Donor's Choose Project

Mrs. Cummings is looking to get some new books and seating options for her 3rd grade students!  Her class had made a project through DonorsChoose.org where people can donate to help them receive those resources. Donations of any size are appreciated. Right now, any contribution you make to this project will be doubled by Charles Schwab.  You can access the project here.  Thank you!

Red Ribbon Week - Next Week

In support of Red Ribbon Week next week, our students will not only pledge to be drug free, but they'll get to show their support for the Red Ribbon campaign by dressing up each day!  So, tee up your red shirts, crazy/fancy socks, hats, favorite team jerseys and jogging or athletic wear.  The schedule (what to wear on which days) will be coming your way later this week!  

Picture Day is Thursday

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Picture Day will be held this Thursday, October 19.  Please look for order forms in your child's backpack today or tomorrow and return to your teachers with payment.  (You can also click here to view the order form.)  Please note that you can also pay online, but you will still need to fill out the order form and return it to your teacher (there is a place to write in your online order number at the bottom of the form).

Sutton Prospective Parent Open House for 5th Grade Parents

Attention 5th Grade Parents!  Please join us on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the home of Kristen and Frank Schettino for an evening with Principal Gail Johnson and members of the Sutton faculty and PTA to learn more about the Sutton Middle School experience. It is a great opportunity to meet current Sutton parents who not so long ago had the same questions you have about Sutton.  Please RSVP online to let us know you'll be attending.

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Parent Empowerment Night

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to invite you to attend our rescheduled Parent Empowerment Night to be held on Wednesday, October 25th.  Our book fair will be open from 5-5:30 p.m., and we will meet in the cafeteria for a free pizza dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Following dinner, parents will be able to attend four 30-minute empowerment sessions.  Each session will provide general information and is not intended to be grade specific, so all parents are welcome to attend. 

The information sessions will run concurrently as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Session 1
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 P.m. – Session 2
  • 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Session 3
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Session 4

The workshop sessions include the following:

  • Balanced Literacy (Understanding the Daily 5 Framework): In this workshop, parents will receive an overview of the Daily 5 literacy framework from a literacy expert; learn about Lexile reading levels; discuss the DIBELS universal screener; and review how to interpret STAR reading reports.
  • Eureka Mathematics (Building Students’ Conceptual Understanding):  This workshop will consist of an overview of the Eureka Math program and will include hands-on activities and real-world problems for parents to solve using the strategies, manipulatives and questioning techniques used in classrooms with students.
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB) and Dual Language Immersion:  This workshop will provide an overview of the IB PYP approach to teaching and learning and a presentation on Dual Language Immersion as a strand bi-literacy program within the school’s curriculum. 
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Elementary School Counseling: This workshop will entail a presentation about the school-wide SEL program, its impact on student learning and the ways in which it is included within the structure of an academic day for students.  The discussion will also include ways in which the school counselor, (along with classroom teachers), supports students’ social and emotional well-being through push-in counseling courses. 
  • GO Team Introduction: The Atlanta Public School System (APS) became a charter district during the 2016-17 school year, and each APS school is in its second year of governance by a GO Team (local governance team).  Each GO Team is represented by parents, faculty/staff, and community members, as well as the school's Principal. Come meet Bolton Academy's GO Team and hear about the 3-year School Strategy the Team created last school year.

Since the information sessions are intended for adults, any children (Pre-K - 5th grade) who come to the event with their parent or guardian will be supervised in a separate location.  To accommodate parents, we will host “Movie Night at Bolton” for children  in the auditorium from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

We are looking forward to a great time of learning and we hope to truly empower all Bolton Academy parents! We hope to see you there!

Educationally yours,
Laura Strickling
Principal

Fall Festival Update

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We have some unfortunate news for the Fall Festival.  Our partner for the last several years is unable to help with the Fall Festival this year.  And by help, we mean incur 95% of the expenses, organize, set up, provide 50+ volunteers, clean up, etc.  They are opening a new church location, and have focused all of their resources behind that effort. Unfortunately, we just learned of the news ourselves in the last two weeks.  Therefore, given the short notice, we will not have our usual Fall Festival this year, but will combine our Fall Festival with our Family Fest/Game Night on Friday, November 10th to make it the best it's ever been!  Stay tuned for more details to come.

 

Hooty's Nest Egg Campaign Has Ended...WOW!

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Thanks to all of you, the Soaring Owls Foundation is proud to announce that Hooty's Nest Egg has surpassed its goal for this year's campaign and raised over $42,250!  This amazing feat included the participation of more than 150 families and 37 teachers and staff.

Further, in addition to Ms. Fanning's class, who earned a pizza party for its early 100% participation, a popsicle party will be provided to these superstar classes who came together to ensure full participation from their students: 

  • Ms. Alcantara
  • Mr. Armstrong
  • Ms. Clark

Lastly, we're excited to tell you that the following families were selected at random to receive the prizes listed below!

  • Principal for a Day (fall semester)
    • The Shankwiler Family (Mr. White)
  • Principal for a Day (spring semester)
    • The Dixon Family (Ms. Fowler)
  • Assistant Principal for a Day (fall semester)
    • The Beeler-Norrholm Family (Mmes. Clark, Cummings and Browne-Roberts)
  • Assistant Principal for a Day (spring semester)
    • The Lanoue Family (Ms. Adcock)
  • 2 tickets to SOFi’s Night charity auction
    • The Mers Family (Ms. Sherrer/Hernandez)
  • 2 reserved seats at awards ceremonies and graduations
    • The Jones Family (Ms. Bostic)

Again, we are so thankful for everyone's support!  Just a side note that if you haven't received a thank you note from us, then we need your address, so please shoot us an email.  Not only do we want to thank you properly, but we will also be sending out letters later this year confirming your tax-deductible donations to SOFi.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

Leslie Stevens, Jeanne Zawacki and Kara Williamson
Your 2017 Hooty's Nest Egg Committee

The SOFi Cup 2017 - Saturday, November 4

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Are you ready for The SOFi Cup 2017?  This fantastic event benefits the Soaring Owls Foundation and Bolton Academy, and will take place on Saturday, November 4!

We will be playing a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start at North Fulton Golf Course at 8:30 am.  We are expecting over 80 total golfers and there will be some really great prizes, contests, good food, beer and (also) more beer.  Of course, everyone is going to be vying for the best prize - 1st and 2nd place trophies made by our own students!  For more information, please check us out online and submit your registration form today!

Spirit Wear Orders

Thank you for your continued interest in our new Spirit Wear.  We will begin placing our Spirit Wear orders on the second Friday of every month as opposed to individual orders as they come in.  So if you've been eyeing anything new, please place your online order by this Friday, October 13th. You can expect your order to be delivered approximately two weeks after the group order date.  If you don't order by this Friday, our next order date will be November 10th.  Thank you in advance for your support! 

NAPPS Candidate Forum

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The NAPPS Candidates Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 to 9 pm at Sutton Middle School's main campus.  The purpose of this non-partisan forum is to introduce the public to candidates running in the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education election this November and give an opportunity for the public to hear the candidates' positions on issues and challenges facing the Atlanta Public Schools district.   You may confirm your participation to NAPPS co-presidents, Aquaria Smith and Karen Yanoshik at nappsus@gmail.com by September 8, 2017.

The 2017 Read-a-thon Fundraiser Starts Today!

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Today is the day our fall PTA fundraiser officially begins! You should have seen the sponsorship form in your child’s backpack on Friday, or click here to see how your family can participate in the 2017 Read-a-thon. Parents, we know how busy you are so please feel free to use the message below to share with your friends and family today on Facebook or email. 

Fundraiser Message:
"INSERT YOUR CHILD”S NAME is excited to read to raise money for our community school Bolton Academy. Bolton Academy is a very special place and by encouraging our kids to read we are helping them build a brighter future for themselves and the school. INSERT YOUR CHILD”S NAME will be reading for 3 weeks, and we are asking friends and family to donate either a lump sum dollar amount (ex. $25) or an amount per minute read pledge (ex. $.15) which can be capped at any dollar amount. Would you please consider making a donation today to help inspire and support them?" 

We recommend including a photo of your child and asking friends and family to post inspiring comments to let your child know they are doing great to keep them motivated!

We also encourage you to have your child or children ask for support in person or call their friends and family to connect with them one on one. We truly appreciate your help and can't wait to see the kids using their earned money to buy new books at the Book Fair later this month.

 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

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On Friday, October 6, all our students will be participating in a Hispanic Heritage Celebration. This is an event that the children love each and every year, but we need your help to make it a success. Please plan to send the supplies listed below in with your child by Thursday, October 5.

Pre-K, K and 1: Nacho/Tortilla Chips
2/3: Plastic forks and spoons and Oreo Cookies
4/5: Paper Towels, Napkins and Hand Sanitizer

We also need 15 parent volunteers to help set up, do face painting (no experience needed!) and provide general help during the event which lasts throughout the entire school day. Please email Sr. Muga if you are able to volunteer. We certainly understand most parents cannot stay the entire time so if you are able to come just for a few hours we would love to see you there!

 

Join the Walk

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Lace up your sneakers and join the world in International Walk to School Day on next Wednesday, October 4. If you live within walking distance of the school and have a safe route to walk, please join with your neighbors and let’s show our Bolton Academy spirit by walking to school!

Talk to neighbors and nearby friends about making the walk to school together, or check your neighborhood Facebook page for any organized group meeting time and place. Families who do not have an easy, safe walking route to the school may park their cars at the Buckhead Gymnastics parking lot and make the walk to school at 7:30 am. Bring signs, balloons, flags – anything to show your support for Bolton Academy and walking! Walking to school is a wonderful way to wake up your brains and bodies for learning!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Melanie Haley. Thank you, and let's all Walk To School on October 4!

It's Your Last Chance to Give to Hooty's Nest Egg!

We are so grateful for our community's amazing response to the Hooty's Nest Egg capital campaign, which raises money for Bolton Academy through The Soaring Owls Foundation.  To date, we have raised over $33,000 but we're not done yet!  Our goal is $40,000 and with your help in this last week, we can achieve it!

Parents!!!  If your child's class reaches 100% participation by Friday, they will win a popsicle party!  And don't forget the amazing benefits you get from being a SOFi donor, in addition to the warm and fuzzies you get from knowing you've helped your beloved school.

Teachers!!!  If you donate $20 by Friday, SOFi will provide you with a $100 cash grant which you can use to buy supplies for your fantastic classroom or finish out your DonorsChoose project!

ALL!!!  You can donate online - either in a lump sum or set up a recurring payment to pay over time - or by writing a check and dropping it, along with the donor card, in the PTA lockbox in the front office.  You also have the option to simply email us and pledge your donation.  We will count your donation and participation towards Hooty's Nest Egg now, and you can pay on a date of your choosing.  Also, please check with your employer to see if it will match any donations you make.

We thank you again for your support of Bolton Academy!

Upcoming NAPPS Meetings

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This Wednesday, NAPPS will hold a meeting at Jackson Primary at 12 pm to discuss the "State of our Cluster Schools." Bring your lunch and spend your lunch hour hearing brief presentations from each Principal in the North Atlanta cluster (elementary, middle and high school), meet other engaged parents in our cluster and become more informed.

Also, the NAPPS Candidates Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 to 9 pm at Sutton Middle School's main campus.  The purpose of this non-partisan forum is to introduce the public to candidates running in the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education election this November and give an opportunity for the public to hear the candidates' positions on issues and challenges facing the Atlanta Public Schools district.   You may confirm your participation to NAPPS co-presidents, Aquaria Smith and Karen Yanoshik at nappsus@gmail.com.

B's Cracklin' Spirit Night

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Come to B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque for the first Spirit Night of the school year on Tuesday, September 26. Starting at 5:30 pm, a portion of all sales will come back to benefit Bolton Academy. This is a great opportunity to come out and show your support for the school while enjoying great food with great friends. It also happens to be Open Mic Night, so if you or your children what to showcase your talent (or lack thereof), this could be the night you get discovered. B’s Cracklin’ is located at 2061 Main Street between Hollywood and Bolton Rd. See you there!!

PTA Membership Raffle Winner

As mentioned in the PTA membership welcome email, your contribution to the PTA is very much appreciated.  Families that joined the PTA became eligible for many great prizes that the PTA will be giving away throughout the school year.

And speaking of which...CONGRATULATIONS to the Parungao family!  The Parungao family won family entry to BINGO Night this past Friday.  

If you have not yet joined the PTA, get on board for a chance to win the remaining super prizes.  Thank you for helping your PTA "be the change" and be sure to stay tuned for more prize announcements throughout the year!