Palmer PTSA Newsletter — February 10, 2018


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

We have some exciting news for one of our teachers!

Chelsey Haley, AVID teacher, has a truly special story about her family. Please see the link below from where her story was on CNN earlier in the week.

Her story has now garnered national attention!
Set your DVRs to catch her interview Monday, February 12, 2018 on Good Morning America!

We are proud of you, Ms. Haley!

Calling all Drama Enthusiasts!

Success Block Theater Sessions
Mr. Hicks and Kell Drama students will lead an interactive class in theatre games and improvisation. No experience necessary. Just be ready to participate and have fun! All Palmer 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to participate.
Please check the Success Block Schedule for the times and dates Mr. Hicks will be at our school.

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

Destiny’s Daughters of Promise (DDP) is a mentor and leadership program for middle and high school girls that meets after school on Wednesdays at Palmer. They are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Program activities are grounded in leadership development and basic like skills that serve to help teen girls discover their strengths, potential and leadership abilities. A $25 registration fee is required. To learn more about the program, visit 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 remember any time you child is absent they need to have an excuse note from either the parent or a doctor. This is for all absences, even if the absence is unexcused (i.e.: vacation).  Notes are to be turned in to Heather Simmons, PPO Clerk.

Counseling Corner

January Attendance Awards
6th Grade – Mrs. Hunt/Mr. Defusco
7th Grade – Mrs. Sutherland
8th Grade – TIE – Mr. Whitten and Ms. Bowden

“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:

Spring Tutoring Schedule 2017-18

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.

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:

Calendar of Events

Feb 9 – 10 2018: District XII Honor Band
Feb 13 2018: 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra LGPE
Feb 13 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm): Jazz Band Rehearsals
Feb 14 2018 (8:00-8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Feb14 2018 (4:15 pm): Destiny’s Daughters of Promise
Feb 15 2018 (8:00-9:00 am): Jazz Band rehearsals
Feb 15 2018 (4:15 pm) FCS
Feb 16 2018 (8:15 am): School Council Meeting
Feb 16 2018 (4:30-5:30 pm) S.T.A.R.S
Feb 15 – 17 2018: All-State Chorus
Feb 19-23 2018: WINTER BREAK
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
You can also check the Palmer Calendar at

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