A huge thank you to all of our parents who came to conference. It was quite a successful week and Mrs. Faust and I were very happy to share your child’s accomplishments with you! Thank you also for all of the new books for the classroom that we received from the Book Fair. Our parents are so very generous and it is greatly appreciated.

There were many reminders in the conference take-home folder. At conferences you each received a yellow flip book with information about Quarter 2. A special thank you to Mrs. Pinkard and to moms, Mrs. Mulla & Mrs. Slapkus for assembling these. Below, you will find the links from the flip book so you can quickly access them. In addition to visiting these sights, don’t for get to log on Freckle, MobyMax, and log your reading on Biblionasium to complete the Q2 challenge!



​Science & Social Studies:

There was also a bright green Parent Math Strategy Guide. We will continue to practice using doubles, doubles plus one, making a ten, and making a friendly number in order to prepare us for adding and subtracting larger numbers.

Don’t forget this Saturday is Frey-Day on a Saturday! If you have not yet signed up, use the link below! I hope to see many of my students and parents.

It’s time to plan to be a part of our 5th Annual “Frey-Day On A Saturday” on October 27th from 9am until noon!

This is a great opportunity to show your students what it means to contribute to their community.

Here at Frey we have a beautiful 80-acre campus that is always open to the public.  In addition to our immediate surrounding campus that includes the full-sized track and field along with three playscapes and beautiful landscaping, we also have over 2.5 miles of nature trails with 12 outdoor classroom settings.  This takes some work to maintain, and many hands make light work.  Last year we had literally hundreds of volunteers with equipment, trucks, and tractors show up.  We are hopeful for that same type of response to get our campus looking great for Fall Festival on November 2nd.  Please plan to spare a couple of hours to come out with the family and contribute.  Please click on the link below to sign up and share resources!


(Don’t worry…You could come help out and still be home in plenty of time for the big college football games!)


Allatoona High School’s FCCLA


How to Participate?

First thing…distribute this flyer to your students and parents to promote this event! Next, bring your family and join us on October 27th from 4-6 pm in the Founder’s Lot at Allatoona High School!! Note: The Founder’s Lot is located to the right back corner of the football field. Signs will be posted for your convenience.

We will be serving hotdogs, chips and beverages for $1.00 each during the event. Lastly, HAVE FUN and ENJOY YOUR AFTERNOON WITH US!!!

Please email Mrs. Alejandro at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Monday – we will see the Harlem Globetrotters in action at 9:00AM. Yes! They will be coming to our school!

So, what are we learning this week?

Math: Continue to practice strategies to add and subtract numbers. Learn how to use our CUBES strategy to complete two step word problems.

Spelling: Words spelled with oy and oi;  boy, toy, enjoy, annoy, oyster, joint, point, broil, spoil, poison

Reading:  Asking questions about facts and text features in informational texts.

Writing:  Introduce how to write an informational/explanatory piece related to scientific concepts and processes.

Science:  Introduction to STARS and their physical attributes (size and brightness).




I hope everyone enjoyed their Fall Break; it’s hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is almost over and we will be having conference week soon! I am working on the Sign-Up Genius that will be coming home at the end of the week. Please look for it in your e-mail and contact me as soon as possible if you do not receive something.

Thank you to Mrs. Keefer for updating our Class Directory again. The new copy, updated 9/6/18, will come home on Monday.

A huge Shout-Out to our room moms, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Keefer, who helped our students create shout-outs in the hallways for their teachers, Mrs. Pirro and Mrs. Faust. The students had fun doing it and were very complimentary to their teachers.

What’s Coming Up?

October 2 – Reflection Entries are due

October 4 – PTSA meeting and 5th Grade Musical

October 5 – Picture Retakes (if you received pictures and did not care for them, please make sure you return them on Picture Retake day)

October 10 – IdentiKid Pics

October 11 – Early Release Day – Students will be released at 12:20

October 15 – 19 – Conference Week/Red Ribbon Week/Book Fair/Early Release @12:20 all week

What are we learning?

Spelling/phonics:  Long A pattern words:  ay, ai, ei, & ey.

Spelling words for the week:  train, jail, raisin, explain, crayon, stay, tray, eight, obey, they. 

All spelling homework is done in the Spelling Notebook.

Reading:   We continue to look at story elements, character traits, and asking and answering questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) when we read stories. Students can also practice this skill with their library books at home.

Writing:  We are writing a personal narrative based on a small moment in his/her life.

Math: We continue to skip count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s. This week we will be looking at and learning coins (penny, nickel and dime), how much each is worth, how to count them, and using them in one-step word problems. We will use the CUBES strategy for word problems.

C – circle the numbers

U – underline the question

B – box the key words

E – evaluate & write the equation (number sentence) +/-

S – solve = and check

Parents, I cannot encourage you enough to have your child practice his/her addition and subtraction facts nightly, or in the car on the way home. As the class moves towards regrouping, it is very important that students know their facts.

Social Studies:  We will finish up our unit on government focusing on the local, state, and national levels of government. Students have learned about the leaders of each, the jobs they have, where they work, and services each level provides us.

Health:  We are talking about Nutrition and healthy ways to eat. Wellstar will be coming out on Thursday for a nutritious presentation!

Have a great week!!!





Ideas for Fall Break

Fall Break is next week, September 24 – 28, 2018.  I posted last week the STEM Camp Cobb being offered at Ford, Pitner and Mableton.  Check out www.stemcobb.com or download/share this flyer.

Fall Break for some counties in GA is next week so we’ve partnered with Snapology to offer classes at our Town Center location Sept. 24-28th! Perfect for kids 7-14 and just $10 per class. Get the full scoop and register here: http://ow.ly/m3YN30lNiB7 #schoolboxrocks #snapology

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(2-8) STEM Camp Cobb offered during Fall Break!

STEM Camp Cobb is back for Fall break! We are offering this opportunity to Cobb students, grades 2-8. Students have choices of sessions including 3D printing, underwater robotics, field trip to iFly (indoor skydiving), and much more! Check out www.stemcobb.com or download/share this flyer. Now offered at three locations (Ford, Mableton, Pitner)!


Multi-Cultural Night

Frey Elementary is celebrating the diversity and heritage of our families by hosting a Multicultural Night on Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 pm!  In addition to some guest performances, families will have the opportunity to share about their culture and learn about the many others at Frey in the process.  All are invited to attend this community celebration free of charge! If you are interested in contributing to one or more of your family’s country displays, please click on the link below to sign up!




By filling out this form, you are agreeing to not only attend the Frey Elementary Multicultural Night, but to also contribute to a display.  Please indicate all the ways you are willing to contribute and plan to arrive between 5:30 and 6 on the evening of August 30th to help set up the display.

Welcome Back!!!

I am so excited for Sneak-A-Peek and Open House on Monday, July 30th. I recognized many of your names and remember seeing some of your faces in the hallway. I hope you received a  postcard from me and know how excited I am to be your teacher.  Second grade will begin Sneak-A-Peek at 11:00 AM. During this time students and parents will meet the teacher, tour the classroom, drop off supplies, and fill out the required forms.


*If at all possible, please bring your child’s supplies to Sneak-a-Peek. I would like to have your child’s binder and supplies ready for him or her on the first day. Thanks so much for your help with this!

Open House will be from 11:30 – 12:00:  Parents will…

(students will go to the Learning Commons for an AIM HIGH meeting with Mr. Cathey)

* Attend an Open House Presentation

* Learn about Mrs. Pirro’s class

Before or after Sneak-a-Peek and Open House…

* Locate your child’s bus number, pick up a car rider tag

* Register for ASP, Afterschool clubs

*Buy spirit wear & Yearbooks

*Sign up for PTA and Frey Foundation

Please click the link below to view the school supply list for the 2018-19 school year

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Important dates

August 1 – First day of School

August 22 – Picture Day

August 29 – Early Release

September 3 – Labor Day Holiday






STEMtastic Campaign

Dear Families,

As you know we are in the homestretch of our STEMtastic Campaign to raise funds for our Foundation. I cannot encourage you enough, if you have not already donated, please think about it, and then do it.

Our Foundation is our school, our parents, our students, our teachers, and our community. Each and every one of us benefits from having a strong foundation, at home and here at school.

Here at school we benefit from the Foundation. You might be asking, how? Well, if you attended STEM night a couple of weeks ago, Foundation bought all of the supplies for each grade so students could participate in all activities. Our STEM program is run by the Foundation and your child attends a STEM class two times per month, taught by Ms. Johnson, who teaches the Science standards to all grades. The students are not only learning, but using their imaginations and are able to be creative. We also have IPads and the laptop lab.

If you have already donated, thank you very much! If not, please, please consider it right now.

Not just a few of the students benefit,

100% of our class benefits from the money donated to this campaign.

Remember, every donation helps!!!


Thank you so much,


Michelle A. Pirro,

2nd Grade Teacher

Frey Elementary

Join us today in our STEM-tastic Campaign by helping to raise funds for continued resources in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics instruction at Frey.  YOU are the Frey Foundation, and your students need your support! Visit the Foundation link on our website to learn more, and please share the link below with any businesses and/or individuals that might wish to give a tax-free donation on behalf of your student and their teacher!



STEMtastic Campaign is on!!!

From our Principal:
Hello Frey Families,
Today is our third day of our two week STEM-tastic campaign for the Frey Foundation.  Let me start by thanking those families and businesses that have made early donations.  As an added bonus, all students who donate early by this Friday will receive a small gift of LED finger flashlights from the foundation. 
My first email covered some Science, and Last night’s callout mentioned how much this community has done to support STEM at Frey by addressing the big picture.  I shared how we have raised over 150,000 tax free dollars for the school. Well today, I’d like to move on to the letter T of STEM…Technology.  Each year the Foundation has been able to increase the amount of extra technologies that our students have access to.  We currently have 2 laptop carts for literacy and research along with 94 iPads in use by our students thanks to the Frey Foundation.  With your help, it is one of our goals to double that for next year.  Students are able to code and program mini-robots, film and post themselves doing assignments and presentations in all subjects, and take assessments that provide immediate data to their teachers. These examples are just naming a few of the many benefits of this technology.  I have already mentioned how our students are given opportunities and advantages that most public and private school students do not receive, and in the coming days, you will hear personal accounts of the experiences and resources provided to your student’s teacher thanks to these Foundation funds.  We hope that you will visit our Foundation webpage and join us in being a part of The 2018 STEM-tastic Campaign!
Jason Cathey
Thank you Preston, our very first STEMtastic donation!

Week of March 5th…..

We had a busy week back from our Winter Break.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our STEM Night. It was a huge success! Please remember to participate on some level with our fundraiser to support all that the Foundation does for our school! Check out the Frey Foundation website or school website for online donations. Thank you in advance for your support.

STEMtastic Campaign, March 5 -16, 2018

We are all ready for our Fernbank Field Trip. We received all our permission slips. Thanks so much for your help with this! There will be a parent meeting on March 22 at 2:45 pm for parents who are planning on being a chaperone for our field trip. Please plan on attending if you are able. Be on the lookout for a letter coming home soon to parent volunteers.

Monday, March 5th, Egg Drop during  specials.

Tuesday, March 6th, Specials change. We will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

March 14: Early Release, End of 3rd 9 weeks.

March 21:  Report Cards go home

Fernbank Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 22 at 2:45

March 23:  Spring Pictures & Class Picture

March 27:  Fernbank field trip