All Cobb County schools and facilities are closed on Thursday, February 26, 2015. A winter storm warning is in effect. Weather forecasts predict snow, sleet and possibly dangerous conditions for travel tomorrow. Teachers and students should not report. 260 day employees should report as usual if their routes are safe.

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

Friendly Reminders

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. 

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. 

Safety and Security

To improve the safety and security of our property, a fence is being installed on the side of the playground.  The installation of the fence is in progress so please excuse the mess as they work to survey the area, remove trees and install the fence around our playground area. 

Thank you for patience as we work to keep our school safe and secure! 

News and Announcements

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.

Parent Portal

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.


The students mastered Habit #4:  Think Win-Win in December and January.  We received so many forms back on how you saw your child live Habit #4! Your child’s name was announced on the morning announcements and placed in a drawing to have breakfast with Mrs. Watson. 

The following students enjoyed having breakfast with Mrs. Watson:

Christina Barber, London Barnhill, Fenneth Bonja, Isaiah Briggins, Hannah Eubanks, Brayden Fairley, London Howell, Tyrees Maxwell, Xavier Ramsay, Samantha Roque, and McKaya Ross 

Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Look for information on Habit #5 in your student’s Friday folder.

“I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.  I try to see things from their viewpoint (paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting.  I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.

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 accordingly. 

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 home.  Please let us know how you are seeing your children living out Habit #5 at home!

Parent Workshop Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood

This workshop will reinforce why listening is essential to your family.

Wednesday, February 25th,2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Parent Resource Room. 

parent leadership

Parent Leadership Month

February is Parent Leadership Month! The month of February has been declared Parent Leadership Month and every year various events and activities that recognize, respect, and celebrate parents for their leadership in their homes, communities, and schools take place across Georgia. Parent Leadership Month is designed to highlight the various opportunities afforded to parents, professionals, policymakers, and community members to engage in partnerships with the goal of building and supporting strong and lasting roles for parents as leaders in the school environment. To celebrate Parent Leadership Month this year, the Georgia Department of Education will feature different parent leader each day on Twitter. Meet some of our fascinating parent leaders by following us @GaDOEParents. If you would like to find out how you can become more involved in your child’s school, please contact Pamela Stone @

Parent Survey

Hayes Elementary School 2015-2016

Title I Parent Involvement Survey

Hayes Elementary School is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team.  Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parent involvement program and activities in our school.  The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background.  Each family should have received a confidential survey from school this week that will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities for the 2015-2016 events at Hayes Elementary School. 

You may take the survey by clicking the following link: 

Parent Survey

Thank you for taking out the time to fill out the survey. Your feedback is appreciated. Please note, all surveys on-line or paper versions, must be completed and returned by March 5, 2015 to Pamela Stone, Parent Facilitator. 


Clinic Supplies

The clinic is in need of snack size and sandwich size zip-lock style baggies. 

Thank you so much in advance for your donations.

The Hayes’ Curriculum Carnival

This year our carnival will be held on Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. We will celebrate with a Disney theme, “Hayes…Where Dreams Come True”. We hope all our Hayes students and families will join us for this fun event!  There will be free games and snacks for all, and you just might see some of your favorite Disney characters! So make your plans to join us on February 26 at 6:00 for our annual Curriculum Carnival!

Melissa and her team are sponsoring our Curriculum Carnival.  She is a long time Partner in Education.  Melissa Krudwig and The Bear of Real Estate - The Think Melissa Team are the #1 Sales Team and are here to help you or others buy or sell Real Estate now or in the future.

Melissa Krudwig is known as the Bear of Real Estate and she is very protective of her clients and of their interests. She is skilled at avoiding real estate "bear traps" that can catch Buyers and Sellers unaware. As full service Real Estate Consultants, Melissa and her team provide real estate services tailored to their Sellers and Buyers. The team is fully staffed to provide excellent customer service, including a Director of Buyers Services, an Office Manager, a Closing Coordinator, a Listing Coordinator, and a Marketing Coordinator.

Also sponsoring the Curriculum Carnival are…

Eaton Chiropractic

2847 S. Main Street Kennesaw, GA 30144 Dr. Cris Welsh



West Cobb Chiropractic

office: (770) 919-7171

cell: (678)-524-2131
Eriece B. Harris D.C.


Curriculum Carnival Information

Students are allowed to wear Disney-inspired, school appropriate costumes if they would like.  The class with the best participation will receive a pizza party!


Envelopes went home in Friday Folders!

The Cobb County School District’s “Gimme 5” Campaign will be held February 23rd – 27th. Here is a recap of the “Gimme 5 for Education” fundraiser. “Gimme 5” supports the Cobb Schools Foundation which provides teacher grants, student scholarships, support for the After School Program, Classified Employee of the Year, and much more.

If Hayes Elementary is able to raise at least $750.00 then 50% of the proceeds will be spent on educational items and instructional use for our school. We have been able to meet this goal for the past four years! Last year we raised over $1,400 and won first place for elementary schools in our district.  Let’s make this happen again!

Incentives for the students and classes

ALL Students- 50 cents PJ Day on Friday-February 27th.   Bring in 50 cents and wear pajamas on Friday, 2/27!

One Classroom – The classroom with the highest amount donated will receive a “Party” on the Friday before Spring Break. (April 3rd) This will include wearing PJ’s, a movie, cupcakes, popcorn, and punch!

One Student – At the end of the campaign a student’s name will be drawn and that student will win a “Movie Night” basket which will include: Two tickets to AMC Theatre, theatre candy, a gift card for popcorn and drinks. 

2015 Hayes Elementary Science Fair

Attention Scientists!  It is time to start your projects for the science fair.

Applications and rules are available in the Media Center.  Projects can be dropped off in the Media Center February 23-27, 2015 between 7:15-8am daily.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade can do a scientific collection or experiment.

3rd through 5th grade projects must include an experiment to answer a question with both a hypothesis and a conclusion.

All participants will be invited to an awards ceremony on March 10th at 8am and will be entered into a drawing for some wonderful science prizes!

Please contact with any questions. 

Hayes Got Talent

Come one, come all for the…


You are invited to hear the good news at the…

Hayes Information Sharing Meeting

    Join us to inform our community about what’s happening at Hayes Elementary School!                                 

Be sure to bring a friend who wants to hear the good news!

When: Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 PM

Where: New Salem Baptist Church

836 New Salem Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Hayes staff members and parents will be on hand to share details about the vision of Hayes Elementary School. 

Discover what makes Hayes special - our unique programs, initiatives and awards. 

Find out what it means to be a Title 1 School. 

Learn about how the Leader in Me Program is transforming our students. 

We will also share information about our Hayes educators, our wonderful Partners in Education, our school curriculum, and ways to get involved and positively impact our students.

The whole family is welcome to attend.  Cake and beverages will be served.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Please RSVP to

Hayes Elementary


School Policy & Compact Parent Review Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, 3/10/15

Time:  8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location:  Parent Resource Room 1.032

For more information, please contact

Pamela Stone, Parent Facilitator


Title I Meeting Parent Flyer 



Hayes Elementary Yearbook

Don’t Miss Out!

This is your final opportunity to guarantee that your student will have a yearbook at the end of the school year.  The PTSA does not buy extra yearbooks. Any yearbooks sold at the end of the year are overruns sent by the publisher.

Don't delay, order by Monday, February 23rd

Go to to purchase a yearbook for $30 or fill out a PTSA form and submit it with payment in the PTSA box by 2/23.

Questions?  Contact Kate Millholland, PTSA Yearbook Chair:

Kennesaw Mountain Jr. Mustang Cheer Program- 5th Graders!

Come learn what it takes to be a KMHS Jr. Mustangs Middle School Cheerleader

Date: February 22nd, March 22nd,

Time:  3:00 – 5:00pm

Location: KMHS small gym

Must be a current 5th, 6th or 7th grader

*Must live in the Kennesaw Mtn. High School District


everyone welcome

 Tryout Dates March 30, March 31, April 1st and April 2nd

Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Cheer Program Flyers Attached!

KMHS Cheer Tryouts

KMHS Cheer Information 

PTSA Executive Board

Nominations for the 2015-2016 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 Pamela Stone.  Thank you!!


Click on the following link to find parent letters per grade level with information about standards being taught this nine weeks.

Standards - Parent Letters 

Thank you to all who attended the

Father/Daughter Dance!

Thanks to all of the participants of the Father/Daughter Dance.  We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves!

FD Dance

Thank you to all of our PIEs, Partners in Education!

Thank you to all of our PIEs, Partners in Education, who came to celebrate National Pie Day.     

We appreciate all of your support, time and dedication to our students!


Congratulations to our Hayes Mustangs who placed at the Tom Mathis Council PTA level ceremony for Reflections.  Jessica Chu, 3rd place for 5th Grade Literature, Madelynn Pleinis, 1st place for 4th Grade Literature, Sean Bracero-Borders, 2nd place for Kindergarten Visual Arts      and Andrew Wanek, 1st place for 3rd Grade Literature.  All 1st and 2nd place winners will move on to the state level which will be announced sometime in March.  

Congratulations to Mrs. Ginny Buttram!!

Mrs. Buttram was awarded  "The Teacher of Promise" award from the GSTA (Georgia Science Teacher's Association) .

The Teacher of Promise (TOP) award recognizes science teachers with one, two, or three years of teaching experience that show exceptional promise in the field of Science.  These awards are granted to one elementary, one middle, and one high school teacher in the state of Georgia each year. 

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.

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Fourth Grade Teacher of the Month, Enger Dickey!  In addition to being recognized by PTSA, our Partners in Education,  Melissa Krudwig "The Bear of Real Estate" Think Melissa Team, provided Mrs. Dickey with a Spa Gift Certificate and our Partner in Education, Chick-fil-A, gave her a Gift Certificate.   

Strong for Life Parnters Visit

Our Strong 4 Life partners came out for a visit!  While they were here they reminded us of the 4 Healthy Habits to stay Strong 4 Life: Make Half Your Plate Veggies and Fruits, Be Active, Limit Screen Time and Drink More Water!!  Mr. Blackmon spent time with our students in the gym and cafeteria teaching them about the heathy habits!


Hayes Chorus Performance

The Hayes Chorus sang at Stevi B’s Tuesday night. A picture of them has been entered in the Stevi B's Fundraising Group Photo Contest where our school could win $500! You can vote by going to Please share with your friends and family so we can be the next winners!! 

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee, Benjamin DeHass, and runner up, Katherine Hagar!  You both did a fantastic job!

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 schoolwide 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!

Walton Parent Math Night

What a great turnout we had for our Walton Ridenour “Parent Math Night”!  Thank you to Walton for hosting us and allowing us to connect with our parents.  Our parents left with some great activities, resources and knowledge about the content that their child is learning.  We couldn’t have asked for a better event!

Childrens Health Care of Atlanta- Strong 4 Life Pep Rally

All Hayes’ students attended an awesome pep rally! Be sure to ask your student what they learned!

 -Drink Water  -Eat Fruits and Vegetables  -Limit Screen Time  -Be Active


Fall Festival

Thank you to everybody who came out for the Sanctuary Fall Festival on Saturday.  A special thank you to Sanctuary Church for their time, commitment and dedication to our staff and students.   We’d like to thank all of our Partners in Education who helped to make this event possible: Eaton Chiropractic, Maximized Living, The Think Melissa Real estate team, Metropolitan Dental Associates, Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis Club, Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta and On the Border.  It was a beautiful day with many great memories created!


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Hispanic Heritage Month

Fire Lane

Fire Lane Parking

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.


Would you like Volunteer at Hayes? 

If you are interested in volunteering at Hayes Elementary School this year, please contact Ms. Stone and let her know what days and times are convenient for you. Feel free to email at 

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! 

Mandated Reporting link:

Hayes Watch D.O.G.S.:

 Below is a link to the National Watch D.O.G.S site so you can learn more about the program. and  "" 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 2014-2015 school year!

Bleasdale Family

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

We are pleased to announce our
Teacher of the Year !

Renya Barden
Second Grade Teacher

She is wonderful in a million ways! Hayes is excited to have such a dedicated teacher at our school!

Congratulations to our
Classified Employee of the Year
("CEOTY") for 2014-2015!

Patti Sheevy
Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Mrs. Sheevy has been part of the Kindergarten team for many years. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the Hayes family.

General School Information


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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Hayes Elementary has been identified as a Focus school according to the definition contained in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver granted to the State of Georgia in February of 2012. Hayes’ Focus school designation is due to an achievement gap between student groups identified from 2010-2011 school data. Focus schools must offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) designed to increase academic achievement. The Hayes Elementary FLP program addresses the subject of math. The FLP program will provide afterschool tutoring on Mondays and Thursdays to identified 3rd grade through 5th grade students. The FLP program will provide tutoring to Kindergarten, 1stgrade, and 2nd grade students twice a week during the student’s specials schedule. All of the instruction will be conducted by certified teachers. If you have more questions about the Flexible Learning Program or the ESEA waiver please click on the link below or contact Denise Walker at Hayes Elementary.