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Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - February 8th Edition

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"Nifty Numbers", a Title 1 Family Math Night - Tonight!

Come play with numbers through fun games, activities, and hands-on projects tonight Thursday, February 8th, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at Evansdale!

You will go on a journey to explore they are represented, how they relate to each other, and the effects that operations have on them. You and your child just might discover some amazing things. Throughout the event, you will find yourself having fun doing and talking about math in a way where making sense of numbers is mere child's play!

  • Explore 8 hands-on stations
  • Choose from 3 activity levels at each station
  • Create projects to take home
  • Go at your own pace
  • Reinforce classroom learning
  • Connect with community
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Volunteers Needed for Father Daughter Dance

  • Set up (8 to 10 volunteers) for about and hour. We set up the cafeteria at Evansdale Elementary School on Friday (February 9th) at 6 p.m. (daughters and family are welcome). We have 4 to 6 volunteers come back Saturday at 11 a.m. to blow up balloons and make sure the AC is cranking. (5 total so far)

  • The day of the dance, February 10th (9 to 10 volunteers) from 1:30 pm to 4 p.m. we need help at the stations during the party: (3) check-in, (2) flowers, (2) for snack table and (2) floaters just keeping the party running smoothly. We also send a driver to Chick-Fil-a for the remaining two trays of nuggets. (4 total so far)

  • Breakdown from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (8 to 10 volunteers). Breakdown afterwards is very fast! (7 total so far)

If you can help, please contact me at the email address below. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a very special event for Evansdale fathers and their daughters.


Scott Foerst/Kenny Allen/Jerry Appleman/Charlie Creel

A Two Wing Salute for the Reading Bowl Team!

Congratulations to the 2018 Evansdale Reading Bowl Team. Our team competed in the Dekalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition on Saturday, January 27th at Arabia Mountain High School. They won 3 rounds and tied 1 round and came in 12th place overall out of 68 schools. Way to go, Eagles!

Melissa Bachman

Academic Coach

Evansdale Elementary School

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La chandeleur or Crêpes Day was celebrated with brio thanks to the wonderful parent-volunteers who insured that everyone at Evansdale had the chance to eat a crêpe February 2nd. This will not have been possible without all the crêpes sent, all the hours spent serving themunder the masterful hand of Chef Massimo Mariano. MERCI!

Pascale Datta, M.A., M.B.A., Ed. S.

First Grade French Immersion Teacher

Evansdale Elementary School

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Georgia School 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:

It's Electric ... Our 5th graders are working on improvements to an electrical system and showing some of our 1st graders how to take charge of electricity.

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Check out the First Grade's Black History Month Bulletin Board! It is interactive with QR codes with links to interviews/historic sites and sounds!

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Georgia Milestones EOG Testing Dates Announced ....

  • 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
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DCSD School Choice Enrollment Deadline Tomorrow, Feb 9th

  • Parent Support Center is open (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) during Open Enrollment
2652 Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA 30033. Reserve your appointment online at

  • Call-In support is available from 1/8/18 - 4/16/18 at 678-676-0050
  • Applications submitted with all required paperwork during the open enrollment window are ON TIME.
  • All applications are required to be submitted online ONLY.

Digital Dreamers initiative to aid students in making up inclement weather days.

Following feedback from its stakeholders, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will employ Virtual Learning Days using its Digital Dreamers technology to make up time lost in January to inclement weather.

“With our Digital Dreamers initiative, DCSD is able to be increasingly innovative in extending the classroom outside the walls of the schoolhouse. This is a new level of instruction and use of inclement weather days, as we’re melding our cutting-edge technology with lessons that can be taught and absorbed anywhere,” said Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green. “We are able to make up precious teaching and learning time without sacrificing rigor. We are excited about this new frontier and what it means for increasing student achievement.”

More than 21,075 students, teachers, staff and stakeholders participated in an inclement weather survey that outlined options for making up two days of instruction. Of the respondents, approximately 63 percent selected virtual learning as the preferred option.

With virtual learning, teachers will provide students with a virtual assignment that is content-specific and relevant.

Virtual learning access will be made available to students over two weeks – Feb. 27 through March 6; and March 8 through March 15. Students will have five school days plus a weekend to complete their assignments.

Parents will receive assignments from their child’s teacher the week of February 20. Parents are also encouraged to contact their respective schools during the two virtual learning weeks.

This approach will allow the district to make up two lost inclement weather days. Students will make up the other two days with schools open on Feb. 16 and March 9.

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Calling All Eagles... Hawks tickets = $ for Evansdale!

Let's hoop it up at a Hawks game and make money for Evansdale at the same time! It's 2nd semester and discounted tickets for the 2nd half of the Hawks season are now available. Our school receives $5 for every ticket sold! It's that easy, just click on this link to buy tickets:

Enter both the students name and school name when checking out to receive credit for the purchase!

Students can also earn prizes! For more information on prizes and to order tickets, click on: . Once you're on the website, click the red box that says Fundraising games and buy tickets there. Again, don't forget to enter both the students name and school name when checking out to receive credit for the purchase!

Questions? Email Amy Appleman, PTA Fundraising President

Community Nest News ...

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STEAM Powered Learning Event for 4th - 6th graders

To kick off our STEAM certification initiative, Tapestry Public Charter School is holding a STEAM Powered Learning Event for 4th - 6th graders in the community on Friday, 2/9 from 6-9 pm. Students will participate in 5 fun sessions around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math led by experts from SapientRazorfish and Tapestry teachers. This is also a parents' night out: you can drop off your kids! $15 includes a pizza dinner. Register Now! Space is limited. Contact Candice Jordan at with any questions. More info here:

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Save the Date(s)

02/05-02/09 National School Counseling Week

02/08 Title 1 Math Night, 6 p.m.

02/09 AR 55% Prize Day

02/10 Honor Chorus

02/10 Father Daughter Dance, 2 p.m.

02/16 Regular School Day (Inclement Weather Make-Up Day #1)

02/19 Presidents' Day, No School

02/22 Kindergarten Round Up, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

02/27 Black History Program, 6 p.m.

02/28 AR 65% Cut Off

03/20 PreK Lottery

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