Week of Aug 27th, 2018

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.

Shout outs to:

    • Junior Payton Gunner, who was recognized at the APS Great Debaters event last week for her participation in the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, where her team won out of 400 participants from around the world! [See picture above.  Payton is third from the left.]
    • Ms. Jordan, who joins us as our new secretary in the main office!
    • Senior Joyah Mitchell who secured her own internship. She will be interning with the Georgia State University Archaeology Lab!
    • Sophomore Sydney Berenson, Junior Reno Teasley, Senior Chloe Cannada and Alumna Jurnee Miller (℅ 2018) for giving eloquent, personal and inspiring chargers for each of the classes during the Blazer Ceremony!
    • Senior Vaneshia Johnson who secured her own interview and internship.  She will be interning with the McAfee3 Architects!
    • Ms. Livingston, Ms. Herman, Mr. Myers, Ms. Anderson, Mr. Richardson and everyone else who contributed to an awesome and inspiring Blazer Ceremony!
    • Officers Bridwell and Shannon for helping supervise lunch and Flex Time!
    • Ms. Page, Ms. Griffin and Ms. Mills for working to track down cohort graduation information in order to calculate our final graduation rate!
    • Mr. Myers, for the tremendous amount of work he has put in working with our uniform vendor in order to get our students and families their ties and blazers!
    • Our male staff members who have been wearing ties and setting a great example for our male students!
    • Ms. Allen for the creative graphic organizers she creates to assist students with disabilities!
    • Sophomore Warren Rouse, a rising sophomore, who was selected to participate in SMASH Academy at Morehouse College!  This year Morehouse received almost 200 applications for SMASH Morehouse!  Of those 200 applicants, only 40 were selected to be in the program. These young men went through a rigorous application process including letters of recommendation, an essay, transcripts, test scores, and interviews. SMASH Morehouse Scholars come from high schools in Dekalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Douglas and Henry counties and have proven to be stellar students committed to growing as future STEM professionals. Also, please mark your calendar for November 1st when applications for SMASH open for 9th graders!
    • Last year 3 Drew students went to the state level in the visual arts category (Syanne Hurst-Spruill, 10th grade, Lina Mathews and Samantha Mcghee, 6th grade), we are hoping to grow this opportunity at Drew, especially in the 5 other categories (Photography, Film, Literature, Dance Choreography + Music Composition). Reflections is a national PTA competition that highlights the arts in education. See flyer for more information.


Week of: 08/27/18 – 09/02/18
08/27 | B


  • 3:10-4:00, Flex Time –
    • Clubs: Peer Leadership Group A, Beekeeping, SGA, Football, Young Black Excellence, Debate Team, Yearbook
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball @ Weber
08/28 | A


  • 3:10-4:00, Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Math, Social Studies and Spanish (all grades)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (9th grade)
  • 4:30 – Talent Development Committee Meeting [Eva Davis Board Room]
08/29 | B


  • 3:10-4:00, Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 10th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Main Gym (all grades)
  • 6:00 – JV Volleyball vs. Weber/Paideia [@Paideia]
08/30 | A


  • 3:10-4:00, Flex Time –
    • Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
    • Study Hall (Cafeteria – all grades)
    • Practice Gym (10/11th grades)
  • 5:30 –
    • Varsity Volleyball vs. Druid Hills/Heritage [@Heritage]
    • Softball @Westlake
08/31 | B


  • 8:30 – Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
  • 10:00 – Executive Committee Meeting
  • 1:30-2:20, Flex Time – Advisory
    • Progress and Eagle Rise Report Distribution
  • Week of 09/03-09/07
    • 9/3 – No School – Labor Day
    • 9/4 –
      • Flex Time – Clubs: Peer Leadership Group B, Beta Club, Math Mentors, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, National Art Honor Society
      • 5:00 – Varsity Volleyball @Redan
      • 5:30 –
        • Softball @Maynard Jackson
        • JV Volleyball @Redan
    • 9/5 –
      • Flex Time – Extended-Learning: Pathways (if available), 9th, 11th and 12th Grades (all subjects)
      • 6:00 – 9th and 10th Grade Parent Night
    • 9/6 –
      • Flex Time – Extended-Learning: ELA, Science, Pathways (if available)
      • 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball vs. Mt. Bethel/Mt. Vernon [Mt. Vernon]
    •  9/7
      • Flex Time – Advisory
      • 5:30 – Softball @North Atlanta
  • Week of 09/10-09/14
    • 9/12, 3rd Period – Yearbook Pictures/Blazer Day
    • 9/13
      • 8:15 – PTA Parent Gathering: “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau [See more information below]
      • HBCU Night
    • 9/14 – North Atlanta College Fair
    • 9/15 (Saturday) – KIPP/Lovett/Westminster College Fair


  • After-School Processes – Please read the letter linked here for important information about changes to our after-school processes, particularly for students on campus after 4:45. 
  • Academic Progress and Eagle Rise Reports – On Friday during advisory your student should receive an academic progress report for the first 4.5 weeks of school.  These grades will not post to students’ transcripts, but are a good first indication of how your student is doing.  If you have concerns, please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) and/or counselor.  In addition, for the first time we will be providing students and families with feedback on how their student is doing with non-academic behaviors like arriving to class on time, wearing the school uniform and handling their laptop responsibly.  This information will come in the form of the Eagle Rise Report.  Please let us know what you think about the format and information included in this report.
  • Early Dismissals and Flex Time – As part of our extended-day program we offer Flex Time, a 50-minute block each day devoted to clubs, organizations, tutorial (extended-learning) and advisory.  This year Flex Time is scheduled from 3:00-4:00 each day except for Friday.  If you need to pick up your student after 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday, please ask your student to meet you at the front desk at 3:00 pm, where you can sign the student out.  Since Flex Time provides a variety of options for students, it will be difficult to locate your student from 3:00-4:00 without making an all-call, which can be disruptive to instruction.
  • SA PTA Parent GatheringsOn Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 am we will host our first PTA Senior Academy Parent Gathering in the Eva Davis Board Room.  These gatherings typically occur every third Thursday of the month, alternating between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.  The topic will be “Choosing a college major; strategies parents can employ to help their kids with this decision” with Michelle Turpeau.
    • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/846208274
    • Or iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,,846208274# or +16699006833,,846208274#
    • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
    • Meeting ID: 846 208 274
  • PTA –  Don’t miss out on adding to your students’ experience at DREW! Click here to join the PTA.
  • Student Infinite Campus Access – It is critical that parents, guardians and students have access to Infinite Campus to see their current grades. 
    • Students should reach out to their Advisory teachers for their login credentials and passwords. 
    • Parents who need access to Infinite Campus should refer to these instructions here.
  • Jeans Passes – This year Jeans Passes will be distributed to students based on school norms starting in September.  During the last week of August students have the opportunity to earn a jeans pass if their PARENTS/GUARDIANS have completed the application for lunch [FEA] This is a yearly request. The data collected directly contributes to the federal funding the school receives.
  • Yearbook- You can now purchase a Drew yearbook, 160 color pages, hardback, $35 online until March 29, 2019 at this link: https://bit.ly/2vU6jex  Any questions? Contact: Emily Isbell.
  • Fall Flower Fundraiser – The Deadline to purchase your flowers is approaching quickly!! To order, visit our Online PTA Store now through August 30. Prepare for the season with the autumn colors of chrysanthemums at Drew PTA’s Fall Flower Fundraiser! Grown in a local nursery, these mums are available in 4 different sizes and 5 different colors.  The live plants will arrive heavily budded so that they bloom after you take them home. The mums will be delivered to the school in late September.  You will receive an email with pick up instructions several days in advance.

    Fall Flower Fundrasier
  • Principal’s Coffees – Principal Coffees are hosted by our PTA Parent Resources Committee and provide parents a monthly opportunity to connect with the Principals of the Elementary, Junior, and Senior Academies. Topics and formats vary, but they are a great help for both parents and administrators! Join us!
    • Elementary Academy: August 29th. Topic will be STEAM focused and led by Ms. Bryant!
    • Junior Academy: September 19th at 6:00 pm
    • Senior Academy: September 13th at 8:15 am [see above]

Principals Coffee-png

  • Breakfast with the Kids! – Male Role Models! Register now to join your Elementary Academy kid for breakfast at our annual Breakfast with the Kids! This year we’re charging $4/person to cover the chicken biscuits (vegetarian & gluten free options available) and beverages.
    • While you’re at the PTA Store paying for you and your kid(s) Breakfast with the Kids registration, purchase your Drew Dads T-shirt for $15 so you can rep Drew Dads all week long during Drew Dads week 9/10-9/14! T-shirts will be available for pick up Friday morning 9/7.
    • REGISTER HERE – Please email drewcharterdads@gmail.com with any questions or to request to be registered without paying if the price is a hardship for you.

Drew Dads

  • Drew Charter School Annual Fall Festival– Vendors, games, prizes, concessions, and music by DJ B Samples!
    • $5 for kids, adults free, Sept 29th 12-4pm
    • SAVE THE DATE! Look out for information on securing a vendor booth and for tickets to go on sale online soon!

Fall Festival

  • Lunch Applications – Pay for school lunch balances through Myschoolbucks.com, this site is separate from Drew’s Payment system. Atlanta Public Schools Nutrition department has set this platform up for your convenience. You can set a limit to the student’s lunch balance and also make payments. If you feel like you qualify for an benefits ensure you’ve completed the F.E.A. application. The grace period for all students ends September 1st, this application was completed last year. You will need to resubmit your information yearly to be eligible for any benefits.

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