Welcome to Pitner Elementary
Home of the Patriots
Building a Strong Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning

     The mission of Pitner Elementary is to
cultivate student achievement by creating a culture of excellence.




Principal:  Rattana Inthirathvongsy

Assistant Principal: Deborah Blake

Administrator: Bridget Mullett       Administrator: Jane Griffeth

 

Upcoming Events-

SUMMER SCHEDULE

To conserve energy and taxpayer dollars, Cobb County will adopt a 4-day summer schedule effective Monday, June 6 - Thursday, July 14th.

Pitner's office will be open Monday - Thursday each week from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The school will be closed on Friday each week.  The school will also be closed on Monday, July 4th.

 

Have a safe and fun summer!

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Cobb Summer Link

Parents, Cobb County is offering a great free resource for students and parents this summer!

The Cobb Summer Link incorporates both digital and print resources to extend learning opportunities to families of K-5 students through the summer. The summer link focuses on math learning guides for each grade level and independent reading learning guides specific to students’ current reading levels.

Access this valuable information here:  http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/

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School Supply Lists for 2016 - 2017

Parents, it's never too early to think about supplies for the upcoming school year.  So you can take advantage of the summer sales, you may download the supply list for the fall here:  School Supply List 2016 - 2017

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Jr. TEC (Technology, Engineering & Computer) Camp

 

Rising 5th and 6th grade girls are invited to attend Jr. TEC (Technology, Engineering and Computer) Camp on the Georgia Tech campus from June 21st - 23rd. 

This fun and interactive camp is hosted by the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program and is designed to give young girls an early introduction to the exciting world of engineering with the hope of inspiring them to eventually consider college majors and careers as engineers.  More information on the camp can be found by clicking HERE. 

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Pitner's Teacher of the Year

 

Stephanie Caracelo

 

We are pleased to announce our 2016 – 2017 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Stephanie Caracelo!  Mrs. Caracelo currently teaches 4th grade.  She has been at Pitner for 10 years, first as a student teacher and was then hired to become a fulltime teacher at Pitner the next year.  When asked if she knew she always wanted to be a teacher, she replied, “I knew I wanted to work with people, but was unsure of what that would look like.  My whole life, people told me I should be a teacher and I listened to good council…and became a teacher.”  We’re certainly glad she did!!

Mrs. Caracelo attended the University of South Florida for a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kennesaw State for a Bachelors and Masters in Early Childhood Education and Walden University for a Specialist degree in Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  She is currently attending Walden University to earn her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

Mrs. Caracelo is married and will celebrate her 14th anniversary on June 2nd.  She and her husband have two children, one of which attends Pitner.  She loves to cook, do crafts (although she insists she’s “not very crafty”), and spend time with her family and friends.  One of her favorite quotes is “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Caracelo on becoming our 2016 – 2017 Teacher of the Year!

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Pitner's Classified Employee of the Year

 

Kathy Parks

If you’re familiar with the Pitner family and you hear the name Kathy Parks, you instantly think “Wonder Woman”. When in need, she’s the woman to do the deed!

Kathy is the jack of all trades and works non-stop. If you’ve ever been to Pitner’s Bedtime, Books & Brownies and seen it's success, it’s due in large part to Kathy. The main hallway bulletin boards, splashed with student pictures, inspirational messages, and work, is due to the extra time Kathy puts in.  In addition to running the computer lab, The HOT Spot is also Kathy’s baby. She’s always creating and looking for brain-based learning games and activities to use in the HOT Spot to inspire students and develop learning strategies. Not only does she work with our students, she also assists teachers with whatever they need.

Kathy has worked at Pitner for 13 years with the first ten years spent working as a substitute and in ASP. She’s been married 31 years and is the mother of three adult children. Inspired by their mom, Abby is a substitute and works with ASP and Ben Parks frequently volunteers throughout the school, which says a lot about what kind of mother she is. Their character is evident in everything they do!

Thank you Kathy Parks for your outstanding dedication to Pitner Elementary and CONGRATULATIONS for being named Pitner’s 2016-2017 Classified Employee of the Year.  You have earned it!!

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EOG Study Guides-3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Parents, please click on the links below to find an overview of the Milestone test and examples of what the Milestone looks to students.

Download Study Guide for Grade 3 EOG

Download Study Guide for Grade 4 EOG

Download Study Guide for Grade 5 EOG

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Dress Code

Now that spring has arrived, please make sure that your child's clothing meets the dress code standards. Please click here to view specific dress code specifications from the handbook.  Students need to remember they should be in closed toe shoes at all times, not sandals or flip-flops.

Straps on shirts should be at least 3 fingers wide and shorts/skirts/skorts should be below your child's longest finger when their arms are relaxed at their sides. If you have any questions about a specific garment's appropriateness, please consult the local school administration.

 

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April Character Kids 

April's Character Kids

Our Character Word of the Month for March was Accomplishment. The students learned that accomplishment means pride and appreciation for attaining one's goals .  This is something we teach the students each day.  They need to be proud of all the goals they meet and of all the skills they attain!

 

Congratulations to this great group of students for having the sense of accomplishment!  We are very proud of you!

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Kell Junior Cheerleading and Football

 

Do you have school SPIRIT?


Do you want to be part of a winning team?


Do you love to cheer, tumble and dance?

 

For more information please visit our website at:
www.kelljuniorcheer.com.

 

You may also download an informational flyer HERE.

 

Download additional informational flyers for other Kell programs below:

 

Kell Youth Cheer Camp

Kell Youth Cheerleading

Kell Youth Spring Football Program

Kell Youth Football

 

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Car Line Guidelines

For the safety of our students and staff, please be sure to adhere to the Car Line guidelines.  Please click here to download the most recent car line guidelines.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the front office.

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Microsoft Office 365

Have you heard the news?  Every student and employee in Cobb County Schools can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 on up to 5 personal devices!  This is a fantastic resource that your whole family can take advantage of as long as your child is a student in Cobb County!  It can be downloaded on Windows computers or Macs and also onto mobile devices such as phones and tablets.  You may also access it through a web browser if you can't download it to your computer.

Here are some things you need to know:

Step by Step Instructions can be found by clicking here.

Frequently asked questions can be found by clicking here.

If you still have any questions or need other assistance, please feel free to email Kathy Parks at:  kathy.parks@cobbk12.org.

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School Bus Drivers Needed

Seeking professional, safety-minded individuals for School Bus Drivers!

This is a FANTASTIC Part-Time job with FULL-TIME BENEFITS! 

Just a few of the great benefits of working in Transportation:

Starting rate is $14.51/hour

Health, Dental, Life, and Cancer Insurance

Work days follow the Cobb County School Calendar

Making a difference in a child’s life

Apply online:  www.ccsdbusdriver.com

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Useful Information for Parents

If you were unable to attend our Parent University Curriculum Night, we want to ensure that you have access to the material that was presented that evening.

Please visit the links below for valuable information about your child's math and reading curriculum and strategies to help your child succeed.

Mrs. Boehringer's Blog

Mrs. Letendre's Blog

Readers Workshop Overview Brochure

Readers Workshop Curriculum Night Presentation

Georgia Milestones Information Presentation

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Great News!Literacy

In the school year 2014-2015, Pitner was selected as a Promising Practices Grant Award recipient!  There were 38 schools that applied with over $1.1 Million in requests. Bridget Mullett, one of our fantastic administrators, wrote and submitted the grant application for our school.  We received over $31,000 to further our literacy goals at Pitner!

The Promising Practices Grant is a locally-funded grant to support schools in promoting the Cobb County School District core belief of creating flexible and innovative learning opportunities that promote increased student achievement.

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Bus Routes

CCSD Bus Routes for the 2015-2016 school year are available on the CCSD Website.  The link is located on the left side of this page or click here to see your child's bus route or schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at (678)594-8000, or email your transportation area supervisor whose email can be found on the Transportation website.

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Parent Curriculum Brochures

Math Parent Roadmap: Kindergarten First Second Third Fourth Fifth

ELA Parent Roadmap:  Kindergarten First Second Third Fourth Fifth

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Fire Lane Policy

From the Department of Public Safety:

Per the Fire Marshall's Office, no one is allowed to park in a Fire Lane, whether there is a driver in the vehicle or not, at any time other than the following:

  • 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day and 30 minutes after the end of the school day (this does not include the After School Program nor any other activity at the school)
  • When passengers are actively loading or unloading during the day. This would cover students unloading in the morning at the beginning of the school day.

The focus of this information is to reemphasize that the only time a vehicle would be allowed in a Fire Lane would be to actively drop-off and/or pick-up a student when there is no waiting.  Other times, such as After School Program or after school activities would not be included.

Please read the notification from the Department of Public Safety here.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Safety (678) 594-8620.

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Scholastic Reading Inventory

Students in grades 1-5 take a reading comprehension test called the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) which is given in the computer lab two  times during the year.  You have probably seen the parent report coming home in your child's folder but then wondered what it meant.  Here is a chart that will help you get a better understanding of your child's lexile level.  Please understand that the SRI is only one assessment that the teachers use as part of your child's instruction.  Please click here to see the chart.

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Did you know?

Did you know that the Pitner Cafe offers a nutritious, affordable breakfast each morning to our students? Click here to read more!

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Cobb County Alerts

If you are interested in staying abreast of news and alerts in the Cobb County area, you may sign up for PENS (Police Email Notification System)/NIXLE alerts by clicking here to register.

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In Case of Inclement Weather...

There is always a possibility for inclement weather.  Please listen/watch to WSB (Channel 2) for school closings or delays.  If you have not already done so, consider signing up for a text alert via your cell phone.  It's a convenient way to receive alerts about changing weather conditions! 

When the decision is made to close school, details will be posted immediately on the school district website and on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, the District will begin notifying parents using the automated calling system. The District also provides closing information to local news media outlets.

TELEVISION STATIONS RADIO STATIONS
WSB-TV (Channel 2) WSB 750 AM & 95.5 FM
WAGA-TV (Channel 5) WYAY All News 106.7 FM
WXIA-TV (Channel 11) WABE 90.1 FM
WGCL-TV (Channel 46)  

Pitner/District Calendar
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