Palmer PTSA Newsletter — February 18, 2018


Please click the link below for important Flu information from Cobb County School Health Services


Thank you to these community families for reaching out to Palmer families in need.

Jennifer Burmester – for helping pay off negative lunch balances.

The following families – for donating snacks to students in need at our feeder elementary school.
Amber Palermo
Tamra Rybolt
Jennifer Farlow

Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is coming March 12th-16th!
Shop a great selection of books and book-themed items, perfect for enjoying over Spring Break!

The book fair will be open each day from 8:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Shop extended hours on Tuesday until 5:30 p.m. and early hours on Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

We couldn’t offer the book fair without our wonderful parent volunteers!
Click the Sign Up Genius link to volunteer for short shifts in a variety of areas.

8th Grade End-of-Year Activities

Mark your calendars for the 8th grade activities this year. We will have a Spring Dance on April 20th from 7pm-9pm and the Carnival & Slide Show on May 23rd during the school day. We’re also working on several 8th grade spirit nights in March and April. If you’d like to be involved with any of the planning, contact Heather Galloway at for the next meeting time. Otherwise, stay tuned for more details!

In the meantime, we need you to go ahead and find that perfect baby picture right now (anything from age 5 and under). Please email the picture to or bring your physical picture into the front office as soon as possible. Please indicate your student’s first and last name and homeroom teacher (either in the email or written on the back of the picture).
Please note: This picture, along with the student’s yearbook photo, will be used in the slideshow and may be pressed to a permanent disc for distribution to students.

Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

Nx Gen is a leadership development program for teen girls. Meetings are held from 4:15-6:00 pm on (you will need to add the day based on each school before sending it to the person. See the days they meet below). For parents interested in registering a student for the program, click the link below.

Nx Gen

Please reach out to Tanya McKinney at if you are interested in this program for your female student.

411 from your School Social Worker

Students have three (3) school days to turn in an excuse note to the Attendance Clerk. Any note turned in after that, the absence will remained unexcused.

Counseling Corner

Emotions in the middle

Moody, private, self-conscious… If this sounds like your tween, you’re note alone. At this age, his body and emotions are changing rapidly. Here are ways to help him cope.

Managing Moods. Physical growth and worry about friends, sports, and schoolwork can cause moodiness. Let your child know you are available to talk. A quiet statement, such as “I remember what it feels like not to be asked to join a team,” can invite him to open up about what’s bothering him.
Finding privacy. It’s natural for your middle grader to want some time for himself. He might close his bedroom door or walk outside to take a phone call, for example. Show him that you respect his growing need for privacy by giving him space.
Fitting in. May middle graders feel self-conscious. Being a part of a group of people who share his interests can help your youngster focus on his strengths and feel more confident. Encourage him to participate in at least one activity, perhaps basketball, student government, or math club.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Important Notice Regarding Progress Reports and Report Cards:

We are going paperless! Please see the attached parent letter to find out more about our move to online progress reports and report cards. You will find directions for accessing your students’ progress reports and report cards via ParentVue. Alternately, if you do not have access to the internet, you may contact your child’s counselor to receive a paper copy by request. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to reduce our paper waste.

Paperless Progress Reports Parent Letter

Palmer Spring Tutoring Schedule
January 24 – March 9

Tutoring sessions begin at 8:15 am. AVID in the AM starts at 8:00 am.
Please follow this link for the SPRING SEMESTER 2017-2018 schedule.

1718 semester 2 Tutoring schedule.pdf

Car Pool Rules

For the safety of all the children, please do not stop to pick up your student in the afternoon until your car is inside the blue painted lines. Also, if you would prefer to park your car, we ask that you meet your child at the crosswalk and walk with them back to your car.

Early Check-Out Procedures

Please help us to maximize your students learning experience by minimizing classroom interruptions. We ask that if your child needs to leave school early, please SEND a note with him/her to school. Your child should take the note to the Attendance Office where he/she will be given an early dismissal pass. That way, your child will be waiting for you in the Attendance Office when you arrive. Your help with student check-out will be greatly appreciated! Due to verification we cannot accept dismissals over the phone.

Parents, please remember that you need to stop by the front office to sign in as a visitor anytime that you are in the building. This applies to the mornings before the 8:50 homeroom bell as well as after school.
This is for the safety of all the students and staff in the building.

Yearbooks are still available to order!

To reserve your book, simply go to OR call 1-866-287-3096 and use order number 2401. There is a No Additional Fee to order through the Order Center.
You can also order your yearbook at Palmer MS; please make your check payable to Palmer Middle School.

Zoyo Yogurt
Sold every Wednesday before school starts in front of the School Store!
Flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla

Support Palmer’s PTSA

School Store
Whether you need notebooks and paper or mints and locker mirrors, we have lots to offer in the school store. You can also buy your spirit wear here! Please visit to check out all the items and prices. We plan to be open every morning from 8:40-9:10, so come by and check things out.

Help Wanted for Biscuit Sales
The PTSA would like to bring back Chick-fil-A biscuits on Thursday mornings. We need at least 5 adults willing to volunteer (one person per week). Volunteers would need to pick up the biscuits from Chick-fil-A on Chastain Road at 7:30 AM, sell them in front of the school between 8:00-8:50 AM and then return the bags back to the store by 9:00 AM. If you are interested, please email Heather Galloway at
This is a fabulous way for the PTSA to raise money.

Community News

Kell Run with a Longhorn

Join us on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 for our First Annual “Run with a Longhorn 5K” race to raise money for the Kell High School Band Program. Here’s how you can be part of this fundraising event.

· You can sign yourself AND all your friends up to race and enjoy the run.
· You can be a sponsor and pick from several levels and advertise for your business.
· You can be a vendor and display your products for sale.
Registration fee will be $25 (in advance) $35 Race Day. Race starts at 8am. Participants will receive a race t-shirt, with student designed logo, goodie bag, fruit & water, medal, also 1.2.3, age group awards (Men&Women)
Register Online at with a Longhorn) or
2018 Run with a Longhorn 5K – Event Flyer .pdf

Kell High School Junior Cheer Tryouts

Informational Meeting – March 15, 2018 at 6:30PM in KHS Media Center
Tryouts – April 9-12 – 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Kell High School AUX Gym

Tryout Forms and more information: go to

North Cobb Freshman Cheer Tryouts

Informational Meeting – February 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the North Cobb Media Center
Tryouts – March 26 to March 29 – 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm at North Cobb High School Gym

Tryout Forms and more information: go to
Contact: Coach Toledo:

Walton High School Summer STEM Camps
This year we are expanding our offerings to include a Science Camp, a Forensics Camp, Robotics Camps, and a Coding Camp in addition to our Camp for Puzzles and Logic. Please click this link for more information
STEM Summer Camp.pdf

Calendar of Events
Feb 27 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Feb 27 2018 (4:15-5:30 pm): 6th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Feb 28 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Feb 28 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Feb 28 2018: (4:15-5:30 pm): 7th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Mar 1 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 1 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Mar 1 2018 (4:15-5:30 pm): 8th Grade Chorus Rehearsal
Mar 1 2018 (4:30-6:30 pm): 7-1 & 7-1 Symphonic Band Camp
Mar 2 2018 (8:00 am): BETA Club Meeting
Mar 2 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Mar 2 2018 (4:30-6:30 pm): 7-1 & 7-1 Symphonic Band Camp
Mar 5 2018 (3:45 pm): PTSA Board Meeting
Mar 5 2018 (4:30 pm): 7th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 5 2018 (5:30 pm): 8th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 6 2018 (8:00 am): AVID Site Team Meeting
Mar 6 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): 4-H Club
Mar 6 2018 (4:30 pm): 6th Grade Chorus LGPE
Mar 6 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Mar 7 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Mar 7 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Mar 8 2018 (8:00 am): Yearbook Meeting
Mar 8 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 8 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS
Mar 8 2018 (7:00 pm): 7th & 8th Grade Pre-Festival Concert
Mar 9 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Mar 9 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Mar 12 – 16 2018: Spring Book Fair
Mar 13 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Mar 14 2018: Early Release Day – Buses run at 1:30 pm
Mar 14 2018: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
Mar 14 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Mar 15 2018: AVID Day at Hawks
Mar 15 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 15 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS
Mar 15 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Writer’s Night
Mar 15 2018: Guston’s Spirit Night
Mar 16 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Mar 16 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Mar 19 2018: 8-2 Band LGPE at McEachern High School
Mar 20 2018: 7-1 & 8-1 Band LGPE at McEachern High School
Mar 20 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Mar 21 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Mar 21 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Mar 22 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 22 2018: 7-2 Band LGPE at McEachern High School
Mar 22 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS
Mar 22 2018 (6:30-7:00 pm) Orchestra String Jamboree
Mar 23 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Mar 23 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Mar 23-24 2018: Honors Orchestra Event at McEachern
Mar 27 2018: Spring Picture Day
Mar 27 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Mar 27 2018 (6:30 pm): Rising 6th Grade Spirit Night
Mar 28 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Mar 28 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Mar 29 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Mar 30 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club
Mar 30 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
April 2-6 2018: Spring Break
April 11-20 2018: EOG Assessment Testing
Apr 13 2018: Sparkle’s Spirit Night

You can also check the Palmer Calendar at

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