Week of September 23rd, 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.
  • 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.


  • To the Varsity Volleyball team for their wins against McNair and Therrell!
  • To the Debate team who secured 1st place overall at the AUDL opening tournament this weekend!
  • To Trey Dobson, Jamilah El-Amin, Payton Gunner, Connor Mason, Jaxson Saunders, Nakeera Stewart, Justin Yarbrough, Bryce Zelazoski, Amaya Carzell for advancing to the Semi-finalist round for the Posse scholarship!
  • To A’Sha Fulton who joins as our 11th grade PBL Lab Tutor!
  • To 10th grader Jayden Causey who placed 2nd out of 140 runners in the APS Boys Cross Country meet on 9/11!
  • To Mr. Martin and Ms. Wilder for filling in whenever needed!
  • To Ms. Herman and the CCR team for facilitating the College Admissions Case Studies for the 11th grade!
  • To Mrs. Diaz for engaging students in Spanish by incorporating comedy into the lesson!
  • To Mrs. Hood for helping a student not only fall in love with science in her Senior year, but also for making sure students feel seen and valued!
  • To Ms. Young and the CCR team for putting on an amazing HBCU night!
  • To Officers Bridwell and Shannon for their diligence and attention to detail to ensure we have a safe and secure learning environment
  • To Ms. Herman, from a Drew parent, for her unwavering dedication to her students and commitment to ensure each student/family feels heard.
  • To Coach Harris for continuing his mission of ensuring our students keep an attitude of service.
  • To Ms. Jaeger, from a Drew parent, for jumping right in and providing amazing support to students with their scholarship search
  • To Ms. Williams, who has dedicated her time at Drew and abroad with students, pursing an opportunity as an associate producer with Fox Network!


Week of 09/23/19 – 09/29/19

 09/23| Monday |  “B” Day  
  • 3:00 
    • Flex Time: B week Clubs
      • Clubs Scheduled to Meet
        • By invitation only: Beta Club, National Honor Society
        • Bee Keeping, Book Club, Debate, Football, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) , Guitar, Horizons, Mandarin, Peer Leadership, Student Government Association, UNICEF, Vlogging, and Chess, board games, & cards (CBC)
09/24| Tuesday | “A” Day 
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
      • 09th /11th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
      • 10th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 5:00 
    • Volleyball vs. Washington/Elite
    • Softball @ Druid Hills
09/25| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • 8:30 10th Grade PLC
  • 3:00- Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways EL, Community Forum
    • 09th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th – Community Forum [Theater]
    • 10th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • ELA Co-teaching meeting
  • 5:30 – Softball vs. Tri-Cities (Senior Night)
09/26| Thursday | “A” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time
    • ELA, Science, Pathways
      • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00
    • PTA, SA Parent Gathering
    • Volleyball vs. Therrell/S. Atlanta [S. Atlanta]
  • 5:30 – Softball @ Miller Grove
  • 6:00 – 09th/10th Grade Parent Night [2nd Floor PBL]
09/27| Friday |  "B” Day
  • Dress Down day
  • SA Science Fair Forms Due to your Science Teacher
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
09/28| Saturday 
  • N/A
09/29| Sunday
  • Colombian Exchange Begins

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 09/29 – 10/05 : Columbian Exchange Program
    • 10/02
      • Cross Country Meet [Grant Park]
    • 10/03
      • Mid-Semester Grading Window Open
    • 10/04
      • High School Fair
    • 10/05
      • PTA Fall Festival
  • Week of 10/6 – 10/12
    • 10/07
      • Leadership Meeting
    • 10/08 
      • Achieve Atlanta Author Series
    • 10/09
      • Senior Community Forum
    • 10/10
      • PD Day (Teacher Work Day- no school)
    • 10/11 
      • PD Day (Teacher Work Dayno school)
  • Week of 10/13 – 10/19
    • 10/14
      • Fall Break – NO SCHOOL
    • 10/15
      • Purpose Built Community Tours
    • 10/16
      • PSAT for Juniors/Sophomores
    • 10/17
      • PTA Meeting
      • Annual Title I Informational
  • 11/15- 2:30 -SA Homecoming Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 11/21 – SA Science Fair
  • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
  • 05/16- Graduation

Presentations for Student and Guardian Reference

Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

New Opportunity for Male Students

[Deadline EXTENDED]

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 . Those not selected for the inaugural program will have the opportunity to be in the pool for the next class of scholars.

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.

Submit form ASAP


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

Colombian Exchange UPDATE

Thank you to all of the Host Families  for opening your homes to these students from Sunday, September 29th to Sunday, October 6th. Each year brings a new school visiting from Colombia and an entirely different experience for everyone involved.

All Drew Host Families are invited and encouraged to attend an organizational and “Q & A” meeting this Thursday, September 19 @6pm in the upper campus main lobby.

Agenda items will include:

  • Organizing activities for the week (coordinating evening/weekend activities, with other Host Families)
  • Answering questions regarding food, money, shopping, daily school drop offs and pick up, language, medical emergencies, student bios etc.
  • Host students attending a field trip with the Exchange Students on Wednesday, October 2nd (World of Coke, Aquarium, etc.).
  • Exchange students and Drew students will be responsible for their own tickets and lunch money
  • Procedures for arrival and departure
  • Logistics for shadowing and classroom presentations
  • Information about Drew Students/Families traveling to Colombia this June as Exchange Students

Please do not hesitate to call or email Mr. Reginald Colbert if you have any questions.



  • 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!! 

School Procedure Reminders

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.
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

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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