Week of November 04th, 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.


  • To Mr. Garrett who officially joins the Senior Academy as a 9th grade Special Education Teacher. 
  • To  harpist Jabari Freeman for performing at the Georgia State Capitol as a tribute to Ms. Hairston at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities!
  • To Ms. Hecht’s Writers Workshop class on their first edition of ‘The Drewspaper!’
  • To the 9th grade team for their collaborative project and the visual display of ‘Our future is TOMORROW’!
  • To Ms. Stinson and Ms. Cox for creatively using half day conferences to complete a Junior Workshop for Early College applications!
  • To Mr. Baker for leading the Junior Team to develop a plan to support students’ mental health!
  • To Ms. Isbell, Mr. White, and the Senior team for planning the Senior Breakfast!
  • To Mr. Parker for taking Senior Superlative photos!
  • To our 10th grade PBL Lab Tutor Mr. Allen for covering classes whenever needed!
  • To Ms. Might who returned from Maternity Leave this week!
  • To all the staff members and students Payton Gunner, Alexis Gaines, Solomon Adams, and Ms. Cox for helping host the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tour!
  • To Mr. Harris who took a group of students on a 4 day trip with Outward Bound!


Week of 11/04-11/10

  11/04  | Monday |   “A” Day 
  • 3:00-Flex Time: A week Clubs
    • Club schedules are locked; students should report to designated location, clubs can no longer be adjusted.
      • Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 11/05 | Tuesday |   “B” Day 
  •  3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • Community Forum – Sophomores [Theater]
  • 5:00- Edgewood Dine-out! [See Details Below]
 11/06 | Wednesday | “A” Day 
  • Blazer Day
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time
    • 2:20 11th and 12th grade Advisory dismissed to theater
    • 2:25 9th and 10th grade Advisory dismissed to theater
  • 2:30 – 4:00 Coronation [Theater]
 11/07 | Thursday |  “B” Day 
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • Community Forum – Juniors [Theater]
 11/08 | Friday | “A” Day 
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Sophomore Field Trip to Medieval Times
  • 3:00 Faculty v. Student Basketball Game 
 11/09 | Saturday 
  • Debate Tournament [Decatur High School]
  • 10:00 JV Basketball vs. Washington
 11/10 | Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 11/11 – 11/17
  • Homecoming Week – “Let the Games Begin”
    • 11/11 – Meme Monday
      • 9:00 Royal Breakfast (Homecoming Court)
      • 3:00 Homecoming Activity [Beat Shazam- Theater]
    • 11/12 – Twin Tuesday
    • 11/13 – Way Back Wednesday (Decades Edition)
      • 3:00 Field Day for Homecoming (Main Gym)
    • 11/14 – TMZ Day (Celebrity/Character Day)
      • 4pm – 5pm Tailgate (Athletic Parking Lot and Field)
        • Vendors 
        • Drew Families and Staff
    • 11/15 – Spirit Day
      • Grade Level Colors
        • 12th – Black
        • 11th – Gold
        • 10th – White
        • 9th – Green
      • 3:00 Homecoming Pep Rally [GYM]
      • 6:00 Varsity Basketball vs. McNair/Griffin
    • 11/16 
      • 7:30 – 11:30 Homecoming Dance –
        • “Just Dance – Sneaker Ball”
  • Week of 11/18 – 11/24
    • 11/18
      • Drew Board Meeting
    • 11/21
      • Expanded Cabinet Meeting
      • SA Science Fair
      • SA Parent Gathering
  • Week of 11/25 – 12/01 
    • Thanksgiving Break
  • Future Events
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation

HOMECOMING WEEK [11/11-11/17]

Upcoming Auditions for Spring Musical

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.



Edgewood Dine-out! – Dine-out at Willy’s and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Drew Charter School PTA!

Tuesday, Nov 5th [5-8pm]
Willy’s Mexican Grill in the Edgewood Retail District!

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, then 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.

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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