From our Mr. Cathey

Hello Frey Parents,
I’d like to take an opportunity as we wrap up the first 9 weeks of school, to share some celebrations along with some useful logistical information.
Let me first say that in my fourth year as the principal here at Frey, this has been the best start to a school year yet!  Your students are each active members of a pretty amazing learning community.  Their teachers have been collaborating and planning together to make the previously outstanding instructional experiences even better.   The other administrators and I see this everyday as we observe in the classrooms, but more importantly, the district staff and other visitors to our building continually rave about the high levels of student engagement and outstanding atmosphere across our campus.  On top of all of this, the support from our two excellent parent organizations, PTSA and Foundation has been second to none.  Friday night it truly filled my heart to see such authentic community in action at our Fall Festival.  I know I speak for all of the staff and volunteers, when I say that the smiles on your children’s faces are worth every single second of preparation and hard work.  With all of this said, I am even more optimistic and hopeful for the great things up ahead for the Flames of Frey!
After sharing all that we have to celebrate and look forward to, I’d like to encourage each of you to take advantage of some great ways to stay informed with all things Frey.  The reason for sending this letter electronically is so that you could easily have active links to each of these resources on your computers or mobile devices.  Please visit and get connected to each of these outlets:
School Website:  
I’ve also included an electronic attachment of our hours and transportation information for your reference.
Following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook will allow you to quickly see the great things that we celebrate as well as be informed of reminders and upcoming dates without having to go and check email or visit our website.  However, our website is always a one-stop shop where everything is literally one or two clicks away.  The calendar on our beautifully updated PTSA website is a great feature as well.  No matter what, it is our goal for you to stay as connected as possible to Frey Elementary. And always remember that it is you, our families who make it the best school in the nation.  We hope that you have a great week and we look forward to seeing you at your students’ upcoming conferences.             
Jason Cathey
Frey Elementary School

Week of October 1, 2017

My dearest Kindergarten families,

Sincere apologies on our blog!  The 2 weeks leading up to fall break were very busy! With that being said, we are ending the first quarter this Friday! Conferences will begin the week of October 16th!  I am soo excited to share all of the growth that is happening in our Kindergarten family!  Be on the look out for an email on Monday October 9, 2017!  I will be sending out  a link to sign up with the website “sign up genius”!  You will be able to schedule your conference with me through this website.

Welcome the first week of October!  We would love to have some family members join us and share a favorite story!  We have already had an amazing Grandma (and former 1st grade teacher)  share a story!  Her grandson was beaming with pride!  Feel free to email or text and we can set up time and day!

We will also have our first official get together!  Save the date if possible for October 31, 2017!  We will be inviting parents in for Fall Centers!  This is a perfect time to get to know the other amazing families that are part your Kindergarten family!  More information will be coming your way soon!

I hope to see everyone at Fall festival on Friday!  It is a beautiful sight to see the community that makes up Frey!  It is a fun family night that I look forward to every year!  A special “thank you” to all the families that donated time and items to make our fall festival basket and the goodies that make the night special!


Melissa Cireddu


Important Dates to remember:

Oct 6          Fall Festival 6-8:30

Oct 9          Columbus Day Rotations (your kindergartner will travel as a class to all five Kindergarten classrooms!  Each teacher will be teaching a lesson about Christopher Columbus)

Oct 10          Picture retake or make up day

Oct 12          Early Release day

Oct 13          House celebration (The house with the most points will win a celebration in the cafeteria!)

Oct 16-20     Conference Week (Early dismissal all week)–Red Ribbon Week–Book Fair in Learning Commons–we will also be collecting can goods this week!

October 31     Fall Centers (more info to come)  Your child may dress up as a character for a $5 donation to Relay for Life Charity


In our classroom:

Phonics block:

letters: t,b f,n,m, i,u,e,r,p,j c,o,a,g,d,s

sight words: me, to, it, up, on, go, I, a, is, at, look, my, red, blue, yellow,black, green, purple, pink orange, and, the

rhyming words, antonyms,


Reader’s Workshop:

  • Read a book to learn about the world, beginning with the cover.
  • Reader’s read a book from cover to cover
  • Directionality  through a book, a page, a line, a word, using return sweep
  • Readers read to themselves and with others (private reading/ partner reading)
  • Readers mark pages that surprise them
  • Readers reread and reread to think
  • Readers learn from words in books (picture support and words)
  • Readers sound lik teacher when they read learn about the world books
  • Readers can read stories they have heard a zillion times
  • Readers work hard to make the words they read match the page they are reading

Writer’s workshop:

  • Writers know that “when we are done, we have just begun.”
  • Continuing rituals and routines and tools of writer’s workshop
  • Carrying on Independently as writers
  • Writers call to mind what they want to say, then put that onto the page
  • Stretching out words to write them
  • Elkonin Boxes
  • Adding labels to pictures
  • Writing even hard to write ideas
  •  turning pieces into books


Sophisticated shapes

  • Describing objects using names of shapes
  • Naming and studying 2 and 3-D shapes
  • Analyzing and comparing 2 and 3-D shapes
  • Modeling shapes
  • Composing simple shapes
  • Classifying objects

Social Studies

  • Maps and Globes
  • United States Flag
  • Georgia Flag
  • Needs and wants
  • Goods and services
  • Good citizenship
  • Pledge of Allegiance




Hey Frey Dad’s !
Take a moment to text @freyf to 81010 to get Fathers Being Involved notifications
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
-John Dewey
Jason Cathey
Frey Elementary School

Week of August 21, 2017

Important Dates to know:

8/23     First Guidance Lesson

8/24     First STEM Lesson in STEM LAB (if you purchased a stem shirt, please wear)

8/25    First sing along with all Kindergarten classes

8/25     House Pep Rallies –wear your house shirt or the color of your house

8/28     First take home project–google earth my house

8/30     EARLY RELEASE DAY  School Dismissal at 12:15

9/1      Temper Tamers (Nurses from wellstar will come to our classrooms and cover some of our health standards)

9/4     Labor Day–NO SCHOOL

9/7     STEM LAB


It was amazing to meet everyone at Open House!  Behavior sheets will be in folders for next week!  We are always aiming high


This week in our classroom:

Writer’s workshop

  • establishing the rituals and routines
  • how do I add a date stamp to my writing
  • my writer’s workshop folder  has a green side for writing I am still working on.  The red side is for work that I have completed
  • how we sharpen pencils in class
  • how do I use the word wall to help me write


letters covered: t-b-f-n-m

sight words: red, orange, blue, green, purple, pink, white, black, brown, gray, go, I , is, to , me

Poem:  A-B-C Boom


Reader’s Workshop:

  • Establishing rituals and routines
  • We are readers.  We can look.  We can think.  We can read.
  • Environmental Print that we can read
  • Labeling our classroom with words that we can read


Studying and comparing animals by similarities and differences.

Math Workshop:

  • Rote counting
  • counting on from a given number
  • strategies for counting in a line, and array
  • numeral formation of 8, 9, 10

Have a beautiful weekend!



Welcome back!

Important Dates to remember

Thursday, August 10             Orientation to Learning Commons (Media Center/ Library) and STEM lab

Thursday, August 17             Open House at 6:00

Friday, August 18                Wear a College Jersey for $1 to support Relay for Life

Monday, August 21               45 minute delay dismissal due to Eclipse

Friday, August 26                 Picture Day (more information to follow)

Friday, August 30                 Early Release (students dismissed 2 hours early)


What an amazing 2nd week of school!  I am learning soo much about my new Kindergarten family!  We are continuing to learn the rituals and routines of the school and our classroom!  I am so very proud that each and every student is aiming high!

–Mrs. Cireddu


This week in our classroom:

Reader’s Workshop:

  • Parts of a book
  • author and illustrator
  • characters and what they may feel
  • pointing to words as we read them


  • Letters and sounds

sight words for this week: I, a, red


Writer’s workshop:

  • Exploring Narrative writing
  • Using pictures and words to tell a story
  • Adding details to pictures

Math Workshop:

  • Counting starting at 0 or 1
  • Counting on …starting at the number 5 and counting up to 20
  • Numeral formation and representing a number with a dot card, a drawing objects


School Bus Routes and Lunchroom Information

CCSD Back to School Bus Routes / Food and Nutrition Information
Food & Nutrition Services (FNS):
Cobb County Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) would like to announce that the application for free or reduced price meals is now available online in both English and Spanish for the 2017-2018 school year:
If you choose to apply, please follow the on-screen instructions and fill out only one application per family. Please keep the confirmation number for your records. For additional information on paying for school meals including our meal charge policy, please visit the FNS website at:
Bus Transportation Information:
2017-2018 CCSD bus routes for the new school year are available on the CCSD website. Bus runs and maps will be posted at the local school for review prior to the first day of school.
Kindergarten and First Grade Ride Along will be Friday, July 28, 2017.  K-1 students, along with their parents, are invited to ride the bus on Friday morning, July 28, 2017, as a practice run prior to the first day of school.  The first day of school for students is Monday, July 31, 2017. Buses will run at regularly scheduled morning pick up times and parents/students should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early. Check the CCSD website for your bus route information. Due to limited space, we ask that you limit the number of additional family members riding. Only school-age children are allowed to ride as our regular buses are not equipped with car seats. The bus will follow the planned route to school, then return back to the bus stop. If a school has a planned Sneak-a-Peek upon arrival, the driver will deliver the families back home upon completion of the event.
Special note to parents of children 8 years old or younger:  A yellow tag will be issued to your student.  Please attach it to his/her book bag. This tag will assist transportation staff to quickly identify that your student is 8 years old or younger, which provides another safety net for proper delivery of your child. The yellow tag must remain on the top strap of your child’s bookbag and be visible to the driver at all times.  For safety purposes, do not write or remove the tag.
Water will be allowed on the busses during the months of August and September only.  ALL students may bring water in containers with a screw on lid.  If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 678/594-8000, or email your transportation area supervisor whose email can be found on the Transportation website.

School Supply List 2017-2018

Frey Elementary School

School Supply List



  • Book bag without wheels
  • 4 boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count)
  • 8 large glue sticks
  • 8 small glue sticks
  • 2 solid color composition notebooks
  • 1 plastic two pocket folder
  • 2 packs of pencils (sharpened)
  • 1 white 1 inch binder with clear plastic sleeve cover
  • 1 pack of 4 Dry Erase markers (fine tip)
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 1 box quart size Ziploc bags
  • 1 box of gallon size Ziploc freezer bags
  • 1 container of Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • 1 box of Crayola colored pencils



  • Boys bring:


  • 1 pack of 4 Dry Erase markers (Chisel Tip Large)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 bottle hand sanitizer



  • Girls bring:


  • 1 pack of Mr. Sketch or Crayola markers
  • 1 box of Band-Aids
  • 1 pack paper plates


  • Clinic Supplies
  • Band-aids


  • Kleenex
  • Sandwich size Ziploc bags




First Grade

    • Backpack (no wheels please)


  • *Please label the next 4 items with name (inside notebooks):


  • *1 white clear view binder – 1 in.
  • *1 pair of children’s scissors
  • *4 composition notebooks
  • *1 primary composition notebook (These can be found at Walmart, Target, School Box, and Lakeshore School Supplies.)
  • 2 highlighters
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes
  • 2 boxes of family size facial tissues
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 2 (24 pkg.) Crayola crayons
  • 1 pkg. #2 Ticonderoga or Staple Brand pencils (sharpened)
  • 1 pkg. of LARGE glue sticks
  • 1 (4-pack) THIN Expo dry erase markers


Boys bring:

  • 1 ultra-fine black Sharpie
  • 1 box of Band-Aids
  • 1 pkg. index cards (white or colored)
  • 1 can Lysol
  • 1 pkg. Post-It Notes


  • Girls bring:
  • 1 container of baby wipes
  • 1 (4-pack) Expo dry erase markers
  • 1 box of quart size Ziploc bags
  • 1 container of hand sanitizer with pump
  • 1 fine black Sharpie




*NOTE ALL GRADES: Some teachers may have individual requests for their classrooms at Sneak-A-Peek



Second Grade

  • A 1” black 3-ring binder with clear plastic slip-in front
  • 1 pack of 4 plastic double sided dividers with pockets
  • 1 zippered pencil pouch for binder
  • 2 6-packs of small glue sticks
  • 4 packs of Ticonderoga pencils sharpened
  • 3 (24 count) Crayola crayons
  • 2 boxes thin Crayola classic color markers
  • 1 5pk of small tipped multi-colored highlighters
  • 1 black Sharpie regular tip
  • 3 two-pocket plastic folders with prongs (1 red, 1 black, and 1 yellow)
  • 1 pair of children’s scissors
  • 1 box quart Ziploc bags (girls)
  • 1 box Band-Aids (boys)
  • 2 large boxes of facial tissue
  • 1 pack BLACK fine tipped Expo dry erase markers
  • 2 large containers of Clorox wipes
  • 2 packs of lined post-its (girls)
  • 2 packs of unlined post-it notes (boys)
  • 1 pack of clear sheet protectors
  • 2 composition books



Third Grade


  • 1 white 1 inch AVERY 3-ring binder with plastic slip in front
  • Pencil pouch with 3 holes -NO PENCIL BOXES
  • 4 double-sided plastic binder pockets (no paper please)
  • 6 packs of yellow Ticonderoga pencils (sharpened)
  • 10 large white glue sticks
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex-175 ct.
  • 2 packages black Expo Dry Erase Markers
  • 3 boxes of 24 crayons
  • 2 packages of colored pencils (12 count)
  • 1 pkg. of pens (no black)
  • Small pencil sharpener with container to catch shavings
  • 2 pair of children’s scissors
  • 2 composition notebooks (no spiral)
  • Plastic 2 pocket folders – 1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, and 1 Purple
  • Spiral notebooks – 2 Blue, 2 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Red, and 1 Purple
  • Pack of colorful Post-it notes
  • 2 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • 1 box of Band-Aids (plain)
  • 2 large containers of Clorox wipes
  • Ziploc bags – Boys: 1 box gallon Girls: 1 box quart size



Fourth Grade


  • 2 packs black or yellow Ticonderoga pencils (pre-sharpened)
  • 1 white 1.5 AVERY 3-ring binder with plastic slip in front
  • 4 double-sided plastic binder pockets (no paper please)
  • 1 (8-24 count) Crayola brand color pencils
  • 1 pair children’s scissors
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • Multi-pack 3×3 post-it notes (light color)
  • 9-12 large glue sticks
  • Large pencil bag
  • 1 package of multi-colored pens
  • 6 black & white composition books (9.75 in x 7.5 in) (no spiral) wide-ruled please
  • 1 package of multi-colored highlighters
  • 4 pack Expo Dry Erase Markers
  • 2 large boxes Kleenex tissues (no travel size)
  • Multi-pack Clorox Wipes
  • 1 box of Band-aids

             Fifth Grade

  • 1 package wide-ruled lined paper
  • Large sturdy pencil bag
  • 1 white 1.5 Avery 3-ring binder with plastic slip in front
  • 1 package double-sided plastic divider binder pockets (no paper please)
  • Three 24 packages wooden pencils (minimum 72 pencils)
  • 9 – 12 large glue sticks
  • 1 package colored pencils
  • 1 package assorted colored pens such as Paper Mate Flair Tip Pens
  • 1 package of multi-colored highlighters
  • 2 pairs of scissors
  • 1 pack Dry Erase Markers
  • 6 composition notebooks (9.75 in x 7.5 in) (no spiral)
  • 4 packages of 3×3 sticky notes
  • Self-contained individual pencil sharpener
  • Pencil cap erasers
  • 3 pack gift wrap tape
  • 1 black sharpie
  • 3 boxes Kleenex (no travel size)
  • 2 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • 1 box of Band-Aids




*Some teachers may have individual requests for their classrooms at Sneak-A-Peek on July 28th.



End of the Year

Dear Families,

Arrive a few minutes early to get the best seats and bring your tissues!

(At least some for me:))

If you are facing the stage, we are on the right hand side! 

Looking forward to the end of year performance!

Mrs. Cireddu


Reminder of Last Important dates

May 22:  Kindergarten Performance and Luau Celebration Day – 8:15 am -11:30 am (Luau cancelled if rain prevails)

May 22:  GKIDS Scores sent home (see bright yellow handout in the folder for details)

May 23- 24:  Early Release Days at 12:20

May 24:  Last Day of School and No book bags! (see bright yellow handout in the folder for details)

May 30:  Report Cards and Supply List Mailed Home