News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - March 9th Edition

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2018-19 Evansdale Teacher of the Year (TOTY) - Rachel Petrucelli

2018-19 Educational Support Person of the Year (ESPOTY I) - Sabrina Bruce

2018-19 Educational Support Person of the Year (ESPOTY II)- Shanell Alexander

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Please Note - Updated Registration for Pre-K Lottery

This year, parents will only be allowed to register for the Pre-K Lottery, March 12-16, 2018, at Evansdale so that time will be afforded to ensure all documents are checked correctly and verified prior to the lottery. The Lottery will be held on Tuesday, March 20th @ 1:15pm. You do not need to be present for the drawing. The times for lottery registration are 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. , March 12-16**. No applications will be taken after the 16th.

** Registration will be open 8:30-11:00 on Wednesday, March 14th & 8:30-12:30 on Friday, March 16th for applicants who need a Spanish interpreter,

To complete the application process, the following documentation is required (at the time of application):

  • Official Proof of Birth (Birth Certificate, Passport, Hospital Record of Live Birth, Green Card, Pink Card, or Federal I-94 Card)
  • Parent/Guardian Identification
  • Child's Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residency* (Current Gas, Electric, or Water Bill; Signed Lease Agreement; and/or Signed Home Mortgage Contract)

* Note: In the event of co-residency, an Affadavit of Residence must be completed by the parent(s)/legal guardian

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Science Olympiad

This year we are thrilled to be taking two Science Olympiad teams to the Dekalb Elementary Science Olympiad on March 24th at Druid Hills Middle School. This event is hosted by Fernbank Science Center and includes several science and engineering challenges or events. We have a team of 3rd and 4th graders and a team of 5th graders, both coached by Ms. Bachman. Team members may stay after school and prepare for events on the following dates. After school practice is optional. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Monday, March 12 until 4:30PM with Ms. Bachman in the STEM lab

Monday, March 19th until 4:30PM with Ms. Bachman in the STEM lab

Tuesday, March 20th until 4:30PM with Ms. Echols-James in her classroom

Thursday, March 22nd 4:30PM with Ms. Echols-James in her classroom

Melissa Bachman

Academic Coach

Evansdale Elementary School

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Atlanta Science Festival 2018: 100 Events + 1 Big Party for All Ages, March 9-24

The Atlanta Science Festival, a two-week-long celebration of local science and technology, will be held March 9-24, 2018. STEM experts and educators from colleges, museums, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances for adults and children of all ages.

100 events will occur all across the metro area culminating with the Exploration Expo, Atlanta's biggest interactive STEM event on March 24, 2018 at Piedmont Park.

For more information, please visit

Georgia Milestones Reminders

If you have a student in grades 3-5, please try to avoid making appointments on the below testing dates if at all possible. Also, please make sure your student is in school during the next 3 weeks to maximize learning and preparation for testing.

  • 04/10 - ELA Section 1
  • 04/11 - ELA Section 1
  • 04/12 - ELA Sections 2 & 3
  • 04/13 - ELA Sections 2 & 3
  • 04/16 - MAKE-UP DAY
  • 04/17 - Mathematics Sections 1 & 2
  • 04/18 - Mathematics Sections 1 & 2
  • 04/19 - Science Sections 1 & 2 (Grades 5 & 8)
  • 04/20 - Social Studies Sections 1 & 2 (Grades 5 & 8)
  • 04/23 - MAKE-UP DAY

Save the Date to Power Up and Party for a Cause ...

The Evansdale Education Foundation is hosting it's annual Spring Technology Fundraiser on Friday, March 23rd in the Vista Room at Napoleon's. Please visit the website below for more event information and how you can help support this worthwhile event:
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International Night

Please join your fellow eagles on Thursday, March 22nd, 6:30-8:30 p.m., as we celebrate Evansdale's diversity and learn about different cultures. The evening will begin with a brief PTA meeting. All students who attend will be given a passport so they can explore the different displays. At the end of the evening, students who complete their passports will receive a small prize.

You are invited and encouraged to share your own culture for this celebration. It may include dressing in traditional clothing, providing treats for others to try, displaying artifacts, and/or sharing traditions. Participation forms were sent out in couriers last week so please return yours if you haven't already done so by no later than March 14th. We look forward to traveling with you!

Questions? Please contact Abigail Carlton, PTA International Night Chair, at or 770-934-3993

PTA Run4Fun

Make plans to participate in PTA's annual 1K and/or 5K, Saturday, March 24th. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join you for a fun run or walk through the neighborhood. There will be prizes for division winners, snacks, entertainment and more! Most importantly, there is a special prize for the homeroom with the most participants. Registration forms are still available in the front office.

A Message from PTA .... Teachers and Staff, Prepared to Be Pampered!

As a reminder, next week, March 12-16, is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Thanks to everyone's kind and generous donations, here's what the PTA Appreciation Committee has planned for our own teachers & staff -

  • Monday- We will shower teachers and staff with sweet treats!
  • Tuesday- Breakfast! We're making pancakes on site! We will also offer fruit, muffins, OJ and coffee!
  • Wednesday - It's Savory Snack Day!
  • Thursday- Catered Gourmet Lunch by Chef Massimo
  • Friday - Pizza Party!

Just a reminder that students are encouraged to make cards for their teachers and bring in a flower or flowers for them on Wednesday, March 14th.

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03/11 Daylight Savings Time Begins

03/12-03/16 PreK Lottery Registration, Times TBA

03/12-03/16 PTA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

03/13 4th Grade Field Trip to High Museum of Art

03/13-03/16 5th Grade Trip to Rock Eagle

03/14 Pi Day

03/15 PTA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

03/19-03/23 International Week

03/19-03/23 PTA Book Fair

03/20 PreK Lottery

03/22 PTA International Night, 6:30 p.m.

03/23 Evansdale Foundation Fundraiser at Vista Room (Details Coming Soon)

03/24 Run for Fun, 5K and 1K, 8 a.m.

03/28 Parent Teacher Conferences

03/30 80% AR Cut Off

News From the Lakeside Cluster

Lakeside Cluster Summit

The next Lakeside Cluster Summit Meeting is on Thursday, March 15th, 6:30-8pm, at Hawthorne Elementary School. Here is the Agenda:

  • District Safety Protocol- Update by Police Chief Gober (20 min)
  • Cluster Check-in: Updates from Principal or Parent Leads about Recent/New Accomplishments or Challenges (20 min)
  • Goals for our Cluster Meetings: Cluster Concerns, Collaboration, and Communication (10 min)
  • a. Deadline to Apply for the Lakeside Construction Advisory Committee is March 22
  • b. Several Opportunities for Collaboration [see Handout]
  • Review Challenges from Last Meeting with Status Updates from Mr Trenton Arnold (20 min)
  • a. Facility Improvements Needed (Work Orders and SPLOST)
  • b. Staffing Issues (Substitutes, Translators, and Nurses)
  • Open Discussion for Questions/Suggestions (20 min)

For more information on Lakeside Cluster, visit

LHS Construction Advisory Committee Call for Candidates

Lakeside High School has announced a call for parent and community members who are interested in serving on the Principal Advisory Council’s Construction Advisory Committee (CAC) for a significant E-SPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) capital improvement project.

This committee serves to increase stakeholder and community engagement in the design, planning, and construction phases of the school’s E-SPLOST project.

Project Summary: Addition to Lakeside HS

· 38-classroom addition (and necessary core space additions and/or parking spaces) and installation of synthetic turf at football practice field

· Budget: $26,990,000

· Architect Request for proposals (RFP) going out on Feb 2018

· CAC selection and training: Feb - May 2018

· Anticipated Construction Jul 2020 - Mar 2022 (subject to change)

The Principal Advisory Council will select five members to the CAC, not including the principal, who will be an ex-officio member. A minimum of two members will be Principal Advisory Council members. This selection will take place in an open meeting of the Principal Advisory Council. All CAC members must complete a Conflict of Interest form at the initial CAC training conducted by the District. These forms must be completed by all CAC members prior to the first meeting. Access the form and additional information by visiting the District's E_SPLOST V site:

Participation in the CAC may require a 1-3 year commitment. In extenuating circumstances, a capital improvement project may require up to 5 years to complete. The number of CAC meetings will be set by the CAC membership under guidance from the Council. The deadline to apply for the Construction Advisory Committee is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Click on the link below to indicate your interest in serving on a committee:


The Lakeside Theatre Company and Lakeside Drama Association present Bring it On: The Musical, which tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed between two squads, focused on one mission: claiming the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Dates: March 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at . Please note all seats are reserved. There are two ticket prices for levels of seating, one for $15 and one for $10

Henderson Middle School Foundation Annual Campaign, March 5–23 – Please Help Your Future School

Help your child’s future school by making a donation to the HMS Foundation! The foundation’s goal is to provide educational resources to the school, to enrich the school’s academic and cultural offerings. Because of the foundation, HMS has been working towards becoming a STEM school - and we are making progress toward that goal! This year, HMS has one STEM team in 7th and 8th grades, and they have been a great success. Next year STEM will go school wide so your child can benefit in 6th grade!

But it’s not just about STEM. We have supported teacher resources, equipment, training, student activities together with PTSA, and are currently funding a bilingual liaison to help fill the gap left by having an interpreter only part time.

This means that donations made today will go to programs that directly impact your rising elementary student. Your participation will help ensure the HMS Foundation can continue supporting the school. Remember – a strong school makes for a strong neighborhood.

How to donate: Please visit the website to make a donation online or for information how to donate by check. If you have questions, please email

Fernbank Science Center's 50th Birthday

On Saturday, March 10th, from 11 am until 3 pm, Fernbank Science Center invites you to join us in celebrating our first 50 years of service. Bring your family and friends to experience the fun-filled, educational day. We will have food trucks, hands-on activities, and special presentations throughout the day. Also, you may enjoy the planetarium by purchasing a ticket for only 50 cents, which is the same price of a ticket in 1967.

Learn why #ScienceisGolden! For more information, visit If you have any questions, please contact Fernbank Science Center at 678-874-7102.