Welcome to
Nicholson Elementary!


Principal: Joan Johnson  |  Assistant Principal: Missy Shackelford

Where tomorrow's stars are shining brightly today!!

 

Nicholson News and Announcements: 

Student Placement 2014-2015

If you have information you would like to share regarding your child's placement for the 2014-2015 school year, please download the Placement Form and turn in the hard copy to the front office no later than May 2,2014.

Public Candidates Forum

Hello Nicholson Families.  Please join the Pope High School PTSA Cluster for a public candidate forum on Thursday, April 17th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Hightower Trail Middle School.

Meet and hear from candidates for the offices of Governor, House of Representatives District 44 and Cobb Board of Education Post 6.  There will be a meet and greet before the forum at 6:00 pm and another meet and greet following the forum.  Come learn about the candidates and the issues.

You can email questions before the forum for the candidates at  forum@trittpta.org

The PTSA is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

We look forward to seeing you there, and don’t forget to vote in the May 20th primary election.  Your vote matters!

 

School Council Nominees Needed

Dear Parents of our Nicholson Stars,
    
It is time to elect new School Council members!! We need your help! If you would be interested in serving on the council for a 2 year commitment, the nominations deadline is April 23rd.( The forms are available in the front office). Council members are made up of 3 parents of currently enrolled students and 2 business owners. If you know of anyone or you, yourself, would like to be considered, please submit the forms to the office on or before April 23rd.
   
The nominees’ names will be displayed on the front door on April 25th, and voting will take place on May 9th. Please come by anytime on the 9th and cast your ballot for our new council!
     It is with your help and support that our school will continue to be the wonderful place that it is! Thank you for your consideration in joining our team!

With Kids in Mind,
Joan L. Johnson
Principal

Get ready for the CRCT with.....
THE VEGA CHALLENGE!!

Have you heard about Vega?  Vega is Nicholson’s mascot and if you don’t know, Vega is the brightest star in the universe. 

Beginning Wednesday, March 5, 2014 we are offering a challenge (The Vega Challenge) for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  The CRCT will be here before we know it and we all know that every practice opportunity just helps us increase our skills, fine tune our test taking strategies, and build the confidence needed for doing our best on the test.  Your teachers have been hard at work creating practice tests on the OAS (Online Assessment System) and we are ready for you to go online and practice, practice, practice.

All you need to get started on the challenge can be found on the link below so let’s start practicing so that we can do our very best on the CRCT!

                     VEGA instructions and log sheet

Substitute Teacher Job Fair
The School District will host TWO Substitute Job Fairs on Tuesday 4/22/14 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.  For applicants interested in substituting for the North Area Schools (North of Powder Springs including North Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw and Acworth) the job fair will be held at Piedmont Baptist Church located at 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, 30066.  For applicants interested in substituting for the South Area Schools (Includes Smyrna, Powder Springs, Austell, and Mableton—South Marietta area), the job fair will be held at Skyview Elementary School located at 5805 Dunn Road, Mableton, 30126. To attend applicants must complete the following REQUIREMENTS:

1-  RSVP by sending an email to EITHER jobfairnorth@cobbk12.org  OR  jobfairsouth@cobbk12.org. You can only RSVP to one fair and this should be the geographic area you plan to work as a substitute. You must RSVP by 4/15/14.
2-  Bring a resume with you to the fair detailing all of your work and educational experience.
3-  Be prepared to briefly meet with an Administrator.

We appreciate your interest in positively impacting our Cobb County students and teachers!  We look forward to meeting you at the job fair.

 

Kroger Community Rewards
Nicholson is now officially enrolled in Kroger's Community Rewards program.  Once you have gone online and enrolled YOUR Kroger Plus Card with Nicholson, EVERY TIME you use your card at checkout, all elgible purchases will earn our school a rebate!  Just for presenting your card like you normally do!  All it takes is about 5 minutes of your time to enroll.  See link below for instructions!
                Instructions on enrolling your Kroger Plus Card

2014-15 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applications will be available beginning February 10, 2014.  For more information, please see our 2014-15 School Choice website.

Purchase of New Writing Program Proposed
    
PTA is proposing  to amend the instructional materials portion of the budget to provide funds for the purchase of materials for a new writing program that is being made available to the teachers.       The Units of Study in Writing Series by Lucy Calkins is a writing workshop curriculum. The curriculum reflects the latest research in writing, and will bring coherence and continuity to our school’s elementary writing program.   
    
 If you would like more information about these materials, please visit the link below:

 http://www.unitsofstudy.com/writing-grade-by-grade/default.asp

Let’s Help Nicholson Stars Shine Brighter! Join Nicholson PTA!

·         All classrooms with 100% membership will receive a POPCORN PARTY.

·         The classroom with the most memberships will receive  a PIZZA PARTY

·         Your child’s Family name will be placed in a membership tree that will be displayed in the main hallway.

·         Your family will get a Nicholson 2013-2014 PTA Calendar

Membership Drive Incentives begins: December 6th thru December 17th, 2013.

Click on link below for a membership form.

 

Membership form

Georgia Parent Survey
This survey, conducted by the Georgia Department of Education will be used to calculate a 'School Climate Star Rating' within the College and Career Performance Index--the new index by which all schools in Georgia are evaluated.  Please click on the link below for a letter from Mrs. Johnson with more information about the survey.  The survey may be accessed by the second link below.

Letter from Mrs. Johnson
Parent Survey

Attention Volunteers!                                      We will continue to log our volunteer hours this year. Please sign in and record your volunteer hours every time you visit Nicholson.  The volunteer sign-in sheet is located in the lobby next to the computer used for visitor badges.                            

Spirit Day every Friday!!  (New this year!!)
This year we'll be celebrating our Nicholson school spirit by wearing a Nicholson shirt OR the Nicholson school colors--blue and silver--every Friday!  Chick-Fil-A biscuit sales will be held one Friday per month.

Nicholson is a 'Steps to Respect' School
We believe bullying is unfair and one-sided.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out, on purpose.  Cobb County Schools has designed a pamphlet  to help parents and students navigate the unclear roadways of behaviors that can be seen as hurtful teasing or bullying behavior.  Click here to access pamphlet.

Fire Lane Violation Information
Click here for information from the Department of Public Safety

Child Passenger Safety Law Changes
Child passenger safety. Child passenger safety booster seat.

Congratulations to our Staff Members of the Year!
Teacher of the Year (TOTY):  Mrs. Lisa Gagnon
Support Person of the Year (SPOTY):  Mrs. Jill Colacicco

School & District Calendar
Add the CCSD Calendar to your personal Google Calendar by clicking on the "+" button above.