From the Soaring Owls Foundation...


We are so thankful to everyone for making SOFi's Night 2018 such a huge success!  In addition to the incredible support and attendance from our Bolton Academy community, including Principal Strickling, Assistant Principal Scharff and many parents and teachers, APS Board members Cynthia Briscoe Brown and Jason Esteves, City Councilman Dustin Hillis and APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen were also in attendance.  

SOFi also recognized its 2017 Benefactor of the Year recipient, Jason Boutwell, for his outstanding support of Bolton Academy and The Soaring Owls Foundation.  Jason - we are thankful for your continued generous support of our school!  Also, a special thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors and families of these people for making the night one we will all remember for a long time.
Now, for the news you've all been waiting for....we are so very proud to announce that our community raised over $50,000 for Bolton Academy!  These funds will go a long way to help continually improve our school, fund needed initiatives and finish up Bolton's new turf field.
If you were having too much fun to take pictures, don't worry - we'll have a bunch of photos from the event uploaded soon to

Thank you all again for your dedication and commitment to our Soaring Owls.  We couldn't be prouder of all of the great things our school and community have accomplished together!

Wes Finger, Jeanne Zawacki and Leslie Thrasher
Your SOFI's Night 2018 Event Chairs

Scholastic Book Fair - This Week in the Media Center


The Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 8 am to 3 pm this week.  The selection this year will include the latest and greatest titles for kids, as well as books of interest for parents. 

The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading so please plan to come check it out.  You can also contribute books to your child's classroom library. 

News From the Nest - March 19th

We hope that you all enjoyed our First Annual Student Showcase on Friday night!  We must first thank Ms. Varner and Ms. Walls for all the hard work that went into planning our first Student Showcase.  We also want to send a huge thank you to our teachers and students for their hard work.  And to our many parent volunteers, we couldn't have pulled it off without you so thank you, thank you, thank you!

We loved showcasing the incredible artwork and musical talents of our students but also loved seeing their academic creativity this year too.  Each grade was well prepared, and we hope that you learned a lot from our students.  We can't wait to build upon this event for next year!

We'll share more photos on Facebook this week, but here are a few of our First Annual Student Showcase!


Ms. Scharff  (on Twitter @BoltonApScharff)

Sutton's 6th Grade Re-registration

Sutton Middle School 6th grade re-registration for rising 6th graders who currently attend one of our six feeder schools will be on Monday, March 19, from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm in the gym at the Sutton Sixth Grade campus. Documents for re-registration are listed below:

  • Census Verification (this form will come home from Bolton Academy)
  • Current Lease/Mortgage Statement
  • Current Georgia Power bill
  • Notarized Affidavit of Residency (there will be 1 notary at Sutton during registration days)
  • Copy of Valid ID (parent/guardian)

Parents, please note that this used to occur at our elementary school, but they have changed the registration process this year. ALL STUDENTS must register on the Sutton Campus during the dates provided. See flyer for more information.


News From the Nest - March 12th


I hope everyone is adjusting to the time change. I know it’s hard for me, but I could not be more ready for spring.  I wanted to give a big shout out to our student of the month students for February. We are very proud of you! Thank you for all that you do to make Bolton a great place to be. 

Jacob Hayes
Skylar Bell
Scarlett Nash
Finn McDermott

First Grade
Litzy Marquez-Velazquez
Laila Taylor
Brian Biddy
Maggie White
Ashton Lancaster

Second Grade
Elaina Brown
Zaire Buchanan
Malik Joseph
Gabriela Parque-Lopez

Third Grade
Nikhil Kumar
Adler Geronimo-Jeronimo
Joseph Loeza- Valente
Johanna Fernandez-Loeza

Fourth Grade
Detrone  Royal
Samantha Bailey
Ava Agobert
Darby Carter 

Fifth Grade
Summer Clark
Jeydi Martinez
Jonathan Pineda- Cuyan
Kevin Mendez

Please also remember that because of the extended school day, we cannot check out any students after 2:30 pm.  Our front office staff is strictly enforcing this rule.  So, if you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, you must do so before 2:30 pm or you will have to wait until your child is dismissed at 3 pm.  Thank you!

Ms. Scharff  (on Twitter @BoltonApScharff)

Bolton's First Annual Student Showcase - We Need Volunteers!

Friday, 3/16 from 6 to 8 pm, our students' art masterpieces will be on display at the 1st Annual Student Showcase (en Espanol) and click here for an additional flyer (Eng | Esp).  All teachers will also be showcasing student work from their IB units of study.  We hope to see you all there. 

Also, we need volunteers to make this event a great success!  If you can help please sign up today! 

SOFi's Night - This Weekend!


Bolton's biggest night of this year is THIS SATURDAY at 7:30 pm at Le Fais Do-do, and we cannot wait!  Please be sure to buy your tickets online now to make your check-in quicker, so that you can jump right on into the fun.  

Also, bring some cash, checkbooks and credit cards because not only will we have fantastic items up for auction, we will have a wine wall, a 50/50 raffle and - for the first time ever - an official after party! 

That's right, for a suggested donation of $20, you can join us at afterSOFi 2018 - an on-site after party where we will have pizza and live music provided by all you amazing karaoke singers out there.  So, go ahead and let your babysitter know you'll be home a little later than you originally thought...this party goes until 12:30!

New from the Nest - March 5th


GREAT NEWS!!  We want to take this opportunity to formally introduce Ms. Melanie Haley as our new Title I Parent Liaison!  This role was previously filled by Ms. Andrea Middleton who recently earned her Master’s Degree in Health and Human Services and now serves in a new role with the city of Atlanta where she supports special services for the city’s homeless population.  As the new parent liaison, Ms. Haley has a desire to focus on family engagement and will continue to plan opportunities for family outreach that helps all parent stake-holders to become active participants in the growth and success of our school.  Ms. Haley plans to use her background as a former media director to support our school-wide communications and to inform both new and veteran parents about our school’s programs, our strategic plan for continued improvement and our instructional resources for students.  Additionally, Ms. Haley will help to coordinate opportunities for all parents to attend school-based meetings that relate to the curriculum, instructional programs, enrichment activities and ways to support students at home.  Finally, as she begins this work mid-year, Ms. Haley hopes to continue to bridge communications between the school and the community through initiatives that will take place through the remainder of this year and into the upcoming school year, (including providing school tours and hosting engaging parent information sessions).  We are so delighted to have Ms. Haley on board!

Administrative Team,
Laura Strickling – Principal
Lina Scharff – Assistant Principal (on Twitter @BoltonApScharff)

Interested in PTA? Let us know by tomorrow!

We need a new round of parent volunteers to help serve our school.  This year is flying by and we need keep the momentum moving forward for next year!

Our PTA is also in need of board members for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are involved in several events throughout the school day, but mostly plan the fun events for the kids and parents.  We will have the following open positions:

Two Co-Presidents
Two Co-President Elects
One VP of Teacher Support
One Treasurer Elect

We encourage anyone that is interested to email the PTA to learn more about any open positions or responsibilities of the board. 

There is also a PTA meeting at 6 pm tomorrow if you want to come join the groups to catch a meeting live in action.

Parents please strongly consider helping serve your school!

Boosterthon Fun Run - Friday, March 30th


We are very excited to launch our first ever Bolton Academy Boosterthon Fun Run which will take place on Friday, March 30th.  Over the next few weeks, we will get your kids excited about fitness and raising $5,000 for Bolton Academy.  We will share more details soon, but we need your support to make this a success for the kids and the PTA.  The Fun Run is a 9-day program, and we will kick it all off on Wednesday, March 21st with a pep rally to get them pumped up to run and begin gathering pledges for the number of laps they run (30-35 laps).  Are you concerned that running and asking for pledges won't motivate your kids?  We have tons of prizes ready and waiting to give out to incentivize them to get moving.  This is going to be a great, fun month for all of them!  

News from the Nest - February 26th


Welcome back everyone!  We hope you all enjoyed your Winter Break and are excited to be back at school ready to learn and to see some friendly faces.  
You all have been so diligent with having your children here and in their classroom by 8:00 am, but I wanted to remind you that we will begin giving out tardy slips today.  The teachers are using the 8-8:15 block each day to get each child focused and ready to learn.  Thank you again for your great response so far, and let's keep up the good work!

Ms. Scharff, on Twitter @BoltonApScharff

Need a Sitter for SOFi's Night?

to the rescue!

Bolton Academy is partnering with The Sitter Tree to raise funds for our school.  The Sitter Tree is a local babysitting community, serving Atlanta since 2000.  Families join and pay a placement fee to request a sitter.  Local coordinators recruit, screen and assign sitters for your requests.  All sitters are background checked and have their own transportation. The Sitter Tree will support our school by donating 10% of all family placement fees back to Bolton Academy!

Register today online, book your sitter for SOFi's Night and be sure to use "Bolton Academy" as your referral. If you are already a member of The Sitter Tree, email your coordinator to request to be moved to the Bolton Academy community in order to participate in this give-back partnership.

SOFi's Night - Sneak Peek


We at The Soaring Owls Foundation are getting more and more excited each day!  Our 5th Annual SOFi's Night Charity Auction is shaping up to be pretty fantastic.  Here's a sneak peek of some of the items we will have up for auction:

  • For barbecue aficionados, we'll have a Big Green Egg and Pitmaster for a Day with B's Cracklin Barbecue up on the block, plus DAS BBQ will be paired up with Scofflaw for a 10-person tasting event
  • And there's another awesome local beer tasting up for grabs - Second Self has donated a tasting event, including food, for 10 lucky people
  • Searching for the perfect night out?  Get ready to bid on dinner for 4 (approximately 8 courses, including drink pairings) at the exclusive Chef's Table at Local Three.  
  • We will also be auctioning off a Low Country Boil for 10 at Big Easy Grille & Bar.  We can't think of a better way to celebrate a birthday, or a random Tuesday!

Stay tuned for more auction items coming up in future Hoots!

We still are still taking donations for our live and silent auctions and sponsors for the event.  Your donations (both in kind and monetary) are tax-deductible!  If you have any questions about sponsorship, have a fantastic item to donate or want to volunteer, please email us.

Also remember to go ahead and buy your tickets online and spread with the word to neighbors, friends and family.  It's going to be a great night!

Important Information from Ms. Scharff and Ms. Strickling

It’s Winter Break time!  I hope everyone is enjoying the break and gets some much deserved rest.  When we return, we only have 13 weeks left of school.  I want to encourage everyone to read and/or use the online tools through MyBackpack to keep up with our learning.  If you have Twitter and your child works on any educational work, tag me in your tweet!  Can’t wait to see all the learning happening over break!
I want to say a thank you to everyone that has been diligent with having their children here and in their classroom by 8:00 am.  I am very impressed with how responsive the community has been.  Let's keep up the good work!

Also, we are in need of a café monitor. This is a paid position with daily hours of 10:30 am to 12:45 pm.  If you want longer hours, I can work with you.  If you are interested please reach out to me and feel free to spread the word to anyone who may be interested.

We also want you to mark your calendar for March 16 for our Bolton Academy Showcase. All teachers will be showcasing student work from their IB units of study. I am very excited to see all the students’ hard work, critical thinking, and creativity.

Finally, please see the attached letter from Mrs. Strickling that went home with students last week.  It contains very important information, so please read!  (English | Espanol)

- Ms. Scharff, on Twitter @BoltonApScharff

Spirit Day at St. Angelo's - March 3rd


Switching things up! Instead of a school night, it's on a weekend! Saturday, March 3rd. Instead of Spirit Night, it's Spirit Day! If you can't make it for dinner, go for lunch. Can't do lunch, do dinner. If you can't do either, but want some pizza, have it delivered. Just remember to mention that you are with Bolton Academy and St. Angelo's will give a portion back to the PTA. Members of the Bolton Academy Executive PTA will be there from 5 to 7 pm, so if you have any questions or want to learn more about what the PTA does, please stop by!

Parents, We Need You on PTA and GO Team


We need a new round of parent volunteers to help serve our school. Both our GO Team and PTA will have positions open for next school year. This year is flying by and we need keep the momentum moving forward for next year!

Our GO Team will have 5 open seats and is responsible for the development and execution of our strategic plan with our administration. We need 2 parent members, 2 staff members and 1 community member, with each committing to a 2-year term.  Parents who want to serve must declare their interest by Friday, February 23, and then the parents of Bolton Academy will vote for them.  Parents do not elect the staff or community members.  If you are interested learning more about Go Team, or better yet, declaring your candidacy - please go to  If you have a specific question about the GO Team roles at Bolton Academy, please reach out to GO Team Chair John Ramseur.

Our PTA is also in need of board members for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are involved in several events throughout the school day, but mostly plan the fun events for the kids and parents.  We will have the following open positions:

  • Two Co-Presidents 
  • Two Co-President Elects
  • One VP of Teacher Support
  • One Treasurer Elect

We encourage anyone that is interested to email the PTA to learn more about any open positions or responsibilities of the board. 

There is also a GO Team meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at 5 pm and a PTA meeting following at 6 pm if you want to come join the groups to catch a meeting live in action.

Parents please strongly consider helping serve your school!