Glossary

Below you will find acronyms as well as various terms and events relevant to NES and the PTA.

Agenda – A notebook with calendar provided by the school for each student grades 3-5.  Teachers use this notebook as the primary means to communicate with parents.  Students use this notebook for writing down assignments, reminders, and other school related information.  Parents should encourage students to journal their school information in the books and to keep the books safe.  Students in grades pre-K through 2 will receive a folder with relevant communication.

Angel Tree – This is a service project by Nickajack families for Nickajack families sponsored by the Nickajack School Counselors.  Upon return from Thanksgiving break, a tree with paper ornaments will be located in the school lobby.  Each ornament represents a gift card from a particular merchant (i.e. Wal*Mart, Target, Gas Card, Publix or Kroger) that any one of our NES families could purchase to enhance another family’s holiday season. Students may sign-up for an ornament(s) to take home, purchase and bring the “gift card” to the school by the posted deadline.

Arts Night – An event sponsored by the school. Student artwork will be displayed .

ASP (After School Program) – ASP is a prepaid program that begins at the end of each school day and ends at 6:00 pm.  There is a registration fee of $10.00 and a cost of $7.00 per day per student.  Parents may make payments on-line at www.mypaymentsplus.com.

ASEP (After School Enrichment Programs) – Part of the ASP program at NES, enrichment programs called ASEP (After School Enrichment Programs) are offered at the school via the PTA during the ASP time period. ASEP classes are provided by vetted, Gold Level PTA Pal Sponsors, and a portion of the ASEP registration fees go toward funding your PTA activities and events. [Important: There is a $1 per minute charge for late pick-ups after 6:00 pm.]

Back-to-Football Friday  – This is a National PTA initiative and is sponsored by NES PTA and facilitated by the school PE Teacher/Department.  It is a day of fun non-contact, football themed physical activity held during the school day at the start of the NFL regular season.

Blog –  Individual NES Faculty member may utilize his/her blog as a way to keep parents up-to-date on classroom activities online.

Box Tops –  EASY FUNDRAISING!  Clip and save Box Tops and send them in with your child.  Box Tops must be submitted in a specific manner in order to be counted. They must be cut (not torn) and properly affixed to designated sheets, 10 per sheet. OR if you have a lot, 50 pre-cut Box Tops per zip lock bag.  Label each sheet or each bag with the teacher’s name for classroom credit and drop at the PTA table in the front lobby. There are deadlines announced throughout the school year. Nickajack PTA gets 10¢ for every Box Top turned in and the class with the most Box Tops submitted by each deadline wins a special treat. Visit www.boxtops4education.com, go to Learn then select Flyers & Downloads to select your favorite Box Top sheets.

Cafeteria – Students have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch in the NES Cafeteria. For pricing and charge limits, see NES Cafeteria. Students can pay while in line, in advance or parents can pay online: www.mypamentsplus.com. What’s for lunch? Menus can be found HERE. This is also the location for several school activities and events.

Calendars – Reference the calendars for the school, Cobb County School system, the PTA and The NES Foundation from the top navigation.

Car Rider Number – The front office will issue a number to each student who does not ride the bus nor attend ASP.  This number must be presented to Nickajack staff to pick up student through the carpool lane.  Students should memorize their Car Rider Number.

CCGPS – Common Core Georgia Performance Standards

CCRPI  – College and Career ready Performance Index (more information)

Character Awards Assembly  – Held at the end of every quarter, students are recognized at a Character Awards Assembly with Character and Academic Awards. Parents & guardians are invited to attend the Assembly.  At the end of the school year, there is an assembly for Character and Academic Students of the Year.

Chick-Fil-A Night – Special NES nights held at the South Cobb Drive location (by Church Road north of Concord). Chick-Fil-A gives a percentage of sales by Nickajack families back to the school; the principal determines use of funds.

Chorus – 4th and 5th grade students are eligible to audition for the school chorus which is directed by the School Music Teacher.  Students perform at various school and community events.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) – Each fall, students in grades 1, and 3 take this test which measures student performance on abilities related to success in school subjects.

Common Core – An educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. CCGPS (Common Core Georgia Performance Standards) http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Computer Lab – A classroom with PCs and a smart board. This Lab is managed by the Computer Lab Teacher whose position is funded by the NES Foundation.

Conference Week – During October, teachers invite parents & guardians to attend a Conference to discuss student progress, strengths, areas of improvement and any other concerns.

CRCT – (Criterion Referenced Competency Test) The CRCT is no longer used in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Milestones is now the test administered to students in the 3rd and 5th grades and is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The assessments yield in- formation on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the GPS, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.

Curriculum Night – see “Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night”

Davis Dads – An active group of dads, male role models. Find out more information here.

EIP (Early Intervention Program) – A state funded program for Kindergarten through 5th grade students designed to offer immediate and direct assistance to assist students in achieving academic success at their grade level. This is accomplished by placing students with highly trained teachers in various EIP models that support small group instruction.

Early Release Day – Several times during the school year there are Early Release Days.  On these days, students are released 2 hours earlier, allowing teachers to conduct Conference Week and participate in Staff Enrichment programs.

Facebook  – Visit and LIKE our Facebook page 

Family Fun and Fitness Night – The PE Department organizes a fun filled night with fitness activities, vendors, goodie bags, etc. – a great time for families to learn more about healthy habits.

FBI – Fathers Being Involved. This is the former name of this active group of Male parents and Guardians. The group name was changed to Davis Dads in the fall of 2015. Read more about this group here.

Field Day – The PE Department hosts two Field Days (K-2 and 3-5) during May.  All students participate.  There are relays, games and inflatables (bounce houses/slides). Parents are asked to volunteer, attend and have fun with the students. Vendors may be there to participate in assisting with the event.

Friends and Family Lunch – In November parents, family members and friends of the students are invited to come and join the students for lunch.  It features the principal and assistant principal serving a Thanksgiving menu and after lunch, a vendor is available to take family pictures. Picture packages are available for sale. The first bookfair of the year is held during this week.

Foundation – see Nickajack Elementary School Foundation

Get Connected  – This is the PTA’s way of saying, we want your email address, so that the PTA and school may economically provide to you valuable information about what is happening in and around school in an environmentally friendly manner.

Gifted Services –  Cobb County Public Schools Advanced Learning Programs serve the learning needs of students who are academically gifted and highly able learners through programs that provide rigorous and accelerated curricula. Elementary students are served through “Target, a pull-out resource program for gifted-identified students.  Students meet with their Target class one day per week. Gifted students have a full instructional day in Target including class work and homework. They are excused from making up class work and/or overnight homework assigned in the regular classroom on that day.  Students are tested in 1st, 3rd and 5th Grade for the Gifted Program.  Special requests can be made for students to be tested in 2nd and 4th grades. Target is for experience beyond the regular classroom with standards focused on both cognitive and effective growth.  http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/giftedservices/

Go Green  – The PTA is striving for Nickajack to be environmentally friendly so we can save our valuable resources for the future for our kids and their kids!

ITBS – (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) Administered to all NES 3rd and 5th Graders, the ITBS Program is a voluntary, non-profit cooperative service of the College of Education of The University of Iowa that pro- vides a measuring stick for how Cobb County students compare to other student across the country taking the same test.  Schools participating in the program subscribe to a comprehensive program of professional services: ITBS test materials, scoring and reporting services and consultation are available throughout the school year.  Scores on the 5th grade test are used to evaluate and place students in academic programs in middle school.  5th grade ITBS scores can qualify students to be invited to take the SAT or ACT in 7th grade through the Duke TIP Program.

Holiday Grams – Putting the Fun in Fundraising: Students, Faculty, Staff, Administration, Parents and Guardians are encouraged to purchase special holiday greeting cards to be delivered during school, prior to the winter break and Valentine’s Day. Selling period is the week before each holiday.

Jogging Club – Our PE Instructor, Mr. Jason Joyner and Anslie Hill , parent volunteers and 3rd to 5th grade students get together and jog on the Silver Comet Trail every week.

My Payment Plus – An online way for you to keep up with your child’s meal and ASP account, pay on account and receive e-mails to alert you of your balance: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Media Center – School library where books can be checked out by students.

Nickajack Dash – PTA sponsored fun filled, non- competitive, family event to encourage healthy habits starting and ending at the Nickajack Campus. Typically coincides with the Silent Auction fundraiser and other great activities.

NES Foundation – Not-for-profit fundraising entity that solicits resources to support the highly competitive educational environment at NES during an annual campaign that begins in early Fall.

NES School Website – The NES website is maintained by the school to provide school related activities, important information, teacher blogs and more.  All faculty and staff are listed by grade or group with links allowing direct email from the website: http://www.cobbk12.org/Nickajack/

Nominating Committee – Committee consists of the school principal and five PTA members elected in February each year with the purpose of establishing a slate of PTA officers for the following school year.

Outstanding Parent Nominations – Parent/guardian volunteers who exhibit outstanding involvement are recognized at the Character Awards Assemblies in the presence of their children. All parents/ guardians are eligible to be nominated by a PTA member.

PTA – (Parent Teacher Association) Part of a national organization, the NES PTA is an especially vibrant and engaged group of volunteers, and is often cited as a key reason why many parents choose NES over private schools. All parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to join the PTA to support the school and students. The NES PTA sponsors many events throughout the school year: https://www.nickajackpta.org

PTA Elections – At the last PTA meeting each school year, PTA members in attendance elect new PTA Officers (Executive Board) for the following year. The officer positions may include two Co-Presidents, two Co-Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and a Secretary.

PTA Pal Program – A fundraising sponsorship opportunity for local business owners to develop a partnership with the NES PTA. The PTA Pal Program Coordinator strives to develop an agreement with each sponsor business owner that results in a win-win-win outcome – businesses provide financial and in-kind support to the PTA, the PTA markets and encourages members to utilize the products and services sponsor businesses and the students benefit from the result. www.nickajackpta.org

PTA Website – The NES PTA website, maintained by the PTA, listing activities, events and more www.nickajackpta.org

Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night – An evening for parents and students to attend together and participate in an active curriculum. Classrooms will each have different learning games set up to play and take home. This is a great night for students to be the tour guide for parents and show everything they are learning. This is also one of four official PTA meetings.

Publix – EASY FUNDRAISING!  Get your Publix card from the NES front office. Every time you shop at Publix, have your card scanned and Publix will match a portion of your purchase as a donation to NES. The school administration uses the money to support the school. Publix is a Partner-in-Education.

Read Across America – A PTA sponsored event that coincides with the Birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Parents are asked to volunteer to come in and read to a class. This event encourages the importance of literacy.

Recycling Bins – Located at the entrance to the School Bus driveway, one bin is for aluminum cans and the other is for newspapers. The PTA collects money when full bins are turned into recycling centers and the money is used to help keep the outside of the school beautiful.

Red Folder – see ThursdayFolder

Reflections An arts recognition and achievement program sponsored by the National PTA.  Students in Pre-K through 12th grade participate in the areas of literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.  Students are judged by grade level and category. All entries must follow the theme for the year www.georgiapta.org/leadership-reflections.html

Relay for Life – A team of Staff, Faculty and Parents that works within the school to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Cobb County School District encourages Cobb schools to support this nonprofit organization. The NES Relay for Life Team hosts various fundraisers during the school year and walks in the Relay for Life event at Jim Miller Park

Room Parents – The PTA ensures at least one parent per classroom actively coordinates parental involvement in the classroom to support teachers with making copies, the Tuesday Folder, and various classroom activities, as well as Teacher Appreciation Week, winter break, birthdays, etc.   The Room parent is responsible for reaching out to all the other parents within a classroom to solicit assistance and to communicate important information from the school, PTA and Foundation.

Scholastic Book Fair – PTA and Scholastic team up to host two Book Fairs each year. Plan to build your child’s library and support the PTA, which receives a percentage of all sales. There are hundreds of books to choose from.

School Council – Made up of the Principal, two teachers, two business partners and two parents.  School Council elections are held at the beginning of the school year.  The School Council meets several times a school year to discuss activities and improvements. Meetings are open to the public.

School of Character – The Character Education Partnership (CEP) names 10 public and private schools and districts (K-12) as National Schools of Character (NSOC) for outstanding work in character education. The awards program honors these exemplars, showcases their work, and facilitates leadership in the field of character education.  Nickajack received this award in 2001.

Sign In and Name Tags – All Nickajack parents are welcome into the school. The doors are locked between 8am and 6pm.  To keep our children safe, it is required that all visitors  be buzzed in by an office staff member and first visit the front office to sign in via computer, print and wear a name tag while in the school.  Absence of an official name tag gives school officials and PTA members the right to stop you and question who you are and what your business is at the school.  This is required for the safety of all building occupants. Don’t forget to sign-out when you leave.

Silent Auction  – PTA sponsored Fundraiser. Typically coincides with the Nickajack Dash and other great activities.

Smart Board -Part of the 21st Century Classroom, Smart Boards are interactive white boards.  This is a brand that the school and PTA decided to purchase to enhance learning opportunities in the classroom.

Spirit Nights – PTA Pal hosted hangouts at places such as Chick-fil-A on South Cobb, Los Bravos on South Cobb, Blue Moon Pizza in West Village and Firehouse Subs on E/W Connector by Smyrna Bicycles. A portion of the money spent at a Spirit Night goes to support the NES PTA.

Spirit Wear Show your NES Spirit by purchasing and wearing items that promote NES while at the school and around the community – especially when visiting PTA Pal businesses. www.nickajackpta.org

Student Council – School Counselor sponsored activity open to 3rd to 5th grade students. In order to participate in the program, students must be nominated and elected by their classmates. Student Council representatives are often asked to help with PTA events and school related activities.

Talent Show – The Relay for Life team sponsors a Talent Show each spring.  Students may audition and show their special talent.  If selected, students will perform at the Talent Show.  Nickajack has lots of Talent.  This is an event you don’t want to miss and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Target – see Gifted Services

Teacher Appreciation Week – The PTA and Room Parents coordinate a very special week for the Faculty and Staff at Nickajack.  Parents are asked to volunteer in the classroom and contribute to the class gifts.

True Blue Schools® – EASY FUNDRAISING!   A fast and easy way to help your school raise money just by using Georgia Natural Gas® (GNG).  http://trueblueschools.com/

Thursday Folder – This is the communication folder that comes home with your child every Tuesday.  It will contain information from the teacher, school, PTA, Relay for Life, etc.  Please also frequent the NES PTA website and NES official school website for the most current information.

The Beat – email newsletter jointly sponsored by the PTA and the NES Foundation. Find out more and sign up here.

WKOC – Closed circuit television station, producing the morning announcements.  The news crew is primarily comprised of 4th and 5th graders and is managed by the Media Specialist.

Yearbooks – NES PTA sells Yearbooks throughout the year online.