News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - December 7th Edition

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A Two Wing Salute to the Evansdale Elementary Foundation

Thanks to the successful fundraising efforts of the Evansdale Elementary Foundation, we were recently able to purchase 10 dry-erase tables for the STEM Lab. Having these tables will enable groups of students to have working spaces to create amazing STEM projects while taking notes or incorporating the table tops into their plans without wasting paper. The tables will be the perfect spaces for group collaboration!
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Dr. Chattman's 2nd Annual Marshmallow Reading Challenge...

Dr. Chattman is challenging all Evansdale Eagles to read at least 280 minutes (average of 20 minutes/day) over the Winter Break, December 21-January 3. Every time a student reads (or you read with him/her) for 20 minutes, he/she can put a mini marshmallow* in a Ziploc bag. Ideally, he/she should have at least 14 marshmallows in a bag by the end of the break. All students need to return their bags to their homeroom teachers on January 4th. The class with the most marshmallows will win a hot chocolate party with Dr. Chattman in January. Look for a flyer in your student's couriers next week.

*Students may use real marshmallows, cotton balls, or paper marshmallows for this challenge

Let's Reach 100% Parent Participation by the End of 2017!

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

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DCSD Severe Weather Conditions Procedures & Communications

During times of severe weather conditions, the safety of students, personnel, and volunteers is paramount to both Evansdale teachers and staff. Emergency protocols have been established by DCSD (DeKalb County School District) and distributed throughout all schools within the county.

Parents: Steps to take so you are informed during such emergencies:

  • Tune to local news broadcasts to receive the most current information about changing weather conditions and school closings.
  • Sign up for the Remind text alerts from Dr. Chattman if you have not already done so. Do it before a weather emergency hits.
  • Download the DeKalb County School District Mobile App from your smart phone. This will give you updated information from the County in an expedient manner. Be sure to go into the app and follow Evansdale Elementary School.
  • Monitor the DCSD website - for the latest information about weather conditions, school closings, early or late dismissal times, extra-curricular activities, and any other timely information.
  • PTA may also send out information via text and/or social media.
  • Parents may call the front office and/or attendance office with questions, however, communication may be limited in order to keep all personnel safe within the building. The telephone number of the front office is (678) 874-2702.

In the event of extreme and sudden weather conditions, students and staff will shelter in place and the school offices will be closed for check-out until an "All Clear" is given by the Central Office of the DeKalb County School District. Once the severe weather alert is over, the principal or designee will send out a text message through the Remind system to inform parents of the "All Clear" and the restoration of normal operating procedures. For the safety and security of students and staff, students may not be dismissed or checked out until we have received the "All Clear".

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December 14th Holiday Luncheon

The December 14th Holiday Luncheon is for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th graders and their guests. All other grade levels will be eating in their classrooms, so we ask that no visitors join them for lunch that day. The luncheon schedule is as follows:

K-Beckstein 10:15-10:45

K-Lira 10:18-10:48

K-Nelson/Potenza 10:21-10:51

K-Mitchell 10:24-10:54

K-Kim 10:27-10:57

2-Rainey 10:55-11:25

2-Miller 10:58-11:28

2-Jackson/Harris 11:01-11:31

2-Stradford 11:04-11:34

2-Gross 11:07-11:37

4-Echols James 11:33-12:03


4-Vo 11:39-12:09

4-Keesee 11:42-12:12

Holiday Luncheon Menu & Prices

Your choice of Roasted Turkey or Holiday Ham, served with Cornbread Dressing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Roll, and Thanksgiving Cookie. The price for this amazing feast is $3.50 (adult) and $2.50 (children). As a reminder, food or beverages from restaurants are not permitted in the cafeteria.

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Take a Peek into a Pre-K Day ...

Calling All Eagles... Let's Hoop it up at Hawks Family Night Dec. 20th!

Buy discounted Hawks tickets for the Hawks vs Pacers on Wed 12/20 and and there will be a reserved section at the game just for our school! Evansdale will receive $5 for every ticket sold! There is no ticket limit so tell your family and friends. It's easy, just click on this link to buy tickets: . Don't forget to enter both the students name and school name when checking out to receive credit for the purchase!

Tickets for other games for the first half of the season are also now available. 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 Vice-President, Fundraising

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Calling all Evansdale Photographers...

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Committee invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of fall 2017 events (Family Fun Night, Eagle Trek, Fantastic Friday, field trips, class parties, etc.) we want them! Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific, memory-filled yearbook everyone will enjoy. Here's how you can submit photos online:

  • Go to
  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 409883651
  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information
  • Click “Save Details”

It's that easy. The last day to submit photos is 02/15/2018. Submit yours today! Contact Jennifer Arnberger ( if you have questions.

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STEM in Action - Ms. Echols-James 4th Graders Learn How iRobots Work ...

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Mr. Thomas' 5th Graders + Ms. Shunnarah/Roth's 1st Graders = Great Book Buddies

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Ms. Trapanese's First Graders Having a STEMtastic Time Learning How to Code

Save the Date ...

12/14 Holiday Luncheon - K, 2, 4

12/18 Holiday Fine Arts Performance, 6:30, Evansdale Cafeteria

12/20 Class Parties,1:00 p.m.

12/20 Last Day of First Semester

12/21- 01/03 Winter Break

01/04 First Day of Second Semester

School Will Be Closed for Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 3rd