nd to benefit the Rally
Foundation, a childhood cancer research foundation. For a $1.00
students can wear their pajamas (school appropriate) to school
on Thursday. The students should give the $1.00 to their teacher
Join Hayes’ PTSA for Spirit Night at Stevi B’s Pizza on
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 4:00 PM to closing at the 2500
Dallas Highway location.
Fall Break: September 26-30
SAFETY TRUMPS CONVENIENCE!
Parents, we ask for your support as we enforce the policies of
our school designed to help keep our students safe. ALL parents
and visitors are required to sign-in with the main office before
entering the hallways of our building. NO EXCEPTIONS! We thank
you in advance for your cooperation.
The STEM/Discovery Clubs will begin on Friday, October 7th.
These clubs are offered to support Georgia’s College and Career
track as well as to support varied interests of our students.
STEM/Discovery Clubs are free and allow your child to have fun
while developing their talents and leadership! Club sessions are
held on designated Fridays from 9:00—10:00 AM for K-2nd grades.
and 1:00-2:00 PM for 3-5th grades.
Open House Information
If you missed Open House, you can view the presetations from our
administrative team and our PTSA below simply by clicking the
Open House 2016
The National PTA art contest known as Reflections starts now
and entries are due the week of October 10—14, 2016. Stu-
dents can create art in 6 categories: literature, photog-
raphy, video, production, dance, choreography, music com-
position and visual art.
The theme is “What is Your Story?”
Students can pick up entry forms and rule packets in the
Media Center. Please contact Beth Matuszek at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Annual Title I Program
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Ms. Corris Room
For more information, please contact
Pamela Walker, Parent Facilitator
678-594-8127, ext. 254
CALLING ALL DADS!
Dads Of Great Students
Do you have a student that has come home talking about seeing a
WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad volunteering at Hayes? WATCH D.O.G.S.®,
a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other
father figures to volunteer at least one day at their
child’s/student's school during the school year.
If interested, please e-mail
Link for Watch D.O.G.S. Google Doc:
Watch Dogs Document
Parents, please know that when students are checked out before
11:05 AM, they are not credited for a full day of attendance.
We ask that you do your best to schedule appointments outside
school hours. When it comes to learning and instruction,
EVERY MOMENT MATTERS!
See attached flyer-
We will begin
our enforcement of the Cobb County dress code.
All students must dress appropriately
and neatly. Here are some general guidelines:
Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than one inch above the
Shorts, dresses and skirts with leggings must also be 1 inch
above knee or longer
No tank tops or two tank tops worn on top of each other.
No see-through garments without proper under garments.
No clothing with suggestive phrases, designs or profanity.
No midriff blouses or skirts.
No bandanas or caps.
No halter tops or spaghetti straps.
No pants that expose the navel.
Sun dresses must be worn with jackets
No items showing illegal
substances for minors.
Administrative Rules can be found by visiting www.cobbk12.org.
Click on Administrative Rules, then scroll down to section "J" -
The Yankee Candle fundraiser is due on Tuesday, September 13.
All forms and money should be deposited into the green PTSA safe
at the front entrance. Thank you for your sup-port of the Hayes
BIRTHDAY TO YOU FUNDRAISER!
announcements are sold on a first-come basis. This purchase
entitles your birthday child’s name to be displayed on the
marque, mentioned on afternoon announcements and put in the
Hayes’ Happenings on/around his or her birthday. The name will
be up from the opening of school until 3:00 pm that same school
day (or longer) provided the application and payment have been
received in advance. Birthday applications must be received at
least two weeks in advance.
attached flyer with more information
Happy Birthday Fundraiser.docx
NEED TO KNOW
Student safety is our top priority. At Hayes, we have come
to accept that safety trumps convenience. With that said,
we ask that you follow our school’s protocol for visiting:
Ring doorbell and wait to be buzzed in after stating
your name and reason for visit
Refrain from allowing others to enter the building with
Check-in at the main office
Wear your visitor’s badge in a highly visible place on
Be cooperative if a staff member addresses you in the
hallway or throughout our building
Students can be dropped of at 7:15 AM. Parents are to wait
with the student until that time (preferably in the car).
Students are not allowed on campus unsupervised. The Hayes
staff reports for work at 7:15 AM.
Parents should remain in cars and follow the car-rider
line. The car-rider tag should be displayed on the front
windshield and remain there until your child is placed in
your car. Parking and entering the building will not
expedite this process – parents need to remain in their cars
unless a parent needs to get car-rider tag (be prepared to
It is extremely important for the school to have up to date
information. If you have any changes (address, phone number
and/or emergency contacts), please inform the office as soon
Cobb County Folders:
During the first week of school your child brought home a
Cobb County Folder with a lot of important information;
there are some forms that need to be returned to the school
as soon as possible. Friday Folders went home today with
some more very important information. Please return the
following forms to your child’s teacher on Monday:
Receipt of Family Information Guide Form
Additional forms sent by homeroom teacher
All students in grades 2 -5 should have an agenda. Please
utilize this tool for effective daily communication between
home and school.
On Monday Morning, August 8, 2016, our kindergarten students
will go to their 2016-2017 kindergarten class. Feel free to
come in and meet the teacher on Monday morning from
8:05 AM - 8:30 AM.
from Ms. Walker
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 3:00 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
678-594-8127 ext. 254
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!
During the month of September, we will focus on
Habit #1: Be Proactive! To be proactive means to take
responsi-bility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the
key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first. We
ask that you discuss the meaning of this habit with your child,
and then look for evidence that your child is living the habit
at home. Return the letter in your child’s folder, and he/she
may get to join Mrs. Watson at one of our monthly Leadership
The schedule for the
fall will be as follows:
Club and Spanish Club
News Club, Engineering Club and Lego Club
Overtime Athletics and Art Club
Dreamweaver’s Dance Club
Club and Drama Kids
Part of the tuition from our clubs comes directly
back to Hayes! Details have already come home, or will be coming
home with your children in their Friday folders. For more
information, please call Lea Tatum in the front office
We thank our Partner in Education for sponsoring our “Read to
Lead” Program throughout the summer. In doing so, many of
our students were able to participate in activities to enhance
their literacy skills. Additionally, Sanctuary sponsored
event ensuring that every student who attended the event
received a backpack with supplies. Students who submitted
their reading logs received $10.00 gift cards to Barnes and
Noble. We awarded our 2 top readers a Kindle Fire for
Jack Dutcher -- 1st Grade
Oscar Garcia – 5th Grade
We wish to thank all of our
Partners in Ed and Friends for their contributions to our
“Burgers and Backpacks”
kick-off: Big Shanty Barber Shop, Chick Fil A, Foundation for
the Future, Gymnastics Association of Atlanta, Hayes PTSA, Jus
so Catering, Kirkwood Presbyterian, Kiwanis Club, KSU, New Salem
Baptist Church, North Metro Church, Sanctuary Church, Sparkles,
St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Walton Communities and Zaxby's.
Sunday, July 31st, Kirkwood held a special service
for students returning to school. This annual service is
the Blessings and Backpacks service. We thank Kirkwood for
supplying our students with additional backpacks and supplies as
well for the prayers and good wishes the 2016 -2017 school year.
Mrs. Leyden (4th grade/SPED teacher); Mrs. Sliger (1st
grade teacher); and Mrs. Watson (Principal) enjoyed worshipping
with this congregation.
New Salem Baptist Church:
While under construction, this Partner in Education graciously
hosted our Kindergarten Camp during the summer. We thank
them for providing the venue to make our program possible.
West Cobb Church:
A sincere THANK YOU to these friends of Hayes for supplying our
teachers with treat bags at the start of this school year. The
snacks were much needed and the coupons will be used. We
appreciate the thoughtfulness.
Eagle Pointe, Greater Works,
Sanctuary and Three Taverns Church:
A BIG thank you to these churches who worked tirelessly the week
of the July 25 to help us unpack and move back into our school
after the summer HVAC installation. THANK YOU!
Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to Stem – Hayes had three
scholar leaders to attend this prestigious conference at Wake
Forest University this past summer. Amiyah Gavin,
Madelynn Pleinis and Elijah Watson
represented Hayes Elementary as they demonstrated leadership and
participated in medical, engineering and forensic activities. We
are so proud of them, and we look forward to sending more
Mustangs in the future.
Georgia Shape recognizes Hayes for
the 3rd year in row! Geor-gia Shape is the Governor’s statewide,
initiative that brings to-gether governmental, philanthropic,
academic and business communities to address childhood (0-18)
obesity in Georgia. For the past two years, Hayes has earned
Platinum status – the highest recognition a school can earn —
for our programs and student perfor-mance in physical activity
Keep Moving in the Right Direction,
While the Hayes community is rich in
character and love, we find ourselves in need of resources to
beautify and maintain our campus. We wish to thank a 1st grade
parent, Ms. April Shultz, for taking the initiative to write a
proposal to her employer on behalf of Hayes. Her efforts have
resulted in a grant to our school to build pathways for our
kindergarten students to use during fire drills and other
outdoor learning activites. SAP North America is not only
providing the financial resources, but also the labor to
complete this worthwhile project. We thank Ms. Shultz and SAP
North America for their generosity.
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
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!
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:
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
join us in congratulating our TOTY and CEOTY…
of the Year - Lindsay Corris
Classified Employee of the Year - Traci Edwards
Congratulations to Our Radical Readers!!!
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl ~ Hayes Elementary Radical
Readers, Third Place, Elementary Division
Congratulations to our AMAZING
Mustangs! They came in 3rd at regionals for the Helen Ruffin
Reading Bowl. We are so proud of them!
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.
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