Welcome to
Nicholson Elementary!


Principal: Joan Johnson 
  Assistant Principal:
Wendy Rice

Where tomorrow's stars
are shining brightly today!!

Nicholson News and Announcements: 

Click here for an important message from Mrs. Johnson concerning the 2016-2017  School Year.

PTA Meeting and Holiday Chorus Concert
Our December PTA meeting will be held this Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 PM.  The PTA meeting will be followed by a delightful holiday performance by our Nicholson Chorus.

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Winter Wonderland Breakfast and Holiday Shop--- Saturday, Dec. 3
Come join us this Saturday from 9:30 until 11:30 for a morning of holiday fun!  PTA is hosting a pancake breakfast and a special gift shop---just right for the kids to shop!  Flyers went home Monday 11/28, and paid reservations need to be made ahead of time.  See the PTA link above for more details.

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Holiday Gift Shop -- December 5th - 9th
Nicholson students will have a chance to shop for friends and family each day before school from 7:20 AM until 7:45 AM.  See PTA link above for more information.

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Nicholson Spelling Bee - Wednesday, Dec. 7th

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Thank you for a successful Book Fair!
Our 'Bookaneer' Book Fair was a tremendous success!!  Thank you to all of you who supported our book fair by volunteering or making a purchase.  Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $2500 that we can use to purchase additional media center and technology resources for our students!


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Mrs. Karen Hersey Wins Georgia Teachers of Mathematics Award!
Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Karen Hersey, received the Georgia Council of Mathematics award on Wednesday, October 26.  Three awards, one each for elementary, middle and secondary schools, are given to excellent teachers in the state of Georgia, who have strong content foundations in mathematics appropriate for their teaching level, show evidence of growth in the teaching of mathematics, and show evidence of professional involvement in both the Georgia and National Councils of Teachers of Mathematics.  Nicholson is very proud of Mrs. Hersey, and her accomplishments!

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Children's Author, Robyn Hood Black visits Nicholson, courtesy of Cobb EMC's 'Literacy Week'
Each year, Cobb EMC sponsors a 'Literacy Week' and arranges author visits for selected Cobb County schools.  This year, Robyn Hood Black came to speak to our students.  She talked about the writing process, and shared some of her books and poetry.  She also did an interactive session where the students participated in writing a story based on an imaginary animal character of their creation that she illustrates, and then the audience helps write the story!  It was a wonderful day of learning!

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Boosterthon Information

The Nicholson PTA is excited to announce our upcoming Glow Run---which will be held on Thursday, October 27!  Please take a minute to look at the video link below to get an idea of the fun your children will be experiencing in the upcoming weeks!  We will kick the program off with a pep rally on October 18th.  We can't wait to see what amazing things our Nicholson stars can do for our school!
Boosterthon Parent Video

Parent Surveys
This time of year brings the beginning of our surveys! We are asking all our parents to please take the Climate Survey by the Georgia Department of Education. You can take the survey in the comfort of your own home. The results will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating on our College Career Ready Performance Index, better known as the CCRPI.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the GA. Dept. of Education for analysis. The link is;

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/survey.xsp

Thank you in advance for providing your input! It is of great value to our school and community!

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Learning Resources Available for Parent Review
The Cobb County School District is offering the community an opportunity to review
learning resources being recommended for use in 3 - 12 English Language Arts and K – 12 ESOL.
Click on the link for more information:
http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/learningresources/.

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 WELCOME TO THE STAR PARENT CORNER….

Monthly you will find valuable information ranging from school wide programs to tips on how to help your child(ren) succeed at home, at school and in the community. If you would like additional information or simply have questions, please contact your School Social Worker, Kim.Evans@coobk12.org

September 2016 STAR Parent Corner

Parent Tips for Standardized Tests

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Does your student have an Office 365 account?
If you use Office 365 through your child's student account, please be aware that the passwords have been changed.  The password is your child's network password, which is now their birthdate in month/day format.  For example, if your child's birthday is April 7, their password is 0407.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Messinger in the Media Center @ lisa.messinger@cobbk12.org

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Student Dismissal Transportation Changes
Dismissal is one of the most important times in our day.  We work hard to ensure that our students get to their afterschool destination safely.  We will not take transportation changes over the phone, via fax or via email.  This is a safety measure that we MUST enforce to keep your child safe.  The Nicholson Transportation Change form, with a signature, must be sent in with your student in order for us to change your student’s afternoon transportation.  If the student arrives in the morning without this form the parent/guardian must come into the front office to fill one out since a signature is mandatory. 

If you are picking up your student at dismissal and do not have a carpool tag, it is necessary for you to come into the front office and show identification before we can release the student into your custody.

All early dismissals or transportation changes must be received before 1:45 pm.

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  PBIS........PBIS……..PBIS……..PBIS

PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS!!

In our efforts to establish Nicholson Elementary as a safe, welcoming and purposeful learning environment, we have implemented a framework called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  PBIS actively encourages students to achieve their academic potential while also behaving with good character.  At Nicholson, the focus is on teaching and encouraging appropriate behavior in all areas of the school, concentrating on the instruction of how to be a “STAR”: Safe, Trustworthy, Accountable, and Respectful.  Students who exhibit the characteristics of a Nicholson Star maximize their learning experience and do not detract from the learning opportunities of their classmates. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REVIEW PBIS INFORMATION. Let us remember ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL, STUDENT SUCCESS

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New!! Car Rider Dismissal Expectations
Please review with your children!

1. Students are expected to be silent.

2. Students are expected to sit in their zone.

3. Students are expected to follow staff directions.

*Staff will be handing out Star Bucks during dismissal as positive reinforcement.

*If parents do not have their car tag, they are expected to come inside to sign out their child. This is to ensure your child’s safety.

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Cobb County School District Magazine!
 

 

Read about some of the great things happening in our district!

 

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 Congratulations to our Staff Members of the Year for 2016 - 2017!
Teacher of the Year (TOTY): 
Mrs. Jessica Boyd

Support Person of the Year (SPOTY): 
Mrs. Julie Hughie

     Sign in to Microsoft Online Services
Cobb County School district is able to offer Office 365 to all Cobb County students and their families--free of charge!!  Cobb County students may download the full version of Microsoft Office and familiar Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Office 365 is a user-based service and allows each student to install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices (including iPads). In addition, access to Microsoft Office mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones is available. (Office Mobile applications are included with all Windows phones.) Click here for more information about Office 365. Parents should have already received an e-mail invitation to download Office 365.  If you did not receive the e-mail or need help downloading, please contact Lisa Messinger for more information. 

District Direction for Continuous Improvement
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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 eligible 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

School & District Calendar
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