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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
PTSA Daddy/Daughter Dance
Share a fun
filled evening with your little girl
Friday, April 29th 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Hayes Elementary School
$5.00 per Dad/Daughter(s)
will be available for purchase*
Honor the Children
of Military Families ~ April 29, 2016
Georgia Department of Education will join other states and
organizations across the country in celebrating April as the
Month of the Military Child, which is a time to honor the
strength and sacrifices of military children. State School
Superintendent Richard Woods is asking that each district
designate a day to wear purple and honor the children of
military families in Georgia’s public schools.
Cobb County School
District selected Friday, April 29 as our designated day to wear
purple and honor the children of military families.
– 5th Grade
Milestone Testing ~ April 12 – April 22, 2016
make sure your child has a healthy breakfast and arrives to
school on time.
2015-2016 Milestone Pep
Parents are encouraged to participate
in the AdvancED Parent Survey. The data from this survey will
inform the school and the district about parents’ opinions about
our school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted
directly to AdvancED for analysis. Individual data results will
not be available to the public and will not be posted online.
You may use any personal device to complete this survey.
deadline has been extended to April 29th.
The link to access the http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/922/p913
Attention Rising 6th Grade
Below are a few of the documents we
discussed. The first link is our registration form. Please
go on this link to let us know which music class you would like
your child to enroll in, and in addition which elective class
they would be interested in during the 3rd period
block. We would like this registration form completed by
Thursday, March 31st.
The second link below is our course
handbook. In case you missed the meeting and have
questions regarding the music class options and/or our 3rd
period elective block, please review the information below.
And lastly, please save the date!!
Our Mustang Experience for rising 6th grade students
will be held on Friday, July 22nd from 9:00am – noon.
The flyer is attached.
Mountain Middle School
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:
Nominations for the 2016-2017 Hayes PTSA Executive Board
are now being accepted. To nominate yourself or
someone else, please fill out the forms in the front lobby at
school and place them in the ballot box. Nominees must be
members of the PTSA. If you have any questions or need more
information, please contact Beverly Pleinis -
Some of our best and brightest
represented Hayes at the Leader in Me Symposium. Students
gave speeches to and answered questions from over 200 educators.
We are so proud of these future leaders for doing such a great
job representing Hayes and the Leader in Me program.
Pictured from left to right:
Elijah Watson, Ashley Tatum, Hannah
Eubanks, London Howell, and Amiyiah Gavin
Participants not photographed:
Maiya Adolphus, Maddy Pleinis, Katherine
Hager, Ben DeHass,
Fetteth Bonja,Oscar Garcia Cortes, Alexis
What a fabulous week to be a
Mustang! We have celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and
Read Across America by dressing up as our favorite book
characters and having Special Mystery Readers. Among our
guests were Cobb County School Superintendent, Mr. Chris
Ragsdale, Kennesaw Mayor, Mr. Derek Easterling and our Assistant
Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Swinney. We ended the
week with the students who reached their reading goals duct
taping our Principal, Mrs. Watson, to the wall… our fearless
leader will do anything to promote and encourage the students to
get “stuck on reading”! Thank you Emily Justice and Cathy
Spencer for planning such a sensational week!
Ragsdale Reads to Hayes E.S. Kindergarteners
The Cobb County School District Federal
Programs (Title I, II, III, IDEA and Carl D. Perkins) invites
the public, parents, staff, and students to give input on
federally funded programs. Title I, Title II, Title III, Carl D.
Perkins and IDEA seek input on the use of funds as well as the
development of the Comprehensive Local Education Agency
Improvement Plan (CLIP). Additionally, you are invited to give
input on Homeless Program services and the revision of the Title
I Parental Involvement Policy.
Download the Flyer in English
Download the Flyer in Spanish
Kennesaw State Volunteer Spotlight
Hayes Elementary is in the
spotlight at KSU. This is what they had to say about
“Ms. Pamela Walker along with the
rest of the Hayes Elementary staff and teachers have partnered
with Volunteer Kennesaw for the last five years. Hayes
Elementary consistently provides volunteer opportunities for our
students (primarily education majors) to gain valuable
experiences that will benefit them both in and out of the
classroom. Since the beginning of Fall semester, KSU students
have volunteered over 425 hours of service to Hayes Elementary!
It is a great place for our students to get involved in the
community and the dedication of the staff to make volunteer
experiences meaningful has contributed to its success.
Congratulations Hayes Elementary."
The direct link
You can also go to vksu.kennesaw.edu
and look for the Agency Spotlight link that is located under the
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
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)
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!
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
I eat right, exercise, and get
enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of
places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with my
family and friends (heart). I take time to find meaningful
ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of
The story that a man was sawing
down a tree and not making much progress. When asked why
he didn’t stop to sharpen his saw, he answered that he was too
Habit 7 reminds us that we are more
productive when we are in balance: body, brain, heart, and soul.
If one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the
results. A good analogy for children is a car needing all
four tires; as leaders of themselves, they need to take care of
all four parts of themselves.
Expect your child to use words and
Sharpen the Saw, four parts of
myself: body, brain, heart and soul, taking care of myself, and
balance in his/her
conversations this week. You can encourage your child by
using some of this language at home. You may have an
opportunity to share your feelings with your child about Sharpen
Check out the “Parent’s Place” at
for fun ways to bring the habits home.
2016 Lady Mustang Basketball
Skills and Drills Clinics
Girls basketball players, grades 3-8 (all skill levels welcome)
Basketball skills sessions, led by Varsity Head Coach Jeff Mayr
Tuesdays, March 1-May 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Clinic Dates (6:30-8:00 pm each date)
Tuesday, May 3
April 5th for Spring Break
**Due to gym constraints at
KMHS, there is the potential that times/dates may need to be
adjusted. We will do our best to stick to this schedule as
often as possible.
**In the event of snow or other
events that makes facilities unusable on a given date, sessions
will be cancelled
will be asked to get a waiver signed upon arrival at first
Players are not
required to attend all sessions, drop-ins are welcome
Coach Jeff Mayr at
High School/Middle School
Are you interested
in 6th Grade football? 5th graders participate
as rising 6th graders this spring.
Date! - Spring
Practice starts May 2nd!
FREE Winter workouts
have begun: Every Tuesday and Thursday 5-6pm KMHS weight
Intro to weight
lifting and speed and agility training
For more information
Zach Freise –
404-324-9395 or Greg Duke –
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
Kennesaw Mountain Youth Writing
the flyer for the 2016 KMWP Young Authors Camp for rising 3rd
through 5th graders. The camp will meet from June 13-17
and will be led by certified Georgia Elementary writing teachers
and National Writing Project fellows.
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:
Leadership and PTSA would like to congratulate our 5th
grade Teacher of the Month, Jessie Leyden!!!! She was presented
with a spa gift card for a 60 minute facial and a 60 minute
massage at jSpa in Acworth, courtesy of our long time sponsor,
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.