Shallowford Falls

Relationships, Rigor, and Relevance for All

Shallowford Falls

Relationships, Rigor, and Relevance for All

Donna Long, Principal

Jill K. Spiva, AP | Michelle Moore-Greenblatt, SSA

3529 Lassiter Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-642-5610
FAX: 770-642-5612

100th Day
STEM day
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
Science Fair
Science Fair
Boots and Bling
SFES Staff

News and Announcements

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week is February 25-March 2

We need guest readers! Please tell your child's teacher when you can come and read to the class. Ready for the big time? Email Mrs. Head to schedule a larger audience for a reading in the Library Learning Commons.

Battle of the Books! We'll have our own March Madness bracket as we cheer for our favorite books! The homeroom that selects the school's favorite book will receive a treat on Friday.

Monday, February 25th: Pete the Cat Day! We'll be Rockin' in our School Shoes. Wear your favorite shoes! Watch for Pete the Cat songs and a visit from the Cat himself!

Tuesday, February 26th: Mo Willems Day. In honor of Knuffle Bunny, bring a stuffed animal to school! 

Wednesday, February 27th: Harry Potter Trivia Tournament. Fourth and fifth graders will have a chance to compete in a Harry Potter trivia tournament. Note: this is not a dress up day; students must be in dress code. 

Thursday, February 28th: Dress as you favorite book character day. Prizes for best costumes! Also, another tally day for the Million Minute Challenge!

Friday, March 1st: Fox in Sox for Dr. Seuss Day! Wear Crazy Socks. PTA will collect $1 for Hollydale Elementary. 


Kindergarten Registration Information

Parent Survey

The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement. The rating is based on four components:  1) student, teacher, and parent perceptions of a school’s climate; 2) student discipline; 3) a safe and substance-free learning environment; and 4) school-wide attendance 

For the 2017-18 school year, SFE earned 4 out of 5 stars with a score of 92.7.   This score shows the strong commitment of our Shallowford Falls families, and as a community and we should celebrate this achievement. 

The Georgia Parent Survey is now open for the 2018-19 school year. This survey influences a portion of the School Climate Rating.   The survey contains 24 questions that can be answered by using a personal computer, smart phone or tablet.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  

I am asking that all parents/guardians use the link posted below to take the survey.  Both parents in the household may take the survey.   At this time, we have only had 64 parents take the survey.  Thank you in advance for taking time out of your day to complete the survey.

Have a wonderful week. 

Donna Long

Shallowford Falls Elementary, Principal


Georgia Parent Survey:

Spark Lab Invent It!

Spark Lab Invent It is coming!

Mrs. Mills will begin presenting Spark Lab Invent It! to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes on February 6th. Packets will be available to all students participating in STEM Lab.

Think about a new invention that enhances the daily lives of older populations! Spark Lab Invent It! projects are due on Monday, March 11, 2019, by 8:00 am. The Awards presentation will be at the SFES Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 1:00 pm for participants and parents. 

For more information, visit the webpage

Science Fair

This year's Science Fair was the best ever!  We truly had amazing projects.  These scientists are going to do amazing things!  This was a very tough competition and all participants should be proud.  Congratulations to all our Science Fair winners!

3rd grade Winners
1st place - Parker Hughes - "Bird Food Fun" 
2nd place - Caroline Benton - "Disappearing Candy Canes"
3rd place - Matt Carcare - "How Far Can it Go?"

4th grade Winners
1st place - Charlie Hoffman - "Which Paper Airplanes Fly the Furthest?"
2nd place - Nancy Callan - "Are you Right or Left Sided?"
3rd place - Kelan Murray & Nate Pierce - "How High Will it Bounce?"

5th grade Winners
1st place - Riley Whalen & Campbell Brown - "Is the Price Right?"
2nd place - Kate Moran & Liz Geyer - "Reduced Fat=Reduced Happiness"
3rd place - Katy Loeffelholz & Talia Olshansky - "How is Your Health?"

Million Minute Reading Challenge

Are You Up for the Challenge? 

The Next Count Day is Thursday, February 28th !!

Our current school total is 519,724 minutes

Kindergarten Total: 53,364 minutes 

1st Grade Total: 76,369 minutes

2nd Grade Total: 57,578 minutes

3rd Grade Total: 116,002 minutes

4th Grade Total: 121,077 minutes

5th Grade Total: 95,334 minutes


Our Reading Challenge this year is the Million Minute Challenge. SFES students have been challenged to read for 1,000,000 minutes outside of school hours this year. If we achieve this goal as a school, we'll have a fantastic reading celebration!

Third through Fifth Grade Students can only count minutes when they read; they cannot count minutes when someone reads to them. They can only count minutes outside of school hours; time spent reading during ASP can count. 

Second through Fifth Grade Students will use Biblionasium to log minutes or can use a paper reading log. 

Kindergarten, First Grade Students, Second Grade Students, and self-contained SPED Students can count minutes when they read or minutes when someone reads to them.  However, they cannot count reading during school hours. Please print and use the reading log found here; turn your reading logs in to your teacher.

The Million Minute Challenge Begins on MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018! We will tally minutes on October 26th, December 7th, January 31st, February 28th, March 29th, and April 30th. 

For every tally period, the class in each grade level with the most minutes for that tally period will receive an extra recess! 

At the end of the Challenge, the class in each grade level with the most minutes will receive a popcorn & movie party in the Learning Commons!

At the end of the Challenge, the SFES class with the most minutes will receive an outdoor water party! 

If a student reads for 360 minutes, he/she will receive a pass to Six Flags for Summer 2019.

For every 1,000 minutes a student reads, he/she gets to select a new book to keep!

Rewarded Readers will also appear on the Fox 5 Morning News Show here at SFES!



How do I log my Reading Minutes for the Million Minute Challenge?

Second through Fifth Graders will log minutes using Biblionasium. We will use Destiny to Log In. 

To log in to Biblionasium, click here. Enter Georgia & Shallowford Falls Elementary School. Your User Name is your Lunch Number (Student ID Number).  Your Password is the same as your Computer Password (your Lunch Number/Student ID Number unless you have changed it). 

The Reading Log link is on the left hand side of the page.

Need additional information about Biblionasium? More help logging in? Have questions? Go to the Learning Commons Blog.

Questions? Ask Mrs. Head at

Shallowford Falls Elementary Tours

We offer school tours regularly for those who are interested in learning more about our school. Tours are given on select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Please register for a tour here. Unfortunately, during our testing times, we are unable to provide tours. If you have questions, please contact Stacey Sinclair in the Front Office. 


Transportation Change

Please print and fill out the linked form for transportation changes: A Note From Home

Lunch & Specials Schedule

Lunch and Specials Schedule can be found here.

Specials rotation can be found here.

Congratulations to Ms. Lynn Boland, Our 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!!

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Classified Employee of the Year, Michelle Mallard!

Carpool Procedures

Dear Shallowford Falls Parents,

As our enrollment continues to increase and more and more students are coming from outside of our Shallowford district, we would like to review the car rider procedures.

  1. Carpool begins at 7:20.
  2. Students will only be unloaded at the curb.
  3. Pull all the way to the top of the curb to begin unloading.
  4. Your child should be ready to get out of the car with book bag in hand.
  5. Do not wait for an adult to open the car door for you.
  6. Car pool ends at 7:50, when the tardy bell rings.

If you arrive after 7:50, you must park and walk your student in.

  1. Park in a designated parking spot.
  2. Escort your child into the office and sign them in.
  3. Do not send students into the building unattended.

Carpool does back up onto Shallowford Road. We anticipate this will increase this year as our enrollment is up. While we are working with our local CCSD police to make carpool run smoother, it is always the best option to put your child on the bus. They will never be late if they ride the school bus.

Over the summer, the Department of Transportation created a new traffic pattern on SFES property to help alleviate the congestion on Shallowford Road during the morning and afternoon carpool.

All cars will now drive past the left turn that leads to the carpool drop-off point, through a curbed turn-around by the back entrance to the parking lot where the buses come in, and then back out, making a right turn to the normal drop off point. Students will only be dropped off at the curb in front of the school.

If you are parking, and walking your child in, you MUST stay in the carpool line and access the curbed turn-around, prior to parking.

This new traffic pattern will take some time to get used to. Please be patient. We will have our Dads Group and SFES staff available to assist with the flow of traffic the first few days of school.

Mrs. Long & Mrs. Spiva


Good News: Office 365 for all students

All CCSD students (K-12) will have access to the Office 365 digital tools suite unless a parent previously opted out last school year.  If a parent wants to confirm student access and/or ascertain their student’s Office 365 username, they can locate this information via ParentVUE (

Communication with Parents will be as follows:

  1. The “All Parents.pdf” message will be sent to parents who previously consented or provided no response to the consent emails last school year. See attachment below.
  2. The “Opt-Out Parents.pdf” message will be sent to the small number of parents who previously opted out last school year, giving them information on how to opt-in. See attachment below.
  3. Parents will no longer receive monthly emails requesting they provide a consent option.
  4. Schools will no longer need to send the consent email to their parents.

Once again, parents can view their students’ access, view their students’ account login information, and view instructions on how to use Office 365 through ParentVUE (

Download All Parents Letter

Download Opt-Out Parents Letter


Office 365 Support Page for Parents  

Consent via Email   {Video on how parents can give consent via an email message from CCSD}

Consent via Synergy ParentVUE  {Video on how parents can give consent via Synergy ParentVue}