Thanks for an AWESOME Year!
Wow, it's hard to believe that school's out for summer! On behalf of all of us at Barnwell, thank you for sending us such wonderful children each day! It is truly an honor and privilege to be able to work with all our Barnwell Bears each day - they are simply amazing! We're proud of all our 5th grade students and wish them continued success next year in middle school!
We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer! If you are traveling or taking a vacation, we'd love you to send us a postcard from wherever you visit. We'll put all the postcards up on a bulletin board before school starts back up to see the places our bears have visited over the summer.
Summer Software Access: Students currently enrolled in Grades K-3 will have access to iRead and i-Ready Math throughout the summer. Students currently enrolled in Grades 4 and 5 will have access to i-Ready Reading and Math. Fulton County also provides information to MyOn, a resource that provides free access to thousands of digital texts, and the Fulton County Schools Summer Reading lists.
K-3:iRead Summer 2018 User Guide.pdf
4-5:i-Ready Summer 2018 User Guide ELA and Math.pdf
All:Free Summer Reading Resource-My On.pdf
Study Island Summer Learning Parent Letter
Study Island Summer Contest. Edmentum is challenging all Study Island users to compete in our summer usage contact. The contest runs June 4th – August 17th.There are two ways to win: 1) Answer the most questions correctly and 2) Answer 20+ questions correctly for at least 8 of the 11 weeks.
Summer Virtual Learning with Study Island
SHE DID IT! Georgia's Teacher of the Year!
As a proud principal I share with you some historic news. On Saturday, May 19th, the Georgia Department of Education announced the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year, and for the first time ever it was awarded to a Fulton County teacher, Barnwell's very own Allison Kerley Townsend!
With 159 counties in Georgia, employing over 114,000 teachers, for Allison to be named the Georgia Teacher of the Year is an incredible accomplishment! She is without a doubt an amazing teacher and colleague, as she inspires, challenges, and loves her children and teammates, helping bring out the best in each and every one of us. However, Mrs. Townsend will also be the first to tell you that she didn't win this award alone – that her success is only possible because of the help, encouragement and inspiration of her school family.
We had a school-wide celebration during the last week of school with our Superintendent, Dr. Rose, Area Superintendent, Cliff Jones, School Board Members, our students and staff.
Visit: http://bit.ly/townsendpreview for a short trailer video and visit: http://bit.ly/townsendbes to watch the entire celebration.
Our Open House is on Friday, August 3rd from 8:30 - 11:30 where students and parents can meet their teacher, visit their new classroom, join our amazing PTA, sign-up for our various after school activities and get bus/car rider information. Parking is limited, please carpool when possible and come whenever best meets your schedule (earlier is not always better for parking). Students wanting to drop off school supplies are welcome to do so (click 2018-2019 Supply List.pdf for our suggested supply list). Our Parent-Teacher Nights are on 8/22 (PK - 2nd grade) and 8/23 (3rd - 5th grade) from 6:30 - 7:30 each night.
In late July bus times/locations should be available on our district transportation website (FCS Transportation). Some of these times have been adjusted to accomodate a later pick-up each morning. Our morning car pool times have likewise been adjusted to ensure our staff is in classrooms for our morning meetings.
Beginning the 2nd week of school, our morning car pool will end at 7:35 each morning - please plan accordingly to ensure your child arrives and is in his/her classroom before 7:40 each morning.
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/.
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.