News From the Nest
Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - March 16th Edition
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; http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/public-safety/
4th Grade 3D Field Trip to High Musem
Evansdale is Going Global!
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 email@example.com, or Diana Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
PTA Wants Your Feedback
Thank you to everyone who registered for the PreK Lottery this week. The actual lottery will take place on Tuesday, March 20th, at 1:15 p.m., in the STEM lab. Parents are welcome to attend. The results will also be posted on the front door by the end of the school day. Registration information will be distributed to all the families of the students drawn following the lottery.
School Choice Lottery
Just a reminder - the DCSD School Choice Lottery will take place on Thursday, March 23rd. Lottery results will be sent out via email after 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the 23rd.
It's Time to Power Up and Party!
Evansdale Education Foundation is hosting it's annual Spring Technology Fundraiser next Friday, March 23rd in the Vista Room at Napoleon's. Please visit the website below to order tickets, get more event information and how you can help support this worthwhile event.
School Choice Lottery
It's Time to Power Up and Party!
We've Got Spirit (Night) How 'Bout You?
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 scholastic.com/fair. 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. https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/FuOweXwf3
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.
Book Fair Chair
Visit the New PTA Website ...
Check out our new PTA website at evansdalepta.org. 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 evansdalepta.membershiptoolkit.com.
Please send any questions to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCSD ASEDP Summer Camp at Evansdale...Registration is Open!
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
Visit us at http://www.lakesidesoftball.com to learn more.
Register at http://www.lakesidesoftball.com/daycamp_2018.html
It's Your Move....Championship Chess and Tennis Spring Break Camp
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: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost/
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 http://www.hmsfoundation.org/donate-now.html to make a donation online or for information how to donate by check. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
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