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Blood Mobile

The Blood Mobile will be here TOMORROW, February 15th from 8:30 to 1:30. Please consider donating if you are able. Thanks to Ms. Strickland for organizing.

Candy Grams

Candy Grams are $2. They will be on sale through Feb. 12th. Theywill also be sold at the Valentine Dance. They will be delivered onFebruary 14th.
Valentine Dance Pictures are $5 for a 5 x 7. They must be paid forin advance. No orders or money will be taken at the dance.
Thanks for supporting the WBE Student Council.

Click here for an order form

District Spelling Bee Participants

WBE District Spelling Bee Participants

Spelling Bee Participants

(L to R):  Aubrey Dollar, Brianna Edwards, Elizabet Gomez

Rivers Meeting

We will be making a visit to Rivers Apartments on Thursday,February 8th at 12:30 for the purpose of meeting withstakeholders about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessmentand how parents can help their children at home to prepare. Thismeeting will be especially important for parents with students in3rd and 4th grades. We plan to provide a light lunch for those whoare in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!



Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Save the Date! (Spanish Version Click here)

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day

Those who are six, sixteen, sixty-four, and more have all kinds of great events in store for the National Education Association's annual observance of NEA's Read Across America. NEA is calling America's children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate.

Our reading party here at West Bainbridge Elementary will take place on March 2, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30. Everyone is invited to read to a class, parents, grandparents, community members, one and all! Please click on Read More for more information. 

Click here for the t-shirt order form. 


Decatur County Canceled, Wednesday January 17th

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, all schools in Decatur County will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, for students and staff due to the possibility for icy and unsafe road conditions during the morning hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but the weather conditions tomorrow are too questionable at this time to jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff. 

We will be back to our normal schedule Thursday January 18th. 

No school tomorrow

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, all schools in Decatur County will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, for students and staff due to the possibility for icy and unsafe road conditions during the morning hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but the weather conditions tomorrow are too questionable at this time to jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff. 

We will be back to our normal schedule Thursday January 18th. 


Tim Cochran, Superintendent 

Decatur County Schools  

Pre-K Registration February 6th at all Elementary Schools
Christmas Program

To see the WBE Christmas Program, please click on Read More below. Enjoy!

From The Principal

As we approach the midpoint of our school year, I just wanted to send a message to let you know how much we enjoy working with your children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  Your personal child is what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and come to work each day.  We want to empower them to go out in the world and thrive.  It is a true blessing and gift to us to know that we can influence tomorrow with what we do today as we work with the children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  I am thankful to have such a strong and gifted group of teachers and staff members here at West Bainbridge that are willing to go over and above to reach and teach the children in their classrooms.  I am also thankful for the support that we get from our families and from our community as it certainly takes a team working together to educate our children.  It is my sincerest desire that we all realize how blessed we are at this time of year and continue to work together as a team for our students here at West Bainbridge.  Best wishes to you and yours during this special season!


Please help us by completing the Georgia Parent Survey. We value your input.

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents maycomplete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone ortablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, schooladministrators should consider scheduling dates and times toallow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. Allparents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia ParentSurvey because the data will be used as part of the calculation ofthe School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymousand will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department ofEducation for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also availablein Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within thesurvey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not beavailable to the public and will not be posted online. The GeorgiaParent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


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Thank you to First State Bank for making a donation for our Christmas program!


Georgia Parent Survey

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Collaborative Impact for Decatur County
Santa Pictures

WBE Student Council is sponsoring….
Pictures with Santa!!!

WHEN: Thursday, November 30th
DECORATIVE FRAME (Due by Thursday 8AM)


Click here for an order form


WBE Smoked Meat Sale

WBE Smoked Meat Sale!

Just in time for the holidays!!

Get your choice of: Smoked - Turkey breast ($25) or Boston Butt ($25)

Place your order at WBE from Nov. 27th - Dec. 15th 

Click here for an order form

Canned food drive

Congratulations everyone and thank you for supporting the Student Council Food Drive and Port City Bank. We collected 824.08 pounds all together. Mrs. Lyle's class was the winning class.  They brought in 127.4 pounds of food.

 SC  Lyle


Schools Closed November 17th

School Closed

All schools will be closed on November 17th.

Thanksgiving Break is November 20 - 24.

No School Friday 11-17-17


As you know, our Bearcats will be all over the place this week. The band will be traveling to Chicago.  Our football, basketball, and swim teams will all be traveling to the metro Atlanta area on Friday.  As a result, school will be cancelled. 

We hope that you all can get out and support some of our Bearcats as they represent Decatur County, and I hope you all have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving break. 

Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement Month in Georgia, and districts and schools across the state will be highlighting the important role parents play in their children’s education. In addition, November 16 is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all schools and parents to reflect on the vital partnership needed for Georgia’s students and schools to be successful. I invite you to access the following opportunities to strengthen those partnerships with your students’ parents and families: (please click on Read More for the rest of the article)



Parent Letters


Several letters have gone home recently and I just wanted to give you a break down of forms and money that is needed to be turned in.

1. Fall Carnival: $5
2. Christmas Production Costume: $10
3. Money or pictures that you do not want. (I need these ASAP).
4. Dress up as a storybook character for $1 on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (nothing scary or gruesome).

Mr. Ard

Red Ribbon Week Contest Winners


Coloring Contest:

K- Diana Reyna- Watt's class

1st - Jorayah Handsford - Jordan's class


Writing Contest:

2nd -  KIley Williams - Hall's class

4th - Ivey Godby - Black's class

3rd - Kourtlynn Bryant - Atkinson's class

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will be observered at WBE this year during the week of October 23rd-27th. During Red Ribbon Week, students will participat in a variety of fun activities to help reinforce the importance of leading a drug-free life. October is also Bullying Prevention Month, so we will tie this in with our Red Ribbon Week Celebrations. Our Weekly theme for this year is: "Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!: Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for pictures. 


Fundraiser Time!

We are excited to announce that we are beginning an exciting fundraiser to support our school! We would greatly appreciate your support. You will receive a catalog filled with a variety of items that we hope that you will consider purchasing and/or selling to friends and family to support West Bainbridge Elementary. These items are all great gift ideas for family and friends! This fundraiser will run from Monday, October 23rd toFriday, November 10th. Please simply complete the order form andreturn it to school with your child with payment for any items that are ordered. Checks should be made payable to “FamilyCelebrations”. You may prefer to place orders online at the following link: forfundsonline.com. Be SURE to register with the access code 53289 to place orders. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




Community Conversations

We would like to invite you to our first Community Conversation of the year on Thursday, October 5th at 8:15 A.M. in the West Bainbridge Elementary Media Center. We will discuss the importance of early literacy, and we will offer tips to promote literacy at home. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance. 
Please let Mr. Ard know if he can count on having you in attendance on October 5th so that we may plan accordingly. We certainly hope to host a large crowd!

Wildcat Teachers Club

Orientation was held 9-8-17 for the first ever Wildcat Teachers Club. It includes 10 participants from 3rd and 4th grade. The purpose of the club is to support families by training these students to build language skills at home with their younger siblings not yet enrolled in school. 

WTC wtc wtc 


Decatur County Schools Closed Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th

Parents and Community Members,

The uncertainty of the future track of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on our area has led us to cancel school for all Decatur County Schools on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th. We are hopeful that our area sees very little impact but the uncertainty remains too high to take any chances with the safety of our students and staff. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, September 13th unless developments change at which time we will update you all.  Thank you and be safe.



Tim Cochran

Superintendent Decatur County Schools 


We had planned to have a Positive Parenting workshop and Homework Help workshop on Thursday, August 31st.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are going to have to postpone and reschedule these workshops.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please look for a new date for these workshops in the near future.  Thank you in advance for understanding.

Attapulgus Community Center


Eclipse Information

Parents and community members, as you may know on August 21st we will be experiencing a rare solar eclipse. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 1:09 p.m. and end around 4:06 p.m. with an expected peak around 2:41 p.m.  with an approximate blockage of 87% of the sun at the peak of the eclipse. It will be a very interesting phenomenon for our area to experience. Our teachers will be using this event as a teachable moment across our district as we have various activities planned.

On any given day it is never safe to stare directly into the sun without proper safety glasses, and this is no different during an eclipse. Please help us remind your students of these facts so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience during the eclipse. 

Decatur County Schools will be on a regular schedule on August 21st and sees no need to shift our release times and cause any undue stress on our parents and their schedules.

Thank you for your support. We are all hopeful that the experience of the eclipse in our area will be a memorable one.

Decatur County Schools 

GKIDS Readiness Check
2017-2018 Back to School Information

Click here for all Registration Dates and Times

Bearcat Basics - all rising 9th graders are encouraged to sign up for a Bearcat Basic summer orientation. Visit the BHS website for available times and additional information.

Open House for All Schools
Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm
We invite you to visit the school in which student is enrolled for the 17-18 school year to meet their teacher, visit the classroom, and to receive important school information.
Student schedule/homerooms will be posted at this time.

First Day of School - Friday, August 4, 2017

2017-2018 Back To School Supply Lists

Please visit individual school websites for additional information and parent resources.

June & July events

Recently, your child began working with Wowzers Math in his/her class. Wowzers is an online math curriculum packed with engaging activities. All that a student needs is his/her username and password and a device with internet access.

Below is your student's login to access the program at his/her leisure over the summer. Should any issues arise, please contact Soraya Wilks at 312-970-1155 or at soraya@wowzers.com.

SITE: https://login.wowzers.com/

2016-2017 End of the Year Slide Shows

Slide Shows 2016-2017

(Click on the grade level to view)

PK           K          1st           2nd           3rd         4th

Ms. Ezell

Congratulations Ms. Ezell!

 Ezell Ezell

TOTY and Employee of the Year

Teacher of the Year: Brandy Atkinson (pictured with her family)


WBE Employee of the Year: Dawn Stevens (pictured with her family)


A tree was planted by the 3rd/4th grade playground in honor of Mrs. Atkinson




Perfect Attendance Bike Winners

Perfect Attendance Bike Winners: Ja'Shalin White and Corbyn Thompson

Thank you James Robinson for donating one of the bikes. 


Summer meals for kids and teens

Summer meals for kids and teens!

For more information click here. (Spanish version)

Vote for Eli

Please vote for Eli Knight to be featured

on the news with Mike Mccall!

Click here to vote



Summer Reading
WBE Outstanding Employee

Mrs. Lynn

Congratulations WBE Outstanding Employee: Susan Lynn with husband Turner and son Carlton and Mrs. Lynn with Ms. Ross.

We will miss you Mrs. Lynn!

 Mrs. Lynn

Field Day

We need your help!  Field Day is Friday, May 5th, and we need your help to stock our concession stand!  We are asking for the following:

12 ounce soft drinks from Kindergarten.

Bottled water from 1st Grade.

Big jars of dill pickles from 2nd Grade.

Individual bags of chips, snack size, from 3rd Grade.

Big cans of boiled peanuts from 4th Grade.

All donations are greatly appreciated as they will help us raise needed funds for our school.  Your small donation can pay off BIG for our school!  Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Wear Purple

WBE wore purple today to celebrate April as the Month of the Military Child.

3rd 4th 2nd K Office Lunchroom 1st Staff

Student Helpers

WBE students shared what they are learning with a room full of adults! They showed up and showed out! Great job!

KG B Students Students AO Students

Pre-K Performs!


Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures at WBE April 24-27

The Student Council will be in charge of taking Spring pictures at WBE.
We will take class and individual pictures.
Each grade level will be assigned a day to have pictures made.
Once you pay for your individual picture, we will send you a copy through email so that you have the option to print more for your-self.
Please provide your email below.
Please send your money by the day your child’s picture is taken.Spring Pictures at WBE

Class Pictures $10—8 x 10
Individual Picture $5—5 x 7
April 24-27
Monday, April 24th--3rd and 4th Grades
Tuesday, April 25th— 2nd Grade
Wednesday, April 26th— 1st Grade
Thursday, April 27th— K/ PreK

Click here for an order form.

Real World Application - Living Things

Mrs. Godby's 1st grade class observed living things in the WBE garden and around the school. 

Garden Moth Plants

Donated Dictionaries

The Kiwanis Club donated dictionaries to our 3rd grade today.

Thank you Kiwanis!

Donation donation

School Choice Week April 24th - 28th

The Decatur County Board of Education requires that all students attend the school in the zone in which they reside unless they are in a specialized program that contains students across school zones.  Any exceptions to this policy must be made through the “School Choice Plan.”

District Pre-Kindergarten Registration

District Pre-Kindergarten Registration

When: Wednesday, April 26th from 1:00 to 6:00

Where: Decatur County Student Support Center

Exceptional Education Office

507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge

Documents needed for registration:

Click here for more information.

Outstanding Parent Volunteer


Mrs. Peggy White was recognized as an outstanding parent volunteer at last night's BOE meeting. Congratulations Mrs. White and THANK YOU for all that you do!

Georgia Milestones Testing Schedule

Spring EOG (Georgia Milestone Assessment) Schedule FY 17

Elementary- Grade 3 & Grade 4 =3 Days

4/12/17 ELA Section 1- Grade 3 & Grade 4
4/13/17 ELA Section 2 & 3- Grade 3 & Grade 4
4/14/17 Math Section 1 & 2- Grade 3 & Grade 4

Please visit the Decatur County Website for more information.

PB&J Hooray!

Please watch the video to hear Mason Ard read PB&J Hooray! This book was donated to our school by the Georgia Peanut Commission on behalf of Georgia's 3,500 peanut farmers. 


Parenting Class

WBE Parenting Class Coming Soon!

Click here for more information.


Get Georgia Reading (2017 Summer Reading Opportunity)

Exciting news, everyone!

Underway now, Get Georgia Reading Campaign partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—through Aug. 31.

Last summer, kids throughout the state read 248,901 books and spent 55,831 hours reading. This year, we are challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 250,000 books and spending over 60,000 hours reading.

Please help spread the word — including simple instructions for logging on — by sharing this news story with your networks: http://getgeorgiareading.org/2017/05/03/summer-for-georgia-readers-begins-today/


Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Honoring the Peanut

Dear Parents,
Decatur County is second in the state of Georgia for peanut production. On March 15th, we will be honoring the peanut farmers in our county for their hard work. As part of the celebration, students will be allowed to dress up as a peanut farmer or even as a peanut. Be creative as this is meant to be a fun way for us to recognize the peanut farmers in our community. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Jamie Ard

Queridos padres,
Decatur County es el segundo en el estado de Georgia para la producción de maní. El 15 de marzo, estaremos honrando a los granjeros de cacahuete en nuestra comarca por su ardua labor. Como parte de la celebración, los estudiantes serán permitidos vestirse como un agricultor de maní o incluso como un maní. Ser creativo como este está destinado a ser una manera de la diversión para nosotros reconocer a los granjeros de cacahuete en nuestra comunidad. Gracias de antemano por su cooperación.
Jamie Ard


Life Changer of the Year Nominations for WBE

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. Our program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Nominations for the 2017-2018 LifeChanger of the Year Program are now open.

Please click on the names below and leave a positive comment to vote!

  Brandy Atkinson      Mary Jo Boutwell      Bill Dixon   Lisa Peacock

Summer Reading


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will begin next Monday, Oct. 23 - To help youget a jump start on planning for the week's activities, they arelisted below. A parent letter will be sent home this week.

Monday, Oct. 23 – Wear Red Day! Wear RED to kick off the week-long celebration.

Theme: “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!” Students willreceive a ribbon with this slogan.

Tuesday, Oct. 24- Theme: “Wild About Being Bully and Drug Free!”Dress like an animal.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Theme: “Too Smart to Start!” Dress like aNERD.

Thursday, Oct. 26 - Theme: “UNITED We Stand Against Bullying &Drugs!!” Dress in Red, White and Blue.

Friday, Oct. 27 - Theme: “Our Futures Are Bright - Drug and BullyFree!” Dress in Neon colors.


Yearbooks are on sale now. Click here to download the order form. The last day to order yearbooks is March 24th. 

Early Learner Workshop

Early Learner Workshop
October 17th @ 6 P.M.
John Johnson Elementary

Parents of students that are in PK and K are invited andencouraged to attend this workshop. Students will have funlearning, and parents will, too! Please go learn how to helpincrease academic achievement at home. Door prizes and bookswill be given!

Good Behavior Celebration

Thank you to the dance line, football players, Coach Littleton, and Mr. Ward for the outstanding advice that you gave our students this morning at WBE's Good Behavior Celebration. You are making a difference in their lives and we appreciate it so much. You will always be "superstars" to them. 


Alzheimer's Walk


 Donate today to help end Alzheimers on our team page, or click on one of the members!

WBE Team Page

Brandy AtkinsonMary Jo BoutwellRenee HandVera MathewsNikki MartinCathy McDonaldChristy Ward



We need your input! Please go to the following link and complete the survey that is provided.


Constitution Day

WBE Scholastic Book Fair

Book fair

The WBE Scholastic Book Fair will run Friday, February 24th - Friday, March 3rd. Students will be able to shop during their enrichment time. We need your help to make this happen. Please click here to see how you can help!

Shop online now at:


PTO Information

PTO is seeking volunteers to help with the events on the attachment below.You may contact Heather Murguia if you are willing to help.       hm0617.hm@gmail.com 

Click here for the event schedule

3rd Grade Oil Presentation

Jason Andrews from Sharber Oil talked with WBE 3rd graders about production, distribution, and consumption. Not only did the students and teachers learn a lot, they also had a great time. Thank you Mr. Andrews and Sharber Oil!

3rd grade oil 


Thank you to our Community Sponsors

WBE has had several community sponsors since the beginning of school. We want to thank each one of them for their contributions. 


Thank you April at Aaron's Rentals for donating items to our Parent Resource Room!

Farm Credit

Thank you Southwest Georgia Farm Credit and Brenda Brookins. They donated treats for good behavior rewards.

Mt. Zion

Sandra Moore and Mt. Zion Baptist church brought school supplies! Thank you so much!


Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Plan



Invitation to Participate

Decatur County Schools annually reviews and revises our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan and our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan). The annual review process is discussed at our annual Title I Stakeholder Meeting. Opportunities to attend these meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at noon and 5:30 pm. at the Decatur County Student Support Center (507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge). All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

Stakeholders are also invited to visit the Decatur County Parent Resource Center on July 19th between the hours of noon and 5:30 pm to participate in the annual review process. The District CLIP, District Parent and Family Engagement Plan, and Individual Schoolwide and Parent and Family Engagement Plans will be available for review. Parents and stakeholders are encouraged to view these plans and offer feedback and suggestions.

For more information, please contact:

 Kathy Varner at 229-248-2836 or by email at 


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Phone: 229-248-2821   |  Fax: 229-248-2820
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