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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


General School Information

Attention Parents/Guardians of Car Riders 

  • Please have car riders to school by 7:30 AM if they plan to eat breakfast at school.  This will allow the students enough time to eat breakfast and get to class on time.

  • 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. Beginning Monday, August 7, students should be ready to walk to class on their own (except Pre-K). There will be staff available to assist kindergarten students and new students establish this routine. Parents, we appreciate your cooperation.
  • 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

Friendly Reminders…

Please help us limit the number of visitors in the building before school. That is not an optimal time to stop by your child’s classroom as the teachers are greeting their students and starting their day. Please only sign in as a visitor if you have a scheduled meeting with your child’s teacher. Other than Pre K, students are ready to walk themselves to class.

 Thank you!

Important Dates to Remember


Oct. 16-20: Conference Week - Early Release @ 12:15

You’re invited….

Hayes Elementary Annual School Improvement Forum Input on the School Wide Plan, Parent Involvement Policy, and Hayes Elementary School Parent Compact

Drop by during Conference Week:

October 16 – 20, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hayes Lobby

Hayes Elementary Annual State of the School Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Ms. Corris’ Room
Room: #1.076

For more information on these meetings,
please contact Pamela Walker,
Parent Facilitator
678-594-8127, ext. 254

This year's National PTA Reflections theme is "Within
Reach". Students who would like to enter this local, state, and national
contest can create art, writing, photography, dance or music according to the theme.
Entry forms and rules packets are available at the display in the
Media Center. The deadline is October 20th. Please contact
Beth Matuszek at eamatuszek@bellsouth.net for details or questions.

Sanctuary Fall Festival: October 28th 

Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Leadership ●Perfect Attendance ●On A Roll
Honor Roll ● Principal’s List ● Terrific Kids

Kindergarten Program: 8:00 AM
1st Grade Program: 8:50 AM
4th Grade Program: 9:50 AM
5th Grade Program: 10:40 AM
2nd Grade Program: 12:35 PM
3rd Grade Program: 1:25 PM

Come Celebrate with Us!

Nov. 2nd: Curriculum Carnival
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

We are excited to kick off Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart!
Your child is becoming a Heart Hero by taking care of their own heart,
spreading the message of the American Heart Association and raising funds
for Lifesaving research. Have your child jump on line at heart.org/jump or
heart.org/hoops to take one of our three health challenges, send emails
and ask for donations. Any Student that goes online and takes the
challenge gets a glow in the dark wristband. Any student that gets a donation
will be recognized and receive a carabiner, jax and charger, our two coolest lifesaving
monsters. Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association.

Yearbooks are still on sale at Jostens.com
Price will go up soon! Also, 5th grade parents can
purchase a recognition ad now!

Don’t Miss Out!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

How Hayes is celebrating this special month:

· A colorful bulletin board with the 2017 National Hispanic
Month Banner is on display in the main hallway. The students
already have initiated some rich discussions regarding this
· Monday and Wednesday through October 15th, Mrs. Justice
will play short informational videos about Hispanic Heritage
Month, Hispanic Culture and Traditions. The videos will be a
part of HNN.
· On Tuesday mornings, HNN will air “Share the Language”.
5th-grade students, Emily and Jack, will introduce a few words
in Spanish. 

We would like to welcome the newest members to School Council: Andre Moore, Pamela Russman-Chambers and Candice Wharton. Thank you to all our school council members; we appreciate your support in bringing the community and Hayes closer together: Amanda Arnold, Dionna Doneghy, Mayla Pepper, Cassandra Stiff, Harold Turner, Marie Valero, Pamela Walker, Teressa R. Watson, and Melissa Whitaker Beverly Pleinis, thank you for your service and continued support.

Introducing the...
Beta Club Members

Christian Adams
London Barnhill
Tristan Bradshaw
Riley Castano
*Jackson Dietz

Hannah Eubanks
*Jonathan Garcia
*Reese Horgan
*Summer Mathis
Alex Matuszek
*Tykees Maxwell
Mia Millholland
Sheridan Morhaus
*Lyric Ngcobo
Ana Ngov

Brooklynn Pleinis
Nidhi Swami
Ashley Tatum
Ike Uwazie
*Phoebe Whitaker
*Lilli Williams

* indicates new member

Congratulations to the new 2017-2018 members, and thank you to all of the Beta Club Members.

At Hayes, we love and respect parents as being the very first teachers of our students. As we assume the responsibility for providing formal education in a school setting, we want to form partnerships with our parents to ensure the success of all students. To that end, we encourage parents to be engaged in the activities and events here at school. We are open to new ideas for parents, but currently have the following opportunities available:

Field trip chaperones
Room Moms
School Council
Title I Planning Committee
Watch DOGS
Volunteers: classrooms, media center, and office

Should you wish to participate in one of these activities or have a proposal
for other engagement ideas, please contact Pam Walker at pamela.walker@cobbk12.org.


Birthday announcements are sold on a first-come basis. This purchase entitles your birthday child’s name to be displayed on the marque, mentioned on afternoon announcements and put in the Hayes’ Happenings on/around his or her birthday. The name will be up from the opening of school until 3:00 pm that same school day (or longer) provided the application and payment have been received in advance. Birthday applications must be received at least two weeks in advance.

Please see attached flyer with more information

Birthday Fundraiser


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!

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. Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind. Expect your child to use words and phrases like “Begin With the End in Mind”, “goals, choices and sticking with it” in his/her conversations this month. You can encourage your child by using some of this language at home. Take the opportunity to share your thoughts with your child about Begin with the End in Mind.

Check out the “Parent’s Place” at www.TheLeaderInMe.org for fun ways to bring the habits home. Please let us know how your child is living out Habit 2 at home by sending in the bottom section of the Habit 2 flyer that went home in your child’s Friday folder.

Bus Transportation Information:  Please check the routes carefully as there have been several changes to bus numbers, colors and routes.   The 2017-2018 CCSD bus routes for the new school year are available on the CCSD website. Bus runs and maps will be posted at the local school for review prior to the first day of school.

Buses will run at regularly scheduled morning pick up times and parents/students should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early. Check the CCSD website for your bus route information. Due to limited space, we ask that you limit the number of additional family members riding. Only school-age children are allowed to ride as our regular buses are not equipped with car seats. The bus will follow the planned route to school, then return back to the bus stop. If a school has a planned Sneak-a-Peek upon arrival, the driver will deliver the families back home upon completion of the event.

Special note to parents of children 8 years old or younger:  A yellow tag will be issued to your student.  Please attach it to his/her book bag. This tag will assist transportation staff to quickly identify that your student is 8 years old or younger, which provides another safety net for proper delivery of your child. The yellow tag must remain on the top strap of your child's bookbag and be visible to the driver at all times.  For safety purposes, do not write or remove the tag.

Water will be allowed on the busses during the months of August and September only.  ALL students may bring water in containers with a screw on lid.  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.

Food & Nutrition Services (FNS):  Cobb County Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) would like to announce that the application for free or reduced price meals is now available online in both English and Spanish for the 2017-2018 school year: https://mealapps.cobbk12.org/

If you choose to apply, please follow the on-screen instructions and fill out only one application per family. Please keep the confirmation number for your records. For additional information on paying for school meals including our meal charge policy, please visit the FNS website at:  http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/foodservices/payingForMeals.aspx

Harrison Hoyas

For all girls in grades 1st — 8th…

Harrison High School Presents

Fall Basketball Madness

August 20th—October 22nd
Every Sunday 3:00 PM—5:00 PM

To register or get more information, visit
http://hhshoyasports.com/girls_ basketball or
email Coach Lenahan: steven.lenahan@cobbk12.org

Thank you to all of the families who came out to participate in Burgers and Backpacks, sponsored by Sanctuary Church, on Saturday July 29th! We’d especially like to thank the following Partners in Education for their participation and support: Sanctuary Church, Eaton Chiropractic, Jus-So Catering, Kiwanis Club, GAA, Credit Union of Georgia, West Cobb Chiropractic and New Salem Baptist Church. We had a wonderful time and look forward to a great school year.


Our PTSA is excited to share their new blog!  You can find the new PTSA blog by clicking the following link:   PTSA Blog 

This year, the PTSA will be using the Remind text system for reminders.  If you would like to receive messages, you may join by texting the following information from your cell phone.



Our students and teachers raised a total of $1402.20 for Hurricane Relief.

Congratulations to the Teacher of the Month!

Anna Henslee

Kindergarten Teacher

PTSA presented Mrs. Henslee with a gift card!

Hayes is in the in top 3 of most improved elementary schools in CCSD with a 9.7 point increase. Cobb County’s CCRPI (College and Career Readiness Program Index) Scores increased and exceed state average for the 5th straight year. For more information visit www.cobbk12.org.
Attendance is a major factor in student’s success. Please make sure your child comes to school and is on time every school day. With the upcoming holidays, please understand that attendance is equally important before and after the holiday break.
Thank you for your support in making our school the BEST... “There is no place like Hayes!”


Parents, please know that when students are checked out before 11:05 AM, they are not credited for a full day of attendance.  We ask that you do your best to schedule appointments outside school hours.  When it comes to learning and instruction, EVERY MOMENT MATTERS!

See attached flyer- Attendance 101

Attendance Matters.pub

We will begin our enforcement of the Cobb County dress code.  All students must dress appropriately and neatly. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than one inch above the student's knee.
  • Shorts, dresses and skirts with leggings must also be 1 inch above knee or longer
  • No tank tops or two tank tops worn on top of each other.
  • No see-through garments without proper under garments.
  • No clothing with suggestive phrases, designs or profanity.
  • No midriff blouses or skirts.
  • No bandanas or caps.
  • No halter tops or spaghetti straps.
  • No pants that expose the navel.
  • Sun dresses must be worn with jackets
  • No items showing illegal substances for minors.

All Student Administrative Rules can be found by visiting www.cobbk12.org. Click on Administrative Rules, then scroll down to section "J" - Students


  • STUDENT SAFETY:  Student safety is our top priority.  At Hayes, we have come to accept that safety trumps convenience.  With that said, we ask that you follow our school’s protocol for visiting:
    • Ring doorbell and wait to be buzzed in after stating your name and reason for visit
    • Refrain from allowing others to enter the building with you
    • Check-in at the main office
    • Wear your visitor’s badge in a highly visible place on your person
    • Be cooperative if a staff member addresses you in the hallway or throughout our building
  • MORNING CAR-RIDERS:  Students can be dropped of at 7:15 AM.  Parents are to wait with the student until that time (preferably in the car).  Students are not allowed on campus unsupervised.  The Hayes staff reports for work at 7:15 AM.
  • AFTERNOON CAR-RIDERS:  Parents should remain in cars and follow the car-rider line.  The car-rider tag should be displayed on the front windshield and remain there until your child is placed in your car.  Parking and entering the building will not expedite this process – parents need to remain in their cars unless a parent needs to get car-rider tag (be prepared to show identification).
  • STUDENT INFORMATION:  It is extremely important for the school to have up to date information.  If you have any changes (address, phone number and/or emergency contacts), please inform the office as soon as possible.
  • Cobb County Folders:  During the first week of school your child brought home a Cobb County Folder with a lot of important information; there are some forms that need to be returned to the school as soon as possible.  Friday Folders went home today with some more very important information.  Please return the following  forms to your child’s teacher on Monday:
    • Clinic Card
    • Receipt of Family Information Guide Form
    • Additional forms sent by homeroom teacher
  • AGENDAS:  All students in grades 2 -5 should have an agenda. Please utilize this tool for effective daily communication between home and school.
  • KINDERGARTEN CLASSES: On Monday Morning, August 7, 2017, our kindergarten students will go to their 2017-2018 kindergarten class.  Feel free to come in and meet the teacher on Monday morning from 8:05 AM - 8:30 AM.    

A Message from Ms. Walker

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. Hayes is a Leader in Me School, where great things are happening every day. 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 7:10 to 3:10 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.

Please try to come attend The Leader in Me Workshop for parents, held in the Parent Resource Room. The first one will be in September, be on the lookout for the date in the weekly e-blast.

Thank you in advance for your time and we look forward to seeing you at Hayes!

Pamela  Walker

Parent Facilitator

Hayes Elementary School

678-594-8127 ext. 254


How Can I Find Books at My Child's Guided Reading Level?

Our Parent Resource Room has books available for check out.  The levels that we have available for checkout range from level A – level U.  The levels available are for all students from kindergarten thru Fifth/Sixth grade.  Please contact Pamela Walker, our parent facilitator, to find out how to check out books for your child.

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.    

Due to safety and hygiene concerns, animals are not allowed in the school other than approved classroom pets, for example, fish and turtles. Please refrain from bringing your animals/pets in the building unless you have prior approval for therapy/service animals or for an event such as “Strut your Mut”.

In light of the recent attempted child abductions throughout metro-Atlanta, our Hayes counseling department focused their guidance lessons on stranger safety during the month of September.  During these lessons, the students have been given tips and strategies for staying safe, especially when it is necessary to walk anywhere unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.  They were taught how to recognize safe strangers (policemen, firefighters, etc.) and safe places (schools, police departments, etc.) where they can seek help, if needed, and how to respond if a stranger approaches them or tries to get them into a car. 

Further, in today’s world of dual working parent families, we know that a parent waiting at the bus stop with a child is not always possible.  Though it is always safest to have an adult accompany a child to and from the bus stop, here are a few suggestions to help keep your child safe:

  • Work with other parents to have children walk to and from bus stops and wait in groups. Use the "buddy system" whenever possible.
  • Create a Safe Walking Plan with your child using the safest and most direct path to the school bus stop.
  • Establish "Safe Houses" along the route to the bus stop that your child can go to if approached while walking to or from the bus stop.

Let’s keep working together to ensure the safety of our kids!


Parents, we ask for your support as we enforce the policies of our school designed to help keep our students safe. ALL parents and visitors are required to sign-in with the main office before entering the hallways of our building. NO EXCEPTIONS! We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


CCRPI stands for College and Career Readiness Performance Index.  It is the way the state now evaluates a school’s performance.  There are several factors that contribute to the overall score for the school:

  • Achievement Points
  • Progress Points
  • Achievement Gap Score
  • Challenge Points

We also want our community to be aware that there are additional factors, in parents’ direct control that will impact our school.

  • Student Absences – The percentage of students with good attendance is also factored into our CCRPI score. The state of Georgia has qualified “good attendance” as no more than five days of absence.  This means that once a student hits six or more days of absence they are counted against our overall score.  This includes absences for any reason.  Both unexcused and excused absences count in the same way.
  • School Climate Survey – Each year, parents are requested to take an online survey to assess the climate of the school.  The percentage participation rate, along with the parents’ scores, directly influence our CCRPI score. Parents are asked to rate the school in the following areas:  Safety, Relationships, Teaching and Learning, and Institutional Environment.

More information about CCRPI can be found here:


Office 365 is here for students!

Information was 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.

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

Please join us in congratulating our TOTY and CEOTY…

2017-2018 Teacher of the Year - Lauren West

2017-2018 Classified Employee of the Year - Cathy Spencer

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.


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 Taylore Bradshaw at Taylore.Bradshaw@gmail.com.  Additionally, you can find the new PTSA blog by clicking the following link:  PTSA Blog.