Happy New Year!
We want to welcome all our new and returning students back to Barnwell for what promises to be our best year ever! Please reach out to any of us with any questions you may have - we are here to partner with all our parents in making 2017 a positive learning experience for all our students.
Your child's teacher will be the best source for most questions and information - feel free to write a note or send an email and he/she will get back to you in 24 - 48 hours. If you have an emergency please call us and we'll do our best to help with your question or request.
Learning Walks 1/31, 2/7
Ever wonder what school is really like for our students? Want to know more about how we're incorporating personalized learning into our classrooms? If so, we invite you to come join us on our journey for one of our Learning Walks.
During these visits you will tour several of our classrooms with other parents and community members, visiting multiple grades to see our students and teachers in action. Learning Walks are limited to 10 visitors each morning so we can observe classrooms without disrupting instruction. All Learning Walks are followed by a reflection activity, allowing all visitors an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
To sign up for our next Learning Walks (8:00 - 9:45 AM) click on the following links:
January 31, 2017: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EADAD2AAB9-january
February 7, 2017: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EADAD2AAB9-february
For an almost-live peek into our classrooms look at the following video some of our 2nd and 3rd grade students created to explain what personalized learning looks like in some of our classrooms: https://t.co/QXinji5KBw.
New Bear Mascot!
Our Student Council and approximately two-thirds of all survey respondants recently chose the Black Bear as our new Barnwell Bear Mascot!
Do you want to be a mystery reader? Would you like to help out in your child's classroom? We welcome all parents to come volunteer and be a part of your child's school experience at Barnwell. Per Fulton County policy, ALL parents that want to volunteer MUST complete the mandatory training each year or they will not be allowed to volunteer in classrooms!
Lately, we have had to turn many parents away as they haven't completed this training this year - which is heartbreaking for everyone! Please don't let this happen to you - visit the FCS site directly to complete the required informational training at least 72 hours prior to volunteering:
Personalized Learning at Barnwell
The concept of personalized learning means utilizing various strategies and having flexible pacing of instruction to help each child learn. Students have ownership of their learning and are able to demonstrate mastery in multiple ways. Our focus this year is on creating independence in our students, utilizing technology and choice activities to allow teachers to meet with students in small groups, providing direct, personalized instruction for each child. We are focusing on the concepts of Varied Strategies, Co-Planning Learning, and Just-in-Time Instruction (click here for our Instructional Model).
Have questions? Please ask! Start with your child's teacher or reach out directly to our Personalized Learning Coach, Daniel Hodge at email@example.com. We are excited about this new direction and appreciate your input and support as we move from a traditional approach (where the teacher is the center of learning) to a student-centered approach (where the student is the center of learning). Visit here to see what our personalized learning path looks like or here to see a video our 2nd and 3rd graders did based on the Mannequin Challenge.
Modified School Calendar - No School 3/9/17 for all JC Cluster Schools
We have a modified school calendar this year as we have 3 days of professional learning specific for our staff embedded throughout the school year. The Johns Creek Cluster (including Barnwell, Autrey and JC) do not have school on 10/7/16 and 3/9/17. Visit here for our complete 2016-2017 amended calendar.
Our YMCA Primetime program is available on these days if you need childcare. Visit here for details.
Digital Citizenship Certification
Barnwell is a Common Sense Certified School! This certification recognizes our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to our students from Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We are one of the more than 100,000 schools across the country that use Common Sense Education's groundbreaking education resources. As a result, our students are better equipped to navigate the digital world and use devices for learning.
Lunch Visits/Birthday Celebrations
Any parent wanting to celebrate their child's birthday with the class is welcome to come to the cafeteria to purchase a frozen treat or cookies from our cafeteria and hand out to the class during lunch.
Per Fulton County policy, no outside food of any kind is permitted for distribution to students in classrooms or the cafeteria (while you are welcome to provide your own child with any treat to celebrate a special occasion, no store-bought or homemade cupcakes, cookie cakes, etc. are allowed for class distribution). Parents wanting to celebrate with their child must order in advance (see flyer included in Open House papers for details or click on the Flyer/Order Form) and hand out during lunch.
Please note that teachers/school staff will not be handing out birthday treats in the cafeteria or classroom.