Palmer PTSA Newsletter — September 1, 2017

Dream Big for College!

AVID Parent Night
September 14th @ 5:45
Now open to ALL Palmer Families!

Please join us for our annual AVID Parent Night. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn AVID strategies that will help ensure college readiness for your child! Attend with your son or daughter to explore a variety of the skills that are critical to student success. By reinforcing these skills at home, you can help your child transform these practices into lifelong habits that will drive her or his success throughout life. Dinner will be served during our opening session.
Returning parents: there are new breakout sessions this year!
• Thursday, September 14th from 5:45-8:00 PM
• Palmer Middle School Cafeteria
• Student and parent should attend together (with the student’s binder!)
• Choose up to 3 break-out sessions designed to improve student achievement
• Dinner is provided!

R.S.V.P. Due Friday, September 8th

You may complete the RSVP online by completing the online form:


Come out and join us for our S.T.A.R.S.
Informational meeting!

September 8, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Highlights: Weekly Meetings: Fridays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm; Discuss issues such as self-esteem, bullying, careers…; Guest Speakers; Fun Activities: Lock-in, cooking, skating, career day; Community Service events; Dress for Success

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Cristina Dickens at 770-255-9168 or

Early Dismissals

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.

Yearbooks on Sale Now

Save $5 by purchasing your book by September 22nd!
After September 22nd, the price will increase to $35.00.
To reserve your book at the year’s lowest price, 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.

Box Tops News

Please start sending in your Box Tops for Education!
Our Fall collection deadline is October 20, 2017

Please place cut box tops in a plastic baggie with your child’s homeroom teacher’s name on it. Drop off locations for students will be: Front Office and Media Center.

Thank you for supporting Palmer through Box Tops!

From the Learning Commons (Media Center)

We are under construction! Our Media Center is making the transition to a “Learning Commons” model. What we do in the space – reading, teaching, researching, and learning – will stay the same. However, we are getting all-new furniture in the next couple of weeks to provide flexibility for the activities that happen as well as some soft seating for our many readers and friends of the library! Stay tuned for exciting changes!

If you are interested in volunteering in the Media Center/Learning Commons, please contact Taylor Wickline at Sign up for weekly time slots or monthly! Any help is appreciated. We generally ask for volunteers to come in for a minimum of one hour and we primarily need help with shelving. It’s easy and fun!

Zoyo Yogurt

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


Boberry Biscuits – $2.00
Chicken Biscuits – $3.00
Starting August 17th and then every Thursday Morning!
7:30 am – 8:15 am
Sold at the front of the school!

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.
In addition to traditional school supplies and spirit wear, we also have music books for band and orchestra. Music books are pre-order only, so bring this FORM and cash or check (or we have forms in the store). Band and Orchestra books are $10 each, and the additional 6th Grade Orchestra workbooks are $5 each. We will pick the book up and have it waiting at the school store within a week.

Duty Free Lunch

Give our teachers a real lunch break once a month. Stroll the cafeteria to help monitor students (administration will be present, so you just need to help keep an eye on things).

Please consider signing up for one slot during the year:

Community News

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


Cobb EMC – School Fundraiser – Receive four fair tickets with unlimited rides at the North Georgia State Fair!

Help Palmer raise money by attending the Cobb EMC Annual Meeting! Your school can earn money and you, as a Cobb EMC member, will get up to four free fair tickets with unlimited rides to the North Georgia State Fair. Members attending the Annual Meeting will also have a chance to win BIG prizes including smart watches, bill credit, a refurbished Cobb EMC truck and much more.
To support your school during this fundraiser, remember to bring the school challenge certificate to the Annual Meeting on September 16.
Bring the certificate with you to the Annual Meeting and drop it off at registration.
Saturday, September 16, at Jim R. Miller Park
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m.
*Registration will take place at the event. Please bring a photo ID.
If you have any questions about the school challenge, please call 678-355-3161.

Parenting the Social Media Generation


Looking at Social Media and Internet Safety
Keeping Your Children Safe Online and Offline

September 7th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Palmer Middle School Theater

Join us for an informative PARENT ONLY talk on how to help parents navigate their child’s hyper-sexual culture and use of social media in today’s world. Information will be shared on how to understand this culture and ways to introduce discussions with your child about making wise choices when using social media and the Internet.

Sponsored by: The Palmer Counseling Department and PTSA

Calendar of Events

Sept 4 2017: LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL
Sept 6 2017: 4 ½ Week Progress Report Distribution
Sept 6 2017 (8:15 – 8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Sept 6 2017 (4:15 – 6:00 pm): Destiny Daughters
Sept 7 2017 (4:15 – 5:00 pm): FCS
Sept 7 2017 (7:00 pm): Parenting the Social Media Generation Seminar – PARENTS ONLY
Sept 8 2017: CogAT Assessment – 7th Grade Only
Sept 8 2017 (8:10 – 8:50 am): Art Club
Sept 8 2017 (4:30 – 5:30 pm): STARS Informational Meeting
Sept 9 2017 (9:00 – 4:00 pm): 6th Grade Band Carnival @ Kell HS
Sept 9 2017 (12:00 – 8:00 pm): Real Men Sing @ Marietta Performing Arts Center
Sept 11 – 14 2017 – IOWA Assessment – 7th Grade ONLY
Sept 11 2017 (3:45 pm): PTSA Board Meeting
Sept 11 2017 (7:00 pm): Disney Parent Meeting
Sept 12 2017 (4:30 – 7:30 pm): 6th Grade Orchestra Lesson Camp
Sept 13 2017 (8:15 – 8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Sept 13 2017 (4:14 – 5:00 pm): Destiny Daughters
Sept 14 2017 (4:15 – 5:00 pm): FCS
Sept 14 2017 (5:45 – 8:00 pm): AVID Parent Night
Sept 15 2017 (4:30 – 10:00 pm): 8th Grade Band Night @ Kell HS
Sept 15 2017 (8:10 – 8:50 am): Art Club
Sept 16 2017 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm): Orchestra Stars & Strikes Family Back to School Bash
Sept 16 2017 (12:00 – 6:00 pm): Real Women Sing
Sept 19 2017 – FALL PICTURE DAY
Sept 20 – 21 2017: Diamond Dell
Sept 20 2017 (8:15 – 8:50 am): AVID in the AM
Sept 20 2017 (4:15 – 5:00 pm): Destiny Daughters
Sept 21 2017 (4:15 – 6:00 pm): PTSA Color Fun Run
Sept 21 2017 (4:15 – 5:00 pm): FCS
Sept 22 2017 (8:10 – 8:50 am): Art Club
Sept 25 – 29 2017: FALL BREAK – NO SCHOOL
You can also check the Palmer Calendar at


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