Prospective Parent Open House
Invite your friends and neighbors Tuesday, January 24 8 am Spalding Media Center
Spalding Drive Elementary's annual Prospective Parent Open House is Tuesday, January 24 at 8 am in the Media Center. Join us for a short talk by our principal Mrs. Johnson, administration, Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, followed by a tour of the school by Student Council members and PTO parents and to learn all that SDE offers:
- Small neighborhood school with active parent involvement.
- Technology integration throughout the curriculum
- A STE(A)M focused school, complete with STEM Lab
Register Online Now!
The annual BINGO night is coming up on Friday, February 24th! Mark your calendars for a great family outing complete with dinner, baked items & concessions, and lively BINGO games for fantastic prizes. Registration flyers will be coming home to all families next week or you can register online by clicking here. Reserve now and save--packet and dinner prices will be higher at the door.
This 5th grade fundraiser will also feature some fun surprises this year so stay tuned for the big reveals over the coming weeks!
Thank you to all the families who have already donated prizes! We still need donations--each prize item should cost no more than $15 and be a new item in good condition. Some suggestions are board games, craft kits, sports items, DVDs, gift cards, books, or art supplies. Many items can be purchased at Target, grocery stores, 5 Below, Walmart, or Michaels - this is a great time to look out for sales, too. If your child received something over the holidays that just doesn't suit him or her, please consider donating it to the Bingo game prizes as well. Just drop your gift off at the school front desk, and we thank you! Any questions can be sent to Julie Franklin, prize chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link for sales:
2017 SDE Technology Fair
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Tech Fair on January 10. Super job, students (and our judges, too)! Also, big congratulations to those who won their categories and will represent SDE at the Fulton County Tech Fair on January. Great job, and good luck on the 28th!
Sarah Franklin (game design)
Shea Griffith (Internet applications)
Isabella Tucker & Kate Lott (digital photography)
Jace Jackson (device modification)
Henry Lott (animation)
Calling All Careers!
February 2nd may be Groundhog Day but this year it's also Career Shadowing Day at Spalding Drive! Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, our K-5th grade students will be shadowing interesting careers. If you are interested in volunteering to speak about your career, you can do one of the following:
• Email your teacher or Mr. Stevenson
• Call Mr. Stevenson at 470-254-8848.
Speakers will be asked to arrive at 8:15 am for a brief orientation and light breakfast. You will then talk about your career in the classrooms from 8:30-10:00 am, speaking with three different classes for 30 minutes each. The classes will rotate to you, so if you bring any equipment, you will not have to move it from class to class.
We would love to have parent speakers, so please consider making this investment in our students' lives. Parents will be selected on a first come basis. Thank you in advance for your participation!
To sign up, please send the following information to Mr. Stevenson or your child's teacher by Monday, January 23rd: Your Name, Phone number, Email address, Career/Position.
Spalding Drive Receives Certified School Digital Citizenship for 2016 - 2017
We are excited to announce that SDE has just been approved as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to our young people. As a result, our students are better equipped to navigate the digital world and use devices for learning. This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
STEM LAB VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Many of you have asked for more opportunities to help out with your child's class and/or grade at school and now we have a great opportunity for you! New this year,
parents, grandparents and guardians will be able to help out on a regular basis in the STEM Lab with your child's class!
We are seeking a few volunteer positions: A grade chair for each grade K-5, volunteers to come into the lab to prepare projects and experiments a few days in advance, and volunteers to come set up and work with their child's teacher and class in the STEM Lab on specific days to facilitate the kids' projects! STEAM coach Ms. Waller will be conducting some STEM Lab 101 meetings with parents to get them acclimated to the Lab and to get you started. Interested? Email
SpaldingElemPTO@gmail.com and let us know how you'd like to get involved!
Donate for a FREE Dress Day
Are you tired of wearing your uniform?
Donate $1 per child, per day and wear something else!
Friday, Nov. 4: Celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing red.
Monday, Dec. 5: Celebrate your team spirit by wearing a team shirt or jersey.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Celebrate Valentine's Day by wearing red or pink.
All donations go to the 5th grade TAG trip to Tybee Island. Thank you for your donation!
Have you joined PTO?
Learn all the benefits and Support Spalding Drive!
Reminder - Yearbook Orders
Cost is $30.00 until September 1st
Price increases to $35.00 after September 1st
ONLINE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
To keep in compliance with State Law and best practices, for the 2016-2017 school year, we will require that all persons interested in volunteering in the Fulton County School District to re-register/register (even if a person has completed an application in the past) by completing the new online volunteer registration/application process. Applicants should be prepared to spend about 10-15 minutes for the training and application process. In accordance with State Law, all volunteers must be current with the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol Training before being allowed to volunteer in our schools. It is very important that volunteers enter their full legal name as it appears on their government issued ID (please do not use nicknames or “goes by” names on the application). All applicants must wait 24 hours after applying for application processing and approval.
Does every person need to complete the registration process and abuse reporting training? No. A parent acting in the role of a parent is not required to register or complete the child abuse reporting training. Examples include visitors to the school for: parent/teacher conferences, 504/IEP meetings, school wide and classroom programs, eating lunch with their child, or any visit to sign in or check out their student. Visitors must however sign-in at the front desk and offer their government identification to be scanned into the visitor identification system.
Get ahead of the game and complete your
online volunteer training now!
We want our school to be the type of school where you feel welcome to volunteer…it truly takes a team effort and we know we could not do what we do without the support of our parents and volunteers. If you are unable to access the training site, please feel free to come and use our computers to complete the training.
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