News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - August 18, 2016

Temperatures Are Rising.... Let's Keep Our Eagles Healthy!

Not only are students and parents excited to see each other at the beginning of a new school year, but so are germs. Within the last week, we have seen a rise in early student check outs and absences due to illnesses. Here are a few FAQs to remember regarding illnesses and excuses -

- When should I keep my student home from school? Per DeKalb County School District Policy, any student who has a fever and/or vomiting/diarrhea should not come to school and should be fever and/or symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students who are brought to school and exhibit any of these symptoms will be sent to the school clinic, where parent(s) will be called to come to the school and pick up the student(s) as soon as possible.

- What if I can't pick up my child from school? If any parent foresees a situation where he/she may not be able to pick up a sick child if called, please make arrangements with a relative or friend who can do so if needed. Also, make sure the school has updated emergency contact information to make check outs easier for everyone.

- Do I need to write an excuse for absences? If your child is absent, please send in a written excuse on the day he/she returns to school stating why he/she was absent. If you bring in a doctor's note/excuse with your written excuse, please include the teacher's name on the excuse.

- What is considered an excused absence? An absence can only be excused if it is due to a student's illness, family funeral, or religious holiday. Students are able to make up the work missed due to excused absences. All other absences are considered unexcused. If a student misses school due to an unexcused absence, he/she may not be able to make up work missed.

- How can I help prevent illnesses? Here a few suggestions - frequent hand washing, healthy meals, plenty of rest, keeping your hands to yourselves, and no sharing of clothing - especially hats.

Thank you in advance for doing everything you can to keep your student(s) healthy. Healthy bodies = Healthy minds

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Free Access to Office 365 for All DCSD Students

DeKalb County Schools provides the Microsoft Student Advantage Program to students and parents. This program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus for students enrolled in school districts that purchase enterprise-level licenses. DeKalb County Schools meets this requirement!

Any student who is currently enrolled in the DeKalb County School District is eligible and may download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device). Any student who is currently enrolled in the DeKalb County School District is eligible to download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device). DeKalb County School District has created accounts for all students currently enrolled. For more information or to enroll, visit the DeKalb County Schools Website

Help Support Evansdale...

It’s easy! A little effort adds up to big funds for the school

Fundraising Through Clipping - Don’t Throw Money in the Trash

We collect Box Tops for Education, worth 10¢ each. Look for those labels when you bring your groceries home, clip, and send them to the school for our fall and spring contests. Box Tops are in surprising places – cereals, Kleenex, Ziploc bags etc. We collected over $1,200 just from Box Tops alone last year! The fall contest deadline is October 3rd. Submit boxtops using the Ziploc bags sent home in this week’s courier!

Fundraising Through Shopping

Kroger Community Rewards: Connect your Kroger Plus card and Evansdale gets money back each time you shop! It’s easy – sign up at and connect your Plus card to Evansdale. The organization number is 107494. Your one-time effort means money to Evansdale all year! More details in this week’s courier. Connect your Kroger card by September 3rd.

Note: if you signed up last year, you must renew now!

Publix Commitment Card: Pick up one of the green Publix Commitment keychain cards at school (or request it via a note in the courier), and have the cashier scan it each time you shop at Publix. Evansdale gets money back each time you shop! Last year we made over $1000.

Office Depot’s 5% Back to Schools Program: When making a purchase at Office Depot, simply tell the cashier Evansdale’s number 70025480 (or the cashier can look it up) and the school will receive 5% of the purchase in store credit to buy school supplies. Stickers with the Evansdale number for your wallet or PTA card are on the credenza outside the school office.

Amazon Online Shopping: When you get ready to place your next order on, help us raise money by clicking through the link on the Evansdale Education Foundation website: If you go there first before you shop, a portion of every purchase will go back to the school!


Ask your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to help with these free fundraisers!
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Annual Family Fun Night at Evansdale.... Save the Date!

PTA is sponsoring its annual Family Fun Night, August 26th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Flyers with detailed information will be in your students' couriers this Friday. We hope to see everyone there!
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Ahoy There Maties..... The Book Fair is Sailing into Evansdale!

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love

for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.

  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace

    with changing tastes and reading skills.

  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books

    to read.

    Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

    Book Fair dates: Monday, August 29th-Friday, September 2nd

    Shopping hours: Before school (Monday-Friday) 7:15am-8:30am

    After school (Monday-Thursday) 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Grandparents Luncheon: Wednesday, August 31st 11:00am-1:00pm Friday, September 2nd 11:00am-1:00pm.

    If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from August 21st to September 3rd.

    We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


    Sandra Waters

    Book Fair Chair

    Permission to reproduce this item is

    granted by Scholastic Book Fairs®.

    © 2016 Scholastic Inc. 13272 • 180102

Dates to Remember

8/26- Family Fun Night 5:30-8pm **Bring Reusable Dishes!!!

8/26- Eagle Trek Kick-Off

8/26- Book Fair

8/31- Grandparent’s Luncheon Pre-K,1,3,5