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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!


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

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

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 


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.


2017 - 2018 District Calendar 

2017-2018 Color Coded Calendar 

2017-2018 Calendar

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.



Earbuds/headphones are as important as a pencil in today's school setting. Please make sure that your child has earbuds or headphones to use at school on a daily basis. If needed, we have some avaliable for purchase at school for $2.00. Thank you for your help! 

100th Day of School

New Flags

Thank you to BHS JROTC for replacing our flags.

Flag Flags

Donations for Chromebooks

Please consider donating to these teachers projects for Chromebooks at donorschoose.org. Click on the teacher's name to go to their page. 

Mrs. Gardner

Mrs. Ward

Mrs. Knight


Georgia Parent Survey 2016-2017

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, smartphones or tablet.  

Technology Fair


Congratulations to the WBE students that placed in the Decatur County Technology Fair. 
2nd Place in Programming: Jak'hi Jones and Donovan Bell 
3rd Place in Programming: Harley Hicks and Anna Shea
3rd Place in Videography: Elijah Knight and Lucio Veliz

Thank you to everyone that participated! West Bainbridge Elementary had outstanding participation this year and hope to have more next year. 

Help bail Mr. Ard out!

Locked up Locked up Locked up

I'm locked up for MDA! Please bail me out! I'm supposed to raise $2,000! I'm short! I'm to ask for $100 donations, but I'll take anything! You can send donations to http://www.mdalockup.org/bainbridge. You can mail to 7011 Fulton Court Montgomery, AL 36117. You can also send an address and I'll send donation forms. Let me know if you will donate. Thanks! Mr. Jamie Ard.

Scholarship Award

The Museum of Science, Boston has selected 64 elementary teachers and 18 teacher educators from 24 states to receive scholarships under a new program that brings high-quality professional development (PD) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to teachers at high-needs schools nationwide. The program helps scholarship recipients integrate engineering in their classrooms using the award-winning Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum, which was developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). This is the second round of awards in the $200,000 program; 100 teachers were previously awarded scholarships in January 2016. Our very on Ms. Vera Mathews was selected for this. For more information, visit the following link: http://www.eie.org/news/museum-science-boston-selects-educators-200k-stem-scholarship-program?utm_campaign=EiE+News&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=30341388&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_9ABPhnlg7AqCMv_cddSPWWYRNepZsRdq_sVQc0upLgkSP-vm2c-Ym_QWJrgT3UqTNi1-kykiBOUpp7vTby_ao-xC5Rw&_hsmi=30341388

Meat Sale

WBE Smoked Meat Sale! Just in time for the holidays!!

Get your choice of Smoked – Turkey Breast or Boston Butt
$25 each
Tickets on sale at WBE from now until Dec. 15th

(Click here for the order form)



Thank you for the generous donations so that we may purchase more Chromebooks for West Bainbridge Elementary students! The donations are from Calvary Lodge #389, Second Morning Star MB Church Attapulgus, and Do-rite Construction. Each business donated $250 each. Presenting and accepting the donations are Oscar Harell, Keroy Hughes, Jamie Ard, Kimron Wimberly, and Art King. The men and students are also part of WBE's Mentor Program. 

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to WBE's Spelling Bee Winners!

1st place: Mason Bird, 2nd place: Madelyn Ard, 3rd place: Riley Bradford

(more pictures on the attached page)

No School Friday

November 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

As you know, our Bearcats are advancing to the second round of the state playoffs and will be playing in Rome, GA Friday night. Due to transportation issues and to allow everyone to travel to Rome in a safe and timely manner to support our Bearcats, school will be canceled this Friday for all students, faculty, and staff.

Be safe in your travels and have a great break. 



Jamie Ard


(Click Read More for the Spanish version)

Thanks Thanksgiving

Technology Fair Projects

Students at WBE are getting their projects ready to participate in the County Technology Fair in December.


November Health Empowers

Improving Learning through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: 

Eating a Variety of colorful fruits & veggies: Focus on flexibility

(Click here for more information)

Veterans Day 2016

Early Learners Workshop

Join Dr. Seuss and a few of his good friends as they show parents specific skills & activities that should be a part of their early reader’s daily routine at home

Click here for more details 

(Spanish version)


WBE PTO Fall Festival
Naked Turkey Fundraiser

Help dress our naked turkey!

Click here to find out how.

Candy Donation

Principal Jamie Ard ​at West Bainbridge Elementary ​gratefully receives a gift of candy from the congregation of Kingdom Discipleship Ministries from Pastor Lamar Sweet.  Teachers and students greatly appreciated the generosity shown by Pastor Sweet and the church congregation.

Who's Hootin?
Health Empowers Presents

October: Vary My Veggies & Steps

Nutrition Healthy Habit: Make half your plate fruit and vegetables

Physical Activity Healthy Habit: Sit less; Walk & stand more

For more information, click here!


Bus Safety

Mr. Wilson shared helpful tips ​to Mrs. Payne's PK class at WBE ​on "Bus Safety" to help celebrate Bus Driver Appreciation Day." He reminded students to keep their bookbags in front of them instead of in the aisle of the bus.  He also reminded them to always sit facing forward and never get out of their seats while the bus is moving.  Last, he reminded them to use their inside voices on the bus and be completely quiet when the bus comes to a railroad crossing.



Georgia Parent Survey

Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. All parents are 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 URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


Blood Donations at WBE

Donating Blood at WBE!


Kindergarten Community Helpers

Thank you so much for our Community Helpers!

To see pictures, click here.

Star Spangled Banner

The 202nd anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner"

Performed by the WBE Wildcat Chorus

Click here to see it!

Samaritan Parenting Seminar

Barn Hill Animal Show

Barn Hill Animal Show:  September 13th

FREE to attend for students.  Pictures may be purchased for $10 each.  Parents should complete the form that was sent home if they want a picture.  Picture purchases are NOT required.  Permission forms should be returned signed by the parent for students to attend the show regardless if pictures are purchased.

Mentoring opportunities

West Bainbridge Elementary is committed to establishing a strong mentoring program for our students. We need more mentors to help reach out to our students and make a difference in their lives. Could you be that special person in a child's life? If you are interested in more information, please contact Ms. Ortega Ross at oross@dcboe.com or give her a call at 248-2821. You will be glad you did!

Parent Conference Day, PTO Meeting, & Early Release

West Bainbridge Elementary will schedule parent conferences on Thursday, September 29th from 4:00 - 6:00. Please look for more information to come. 

At 6:00, following parent conferences, a PTO meeting will be held followed by an "Adding and Subtracting Workshop" geared towards our 1st and 2nd grade students and parents.

Friday, September 30th will be an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00. Please send a note if your child will have a change in transportation on this day. 

LifeChanger of the Year Nominees

Kerri Gardner, Kay Black, and Christy Ward from WBE have been nominated as a 2016-2017 LifeChanger of the Year. You can view and leave positive comments on their profile pages. The links are below. The more comments they have, the better chance of winning! #LCOY

https://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/kerri-gardner/   https://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/kay-black/  

(Click here for more details)

WBE t-shirts for sale

Order your WBE t-shirt today!

Order form (click here)

No School Friday 9-2-16

Decatur County Schools will be closed for all students and staff Friday September 2nd due to Tropical Storm Hermine. Thursday will be a normal day for students however the after school programs will be cancelled that day as well. Again Thursday will be a normal day for all students and staff, after school will be cancelled, and Friday we will be closed completely. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday September 6th. 
Thank you and have a safe Labor Day Break.

August Teacher of the Month

August Employee of the Month: Angela Leon

Thanks to Mr. Mike Brock and Ms. Betty at Betty’s Cafeteria!  They have graciously agreed to provide a meal to our Employee of the Month each month.

Shaw Donation

Darquita Jackson donated carpet squares on behalf of Shaw for our students.  Thank you to Ms. Jackson and Shaw!

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

Summer Reading



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

Georgia Milestones Information

Click on the links and videos below for information on the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment.




The Washington Monument


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Reptile Show

Snakes, snakes, everywhere!!!!!!!!! Who wants to hold a snake???


Snake snake 

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:


Perfect Attendance Winners


On Friday, December 16th, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit's home loan specialist, Brenda Brookins, gave bikes to two students with perfect attendance at West Bainbridge Elementary School. WBE would like to thank Mrs. Brookins and Farm Credit for this incentive. Way to go Angelica and Kevin!