Sunday, December 11, 2016

Working on Words!

The kids have been working so hard to read fluently.  They're also trying to use their sight words correctly in their writing.  Here's a little something to help with both!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Coming Up:

October 10 - 14: Reflections entries due.

October  11: McTeacher Night

October 13: Sparkles Night

October  12-Oct. 14: Yankee Candle Pick Up
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7:15 AM-8:30 AM or afternoons from 2:30 PM -4:30 PM. If you are interested in helping with distribution, please contact Lea Tatum at lea.tatum@cobbk12

October 17 - 21: Conference Week: Dismissal will begin 2 hours early. There will not be after school clubs during conference week. ASP will run from dismissal until 6:00 PM. ASP registration and prepayment is required to stay in ASP.

October 27: Habit 1 Parent Workshop

October 29: Fall into Fun at Sanctuary’s Fall Festival Celebration
Free food and fun for the whole family!
Where: Hayes Elementary School
Time: 11:00am -1:00pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Letting Someone Else Read to Your Kindergartener

On our last blog post, we shared how to log into Mackinvia.  On that site is BookFlix, a great reading source for your child.  There are also sites that don't require a login.  One site is Storyline Online.  Below is the link to that site.  Well known actors have volunteered to read great books.  Your child will love these books.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2016


We have been exploring some fun websites in class for social studies, science & reading.  These websites can be accessed through  When you get there, choose Hayes Elementary, Kennesaw, Georgia for the school. 
User ID:  Your child’s ID number
 Password: read

 You can access Bookflix by typing Bookflix in the search box at the top.  Another   favorite is    PebbleGo.  Your child can read all about animals, national symbols and national holidays on PebbleGo.  The kids also really like Moby on BrainPop.  BrainPop and BookFlix have Spanish versions available as well!

Practicing Letters & Sounds

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ship Shape!
We're learning about 2D shapes.  Here are a couple fun songs to practice with your child.

Habit #1: Be Proactive! 

To be proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first. We ask that you discuss the meaning of this habit with your child, and then look for evidence that your child is living the habit at home. Return the letter in your child’s folder, and he/she may get to join Mrs. Watson at one of our monthly Leadership breakfasts!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Practicing Sign Language & Letter Sounds (a little faster now!)

Practice Counting to 50...while watching kids make the numbers with PlayDoh!

Dads Of Great Students
Do you have a student that has come home talking about seeing a WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad volunteering at Hayes? 

WATCH D.O.G.S.®, a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day at their child’s/student's school during the school year.

If interested, please e-mail OR Click Here to Volunteer


The National PTA art contest known as Reflections starts now and entries are due the week of October 10—14, 2016.  Students can create art in 6 categories:  literature, photography, video, production, dance, choreography, music composition and visual art.

The theme is “What is Your Story?”

Students can pick up entry forms and rule packets in the Media Center.  Please contract Beth Matuszek at with questions. 

Hayes Spirit Night at Sparkles 
Thursday, September 8, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Happenings for Our Kinder Mustangs

Here are a couple fun songs to practice:

A Little Help
Listening:  Please talk to your child about listening during lessons.  As you’re talking to your child at home, it will really help us if your child can practice keeping eye contact with you and listen to you the whole time.  Also, giving your child jobs and making sure that they’re completed will be great practice.

Daily Folders: Please check your child’s folder every day for any important information and sign their behavior sheet.

Breakfast: If your child has breakfast at school, please remind him/her to eat here (some are forgetting to go and say they’re hungry later).  Also, if your child is a car rider, he/she has to be here by 7:30am to receive breakfast in the cafeteria. 

Dress Code
Beginning this week, Hayes will begin enforcement of the Cobb County dress code.  All students must dress appropriately and neatly. Here are some general guidelines:

Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than one inch above the student's knee.
Shorts, dresses and skirts with leggings must also be 1 inch above knee or longer
No tank tops or two tank tops worn on top of each other.
No see-through garments without proper under garments.
No clothing with suggestive phrases, designs or profanity.
No midriff blouses or skirts.
No bandanas or caps.
No halter tops or spaghetti straps.
No pants that expose the navel.
Sun dresses must be worn with jackets
No items showing illegal substances for minors.

All Student Administrative Rules can be found by visiting Click on Administrative Rules, then scroll down to section "J" - Students

Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy NEW Year!!

We are so excited to be back in school...well, back in school for the teachers!  It's a first school experience for the sweetest bunch of new Hayes Mustangs!  

Here are some tidbits from our week:

If you're looking for something fun to extend what we're doing in our classrooms, check out how we're practicing our letters!

ABCMouse:  Next week, you’ll be getting a form with a class access code for ABCMouse.  We love this website.  The kids can really get practice using a mouse as well as working on some good Kindergarten skills. 

Fieldtrip:  We are going on a fieldtrip to Pettit Creek Farms on 9.23.16.  It’s one of fun things that we look forward to each year.  You will be getting a permission form on Monday.  Please send it back by Friday,  September 2.  Just an FYI:  When we set a “due by” date for things, you don’t have to wait until that date, you can send them back right away. 

Homework:  We are starting homework next week with some special things that need extra practice.  You’ll get a pink homework sheet on Monday.  The kids need some name writing practice, help saying their address & counting to 50.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Let's Keep Our Shoes Tied!

The kids have learned SO much this year academically.  One thing that is a "real life" skill that would make any first grade teacher happy is having your child learn to tie shoes.  This is a new and super quick way.  You'll want to add a "double bow" after the initial bow, but this is really amazing!