Week of September 30th, 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 Mr. Allen who joined as the PBL Lab Tutor for the 9th grade team!
  • To the Varsity Volleyball Team on their win against Corretta Scott King and Douglass on their Senior Night!
    • Shout out to the following Seniors who started:
      • Jamilah El-Amin
      • Lauren Taylor
      • Amanda Carter
      • Asha Anderson
      • Kanaria Benton
    • Shoutout to Chris for his assistance in the makerspace to create a memorable keepsake for the Varsity Volleyball players!
  • To Payton Gunner, Reno Teasley, Jala Staples, Gabrielle Washington, Taylor Lipscomb, Maesa Anderson, Asha Anderson, and Mylan Lowe for participating and performing in the play “Black Matter” at Clayton County Performing Arts Center.  
  • To Desha, Bryant, Alexis, and Myah for coming to our PBL showcase for AudioElements on 9/21 at Barnes and Noble, outstanding videos can be viewed on the ChemVAS youtube channel!
  • Senior Justin Roberts for his hard work and dedication with his project on ‘The Kite Runner’!
  • To Ms. McIntyre for getting students invested in Algebra 1 by keeping the content and activities relevant and engaging!
  • To Ms. Allen and Mr. White for their College Readiness Math collaborative matching review game that encouraged students to dive deep into math conversations!
  • To Mr. White for investing so much into his students — even while they are on a college campus!
  • To Ms. Webster-Whyte for finding ways to motivate students to stay focused in class!
  • To Gabriel Briscoe for acting responsibly by returning to class promptly after running errands for Ms. Webster-Whyte!


Week of 09/30/19 – 10/06/19

6th Annual Colombian Exchange
 09/30| Monday |  “A” Day  
  • Colombian Exchange Program (Senior Academy)
  • 3:00- Flex Time A week Clubs – Please review the Club schedule during the last 5 minutes of 4th period
    • Club schedules are locked; students should report to designated location, clubs can no longer be adjusted.
  • 4:30 – Girls Basketball Conditioning Begins [See here for more details]
10/01| Tuesday | “B” Day 
  • Colombian Exchange Program
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 9th – Community Forum
    • 10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  •  5:30 Volleyball vs. Washington

















GENERAL ADMISSION will apply to everyone, $6 at the door
10/02| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • Colombian Exchange Program
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 9th/10th Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 4:30 – Esports Interest Meeting [Room 204]
  • 5:00 Cross Country Meet [Grant Park]
10/03| Wednesday | “B” Day
  • Colombian Exchange Program
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 10th – Community Forum 
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
10/04| Friday |  "A” Day
  • Colombian Exchange Program (Senior Academy)
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
10/05| Saturday 
  • Colombian Exchange Program
  • PTA Fall Festival
10/06| Sunday
  • Colombian Exchange Program

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 10/7 – 10/12
    • 10/09
      • Achieve Atlanta Author Series
      • Senior Community Forum
    • 10/10 – 10/14
      • Fall Break
  • Week of 10/14 – 10/19
    • 10/14
      • Fall Break – NO SCHOOL
    • 10/15
      • Purpose Built Community Tours
    • 10/16
      • PSAT for Juniors/Sophomores
    • 10/17
      • BLAZER DAY
      • Make Up Picture Day
      • 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

ATTN: Current or Future Athletes

Dear Drew Parents/Guardians: Winter Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

  • Senior Academy E-Sports
  • Senior Academy Dance Team
  • Varsity Girls Basketball
  • Varsity Boys Basketball
  • JV Boys Basketball
  • Middle School Boys Basketball
  • Middle School Girls Basketball

Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, October 18th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

  • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

  • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
  • Health Insurance information
  • Emergency Contact Information

For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link HERE.

Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, October 18th deadline. 

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

Interest Meeting

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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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