Week of September 09th, 2019

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.

Procedure Notification!

Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

– To see letter click here

ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, that they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.

REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.
  • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students


  • Shoutout to the JV Volleyball team for their win against Maynard!
  • Ms. Weaver for her acceptance to the yearlong MRESA Leadership Certificate Program, and for aligning her program goals with increasing successful outcomes at Drew, as well as her continued intentionality around equity and access in her counseling and leadership practice.  
  • Congratulations to the new officers in SGA, as respective President and Vice President for their grade level!
    • Seniors Amanda Carter and Toni White
    • Juniors Andre Thomas and Jordan McCrary
    • Sophomore Drew Williams
    • Freshman Cheynne George
  • Ms. Young for connecting with an Admissions Officer at Bethune Cookman University who invited Nick Smith, Emily Blackwell, Asha Anderson, Jamilah El-Amin, and Amaya Carzell to a recent institutional scholarship breakfast where they each were awarded significant scholarships to BCU!
  • All grade levels for holding their first week of mandatory Extended Learning sessions. Special shout-out to the 10th grade team who started a week early! 
  • Mr. Harris for taking a group of students to volunteer at the Atlanta Food Bank on Saturday. 
  • Mr. Bennett for going the extra mile and working to support students after school during dismissal.
  • Mr. White for advocating for students and ensuring they have what they need!
  • Mr. Copp for reaching out to parents to ensure that students complete their course load and receive the credit towards graduation! 
  • Ms, Davis for goring the extra mile with her support for students in need beyond school hours and on the weekend!
  • Dr. Davis, Ms. Duffie, Dr. Morgan, and Ms. Ducard for keeping open lines of communication with administration


Week of  09/09 – 09/15

 09/09| Monday |  “B” Day  
  • 3:00 
    • 09th Grade Community Forum [Theater] 
    • Flex Time B week Clubs
      • 3:10-3:30 – Dr. Allen will assist students on the 3rd floor with club changes. 
      • 3:35-3:55 – Dr.Allen will assist students on the 2nd floor with club changes. 
  • 5:00 – JV/V Volleyball @ Paideia [Paideia School]
09/10| Tuesday | “A” Day 
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • 9th Grade Gifted Seminar – 
    • Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
      • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 6pm – Junior Grade Level/College Counseling Night [3rd Fl. PBL]
09/11| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • 10th Grade Gifted Seminar – 
    • SA Science Fair Interest Meeting [Room A206]
    • Study Hall, Pathways EL
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
      • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:30
    • SA Softball @ N. Atlanta [North Atlanta High School]
    • SA Cross Country [Grant Park]
09/12| Thursday | “A” Day
  • BLAZER/Picture Day
  • Athletic Booster Club Meeting
  • 2:45 – Book Buddies – Students will meet Mrs. Ricks in the main lobby at 2:45p.m to depart for EA campus.
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • 11th Grade Gifted Seminar
    • ELA, Science, Pathways
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
      • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • SA Softball @ Westlake [Westlake High School]
  • SA Volleyball @ Maynard [Maynard Jackson High School PTSA]
09/13| Friday |  “B” Day
  • 9:30 – 9th Grade Field Trip
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory
09/14-15| Saturday and Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • 09/16
    • 5:30 – JV Volleyball @ S. Atlanta [South Atlanta High School]
  • 09/17-
    • SA Volleyball @ KIPP [Kipp Atlanta Collegiate]
    • SA Softball vs Druid Hills [Crim]
  • 09/19-
    • HBCU Night [See Additional Details Below]
    • 5:00- PTA, SA Parent Gathering
  • 09/26
    • Senior Night: Volleyball
    • 6pm – 9/10th Grade Parent Night [2nd Floor PBL]
  • 10/05 – Fall Festival [Date still Tentative]
  • 11/15- 2:30 -SA Homecoming Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 05/16- Graduation

New Opportunity for Male Students

[Deadline 09/10]

The Grove CDC, Inc. and The Truth Tellers, Inc. are excited to present the East Lake Male Youth Initiative (EMYI) here at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church. This initiative is a 9-month leadership immersion program, designed for African-American males ages 10 – 16 who reside in DeKalb County (and neighboring zip codes). We are recruiting 25 young men who will be paired with a mentor as well as a village of supporters and leaders, to help mold them into the leaders they are destined to be!

Registration for this inaugural class has been extended to Tuesday, September 10th. Those not selected for the inaugural program will have the opportunity to be in the pool for the next class of scholars.

This FREE program will begin with a Meet and Greet on Saturday, September 14th, followed by a weekend retreat beginning on Friday, September 20th.

The registration packet is attached here for your review. Again, this program is completely FREE; however, parents/guardians must commit to the Retreat and 2nd Saturday monthly sessions.

For more information about this program, please contact the Youth Pastor, Rev. DeMarcus Preyer, at dpreyer@greaterpineygrove.org or to the Outreach Pastor, Rev. Chianti Harris, at charris@greaterpineygrove.org.

PreSeason Basketball Workout Opportunity

College and Career Readiness Programming/Events:

Junior Grade Level/College Counseling Night: The College and Career Readiness Team will host Junior Grade Level and College Counseling Night on Tuesday, September 10th! We strongly encourage all juniors parents/guardians and students to attend. School Counselor, Ms. Davis will present information regarding HS graduation requirements, class dues and general class updates. Students will also have a formal opportunity to meet and get to know their College Counselors and Early College Counselor. College Counselors will provide an overview of college admissions timeline and upcoming junior college readiness programming.

  • Time: 6 pm
  • Date: September 10th
  • Location: Auditorium

For questions: please contact Ms. Davis, Ms. Herman, or Ms. Young

2ND ANNUAL HBCU NIGHT – On behalf of the College and Career Readiness Team at Charles R. Drew Charter School, we would like to invite your school district, grades 9-12 to HBCU Night Join us at Charles R. Drew Charter School for an admissions and scholarship presentation and an opportunity to meet college admissions representatives! To register, click here!

  • Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Location: 300 Eva Davis Way SE Atlanta GA 30317 at the Yates Campus (Junior/Senior Academy) in the Auditorium
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Target Population: 9-12th grade students and families

The following colleges will be in attendance:

  1. Alabama State University
  2. Bethune-Cookman University
  3. Hampton University
  4. Morehouse College
  5. Savannah State University

Parking: We welcome you to park in any available space in any of our lots

**PLEASE NOTE** There is another high school called “Charles R. Drew High School” in Riverdale, GA. This school is unrelated to ours, and google maps often confuses us. Please make sure to double check your map before heading to the school. Please also be mindful that the elementary school campus is down the hill from the Senior Academy, and your map may take you there. Please use this destination for google maps here.


YMCA - Childcare:  

$25 for one child as well a sibling discount of $10 off for each
additional child.  To receive the sibling discount, register in person at
the Eastlake YMCA instead of online. 

  • October 5th | 12-4pm | Fall Festival: (date is tentative) 

Reflections Art Competition

For information or to order, visit our PTA website now through August 28


National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Last year Drew Charter sent 12 students from all 3 Academies on to the State-wide competition in Literature, Photography, & Visual Arts!! 

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.
The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

For Updates that occur more frequently subscribe to Remind! Instructions for the respective cohorts can be found below, feel free to join multiple.

  • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
  • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees


Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..

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