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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.) 

Photo of the Day – Send us your Back to School pictures!

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East Cobb parents and students stocking up on Back to School supplies at Target. Are you ready to go back to school?

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Three Apps to Keep the Family Organized

The rush of summer is almost over, and what better time to get yourself organized? Here are three great apps that can help:

  • EVERNOTE – This free app helps you remember important tasks to help you stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.
  • MINT – Track your spending and keep your finances in check. Perfect for back-to-school shopping.
  • TRIPIT – See all of your travel plans at a glance, on any mobile device!

 (Source: Shop the Avenue)

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Back to School is around the corner. How will you prepare?


August has arrived and the 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 Specials at Ivy Lane this weekend


It’s Tax Free Weekend and Ivy Lane is offering specials throughout the store. Shop for Back to School with 15% on All For Color accessories, 20% Off all full-priced Clothing.  Plus, $10, $20, $30 Summer Clearance Racks.  Discounts cannot be combined with other coupons or promotions.

Sale Ends Sunday 8/3/14.

Visit Ivy Lane at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 185, in the Publix Shopping Center.



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Back to School, By the Numbers


2: Rank of back to school as a shopping season (the Christmas holidays are No. 1)

77 million: Number of children and adults attending school

$39 billion: Amount consumers are expected to spend on back-to-school items this year

11 percent: Shoppers who will buy a new cellphone or smartphone

16.1 percent: Share of retailers’ annual sales that comes from back-to-school shopping

18 percent: Shoppers who will buy a new laptop

25 percent: Share of shoppers who plan to spend $500 or more

47 percent: Shoppers who will buy a new backpack or tote bag

48 percent: Share of shoppers surveyed who plan to spend $250 or more

52 percent: Share of shoppers who plan to spend as much as they did last year

75 percent: Shoppers who will buy new clothes

79 percent: Shoppers who will buy school supplies like notebooks, binders and pencils

(Sources: International Council of Shopping Centers, U.S. Census Bureau,

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“ABC’s of Style” Event at Town Center this Saturday

Town Center Mall Towne Center at Cobb

With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back to school events at more than 80 shopping centers across the country to get young people prepped to head back to class. Town Center at Cobb’sABC’s of Style” festivities take place in the Sears Court during Tax Free Weekend on August 2 from 2- 4 p.m., helping families have fun while shopping for seasonal must-haves.


Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August. The event is also supported locally by and Chrysler.


“This is an exciting time of year and as Town Center at Cobb is the center of fashion in Cobb County, teaming up with Teen Vogueelevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Shelly Weidner, director of mall marketing and business development for Town Center at Cobb.


Town Center at Cobb’s ABC’s of Style events will include various elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Featured event activities were created by keeping young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind:

Exclusive Style Guide: ABC’s of Style event attendees and back-to-school shoppers have the chance to pick up an exclusive Simon and Teen Vogue style guide, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Beyond the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Town Center at Cobb’s Guest Services or access it online at

Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Event attendees can engage in free interactive activities and pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last) from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips, and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY.

Georgia Sales Tax Holiday: This event also takes place during the busy Georgia Sales Tax Holiday, which will be heldAugust 1-2, and with extended mall hours, shoppers can stay until 10 p.m.

Receipts & Rewards for Back to School: From July 26 – August 2, shoppers who spend $150 at a minimum of two Town Center at Cobb stores can receive a $15 Simon Giftcard at Guest Services, while supplies last. See Guest Services for details.

“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen VogueVice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”

In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to gear up for school and stay connected to Town Center at Cobb.

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit


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Get ready for Back to School with Georgia’s Tax Free Weekend


Head back to school in style this year with the Back At It shopping event! Town Center at Cobb, in collaboration with Teen Vogue’s 2nd Annual ‘Back-To-School Saturday’ initiative, will provide savvy shoppers with exciting fashion shows and special discounts to help teens and tweens put their best fashion foot forward this fall. On Saturday, August 10 from 2-4pm, Town Center will host a social shopping experience that’s sure to please every trend-setter!

Guests will be able to see ‘up close and personal’ the latest fashion trends for the back-to-school season with a fashion show featuring styles from PacSun. Swag bag giveaways and product sampling are also on the event menu, along with fun entertainment. Event attendees will receive a Teen Vogue and Simon Malls Trend Guide, featuring fashion tips to achieve the trendiest looks of the season. Local teen and up-and-coming pop star Katie Belle Akin will give a special performance immediately following Back At It, at 4 pm. DJ Steve will also be on-site to entertain shoppers.

Plus, take advantage of exclusive coupons and discounts from participating retailers to snag everything on your back-to-school shopping list.

Town Center at Cobb is located at 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw,30144, Call 770.424.9486 or find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more information.


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