Wednesday, January 9, 2013 July 24, 2013 MyConnection INSIDE ➤ PAGES 4-11 Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 COWETA COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DIRECTORY 2013-14 ➤ PAGE 9 School registration happening now Students who are new to Coweta County need to register for school before Tuesday, August 6 By CELIA SHORTT email@example.com To keep from falling behind in the 2013-14 school year, students who are new to Coweta County need to register for school before the school year starts on Tuesday, August 6. School registration is continuous throughout the summer. Parents can register their children at the school system’s Central Registration Center, located at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan. It is open Monday through Friday and can be contacted at 770254-5551. Students do not need to be present to register. Other information about the registration process can be found online at www.cowetaschools. org/registration. “Please check the website and come prepared,” said Phil Kline, Technology Services Coordinator for the Coweta County School System. “It will make your process easier and ensure that your student will be in their seat when school starts.” Kline said that the goal of everyone is to make sure that every individual student is sitting in their seat on the first day of school.“It’s an all hands task at this point, being focused on that first day,” he said. “Everything is flowing pretty good. We have a very good communication process, and that is good in getting us ready for that first day.” According to Georgia law, students must be five years old by September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten and six years old by September 1 to enroll in first grade. Students must attend the school for which their home is districted. To find the correct elementary, middle, or high school for an address, contact the Coweta County School System Transportation Department at 770-254-2820. To enroll a new student in school, parents will need to provide the following items: 1. 2. 3. a. b. c. d. e. 4. Birth Certificate – A state-issued, certified copy is required (hospital 5. certificates are not accepted). Social Security Card Proof of Residence – two items from the following list are required for address verification: property tax records which indicate the location of the residence; 6. mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of the residence; apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address; current electrical bill or application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address); voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address. State ID or Drivers License – Must be current (not expired). Students may only be registered by a biological parent or legal guardian. Proof of custody or guardianship is required if the registering adult is not the birth 7. parent. Custody papers (if relevant) - If parents are divorced they must provide a copy of custody papers. Legal guardians will also have to 8. provide a copy of custody papers, and must live in the appropriate school district. 9. Last Report Card/Withdrawal/ Transfer Form with Grades – This information is required at registra- Education or Gifted services. If tion to facilitate records requests and class placement. an IEP or other information that establishes eligibility for services I m m u n i z a t ion C e r t i f ic a te – is not presented at the time of regGeorgia Department of Human istration, services in the Coweta Resources (DHR) immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed County School System may be 30-day waiver. delayed until the records are received by the school. Hearing-Dental-Vision Certificate on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 10. Emergency contact information – 120-day waiver. Students must have a contact name Authorization for release of Indiand number on file at the school vidual Educational Plan (IEP) or student records – This is required REGISTRATION, page 4 if a student is receiving Special LUNCHBOX FAVORITES BROWN’S MILL BATTLEFIELD Lunch ideas kids will love FAMILY FEATURES TIMES-HERALD FILE PHOTO Muskets send smoke skyward as part of an authentic Civil War re-enactment at a Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association-sponsored event at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Park opening will mark 13 years of effort By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL firstname.lastname@example.org When the Brown's Mill Battlefield Historic Site south of Newnan opens to the public on July 27 it will be the culmination of more than 13 years of effort. The site of the pivotal cavalry battle in the War Between the States was purchased as green space by Coweta County in 2001, and development of a park at the historic site finally began in late 2012. That was after years of planning, design, and waiting. "We finally did it," said Carolyn Turner, president of the Brown's Mill Battlefield Association. "It's almost difficult to verbalize how we all feel about this because all we can do is grin all the time. It really is awesome." The grand opening celebration will include mounted cavalry reenactors, historians on site to talk about the events of the battles, a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, a cannon and rifle salute, geo cache activities for the kids, food and music. The site itself includes a "parade ground" and 0.9 mile of 10-foot wide slate-topped walking trail, half of which is wheelchair accessible, with benches and interpretive signs telling the story of the battle. The signs will have “QR” codes that can be scanned by smartphones and will lead to more information and, eventually, videos. One sign will list the names of everyone who died during the battle. Students at Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center are working on the videos for the website, BattleofBrownsMill.org . But that is just the first phase. “The entire master plan would develop more trails; there are also plans for a small visitors center,” said Sandra Parker, Coweta County comprehensive planner and the driving force behind the development of the battlefield site. “That will take place in the future, sometime, when funding is available.” Hopes are to one day have some staff, as well. After the grand opening, the park will be open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to dusk, and Sundays 1:30 p.m. to dusk. The ribbon cutting will be at 9:45 a.m., and the dedication ceremony with color guard will follow at 10 a.m. Historians will be on site until 2 p.m. and the grand opening lasts all day. Because the parking lot on site has only 26 spaces, there will be shuttle service for the July 27 festivities from the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. Only visitors who use a wheelchair will be allowed to park on site, said Parker. A special pass will have to be obtained at the fairgrounds; a standard handicapped decal won’t be sufficient. The shuttles will be running from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., and will be running PARK, page 3 If the kids are already begging you to stop making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, it’s time to change things up. This school year, pledge to replace your old stand-by lunches with a few fun, new ideas. Your kids will thank you. Pac k more g r a b -a nd- go lunch options. Set aside bins in your fridge and pantry to keep all of your lunch items. The kids won’t wonder what’s for lunch and you won’t find yourself out of everything minutes before the school bus arrives. As you unload groceries, have the kids help pack up individual portions in small storage bags to make mornings easier. Check out these fun, easy ideas to banish brown bag boredom. Yogurt Parfaits One of the quickest snacks to make is a fruity yogurt parfait. Before bedtime, layer flavored yogurt and bite-sized fruit chunks into a small container then freeze overnight. Put the frozen yogurt in your child’s lunchbox the next morning and it will be cold and creamy by lunchtime. Pack a zip top storage bag with crunchy granola for sprinkling on top. Hummus Looking for a better-for-you lunch option? Hummus packaged with crunchy pretzels is every kid’s favorite lunchbox addition. Perfect for tossing in a backpack, prepackaged single serving containers come in Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and Roasted Garlic flavors. With no trans fat and no cholesterol, it’s a snack you can feel good about. S’mores S’mores are a classic summer treat that can easily be adapted into a quick dessert all year around. Top one graham cracker square with a thick layer of chocolate hazelnut spread or a chocolate bar, then spread marshmallow crème on another. Sandwich the two squares together for a lunchbox version of everyone’s favorite campfire treat.