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Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend


Back to school in Georgia unofficially begins this weekend with the Fall 2015 Sales Tax Holiday, giving parents and students a break at the cash register for certain school-related purchases.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. July 31 and running until midnight Aug. 1, consumers can make qualifying purchases without paying sales tax, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Qualifying items include:

  • Clothing and footwear of $100 or less
  • Computers, computer components, and computer software of $1,000 or less
  • School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials of $20 or less.

There are many items that are not exempt from sale tax, including jewelry, watches, eyewear, video games, cell phones, TVs, briefcases and more.

Georgia is one of 16 states offering a tax-free holiday for back-to-school purchases, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators, which said Georgia began offering the holiday in 2004.

The Georgia Credit Union Affiliates says nearly half of Georgia consumers schedule their back-to-school shopping around the holiday. The group said a 2015 survey showed 46 percent of respondents intend to take advantage of the tax savings.

The GCUA survey also showed 51 percent of respondents prefer to buy school supplies as needed while 42 percent stock up when they run across a bargain.

The next scheduled Georgia tax exempt holiday is Oct. 2-4 and will apply to Energy Star and WaterSense products of $1,500 or less.


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Back to School Weekend at Piedmont Church


What an amazing time for students of every age. The begining of a new year and a new season of life. This weekend we will be celebrating the end of an amazing summer and kicking off the start of a new school year! We will also be welcoming the new rising 6th graders into our ministry – you don’t want to miss this weekend!
FRIDAY: Will be at Piedmont starting at 6:00PM it will be an array of water games and challenges that will blow your mind. Bring a friend and a change of clothes.

SATURDAY: POOL PARTY at the Limeri hourse. You bring a towel and we will bring the food from 6-9pm, 3263 Ashmore Hall Drive, off Davis Road near Shallowford and Sandy Plains.

SUNDAY MORNING: Join us at 9:30 AM in the chapel for breakfast.
if you have any questions email Daniel at

Piedmont Church is located in East Cobb at 570 Piedmont Road.

It’s Back to School time. How will you prepare?


The bell is about to ring and school supplies are flying off the shelves.

We’re looking for the best back to school tips out there – from the tried and true to the latest and greatest, tell us how you plan to send your kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

Share your comments below or email them to The best tips and tricks just might make it onto our blog.


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Shop Tax Free this Weekend at The Avenue East Cobb


It’s Tax Free weekend for Back to School and there are deals to be had all around The Avenue East Cobb.

Celebrate the Tax Free Holiday with a shopping bonus from The Avenue!  Spend $150 or more on Saturday, August 1, 2015.  Receive a free insulated lunch tote with a surprise restaurant gift card, valued up to $50.
Show your qualifying receipts from any retailer at The Avenue dated August 1, 2015, to redeem offer at the management office located next to Panera Bread, August 1, 2015, from 12 PM – 4 PM or while supplies last.  Limit of one free tote and one free gift card per person.

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Back-to-School tips for parents and kids from CHOA



Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has tips on common school-related issues to help ease the transition from summertime to school time. From tips to get back into an appropriate sleep schedule to understanding bullying and how to handle it, parents can feel better prepared to send their child back to school with these back-to-school tips from experts at Children’s.

Parents and teachers can visit to educate themselves and their children on ways to make going back to school easier and healthier.

The tips include:

  • Pack Smart– Backpacks are a handy way for your child to carry his books and other school materials, but if used incorrectly can put strain on his back muscles and joints causing lower back pain and injury.
  • Breathe Easy– Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children and accounts for more than half a million missed school days annually. Creating an asthma action plan with your physician to help your child better manage his asthma.
  • Fuel for School– Fuel your family with food throughout the school year with these nutrition tips that help kids grow strong from the inside out.
  • Sleep Savvy– During the summer, many children and teens stay up later and sleep in longer than during the school year. This shift often makes returning to an early schedule difficult. Getting enough sleep is important and Children’s has tips to get kids back on track.
  • Keep Bullies at Bay– Bullying is a pattern of unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children where one child uses control over another. Learn common bullying behaviors and how your child should deal with a bully.

For more detailed information about Children’s Back-to-School tips, visit the links above.


(Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)


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Back To School Bash this Thursday at Ivy Lane


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Summer’s coming to a close and Ivy Lane is celebrating the school year with a Back to School Bash on Thursday, July 23. Stop by for 30% off all regular price items in store all day.

Can’t make it to the store? Use code: SCHOOL30 for online purchases.

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.


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Back to School savings at Pigtails & Crewcuts


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Editor’s Note: The address of Pigtails & Crewcuts was incorrectly identified in a previous post. The correct address is 4724 Lower Roswell Rd in East Cobb. 

It’s back-to-school time! Ready to do some arithmetic, Pigtails & Crewcuts style? Check out Pigtails & Crewcuts A + offer this year for major savings (and just a little bit of math):

Come in during their back-to-school period and they’ll make it worth your while by giving you a huge savings to return during a special time period.

Visit Pigtails & Crewcuts at 4724 Lower Roswell Rd or for more information.


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Your library card: ‘The Most Important School Supply’

The launch of the 2014-15 school year is an excellent time for Cobb students and parents to make certain everybody has a Cobb County Public Library System library card.

We encourage students and parents to make sure library cards are up to date. Library cards for Cobb County residents are valid for two years.

Visit any Cobb library location to get a library card. Getting a library card is easy and only takes a few minutes. Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification, and fill out a short form. While you’re at the library, learn how libraries can be part of students’ educational and entertainment plans during the busy school year.

Classes at the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools began this week. Classes also start soon at many area private schools and for several homeschooled students.

For more information on CCPLS library cards, please visit our website at September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national drive led by the American Library Association (ALA). As the ALA campaign says, “a library card is the most important school supply of all.”


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Back to School Deal: Buy One, Get One at Famous Footwear


Buy one, get one half off at Famous Footwear at The Avenue East Cobb. Valid July 17 – September 14, 2014. Buy one item, get one item half off storewide. Includes book bags.​ Some footwear exclusions may apply.


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Surviving the first day: Advice from Cobb principals

From left are Peter Giles, principal of Palmer Middle School; Judy McNeill, principal of Walton High School; and Tricia Patterson, principal of Tritt Elementary School.


In anticipation for the first day of school, local principals all say the same thing — come prepared with a smile.

“Regardless of how good or bad the previous year went, the new school year is always a fresh start,” said Peter Giles, the principal of Palmer Middle School.

A total of about 109,000 students are expected to enter classrooms at Cobb County School System’s 114 schools early Monday morning, said Jay Dillon, Cobb schools spokesman.

The Marietta City School System will start classes Wednesday.

Giles said he likes to keep a positive attitude, and he said that’s something students can benefit from as well.

“My advice to any student coming back is to have a positive attitude and to get to know their teachers and build that relationship with them,” Giles said.

He said his children gave more practical recommendations to prepare for Monday morning.

“They said eat a good breakfast and get a good night’s sleep,” Giles said.

Tricia Patterson, the principal at Tritt Elementary School, said she also recommends staying healthy leading up to the first day. She said elementary schoolers should bring a water bottle to use at recess in the summer heat.

“It’s important to stay hydrated,” Patterson said.

To be ready for classes, Walton High School Principal Judy McNeill said students should bring the essential school supplies the first day.

“Bring a notebook and make sure they have a couple of writing instruments,” she said.

Walton said students can bring electronics to school, but they should keep them turned off until they know the rules of each classroom.

“It’s a good way to get in trouble the first day to be texting or emailing on your phone when the teacher is trying to talk,” McNeill said.

McNeill said some teachers may allow cellphones and other electronics, while some may not.

Students won’t have lockers the first day, both Giles and McNeill said.

Another way students can be prepared, McNeill said, is to complete any summer assignments before the first day back.

Once they are at school, McNeill said she has advice for how to make friends.

“If you want a friend, you need to be a friend. Come with a friendly attitude,” McNeill said. “Try to smile and try to greet people and take the initiative to get to know new people.”

McNeill said high school students can seem as if they are part of an exclusive group because they don’t invite anyone in, but usually they simply forget.

“I think all students are happy to do that but they maybe just don’t think to invite them,” McNeill said.

Giles said sometimes it takes courage to make friends.

“It just takes introducing yourself to somebody and having a smile,” Giles said.

Patterson said meeting new people is harder sometimes for younger students.

“Sometimes, especially elementary kids, (they) are nervous about meeting new people, but that’s the way they learn more about their classmates and more about themselves,” Patterson said.

If students need to find a friend to sit with at the lunch table, Giles suggested chatting with the person you sit next in class or stand behind in the lunch line.

The principals acknowledged higher grade levels can present social challenges for students, including peer pressure and bullying.

McNeill said one way to stay out of a situation of peer pressure is to choose friends wisely.

“Before they would accept an invitation to experience activities away from school, try to get to know a little more about the student to see if they have values in common with the student, before they just say, ‘Yes, I’d love to go to the party’ or whatever,” McNeill said.

“If they feel like they are being bullied, they need to inconspicuously say something to their teacher or they need to go directly to the guidance department and ask to their counselor for help,” McNeill said.

Students should try hard not to be nervous about finding their way around a new school or finding new classrooms in an old school, both principals said.

“Don’t worry about getting lost. We’ll be happy to help them find their class,” McNeill said.

Anyone having trouble with directions can visit the front desk, she said.

Parents can check school websites to stay up to date with what’s going on in the classroom, Patterson said.

“They really need to get acquainted with the school’s website and the blogs that the teachers keep, and then just check those frequently,” Patterson said.

Overall, Giles said he hopes students are happy to start school.

“They should expect a lot of excitement. I know our staff here at Palmer is excited about seeing our kids. We get a chance to meet new teachers and new friends,” Giles said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek, August 03, 2014. Read the original article HERE.)