Welcome to Pitner Elementary
Home of the Patriots
Principal: Sherri Hill
Asst. Principal: Deborah Blake |
Asst. Principal: Ramonia Cooper
State of Georgia Learning
Resources Evaluation for K-12 English/Langauge Arts Textbook
The 2013 State of Georgia’s K-12 English
Language Arts/Reading Review of Learning Resources/Instructional
Materials (Textbooks) will take place this summer. We are
asking for your assistance and support in encouraging your
ELA/Reading educators, administrators, parents, and other
interested stakeholders to visit one of the 14 Evaluation and
Review Sites between June 24-July 11, 2013 and to provide
feedback on the K-12 ELA/Reading learning resources that will be
on display at the sites. There is one Review Site in each
of the 14 Congressional Districts. We have attached a
document that contains information about each of the 14 review
If you have questions, please
contact Randall N. Lee at the GADOE at
call (404) 656-0476.
Summer Reading Challenge Using
Student Lexile Information
As the end of the school year approaches, we begin encouraging
our children to stay involved in reading over the summer. We
are all aware of the “summer slide” that occurs when students do
not read on a regular basis and begin to fall behind in reading
achievement. To prevent this, we would like to share with you a
national, state-led summer reading initiative that supports
students in finding great books to read over the summer.
Georgia is launching the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge to combat
this summer loss in student reading ability. The
Lexile “Find a Book” website can help identify books that
students are interested in and are able to read. This tool can
be found at
Information about the Georgia Department of Education’s Summer
Reading Challenge initiative can be found at: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Georgia-Summer-Reading-Challenge.aspx
You may also find this information posted on
Additionally, information about Lexiles on student test reports
and how to use this information can be found at
Attached are the Find-a-Book Georgia flyer and a parent FAQ
document about Find-a-Book that I encourage you to distribute to
the students and their families prior to the end of the school
year. As this school year culminates, it would be a great time
to talk to students and parents about the importance of summer
reading and demonstrate how they can use a Lexile measure to
find wonderful books to read and enjoy. Additionally, please
encourage your students to use the public libraries in your
area. Your school media specialists may even have special
summer hours for those students who do not have a public library
The end of the school year is a busy time, but it is important
to do all we can to ensure young people continue to learn and
challenge themselves. We appreciate you joining our Summer
Reading Challenge efforts to help students “Find-a-Book” and
increase their reading skills.
Thank you for helping make education work for all Georgia
To Download the Find-a-Book Georgia Flyer, please click
To download the the Lexile Level Flyer, please click
Congratulations Ms. Snyder!
The staff and students of Pitner Elementary
would like to congratulate Ms. Debbi Snyder
for being chosen as the Teacher of the Year
for the 2013-2014 school year. Congrautlations Ms. Snyder!
Congratulations Mrs. Hardesty!
The staff and students of Pitner Elementary
would like to congratulate Mrs. Isabelle
Hardesty for being named Cobb County
School District's Teacher of the Year! Way to go
Mrs. Hardesty! You deserve it!
Climb Art at Pitner
Would you like to leave a permanent footprint
at Pitner? Here's your chance! Pitner's PTSA and ASP
have joined forces to bring you a rock climbing wall in the gym
that will be hand painted by Scott McIntyre. You can have
a mountain, trail, or name in the mural for a small donation.
If you are interested in making a donation, please click
here to download the form to
send in with your child.
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 three 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
Testing is right around the corner for our
third, fourth, and fifth grade students! The CRCT will be
administered to our students the week of April 22nd. Please take
a minute to read this
from Principal Hill to learn more about the changes taking place
for testing and in our instruction as a result of the
implementation of the new Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Our Relay for Life team, Team Stanley, is
participating in a fund raiser to help support Cobb County's
Relay for Life on Friday, May 10th. This fundraiser is
selling T-shirts in honor of Donna Stanley, our media
specialist. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt
for $12.00, please click here
and print the order form and send it, along with the payment.
We will be taking orders for the Team Stanley t-shirts until
Friday, 3/29. That way, we can ensure t-shirt delivery in
time for Relay on May 10th.
Learning Resources Materials
The Cobb County School District is offering
the public an opportunity to review textbooks and materials
being considered for use in the K-12 mathematics Programs.
These materials will be available for public review from March
4th, through March 15th, 2013. Review of materials will
take place at the Central Administration Building, 514 Glover
Street in Marietta during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5
National School Breakfast Week
Next week, March 4th-8th is "National School
Breakfast week." If your child receives "free" or
"reduced" lunches, then they would also receive "free" and
"reduced" breakfasts. Please consider having your child
eat breakfast at school next week. There will be grits and
turkey sausage on Thursday and french toast with strawberries
and whipped cream on Friday. Come on out and eat
Thank you to all who participated in
collecting donations to our first annual fitness day. For those
of you who donated, please click
here to print a
tax donation receipt for income tax purposes.
During our Principal's Perspective and
Lunch & Learn, Mrs. Hill
shared the above video about SPLOST IV. Please be advised
that early voting began on February 25th and will run until
March 15th at 736 Whitlock Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Regular voting on SPLOST IV will take place at your assigned
precinct on March 19th. For more information click
here to see FAQs
regarding SPLOST IV.
Spring Book Fair
The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming to
Pitner. Our book fair will run from Monday, 2/28 through
Friday, 3/1 from 7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day with the exception
of Thursday. On Thursday, we'll be open until 6:30, in
conjunction with Bedtime, Books, and Brownies. Information
regarding Bedtime, Books, and Brownies is being sent home along
with the book fair flyer. Please look over the letter and
here for more information as well as how to
shop online! Yes, you can even
make book fair purchases from home. Your books will be
delivered to the school and sent home with your student.
Come on out to our Scholastic book fair! We look forward
to seeing you there!
Bedtime, Books, and Brownies
We'll be having our annual bedtime, books, and
brownies on Thursday, 2/28 from 6:00-7:30. The book fair
will be open until 6:30. Come out and enjoy some stories
You’re Invited to a Dinner a
Dialogue with the Principal!
Please join Mrs. Hill on Thursday, February 7th
to learn about the new SPLOST and the new National Common Core
Curriculum. Dinner will be provided by Chase Bank and
Northside Psychological Services and served from 5:00 – 6:00.
We will have a brief PTSA meeting before the presentation from
Mrs. Hill. Childcare is available for our kindergarten
thru fifth grade students. Please RSVP at 678-594-8320 by
here to see the
Please join us for a Lunch &
Learn with the Principal!
Mrs. Hill will be presenting a repeat
session on the new SPLOST and the new National Common Core
Curriculum on Wednesday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch will be provided by the Pitner PTSA. Please RSVP at
678-594-8320 by February 8th.
here to see the
Please be aware that you might see a police
officer here at our school. The police department is
trying to "re-work" their image. They would like for us
all to know that they are here to support us anytime, not just
when there is a problem. With that being said, please be
sure to continue to stop by the office and pick up a visitor's
badge when you are here to visit your child's classroom or have
lunch with your child.
Cobb County Alerts
If you are interested in staying abreast of
news and alerts in the the Cobb County area, you may sign up for
PENS (Police Email Notificiation System)/NIXLE alerts by
here to register.
In Case of Inclement Weather...
If there happens to be inclement weather,
please listen/watch WSB (channel 2) for school closings.
Please consider signing up for a text alert via your cell phone.
If you're interested in signing up for the text alert, please
PTSA/Principal's Perspective -
The PTSA/Principal's Perspective meeting date
has been changed to Thursday, 2/7/13.
This meeting will include information about the new Common Core
Curriculum, the new assessments our students are required to
take, and how to support our children at home. This meeting will also be an informational meeting regarding the
SPLOST as well as a monthly PTSA meeting. We hope everyone can be in attendance. We
will also have a lunch and learn on Wednesday, 2/13/13
at 11:00 in the media center if you aren't able to attend the
meeting on the 7th. We look forward to sharing some
Christmas at Piedmont Church
Piedmont Church in Marietta will be having
"Christmas at Piedmont" this weekend. There will be 17
schools performing, as well as crafters, inflatables, food, and
more. Some of the proceeds from this event will come to
Pitner. Please click
here to see a copy of the flyer. Christmas at Piedmont
will be Friday, 12/14 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and again, Saturday,
12/15 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa
Thank you for making Breakfast with Santa a great success! Santa
pictures are now ready to view. There was a problem with the
link given out at the event, so there is now a new link. It will
be on the Eblast and will also be on the Pitner website. We
apologize for the inconvenience.
Here is the new link:
Angel Tree Gifts
If you haven't already done so, please
consider taking a gift request off of our angel tree in the
front lobby and help members of our community this holiday
season. If you have already chosen an item off the tree,
please know that the unwrapped gifts are due no later than
Monday, December 10th. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact one of our counselors.
Breakfast with Santa/Holiday
The Holiday shoppe will be open beginning
tomorrow, 11/28. This is a great place to go and get gifts
for your list. Also, breakfast with Santa is this
Saturday, 12/1/12 in the cafeteria. There is a slight
entrance fee. Chick-fil-A biscuits will also be sold for
$2.50. There will be a variety of vendors here as well.
A Few Reminders...
Be sure to run your clocks back an hour
tomorrow night! We "fall back" into winter this weekend.
Make sure you don't park in the Fire Lane. You will
receive a ticket for $135.00
Also, if there are transportation changes, please send in a
hand-written note to your childs' teacher.
Also, don't forget that Tuesday, November 6th is election day.
Please remember to go out and vote. Also, Tuesday is a
teacher workday/student holiday, so you will see cars in the
parking lots, but students do not have school.
Conference Week - 10/22-10/26
Just a friendly reminder that students are
dismissed at 12:15 all next week due to conferences. We
look forward to seeing you at your conference. There will
be no need to stop by the office to get a visitor's badge, just
proceed to your child's class.
Red Ribbon Week/Annual Food Drive
Our Red Ribbon Week is right around the
corner. Please click here
to see what is being planned to honor being Drug Free.
We will also be collecting canned goods for our annual
Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. For more information about
what we need and the specific types of canned goods, please
Pitner Elementary in the News
Pitner was just featured in the Marietta
Daily Journal and the Acworth Community Magazine
in regards to a generous donation from Mr. Paul Letalien, owner
of Archer Restoration. Please be sure to click
Marietta Daily Journal and
Community Magazine to read the entire articles. Thanks
again Mr. Letalien! We greatly appreciate your support!
to our Cafe' Staff for earning the Golden Achievement Award from
the Food and Nutrition Office.
Our annual fall book fair is right around the
corner. Beginning Thursday, October 4th, our book fair
will be happening in the media center from 7:15-3:00 each day.
If you are interested in ordering a book from our on-line book
fair, please click
Thank you to Mrs. Sylvia Snyder for making the donation on
behalf of Bill "Papa" Snyder so that our children could have
access to the First in Math program!! Your generous gift will
help support or Pitner Patriots and allow them to have some fun
Rise up, Fuel up with Milk Contest
This is a contest in which the school with the highest percent increase of milk consupmtion in the state from October 1 to
October 31, will receive a pep rally with the Falcons player. Please encourage your student(s) to drink milk with their
breakfast and lunch here at school.
Fifth Grade Raffle
The fifth grade PTSA committee is raffling off a set of Dr. Dre headphones during Breakfast with Santa in December. You do
not have to be present to win. If you are interested, please click here
to download the flyer and get your raffle tickets.
A Georgia Common Core video is posted on our website and gives information about the standards for our students.
Click here to view the video.
Sorry for a previous posting that picture days would be held on Monday, 8/20 and Tuesday, 8/21. Fall pictures will
actually be on Tuesday, 8/21 for students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Pictures for students in grades 3 - 5
will be on Wednesday, 8/22. This information is also reflected on the Pitner Calendar. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Water Bottles allowed on Buses
In an effort to minimize heat related illnesses that could occur on school buses, we are asking for your assistance to inform
parents and staff regarding the following transportation protocol to begin August 13, 2012, the first day of school;
- Bus drivers will allow ALL students K-12, to bring water only on the bus during their PM bus
ride only. Water containers should have a secure twist-on lid. No cups with snap on lids and no straws please. We will
follow this protocol until further notice. We anticipate following this protocol through the month of September.
- Buses will operate with windows open and utilizing roof hatches in the correct position to optimize air flow.
The faculty, staff and students would like to thank Wildwood Baptist Church's Youth Group and their youth pastor, Mr. Huey for spending a week
to help clean our school. They washed walls, chairs, furniture and trash cans, weeded the front area, pressure washed
the front and helped with lots of other projects. We appreciate their hard work and dedication.
We would like t o extend a great big THANK YOU to Mission for Life Church for donating to our Annual Book Giveaway!
It is with great anticipation that we look towards implementing a
new set of standards, the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS), in August 2012! Please read
here for more information.
As the days begin to get warmer and longer, please be sure that the dress code is in adherence.
Please click here to view specific dress code specifications from the handbook.
Mrs. Hill mentioned on the PNN that 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 Fire Lane Regulations
From the Department of Public Safety:
On March 26th an email was sent to Principals concerning Fire Lane Changes.
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
- passengers actively
loading or unloading during the day (this would cover
students unloading in the morning at the beginning of the
The only time a vehicle would be allowed in a Fire Lane
would be to actively drop-off and/or pick-up a student where
there is no waiting.
Other times, such as After School Program or after school
activities would not be included.
To download the new policy, please click here.