News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - March 1st Edition

March 9th is a regular school day for teachers and students. It is the second inclement weather make-up day

Virtual Learning - How to Access Verge from Home

DCSD Launchpad 1. Go to

2. Click Log in with active directory

3. When asked to authenticate the user you’ll put in:

a. Username= s+student number

b. Password= dekalb01

4. Go to Verge

5. Click on courses

6. Click on All courses

7. Click on a subject

a. Click on: resources

b. Click on: Virtual Learning Activity (folder)

c. Click on: Virtual Learning Activity 1

Final Call for Evansdale Climate Survey ...

Evansdale is requesting parent assistance regarding data collection using the Georgia Parent Climate Survey. All parents are encouraged to participate in the survey and the data will be used as part of the calculation of Evansdale's Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey site. Thank you for your support!

Georgia Parent Climate Survey:

Georgia Milestones EOG Testing Dates

  • 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

If you have a student in grades 3-5, please try to avoid making appointments on the above testing dates if at all possible. Also, please make sure your student is in school during the next 4 weeks to maximize learning and preparation for testing.

A Two Wing Salute to Evansdale's Black History Committee

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Black History Month and Program both educational and entertaining. In particular, a two wing salute goes to the members of the Black History Committee who spent tireless hours preparing for the program, decorating the school, and coordinating awesome student projects -

2017-18 Black History Committee - Ms. Alexander, Ms. Echols-James, Mr. Garn, Ms. Harris, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Lane, Ms. Minnitee, Ms. Osagie, Mr. Perkins, Miss R. Pitts, Mr. R Pitts, Mrs. Virdell Pitts, and Ms. Stradford.

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Important Pre-K Lottery Information

Parents will 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 (the same time as last year). Specific times and further information will be coming soon.

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

If your child is selected for a seat through the lottery, this additional documentation will be required:

  • Current Immunization Certificate (GA Form 3231)
  • Current Hearing, Vision, Dental, and Nutrition Certificate (GA Form 3300)
  • Copy of Social Security Card or Signed Waiver
  • Evansdale Registration Packet

To be eligible for the Pre-K Lottery, students must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2018. A prospective student is only eligible to participate in the lottery at the home school that serves the student's address for the 2018-19 school year. Visit to determine your student's home school.

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2018 School Theme Contest

The Evansdale PTA is inviting all students and staff to submit their ideas for a school theme for the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s theme was “Be a Friend. Be a Leader.” The chosen theme will be used on the PTA website, school spirit wear and the 2018-2019 Yearbook. The contest will run from February 23rd to March 9th. You can submit your ideas, along with your name, and teacher's name (if student) to the contest box in the front office or by sending an e-mail with your idea to (be sure to include your name). The winner of the contest will be revealed in the announcements on Friday, March 16th and receive a gift card to Nothing Bundt Cakes. Have fun and thank you for participating!

PTA is Making Teacher Appreciation Week Easy for Parents

Instead of having families donate snacks and help prepare the teacher/staff luncheon, we are asking each family to donate $5. With these funds, PTA will take care of everything. The appreciation committee will provide daily treats and a catered lunch for all of Evansdale's teachers and staff. Please send your donation in an envelope marked "Teacher Appreciation" to the front office by Monday, March 5th.

On Wednesday, March 14th, students are asked to bring in homemade cards for their teachers, along with a flower. The committee will provide vases to the teachers so they can have a personal bouquet to enjoy in their room.

Thank you for making the teachers and staff feel special!

Teacher Appreciation Committee

Sylvia Flower, Jenine Gathany, Diane Hershner, and Stacey Howard

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 going home with students this week. Please return completed forms and entrance fees by March 6th to make sure you get a race shirt.
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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:

Last Chance to Purchase Father-Daughter Dance Photos

If you would like to purchase any of the professional photos taken at the annual Father-Daughter dance, please click on the link below. After you click on the link, enter your email address, and place your orders online.

Save The Date(s) ...

03/06 Lakeside Choral Cluster Festival

03/06 School Council Meeting, 5 p.m.

03/06 PTA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

03/08 AR Blue Award Day

03/09 Regular School Day for Students and Teachers

03/09 3rd Grade Field Trip to Chattahoochee Nature Center

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

03/13-03/16 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

03/30 Career Day

News From the Lakeside Cluster

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Make Plans to Attend 51st Annual Miss Lakeside This Weekend!

The 51st Annual Miss Lakeside Scholarship Program is taking place on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd. Friday Night is Talent Night and Saturday Night is Formal Night! Come listen to the music of Motown and watch members of the Lakeside community participate in this wonderful program. All profits go directly back to the Lakeside PTSA and help purchase new items and supplies across LHS.

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