Palmer PTSA Newsletter — April 13, 2018

Georgia Milestones

April 10th – 20th

Please remember that testing will continue next week – April 16-20.

Please make sure your student is on time to school the days of testing. The testing starts promptly at 9:15AM and students who are late to school are not allowed to enter the classroom.

Make sure your student gets a good night’s rest and eats a good breakfast before coming to school.

Please note that students who are absent during the test dates will be required to make up the missed section(s).

Gimme 5 for Education

This year our school is participating the “Gimme 5 for Education” campaign to raise funds for the Cobb Schools Foundation and our school! All students who donate will be entered into a drawing to win 2 Braves tickets!

The Cobb Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization that supports all of our 112 schools, staff and students in Cobb County School District. All funds collected will directly benefit our schools through Foundation supported scholarships, grants and programs for our schools, students and staff.

Help us to reach our goal of 100% participation by making a $5 tax-deductible contribution and return it to school today! Give a “High 5” to education!

Help support our schools & students! Donations can be sent to the school or donate online by visiting

8th Grade News

The 8th Grade Dance will be on April 20th from 7-9 PM. The students have chosen the theme “Flash Back and Get Retro”. This event is FREE for all 8th graders, but they must turn in a signed permission form:

8th Grade Dance Form

Please remember that the Palmer Dress Code, found on page 5 of your student’s agenda, must be followed for ALL Palmer events.

Parents: We could use your help at the dance to make it a success! Please see the attached link to sign up to bring refreshments for the kids, help with decorations or clean up at the end of the dance.

Success Block Resumes

Success Block schedule will resume on Tuesday and Thursdays the weeks of April 23rd, April 30th and May 7th.

Field Days Are Coming!

6th Grade – May 18th

7th Grade – May 16th

8th Grade – May 15th

The 2018 Field Day shirt order form was sent home with the students on April 11, 2018 and is attached.

2018 Field Day T-Shirt Order Form

Online Payments Now Available at Palmer!

MY PAYMENTS PLUS is now available to pay for Palmer Middle School activities. You can now use the online credit card payment system like you use to pay for your student’s lunch account.

Now available on your students My PAYMENTS PLUS ACCOUNT:

7th grade trip to “College Hall of Fame”

2018 Field Day T-shirts

If you are not signed up to pay with a credit card online, it is very easy to sign up! Just go to: and follow the steps to register a new account.

Please contact Jeanne Crain, Bookkeeper at 770-591-5020 or email if you have any questions.

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:

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

411 from your School Social Worker

Please mark your calendar for an informational meeting regarding Rx Abuse and Heroin to be held this Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Sprayberry High School

3:00-5:00 pm

PG-12 for Teen Programming

Child Care available for ages 4-11

“Understanding Rx Abuse + Heroin.” The summit includes a panel discussion with expert guests that are knowledgeable of how this epidemic is effecting our community and prevention.

Rx Abuse Heroin Summit Sprayberry


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.


Absences due to vacation/family trips, outside of school sanctioned holiday breaks, are considered un-excused.

Counseling Corner

Preparing for Standardized Tests

With the state tests coming up, here are a few tips for your middle schooler to prepare:

Knowing how to approach different kinds of questions will help her score higher. For instance, on multiple-choice sections, she could cover up answers while she reads the question. If the answer she thought of is listed and the other options don’t make more sense, she can be pretty sure she’s right.

Have your child find out whether she’ll lose points for wrong answers. If not, it’s best to guess. Also, if scrap paper is allowed, she can use it to work out problems and to keep her place on the answer sheet.


“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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!


You can 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.


North Cobb High School

Warriors for the Kids

Come out to the 1st annual fundraising carnival to rasie money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Please see the flyer for more information


Free Agility Workouts at Kell High School

Great for Football, Baseball, Soccer and Lacrosse

Morning workouts will be held EVERY MONDAY and WEDNESDAY morning from 7:00-7:45am until the end of April as long as Cobb County is in session.
These workouts are run by our varsity coaching staff and are FREE!!
Focus of these workouts is to increase your player’s speed and agility.


Players need to arrive a few minutes before 7 AM (drop off by the lower level gym entrance) and go straight to the weight room.
Players should arrive in their workout clothes (shorts or sweatpants/t-shirt and tennis shoes).

Work outs will run from 7 AM until 7:45 AM.
At the conclusion of each workout, your player will be fed a sandwich and bottle of milk to help them recover from the workout. Players will then get dressed and, at approximately 8:10 AM, they will be escorted to the buses that will take them to Palmer.

These workouts are open to all Palmer students, regardless of their high school feeder.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brett Sloan

We look forward to seeing all the Longhorns at workouts!


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


North Cobb High School Summer STEM Camps

Please see the attached flyer on the 2018 Summer Sports Camps that are offered at North Cobb High School.

2018 North Cobb High School Summer Sports Camps


Technology, Engineering & Computer (TEC) Camp @ Georgia Tech

Rising 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to an upcoming TEC (Technology, Engineering & Computer) Camp, which will be held from June 5 – 7, 2018, on the Georgia Tech campus.

This fun and interactive camp is hosted by the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program and is designed to introduce young girls to the exciting world of engineering with the hope of inspiring them to eventually consider college majors and careers as engineers. More information on the camp can be found in the attached flyer.

TEC Camp 2018

Please note that the application deadline for TEC Camp is Friday, March 30, 2018 and applicant decisions will be made by Monday, April 16, 2018.

For additional information, please email Tonia Knobf Valeck at Georgia Tech:


Visit Kell HS and North Cobb HS websites for junior sports programs!

Calendar of Events

Apr 14 2018: Campus Clean-Up Day

Apr 17 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals

Apr 18 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM

Apr 18 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

Apr 19 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals

Apr 19 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS

Apr 20 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club

Apr 20 2018 (7:00-9:00 pm): 8th Grade Spring Dance

Apr 21 2018 (8:30-10:30 am ): 8th Grade Band to march with Kell High School Big Shanty Parade at Adams Park

Apr 21 2018 (10:00-11:00 am): 6th Grade Chorus @ Big Shanty Festival

Apr 21 2018 (9:00-11:00am): EOC Math Review (GSE Algebra IY MS-HS & GSE Acc Algebra IY/Geometry A Y MS-HS)

Apr 24 2018: Success Block Resumes

Apr 24 2018 (8:00 am): Parent Volunteer Breakfast

Apr 24 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals

Apr 25 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM

Apr 25 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

Apr 26 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals

Apr 26 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS

Apr 26 (5:30-10:30 pm): 6th & 7th Grade Chorus to Atlanta Opera “Carmen”

Apr 26 (7:00 pm): 6th Grade and 7-2 and Jazz Band Concert at Palmer

Apr 27 2018: Q4 4 ½ week Progress Reports available on ParentVue

Apr 27 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club

Apr 28 2018 (7:00pm): Kell High School Night of Percussion/Trash Talk

Apr 30 2018 (7:00 pm): 7-1 & 8th Grade Band Concert at Kell High School

Apr 30-May 4 2018: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1 2018 (7:00 pm): 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra Concert at Palmer

May 2 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM

May 2 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

May 3-4 2018: High School Math EOC Testing

May 3 2018: Duty Free Lunch – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

May 3 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS

May 3 2018 (7:00pm): Final Disney Parent Meeting

May 4 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club

May 4 2018 (9:30 am – 2:00 pm) 7th Grade College Football Hall of Fame Field Trip

May 5 2018 (9:00-11:00 am): EOC Physical Science Review (H Physical Science Y MS-HS)

May 5 2018 (1:00-4:00 pm): AVID Picnic at Palmer

May 5 2018 (6:30 pm): Night of Jazz and Pancakes at Kell High School

May 7-8 2018: High School Physical Science EOC Testing

May 7 2018 (3:45 pm): PTSA Board Meeting

May 8-12 2018: 8th Grade Disney Trip

May 9 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM

May 9 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

May 10 2018: Last day of Success Block

May 10 2018 (9:30 am – 2:00 pm): 8th Grade Sparkles Field Trip

May 10 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS

May 11 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club

May 15 2018: 8th Grade Field Day

May 16 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM

May 16 2018: 7th Grade Field Day

May 16 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise

May 17 2018 (4:15 pm): FCS

May 18 2018: 6th Grade Field Day

May 18 2018 (8:00 am): Art Club

May 18 2018 (8:15 am): School Council Meeting

May 18 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S

May 21 2018: Yearbook Day

May 21 2018 (6:30 pm): 8th Grade Awards Night


May 23 2018: 8th Grade Carnival


May 30 2018: Report Cards Mailed

You can also check the Palmer Calendar at

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