News from the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - September 15th Edition

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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.

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


From the Desk of Mr. Clayton....

Dear Parent/Guardian,

It's hard to believe we are finishing the 6th week of school! With that, progress reports are coming home with students this

Friday the 16th. We want to make you aware of a section on your child's report. The section titled READING is the grade for

our ELT (Extended Learning Time) period. During this ELT time, teachers have the flexibility to enhance and accelerate student

learning, remediate students, and/or allow the students to extend a concept from one of the four core classes

(science, language arts, math, and social studies).

Thank you for your understanding.

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Every Eagle Counts....& Eagle Trek is Counting on Every Eagle....

Evansdale's largest fundraiser - Eagle Trek is less than 2 weeks away! As a reminder, Eagle Trek is a Walk-a-thon that raises money for both PTA and Evansdale Foundation. Because the event is volunteer driven, the costs are low, allowing 90% of the money raised by participants(students) to remain at the school. The funds raised are used to provide teacher training, classroom resources, enrichment programs & materials, events and programs, additional staffing not provided by DCSD, and more. Needless to say, this event is very important for the Evansdale community. Our goal is to raise at least $55,000 this year.

All students should have a "Get Started" brochure containing instructions on how he/she can set up his/her own fundraising web page and email donation requests to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. 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 will walk around the lower field track for 30 minutes during their PE period that day. A mark will be placed on the back of each student's Eagle Trek shirt for every lap walked. Fun fact - 6 laps = 1 mile.

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

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September is "Attendance Awareness Month"

DeKalb County School District has pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism throughout the school year. DeKalb County School recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success and the great risk posed to students who are chronically absent. Students miss school for a variety of reasons from health problems and unreliable transportation to social issues and failing grades. Chronic absence is described as missing 10 percent of the school year—or about 18 days – for any reason, excused or unexcused. Nationally, 5 million to 7.5 million miss nearly a month of school in excused and unexcused absences every year. “We’ve launched an awareness campaign because we recognize chronic absence affects student performance as early as kindergarten and even preschool,” said Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green.

In September, schools, city agencies, community nonprofits, faith-based groups, businesses are joining forces to raise public awareness, identify attendance gaps and find solutions to improve school attendance. “Attendance affects us all. Attendance and graduation don’t just affect a school system, but the workplace and our economy. So, it’s key for the village to work together on this initiative,” said Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. “During Attendance Awareness Month in September, we are asking our school leaders, parents, students, and community stakeholders to act upon these critical first steps to ending chronic absenteeism:

  • Build a culture of regular attendance

  • Share on social media attendance tips using the hashtag #stayinschooldekalb

  • Use data to determine how chronic absence is a problem

  • Identify and address barriers to getting children to school

For more information and resources on how to raise attendance awareness, please visit and/or www.DEKALBSCHOOLS.ORG/ATTENDANCE

Make Plans to Attend...

State of the District Address with Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green

Tuesday, September 20th

Tucker High School

6:30-7:00 p.m., Refreshments & Networking

7:00-8:30 p.m., Meeting

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STEM Training Staff Style

Kellie Ryan, Evansdale's new district STEM coordinator facilitated a staff training on Wednesday. They learned how to integrate STEM based learning into curriculum, as demonstrated by our own Cassie Potenza. She is showing the staff a life straw, which removes 99% of dirt, etc. from non-potable water. These are being created for under-developed areas where the water is not safe for drinking. The staff was challenged to apply STEM thinking and implementation to solve other challenges.
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Calling all Eagles.....Let's Fly to Lakeside's Parade

Greetings Evansdale Eagles Families,

I hope that this email finds everyone doing well! I would like to cordially invite you and your families to participate in Lakeside High School's annual homecoming parade. The parade is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Below are the specifics about where each school's students should be positioned for the parade. We're also asking that the students from your schools wear the appropriate spirit wear.

East side of Oak Grove Rd. (Oak Grove Elementary side)

Henderson Middle - Lively Trail to Briarcliff Rd.

Evansdale - Oak Grove Hollow to Lively Trail

Oak Grove - Oak Grove ES entrance road to Oak Grove Hollow

Briarlake - Fairoaks Rd. to Oak Grove ES entrance road

West side of Oak Grove Rd. (Oak Grove UMC side)

Pleasantdale - Lively Trail to Briarcliff Rd.

Henderson Mill - Oak Grove Hollow to Lively Trail

Hawthorne - Oak Grove ES entrance road to Oak Grove Hollow

Sagamore Hills - Fairoaks Rd. to Oak Grove ES entrance road

We hope to see you all at the parade. Have a wonderful day!


Damian Bounds


Lakeside High School

"Every Student, Every Day, College Bound: Go Vikings!"

Save the Date.,..

9/16 4.5 Week Progress Reports

9/27 APTT Night, PK-2nd grades, 5:30-7 p.m.

9/28 Eagle Trek

9/29 Eagle Trek (Rain Date)

9/29 APTT Night, 3rd-5th grades, 5:30-7 p.m.

9/30 Individual School Pictures