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

Welcome Back Image

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

October 5: October 8, 2015: 3rd Grade IOWA Assessments

October 5: October 8, 2015: 5th Grade IOWA Assessments 


Save the Playground

 Help our 5th grade Target class save our school playground from erosion by donating today!

For more information, go to our website
Save the Playground!


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)

Open House

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

Open House 2015 (2).ppsx

imageReflections News!


Reflections entries may be dropped off in the Media Center any morning the week of October 5th - 9th.  Friday, October 9, 2015 is the last day to turn in entries.

This year’s theme “Let Your Imagination Fly” is easy and wonderful because you can dream up anything.

Pick up forms and rules in the Hayes Media Center, or go online to download entry form and rules at:



Dance Choreography • Film Production • Literature Music Composition • Photography • Visual Arts




Deadline for entries: Friday, October 9, 2015

For details, contact: Beth Matuszek at eamatuszek@bellsouth.net


News From Pamela Walker,

Parent Facilitator

Habit 1

Parent Workshop on Habit #1: Be Proactive

September 30th, 2015 in the Parent Resource Room, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Please see attached letter from Ms. Walker

Parent Workshop on Habit 1.docx


Habit 2

Habit 2:  Begin With the End In Mind

In September, we will start learning about Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind.  Begin with the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out – before getting started. You will hear your child use words and phrases like “Begin With the End in Mind”, “goals, choices and sticking with it” in his/her conversations.


Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta

2995 N. Cobb Parkway ~ 770-975-3820

National Gymnastics Day and GAA Open House - September 19, Noon – 2:30.p.m.

This is a FREE event that the entire community is welcome to attend! All of our competitive gymnasts will be exhibiting their skills. We will have raffles, free tours, free face painting and lots more!

Tumbling Clinic – September 26:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, $30.00 members, $40.00 non-members.

Parents Night Out – September 26: 7:00 PM– 11:00 PM, $30.00 includes dinner and a snack.

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.    

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.

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