Welcome to
Nicholson Elementary!

Principal: Joan Johnson  |  Assistant Principal: Missy Shackelford

Where tomorrow's stars are shining brightly today!!

Nicholson News and Announcements: 

Your Input Needed!---New GA Dept. of Ed. Parent Survey
Dear Parents,  
     The Georgia Department of Education is administering a Georgia Parent Survey. This survey will be used to calculate a School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Performance Index for all Georgia schools, including Nicholson Elementary. (This is not to be confused with the AdvancED paper survey you previously received.)  This rating is extremely important to our school, so we ask that you please participate.
     You will be able to complete this survey using your personal computer, smartphone or iPad and should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. Surveys are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education.
     We would greatly appreciate your participation in this important survey. The link to the survey is listed below. After you click the link, a drop-down menu will appear and you will be able to select our school district and school. The Georgia Parent Survey will remain open through Friday, March 27, 2015.

 Georgia Parent Survey →  http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

 Thank you for your participation in the Georgia Parent Survey.  As always, we appreciate your support.

Vega Challenge---Practice for the new Milestones Test
Parents, the new Milestones test, which replaces the CRCT, will be administered in mid-April.  In order to prepare our students for the new test format, we are offering 'The Vega Challenge'.  Through practice testing, students have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, build test-taking strategies, and gain the confidence needed for doing best on the test.  Students that reach the practice test goals will be rewarded with the privilege of attending 'Market Day'---a day set aside for them with special fun-filled activities.  Flyers with all the instructions and the test log go home on Thursday, March 5, but you can download a copy by clicking the link below.  Please note!  The correct password is 'explore' NOT 'learning' as stated in the attachment.
                                  Vega Challenge Instructions

Talent Show---New Date and Time!!
The Talent Show has been rescheduled!!  It will now be held in the McCleskey Auditorium at 6:30 on Friday, March 20 Don't miss it! It's great fun for the whole family, and a wonderful way to support the end of year activities for our 5th graders!  Dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 in the McCleskey Auditorium.

Now you, your family members, and friends can order the Nicholson Yearbook securely ONLINE @ www.BALFOUR.com
**Be sure to select "Nicholson Elementary School, Marietta, GA."**    

You can also download the order form and send it in with you child. Please make all checks payable to Nicholson PTA.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Stacy Llamazales: stacyllamazales@comcast.net
or Julie Hughie: momand2monsters@yahoo.com

Yearbook Pictures Needed!!
If you have some favorite pictures from a school event this year, we'd love to see them considered for the yearbook!  The deadline is approaching, so take a look and then follow the simple instructions below to download them to the Balfour website.

1. Go to images.balfour.com
2. Enter the school project # 518855
3. Password: Leave blank
4.Follow prompts to upload pics!

The deadline to submit any photos you’ve taken so far (BEST 6 or 7 of each event) is Friday, March 13th, but please don’t wait. Upload your favorites so they can be considered to be a part of the 2014-2015 Nicholson Yearbook!!


Kindergarten Registration - March 25
Registration for students entering Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year will be on Wednesday, March 25 in the Media Center from 8:30 AM until 11:30 am.  Please check the link below for the information about documents you must have with you in order to complete registration.
            What will the school need to enroll my child?

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.

Cobb County Now Hiring 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

After School Enrichment Clubs
The Nicholson Foundation selects and manages these clubs, and receives a portion of the tuition. These funds are used to purchase additional technology items that are specific to the academic needs of our students. Click the link below to the Nicholson Foundation blog to find a list of available clubs and registration information.
             Enrichment Club Information and Registration

District Direction for Continuous Improvement
                                  Click here

Nicholson Teacher Receives Cobb Schools Foundation Impact Grant!
Cynthia Pragovich was awarded the Teacher Impact Grant from The Cobb Schools Foundation.  Mrs. Pragovich wrote the grant to fund a Portable Writing Lab to provide the technology needed to meet the varied needs and learning differences of our special education population.  These portable word processors will enable students and teachers the opportunity to focus on direct writing goals without the obstacle of tedious handwriting errors and prepare students for the writing portion of the new Georgia Milestones Test.

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

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

Membership form

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.                            

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. Karen Hersey
Support Person of the Year (SPOTY):  Mrs. Sandie Frigerio

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