Welcome to Pitner Elementary
Home of the Patriots
Principal: Sherri Hill
Asst. Principal: Deborah Blake
CCSD Bus Routes for the 2014-2015 school year
are now available on the CCSD Website. Runs and maps will
be posted at your local school for review prior to the first day
of school. Kindergarten and First Grade Students along
with their parents are invited to ride the bus August 1, 2014,
as a practice run prior to the first day of school on Monday,
August 4. Buses will run at regular scheduled morning pick
up times and parents/students should be at the bus stop at least
5 minutes early. Due to the limited space, we ask that you
limit the number of additional family members riding. Only
school-aged 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 back to the bus stop.
During the months of August and September if the temperatures
reach 90 degrees or higher students may bring water in
containers with a screw on lid to drink on the bus.
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
2014-2015 Supply Lists
The supply list for the 2014-2015 school year
is now available. You can download the file
here, or you can click on the
Supply List link on the left hand side of this page.
*July 17th New
student registration 9 am - 6pm. Please be sure to bring
all documents that are needed to register your child.
Click here to download
the materials list.
*July 31st Sneak a Peek: 2pm- last
name A-L and 3pm-last name M-Z
*August 4th First day of school
*August 12th PTSA meeting and Open
House for grades K-2
*August 14th Open House for grade 3-5
*August 22nd PTSA Back to School Bash
AR Prize Patrol
The AR Prize control would like to remind you
that the last day to take AR tests is Friday, 5/9/14. This
is the last day that you can take AR tests to earn prizes for
the 4th nine weeks and Medallion Celebrations. Also,
please remember that all books are due back in the media center
on this day as well.
2013-2014 AR Reading Challenge
We are in need of many more volunteers to help
out with the AR Reading Challenge that will be held on
Wednesday, May 7th. If you are available, please sign up
using the following link. Thanks in advance for your help.
Substitute Teachers Needed
The school district will host TWO Substitute
Job Fairs on Tuesday, 4/22/14 from
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For applicants interested in
substituting in the North Area Schools
(North of Powder Springs including North Marietta, East Cobb,
Kennesaw, and Acworth) the job fair will be held at
Piedmont Baptist Church located at 570
Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30066. For applicants
interested in substituting in the South Area
Schools (Includes Smyrna, Powder Springs, Austell, and Mableton
- South Marietta area), the job fair will be held at
Skyview Elementary School located at
5805 Dunn Road, Mableton, GA 30126. To attend, applicants
must complete the following REQUIREMENTS:
1 - RSVP by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
only RSVP to one fair
and it should be the geographic area you plan to work as a
substitute. You must RSVP by 4/15/14.
2 - Bring a resume with you to the fair detailing all of your
work and educational experience.
3- Be prepared to meet briefly
with an Administrator.
We appreciate your interest in positively impacting our Cobb
County students and teachers! We look forward to meeting you at
the job fair.
Attention all 5th Grade
Thursday, April 10th from 5:30-7:00 -
Music & AVID Open House at Palmer Middle School - this is a drop
in event. A flyer will be coming home this week.
More information about the AVID Program - We will send hard
copies of application home with students who are interested OR
you may visit the website
www.palmeravid.org for more information & to fill out an
Thursday, April 17th from 9:45-11:15
a.m. - Palmer Middle School field trip-permission slips along
with cost information will be sent home soon.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Perry, 5th grade
counselor through email at
or phone at 678)594-8320 ext. 231.
Tuesday, May 6th from 6:30-7:30 -
Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Palmer Middle School.
Kell HS/Jr. Volleyball Camp Flyer
If you are interested in attending the Kell
High School Jr. Volleyball Camp this summer, please download the
Stevie B's Night
Our PTSA's Family Fundraiser night at Stevie
B's on Hwy. 92 in Woodstock will be on Tuesday, 3/25. Wear
college apparel or a basketball jersey and get 2 FREE tokens.
This will be our last Stevie B's night of the 2013-2014 school
Picture Days Are coming!
Our picture days will be Wednesday, 3/25 for
students in K-2. Then, on Thursday, 3/26, students in
grades 3-5 will have their picture day. Please consider
purchasing a package of spring pictures. This is a great
fundraiser for our school.
Bedtime, Books, and Brownies
Thank you to everyone who came out to
participate in Bedtime, Books, and Brownies last night. It
was a huge success! We were very excited to see so many
students and parents that were so excited about reading.
If you would like to see some of the pictures that were taken
throughout the "teacher character dress up day" as well as
pictures from the actual event, please click on this
On-line Book Fair
Can't make it to the actual book fair, but you
would like to purchase a book or two for your student?
Well, here's your chance. Please click on this
link to be taken to Pitner's on-line book fair.
Bedtime, Books, Brownies and PTSA
Meeting Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. The Nominating
Committee will be voted in plus a discussion of the proposed
increase of PTSA dues for next school year. Bedtime,
Books, and Brownies will begin at 6:30. Please come visit the
Book Fair and enjoy this school community event!
Stevie B's Fundraiser Night
Tonight is our fundraiser night at Stevie B's
on Hwy. 92 in Woodstock, GA. Please come out between 5:30
and 8:00 to support our PTSA.
Sky Zone Night - Fundraiser
Pitner PTSA is having a fundraiser at Sky
Zone, Kennesaw @ 1650 Airport Road on Thursday, 2/20/14 from
4:00 - 8 :00 p.m. The cost is $10/child/hour and $2 for
Sky Zone socks (required or bring if you already have them).
1/2 of the cost is returned to Pitner's PTSA to fund programs
for the students. The class with the highest participation
will win coupons for a future visit.
Stevie B's Night - Fundraiser
Due to the possibility of inclement weather,
our fundraiser night at Stevie B's on Hwy. 92 in Woodstock will
be rescheduled for a later date.
2014-15 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again
offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the
2014-2015 school year. Applications will be available
beginning February 10, 2014. For more information, please
2014-15 School Choice website.
Town Hall Meeting
Did you know that our Cobb County School District is facing
a $79M budget shortfall this year? Did you know that the
State of Georgia considers Cobb a "wealthy" county and therefore
we receive no Equalization Grant money under the QBE school
funding system? Did you know that senior citizens are
exempt from paying school property taxes?
Join us on Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm for a Town Hall
Meeting at Palmer Middle School Auditorium (690 North Booth
Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144). This discussion is open to all
interested parties to discuss the $79 million funding deficit
for CCSD and the various proposals to mitigate it (including
raising class size again, laying off more teachers, adding more
furlough days, etc.). If you're interested in learning
more and giving your input, please join John Barge (GA School
Superintendent), Louis Byers (GA DOE
Director of Finance Review), Randy Scamihorn (Cobb Co. Board of
Education), as well as others, for a night of questions and
answers. This meeting is for anyone who is interested in
keeping Cobb Co. tax dollars in Cobb County and for anyone who
wants to make our schools better. Stay informed and make a
difference. We hope to see you there.
from The New York Times, 12.21.13...
"In Cobb County, Ga., where the district has laid off about
1,300 staff members - or about 16 percent of the teaching force
- in the past five years, average class sizes in fourth and
fifth grades are now about 33 students, five above the state
maximum of 28."
Car Line Guidelines
For the safety of our students and staff, please be sure to
adhere to the Car Line guidelines. Please click
download the most recent car line guidelines. If you have
any questions or concerns, please contact the front office.
As part of the fourth grade curriculum, the fourth grade
students became entrepreneurs for a day and created items to
sell in their very own stores in the fourth grade classrooms.
There were many interesting items being made and sold. The
items ranged from rainbow loom bracelets to Christmas ornaments
and baked goods. The students set the price of their items
and then sold them to other students and parents. It was a
great life lesson! The money that was raised from this
activity, a grand total of $1,487, was given to Camp MAGIK.
A reporter from KSU (Kennesaw State University) came with Irene
McClatchey, the director of Camp MAGIK, when the students
presented her with the check. You can read the entire
Way to go fourth graders! We are so proud!
Dinner with Santa
Santa Pictures are ready! Just click on the link below to
access the pictures taken with Santa last Thursday. The
website gives you the option to print your pictures from home or
order prints from your choice of several different vendors.
Please see the directions below for printing from home.
Click here for Photos and Instructions
Click on a photo to open it - look above the picture and
click on actions (to order them, you will click on prints) -
select download from the drop down menu - then either open it or
save it to your computer. You may then use your computer's
print function to print the photos to your home printer.
Target Curriculum Night
On Wednesday, 1/15, the ALP (target) department will be holding
an informational meeting regarding the curriculum for the new
gifted students. Please plan to meet in Ms. Carothers'
room from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 1/15/14.
Georgia Parent Survey
Pitner Strives to be the best and we always value your feedback!
Please take a few minutes to complete the Georgia Parent Survey
for the 2013-2014 school year. The survey has 20 questions
and it should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.
Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to
the Georgia Department of Education for Analysis. The link
to the Georgia Parent Survey is listed below. After you
click on the link, a drop-down menu will appear. Select
Cobb County and then Pitner. If you have any problems or
questions, please contact Debbie Blake at
email@example.com. The survey window will
remain open until January 31, 2014.
Georgia Parent Survey
Vision 2026 - A Community Conversation About the Future of Your
School District and Your Schools
There are several upcoming opportunities to attend the Vision
2026 Community Conversations. Please join the Cobb County
School district and attend one of the following sessions. Please
click here for
Upcoming Vision 2026 Community
11/18 - Campbell High Theater 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Public
11/21 - South Cobb High Theater 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Public
12/3 - Kennesaw Mtn. High Theater 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Public
12/5 - Lassiter High Theater 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Public
Dinner with Santa
The PTSA Fifth Grade Committee is sponsoring Dinner with Santa
on Thursday, 12/12. Please click
here to download the
order form. Be sure to get your order form and payment in
no later than 12/6.
Chick-Fill-A Calendar Sale
The fifth grade students are also selling Chick-fill-A calendars
for a mere $6.00, you can get a great calendar and get a free
menu item each month. Please click
here to download the
calendar order form.
We have access to a program called Skills Tutor that will help
the students work on various skills. Each child should
receive a parent letter to come home that contains the necessary
information on how to log in to Skills Tutor from home. If
for some reason your child doesn't bring home a copy of the
letter, you can download the parent letter
Fifth Grade Fundraiser/Holiday Shopping
Are you looking for a unique teacher gift or maybe a unique gift
for a child or grandchild? Take a look at the fifth grade
Bashful Bliss On-line Fundraiser. Support our Pitner 5th Graders
by shopping ON-LINE for handmade glass tile necklaces,
bracelets, shirts, tanks, hats, sweatshirts and even baby bliss!
Unique gift ideas starting at $15 and hundreds of fun designs to
choose from! Makes a perfect Christmas gift… So
BLISS those teachers, coaches, friends and family today!
How to shop:
1. Shop on-line at
2. At checkout place:
PITNER/LEE into the ‘bliss chick
3. Take advantage of our Pitner Customer
Special and earn FREE Bliss listed below!
4. Orders will ship directly to you
within 14 business days.
5. All necklaces will arrive in a cute
gift box ready to bliss that someone special!
The Pitner Customer Special for this
fundraiser is buy 2, get one free of the non-custom/photo)
necklaces and bracelets.
On Thursday, November 7th, following the PTSA meeting, our
principal, Ms. Hill, will be conducting a session on Assessment
Data. During this session, she will be explaining CRCT
scores, Lexile Levels (SRI), DRAs (Developmental Reading
Assessment), Iowa scores, and Cog-AT scores. Please plan
on attending the PTSA meeting and then staying for valuable
information on how these scores affect your child(ran). We
hope you are able to attend this parent university, but if you
aren't able, the same information will be presented at the Lunch
and Learn on November 13th.
Stevie B's Night
Tonight is our monthly fundraiser at Stevie
B's in on Hwy. 92 in Woodstock. Wear your sticker for 2
Free Tokens. Wear a Halloween costume for 2 Additional Tokens!
That's 4 FREE Tokens! A Clown will be there making free
Balloon Art. No
charge, but tips are encouraged and appreciated!
Don't forget that next week, October 21-25
is conference week. School will be
dismissing 2 hours early at 12:15. Please make sure
that your child knows how he/she is going home each day.
ASP will continue to run until 6:00. We look forward to
seeing you at conferences.
Red Ribbon Week/Annual Thanksgiving Canned Goods Drive
Red Ribbon Week is quickly approaching, not to mention our
annual Thanksgiving canned food drive. Red Ribbon Week
will occur the last full week in October, October 28th- November
1st. Please click here
to download the Red Ribbon Week flyer. Also, our annual
canned food goods drive/help for the holidays will begin October
28th. Please click
to download the informational flyer regarding the annual canned
goods food drive. If you have any questions or concerns
regarding either of these programs, please contact the guidance
From the Pitner PTSA
would like to thank all students, parents, room reps, teachers,
staff and community volunteers who helped make our Fall Festival
a fun and fabulous day for our Pitner school community!
Every donation to the Class Basket Raffle, 2 liter Ring Toss
game and Cake Walk...plus the many volunteer hours given for
pre-planning and day of event activities were greatly
appreciated. We would also like to thank Publix and Archer
Restoration for their support of our school and the many vendors
who attended our Market Fair. Thank you to Mrs. Stanley
for opening the Scholastic Book Fair and to our Music Teacher,
Mrs. Bryant who not only conducted a wonderful performance by
our Pitner Chorus, but also assisted in organizing our other
Demo Teams during the Festival. Congratulations to all of
the Basket Winners. If you haven't joined PTSA yet, please
consider giving a small amount of time to your child's school.
We want the very best for all of our Pitner students and hope to
raise enough funds for our project goal: The Hot Spot Lab
- A Higher Level Math and Science Thinking Lab. Thank you,
Pitner's Fall Book Fair
The book fair is happening in the media center
from October 10th to October 17th. Can't make it during
school hours or to the Fall Festival? You can also shop
on-line until October 24th. Just click the link below and start
Pitner's Fall Festival
This Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Book Fair, Inflatables, Carnival Games, DJ, Class Baskets,
Balloon Art, Dunk Tank, Market Vendors, Demo Teams, Concessions
by Publix and Kona Ice
Please send in a 2-liter soda bottle for the Ring Toss Game and
a cake or baked good (in a disposable container) for the cake
walk by Friday.
Armbands plus 10 Game Tickets $15.00. Tickets - $.50 -
$1.00. PTSA Membership Basket Giveaway with $5.00 PTSA
Membership*Class Basket chances available at event.
Volunteers can sign up
Congratulations to Ms. Deb Snyder, the
recipient of the Office Max, A Day Made Better Classroom award.
This morning, Ms. Snyder received $1000 worth of materials for
there classroom, including a Kindle Fire, digital camera, leather
chair, label maker, and scads of other paper products and items
for the classroom.
Annual Fall Festival
Our 11th annual fall festival is right around
the corner and we need volunteers. We can't have a
successful fall festival without lots of volunteers.
here to use the sign-up genius to sign up to volunteer.
Thank you in advance for helping to make this the best fall
Fire Lane Changes
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)
- passengers 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.
Attention Fourth and Fifth Grade
You can now access your child's grade book online! Click on the
ParentVUE link on the left menu of our webpage to access the
grade book. You will need to have set up a secure account
in advance. If you did not get the information to set up
your ParentVUE account at Open House, please contact your
child's teacher. After you sign a User Agreement, you will
be provided a code and directions to set up your account.
If you have other children in 4th through 12th grades, you will
only need one account for all of your children. Please
note, at Pitner, grades may only be posted one time per week as
established by your child's teacher.
Event for Internet Safety for
The Cobb Police Department
will host two separate Internet safety seminars for teens,
teachers and parents. They will feature question and answer
sessions to help the public. The free events will take place at
the Cobb County Safety
Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.
Topics planned for discussion include cyber bullying, social media
and sexual exploitation of youths. People are encouraged to
attend and become educated about these important issues.
• 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug
• 7-9 p.m., Monday, Aug.
Registration is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-852-3270 for
Student Accident Insurance
Student accident insurance from the Young
Group are now available on-line in PDF format. If you are
interested in this insurance, please click
the Spanish version.
Give with Target
Your vote makes a big difference to our
www.Givewith.Target.com to vote for Pitner! This year,
target will give money to schools all over the country for one
simple act: a vote. Our school needs just 25 votes to earn
a $25 donation from target. But that's only the beginning.
For each additional vote, our school will get $1 more. So
please remember that, although the gesture is small, the rewards
are potentially huge. Go to
to vote for Pitner Elementary School once a week through
September 21 or until Target has given away all $5 million.
And please forward this on to your friends.
Vote and see rules at GiveWith.Target.com
Parents of 4th and 5th grade students will be
able to check their students grades using a new program called
Synergy beginning 8/21. However, before you can log-in to
Synergy, you will need to complete and sign the "ParentVUE
Acceptable Use Policy & User Agreement." Please download
and print this document here.
During Open House on Thursday, 8/15, please bring this completed
form, along with a photo ID, with you and the teachers will be
able to provide you with your log-in information. If you
are unable to attend Open House on the 15th, you will need to
bring your completed form and a photo ID into the office to
receive your log-in information.
For grades K-2, picture day will be Tuesday,
August 20th. For grades 3-5, picture day will be
Wednesday, August 21st. Please click
for more information.
We will be having our Annual PTSA Open House
on Wednesday, 8/14 for K-2nd Grade beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Then, on Thursday, 8/15 for grades 3-5, also beginning at 6:00
p.m. Please make plans to attend. We hope to see
We are so excited about this school year.
We will be conducting sneak-a-peek on Monday, August 5th.
If your last name begins with the letter A-L, your sneak-a-peek
time will be from 1:00-1:45. If your last name begins with
the letter M-Z, your sneak-a-peek time is from 2:00-2:45.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.
The school office will be closed until July
9th. If you have an immediate need, please call Linda
Davis at 770)426-3401.
State of Georgia Learning
Resources Evaluation for K-12 English/Language 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. Congratulations 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 Cobb County area, you may sign up for
PENS (Police Email Notification 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.