News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - August 31st Edition

From the Principal's Desk...

Our first month of school has gotten off to a great start! The students and staff have been working hard to learn classroom routines and immediately started working on learning objectives. This year, we will focus on three areas: Improving our lexile (reading) levels, problem solving in math, and inquiry circles in STEM. We want the students to learn how to critically think and have the ability to research or inquire about grade level standards and their own interests. Our instruction will be based on the Framework for 21st centurylearning to put 21st century skills at the center of learning. I have included links below to give you more information. Students have been completing MAP assessments over the past couple of weeks. These assessments will give us a better picture of each child's ability level so we can plan for differentiated instruction. I have included some pictures of some students and teachers at work.

Dr. Luci Chattman


Evansdale Elementary

2914 Evans Woods Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30340

(678)874-2734 (office)

(678)874-2710 (fax)

Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can. − Carol Ann Tomlinson

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A Note From Mr. Clayton

Hello Parents,

The 17-18 school year is off to a rip roaring start! It's been exciting seeing familiar faces and getting to know the families that are new to the EES community. I wanted to pass along a couple of pieces of important information.

1) We will be holding a couple of meetings to discuss the gifted identification process for Dekalb County and how the gifted program works in our building. There will be two sessions on Thursday, September 21st. One will take place at 8:30 am and one will take place at 6 pm. Both sessions will take place in the media center.

2) If your child took the Torrance test for creativity during the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year, I have requested individual student reports. I hope to receive these soon and I will send them home when I receive them.

3) We are a long way out from Georgia Milestones for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, but I want to pass along the dates that have been scheduled for testing this school year. Milestones testing will be taking place from April 10th-April 25th, 2018. I will of course pass along more detailed information as we get closer, but I did want to go ahead and provide those dates for you.

I'm looking forward to the remainder of the school year and I'm proud to be part of the EES community!


Robert Clayton

Assistant Principal

Evansdale Elementary

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It’s Time to Celebrate Homecoming…Viking Style!

As a feeder school for Lakeside High School, Evansdale is excited to join the Vikings for Homecoming Week Celebration, September 5-8. There will be dress up days for students and staff, a special surprise for our Eagles Friday morning, a parade Friday afternoon… and football game Friday night!

  • Tues. Sept. 5th Pajama Day - Wear your favorite school appropriate pajamas (no slippers)

  • Wed. Sept 6th Superhero Day – Dress as your favorite superhero or super”she”ro

  • Thurs. Sept 7th Favorite Team Jersey/T-Shirt Day , LHS Carnival & Bonfire, 5:30 at Lakeside.

  • Fri. Sept 8th Viking Spirit Day – Wear Purple and Gold/Yellow

Lakeside Homecoming Parade (Route – Lakeside HS to Oak Grove United Methodist Church), Lakeside Homecoming Game, 7:30 p.m., Adams Stadium

*** Want to start celebrating early? Cheer on the Lakeside Marching Band at the DragonCon Parade this Saturday morning.

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Hurricane Harvey Support

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) supports the students and families that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Learn how you can provide support to relief efforts.

The thoughts and prayers of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) family go out to the Houston and Southwest Louisiana communities as they work through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. A catastrophe of this magnitude impacts all of us, and we must come together to energize and sustain the recovery effort.

DCSD is a community of leaders. We encourage our employees, families and neighbors to step forward and lend whatever assistance they are able to provide. Below is a list of websites that can help:

  • Houston Independent School District Foundation –
  • The Salvation Army: To donate visit or call 1-800-725-2769.
  • Catholic Charities USA: Visit to donate.
  • GlobalGiving: visit Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Or you can send a check by writing,”Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
  • Save the Children: Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.
  • Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store.Visit for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Checks and money orders can be mailed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, while online credit card donations can be made at Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Wire-transferred cash will also be accepted.”
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Celebrate Reading This Weekend at the Decatur Book Festival

The annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country! Check it out this weekend,September 1-3, in downtown Decatur. The festival features over 600 authors, and events include book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, aspiring writers sessions, and special events. Get the details here:

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Lakeside Cluster Summit

The first Lakeside Cluster Summit meeting of this school year is taking place Thursday, Sept 14th at 6:30pm at Henderson Middle School.

More detailed information and an Agenda will follow next week.

The Lakeside Cluster Summit was formed in January 2016 to encourage collaboration of all the schools within the Lakeside Cluster. These meetings are a way School Leaders (Principals, PTA Presidents, School Council Chairs), and District Leaders (Regional Superintendent, and Board of Education Members), within the Lakeside Cluster, can come together to share information and help solve problems affecting us all.

It is important that each school in the Lakeside Cluster sends at least one representative to these meetings. By attending these meetings, your school's voice can be heard, and you can stay informed about important news and events in our cluster.

Last year, the LCS (Lakeside Cluster Summit) focused on SPLOST/Facility Repairs, Diversity/Tolerance, and the Lakeside HS addition.

This year we will be continuing these agenda items and also focus our attention on improving communication and collaboration between all the Lakeside Cluster feeder schools.

Please note that going forward, email communication from the LCS will only be sent to Principals, Communication Chairs, and the designated Point of Contact for each school in the Lakeside Cluster. These individuals will be responsible for sharing information with your school's teachers, staff, and parents.

Please mark your calendars for Sept 14th. We hope to see you at Henderson MS.

Thank you,

LCS Co-Chairs: Debbie Martin-Gerstle and Sonya Tinsley-Hook

On the Scene with Dr. Green 2017-2018

Learn about the DeKalb County School District and get answers to your questions from Dr. R. Stephen Green, DCSD Superintendent. All meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

  • September 21, 2017 Cedar Grove High School
  • November 09, 2017 Cross Keys High School
  • January 18, 2018 Marbut High School
  • March 8, 2018 Druid Hills Middle School
  • April 19, 2018 Stone Mountain Middle School
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School Will Be Closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Enjoy the Long Weekend!

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September Events

09/01 Room Parent Orientation, 8 a.m.

09/04 Labor Day, No School

09/05 PTA Board Meeting, 6:30

09/05 CFC Soccer Begins, 2:30-3:45

09/06 First Kilometer Kids Practice, 2:30-3:15

09/08 Eagle Trek Kick-Off

09/15 4.5 Week Progress Reports Issued

09/15 PTA Teacher Luncheon

09/21 Gifted Process Meetings, 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

09/29 Fall Picture Day - Individual Portraits