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North Fulton county is home to some wonderful neighborhoods and communities. It has grown immensely over the past two decades and you can find just about every type of home, neighborhood, amenity, dining and shopping options within a few miles of just about anywhere in the county. Many new business have also come to the area in recent years.

Alpharetta is one of the communities that is thriving as the housing market improves. Seven of Atlanta’s top technology employers call Alpharetta home and Ernst & Young is bringing an IT division of their business to Alpharetta. Other industries are booming, as well and will be adding many jobs to the community over the next several years. The Avalon and GM combined will bring more than 5,000 jobs to the city and there are numerous others that will add jobs to the growing city. All of this means the housing market is prospering in Alpharetta.

Alpharetta is part of the award winning Fulton County school district. You can find information and rankings on Great Schools about the schools that serve the area.

There are often city events, such as the weekly food truck roundup and farmers market and more that will keep everyone happy. The Alpharetta city website has a full calendar of events, you will be delighted to see all the city has to offer.

There is a new City Center being built and Forbes has even named Alpharetta one of the friendliest towns in the country.

Did you know all of this about Alpharetta? The city has so much to offer a home buyer. It is a thriving community. If you haven’t visited the city to see all the wonderful neighborhoods and houses it has to offer, along with everything else, this would be the perfect weekend to do so!

Alpharetta is close to  MIlton and the historic area of Crabapple.  The three communities are closely entwined. I currently have two listings in Alpharetta and one in Milton. The Alpharetta listings are both located in the Waterside subdivision, a swim tennis community. It has just under 300 homes, has two lakes, a playground, and much more. While you are checking out what the city has to offer take a moment to see these homes.

13002 Waterside Drive – Alpharetta

Lake view in Waterside Drive

View from the back patio of 13002 Waterside Drive.

12742 Waterside Drive – Alpharetta

Waterside subdivision

There is built in bar on the terrace level of this Waterside home.

375 Providence Oaks Circle – Milton

brown and red dining room

Gorgeous custom dining room in the home on Providence Oaks Circle.

Aren’t they beautiful homes? Call me, I would love to set up a time to show them to you.

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school supplies

It is almost time for Atlanta area students to head back to school! Photo by © Sergio Hayashi

Even if you do not have school age children, you are most likely affected in some way by the school year. Commuters say that there is a noticeable increase in the volume of traffic during peak hours when school is in session. By ten days before Labor Day weekend, all area children will be back in the classroom, so as early as next week expect to see some changes! Cobb and Gwinnett County schools start back on August 7, Forsyth County on August 8 and Fulton on August 20.

The links below are to the school district calendars, check them for a list of half-days, holidays and important dates for the 2013-2014 school year.

Cobb County

Gwinnett County

Forsyth County

Fulton County

Are you contemplating a move? Visit the Atlanta Fine Homes website to search all area listings.  To see a spectacular listing in Forsyth County click here.

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Crabapple Crossing Elementary is one of the best schools in North Fulton and was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon school. Check out this selection of homes for sale in the Crabbapple Crossing district.

Secluded private estate with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths. Offered at $1,999,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Secluded private estate with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths. Offered at $1,999,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Custom showcase home on lake with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half baths on 2.43 acres in premier neighborhood. Offered at $1,250,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Custom showcase home on lake with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half baths on 2.43 acres in premier neighborhood. Offered at $1,250,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Surrounded by award winning schools, parks, and dining why not call this 6 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath estate home! Offered at $999,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Surrounded by award winning schools, parks, and dining why not call this 6 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath estate home! Offered at $999,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Wonderful traditional home with finished terrace level located on a private professionally landscaped lot with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Offered at $399,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Wonderful traditional home with finished terrace level located on a private professionally landscaped lot with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Offered at $399,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Beautiful five bedroom home in sought-after swim/tennis subdivision, Brierfield. Offered at $364,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Beautiful five bedroom home in sought-after swim/tennis subdivision, Brierfield. Offered at $364,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Also to search more homes for sale in Crabapple Crossing Elementary click here to search homes for sale in this area on my website.

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Crabapple Crossing Elementary School - 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

Crabapple Crossing Elementary will be honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. Image: Wikipedia.org

Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Milton was selected one of only 269 schools nationwide to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The distinction is based on the school’s overall academic excellence, honoring schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements in achievement are being made.

A two-time winner of the Georgia School of Excellence distinction (2010 and 2004), Crabapple Crossing had set a goal to become a national winner by 2013. School officials were pleased to have earned the honor one year ahead of their goal.

“We are so excited and truly honored to be recognized on the national level,” said Crabapple Crossing Principal George Freiberger. “Everything starts with teachers and students in the classroom, and it shows in the performance of the kids. Ultimately, having a dedicated staff, empowered students, active parents and a supportive community contributed to our success.”

Freiberger, who has been the principal of Crabapple Crossing for three years, also credits the school’s “Team Time” for creating a culture of connection and excellence. Three years ago, the school implemented a program to start the day with 15-minute classroom meetings where students and teachers could interact on a higher level.

“It’s important for teachers to connect with students, to show them that they care, before expecting them to perform well,” he said. “This really changed the culture of our school in such a way that it blended teamwork between students and teachers, parents and the administration.”

Crabapple Crossing Elementary will be honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa welcomed Crabapple Crossing into the elite group of local schools honored at the national level.

“Crabapple Crossing embodies the Fulton County Schools motto – ‘Where Students Come First,'” said Avossa. “Everything they do focuses on how to help students be successful and become engaged in their learning. Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is an honor for them and also for the Fulton County School System.”

The National Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories: “Exemplary High Performing,” measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests; and “Exemplary Improving,” measured by improvements in student achievement in schools with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students.

Source: Alpharetta Revue & News

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Make your child’s first day easier by getting organized and staying positive.

The Cueny Team has been very busy this summer helping families find homes before school starts….and that time is upon us! As we begin to say goodbye to summer and turn our sights to the routines of the school year, here are some tips for getting back into the groove at a new school.

By GreatSchools Staff – please click here for the entire article.

Whether your child is moving to a new neighborhood or making the leap to middle or high school, the first few weeks may be filled with anxiety as well as excitement. These 10 tips will help your child make a smooth transition to his or her new school.

1. Make it a team effort.

If you’re choosing between a few schools, talk with your child about what each one has to offer. When it comes time to select specific classes, make sure your child is part of the process.

2. Keep a positive focus.

As the first day draws near, begin talking to your child about her expectations, hopes and fears for the upcoming school year. Reassure her that other children are having the same feelings and that she’s sure to have a great year. Present school as a place where she’ll learn new things and make friends.

3. Encourage school involvement.

Though you don’t want your teenager to become over-committed, it’s important to encourage participation in one or two activities that particularly interest him. He’s more likely to engaged academically if he feels connected through a school activity, club or sport. Talk to him about his goals for the school year and how he might like to be involved in school outside of the classroom.

4. Get enough z’s.

If your child has enjoyed a vacation of late nights and lazy mornings, getting him up for school on the first day can be difficult. Help make this transition easier by starting his school-year sleep routine a week or two in advance.

State Bridge Crossing Elementary School is one of the top elementary schools in Alpharetta. Click here to see homes for sale in this school district.

State Bridge Crossing Elementary School is one of the top elementary schools in Alpharetta. Click here to see homes for sale in this school district.

5. Take a trial run.

Take some time before the start of school to make sure you and your child know where to go and what to do on that first morning. Show your child where the bus stop is, or, if she walks, map out the safest route to school, avoiding vacant lots and places where there aren’t a lot of people. Warn your child to always walk with a friend and scout out safe houses to go to in case of emergency. If you can find out what classroom your child will be in, visit the classroom ahead of time so she knows exactly where to go in the morning. You may even want to call the school in advance to find out about any special first-day procedures.

6. Stock up on supplies.

On or before the first day of school, make sure you or your child finds out what school supplies and materials are required. Most schools should provide a handy list for the lower grades, but if not, take it upon yourself to ask and then purchase the items as soon as possible. Middle and high school students should bring a notebook and pen or pencil on the first day.

7. Prepare the night before.

To avoid the morning rush, organize what you can the night before. Lay out clothes, make a lunch and assemble any supplies your child may need. Be sure to get everyone up extra early so you’ll have plenty of time to calmly get ready and get out the door on time.

8. Get a healthy start.

Encourage your child to eat a good breakfast and pack a healthy snack to help her get through the day.

9. Accompany your little one.

Even if your elementary school child will be riding the bus regularly or walking to school, you may want to take him yourself on the first day, particularly if he seems nervous.

10. Introduce yourselves.

Young children are often shy with a new teacher. If you take your child to school on the first day, you might want to go into the classroom and introduce your child to the teacher. Let the teacher know about any special interests or challenges that your child has.

Reading books together about school is a good way to establish the reading habit and to start conversations about school excitement and fears. To get you started, here are some suggestions for elementary school-age children:

The Berenstain Bears Go to School, by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Random House, 1978)
Arthur’s Teacher Trouble, by Marc Brown (Trumpet, 1986)
The Day the Teacher Went Bananas, by James Howe (Penguin, 1987)
Curious George Goes to School, by Margret Rey (Houghton Mifflin, 1989)

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Metro Atlanta Schools Out for Summer

Milton’s New Cambridge High School. Credit: Bob Pepalis, Johns Creek Patch

This week marks the end of the 2011-2012 school year for public schools throughout Metro Atlanta. While the kids couldn’t bear to think about the start of the next school year, I realize many parents like to plan ahead. 🙂 Click on the resources below to view the 2012-2013 school calendars for each Metro Atlanta school district.

Atlanta Public Schools

Fulton County Public Schools

Cobb County Public Schools

Dekalb County Public Schools

Forsyth County Public Schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools

A Look at Milton's New Cambridge High School

Milton and Fulton County Schools officials joined the architects and designers of Cambridge High School for the tour. Credit: Bob Pepalis, Johns Creek Patch

In addition, I know many North Fulton residents anticipate the opening of Milton’s new high school, Cambridge High School. While the construction is not complete, the Johns Creek Patch has gained access to a walk-through with Principal Ed Spurka, Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood and Councilman Lance Large, North Fulton Chamber President Brandon Beach and a handful of media representatives. Members of the design and contractor teams helped explain what the building would offer. Take a look at Milton’s new high school through the Johns Creek Patch photo gallery.

Click here to start your metro Atlanta area home search by school district on my website.

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Atlanta Public Schools Final Redistricting and Closure Recommendations

Erroll B. Davis Jr., Superintendent Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis on Saturday released his latest recommendation for school closures.

Two schools were added to Davis’ initial redistricting and school closing recommendation issued in early March: Towns Elementary School and D.H. Stanton Elementary School.

Five schools were removed from his initial recommendation: Boyd Elementary School, Fain Elementary School, Humphries Elementary School, Thomasville Heights Elementary School and Coan Middle School.

The Superintendent’s final recommendation will be submitted to the Atlanta Board of Education on April 10.

For a complete list of schools and explanation of Davis’ choices, click here.

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

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