News from the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - September 22, 2016

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Please Take a Moment to Complete the AdvancED Parent Survey

Dear Evansdale Parents & Guardians,

DeKalb County School District and all of its schools are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are an integral part. Evansdale Elementary School is participating in the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. The five sections on the survey represent the five AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems and provide a means for learning about parent expectations of a high-quality school system. All answers are completely anonymous, so please be honest.


To inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.


To ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life-long learning.


To provide a quality education to each child, Evansdale Elementary will:

  • Provide each child the opportunity to progress through a comprehensive program.
  • Provide differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Provide a safe environment conducive to learning.
  • Provide for the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development necessary to become responsible citizens.

You can access the survey by clicking here:

Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey by September 30th is greatly appreciated.


Stephanie Chattman


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Make Plans to Attend Your Student's Grade Level APTT Night Next Week

Evansdale is hosting its first APTT (Academic Parent Teacher Teams) nights* of the 2016-17 school year next week. During the meeting(s), you will get the results of your student's MAP scores, find out how they compare to the county and state scores, participate in hands on activities, and much more! Childcare will be provided in the cafeteria. We look forward to seeing all Eagle parents then!

* K-2nd Grade - Tuesday, September 27th, 5:30-7 p.m.

* 3rd-5th Grade - Thursday, September 29th, 5:30-7 p.m.

A Glance at Evansdale's ELT (Extended Learning Time)...

Calling All Eagles...Let's Get Those Last Eagle Trek Donations Flying In to Evansdale!

Evansdale's largest fundraiser - Eagle Trek is just one week away! The money raised from Eagle Trek is very important for the Evansdale community. Our goal is to raise at least $55,000 this year. Every dollar counts, so please spend some time this weekend doing your part to help Evansdale reach its goal. All Eagle Trek donations are tax-deductible. Donations should be turned in by the 28th (Walk-a-Thon Day).

September 28th is Walk-a-Thon Day. All students should wear their Eagle Trek t-shirts to school that day, along with shorts and tennis shoes.

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Please contact one of the event chairs: Julie Grier (PTA) at or Jim Bitsko (Foundation) at

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Join the Viking Nation for a Fun-Filled Family Friday Night, Celebrating Homecoming

Make your way to Adams Stadium (across the street from Target on North Druid Hills) this Friday evening at 8 p.m. for Lakeside's Homecoming Game. The Vikings are on a winning streak (3-1) so let's flock to the game to cheer them on as they take on Meadow Creek HS.

Visit Grub Burger after the game for a tasty post-game burger and shake. If you mention Lakeside, 15% of your purchase price will to LHS Touchdown Club. Go Vikings!

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Upcoming STEM Events in Atlanta You Don't Want to Miss

The 2016-2017 school year has begun and MathSP is as STEM focused as ever before! Our mission to cultivate core problem solving skills and analytical abilities in our students through STEM-focused academic coaching continues as we kick into high gear of the new school year. Below is a list of stimulating STEM focused workshops and events happening in the Atlanta Metro geared towards students from grades K-12th. The Atlanta region, home to more than 57 colleges and universities including an increase of STEM Certifications in primary and secondary schools, hosts numerous workshops, events and programs that are available to promote STEM fluency among elementary, middle, and high school students.

MathSP encourages you to take full advantage of these incredible STEM events taking place near you. We will continue to share these events as they become available to ensure that all of our students are fully prepared with the the tools required to become STEM fluent.

Georgia Tech SWE Elementary & Family Outreach hosted by Georgia Tech Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
When: Saturday, September 24, 9am – 12pm
Where: Georgia Institute of Technology
Address: North Ave NW Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

This free and educational morning event is open to girls from K-4th grades to participate in hands-on STEM activities such as building roller coasters, making lip-gloss and much more with their family members. Kids will use tools to create various STEM-based items and can take home what they’ve built during the workshop. For more information,click here.

Rockets: An Interactive STEM Experience by JJ’s Playhouse Children’s Museum & Gym
When: Saturday, October 1, 10am – 2pm
Where: Mercer University, Douglas Regional Academic Center
Address: 975 Blairs Bridge Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

This free family event – designed for children ages 3-13 – pairs children’s natural curiosity with rocket exploration. It will feature activities for children accompanied by an adult including lessons about rockets, blasting off rockets, and more. For more information, click here.

Wow! That’s Engineering hosted by Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
When: Saturday October 15th 8:30am – 1:00pm
Where: GE Headquarters
Address: 4200 Wilwood Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

This event is open to 100 middle school (6th to 8th grades) girls to experience the innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities. There will also be a parent program that runs concurrently to learn about ways to encourage daughters to consider interests in STEM fields from other parents, teachers, and STEM professionals. The cost to attend is $5 per student and $5 per parent. For more information, click here.

Super STEM Expo 2016 hosted by Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
When: Saturday, October 22, 10am – 5pm
Where: Gwinnet County Fairgrounds
Address: 1700 Jeurgens Ct, Norcross, GA 30093

Super STEM Expo is a Girl Scout friendly STEM-packed day showcasing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, robots, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. At Super STEM Expo 2016, girls will discover, explore and tinker with various STEM activities. They will enjoy a day of interactive exhibits, crazy inventions, dynamic demonstrations and hands on activities and uncover a new Robotics Hall dedicated to robotics, drones, rockets, and more STEM activities. This event is open to girls from K-12th grades. For more information, click here.

Black Girls CODE Atlanta Chapter Presents: Robot Expo!
When: Saturday, October 22, 10am – 4pm
Where: Georgia Institute of Technology Klaus Advanced Computing Building
Address: 266 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

This fun and captivating educational experience is intended for girls ages 7-17. They will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. With a combination of hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits and live demonstrations from area robotics organizations, girls will interact with sophisticated robots and learn real-world/business applications and uses for robotics. For more information, click here.

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