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.

Announcements

  • 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!

Calendar: 

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

THE VARSITY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM WILL HOST THE

AREA 5 TOURNAMENT on 10/01

 

FIRST MATCH @ 5:30 PM

DREW vs WASHINGTON

SECOND MATCH @ 6:30 PM

McNAIR vs KIPP

THIRD MATCH @7:30 PM

WINNER

 

GENERAL ADMISSION $6

 

ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED

PRIOR TO ENTRY

 

GO EAGLES!!!!

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

PHYSICAL cOPIEs ARE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE
OF THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE ON THE 2ND FLOOR.

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.


PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

  • 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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

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


Update for Students:

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.

Announcements

  • 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!

Calendar: 

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

PHYSICAL cOPIEs ARE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE
OF THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE ON THE 2ND FLOOR.

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.


PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

  • 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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

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


Update for Students:

Week of September 16th, 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

Announcements

  • Ms. Walker, who joins us as a Special Education teacher!
  • Yasmine Briscoe, Cortez Kitchens, and Kailey Saddler for always having a positive attitude, being really thoughtful and working really hard even when faced with distractions or challenges. Your effort is noticed. Keep up the awesome work!
  • Dr. D. would like to stand up and applaud for Destiny Brantley, Tityonna Snead, Taylor Sturdivant, Nadea Davis, Joss Harris, Azriel Melvin, Ariel Adams, Toby Bryles, Shelby Ross, Jayda Howard, Bryant Triplett, Caleb Heath, Jayden Vickers, Sydni Hayes-Peterson, Gio Dixon, and Ty’Rent Marks for exhibiting amazing, focused work in Spanish this past week!  Wow!  ¡Qué fantástico!  ¡Los estudiantes son super inteligentes!
  • To all of the teachers that are consistently greeting students at their classroom doors and those helping to enforce uniform policy
  • To Alani Andrews for being selected to be a member of Youth United!
  • To 9th-grade teachers, Ms. Ferguson,  Ms. McKenzie, and Ms. Davis for an amazing display of team effort in the smoothness of the Lion King Trip.(Kickoff to interdisciplinary PBL project “My Story Makes Me Epic” Extra shout out to Dr. Morhan, Ms. Klein, and Mr. Bennett who worked tirelessly in the planning process!
  • Ms. Mays and Ms. Wilder for establishing a cohesive co-teaching environment which caught the attention of some students who expressed how much they’ve enjoyed learning from both teachers in World Literature!
  • Ms. Hecht and Mr. White for facilitating thoughtful conversations with the seniors in Advanced Composition about their current novel, Kite Runner!
  • Ms. Gresham for using innovative strategies to keep students engaged and excited about Algebra 1!
  • Ms. Isbell and Mr. White for a successful Senior Community Forum!
  • Chava Rhodes for soliciting students and a sponsor to start the Anime Club! 
  • Dr. Allen for her consistent communication with students and families to ensure a safe learning environment
  • Ms. Whittington for engaging students Alexandria Girault, Hannah Smith, and Jada Allen in an authentic learning experience at Sychronicity Theater on Peachtree St. 
  • Ms. Livingston for receiving the Eagle for constant contribution to the Senior Academy
  • Ms. Davis, the rest of the CCR team, and Ms. Schaffer for putting on an informative and well-attended Junior Night.
  • Ms. McKenzie for her consistent support of students and teachers

Calendar: 

Week of 09/16/19-09/22/19

 09/16| Monday |  “A” Day  
  • 3:00 
    • Flex Time: A week Clubs
      • Available clubs: Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
        • 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. 
  • 5:30 – JV Volleyball @ S. Atlanta [South Atlanta High School]
09/17| 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
    • 10th Grade Community Forum
  • 5:00 – Volleyball @ KIPP [Kipp Atlanta Collegiate]
  • 5:30 – Softball v. Druid Hills [ Crim ]
09/18| Wednesday | “A” 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 Cafeteria11th/12th- Extended Learning or Main Gym
  • 5:30
    • Cross Country @ Grant Park
    • Softball @ Stockbridge
09/19| Thursday | “B” Day
  • HBCU Dress Down Day
    • Students and Staff with a wristband or HBCU Culture Shirt may dress down
  • APS Expanded Cabinet Meeting
  • 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 – HBCU Night [Drew Auditorium; See Additional Details Below]
09/20| Friday |  "A” Day
  • No jeans passes this week 
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory
09/14-15| Saturday and Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • 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 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 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.

Submit form ASAP

PHYSICAL cOPIED ARE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE
OF THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE ON THE 2ND FLOOR.

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


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.



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.


PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

  • 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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

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


Update for Students:

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

Announcements

  • 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

Calendar: 

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.



PTA UPDATES

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. 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR YMCA PARENTS' NIGHT OUT HERE
  • 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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

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


Update for Students:

Week of September 02nd, 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.


  • Thanks for a great school year thus far. As we continue to support our students and provide a safe and nurturing school environment, we ask that all parents be sure to read this communication regarding our continued after school process.
This Letter can be enlarged by clicking 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 should bring a meal to the school for your student after the students’ 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.

Announcements

  • Kentrell Russell for showing Agency in Spanish.  He took his vocabulary home and studied so that he could be prepared and has since been excelling in the course. 
  • Kenya Little for scoring a high grade on her first Spanish Test. 
  • To the Varsity Volleyball Team for their win over Carver last week!
  • To Ms. Simmons for ensuring students are supported in their school work by pushing students towards extended learning!
  • The CCR Team for all the hard work in preparing rosters for student conferences during the first half day conference!
  • Ms. Shaffer for incorporating an interdisciplinary project entry event and encouraging students to present teaching/learning strategies!
  • Grade level teams for working through the parent conference day to ensure that families were able to have face-to-face meetings!
  • The CCR Team and Mr. White for participation and preparation of a successful Senior Night!
  • Ms. Bryant for her collaboration with the Science Department to prepare for Science Fair!
  • Mr. Johnson for his continuous involvement in restorative practices and culture building with staff!
  • Dr. Allen for engaging in proactive restorative practices to assist students and families!
  • Coach Davis for actively being involved in student monitoring and providing students with positive reinforcement and feedback
  • Coaches Wilder, A.Smith, and Livingston for bonding with the Volleyball team; the girls were able to meet the teams who played after watching the them play!

Calendar: 

Week of 09/02- 09/08

 09/02| Monday | NO SCHOOL
  • LABOR DAY
09/03| Tuesday | “B” Day 
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: B week Clubs
    • 3:10-3:30 – Tameka will assist students on the 3rd floor with club changes. 
    • 3:35-3:55 – Tameka will assist students on the 2nd floor with club changes. 
09/04| Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 9:15 Drew Babies Pictures
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 10th/12th Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 9th/11th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
  • 5:30 
    • SA Softball @ Tri-Cites [Tri-Cities High School]
    • SA Cross Country [Grant Park]
09/05| Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:30 – SA Softball @ Grady [Grady High School]
09/06| Friday |  “A” Day
  • 1:30 – Advisory
  • 6:00 – Cocktails in the park [Zaban Center @ East Lake Park 241 Daniel Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30317]
    • ADULTS ONLY
    • ADDITIONAL DETAILS BELOW TO PTA SECTION
09/07-08| Saturday and Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 09/09 – 09/13
    • 09/09
      • 5:00 – JV/V Volleyball vs. Paideia [Paideia] 09/10
    • 09/10
      • 6pm- Junior Grade Level/College Counseling Night [Auditorium]09/11
    • 09/11
      • 5:30 – SA Softball @ N. Atlanta [North Atlanta High School], SA Cross Country [Grant Park]
    • 09/12- Blazer/Picture Day
      • Athletic Booster Club Meeting
      • SA Softball @ Westlake [Westlake High School]
      • SA Volleyball @ Maynard [Maynard Jackson High School PTSA]
  • Other Dates
    • 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
    • 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

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.



PTA UPDATES

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. 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR YMCA PARENTS' NIGHT OUT HERE
  • 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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY as of 08.06.19

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


Update for Students:

Week of August 26th, 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.


Announcements

  • Ms. Edwards who joins at the Upper Campus as our new secretary in the main office!
  • Payton Gunner, Skye Holloway, Miles Selles, Carrington Grant, Kamea Alleyne, and Terron Joiner for doing a fantastic job representing Drew as student ambassadors at the PGA TOUR breakfast on Wednesday last week.
  • Amanda Carter, Connor Mason, Amian Smart-Browne and Bryce Zelazoski for serving as Media Correspondents at the PGA TOUR last week! Each correspondent attended the tournament, interviewed golfers, and wrote articles about the tour.
  • Mr. Copp for enthusiastically jumping in to provide a personalized campus tour of Emory University to seniors!
  • Nakeera Stewart, Desha Rogers-Givens, Biance Cox and Carrington Grant for crafting and delivering powerful speeches at the 2019 Blazer Ceremony last week. 
  • Lucy Corkran and Bryles for soaring on their first AP quiz!
  • Israel Meggett for focusing on his academics.
  • Tamya Evers and Mahasin Nasir for being great in GeoTech !
  • Afiyah Cave for her greatly improved perspective drawing.
  • Brock for his leadership in the group Project.
  • Jakobe Strozier for being on task and making great drawings.
  • Payton Gunner, Skye Holloway, Miles Selles, Carrington Grant, Kamea Alleyne, and Terron Joiner for doing a fantastic job representing Drew as student ambassadors at the PGA TOUR breakfast on Wednesday.  
  • Amanda Carter, Connor Mason, Amian Smart-Browne and Bryce Zelazoski for serving as Media Correspondents at the PGA TOUR! Each correspondent attended the tournament, interviewed golfers, and wrote articles about the tour. 
  • Mr. Copp for enthusiastically jumping in to provide a personalized campus tour of Emory University to seniors!
  • Nakeera Stewart, Desha Rogers-Givens, Ms. Cox and Carrington Grant for crafting and delivering powerful speeches at the 2019 Blazer Ceremony.  
  • Ms. Livingston, Ms. Green, Alumni Nazjaa Hughson, and Ms. Cox for organizing blazers, calling parents, and doing anything else that was needed to prepare for the Blazer Ceremony. 
  • Ms. Herman for helping student speakers prepare for the Blazer Ceremony, prepping media correspondents for the Tour Championship, and working with the students who attended the Tour Opening Breakfast. 
  • Ms. Schaffer for facilitating her first impromptu conversation with a group of 11th grade students. 

Calendar: 

Week of 08/26 – 09/01

 08/26  | Monday | “A” Day
  • 3:00 – Flex Time [A 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 Volleyball vs. Paideia [Home]
08/27 | 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
  • 5:00 – SA Volleyball @ Washington
  • 5:00 – SA Softball @ Galloway
08/28 | Wednesday | “A” Day
  • 1:30 – Advisory
  • 5:00 – SA Softball @ Stockbridge
  • 6:00 pm Senior Night
08/29 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • 09th /10th – Extended Learning or Cafeteria
    • 11th/12th- Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 5:00 – SA Volleyball vs. Carver [Home]
08/30| Friday |  “A” Day
  • Half-day (Conferences)
    • 8:00-8:45 – 1st Period
    • 8:50-9:35 – 2nd Period
    • 9:40-10:25 – 3rd Period
    • 10:30-11:15 – 4th Period
    • 11:15 – 9/10 Lunch/Student Dismissal
    • 11:30 – 11/12  Lunch/Student Dismissal

August 30th – Half-day (Conferences)**

Grade Level Counselors will reach out to targeted families for appointments.

Parents without appointments are encouraged to attend the grade level information session for updates and crucial information. Typically from 1:00 pm- 1:30 pm; be on the lookout for more details as the date gets closer.

NOTE: If you wish to have a meeting, it will be scheduled after this date. To schedule the meeting send an email to the grade level counselor requesting for the meeting. Address the subject line as “Request for Parent Conference

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 09/02 – 09/06
    • 09/02
      • Holiday – No School
  • Week of 09/09 – 09/13
    • 09/10
      • 6pm- Junior Grade Level/College Counseling Night [Auditorium]
    • 09/12- Blazer/Picture Day
  • Other Dates
    • 09/19- HBCU Night
    • 11/15- 2:30 -SA Homecoming Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
    • 05/16- Graduation

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


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!

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
  • 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

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.



PTA UPDATES

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. 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR YMCA PARENTS' NIGHT OUT HERE
  • October 5th | 12-4pm | Fall Festival: (date is tentative) 

Support the PTA’s Fall Flower Sale!

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

https://www.drewcharterschoolpta.com/

 Fall is on the way so get ready with the autumn colors of chrysanthemums at Drew PTA’s Fall Plant Sale. These beautiful flowers also make great gifts!

Grown in a local nursery, these mums are available in 3 different sizes and 5 different colors. The live plants will arrive heavily budded so that they bloom after you take them home. The mums will be delivered to the school in late September or early October, and you will be informed of the delivery date well in advance to make plans.

Reflections Art Competition

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 10/18
MORE INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM

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.
NOTE:
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

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY as of 08.06.19

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

  • Drew Opportunity Fund – In recognition of Mr. Don Doran, Head of School, and his decade of leadership we are delighted to announce the launch of the Drew Opportunity Fund. Join us in thanking Mr. Doran for his years of service by making a donation in his honor today! Learn more

Update for Students: