Week of December 14th,2020

I hope you had a beautiful weekend and are prepared for this final week of school. This week is homecoming week, so I hope everyone is prepared to have a ton of fun and get involved

— K.Myers


  • To Ms. McCoy for coming to talk to the National Honor Society seniors about the NHS Scholarship and assisting them with any questions regarding the application! 
  • To the National Honor Society seniors for their hard work on their NHS scholarship applications!
  • To Vaqeuriayah Fennell for always being proactive regarding her work in geometry!
  • To Coach Bennett for creating a family synergy with our undefeated boys basketball team!
  • To the new inductees of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and to the SHH officers who put together a wonderful virtual induction ceremony!
  • To Daniel Hayes, Chava Rhodes, Joseph Feliciano-Nieves, Justin Coley, Destinie Johnson, Brock Bowden, Jasmyn Shoutout to Braziel, Destiny Williams, Ven Jackson, Ja’Kobe Strozier, and Alexis Banks for being outstanding group leaders!
  • To Mr. Davis for jumping in to help support Debate Team members prepare for their speech tournament!
  • To Azha Mosley and Kashawn Myers for being two of three high school students to make to the final round of the first AUDL Argumentative Speech Bowl!
    • To Kashawn Myers for being awarded top speaker!

Drew Reopening Update

 Dear Drew Parents/Guardians:

I hope that you, your students and families are well and that during these difficult times you were able to take time together to be thankful during the Thanksgiving break. I also want to thank you for your flexibility and support as we have navigated this pandemic and virtual learning together as a community.  I know that virtual learning has required you to make tremendous changes in your lives, which can be challenging and stressful.  I also recognize that since we left our buildings in March, we have been on a long rollercoaster ride of potential returns and extensions of virtual learning.  For our staff these shifts have been stressful as we attempt to balance our deep desire to see our students face to face with the concern of minimizing risks for all members of our community.  I know that has been challenging for you as well, and it is in that context that I wanted to provide an update on our timeline for returning to in-person learning.   

Yesterday evening Atlanta Public Schools (APS) announced that it is postponing a transition to in-person learning for the district until January 25th, 2021.  As we have communicated in the past, Drew is not permitted to implement a less restrictive learning model than the district.  As such, Drew will continue operating under a full virtual instructional model for students until at least January 25th, 2021.  We are currently evaluating the most appropriate instructional model to implement beyond that date.  Before school closes for the upcoming winter break, we will update families on our plans.  

In the meantime, we hope you and your family continue remaining healthy and safe. We’ll be in touch soon. 

Peter McKnight
Drew Head of School

E-Learning Notices

Senior Academy Virtual Learning Guide

Dear Drew Community, 

As we continue school in our virtual learning environment this quarter, we want to focus on mental health awareness and self-care in our community. Mental health is central to our overall health and well-being. We recognize the many challenges that accompany sustained virtual learning and the potential negative impact virtual learning has on the mental health of students and families. It is important that we continue to highlight mental health and positive ways to support students and families during this pandemic, especially as we head into the holiday season. 

Per our school-wide communication, we will offer programming for parents along with students to directly address mental health. Senior Academy will incorporate this programming into our Wednesday schedule to better serve students and families. Please see the Wednesday schedule below:

TimeWednesday Programming
9:00 -9:50The following optional activities are available to students:
Virtual Field Trips
Principal’s Corner
Counselor’s Corner
Optional Activities
11:00 -11:45ADVISORY/CLUBS
11:45 – 12:15LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 The following are available to students:
– Small Groups/1:1 sessions (as needed)
– Study Skills [Required for select students]

Please note that this schedule does not include class rotations. The first available session is at 9:00 and optional for all students. We ask that all students attend their scheduled small group sessions (if selected) and scheduled advisory/club time at 11:00.  This week we will also honor our students work and efforts. In collaboration with EA’s theme of PBL, 10th graders will be holding their PBL showcase – see info here.

During the afternoon session, counselors will be holding drop in sessions for students. Please remember that Drew’s counseling team is always available to assist you and your student. Please feel free to reach out directly as needed.  Social emotional counselor contact information is listed below: 

As we enter the holiday season, we hope that these targeted support opportunities will proactively assist in addressing many of the critical mental health and wellness needs of our Drew community.  We strongly encourage you and your family to participate in offered activities and access available resources.  ~ K. Myers

For more details on virtual instruction please click the link below:

Google Classroom Training for Families

Guardian Announcements from Drew

Updates from Teachers!

  • Teachers at each grade level have compiled a few general notes for you in regards to updates related to their classes.

Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor should you have general questions about your student and/or need to connect for support.

  • Rob Richardson (9th & 11th, rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org)
  • Tara Davis (10th & 12th, tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org)

Help All Our Drew Families Have a Happy Holiday!  

Every year, the Drew PTA’s program, the Eagle Giving Tree, provides support to Drew families through the holidays with gifts from our own Drew community.  This year, the Drew PTA and the Drew Opportunity Fund have teamed up to take the Eagle Giving Tree virtual to continue this important program for Drew families.  

  • In lieu of collecting physical items, we are asking for donations to allow Mr. Rashid and his team to purchase needed holiday gifts. 
    • To contribute, click here and choose “Eagle Giving Tree” in the Fund section. 
    • Donations will be accepted through December 20.  
    • Questions?  Email the PTA’s Parent Resources co-chairs: Maggie (maggiels@bellsouth.net) or Heather (heatherkanderson@hotmail.com)

Thank you for helping to make all of our families’ holidays a little merrier and brighter!


If you missed the information from the last Principal’s Coffee please see the slideshow below:

Typically, high school is the time when young Eagles are maturing and are prepared to fly on their own. Encourage this independent practice. They will still need the watchful eye to guide them in their development and learning. Please do so during breaks and refrain from interrupting live instruction for the benefit of the students and teachers. The slideshow will include some additional ways you can support your learner in the virtual environment.

  • – Slideshow Presentation Here

The next meeting will be on


Announcements from


The Parent C.A.F.E. is hosted by APS

The Parent C.A.F.E is designed for

Guardians of students with disabilities

— Click Here to See Full Schedule —

General Activity Updates

The Media Services Eagle’s Nest

hOSTED ON Smore, Click the Link above
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Message from JA/SA Media Center Specialist


Please view  The Eagle’s Nest Media Newsletter for upcoming events and online resources for literacy/researching.   

  • Social Emotional Learning Resources
  • Galileo (password: lever)
  • Reading Counts/Beanstack  (Student ID num/Drewcharter3)
  • EPIC Digital books ( Mrs. Ricks class code dvc1703)  
  • Check out the Top Readers for the Month
  • Media Services Bitmoji classroom 7iy2jsh

We understand and recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund

While COVID-19 put a wrinkle in our plans to sell a special, 18-month celebration calendar in honor of Drew’s 20th birthday, we’ve recently received several inquiries indicating that there is still interest!

The school holidays/breaks indicated in the calendar may no longer be correct, but the artwork provided by students and staff is still spot-on. The perfect addition to brighten up anyone’s home or office!

Calendars can be purchased here for $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Drew Opportunity Fund.

Mark your calendar to give Drew a “high five” on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to raise funds and awareness for the Drew Opportunity Fund.


  1. Make a one-time or monthly donation of $5.
  2. Encourage 5 friends or family members to make a gift.
  3. Post a photo of yourself, or your student(s), holding a sign listing 5 reasons why you support Drew.  Be sure to tag us!

When you give Drew a high five you give a hand up to our school community.  Your support allows us to meet the ever-changing needs of our students, teachers, and families.  Let’s keep up the great work.  #WeAreDrew

The Drew Opportunity Fund is currently assisting families with varying needs during this difficult time. If you, or a Drew family you know, could use some assistance please fill out the Family Support Assessment: https://forms.gle/RT9m1BRWLomLinSr5

This form is confidential and the responses will only be shared with our social worker and student support teams. Drew is here for you. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out.  #WeAreDrew


Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be listed on the Drew website. Please continue to support the Opportunity Fund–we are making a difference. Make a secure, online donation here.


Week of 12/14- 12/20

“House Party” Homecoming
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8:30 – 9:401st Period – 1A midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
9:50 – 11:002nd Period
11:40-12:50Break and/or small groups [for selected students]
1:00-2:103rd Period – 3A/3MWF midterm, summative assessment or project presentation
2:20-3:304th Period
3:45Kickoff Trivia Raffle [Zoom Link]
2:00 – 5:30[Please note the time change]

 Nutrition pick up
– Location: Lower campus [Drew Elementary Campus]



8:30 – 9:401st Period – 1B midterm, summative assessment or project
9:50 – 11:002nd Period

Cohort 2024/9th Grade
Cohort 2022/11th Grade
1:00-2:103rd Period – 3B/3TTH midterm, summative assessment or project
2:20-3:304th Period
3pmMaker Space Office Hours – Zoom makerspace hours!

Tuesday will be office hours where students can ask questions and get help –> bit.ly/DrewMAKE



Review Day

TimeWednesday Programming
9:00-9:45The following optional activities are available to students:
— Virtual Field Trips
Principal’s Corner
Counselor’s Corner
Optional Activities
12pmMonthly Principal’s Coffee
3PMTENNIS INTERST MEETING [ via ZOOM, See Flyer Above for Details]
5:30Virtual Parent University – Easy Ways to Serve During the Holidays 

Join Zoom Meetings
Meeting ID: 658 735 0006
Passcode: 253647


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Principal’s Coffee

Monthly Principal’s Coffee

Zoom Link here

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8:30 – 9:402A/2TTh midterm, summative assessment or project
9:50 – 11:004A/4TTh midterm, summative assessment or project

Cohort 2023/10th Grade
Cohort 2021/12th Grade
2:00-4:00 Senior Photo Pick up
3pmMakerSpace Office Hours

The zoom links can be found here–> bit.ly/DrewMAKE



Half Day – Exams or Final Project Presentations

8:30 – 9:40 –  2B/MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
9:50 – 11:00 – 4B/4MWF midterm, summative assessment or project
1:00-4:00DJ PARTY ROOM 

12/19| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
12/20| Sunday
  • N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Holiday Break

12/21 – 01/04

12/21-01/04- HOLIDAY BREAK

Please note teachers operating in a hybrid capacity will NOT have access to the building
during quarantine week(s)

01/05- Students Return to School

Upcoming Events:

  • 12/21-01/04- HOLIDAY BREAK
      • Please note teachers operating in a hybrid capacity will not have access to the building during quarantine week(s)
    • 01/05 – Grades Available
    • 01/09
      • 1pm: Homecoming Game [Paideia] – This event will be streamed

Check this out!

The Decatur Maker Space is building desks for students – nothing fancy (see photo) but very functional. Here is a link to the article. https://decaturmakers.org/building-free-desks-youth/


Household Resources

Free meals available to ALL children in the District – Including Drew Students – Through December 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced an extended waiver which allows free meals to all children (ages 1-18) in communities designated as areas of community eligibility. The entire state of Georgia has been declared an area of community eligibility through Dec. 31, 2020.   The weekly 5-day meal kits (5-breakfast meals and 5-lunch meals) will still be available for pick up at Drew’s Elementary Academy each Monday between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. However, between now and December 31st families no longer need to pre-order their meals through MySchoolBucks. You can simply show up during distribution hours to receive meals.  Upon arrival at Drew during the pick-up window, you will simply state how many meal kits you need for children between ages 1 and 18, and they will be provided.    Alternatively, now through December 31, Drew families may also pick up the free weekly meal kits at any of these 14 other school distribution sites throughout the district on Mondays – See here for more info.

Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



The PTA Needs YOU! 

This year, more than ever, Drew teachers and families need our support!

What do the PTA dues and fundraising efforts pay for (especially during the 2020-21 school year)?

  • Teacher Appreciation Gifts 
  • Donations to The Opportunity Fund – which supports Drew families
  • Teacher and Classroom Grants – for projects enhancing student learning
  • Some past examples include:
  • Leveled library with cart to be shared across a single grade level
  • Class set of guitars
  • iPads/Chromebooks for use within a specific classroom
  • Beekeeping materials and bees
  • Drones for a robotics club 
  • Materials and choreography for a choral performance
    • This support for our students, teachers and families would not be possible without your membership!

 Join or renew today!  www.drewcharterschoolpta.com

Other Concerns

Decorate for the Holidays and Support Drew at the same time!
Shop online for fresh garland, wreaths and more…
and 15% of your purchase goes to the Drew Charter PTA.
Includes FREE direct shipping, so it makes a great gift for loved 
ones across the country! Order by 12/13 for Christmas delivery.

Support the Drew PTA at Amazon Smile:
Order through Amazon Smile link, and Amazon will make a
donation to the Drew PTA.

Uniform Concerns!

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees


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

Update for Students:

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