College Heights Connection

October 13, 2022

Thank you!

A huge thank you to the classroom parents in Ms. Bauer and Ms. McMahon's classroom. The parents catered a lovely staff lunch. Your thoughtful presentation and generosity was greatly appreciated.

Literacy Lunch and Learn- October 26

Literacy Week Parent Workshop: Reading At Home!

Tune in for a virtual lunch and learn with Erynn Mathews-Davis, our Instructional Coach as we explore the importance and how-to of reading at home. The workshop will provide strategies for critiquing children's books, share ways parents can involve children in reading storybooks and other print materials, and help parents understand why reading at home is so important.

See you Wednesday, October 26 from 12p-1p

Parent Wkshp: Reading at Home!

Wednesday, October 26 · 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 504-800-6957‬ PIN: ‪514 803 866‬#
More phone numbers:

Literacy Week/PTA Read a Thon

SAVE THE DATE: Literacy Week is October 24-28. We will be celebrating Family History Month throughout the week's events. Throughout the week we will be marrying family traditions and culture with our love of literacy. Look for a separate newsletter dedicated to the week's events coming soon.

Monday Oct 24- Kick off with Guest Reader, Shelly Anand

Tuesday Oct 25- Mystery Reader Flash Mob (look for parent sign up from your teacher)

Wednesday Oct 26- Student mystery readers and parent education workshop

Thursday Oct 27- Get Cozy and Read Day

Friday Oct 28- Annual Book Parade. ALL families are invited. Parade route will be in the front parking lot. We will being at 9:00 am. Winners of the Read A Thon will be announced after the parade.

PTA Read a Thon- All Week

Message from the PTA

Reminder! Movie Night on Friday, October 28. In addition to a movie and popcorn, we’ll have a food truck, a spirit wear table, a raffle, and a TRUNK-or-TREAT so that the kids can get some candy right before bedtime (you’re welcome!). Costumes of any kind—for adults and kids—are encouraged but certainly not required. Let your imagination run wild! The event starts at 6:00pm with showtime at 6:30.

Movie night will cap off our annual Read-a-Thon week, October 24-28. This year’s theme is theMagic of Reading. More details to come on how to participate in Read-a-Thon.

Message from Nurse Lola

Health Form 3300 Request:

Parents of Pre-k students should submit a completed form 3300 to Nurse Lola no later than Wednesday, October 19th. The form must be completed in its entirety- Hearing, Vision, Dental, and Nutrition. No portion should be left blank. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Your child's pediatrician or the local health department can complete these assessments.

Please contact Nurse Lola at if you have any questions or concerns.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The College Heights staff is honoring breast cancer awareness during the Month of October. There are several opportunities for parents to support our efforts:

  • Purchase a Ticket for $5 for your child's teacher(s) or any other College Heights staff. With each Ticket the staff will receive a raffle ticket to win a fitness tracker. Just check in at the front desk and purchase a Ticket starting Monday October 3, 2022. All funds raised will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Chapter.

  • Hat and scarf/head wrap drive- Many chemo patients are in need of hats and scarves/head wraps for the winter months. We are asking families and staff to consider donating new hats and head wrap/scarves to be donated directly to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory. A donation box will be located in the front lobby.

  • Pink Tree- Our "pink tree' will be set up in the front lobby for staff and families to tie a pink ribbon in honor of a loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. You will also receive a ribbon to wear yourself.

  • Highlight and Support - All Out! All Pink Friday October 21, 2022 for our very own Mrs. Carolyn Edward, Room 126 she is currently doing radiation.

A Season for Giving

A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur is back to its traditional method of neighbors purchasing gifts directly for local children and seniors!

To apply for assistance, please complete an online application at by October 28th.

If you have any trouble with the form, questions or concerns, please email us at or leave a message on our voicemail (404.378.8068).

If you do not need assistance, we would love your help!

Donors will purchase gifts from an individual wish list specific to a child (through 8th grade) or senior citizen. If you would like to be a donor, please complete our online form.

If you would like us to do the shopping for you, please donate directly at and select A Season of Giving!

School Closed-November 1st

Just a reminder school is closed to all students on November 1st for a staff workday.

For those pre-K families needing care:SoulShine is considering operating a day camp for November 1 that would accept CSD Pre-K students. They need a minimum of 8 students to operate the camp. If you are interested, please complete a pre-enrollment form so they can gauge interest: Pre-enrollment form

District News

Superintendent Search - Virtual Input Meeting

Thank you to all of the community stakeholders who participated in the community engagement session that was held on September 28 for the superintendent search. GSBA will conduct a virtual community input meeting via Zoom on October 24 from 6-7:30. Please look out for the Zoom link, which will be shared with the community soon.

Special Education Meeting ~ Family Support Program

Who is eligible to access funding? Ms. Nicole Brickhouse, Family Support Manager for InCommunity, will share information about Family Support Funding and an overview about InCommunity Organization. The City Schools of Decatur's Special Education Department is excited to welcome this wonderful well-established organization to our district.

Individuals ages four and up with a diagnosed developmental disability living in Georgia at home with their families, and are not currently receiving a NOW/COMP Waiver, are eligible for Family Support Services. *Funding is disability based, not financial needs based.

Target Audience: Parents of students with an IEP Pre-K through 12th Grades

Date: Oct 20, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Virtual Meeting RSVP here or email Cheryl Grant at

DEF News

Meaningful volunteer opportunities available! DEF is seeking volunteers to be tutors and mentors! Tutors are needed to help students from 2nd – 8th grades for one hour per week. We are also gearing up to re-launch our AIM Scholars mentoring program in January, for which we need 20-30 adult volunteers. If you would like to learn more about these programs and sign up, please visit

Soiree in the City is coming soon! Are you ready for an occasion to dress up and go out on the town? Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us on Saturday, November 12th at one of the hottest new event venues in Atlanta, 42West. We’ll enjoy a seated harvest dinner, live music from Maxwell Street and a full array of cocktails and mocktails. Tickets are now on sale at Business sponsorships are still available! Contact for more information.

College Heights ECLC

School Mission: College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center cultivates an atmosphere where children take their first steps in building an authentic love of learning through developmentally appropriate practices in an environment that fosters family and community involvement.