Georgia Milestones 4/12 - 4/26
Our state Milestones Assessment for all 3rd through 5th grade students will be held April 12th through April 26th as follows:
April 12th: Writing (3rd, 4th and 5th)
April 16th: ELA (3rd, 4th and 5th)
April 18th: Math (3rd, 4th and 5th)
April 23rd: Science (5th only)
April 24th: Social Studies (5th only)
Make-up tests will be help on non-testing days throughout the testing window as needed. For more information about the Georgia Milestones visit our state testing website here.
We have created a website with more information on GA Milestones, including the March parent presentation made by our NELC Assessment Director, Yasmine McKenzie, located here.
To take a practice test click http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/ and select the "Test Practice" button, then select EOG Online Tools Training, EOG Test Practice, Standard Online Tools and login with the information provided. This works best in Chrome and is an excellent sample of what the test and questions will look like – I encourage every 3rd-5th grade parent to take the time to look at this with your child!
Additionally, below are links to the Ga Milestones Study Guides that have been provided by the state.
3rd Grade: 3rd Grade Milestones Study Guide
4th Grade: 4th Grade Milestones Study Guide
5th Grade: 5th grade Milestones Study Guide
RFF#2 Public Comment Period 3/26 - 4/27
For the last two years Barnwell has employed flexibility with the itinerant Art, Music and PE positions earned from Fulton County. Instead of having itinerant teachers come to Barnwell one or two days each week, we have "traded in" these positions and purchased a Professional Learning Coach. This creative use of resources ensured that students are able to attend a specials class each day (Art, Music, PE and/or STEM), while also providing teachers with a daily common planning period and instructional support. At this time, Fulton County is requiring all schools interested in utilizing this budget flexibility to proceed through the RFF process.
To comply with this new Fulton County requirement, our SGC is again requesting the flexibility to "trade in" our itinerant Art, Music and PE positions to purchase an additional 5th grade teacher. This will effectively lower class size in 5th grade from 30 to 24 students in each class.
While we do not expect to exceed the state maximum of 33 students in Art or Music classes, this model does increase the amount of students slightly in grades that will have 6 or more teachers. For next year, this will only impact our 1st, 3rd and possibly Kindergarten classes (we won't know our full Kindergarten enrollment until August). In 1st and 3rd grades we expect to have 24 students attend Art/Music/STEM each day (48 in PE) while in Kindergarten we expect to have 22 students attend Art/Music/STEM (44 in PE). These expected numbers (24 and 22 students) attending specials classes are well below the maximum limit (33) already allowed.
Please let us know what you think by filling out the Barnwell RFF2 Feedback Comment Form and submitting to our front office or our SGC Chair, Kelly Lapinskas, at firstname.lastname@example.org before 3:00 PM on 4/27/18. Feel free to contact any of our SGC members with questions or contact me directly to set up a time to discuss (email@example.com).
Foundation Spring Fling
Ticket sales for our Foundation's Spring Fling are available here. Tickets are limited to the first 150 people so don't delay!
The ticket price for this Adults Only event is $45 and includes food, music, wine, beer & whiskey tastings. We will have an online silent auction with fabulous items you won't want to miss!
A few of the auction items available include: Complete Orthodontic Treatment ~ Jordan Orthodontics, A&S Culinary Concepts ~ Culinary Bootcamp, American Girl Doll, Tiffany & Co Necklace & Gift Basket, Atlanta Workshop Players ~ 1 Week of Summer Camp, 2 Night Stay at the NEW Hotel at Avalon, Go with it Farm ~ 1 Week of Summer Camp, Total Wine ~ Private Wine Tasting for 20, Silver Oak Wine and VIP Tasting Tour, Atlanta Braves Tickets, Atlanta United Tickets, Atlanta Falcons Tickets, and Lake Lanier Lakefront Private Residence for 4 nights.
Many thanks to our Business Benefactors: Classic Cadillac of Atlanta and WooIQ.com
Welcome to Barnwell!
Do you know that we have students attending Barnwell that have families from all over the world? Our PTA has created the following "welcome" guides in multiple languages to make it a little easier to learn about our school and to get involved.
Click on the following links for each language of our PTA Important Information guide:
Our Barnwell Foundation Sensory Garden is taking shape! After being "home" to several portable classrooms for the last 28 years the front left side of our school is now starting to take shape. Each "wing" of the Sensory Garden will provide different plants and structures to help students experience the different senses.
If you'd like to purchase a brick to help us finish our Sensory Garden (outdoor musical instruments, container pots and perennials) download the engraved brick form here: www.barnwellfoundation.org/goals/sensory-garden/buy-an-engraved-brick/.
Please mark your calendars for the Barnwell Foundation's Spring Fling on April 20, 2018, at the Country Club of the South. It is a great time, with great friends, for a great cause! Phase II of our side rennovation project , next year, will be to replace the adjacent playground!
PTA National School of Excellence!
Our PTA has been recognized as a 2017-19 National PTA School of Excellence! This is one of the highest awards any PTA can earn - only 143 schools in the country (only 16 in Georgia) were recognized as National Schools of Excellence!
We are very proud and appreciative of our PTA for working each day, hand in hand with our staff, to enhance the quality of our student experience.
Barnwell's 2017-18 Teacher of the Year!
We are proud of Mrs. Weaver, 4th grade teacher, for being our 2017-18 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Weaver is an amazing teacher and teacher leader, helping ensure all our 4th grade students are learning and growing each day.
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 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:
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.
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.