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Equivalent Fractions


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Ready, Set, READ!


Six Flags Read to Succeed

Once again Nickajack students  will have an opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags by reading for 6 hours. The Read to Succeed program encourages students in grades K-6 to read for fun – outside of normal schoolwork. Students will earn a free ticket by completing 6 hours of recreational reading. They may read anything – books, magazines, newspapers, etc. – not associated with schoolwork, no textbooks for example.

Each child has received a copy of the parent letter and student reading log.   I’ve also included links to the parent letter and the student reading log that your child will receive today, just in case.

Please encourage your child to participate in this program, which will run through Tuesday, February 27th.  It’s a great way to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket.  Who doesn’t like free?  Happy reading!


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A lesson on fractions

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Friends & Family Luncheon


Dear Families-

In learning from past Friends and Families visits and from today’s luncheon, we wanted to pass along some important tips that could really benefit you and the school.  Our hope is to be helpful.

If you’re able to bring exact change to lunch ($3.75), that would really help the school and keep our lines moving smoothly.

We know parking is always difficult at The Jack, this is one reason we moved this event to three days versus two.  As you’re parking around campus, if you would please be very aware of handicap spaces, handicap ramps, our fire lanes, and the school’s entrance/exit.  We always want to make sure our emergency vehicles can access our school in case of an emergency.  We also have buses that pick up ½ day students and those ½ day students are picked up at the front of our building as handicap access is necessary.

Thank you all in advance for helping out and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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The book fair will begin on  Monday, 11/13 at 8:30 a.m.  The fair will be open throughout the school day and select hours after school – see schedule below – it will not be open before school (7:15-7:50).


Monday        8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Tuesday       8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Wednesday 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Thursday     8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.

Friday          8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.***


Gift Certificates for teachers will be on sale in the Learning Commons until next Wednesday.  Students with money to purchase a certificate may be sent to the Learning Commons and we will deliver the gift certificate to the teacher. Students will not be allowed to deliver gift certificates. We  will accept cash or a check.

Students that have a large amount of coins will need to count their money, place in an envelope and put the amount on the front of the envelope.  We will not count for them and we will not accept handfuls/bags of coins for payment.


  • We need your plastic grocery bags. Drop them off in the Learning Commons at any time or send them by your child.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and/or your student at the book fair!

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Happy Fall Yall!


Fall Festival Volunteers Needed

Parents –

The PTA is seeking volunteers for the Fall Festival (October 13). The Fall Festival is one of our largest events at NES and a lot of its success relies on having volunteers to assist in various capacities (set up, carnival games, food etc). Most of the volunteer opportunities are for 45 minutes. In addition those who volunteer will receive 5 FREE tickets (to be used towards games or pizza).


Sign-up genius link: http://www.signupgenius. com/go/30e0f45abaf2ea5fe3- 2ndannual

Nickajack Book Club

Our counselor, Mrs. Weber, will be offering a book club in support of parents who are raising boys. The first book will be The Mind of Boys. The book club will have 5 meeting dates starting on October 20, 2017 and ending on December 15, 2017. Please see the attached flyer for additional information about this great opportunity to learn more about our boys and how their minds work.

Book Club Flyer-wqtiee

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Week of 8/28/17


BACK THE JACK Campaign begins Monday, August 28th!

The Nickajack Elementary Foundation needs your help in raising the funds necessary to support our school’s commitment to technology, academic excellence and student success and to provide our kids with the most competitive education possible! Our BACK the JACK fundraising goal for the 2017-2018 school year is $75,000. It’s another large undertaking but we know that together, we can make it happen! The official campaign dates are August 28 – September 15, 2017.

Make a donation to BACK the JACK of $125 or more and you are entered to win an Nintendo Switch.

Please make your tax deductible donation by Friday, September 15th. Donations can be made via Paypal/credit card using the link below, OR we encourage  you to donate via check to save us the 3% Paypal service fee. To donate by check, fill out a BTJ Donation Form and include it with  a check made out to the Nickajack Elementary Foundation. Place them in an envelope in the black box at school. It takes ALL of us – Let’s BACK the JACK!

Back the jack color logoDONATE  ONLINE HERE!

This year, we are raising funds to continue to develop our school’s Learning Commons and fund STEAM initiatives and the teacher grant program. We will also be earmarking funds for student reading, math and enrichment programs. This is all very exciting!

Back to Football Friday!

Are you ready for some football? Nickajack is ready and in need of your help. Back to Football Friday will take place on Friday September 1, 2017 during the regular specials rotations. Please use the link below to volunteer to help us kick football season into full gear the right way! Thank you.


We have begun rounding and have found that the rounding rap is very useful when rounding multi-digit numbers to various places. Yo, let’s help our children be winners in the rounding game!

Science: The Water Cycle Song


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Open House



Below you will find information that will be shared tonight at Open House. Please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Open House 2017

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Welcome to fourth grade!

My name is Dawn Harrell and I am one of your teachers the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer break! Don’t worry, the fun is not over as we are going to have an awesome time learning so many new and exciting things in 4th grade!


Please check my blog weekly as I will have important information about the topics we will be studying for the week, as well as any additional information you may need to know.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] . Email or writing in your child’s daily agenda is the best way to reach me. If you prefer, you can call the school and leave a message for me and I will return your call. Our school number is 678-842-5814.

I am looking forward to an exciting ten months of learning with your child!


Dawn Harrell

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Check out this great Competition for Cobb County Students.



 March Madness: For the month of March we are going to focus on reviewing Math and language arts  skills in preparation for the Georgia Milestones.  This review will take place during our normal social studies and science times.  Therefore social studies and science will be suspended until after the test.  Please encourage your child to review math skills nightly on IXL, and continue reading on MYon for at least an hour each week.

Reading: This week in reading we will be completing our novel studies! The students have loved reading their novels and are making some great connections between the books they are reading and their own lives! We will continue working on reviewing skills for the Milestone this week. One huge topic is main idea and details. Here is a great resource on main ideas:

IXL is a great tool for students reinforce math skills or preview upcoming skills. Students are required to practice for an hour each week.

Login: Student [email protected]

Password: math

STUDY your multiplication facts.   Make sure you are practicing for 10 minutes a night with flash cards, websites or apps.


Spelling: Study spelling words weekly.  Tests will be given on Fridays.

Math: Students will be given a nightly math practice to reinforce the skill taught in class and IXL practice weekly.

Reading: MyOn for an hour a week.

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