News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - March 16th Edition

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Thank you & Merci to members of the PTA Hospitality Committee, parents, families, and students for making the teachers and staff feel so very special every day of Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week this week. The daily treats were delicious. The cards and flowers were so touching. The afternoon drawings were fun. The catered lunch by Chef Massimo was incredible. We are so grateful to have such a supportive community as part of the Evansdale nest!

A Note from Mr. Clayton ...

Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students,

Milestones testing is coming up and we wanted to remind you that testing will begin on Tuesday, April 10th and will continue through Monday, April 23rd. We will be providing specific grade level information in the next couple of weeks.

School Safety Update

At the March 15th Lakeside Cluster Summit, we had the privilege of hearing from Director of Public Safety for DCSS, Bradley Gober.

He provided the attendees with some information regarding his department and we want to provide a few highlights.

1) DCSS has their own public safety department. The county does not contract these services with an outside party..

2) All school resource officers (SRO) with DCSS are state certified officers.

3) The school resource officer assigned to EES is Joseph Bielicki and he is stationed at Henderson Middle School.

4) All SRO's are certified in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERT).

5) In addition to the SRO's there is a Emergency Response Team (ERT) within the department.

6) The ERT members are trained to work with children with special needs.

7) The number to call to report any suspicious behavior (school grounds, social media, etc) is 678-676-1810

8) The department operates on a 24/7, 365 schedule.

Additionally, EES receives visits from members of the Safe Schools program during the school year. Our most recent visited was

graded out at 100%. You can learn more about the department by visiting;

4th Grade 3D Field Trip to High Musem

The 4th grade got the chance to explore 3D modeling through using in the STEM Lab last week during art. Students learned about 3D printing and the artist Joris Laarman who designs 3D printed furniture and who is also currently working on a bridge that 3D prints itself. We took a field trip to the High Museum of Art and took a docent led tour of the Laarman Lab exhibit and students got to participate in a STEAM workshop.
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Evansdale is Going Global!

Evansdale’s International Night is coming up on, Thursday, March 22nd, starting at 6 p.m.
Please come join us for a tour round the world in Evansdale’s Cafeteria! Celebrate the vibrancy and diverisity of Evansdale’s families. Everyone has a great time. The evening will start at 6pm with a short PTA program and a musical celebration. Afterward, everyone will be encouraged to visit all of the displays from various countries. There is still time to sign up, just email Abigail Carlton at, or Diana Flanagan at .

PTA Wants Your Feedback

The PTA is looking for parent and teacher/staff feedback regarding our programs and events. We hope you will take a few minutes to take the survey below by Friday, March 23rd. Thank you for helping us better serve our school community!

We've Got Spirit (Night) How 'Bout You?

On Tuesday, March 20th, let's celebrate Spring by soaring over to Evansdale's Spirit Night at El Matador, 4316 Chamblee Tucker Road, Tucker. Bring your family and friends to dine anytime between 5-9 p.m. and help raise funds to support our school.

PTA Run4Fun

Make plans to participate in PTA's annual 1K and/or 5K, Saturday, March 24th. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join you for a fun run or walk through the neighborhood. There will be prizes for division winners, snacks, entertainment and more! Most importantly, there is a special prize for the homeroom with the most participants. Registration forms are still available in the front office.
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Come. Stay. Shop. Read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: March 19th-March 23rd

Shopping hours: Monday-Friday 7:15-7:45 (before school) Monday-Wednesday 2:30-3:30 (after school) Thursday-Friday 7:15-7:30 (before school ONLY)

Bonus Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 8:00-11:00 (during school), Thurs. Night 6:30-8:30 pm

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from March 14th to March 27th.

If you would like to volunteer for the book fair there is still plenty of time. Just follow the link and sign up it is a fantastic way to stay involved with your child’s school. Plus, you get 10% off all your purchases.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Sandra Waters

Book Fair Chair

Visit the New PTA Website ...

Check out our new PTA website at There you will find our calendar, information about PTA events and general helpful information. We are excited to now have the school directory online through our site. You should have received an information sheet in your child's courier with instructions on how to register on the site.

Note: If your browser is not redirecting you to the new site, try clearing your browser history. If this does not fix the problem then you can reach the site directly at

Please send any questions to

Get Involved and Make a Difference

The PTA is in search of the following volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year.

- VP of Fundraising (elected)

- Scholastic Book Fair Chair

- School Directory

- School Pictures Coordinator

- Fantastic Friday Committee Chair

- Cultural Arts Chair

- Grandparents' and Holiday Luncheons Coordinator

- International Night Committee Chair

- Teacher Appreciation Committee Chair

Volunteering with the PTA is a great way to support our school and meet new people all while making a difference. If you are interested in these positions, please send an e-mail to

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DCSD ASEDP Summer Camp at Evansdale...Registration is Open!

Make plans now to join your fellow eagles and friends for summer fun at DCSD ASEDP Summer Camp at Evansdale, June 4th - July 20th. Space is Limited. Participants will have full day summer camp experience including academic, cultural, and recreational activities. ASEDP Summer Camp is offered in a safe, nurturing environment that supports academic achievement while building self-esteem and character. Camp is open for all DCSD students, grades PreK-Rising 6th Grade. Registration fees are $25/child. Camp fee is $100/week. Camp hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Camp will be closed the week of July 4. To register, please click on the link below:

French Immersion Summer Camp

We will have our French Immersion Summer Camp on July 9-13, 2018. The camp is open only to currently enrolled Evansdale Immersion students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Due to limited spaces available, we will hold a lottery for the camp. If you are interested, please go to the following link to register and/or for information. Merci!

LHS Summer Softball Camp

Lakeside High School Softball summer camp will take place June 12-15. Girls ages 5-12 (up to rising 8th graders) are invited to participate. The cost is $125 and includes a T-shirt and Pizza party. This camp is led by lakeside Coaches and Players and is a great way to learn new skills!

Visit us at to learn more.

Register at
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It's Your Move....Championship Chess and Tennis Spring Break Camp

Champtionship Chess is offering Chess and Tennis Spring Break Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 2-6, for students age 7-14. Camp will be held at Gwinnett County's Centerville Community Center. Both chess and tennis will be offered each day. One day will be library day too. There will also be a drawing and sidewalk art competition for prizes. A chess tournament will be held on the last day of camp with pizza and prizes. The cost is $70. Chess sets and tennis rackets will be provided. For registration and class information, visit or contact Rodney Lewis at 770.560.1071 or
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03/19-03/23 International Week

03/19-03/23 PTA Book Fair

03/20 PreK Lottery

03/20 PTA Spirit Night at El Matador, 5-9 p.m.

03/22 PTA International Night, 6:30 p.m.

03/23 Evansdale Foundation Fundraiser at Vista Room

03/24 Title 1 Match Carnival, 10-1, Tucker High School

03/24 Run for Fun, 5K and 1K, 8 a.m.

03/27 State of the District Address, 6:30 p.m., AIC

03/28 Parent Teacher Conferences

03/30 80% AR Cut Off

04/02-04/06 Spring Break, School Closed

News from the LHS Cluster

Kick Off Your Weekend with Team Soccer Night ....

Lakeside High School is having a team soccer night on Friday, March 23rd at Silverbacks Stadium

(3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way, Atlanta, GA 30340). So any CFC Chiefs, Concorde Fire, TYSA,

Evansdale Soccer Club, or any soccer club members and families, please plan to attend.

LHS Construction Advisory Committee Call for Candidates

Lakeside High School has announced a call for parent and community members who are interested in serving on the Principal Advisory Council’s Construction Advisory Committee (CAC) for a significant E-SPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) capital improvement project.

This committee serves to increase stakeholder and community engagement in the design, planning, and construction phases of the school’s E-SPLOST project.

Project Summary: Addition to Lakeside HS

· 38-classroom addition (and necessary core space additions and/or parking spaces) and installation of synthetic turf at football practice field

· Budget: $26,990,000

· Architect Request for proposals (RFP) going out on Feb 2018

· CAC selection and training: Feb - May 2018

· Anticipated Construction Jul 2020 - Mar 2022 (subject to change)

The Principal Advisory Council will select five members to the CAC, not including the principal, who will be an ex-officio member. A minimum of two members will be Principal Advisory Council members. This selection will take place in an open meeting of the Principal Advisory Council. All CAC members must complete a Conflict of Interest form at the initial CAC training conducted by the District. These forms must be completed by all CAC members prior to the first meeting. Access the form and additional information by visiting the District's E_SPLOST V site:

Participation in the CAC may require a 1-3 year commitment. In extenuating circumstances, a capital improvement project may require up to 5 years to complete. The number of CAC meetings will be set by the CAC membership under guidance from the Council. The deadline to apply for the Construction Advisory Committee is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Click on the link below to indicate your interest in serving on a committee:

Henderson Middle School Foundation Annual Campaign, March 5–23 – Please Help Your Future School

Help your child’s future school by making a donation to the HMS Foundation! The foundation’s goal is to provide educational resources to the school, to enrich the school’s academic and cultural offerings. Because of the foundation, HMS has been working towards becoming a STEM school - and we are making progress toward that goal! This year, HMS has one STEM team in 7th and 8th grades, and they have been a great success. Next year STEM will go school wide so your child can benefit in 6th grade!

But it’s not just about STEM. We have supported teacher resources, equipment, training, student activities together with PTSA, and are currently funding a bilingual liaison to help fill the gap left by having an interpreter only part time.

This means that donations made today will go to programs that directly impact your rising elementary student. Your participation will help ensure the HMS Foundation can continue supporting the school. Remember – a strong school makes for a strong neighborhood.

How to donate: Please visit the website to make a donation online or for information how to donate by check. If you have questions, please email

PTSA Program and Parent Resources on Handling Student Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Parenting is hard work and there is no doubt that the middle school years are particularly challenging. Kids are growing physically and emotionally at their own speed – some quickly, some slowly – each with their own unique circumstances. We want our kids to be prepared for high school, not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well.

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30pm when the PTSA will host a program for parents that will address stress and anxiety among middle school students (and the sources of stress, including, but not limited to bullying and social media).

Our speaker will be Dr. Noriel Lim, assistant professor at Emory University, who specializes in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of anxiety and depression among children, teens and adults.

Developing skills to cope with stress, anxiety and depression are critical, as there has been a documented rise in all three in recent years among middle and high school students.

The PTSA is also adding a new section to the PTSA Website titled “Parent Resources” and while some of the content will be school-specific, the majority of resources are for you as parents. We don’t know what will cause our kids stress – it could be their grades or worrying over things they cannot control, the bus ride home or what to wear to school one day. It is important to pay attention, and while fixing the problem isn’t always possible (or helpful), developing skills to persevere in the face of hardship is.

Please reach out to the PTSA if you have questions, concerns or helpful information you would like to share.


Amy Kirsch and Mary Sullivan
PTSA Co-Presidents