Polar Express Pajama Day 12/21

Dear Parents,  

We will have our Polar Express Day on Friday, December 21st! We will be reading/watching the Polar Express, writing in response to our reading, completing Polar Express problem solving, and enjoying some hot chocolate! 

Students may wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal that fits in their book bag.  No slippers please!  

Pajamas should be appropriate for school.  Please have girls wear leggings if they wear a gown.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.  

Have a wonderful holiday season!  


Math Fluency Program Online

Dear Parents,

The students should practice their math fluency during the winter break and the following website is an easy/fun way of getting them the practice that they need.


I created an account for the class. They should click on “Student Login,” then on teacher’s user name they need to enter “Nickajack,” then their First and Last Name, and the password is “123.” Please let me know if you have any questions.

Math Strategies – Informational Videos

Dear Parents,

I know that many of you have questions regarding some of the math strategies used in our school, so I put together the following informational videos describing each of the pertinent strategies.





I hope this information was helpful!

Upcoming events:

12/18:     Classroom Holiday Party – you are cordially invited to our classroom holiday party on December 18th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

12/21:     PJ day. If your child decides to wear his/her PJs to school this day, it must be appropriate for school. Girls must wear leggings if they decide to wear gowns. All students must wear regular shoes that day (no slippers).

Please let me know if you have any question.


Important Upcoming Events

I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving break! I would like to remind you of several important upcoming dates:

November 27th – Chorus Smyrna Tree Lighting
December 4th – Chorus Chick-Fil-A Night
December  20th & 21st – Early Release (12:15 p.m.)
December 24th – January 2 – Winter Holidays, No School
January 3rd & 4th – Teacher Workday, Student Holidays
January 17th – STEAM Night from 6 to 8 pm

Thank you!

Class News – 11/03/18

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are having a great weekend! First of all I want to say thank you to the parents that served as chaperones during our field trip to the zoo. The children enjoyed the visit to the zoo and their behavior was exceptional. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect!

I want to remind you that Tuesday (11/06/18) is election day/school holiday and there’s no school. Here is a link to the cobb county school district calendar: http://www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/calendars/2018-19/2018-19_Year-at-a-glance_Revised_180409.pdf . You may also refer to the Nickajack website for additional information related to our school: http://www.cobbk12.org/nickajack/

Here are some other important dates to remember:

November 6th – Election Day, Student Holiday, No School

November 19th – 23rd – Thanksgiving Holidays, No School

December  20th & 21st – Early Release (12:15 p.m.)

December 24th – January 2 – Winter Holidays, No School

January 3rd & 4th – Teacher Workday, Student Holidays

January 21st – MLK Jr. Holiday, No School

February 18th – 22nd – Winter Break, No School

I had to be absent on Friday, so the spelling test will be given on Monday. The children were given their new homework packet on Thursday.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Class News! October 12, 2018

Happy Friday!! I hope that all of you had a great week. I would like to go over several important upcoming events.

Conference Week (please remember that there is early dismissal every day next week)

Please find attached the Conference Schedule for next week. Please let me know if I erroneously put you on the wrong day/time, or if you need to rescheduled or confirm. The conference period is relatively short (20 minutes) so please be here at the time scheduled for you.

Chaperones for the Atlanta Zoo Fieldtrip – 10/30/18

The school is allowing us to take as many chaperones as we want for this field trip, and I would like to have as many of you as possible. The more eyes on the kids the better. Four of you already express interest in being chaperones—if you were one of those please confirm—thank you! If you would like to joins as chaperones, please let me know. Chaperones must pay their own admissions cost and provide their own transportation. Thank you! 

Academic Curriculum Next Week

Next week we officially begin the 2nd quarter! This are the academic objectives for next week:

  • PBIS – School Pride
  • Writing—Modeled Non-Fiction Writing
  • ELA—Contractions
  • Math—Hundreds Chart
  • Word Problems—Two-step Comparison Addition
  • Reading Strategy—Non-Fiction Text Features
  • Phonics—au/aw
  • Content—Stars

PG Movie Permission Slip

As part of the B3 Celebration for this month we plan to show a movie and serve the kids popcorn. We decided as a grade level to request your permission to watch PG rated movies in the classroom, as it seems that many of the children’s favorite movies are PG—however, this requires your consent and for that reason we sent a “PG Movie Permission Slip” that must be signed and returned as soon as possible. Without your consent your child will go to a classroom showing a G rated movie. The movie that we plan to show in my classroom is “Scooby Doo 2—Monsters Unleashedhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0331632/ .

Specials Next Week

  • Monday: P.E. (please make sure that your child wears appropriate athletic shoes)
  • Tuesday: Science
  • Wednesday: P.E. (please make sure that your child wears appropriate athletic shoes)
  • Thursday: Art
  • Friday: P.E. (please make sure that your child wears appropriate athletic shoes)


I look forward to meeting with you next week. Have a great weekend!


Fall Festival – Friday 10/12/18

Fall Festival

Description: The Nickajack Elementary School (NES) PTA invites you to join us for the Annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 12 from 6 to 8:00pm!

We are excited to have the following activities and food vendors at the festival to make this a fun evening for the entire family:

Kona Ice | Palookaville Food Truck | Popcorn | Just Loafin’ Food Truck | Photo Booth

Carnival Games | Cake Walk | Face Painting | Cotton Candy | Pizza | Raffle Prizes

Except for concessions, this will be a FREE event for the Nickajack community! We hope to see you there!

**Please note that this is not a drop off event. Children must remain with their parents

1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Families, put your creativity to work – we will host our first annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest during the Fall Festival! Please bring your pre-carved/pre-decorated pumpkins to the “Pumkin Patch” by 7:15 PM the day of the festival (one entry per family). Your Nickajack administrators will begin judging your ghoulish creations promptly at 7:30 PM. They will select three winners. Show off your pumpkin decorating prowess at the Jack and perhaps your family walk away with the Grand Prize!

Volunteers Needed: 

We need YOU to make the Fall Festival a success! Please use the following links to volunteer in the capacity in which you are able.

Click here if you’d like to bring donations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F45ABAF2EA5FE3-fall

Click here if you’d like to sign up to help during the event:



Early Dismissal

Early Release: Local School Professional Learning Day

Schools will release students, and buses will run, as follows on Thursday, October 11, 2018:

High Schools 11:30 a.m.

Elementary Schools 12:30 p.m.

Middle Schools 1:30 p.m.

After school programs at elementary schools will begin at dismissal and continue, as usual, until 6:00 p.m.