No School 9/5 (Labor Day) or 9/6 (Professional Learning Day)
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. Barnwell students do not have school on 9/6/16, 10/7/16 and 3/9/16. 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.
On our first Professional Learning Day our entire staff will start the day with Sojourn Adventures to improve our collaboration and teamwork. Then all our teachers will work to connect Personalized Learning to Project-based Learning and begin exploring Google Apps For Education, while our parapros/support staff will receive CPR and First Aid training.
We Did It!
Last Thursday night we had our 426th family join our PTA - surpassing our Membership Challenge goal of 400 families! That is 73% of our families, a 138% increase over last year and an incredible statement of support for our amazing PTA. Thank you to everyone who joined to support us. It's not too late to show your support; visit our PTA page here if you haven't joined already.
Now our students get to decide who to duct-tape to the wall as a celebration. Will it be Mr. Neuhaus, or will it be Ms. Thompson? Stay tuned to find out...
Win the BIG Bear!
Friday, September 9th, students may purchase tickets for a chance to
win this BIG Barnwell Bear to support our Barnwell Foundation. Tickets will be sold each morning outside the media center for
$1 each (or six tickets for $5) through September 2nd, then during
lunch through September 9th. We will draw one winning ticket in
the afternoon of Friday, September 9th and announce our lucky
winner! Our Barnwell Foundation is committed to improving Barnwell; all
proceeds from these ticket sales will go toward beautifying the area in front
of the school.
2016-17 After School Programs
Our After School Programs at Barnwell Elementary will begin soon. If you are interested in signing up for one of these programs, please contact the company directly for costs/details and be sure to send in a transportation change form with your child. Visit our after school clubs page (Extracurricular tab above or click here) for all programs, schedules and contact information.
Lunch Visits/Birthday Celebrations
Any parent wanting to celebrate their child's birthday with the class is welcome to come to the cafeteria beginning on the 22nd, 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) and hand out during lunch.
Please note that teachers/school staff will not be handing out birthday treats in the cafeteria or classroom.
Our PTA is providing all families with the option of electronically opting-out of the school directory and yearbook. You ONLY need to take action if you want to opt-out. If you would like your child to be included in the yearbook and the directory, then no action is required.
If you DO NOT want your family's information to be included in the PTA Directory and/or you DO NOT want your child/children's image and name to appear in the yearbook, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KBHQ9GG.
Personalized Learning Devices
At our last School Governance Council meeting, our SGC approved our recommendation for the Dell Lattitude 11 laptop. Our Personalized Learning team, comprised of teachers from each grade level and support staff, compared each of the four available devices (click here for Device Q&A) to see which best supported our instructional model (click here to see Barnwell's Instructional Model) and recommended the laptop as the best available option.
As part of our current SPLOST and Fulton County's Personalized Learning initiative, we will be receiving 10 of these devices for every 30 students enrolled. We expect to receive about 250 devices to arrive before the end of September! This is very exciting for Barnwell and we are looking forward to utilizing these new tools to challenge and engage our students.