Welcome to Pitner Elementary
Home of the Patriots
Building a Strong Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning
The mission of Pitner Elementary is to
achievement by creating a culture of excellence.
Principal: Rattana Inthirathvongsy
Assistant Principal: Deborah Blake
Bridget Mullett Administrator: Jane
9:00 Kindergarten Orientation for upcoming
Appreciation Week - May 2nd - May 6th
Give your teacher a flower
Give a Sweet Treat to your
Room Reps request Sweet
and Salty Snack donations for our awesome staff to enjoy during
the day. (Carts will be in the main hallway the morning of the
Vote of Confidence
Send in a Thank You
Note in appreciation for all the teachers do!
Bring a Small Gift for your teacher
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
Public Review of Resources Available
Cobb County is
approaching the final phase of the learning resource acquisition
process for K-2 English Language Arts. As a result of the
committee review, community feedback, and local school input,
the following list of resources are being recommended for final
Reading Foundation (Phonics)
Benchmark Education K-2
Benchmark Literacy K-2
Units of Study Writing K-2
Print and digital materials will be available for public review,
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the following locations and
CCSD Central Administrative Building - Lobby
514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA
- Wednesday, April 27-Tuesday,
May 10, 2016
CCSD Hawthorne Center - Room 139
1595 Hawthorne Avenue, Smyrna, GA
April 27-Tuesday, May 10, 2016
You may also access online links to digital
resources and the public comment form below:
Should the Board of Education move to
approve the named resources above, they will be scheduled for
implementation in August of 2016.
Palmer Spirit Night
Parents and students of rising 6th
graders...Please join the Palmer Middle School Administration,
Counselors and Faculty as we present important information on
your student's transition into middle school. The Spirit Night
will be held on Tuesday, May 10th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Palmer Music Open House
Have you ever thought about playing an
instrument or joining chorus? Palmer Middle School's Music
department will hold an Open House for all rising 6th grade
students on Tuesday, May 17th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. This
is your chance to meet the music teachers and learn about
the programs available to you next year. Don't miss this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn to plan an instrument
For more information, email the teachers
Ms. Goudreau, Orchestra -
Ms. Bulock, Band -
Ms. Baldwin, Chorus -
Mr. Dietrich, Band -
Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations Mr. Anderson,
our Volunteer of the Year! Mr. Anderson has been working our
car lane every Friday for the past 5 years. Thank you for
all you do!
Teacher of the Year
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
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!
Pitner's Classified Employee of the
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!
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
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.
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!!
Relay for Life Fundraiser News!!
Our first annual
Golden Ticket Egg Fundraiser held on March 20th - 23rd was a
HUGE success! For three days, students could purchase eggs
in hope of finding one of 15 golden tickets. The lucky
winners were taken on a limo ride with Mr. I to Golden Corral
for lunch on Friday, April 1st.
The fundraiser exceeded even our
expectations! As a school community we raised $2629.91 to
donate to the American Cancer Society. A huge thank you to
our Pitner family and also to our teachers who stuffed eggs with
a smile each and every evening to prepare for the next day.
Many thanks to everyone that participated!
EOG Study Guides-3rd, 4th and 5th
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
that spring has arrived, please make sure that your child's clothing meets the
dress code standards.
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
to learn more about Palmer’s AVID program. AVID, or Advancement
Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program
offered as a connection Palmer Middle School. The participants
are hand selected this summer to participate in the fall.
Your child’s teacher may have already contacted you if she
believes your child would be a good candidate. If you would like
for your child to have the opportunity to participate, please
let your child’s teacher know.
March's Character Kids
Our Character Word of the Month for March
was Commitment. The
students learned that commitment is the obligation or pledge to
carry out some action or to support some policy or person. This
is such a wonderful trait to have!
Congratulations to this great group of
students for showing commitment in all they do!
We are very proud of you!
Kell Junior Cheerleading and
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
You may also download an informational flyer
Download additional informational flyers for
other Kell programs below:
Youth Spring Football Program
Car Line Guidelines
For the safety of our students and staff,
please be sure to adhere to the Car Line guidelines.
to download the most recent car line guidelines. If you
have any questions or concerns, please contact the front office.
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
Here are some things you need to know:
Step by Step Instructions
can be found by clicking
Frequently asked questions
can be found by clicking
If you still have any questions or need
other assistance, please feel free to email Kathy Parks at:
School Bus Drivers Needed
safety-minded individuals for
School Bus Drivers!
This is a FANTASTIC Part-Time job with FULL-TIME
Just a few of the great benefits of working in
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
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
Mrs. Boehringer's Blog
Readers Workshop Overview Brochure
Readers Workshop Curriculum Night Presentation
Milestones Information Presentation
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.
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
Math Parent Roadmap:
ELA Parent Roadmap:
Fire Lane Policy
From the Department of Public Safety:
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
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the
Department of Public Safety (678) 594-8620.
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
Did you know?
Did you know that the Pitner Cafe offers a
nutritious, affordable breakfast each morning to our students?
Click here to read
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
here to register.
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
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.
|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)