The SOFi Cup is THIS SATURDAY!

Enjoy a morning on the golf course while supporting Bolton Academy through the Soaring Owls Foundation at the 2018 SOFi Cup.   

After the smashing success of last year’s SOFi Cup, we are excited that our friends at North Fulton (Chastain) Golf Course have agreed to host us again.  As in past years, we are keeping the tournament format the same (check out our flyer for information about registration and sponsorships).  

It all goes down Saturday starting at 8:30 am for a shotgun start.  Feel free to email us with any questions, or check us out online for more information!

Picture Day - This Thursday!

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This Thursday, October 18, is Picture Day. We have heard from our parents and are making some changes to our process. This year, you will not need to pre-pay for photos. Every student will have their picture taken. After processing, the packets will be sent home and you can then decide what photos you want to keep and pay for or you can return the entire packet at no cost. More details will be provided once the photo packets are processed, but for now, please note that every child will have their picture taken and no money is required at this time. We hope you are happy about this change!

New From the Nest

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We hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break and that everyone is rested and glad to be back at school.  We kicked off Fall Break with our Playground Build Day and it was fantastic.  Our students now have an amazing place to play and explore.  If you haven't seen the video of the event, please check it out here.  It was truly an awesome day for our parents, students and community.  We will forever be grateful to KaBOOM! and Delta Air Lines for such an amazing gift to our school!

The students also had a great time at our Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday, October 5.  A huge thank you to all of our teachers and parent volunteers who made this event a success.  

Report cards will be sent home today in envelopes.  Please review the report card with your child, sign the envelope and then return only the envelope by this Wednesday, October 17; the report card is yours to keep.  Encourage your children to keep up the good work as we begin the second half of this semester.

Have a fantastic week!
Mrs. Lawrence  (on Twitter @BoltonPrincipal)

North Atlanta Warrior Chess

October 14.  Your Mission:  Intercept and defend against the enemy patrol headed your way. Consult with your Commanders (King, Queen), plan with your Majors and Lieutenants (Knights, Rooks) get your Special Forces into the field (Pawns) and go with the prayers of your Chaplain (Bishop). 
 
Enlist now with NA Warrior Chess for Call of Chess: Modern Boardfare Cluster Team tournament to celebrate National Chess Day! This event is open to any player in grades K-12.  Sign up now!  Even though this is a team tournament, individual trophies will be awarded. 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - This Friday!

Please help make the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration great for all our kids!

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Volunteers are needed to:

  • Help with face painting (no experience needed)

  • Serve food, and

  • Clean up after the event

  • Sign up by emailing Mr. Muga!


Also, below is the schedule so you will know when your child will be participating in the celebration:

  • 2nd Grade: 9:00-9:45

  • 1st Grade: 9:50-10:35

  • 3rd Grade: 10:40-11:25

  • Kindergarten: 11:35-12:20

  • 5th/Pre-K: 12:40-1:25

  • 4th grade: 1:30-2:15

Finally, please remember to send the following food/supplies to your teacher by Thursday:

  • PreK-1st: Tortilla/Nacho chips

  • 2-3rd: Oreo cookies, plastic spoons, forks

  • 4-5th: Paper towels, napkins and hand sanitizer

HOOTY'S NEST EGG - THE FINAL TALLY!

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SOFi is beyond thrilled to announce that we more than exceeded our goal of raising $45,000 for Bolton.  Our final tally was $55,000 and we could not be more thankful for all of the amazing support we received from over 160 families throughout our community and over 30 teachers and staff members! Thank you to everyone for continuing to make Bolton Academy a great place to learn!

With our most sincere thanks,
Your 2018 Hooty's Nest Egg Committee
Kara Williamson, Jeanne Zawacki, Kristin Woodward and Christy Dixon

Title I Meeting - Recap and Your Submission Needed

Thank you to the parents who attended the Title 1 Parent Meeting on Friday hosted by Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Haley.  For those of you who couldn't attend, we wanted to share the presentation for your review. If you have any questions at all, please follow up with Melanie Haley.

Also - parents and guardians, we need your signature. Today, your student and teacher went over the School-Parent Compact and the School Parent and Family Engagement Plan. As a Title I school, we create these documents to share our goals, Title I plans and to encourage parent engagement. These documents ask our students, parents and teachers to partner together to take an active role in their learning and academic success. Please review both documents and return only the PINK sheet to your teacher no later than Wednesday, October 3. We need every parent to sign to this form so we greatly appreciate your help so we are in compliance with our Title I requirements. Thank you!

NAPPS Meeting: Property Taxes and Education Funding

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Wednesday at 6:30pm
Sutton Middle School Theater (2875 Northside Drive)

Local elected officials will discuss the impact of the property tax referendum (Senate Bill 485), its impact on APS, and other topics of interest. The referendum will be on the November 6th ballot.

Our Forum guests include:

  • Lisa Bracken, CFO of APS

  • Senator Jennifer Jordan, District 6 State Senate

  • Leah Aldridge, Candidates for District 6 State Senate

  • Betsy Holland, Candidate for District 54 of the Georgia House of Representatives

  • Byron Amos, District 2 Representative, APS Board of Education

  • Cynthia Briscoe-Brown, At Large Representative, APS Board of Education

  • Nancy Meister, District 4 Representative, APS Board of Education

  • Kandis Wood Jackson, At Large Representative, APS Board of Education

NEWS FROM THE NEST - Playground, Parking and Deliveries

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I know it is hard to believe, but it is almost time for our new playground! This last week before Fall Break is an exciting time for all of our students, but knowing our new playground will be built soon is feeding the excitement for sure.

Some of you may still wonder how we are going to build an entire playground in just about 6 hours. It has taken a lot of planning and logistics to get us to this point and we will need our parents to help us cross the finish line.

We will have several large deliveries this week, and we will need to cone off several spaces on the street and even the parking lots for these deliveries.  As you are aware, most delivery companies provide delivery windows.  While we have done our very best to ask for times outside of the arrival and dismissal windows, it is possible that a delivery will arrive during one of these busy times.

We need you to be respectful of the coned areas - do not to leave parked cars in the driveways (even if for a minute) and plan plenty of time for drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon.  Again, we are doing our best to avoid key times, but your help and patience this week would be greatly appreciated!

Also thank you to our parents who attended Parent/Teacher Conferences. We had a record number of parents attend and we greatly appreciate your participation.

Have a fantastic week!
Mrs. Lawrence  (on Twitter @BoltonPrincipal)

Event Chairs Needed for Harvest Festival

The PTA is looking for 2 volunteers to chair our Harvest Festival, which will take place on Saturday, October 27. You will have the full support of the PTA, but we need some extra planners to help focus on the details and make the event a success! This is a fantastic, fun event for our families and community. If you are interested in learning more, please email Kristen Lancaster for more information. Thank you!

Publix Support of Bolton - Changes Coming and Your Action Needed!

Beginning this Sunday (September 30), the key tags we all use to support Bolton at our local Publix will be deactivated.  In order to continue to earn money for our school at Publix, please go to www.publix.com/partners and sign up for a Publix.com account.  Select Bolton as the school you want to support and then you will just enter your phone number when you shop.  Please share with neighbors and friends and be sure to sign up today!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

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It's a perfect time to take part in Spanish culture. Come participate in the celebration of "El Mes De La Hispanidad" that will be held in the gym on Friday, October 5th from 9:00 am - 2:10 pm. Your child will be a part of the celebration during their specials time that day. We would love if our parents could help with food donations for this event.

  • If you are in Pre-K, K or 1st grade, please bring tortillas or nacho chips.

  • If you are in 2nd or 3rd grade, please bring Oreo cookies, plastic spoons and forks.

  • If you are in 4th or 5th grade, please bring paper towels, napkins and hand sanitizer.

All donations can be dropped off with your Spanish teacher.

The SOFi Cup

It’s that time of year again - when really bad golfers (and a few pretty darn good ones) enjoy a morning on the golf course while supporting Bolton Academy through the Soaring Owls Foundation at the 2018 SOFi Cup.   

After the smashing success of last year’s SOFi Cup, we are excited that our friends at North Fulton (Chastain) Golf Course have agreed to host us again.  As in past years, we are keeping the tournament format the same, and we still have fantastic sponsorship opportunities (check out our flyer for information about registration and sponsorships).  Please note that we would like to receive sponsorship information by October 6, so that we can have all of the sponsorship signs and tournament materials printed. 

So, dust off the clubs, put together a foursome and come support Bolton Academy.  It all goes down October 20, 2018 starting at 8:30 am for a shotgun start.  Feel free to email us with any questions, or check us out online for more information!

Last Week to Donate to Hooty's Nest Egg!

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We've only got a few days to go to shatter our goal of $45,000, so please send in your donation to Hooty's Nest Egg in today!  You can donate online - either in a lump sum or set up a recurring payment to pay over time - or by writing a check (to Soaring Owls Foundation) and dropping it 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.

Finally, SOFi will have a table set up at BINGO Night and Loteria this Friday, so you can stop by and donate in person as well. 

For more details about Hooty's Nest Egg annual fund, including donor levels, incentives and how to give, please visit us online or send us an email!

BINGO Night and Loteria

When?  Friday, September 28th
Time?   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?  Bolton Academy Cafeteria

Come one, come all and join the Bolton Academy PTA for an evening of food, prizes and BINGO!  Dinner will start at 6:00 pm with pizza from St. Angelo’s and BINGO will begin at 6:30. Try your luck to win some awesome prizes including Airhogs Axis 200, Air Hockey Table, Aqua Power Water Gun and More! 

For only $5, you can get a pizza meal, game cards, and a raffle entry to win the grand prize – an electric scooter! (must be present to win).  
 
This year we are enjoying not only Bingo but also LOTERIA, a hispanic version of Bingo, with more opportunities for winning one of our many prizes!
We are looking for volunteers and donations to make this the best BINGO Night EVER!! Please sign up on our sign up genius.  You can also contact Ida Anderson or Jessica Wilson.  See you there!
 
Cuando?  Viernes, el 28 de Septiembre
Hora?   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Donde? La Cafeteria de Bolton Academy

Vengan a Bolton Academy para una noche divertida de comida, premios, Bingo, y Loteria!  Cena empiezara a las 6:00 PM con pizza de St. Angelo's y los juegos empiezaran a last 6:30.  Prueba tu suerte y gana premios como Airhogs Axis 200, una mesa de Air Hockey, Aqua Power Water Gun y mucho mas! 
 
Por solo $5, puedes comprar una combinacion que incluye de pizza, bebida, galleta, tarjetas para jugar Bingo Y Loteria, y una entrada para el gran premio ....un scooter electronico!(tiene que ser presente para ganar).  
 
Este ano jugaremos Bingo Y Loteria!   Asi tendran mas oportunidades para ganar uno de nuestros premios!  Tambien estamos buscando voluntarios y donaciones para que este ano sera increible!   Si pueden o desean ayudar favor de llamar o mandar un texto a Ida Anderson al 314-630-5961 o tixanderson@yahoo.com.  Los veremos el viernes!

NEWS FROM THE NEST: Parent Empowerment Night Recap, Parent-Teacher Conferences and Playground Update

Happy Monday!

We wanted to thank everyone for the incredible turn out at our first Parent Empowerment Night of the year. It was our best attended Parent Empowerment Night yet. We love seeing our parents committed to learning more about academics at Bolton Academy. Your support at home is invaluable, and we are grateful that you took the time to spend with us. Also a HUGE thank you to our support team of teachers who watched the kids in the gym. We could not have pulled it off without you. With all of the fun they had, I think the kids will be more than ready for the next event!

We know not everyone could make it to Parent Empowerment Night, but please plan to attend your parent-teacher conference(s) this week and next week. Forms were sent home with your child specifying your conference day. If you haven't already requested an appointment, please reach out to your teacher immediately. Prioritizing this time to learn more about the progress of your child is a critical step to ensuring their academic success.

And finally, we are in the last stages of our new playground build!  The old structures were removed this past weekend in preparation for our Prep Day next Thursday (October 4) and our Build Day on Saturday, October 6. A huge thank you to the group of parents who worked hard all day Saturday getting the space ready.  We know it was a ton of work, and we couldn't have done it without you!  If you can volunteer for the prep and/or build day(s), please sign up using these links: ENG | ESP.  Childcare will be available for children ages 5 and up.

We look forward to seeing our parents at our conferences!

 

Mrs. Lawrence  (on Twitter @BoltonPrincipal)

Sutton Speaker Series: Personal Well Being

Sutton Middle School invites all parents to attend its Sutton Speaker series. A session will be hosted by Dr. Rachel Rose on Thursday, September 27, at 6:45 pm at the Northside Campus to discuss how to talk to your kids about their Personal Well Being. Future speaker sessions will discuss Internet Safety, Planning Your Future at College and Money and Finances. Please join us if you can!

Sutton Meet and Greet

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Attention 5th Grade Parents or anyone interested in learning more about Sutton! Please join us on Thursday, October 25, 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.