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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

 the 2015-2016 School Strategic Plan.

Hayes-SSP 2015-2016.pdf

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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. Thank you!
  • 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

Daycare: 2:27

ASP: 2:30

Important Dates to Remember

It's Scholastic Book Fair time!

Online shopping starts Monday 11/16

Scholastic Book Fair Online Shopping Link


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 www.jostensyearbook.com The price is $30 and payment is by a credit card.
  • Pre-sales 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.


International Day

International Day

We are a very unique school with students representing over 25 countries from around the world. International Day is a time for our families and the entire community to come together to share and experience different cultures through food, entertainment, displays and crafts. Thank you for joining us for our International Day Celebration.

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Sanctuary Fall Festival

Thank you to all who attended the Fall Festival put on by our wonderful Partner in Education, Sanctuary Church. We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! We love and appreciate everything Sanctuary Church does for our school!

Fall Festival1 Elijah & Maddi
Fall Festival 3 The Hernandez Family 
Fall Festival 5 The Walker Family
The Shorter Family The Jean Family

Save the Playground

Thank you so much for your donations! We raised the $6000.00 needed to Save the Playground! The fifth grade Target students worked on a service-based project where they saved the Hayes’ playground from erosion.


Save the Playground 1

Save the Playground 2



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.

School Council

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 year are...

·Amanda Arnold (Parent and Business Associate)

·Mayla Pepper (Partner in Education)

·Beverly Pleinis (Parent)

·Neil Richey (Parent and Business Associate)

·Harold Turner (Parent)

·Melissa Whitaker (Parent)

Zach Seabaugh, a Hayes’ alumnus and now a junior at Kennesaw Mountain is on Season 9 of the hit NBC show The Voice.  We are so excited for Zach and the entire Seabaugh family!  #teamblake 

Open House

Did you miss Open House?  Click the link below for a presentation from Hayes Administrators.

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Habit 4

Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win.  It’s not you or me, it’s both of us.  It’s a belief that there are enough good things for everyone.  It’s being able to be happy when good things happen to other people. 

 Habit 4: Think Win-Win is the first of the next three habits that address relationships.  They teach us how to better interact with others. 

Expect your child to use words and phrases like “Think Win-Win”, sharing, abundant, and “being happy for others” in his/her conversations this month.  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 Think Win-Win.  The Habit #4 information went home today in your child’s Friday Folder. We are looking forward to seeing how your child is living out Habit #4 at home.

Check out the “Parent’s Place” at www.TheLeaderInMe.org for fun ways to bring the habits. 

Thank you

We are thankful for our Partners in Education!  Each week in November we are going to recognize a few of our Partners in Education.  We are so thankful for all they do for us here at Hayes!  

Get Georgia Reading Campaign

In partnership 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.

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.

Now, Ready4K! 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 Level?

Our 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.

Safety First

In the 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 Mut”.

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" whenever possible.
  • 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.

Let’s 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 our school.

  • 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 same way.
  • 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, Andrea Atkinson!!!! 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 reviews on: https://www.facebook.com/thinkmelissa. You can follow them on Facebook to receive recipes, local community information, and more.

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Office 365 is here for students!

Information was recently 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.

Login: Firstname.Lastname@students.cobbk12.org*
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.


ASP Information

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.

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!

Fire Lane

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

Dear Parents,

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!

The Parent 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

The Parent 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 pamela.walker@cobbk12.org.

Pam Walker

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 
Pamela.walker@cobbk12.org and let her know what days and times are 
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. 
You may need to cut and paste it in the browser.   We hope to see you soon! 

 Mandated Reporting Link

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!

Watson Barnett Family


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 nicoleburt06@gmail.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.