10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:  These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

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3. Kinsey Family Farm:  The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its Fall & Pumpkin Season.  They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.  This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.  Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:  Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.  They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!  Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!  Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around: This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here. 

7. Haunted Fun:  As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.  And again, if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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8. Pumpkin Picking:  Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.   As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:  Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.  This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.  Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.  Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn Pinterest Board by clicking here. Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

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Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

It’s Corn Maze Season!!  We’ve always been lucky to have a few corn mazes near Cumming GA. {QUICK TIP – Be prepared to sweat doing the corn mazes. Bring water! If it’s a particularly cool day, that might be an ideal day to get lost in a corn maze}

No matter if you are taking the kids, going on a date, or just up for a challenge – a good corn maze is a lot of fun! We have compiled a list of some of the closest to Cumming GA & Forsyth County.

Note:  Mazes are typically on the weekend and weather permitting.  We link directly to the location so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

Warbington Farm
Open:  September 16th – November 4th
Address:  5555 Crow Road, Cumming GA 30041
Click here for more information

Uncle Shucks
Open: September 9th – November 19th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
Click here for more information

Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Click here for more information

Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 12th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
Click here for more information

Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
Click here for more information

Rock Ranch
Open: October 7th – November 4th
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
Click here for more information

Jaemor Farms
Open: September 9th – November 5th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
Click here for more information

Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Click here for more information

Corn Dawgs
Open: September 22nd – November 5th
Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
Click here for more information

Yahoo Farms
Open: September 23rd – October 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 – Jasper, GA 30143
Click here for more information

Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 24th – November 5th
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
Click here for more information

Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 29th – October 29th
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
Click here for more information

Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
Click here for more information

Poppell Farms
Open: October 7th – November 5th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
Click here for more information

Lane Southern Orchards
Open: October 1st – 29th
Address: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Click here for more information

For even more Corn Mazes in Georgia, check out 365 Atlanta Family’s round-up by clicking here.

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2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 15th. This year marks the 23rd year for the fair that began as a 5-day fair and now has grown to an 11-day event!

Just thinking about the fair makes my mouth water for all the delicious fair food – cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes, giant turkey legs, and don’t forget about the deep fried Snickers or Oreos. The calories eaten at the Fair don’t count, right?

We can’t forget about the rides and games! The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. The Cumming Fair & Festival brings over 40 rides and numerous games. It really is fun for all!

Don’t miss out on the 11 days of family fun!

 

Dates: October 5-15, 2017
Times: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm
Friday, 4pm – Midnight
Saturday, 10am – Midnight
Sunday, 12:30pm – 9pm
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Admission Prices:

10 Years Old and Under: FREE
11 Years Old and Up: $7
All Parking: $5

Learn more about the rides (and ticket prices), local entertainment, Heritage Village, ground acts & concerts on the Cumming Fair Facebook page.

Once again, a great line up & some great specials are being offered:

*subject to change – accurate at time of publishing – verify all information here*

Thursday, October 5th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Pay One-Price Rides (unlimited rides – $20/ person)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony 7pm

Friday, October 6th:

  • Concert: Kellie Pickler in Concert at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Saturday, October 7th:

  • FREE Admission & rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 8th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 9th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 10th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Gene Watson at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 11th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm
  • CHOA Parade at 6pm

Thursday, October 12th:

  • Concert: Thompson Square at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/13/17)

Saturday, October 14th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 15th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.

Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival Returns for the 13th Anniversary!

The Cumming Greek Festival celebrates its 13th year of bringing a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean paradise to Cumming and North Georgia!

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival starts Friday October 20th at 3pm and goes to Sunday, October 22nd at 5pm.

Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox parish sponsors this wonderful event each year on their beautiful 16 acres right on Bethelview Rd. and this year the Festival celebrates 11 years as one of the largest volunteer festivals in Forsyth County with fun and fellowship for this family friendly annual event.

Each year a portion of the money raised goes to local charities in Forsyth County such as The Place and Jessie’s House. Our parish is committed to our local community and helping those in need!

All your favorites are back! Home made Greek Pastries (get them early. These sell out fast!). Authentic Greek food like gyros, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmades, and lamb are on the menu along with so much more! There’s even a wonderful baklava sundae that is always a big hit with the kids! Music, dance, and great food make the Cumming Greek Festival THE destination in North Georgia.

Great shopping will be available from all our vendors this year as we add merchandise from Greece and local vendors with something for everyone! And back this year is our children’s area featuring a fantastic petting zoo for the kids!

One of the highlights of the Festival is also the informative Church tour that happens every day of the Festival. Our joy in our beautiful “village” created especially for the Festival flow out of the beauties of our ancient and timeless faith. Our Church Tours and lectures add so much to the experience of our festival.

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival promises to be our biggest event ever and something the whole family will enjoy. Make your plans now to attend and enjoy this outstanding community event! OPA!

For more information go to www.cumminggreekfestival.com!

Warbington Farms: Open for 2017 Fall Season

Warbington Farms: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Did you know that Warbington Farms is a three generation farm? It is! Over the last 7 years, the farm has changed quite a bit. They used to mainly be an egg operation. But now it’s a great place for the whole family!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017  Warbington Farms will open for the Fall & Pumpkin Season. You can plan to go get pumpkins but also enjoy tons of fall activities. They also have lots of special events through the fall season. You can check those events out by clicking here.

Fall Activities Include:

  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay rides to feed the cows
  • Petting Zoo
  • Corn Crib
  • And much more!

Activity Fees:

  • No Cost for Pumpkin Patch Entrance (pumpkin prices vary)
  • Farm Fun Park Pricing: 
    $10 Per Person
    Under 3 are FREE
    Senior Citizen discounts available

*Pricing, Dates & Time may change – follow Warbington on Facebook for updates

Fall Hours From September 16th through November 4th:

Monday – Thursday: Closed to Public
Friday & Saturday:  10am-10pm
Sunday:  10am-5pm

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Warbington Farms has TONS of Fall Themed Special Events. Click here to read about all of them!

 More Information on Warbington Farms:

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Warbington Farms
5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA

770.889-1515
Warbington Farms Online
Warbington Farms on Facebook

Enrolling Now: Exceptional Childcare at Kiddie Academy Cumming

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Kiddie Academy Cumming is Enrolling Now!

A mother who passionately wanted to provide better childcare options in her community founded Kiddie Academy in 1981. The first location was in Baltimore County, Maryland. Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has continued to grow and develop. At Kiddie Academy the focus is on learning, creativity, compassion & character. They like to say that amazing starts here.

The exciting news that we are sharing today is that Kiddie Academy is coming soon to Cumming GA. This will be the third location in Georgia and first in Forsyth County. They are conveniently located at 450 Brannon Road, Cumming, Georgia. This location is close to the Collection at Forsyth.

Enrollment Offer:

And they are already enrolling students right now! If you enroll before 9/30/17 you will receive 3 weeks of free tuition. For more information on this offer, call them at 470-253-7114.

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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Child Care:

1. Is the schedule of daily activities posted and current?

2. Does the center encourage use of outside area for learning activities as well as free play?

3. Are there leaning centers in the classrooms that allow for different types of play such as: art, library, blocks, dramatic pay, science, technology, etc?

4. Is there adequate shade available outside where the children play?

5. Is parent feedback sought and used in making program improvements?

6. Is there a daily method of communication between the teachers and parents?

7. Does the facility appear to be orderly and clean, void of clutter?

8. Does the cost of care include nutritious meals and snacks? Are menus posted?

9. Does the center have low staff turnover?

10. Does staff appear lively, smiling, and interacting in a positive manner with children?

These questions were provided by Kiddie Academy. For more questions to ask, download the “Checklist PDF” by clicking here.

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Why Parents Choose Kiddie Academy:

Highly Trained Professionals: You can rest assured knowing the staff has been highly trained and is up to date on licenses and certifications. The staff is also extremely attentive and enormously admired.

Curriculum: “Life Essentials® is an overarching philosophy that includes our programs and techniques. From family style dining to character education, our developmentally appropriate curriculum gives your child a full day of learning no matter what he or she is doing. Some of the best learning happens without your child knowing it.”

Highest Safety Standards: Kiddie Academy is proud of the safety standards we have put in places They are of the utmost highest. Your child’s safety is their number one priority.

Catered Lunch and Snacks Served Family Style: They serve snacks and a catered lunch in a family style environment where children and teachers can connect over a meal.

Open Communication Between Parents and School: From newsletters to calls, our staff is committed to keeping the conversation open.

Uniformed Preschool: The children wear uniforms at Kiddie Academy Cumming. We will give four polo shirts for the first year of enrollment (two during registration and two in the fall season).

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More About Kiddie Academy:

We realize that there are many childcare and daycare options available. Only Kiddie Academy provides the kind of care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® curriculum. We are also a nationally networked franchise, which ensures strict standards and a consistent experience for your child.

Why standards-based learning is important.

Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials curriculum focuses on social and emotional character education, and physical and cognitive outcomes which are aligned with state preschool learning standards. These standards are based on skills, knowledge and abilities that children achieve through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.

The Life Essentials curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements of each state.

Connect Online with Kiddie Academy Cumming: Website | Facebook

Address: 450 Brannon Road Cumming, Georgia 30041
Phone: 470-253-7114

Back to School in Forsyth County 2017-2018

Back to School Round-UP

Back to School in Forsyth County 2017-2018

Whether you’re in the “boo-hoo” club or the “woo-hoo” club, there’s no denying it … it’s almost back to school time in Forsyth County!  The school bell will ring in just a matter of DAYS now, so it’s time to get ready for all things back to school.

Here’s our run-down:

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  • Shop for School Supplies: We have some tips for you to make shopping easier as well as back to school drives at local organizations. Click here to read more.

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  • Get Ready for Some Back to School Traditions – make back to school fun with these ideas to capture the moments!

Back to school tips for kindergarten moms

  • Read Up – if you’re sending off a kindergartner this year (like me), be sure to check out this article.  It’s an oldie but a goodie!

  • Enroll Today at the NEW Kiddie Academy of Cumming: Enroll before 9/30/17 and receive 3 weeks of free tuition! Connect online with them: Facebook | Website

  • Schedule a Back to School Adjustment – Be sure to keep the kiddos backs aligned and ready for a great school year!  I’ll be doing that with our friend and website sponsor Dr. Marchman at Essential Wellness.  Give her a call and let her know Cumming Local sent you!

  • Register for Fall Sports – It may be 90+ degrees outside but it’s also the time to plan ahead and get the kids signed up for Fall Sports!  Our website sponsor, i9 Sports has a full line up to take advantage of!  Click here to get started. If you want to get a peek into what it is like doing sports with i9 Sports, read this article from one of our contributing writers.

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

  • Register for Fall Dance programs – Footprints Dance Alliance has some great offerings for the fall. You can even attend a freebie class to see how you like the studio before classes start. For more information on their programs, click here.

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  • Fill your Freezer with Meals – Let’s face it fall nights are super busy. So why not make dinner easier by filling your freezer with Dream Dinner meals! Click here to read about the Dream Dinner experience.

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  • Enjoy just a little more fun – On of our favorite deal sites is stocked full of great savings right now!  So squeeze in one more night of fun before school starts and go ahead and plan for some fall fun as well!  Click here for the latest deals.

Auto Insurance Premium

  • Lower Your Auto Insurance – Find out how to lower your auto insurance premium with these tips from Craig at Southern Way Insurance Agency.

  • Sell Your Home or Buy a New Home – The Cole Team would love an opportunity to help you sell or buy a home. Read a recent article they did about how to get your home ready to sell – click here. Call Stephanie or Meriellen at 770-316-3110 for more information about selling or buying!

Lawn Care Myths

  • Hire a New Lawn Care Company – USA Land Care has debunked five common lawn care myths. They also share how they can help you manage weeds, disease and more! Click here to read their article.

So here’s to a great 2016-2017 School Year … Enjoy the last few days of summer and enjoy those first few days of school too!

Atlanta Bread & Bar Grand Opening in Cumming GA

 

Grand Opening Event for New Atlanta Bread & Bar, New Prototype with Event Featuring Food, Giveaways and Live Music

Atlanta Bread & Bar, featuring Atlanta Bread’s new fast casual café prototype and design, announces its Grand Opening celebration, taking place Saturday, July 29. The new Atlanta Bread & Bar, located at The Collection at Forsyth in Cumming, Ga., will host an all-day event, including free sandwiches to the first 50 guests starting at 11 a.m.; face painting, raffles, food, giveaways throughout the afternoon, and live music starting at 6:30 p.m. The one-of-a-kind location features a modern, rustic design, presentation-ready conference room, beer and wine bar, art wall featuring local high school student’s work, patio dining and more.

WHAT: Grand Opening Celebration, which includes:
– 6:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Buy one get one free breakfast sandwich (limit 3 per guest)
– 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Free cookies to all kids under 12
– 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Face painting
– 11:00 – First 50 customers receive free chicken salad sandwich
– 12:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 2:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 4:00 p.m.: Raffle drawing
– 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Live music

WHEN: Saturday, July 29 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Atlanta Bread at The Collection
410 Peachtree Pkwy. Suite 116
Cumming, GA 30041

WHO: The new Atlanta Bread & Bar is owned and operated by local Cumming residents Dean and Kelly Ditmar. The Ditmars also recently acquired Atlanta Bread locations in Dunwoody, Roswell, and an additional Cumming location.


About Atlanta Bread:
In 1993, Atlanta Bread began as a small sandwich café in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. Known for its fine ingredients and exceptional sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries, it quickly became a fast-growing concept that satisfied appetites with fresh, quality food in a casual, friendly setting. Building on its 23-year heritage, the company recently launched a major brand revitalization designed to honor its customers and community crafting delicious food and offering it in home-like surroundings through its local owners. Customers who treasure Atlanta Bread can enjoy the items they’ve always known, while exploring new additions to the menu that are fresh, flavorful and filled with ingredients that can be eaten every day.

Back to School Supply Shopping

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Today’s article comes to you from Ashley Jansen. She is getting ready for the new school year and wanted to share some ways to shop for school supplies. She also shares a spreadsheet list she created as well as ways you can give back to those in need of school supplies this year. 

I know, I know – “School Supply Shopping” is probably the last thing you are wanting to see the second week of July. I promise you I’m not trying to make your summer feel shorter – I’m just trying to save you money & time!

School Supply Lists are already posted on your school’s websites. Please note – each school may be a little different so make sure you go to your school’s specific website. If you are like me, I have 3 children across 2 schools and in 3 grades. It was hard for me to keep it all straight of just how many folders, glue sticks, etc. I needed. So I made this simple Excel Spreadsheet that I’m sharing with you here. It should be easy for you to manipulate for your specific supply lists. Note: The yellow column is the one that has the formula in it so don’t clear that one. I’ve added some extra blanks at the bottom for you to add yours.

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You can download Ashley’s spreadsheet for free, by clicking here – School Supply Checklist

You might notice at the top I have BBC, H, L, & G. The last three initials are my son’s names. But the first, BBC, is our church. They do a backpack drive each year and put out their own list of supplies that are most needed by the schools and children in Forsyth and Dawson counties. These are the kids that need assistance in fulfilling their school supply shopping. So I add them to my school supply shopping list each year to give back.

If you are interested in helping provide school supplies to those unable to do so for themselves here are few options:

  • Backpacks of Love at Morrow Family Medicine
  • Forsyth County United Way – Stuff the Bus
    • Drop off is from 6/1-7/31 at the UW County Office (240 Elm Street) Monday thru Friday 9-5. You can CLICK HERE to see the supply list
  • Publix – School Tools for Cool Kids
    • Drop off is thru 7/31 at all local Publix stores. See each specific store for their specific supply list needs.
  • Browns Bridge Church – Back to School Backpack Drive
    • Drop off is 7/16 & 7/23 before and after all services (Services are at 9, 11, and 4:30) just inside the main lobby (3860 Browns Bridge Road). You can CLICK HERE to see the different supply lists for different age groups. (Because their labels are a little different I wanted to let you know: WaumbaLand = PreK; UpStreet = Elementary School; Transit = Middle School; InsideOut = High School). TIP::I have 2 boys in PreK and 1 in Elementary so I usually will match for each boy so they are a part of the giving experience. They each get to pick out the backpack and fill it with the supplies and turn it in to church – it’s a great learning experience.
    • Vickery Village Backpack Drive
    • Stuff the Bus at Northside Forsyth

So what about that promise at the beginning of me saving you money? Well here you go…I actually usually do all of my school supply shopping at Staples. This week they are having a great sale. If you buy a backpack you get all school supplies 25% off the already low sale price. My boys don’t need new backpacks, but because I will be buying one for the Church drive mentioned above I get to take advantage of the sale for all my boys as well. There are also great sales going on this week and next. TIP: I would recommend you pay close attention to this website – it always helps me with sales.

We would love to hear from you on this. Please post a comment with any school supply drives/donation centers you are supporting so the rest of us can help. And if you find any great sales and/or deals inform us of those too!

Happy Back to School Supply Shopping!!! (21 days and counting…now see…that was intentionally trying to make your summer sound shorter)

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Ashley Jansen is wife of 14 years to Mark and mom to three boys, Hamilton (10), Luke (5), and Garrett (2). Originally from Texas, she has lived in Forsyth County for the last 13 years. She loves Mexican food, watching football and baseball, reading a good book, making Excel spreadsheets, and prefers candy over chocolate and Dr. Pepper over Coke. She is a recent breast cancer survivor, but still prefers purple over pink.

To learn more about Ashley and our other contributing writers, click here.

Summer Learning Tips from Pinecrest Academy!

Summer Learning Tips from Pinecrest Academy!

Research has shown that most students risk some degree of learning loss in the summer months. But the end of a school year doesn’t have to mean that learning stops. The relatively unstructured days of summer are perfect for family activities and adventures that keep learning fresh and practice necessary developmental skills, all while having fun together.

Below are a few suggestions for some fun summer learning:

  1. Develop and Practice Essential Skills. Summer provides great opportunities to teach kids important life skills, like how to read a recipe, sort laundry, tie their shoes, make a grocery list, load the dishwasher or write a letter. Being able to follow several steps in a process is an essential developmental skill that translates to success in school. Make a list of three new skills that your children could learn this summer, and challenge them to follow all the steps to success!
  2. Read, Read, and Read. Kids lose an average of two months of reading skills over the summer, but there are many ways to prevent this by incorporating reading and writing into your summer plans. If you are traveling this summer, have your child help you plan the trip by researching the place you will visit, plot the trip on a map, and act as a tour guide by providing the family with fun facts along the way. Choose a read-aloud book that both you and your child will love, and read a little together each night. Stop along the way to predict what will happen next. Discuss the plot, unfamiliar words, and the choices the characters make. These reading comprehension strategies will make your child a stronger reader and provide some sweet “together time.”
  3. Break out the Board Games and Puzzles. Board games and puzzles are excellent ways to develop critical thinking skills! Teach your kids those board games you loved as a kid, especially the ones that involve word or math skills. Pop some popcorn and break out Scrabble, Uno, Boggle, or Monopoly. For a fun twist, use the same game boards, but have your child make up new games and come up with new rules. Puzzles are also great for learning and practicing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, and patience. See how many puzzles the family can do in one summer!

Keeping brains engaged with summer learning will insure both a fun summer with your kids and a “brain boost” as they enter the new school year!

Laura Kelley is the Dean of Students for 3rd-5th Grade and a 5th Grade Teacher at Pinecrest Academy. She is also the mother of four Pinecrest graduates. Laura can be reached at lkelley@pinecrestacademy.org.

More About Pinecrest Academy:

Pinecrest Academy is a private Catholic school serving Pre-K through 12 students. We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason

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