Esther F Garrison School for the Arts News You Can Use

This is Principal Parks with news you can use. The end of the year is here at Esther F Garrison School for the Arts where creativity and critical thinking prepare our students for 21st century living and where a love for the arts make the difference! There are only 2 days left of school! What a year this has been.

We appreciate your support, donations, words of encouragement and words of critique. We are thankful that you trusted your children with us as we navigated through Covid and continue to try to do what is best for our incredible students as the cases ebb and flow throughout our community. We have done some amazing things this year in spite of it all.... together.

Kudos to our amazing Piano department last week. The showcase of talent was tremendous. Theater held their first annual "Osky" (Oscars + Tony) Awards, a red carpet affair. Kudos to the entire fine arts department on a job well done for the year.

Kudos to our amazing teachers and staff who have worked so hard to ensure that the academic covid slide was remediated, enriched and enhanced for our students. We are getting there!

Congratulations to our 8th grade students. The Children's Botanical Garden feature was amazing. Please see the SMORE for links to preview the documentary premiered at a reception where students were able to meet the original architects and designers of the garden and children's tiles.

Bridging information has been shared in grade level correspondence!

Please ensure all school devices and library books have been turned in before leaving.

All medication in the nurse's office must be picked up by May 24th at 2 pm


We encourage each of you to self-monitor before sending students to school so that we can all be as safe as possible. If your child has been placed in quarantine, please reach out to their teachers to ensure they know how to access their work. We want to work with you. Your children's success is our success. Contact Nurse Black at for questions. Contact Information Specialist Little at for any attendance related questions. See the SMORE for the updated district COVID protocols.

Please take heed to all of the protocols to include, washing hands and the optional wearing of a mask. Feel free to use the reporting link or email us should you have any symptoms.


  • Report all COVID concerns to Nurse Kanitha Black, Principal Parks and your child's homeroom teacher
  • Report to school on time with optional masks. Students are tardy at 8:15
  • Last early dismissal ends at 2 pm and students are considered late pickup at 3:40.
  • Yearbooks are on sale now at
  • Please adhere to the traffic procedures and remember to use turn signals
  • Remind students to follow the dress code. See the link below.
  • Telephones are for instructional purposes only. No cellphones are to be in use unless approved by a teacher.

Show your Garrison Gator Pride each Friday! Spirit wear with uniform bottoms.

Our phrase for this week is "Stronger Together, Making it Happen". We did just that. We made it happen this year. Whatever IT may have been. It took all of us working together to ensure we were doing what was and is best for children.

We are Team Garrison with One Goal: Student Achievement! We are “Gator” Ready and "Gator" Proud and we are Gators who understand the importance of Partnerships in our school community! Enjoy the SMORE!

Continue to monitor the Garrison website and Facebook page. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out via email or contact the school.

We are STRONGER TOGETHER and we can MAKE IT HAPPEN! Whatever IT may be!


We know, we know…the last day? It’s not ideal--but it is the very best that our printing plant and yearbook company could do. In a year full of supply chain issues and delays across most industries, we hope our Garrison Families will understand things that lie beyond our control. If your student is NOT going to be in school the last day please email


Garden Documentary

Students Examine Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles Collection

Students from Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts in Savannah visited the Georgia Historical Society Research Center on Thursday, April 7, to research the Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles Collection (GHS 1967) for a documentary project.

The Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles first opened in October 1997 and was designed to provide a venue through which children from Georgia and the world could participate in a memorable hands-on learning experience to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Visit the Georgia Historical Society website to learn more about the Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles.

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Informational Awareness

Law enforcement agencies across the country have noticed drug traffickers are using emojis to buy and sell counterfeit pills and other illicit drugs on social media and through e-commerce. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shared a guide aimed to help parents decode secret messages their kids are using to buy drugs on social media.

This bulletin gives educators, parents, caregivers, and influencers a better sense of how the emojis can be used in conjunction with illegal drugs.

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Dates To Remember

  • May 23- Kindergarten Bridging Ceremony 10:00 am
  • May 23- 5th grade Bridging Ceremony 11:30 am
  • May 23- 8th grade bridging ceremony (6-8pm)
  • May 24- Last Day of School and Yearbooks
  • Summer Embrace begins June 1

Code of Conduct

STEAM News at Garrison!

Just a friendly reminder that STEAM lab needs ongoing supplies. Please continue to collect and donate empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. We appreciate each of you!



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Visitors are not allowed in person access to schools at this time. To allow students time to acclimate to the learning environment this fall, only those who have a direct reason for supporting the operation of the school will be permitted access.

Test Talk!


For an overview of this year's assessments, click here: District Assessment Calendar

Kona will be here the second to last day of school!!

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Middle School Athletics Information

Girls Sports: Fall- Softball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Winter- Basketball, Swimming, Cheer

Spring - Soccer

Boys Sports: Fall- Cross Country, Football (paired with DeRenne)

Winter- Swimming, Basketball

Spring - Baseball, Soccer



Garrison Girls are the district CHAMPIONS for 2022 in a 4-2 win over STEM Academy!!

Congratulations to our boys soccer team. They are #2 in our division


Congratulations on an amazing season!! Baseball made it to the playoffs!


Congratulations on an amazing Season!


Congrats to the Girls and Boys Team for working so hard throughout the season


Congratulations to our 3rd place Girls Cross Country Team and our 4th place Boys Cross Country Team!

FOOTBALL (we are partnered with Derenne Middle School)

Congratulations to the Derenne/Garrison Team on a completed season!


Congratulations to the team for a completed season and making it to the playoffs!!

Make sure to LIKE & FOLLOW @GarrisonArtsSAV

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
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School Cash Online Update for Student Devices Family Protection Plan

Greetings Parents!

For Student Devices, the School Cash Online is now only open for payments for repair/replacement cost due to any damages, lost. The Family Protection Plan coverage is offered only if you are requesting a student device for the first time (ex. new student), or you are requesting to change the option of providing a personal device and would like to request a student device for the remainder of the school year (ex. issues with personal device).

Garrison's Library Media Corner News

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Student Device Returns - Update

Greetings Parents!

Thank you for assisting the library media staff and teachers on returning your child's student device.


We have several students who stated that they forgot their chargers at home. We are requesting that chargers are returned on Monday May 23rd to clear your child's record.

We have a few more device to collect in the next couple of days and are in the process of finalizing this major task.

If your child has damages to the device or a lost charger and a Family Protection Plan was not taken, you will be responsible for any damages or replacement cost and will be contacted via phone, email, media staff/or your child's teacher.

Replacement Cost:

Chromebook Screens $90.00

iPad Screens $65.00

Powercord for iPads and Chromebooks $30.00

Other Fines$ (other damages determined by Computer Technician Repair)

Lastly, payments will be set up on your child's schoolcashonline account by our Secretary and any unpaid balances will be noted in our records.


Library Media Staff

Reading is Fundamental Grant for our 1st Grade Gators

Just in time for the Summer Break! Thanks to Reading is Fundamental for providing all 1st Graders 3 Books for their Home Library, Stickers & a Bookmark. Thanks to our First Grade Teachers - Mrs. Octavia Thomas, Mrs. Bria Philbeck-Forston, and Mrs. Brittany Autry-Boltonfor your Collaboration in making this a great success. The kiddos enjoyed themselves (see pics below).


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Make Healthy Choices

Lets continue to make half your plate veggies and fruits; be active for at least 60 minutes day; drink more water and limit sugary drinks; and limit screen time to one hour

Drinking Water and Intake

Drinking enough water every day is good for overall health. As plain drinking water has zero calories, it can also help with managing body weight and reducing caloric intake when substituted for drinks with calories, like regular soda. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood change, the body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones.

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Counselor Corner

Visit the Counselor's Website

Need to schedule an appointment? You can find our contact information here!

Mercer Summer Program - Reading & Writing Skills

Programs for PreSchoolers through entering 11th Graders

Value of the Month

Show Kindness

"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are." - Harold S. Kushner
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Interested in Becoming a Garrison Globetrotter?

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From the desk of the Assistant Principal, Stephen D. Ailes

The end of the school year is here. Be safe during the summer months, and we will see you in the coming school year. For those coming to EMBRACE during the Summer, we will see you there!

Thanks to all who are remaining patient during arrival/dismissal. Thanks also for your consideration of the neighbors living in the Blake. Please continue to leave the entrance/exit at the Blake clear as we wait for arrival/dismissal.

Please don't text or use phones in the arrival and dismissal line (Safety before convenience every time and arrive alive).

There are a great many coats and jackets in the lost and found. Remind your child to bring their jackets and coats home each afternoon. Please have your child check the lost and found for their lost belongings (located in the cafeteria). Use a Sharpie to put your child's name in their jackets and coats.

For those who watch the sky, look for the planets that are visible this month. They are Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn: all are visible in the early dawn hours. Look for the constellation of Bootes the Herdsman. The constellation's brightest star, Arcturus, in the early evening sky signals the approach of spring. Happy Viewing!

Keep up the great work! Go Garrison Gators! # Stronger Together!

Bell Times for School Year 2022-23

8:15AM -3:15PM

Gates will close at 8:10. School begins at 8:15AM

Drop off begins at 7:45AM


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