Welcome to Pitner Elementary
Home of the Patriots
Principal: Sherri Hill  Asst. Principal: Deborah Blake

Bus Routes

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 website.

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.

Upcoming Dates:

*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. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E054CADAB2F4-20141/1853386

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 EITHER jobfairnorth@cobbk12.org or jobfairsouth@cobbk12.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 Parents!!!!

Important information/Dates:

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 application online.

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 aisha.perry@cobbk12.org 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 flyer here.

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 year.

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 link.

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

 PTSA General 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 see our 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 here to download the most recent car line guidelines.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the front office.

Camp MAGIK

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 article here.  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 deborah.blake@cobbk12.org.  The survey window will remain open until January 31, 2014.

Georgia Parent Survey

http://admin.doe.k12.ga.us/gadoe/sla/gaparents.nsf/Survey.xsp

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 more information.

Upcoming Vision 2026 Community forums:
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.

Skills Tutor

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 here.

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 www.BashfulBliss.com  

2.  At checkout place:  PITNER/LEE into the ‘bliss chick consultant box’

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.

Parent University

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!

 Conference Week

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 here 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 office.

From the Pitner PTSA

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 PTSA

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 shopping.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/pitnerelementary

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 here.

Congratulations

Deb Snyder - Winner

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.  Please click here to use the sign-up genius to sign up to volunteer.  Thank you in advance for helping to make this the best fall festival yet!

Fire Lane Changes

From the Department of Public Safety:

 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 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 Safety here.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Safety (678) 594-8620.

 

Attention Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents!

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 Parents

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 22
• 7-9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26

Registration is required. Contact safetyeducation@cobbcounty.org or 770-852-3270 for more information.

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 here for English.  Click here for the Spanish version.

Give with Target

Your vote makes a big difference to our school.

Visit 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 www.GiveWith.Target.com 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

Synergy

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.

Picture Day

For grades K-2, picture day will be Tuesday, August 20th.  For grades 3-5, picture day will be Wednesday, August 21st.  Please click here for more information.

Open House

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 everyone there!

Sneak-A-Peek

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.

Office Closed

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 Adoption.

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 sites.

 If you have questions, please contact Randall N. Lee at the GADOE at rlee@doe.k12.ga.us or 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 www.Lexile.com/fab/GA.    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 www.georgiastandards.org.  Additionally, information about Lexiles on student test reports and how to use this information can be found at www.gadoe.org/lexile.aspx.

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 nearby.

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 students.

To Download the Find-a-Book Georgia Flyer, please click here.
To download the the Lexile Level Flyer, please click here.

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 chart.

Did you know?

Did you know that the Pitner Cafe offers a nutritious, affordable breakfast each morning to our students? Click here to read more!

Testing

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 letter 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.

Team Stanley

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 Review

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 p.m.

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 breakfast!

Fitness Day

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.

SPLOST IV

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 flyer.  Click 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 and brownies.

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 February 4th. Please click here to see the invitation.

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.  Please click here to see the invitation.

Police Presence

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 clicking 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 click here.

PTSA/Principal's Perspective - date change

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 valuable information.

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: https://picasaweb.google.com/pitnerptsa/
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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 Shoppe

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 click here.

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 Acworth Community Magazine to read the entire articles.  Thanks again Mr. Letalien!  We greatly appreciate your support!

Congratulations!!

Cafeteria Team

Congratulations to our Cafe' Staff for earning the Golden Achievement Award from the Food and Nutrition Office.

Book Fair

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 here.

Thank you!
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 with math!!

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.

Common Core
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.

Picture Days
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;

  1. 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.
  2. Buses will operate with windows open and utilizing roof hatches in the correct position to optimize air flow.

Thank You!
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.

Thank you!!!
We would like t o extend a great big THANK YOU to Mission for Life Church for donating to our Annual Book Giveaway!

CCGPS LogoIt 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.

Dress Code
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 administration.

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 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 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.

Pitner/District Calendar
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