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  • Cafeteria Update

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 12/18/2014

    Greetings!

    Cafeteria Update-Lunch will be served in the gym for the week of January 6-9. This is necessary so that the newly renovated cafeteria could be inspected by the DeKalb County Environmental Health Department. This will also allow time for the cafeteria staff to be trained on the new kitchen equipment. Hot lunch will be served at Mary Lin in the newly renovated cafeteria beginning January 12, 2015!

     Thanks, Dr. Mitchell
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  • Coffee Wrap-up

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 12/10/2014
     

    Hi!

    What a great turnout we had at this morning’s coffee! Here are a few things that we did not get to discuss:

    • We are working on a virtual comment box so that parents can send their concerns, questions and suggestions via email.
    • There will also be a physical comment box located in the lobby of the new addition.
    • Students will have the opportunity to write me letters or notes and place them in a Dear Dr. Mitchell Box (I used to read Dear Abby when I was a young pup!).
    • All third grade teachers, Ms. Baker, Mr. Marvel, Dr. Bennett-Walker, Mr. Lambert, Dr. Johnson, Mrs. Matias, Mrs. Benton, Mrs. Valkova and Mrs. Watkins will be moving into the addition. Classrooms will be ready for students on January 6.

    The date for the testing information evening in January is forthcoming.

    The next LSC meeting will be on Thursday December 18, at 8:05.  

     

    Mary Lin: Better Together!

     

    Dr. Mitchell
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  • Coffee Agenda for this Wednesday December 10

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 12/8/2014

     Hello!

     

    Please note that the coffee date has changed from this Friday to this Wednesday. Here are a few topics we will be discussing:
     
    • A representative from the district will be present to discuss the timeline and recruiting process for the next leader of Mary Lin.


    • We will discuss any outstanding questions about the new walkway to school beginning in January. 


    • Recess expectations for the second semester will be addressed.


    • Mary and I will present Georgia Milestones testing resources and discuss how we are getting our students ready for the new state test.
     
    See you there!
     
    Dr. Mitchell 
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  • Status of Dr. Mitchell

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 12/4/2014
     

     

    December 4, 2014

     

     

    Dear Mary Lin Staff and Community,

     

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you of my intentions for the 2015-2016 school year. My specialty is recruiting and retaining excellent teachers. I will be taking my talents elsewhere for the 2015-2016 school year.

     

    It has truly been a pleasure serving the Mary Lin community since 1995. I am dedicated to working hard to make the rest of this school year successful for the students, teachers and parents. My resignation from the district will be effective June 30, 2015.

     

     

     

    Sincerely,

     


    Brian D. Mitchell, Ed.D.                                                                   

    Principal                                                                                 
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  • Revised Coffee Date Wednesday December 10

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 12/3/2014

    Greetings!

    The coffee has been moved to Wednesday December 10 in the Media Center. The agenda will cover any outstanding questions about the new walking and driving route to school beginning January 6 and a preview of the Georgia Milestones Assessment. This is the new state assessment that all 3-5 grade students will take in April.

     
    Hope to see you there! Dr. Mitchell 
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  • Attendance Update-Get Ready for December!

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/20/2014

     

    Greetings! 

    As we get ready to break for the Thanksgiving holiday season, I would like to thank you for supporting Mary Lin and what we are about.

    I also want to bring to your attention the number of students who have missed five or more days of school this school year. Parents, we have 83 students who have missed five (5) or more days of school so far this year. This is over 13% of our students.

    We simply need to do better. Please understand that I am not asking you to send your children to school sick. I am asking you NOT to plan vacations during school days. These are flat-out unexcused absences.

    Let's get ready to move our trend line in the upward trajectory in December. Last year, our attendance took a dramatic dip in December. Our motto for December is, "Every child each day present and accounted for at Mary Lin."

    Thanks for your help!

    Dr. Mitchell 

     

     
     
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  • LET’S ALL GET ON THE SAME PAGE

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/14/2014
     

    Don’t miss Friday’s “Paper Gate” discussion at our monthly community coffee gathering in the media center.  In a sincere attempt to avoid impeachment, I will have a clear explanation of what happened and discuss with you a plan to avoid a similar shortfall in the future.  I can’t wait to hear your suggestions and concerns.

    Everyone is welcome, babies, grandparents, people with treats to shareJ

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  • Traffic and Walking Routes Beginning in January

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/11/2014

     Hi! This information will be posted in the Rocket and on our website under Headlines. The students will also receive a hard copy on Thursday. Thanks, Dr. Mitchell

     

    Mary Lin Elementary

    TRAFFIC FLOW FAQ

    January 2015

     Click here for traffic plan PDF

     

    Beginning January 6, 2015, the entrance to the school, traffic circle and parking lot will be fenced off for renovation. The carpool driveway will move to the north side of the school at the former back parking lot entrance, which has been expanded to a two-lane driveway. The main entrance to the school will be at the back of the building near the cafeteria, new addition and new traffic circle. Please take time to review the new traffic plan and FAQs provided below. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Mitchell at bdmitchell@atlanta.k12.ga.us (404) 802-8850. Map:Traffic Plan MLES(Rev1).pdf

     

    How will carpool work?

    During active carpool, traffic flow will continue to proceed south, up Candler Park Drive, from North Avenue. Carpool traffic will turn RIGHT ONLY into the new school driveway (which was fenced off and widened during construction). This new two-lane driveway is for MOTOR VEHICLES ONLY--no pedestrian or bike traffic is permitted. Carpool traffic will exit the driveway turning RIGHT ONLY onto Candler Park Drive toward McLendon Avenue. NO LEFT TURNS PERMITTED INTO OR OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY during active carpool. We all must adhere to this rule for the safety of our students and families. Please do not walk or bike across the driveway during active carpool. Carpool is typically from 7:30 to 8:00 in the morning and 2:10-2:45 in the afternoon.

     

    Will I still be able to walk my child (ren) to school? 

    Yes. Please review the direction you typically walk or bike to school to determine which school entrance you should use. Please be careful not to walk or bike across the new driveway during active carpool times.

     

    Walkers coming from Candler Park Drive/McLendon Ave:

    A fenced construction walkway will allow foot traffic along Candler Park Drive in front of the former school entrance/renovation site. The existing crosswalk will remain active with a crossing guard to assist pedestrians from the golf course side of Candler Park Drive as well as walkers along Candler Park Drive. Walkers will enter the FRONT of the building facing Candler Park Drive through the double doors at the stairwell or through the new wide staircase leading up to the auditorium doors. NOTE: Bikers must use back entrance.

     

    Walkers coming from Freedom PATH Trail/North Ave/Oakdale:

    Walkers and bikers coming from the Freedom PATH Trail will follow the trail leading to the BACK parking lot/cafeteria entrance. This will prevent foot and bike traffic from crossing the carpool driveway. Only school buses and motor vehicles are allowed in the carpool driveway. No pedestrian or bike traffic is allowed to enter the driveway.

     

    Where will visitors and parents be able to park?

    The upper back parking lot is reserved for teachers and staff only. The front lower parking lot adjacent to the driveway is for staff, parents and visitors. Parents may park in the lower/front lot after 8:00 in the morning. There will be limited parking on Candler Park Drive on either side of the street from the school to North Avenue. Please respect no parking signs.

     

    Will the bike racks be relocated?

    Yes. The bike racks will be relocated to the back of the school. All bike traffic must use the PATH trail that leads into the back parking lot. Bike traffic is not permitted in the driveway or in the construction safety sidewalk, as the sidewalk will be narrow.

     

    Will I be able to walk my dog to school?

    For the safety of our students, families and our four legged friends, dogs will not be allowed in the narrow construction safety fence walkway or on school property.

     

    Where do I enter the school building now that the old entrance is under construction?

    The main entrance will be located at the back of the school near the cafeteria and new addition. You can enter from the back parking lot or walking trail. There are two additional entrances along the front of the school facing Candler Park Drive: 1) at the stairwell doors and 2) at the auditorium doors located at the top of the new large staircase. The two front entrances will be locked at 8:00am so late arrivals and all visitors must enter the main entrance in the back of the building.

     

    Where will the school office be located?

    You can access the school office through the new main entrance at the back of the school near the cafeteria and new addition. As before, visitors must check-in at the school office. Please request any transportation changes to the school office prior to 1:30pm. Transportation requests made after 1:30pm may not be communicated to the student in a timely manner.

     

    How will afternoon dismissal work for buses, carpool, and walkers? 

    Buses will be loaded at the back of the building. Carpool students will wait in the cafeteria until called. Walkers will be picked up from their teachers in a designated area of the back parking lot.

     

    Thank you for taking the time to review these changes to our school’s traffic flow. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we move through this next phase of construction. The safety of our students, families and staff is a top priority. It may be necessary to make adjustments to the traffic flow throughout each phase of construction.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Revised: 11/11/2014

     
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  • It's no Secret...

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/8/2014
    Happy weekend!
     
    In an effort to be transparent with the community, I want you to know that it not a secret that there are a few vocal parents who do not want me to lead Mary Lin anymore. This small parent group meets with my supervisor monthly since last spring and discusses the things that are going wrong with my leadership and the school. A few weeks later, I receive feedback about these meetings. This is no way for me to be an effective leader. I have recently requested that these parent meetings cease after November. If this small, yet vocal group of parents still has issues, then they will have to bring it down to the school level and give me a fair chance of resolving the issues and complaints.
     
    I would like to think that the majority of the parents and teachers are on board with what is happening at Mary Lin. I am strongly encouraging you to steer the unhappy parents my way so that I could work on their concerns in a timely manner. With over 630 students and over 1,000 parents, I know that it is unreasonable for everyone to be on board with what we are doing at Mary Lin.
     
    Facebook threads of complaints do nothing to solve issues or concerns. I am looking for people to step-up and direct these unhappy parents my way so that I can address their concerns in a timely manner.
     
    Unless I am missing something, we have the majority of the stakeholders with us. Remember, the best is yet to come.
     
    Thanks for all you do,
     
    Dr. Mitchell
     
     
     
     
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  • Paper Update

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/5/2014


    Greetings!

    Please allow me to clarify the recent requests you are receiving from teachers to donate copy paper. Yes, the school does have paper. Most schools ask for parents to donate copy paper in the beginning of the year. 

    We waited until now to put this "wish list" item out to the community so that the teachers would have an adequate supply of paper in the second semester.

    This year, the school purchased math workbooks for all K-5 students at a cost of $8,400. Coach math books were purchased for grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 5. http://www.triumphlearning.com/what-we-offer/mathematics/georgia-common-core-coach-ccgps-edition-24934.html. Go Math! was purchased for grade 4. http://www.hmhco.com/shop/k12/Go-Math/9780547392196. This money would have been used to purchase copy paper for the teachers.

    Please note that parents are not required to donate copy paper. This is merely a "wish list" request that is analogous to donating paper towels or Clorox Wipes to the classroom.

    We already received our first donation of copy paper. In fact, most of the parents I have spoken with were glad to help. This is truly not a major issue.

    Thanks for all you do!

     Dr. Mitchell 


     


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