Good Morning! I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather and is ready for some time with the family. I want to start off by saying how thankful I am for each one of the students in my classroom and your continued support. I am blessed with a wonderful class and each of them have an amazing support system in and outside of the school.

Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving feast and the end of the canned food drive! If you did not return a slip to attend the feast…NO WORRIES! Kristie will not turn anyone away. Come enjoy time with your student. If you cannot make it, send a grandparent- they are the best!

So far our class has brought in a little over 200 cans and that warms my heart! A family who is in need of food will be touched by your donation. Tomorrow is the last day to bring in cans! 

We will be eating in our room today and Thursday. If your child is not a fan of sack lunches, please send in a lunch made from home ūüôā¬†

The Giving Tree is happening now. 

November 20-24 school will be closed for Thanksgiving break. The kids have shared where they are going for Thanksgiving and I wish you guys safe travels and hope you have a blast with your family.

When we return, November 28 will be the end of our Square Art sales. Purchasing items through this fundraiser is a great way to knock people off of your Christmas list!

November 30- Scholastic book orders are due. This is a great opportunity to buy new books for your children at a reasonable price. There are some great deals!!

December 2 is our Jingle Jog! Come out and run a 1K or 5K and enjoy a delicious breakfast and pictures with mustang afterwards! A form was sent home you can use to register- if you have lost it follow this link. You can also register online at this website! I will be there with Kilometer Club and serving pancakes after! I cannot wait to see everyone there.

Holiday Shop will open the first full week in December. Your child will have the opportunity to buy items for family members if you wish.

Social Studies:¬†Our class is taking a dive into the Creek and Cherokee Indians. We have taken a close look at James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi. When we return, we will focus on Mary Musgrove and Sequoyah the next couple of weeks. It is fascinating to learn about how Georgia’s story began!

Math:¬†The children have really adapted to the addition and subtraction strategies. From the very beginning, there mind was already in mode, they just had no idea. It truly has made a huge difference. With these strategies we have moved into one and two-step word problems. When we return, we will take place value a step further and look¬†at number up to 1,000 and maybe even further ūüôā We will also have a unit on measurement- full of fun hands on activities!

Writing: Informational writing is key this nine weeks. Our first piece of writing will be on James Oglethorpe and if time allows, students will research their own topic and produce and informational writing piece while following the writing process.

Language Arts: Studying all the different types of nouns has been fun! We have moved on to the meaning of prefixes and suffixes and identifying the root word. We will continue reading non-fiction passages and using the RACE strategy to respond to comprehension questions!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will see you after break.


Happy Fall Ya’ll!

It is finally beginning to cool down, as Fall is approaching! We have a lot of fun things going on inside the classroom, so please read below.

Performing Arts slips were sent home two weeks ago. Please return those by this Friday. I will be emailing you if I have not received one from your student as a gentle reminder. This allows your child to participate in various field trips we have throughout the year (on and off campus).

As you all should be aware, we have early release tomorrow at 2:00. I have communicated through Class Dojo, my blog, your student’s agenda, and emails were sent home from school. Our school is thrilled to be hosting this very special tour and is thankful for your flexibility as a parent.

September 19 is Moe’s Spirit Night from 2:00-9:00¬†Enjoy a delicious meal (at the Cobb Parkway location) with the family while raising money for Ford. This would be a great way to spend the early release!

Get Your Game On- Show your spirit and wear your favorite sports jersey/shirt to school on September 22nd! Help our foundation do amazing things for our students throughout the school year by donating $1.

Scholastic Order Forms will be sent home tomorrow. They are due back by Friday, September 22nd so the books will be here on the Monday we return from Fall Break! My goal this year is for your child to love reading and Scholastic is a great way to purchase AFFORDABLE books for your student. Many of you ordered last month. There are some great deals.

Over the break, please collect recycled items (Coke cans, orange juice containers, milk cartons, cardboard cereal box, etc.) and send them in when we return- that would be awesome! Our class will be conducting a STEM experiment on how matter changes- using materials to slow the process of ice melting!

Conference Sheets will be sent home on October 2nd. Please look out for these and send them in ASAP as we plan for conference week.

Reflection entries will be collected from October 3rd-October 5th. Kristina has painted a beautiful picture to submit for the contest. I encourage each student within the class to submit an entry. It truly inspires their creativity.

It’s that time of year again! Our Fall Pine Straw Fundraiser is here! A order form is going home in your child’s red folder tomorrow as well. Please return it by Friday, October 6 in order to get your yard looking in great shape for the Fall! It will be delivered to your house by November 4. This fundraiser is in support to help our outdoor classrooms!

October 6 will start our canned food drive! Please send in any extra canned food items you have in your pantry to donate to those in our local community who are less fortunate.

October 12 will be early release. Your child will be dismissed at 12:15. Please keep this date in mind and make plans accordingly.

Our Fall Festival will be on Friday, October 13. Please come out an join the Ford Community and enjoy an evening with the family. There will be a photo booth, silent auctions, various booths, jump houses, and so much more to partake in. I look forward to seeing everyone there! Our class has chosen to do a photography basket to put towards the silent auction. Our wonderful room moms will be putting this together for us!

After break, the students will be learning a lot!

Science: Your student has loved discussing states and properties of matter. When we come back, we will be talking about how matter changes. There are a lot of fun STEM projects we will be doing throughout the unit. Some include: root beer floats (states of matter), Hershey kiss experiment (how matter changes), and saving the penguin (how matter changes).

Social Studies:¬†Learning about our state’s rivers and regions has been fun. We are currently rapping up government and learning about the roles of the president, governor, and mayor.¬†

Math: We have spent some time looking at place value. Later this week, we will explore skip counting which will take us into money when we return. Your students will be working with word problems and the many steps in solving them!

Language Arts: Comprehension has been key in reading. With looking at the beginning, middle, and end, the students are analyzing the character traits and how they may change or stay the same throughout the story. Context clues will also be discussed in reading in efforts to tune into interesting words.

Phonics: Our next units will focus on long o and long e digraphs. Please do not be alarmed in your child does not do as well on the pretest as expected. These are blends they have not been introduced to.

Writing: We will continue looking at narrative writing for the rest of the nine weeks. Your child is writing about small moments (summer vacation, Labor Day, etc.)

A Message From the Principal

Dear Ford Families,

We are excited to announce that Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour. This is the first time the Green Strides Tour has visited Georgia, and we are thrilled to be one of eight stops on the tour.

In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, Ford ES will begin dismissal 15 minutes early Tuesday, September 19th. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00 and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus, around 2:10. Please expect your students home about 15 minutes earlier this day and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them with the early arrival.

Please see the attached press release for more information about the tour. I am also including a link to the CCSD blog with additional details.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Ford Elementary. We are excited to share our school and the successes of our students and community on the national stage.

Jami Frost

I will remind you the Friday and Monday before just in case!

I hope the first three weeks of school have been just as good for you as they have for me. I think by now my body has come to realize we are no longer on summer schedule! We have had a lot of learning take place in our classroom!

Your child’s Raz Kids log-in came home in their folder. Encourage them to log on and complete their read for 20 minutes on the computer! This is an engaging way to get them to motivated and back into the swing of things.

Writing: As mentioned before, narrative writing will be our focus. Your student will truly be able to right from their heart and create small moment that are special to them.

Language Arts: We have finished discussing who, what, where, when, why, and how (but please do not stop asking these questions at home). Next we will take a look at story elementsРstarting with what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

Phonics: Vowel sounds have been our focus after discussing digraphs. I am not sure if you noticed, but if you are on List B for this week (unit 2), your word should be reptile not retile. Spelling City is a great tool your child can use at home to study their words throughout the week Рunder useful web links.

Math: Today some of your children brought home and optional subtraction with doubles game home. It is a fun and easy game to reinforce what we are learning in the classroom. You can keep this at home for your use- please do not send it back. They can teach you how to play!

After wrapping up strategies this week, our class will move into place value. There is so much to learn and I encourage you to please practice addition and subtraction facts to 20. Each student should be able to recall their facts very quickly.

Science: Every week, your child works on a response to a writing prompt I place on the board. Most of the time it is related to what we are discussing in Science, but other times it can be a fun writing topic related to Science in general.

For those of you who were away for the Eclipse, I hope you were able to enjoy it as a family! The next eclipse will occur during April of 2024 (during spring break).

Social Studies:¬†Our class will continue to dive deep into learning about Georgia’s regions and rivers. Students are also learning specific information pertaining to each region. We will end this unit with a fun and engaging Map Project.

Important Dates:

The opportunity to purchase a Highlights subscription¬†is coming home tomorrow. Highlights helps your child read regularly at home, makes reading and thinking fun, helps develop important learning skills and so much more! There are instructions on how to place and order, but¬†even if you are not interested…check the box, sign your name, and send it back to school. Fun rewards are available for our classroom either way.

We went to the¬†library today!¬†Your child should have come home with books to read. Our next library date is schedule for next Wednesday (August 30). Please make sure to send your child’s books back with them so they can renew or check out new ones.

August 25- Scholastic Orders are due! A few of you have submitted online orders. This is a great way to get your child new books for the school year that interest them. There will be other orders placed in the future. If you have submitted an order online, it will be placed this Friday and should be in within 10 business days!

August 30 is early release.  Our school day will end at 12:15p.m.

September 4 is Labor Day! Your child will have no school!

September 5 is OUR FIRST FIELD TRIP to the fire safety village. We will not need chaperones for this, but please make sure to pack your child a sack lunch (everything must be disposable). If your child does not pack a sack lunch, the cafeteria will of course have one to purchase.

September 16¬†is Ford’s Green Apple Day of Service.¬†Please come out and show our school some love by helping clean-up outside our campus. Volunteers and much appreciated and more information will be sent home.

The week of September 25 is our Fall Break! Enjoy a week off of school and time with the family!

Beginning of the Year!

Dear Parents and Students,

What a great start we’ve had in second grade!  I’m impressed with timeliness and with the matureness and responsibility this group of students has already shown!  They are already working well as a team and showing their classmates such compassion!  I’m very excited to see the amount of growth, knowledge, and maturity this group of students makes throughout this school year.

Please make sure you subscribe to our blog (the subscription box is on the right side) in order to be sure you get all of our important updates.

You also had the opportunity to sign up for Remind (at sneak-a-peak) in order to get updates via text. If you were not able to, follow the link provided to ensure you get important updates. This will be a way to send a quick reminder about wearing class shirts, spirit nights, and so much more.

Thank you to all who have filled out the MANY forms, and returned them to school. ¬†I have received all of them and am very impressed…I must say.

Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

We are beginning the year in math with talking about doubles and doubles plus one. Don’t forget, students will be expected to be fluent with their addition and subtraction facts in second grade!  It’s never too early to get started!

For the next couple of weeks, we will have a chance to¬†explore good fit books. Students will discover how to pick books in both the library and classroom that are best for them personally. We will also be building our stamina while reading to gradually get into the routine of our daily 5 schedule. Along with books comes comprehension and students will discuss the 5 w’s (who, what, where, why, when, and how). This could be something you discuss at home after they have read each night at home!

In your child’s folder, you should discover a Scholastic order ¬†form! Ordering through Scholastic is a great way to encourage your child to read books that interest and challenge them. These orders are due by¬†August 25, 2017.¬†

We are starting the year with narrative writing.  So far, the students have done a wonderful job writing about their emotions on the first day of school and what they did over the summer. I am excited to see how their writing grows.

This year, we will switch between Science and Social Studies.  We are going to begin with Social Studies and will focus on Georgia regions and  landforms.  We will examine and locate some major rivers and mountain ranges in the state of Georgia.

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Tuesday, August 8th is Open House from 6:00-8:00p.m. This will give you a deeper look at how they class is run and what will be covered over the school year.

Friday,  August 11th Target begins for those of you who have students in this program. This day is also our first Bingo Night from 6:30-8:00p.m. This is a great  opportunity to support Relay for Life and enjoy time with your family. Food and refreshments are provided.


Tuesday, August 16th is Fall pictures.¬†Please look for and order form in your child’s folder for purchasing purposes.

Other important dates will follow. 

Thank you for a great start to the school year!  I look forward to working with each of you in order to have a successful third grade year!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Nancy Justen

Seventh Inning Stretch!

Wow! The school year is almost over and it is bitter sweet as my first official year of teaching is coming to an end. Your children will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart and I cannot stress that enough. Below is some information that will get us through the school year.

Thank you to those parents who came out and helped with field day. I sent out an email with volunteer signups, but it was also fun just to see parents come and watch their children partake in the eventful day. The kids loved it and there are plenty of pictures that will be added to the Shutterfly account. A special shout out to¬†Jackson Sapanza’s¬†family for bringing the awesome cart. You made transporting our water much easier than planned!

If you ordered a yearbook, your child should have received it today! If for some reason you think you ordered one, but your child did not get one, please let me know. There are 60 extra yearbooks that will be available to purchase this Friday from 7:15-8:00a.m. on a first come, first serve basis. They will be on sale for $45 cash/credit card only.

If you did not come to Evening in the Garden or did not scan the QR Code located outside of our garden, here is the link for the awesome video our class made. They will put this on display for our STEM tour this Friday! Each student had a important part in making our garden a success (planting the flowers, writing on the rocks, creating the video, making a plan, and so much more).

Penny Wars- Congratulations to our grade level for  participating in the friendly competition among one another . We were able to collect $274.00 to be donated to Relay for Life. Thanks for your help in supporting a great cause.

I know I mentioned a parent tea throughout the school year. After speaking with the other teacher on the team, she did the parent tea instead of a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift. I personally chose to do the gift instead as a special keepsake. Please do not think I forgot.

Friday May 12- All books are due! Please send any library books you may have at home.

Friday May 19- Market Day!¬†Please look for a letter in your child’s folder for more details. This is an optional activity as I know the year is coming to an end.

Monday May 22- Ice Cream Social at 1:00-1:30. Parents are more than welcome to join us for our ice cream social. Nothing is needed to prepare for this event. You have already donated money in order to purchase items for this event. We will enjoy our time outside on the picnic tables.

Tuesday May 23- Early Release at 12:20/Dress as a Tacky Tourist. This is the last day to bring backpacks to school. Please send your child with their favorite board game to school. We will set-up the games around the room for the class to share and enjoy.

Your child may also dress as a tacky tourist for $1 to support our foundation!

Wednesday May 24- Early Release at 12:20/Last Day of School. Please do not send your child with their backpack to school. They will not be allowed to bring them to school.

As we wrap up the school year, we will place emphasis in the following areas academically:

Reading: We have been comparing fiction and non-fiction texts. Students have been using text evidence to support comprehension.

Phonics: We have placed an emphasis on prefix and suffixes that have followed along with planned units. This week will end our phonics/spelling lists and tests!

Writing: Students have worked diligently on their narrative writing about the field trip we took to the farm. This week and next, they will focus on sharing their opinion on whether or not we should have homework for the rest of the school year and why.

Math:¬†The last nine weeks has been a blast in math. We have focused on geometry, fractions, word problems, and their favorite….array (MULTIPLICATION).¬†

Social Studies: We will end the school year with an exciting unit in allocation of goods. I am excited to put together a MARKET DAY for the class to participate in. Please stay tuned for more information.





Just a Reminder

Over the weekend, I sent out a message on Class Dojo asking for you to send in your student’s device to school tomorrow. Please do not forget to do so as we will be completing a Web Quest for our upcoming STEM project. Your child may being an iPad device from home or use a school laptop or iPad. They will only be going to assigned links that support the STEM project. Please do not forget to take off the parental control settings before you send it in. Once the assignment is complete, we will store the devices in their backpacks.

Ford‚Äôs Relay for Life ‚ÄúPenny War‚ÄĚ begins this week. This is a great way for all students to get involved!¬† We will be competing with the other classrooms on our grade level to collect the most pennies.¬† Students can bring pennies or even silver coins to help their class win.¬† Please send in coins with your students this week to help support a great cause.

ONE LAST THING….Field Trip forms will be sent home Monday. Please return them by April 28th.¬†

Spring has Sprung!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their break and some time with the family. It was fun hearing about everyone’s adventures on their week off. We have a few things going on in the classroom and below will update you with important information. This is lengthy, but some exciting things have happened!

TOMORROW is Yogli Mogli Spirit Night from 2:30-8:00P.M. Come out and support Ford while enjoying a sweet treat. Tomorrow is supposed to be rather warm and this would be the perfect way to end the day. Remember to say you are with Ford Elementary.

Friday, April 14th¬†is Crazy Hat Day. A flyer was sent home in your child’s folder with information. Be sure to send in a $1. I cannot wait to see everyone’s creative ideas. You can simply wear a hat as well for $1 if you would like as well. Not only is it crazy hat day, but it is also THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY TO BUY A YEARBOOK.¬†The directions were posted in an earlier post, but are also below.

How to order Online
1.   Sign into your account on
(Organizational Code: FordPTSA)
2.   Select Online Store
3.   Choose Yearbook
4.   Fill out required information (Student, Grade, Teacher)
5.¬†¬†¬†Add to cart — checkout and pay
6.   Please write down your order number

* This is a big fundraiser for Ford ~ proceeds from yearbook sales go right back to Ford!!

Tuesday, April 18th¬†is¬†Zaxby’s Spirit Night¬†from¬†5:00-10:00P.M.¬†What a quick and easy way to grab dinner throughout the week while supporting Ford Elementary! Do not forget to mention the name of our school when checking out.

Thursday, April 20th¬†your child’s¬†life cycle project¬†is¬†due!

Week of April 24th¬†is penny wars. All money collected will be to support Relay for Life! More information will be sent home regarding this event. Please look out for it in your child’s folder.

Friday, April 28th is a day to support our Military. Please have your child wear purple to school if you wish!

Tuesday, May 2nd is EVENING IN THE GARDEN! This is a huge event at Ford and I cannot wait to see what all the hype is about. The students have been practicing their songs they will be singing during this event. You should have received and will continue to receive a lot of information regarding Evening in the Garden.

Thursday, May 4th is our last field trip of the year. We will be going to the farm. Be sure to send your child in their class shirt on this day!

PTSA Summer Day Camp
This summer the PTSA at Ford Elementary School will be sponsoring a multi-activity day camp, open to any school aged child, entering kindergarten through exiting 7th grade!  The mission of our summer camp program is to provide a risk free environment that keeps children engaged and builds their self-esteem & social skills while motivating them through learning and application.
A typical day of camp consists of morning and afternoon rotations.¬† These rotations include, but are not limited to, arts & crafts, technology, athletic, academic/STEM, and outside/inside play.¬† There is a mandatory math and reading session immediately following lunch in which campers are required to practice these skills with the guidance of counselors.¬† There are no off campus field trips.¬† All activities, programs, entertainment, etc…takes place on campus for the campers to enjoy!¬† Each day features a different type of entertainer and/or performance!¬† Entertainment for the kids includes canvas painting, hands-on science experiments, story tellers, balloon artists, magicians, comedians, musicians, animal experts, and more!

$30 Full Day $20 Half Day (any 4 hr block of time)
 *Daily Drop-ins welcome!!
**Open from¬†7AM — 6PM
For further details, including registration information, please visit our website at  You may also contact Robin at 770-633-1391.

Our grade level had the awesome experience of a drone coming to school and taking our picture. The kids were super excited to learn more about the process and meet someone who did this for a living.

Speaking of pictures….please look on the Shutterfly account. I will upload a lot of pictures by the end of this week/beginning of next.

Social Studies: We have been discussing Jimmy Carter and learning much about him and how he has impacted not only our state, but the world around us.

Science: Studying the life cycle of plants and animals has been by far my favorite topic. Having the eggs in our classroom has been fascinating. The students have had the chance to track the progress of the chick (using their chick journal) and use a candler to see the live chick inside the egg. We only have one week until the eggs will hatch! Stay tuned for more updates.

Math: This entire nine weeks is a review of everything we have learned this year (place value concepts within 1,000). This will provide the students with a good opportunity to brush up on some needed skills and challenge themselves in mastered areas. I am excited to implement some hands on, creative projects in math throughout the nine weeks.

Reading: We are knee deep in applying non-fiction comprehension skills and fluency. Upcoming topics of interest may include plant, animal, insect, and amphibian life cycles! This will be ongoing through the end of the quarter.



Quick Update!

Hello Wonderful Parents,

Once again, we will be selling ad space in the Evening in the Garden program book.

These ads help pay for the buses for Evening in the Garden.

Prices range from $5 – $150.

Ads are due Wednesday, March 29

There is a flyer going home with each student.

I’ve attached a digital copy via email and you can also find it on the Evening in the Garden Website located on the left-hand column of the Ford Home Page.


If you wanted to do something fun with the family, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be at Kennesaw State on

Saturday, March 25 @ 2:00 PM showing¬†‚ÄúPeter & the Wolf.”

Adult tickets will be $15 and  Children tickets will be $10

Visit to purchase tickets!

*Any K-2 student who checks in with Mr. Hurley at the concert will receive a free homework pass!

Let me know if you have any questions.