Welcome to Evansdale!

Welcome to our Evansdale Elementary community! Starting a new school can be confusing. To make your transition easier, our Welcome Committee would like to offer you any help you might need. If you are new to Evansdale, or maybe even new to elementary school altogether, you will come across some terms and procedures that might not make sense to you in the beginning. We want to help you find your way around quickly.


If you would like information on how to enroll your student, check out the Step by Step Enrollment page, including many of the forms you need to complete.

Please review the student handbook for lots of details about what’s going on at the school, rules, procedures, etc.

And here on this page is lots of additional information that describes the PTA (Parent Teacher Association), and provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and even a Glossary of all those special school terms you will hear.


Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions- we want to help find answers for you. No question is too unimportant, because we know that informed parents who feel comfortable with the school can best support their children in reaching their full potential.

You can email your questions and ideas to evansdaleptawelcome@gmail.com  or send a note marked PTA Welcome Committee to the school office. Let us know your preferred language; we have parents who speak Spanish, French, Hindi, Russian, Mandarin, and many others.


Thank you!

Evansdale PTA Welcome Committee

Introduction to the PTA

Who are we?

What happens at a PTA meeting?

What is the difference between PTA, School  Council, and the Evansdale Education Foundation?

Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions

What’s the Difference between Visitor vs. Volunteer?

More Frequently Asked Questions:

Evansdale Glossary A-Z (PDF)

 Evansdale Glossary A-Z (HTML)



Introduction to the PTA

Who are we?

We are the PTA - the Parent Teacher Association.

We are part of the National PTA, and we are a non-profit organization, governed by rules and bylaws.  We consist of the elected board, the committee chairs, and all of the members -you!


Executive Officers

President: Lucy Foley & Stacey Helenbrook

VP-Fundraising: Sonya Brown and Tonya Raines

VP-Programs: Dawn Downes and Kathy Stancil

Treasurer: Adam Grier

Recording Secretary: Susan Shaver

Corresponding Secretary: Barbara Young

Our Mission The PTA supports the school, parents, and community.  Our goal is to make our school the best learning environment it can be, so that all our children can develop to their fullest potential.  We value and encourage parent involvement as it makes all the difference in helping to achieve our goal.

Our Activities The PTA provides programs and services that enhance learning and build community.  The PTA also raises funds to pay for those programs, and to assist the school with special purchases of equipment and educational items. See Home page for more info.

Who can join?  Parents, teachers, relatives, and community members can join.

How do I join?  Just come to Open House in August, PTA meetings, visit www.evansdalepta.org or ask for a membership form in the school’s front office.

 How do I find out what is going on?

  • Look for information in your child’s weekly courier
  •  Check the website www.evansdalepta.org
  •  Sign up for the weekly email updates at the website (If  you provide your email when you join  PTA, you will be signed up automatically)
  •  Come to PTA meetings (about every other month during the school year)
  •  Email evansdaleptawelcome@gmail.com with any questions
  • Drop a note in the PTA mailbox in the school office

What happens at a PTA meeting?  PTA meetings are always combined with a school activity like curriculum night or performances.  The business meeting includes discussion about budget issues, announcements, and reports from committees. It is governed by Roberts Rules of Order, so at times you will be asked to vote to approve things like the minutes, budget changes, or any changes to the leadership.  There is always something to talk about, but we know your time is precious and we keep these meetings short.

How does voting work?  It starts with a request for a motion to approve – one person raises their hand- and a request for a second- another person raises their hands – and then comes the question: All in favor? The traditional answer is ‘Aye’, or people raise their hands. It’s followed by a question if there is anyone who is opposed.  If more people say ‘aye’, the motion is approved.

Who can vote?  All members can vote.  Sorry, just the adults.  Children will have to wait until middle school when the PTA becomes a PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association).

I want to volunteer for a committee.  Can I do that?  YES! We are always looking for volunteers.  You can participate whether you have just a little bit of time here and there, have time only in the evening, or can be at the school regularly.  Whether you help with fundraising or service programs, there is something for everyone!  See volunteer opportunities for more details.

I want to lead a committee.  How does that work?  Most committee chair positions are filled in the spring.  If you are interested in leading a committee in the future, please contact the vice presidents of either programs or fundraising.  If you have a specific committee in mind, please contact the current committee chairs to participate and learn about all the activities.  Don’t be shy. The board and committee members are a group, but very open.  Everyone is welcome!

I want to volunteer, but don't have time to run things.  Is that a problem?  No!  Any amount of effort is welcome.  There are ways you can help even if you just have an hour to spare, and even if you can never be available during school hours.  See volunteer opportunities for more details.

What other ways can I be involved?  A very important way you can be involved is in your child’s classroom.  There are special occasions like holiday lunches or performances that you should attend.  There are also class parties, reading to the children in the younger grades, helping with computer lab, assisting the teacher with copies and sorting, etc.  Your teacher and room parent will let you know what you can do.

Why should I be involved?  There are many good reasons, here are just a few

  •  Your child will know you find school important and it will become more important to him/her.
  •  Your child will be proud to see you at school (even if they don’t show it when you are around).
  •  Your efforts help the teachers so they can concentrate on teaching the children.
  •  When you come to the school to volunteer, you will meet teachers, parents, and the children and become more comfortable and familiar.
  •  Your child will be able to tell that you know your way around and will be more comfortable and sure of themselves.
  •  Being more familiar with the school culture makes it easier to find the answers to questions and to figure out how to solve any problems that may arise.
  •  The PTA and the school administration work closely together in developing and enhancing programs and services.  By being a member, you participate in setting the course.  Your voice can be heard!

What is the difference between the School Council, the PTA, and the Evansdale Education Foundation?  These three organizations all support Evansdale and partner with parents, faculty and the community to enrich educational experience in different but complementary ways:

School Council:

  • Consists of principal, elected parent representatives, and business representatives
  • Advises principal on curriculum, attendance and achievement
  • Reviews school policies and budget
  • Mission is to solve problem, improve achievement, support teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the decision making process


  • Consists of elected board, committees, and general members (parents, teachers, and     community)
  • Provides service program and conducts fundraising
  • Mission is to foster parent involvement, support parents and teachers, create community, and help children reach their full potential

Evansdale Education Foundation:

  • Consists of elected board and volunteers (parents, school staff, community members)
  • Collaborates closely with PTA
  • Conducts fundraising activities, can provide more flexible  funding  than PTA
  • Mission is to  provide direct financial support to help Evansdale Elementary School realize its full potential


Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions  (click here)


What is the difference between Visitor vs Volunteer?

There will be lots of opportunities to come to the school as a visitor or volunteer.

When are you a visitor?

You are visitor when you come to the school for a special occasion without a specific intent to assist in a school activity, for example, to watch a performance or to have lunch with your child.

When are you a volunteer?

You are a volunteer if you come into the school specifically to assist in a school activity and to interact with the students, for example, to read in class, make copies, or help with a special event.


Visiting the school

When you come to the school during the school day as a visitor or a volunteer, you need to go into the main office and sign in.  A visitor will receive a blue badge.  A volunteer will receive a red badge.  This badge will identify you to the students and teachers, and will let everyone know that you have signed in at the office for that day.  The badge is to be worn during the entire time you are in the school during the school day.

The school day starts at 7:50am with morning announcements.  These are meant for the students so please don’t distract them during that time.  The announcements are followed by an anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, Creed, and a moment of silence.  All students and visitors are asked to stand in place and refrain from talking during this time.  The front door is closed during this time, so students and visitors who want to enter the school will need to wait before entering.  When it’s really cold, students can wait on the inside. 

The doors are locked during the school day to maintain student safety.  You can only enter through the front door and must ring the bell to be admitted.  Please do not knock on the side doors; it is against the rules for students and teachers to open the doors.

There are rest rooms for adults on the right side of the lobby.


More Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Accelerated Reader and Literary Guild?

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a voluntary reading program for children, which is strongly encouraged by teachers for reading enrichment.  Each student is given the Star Reader test at the beginning of the year to evaluate their reading comprehension level.  They are then assigned a points goal.  The student reads any books on the AR list, takes a computer test (in class during computer time or before/after school), and earn points towards his/her goal.  Special prizes are given throughout the year and on Honor’s Day to students who meet assigned percentages of their goal. Read more here.

Literary Guild is also voluntary, but it is more specialized with the goal of encouraging children to read from a variety of genres.  Each grade level has a selection of books in a range of topics.  The books are also part of AR, so completing a Literary Guild test counts towards the AR reading goal.  Literary guild requires more parental involvement to ensure the child has access to the books and can take all the tests required.  For children who are reading past their grade level, they may complete more than one level per year.  Read more here.

Does Evansdale have an After Care Program?  Yes.  Enrollment is generally in May but check with the school for the exact date and time.  Enrollment is first come, first served and usually starts at 7:00am. However, parents often arrive considerably earlier to secure a spot. Read more here.

Which aftercare programs provide transportation from Evansdale?  Currently, these aftercare programs send a bus to Evansdale in the afternoon:

Children’s Academy of Northlake

Grandma’s Finest Learning Center


Lali's Angels

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

Tucker Recreation Center

What are the options for buying school lunch?  You may send a check or cash to the school in an envelope marked with your child's name, grade, teacher, and lunch id number.  You may also sign up at www.mylunchmoney.com for automatic payment with a credit card.  You will need your child’s student number, which you can get from the front office staff after registration is complete.

Where do I find out about school rules and policies?  The Evansdale Student Handbook contains lots of useful information about attendance, health and safety, transportation, academic information, parent communication protocols, behavior and dress codes, and many more topics. You can find it on www.evansdalepta.org or request a copy from the front office.



Evansdale Glossary A-Z:

Accelerated Reader:  Reading reward program, based on Star Reader assessment. Children are assigned a set number of books that they should read and then take tests to measure reading comprehension.  If they reach the goal, they will receive small incentives throughout the year and a certificate at the end of year.

Assignment Book – see Evansdale Planner

AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress):  Required by “No Child Left Behind” Legislation and determined by the state, these are annual performance standards the school must meet. Increase every year.

Citizen of the Month: Special reward program for students who show extraordinarily good classroom behavior. Once a month each teacher selects one child to be Citizen of the Month.

CogAT: Cognitive Abilities Test administered in the fall. Used to assess reasoning abilities.

Compacting (Math compacting): Teaching approach that is based on small groups formed by children’s mastery of specific topic areas.  Groups change every 6 weeks.

Content Area Classes: Classes where a specific subject is taught, such as language arts, geography, history, math, science, technology, art or foreign languages.

CRCT:  Criterion Referenced Competence Test: Standardized test of learning that is used to determine whether 3rd and 5th grade students meet minimum standards to pass the grade. Also used to test the overall adequate yearly progress of the school.

DCSS: Dekalb County School System.

Discovery: Special enhancement program for students who qualify as “academically gifted.” Discovery testing takes place in the early spring for Kindergarten and in the fall for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.

Eagle: Evansdale’s monthly newsletter.

EIP: Early Intervention Program for students who are lagging in reading and/or mathematics. Helps to boost learning in those areas so that students can catch up to their peers.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Program for English Language Learners to help boost their English skills. All students who speak a foreign language at home are evaluated to see if they qualify.

ELPC: Emory LaVista Parent Council. Forum for communication for schools in the Emory Lavista are. The council includes Lakeside High/Henderson Middle, Druid Hills High/Shamrock Middle, and all the elementary schools that feed into those schools.

Evansdale Planner (aka Evansdale Assignment Book):  Day planner especially designed for Evansdale and used by 2nd through 5th grade students to record assignments.  Can be bought during Open House or at the School Store during the year.

Fantastic Friday:  Evansdale’s fall festival extravaganza!  On the Friday before Halloween, the school is transformed into a giant carnival with games, activities, and food.

Feeder School: the school that your child will attend in the future, based on public school attendance districting.

Friendly Helper: 5th grade students who are assigned to assist teachers and conduct activities before and after school.

Homeroom teacher: Your child’s main teacher.  Teaches all the core subjects in grades K-2, team teaches for 3-5. Homeroom teachers are responsible for grades and overall guidance.

Honor Roll: List of students who reach academic and behavior goals. Honor certificates are awarded at the end of each semester.

IEP: Individual Education Plan. For students who have been diagnosed with some form of learning difficulty.

IOWA: A test of students’ basic skills. Given in the fall to help teachers plan instruction.

Literary Guild: A special reading program that helps children discover literature of different genres.

Magnet: Evansdale is a magnet school, which gives us special resources in order to offer French and a Science lab. Magnet students have the same curriculum as other students, except for daily French lessons.  Magnet students are enrolled by a DCSS lottery.  Half of the seats are reserved for students from anywhere in Dekalb County outside of the Evansdale area.

Monitor Free Friday:  Parents assist with monitoring the lunchroom on specific Fridays, so that teachers can eat on their own that day.

Olympic Day: A field day where children compete in races and events like tug-of-war. Classes are grouped together to represent different countries (designated by a t-shirt color).

Open House: Dekalb County day for registration and start of school activities.  Usually on the Wednesday before first day of school.

Parent Portal/Assistant: A secure website provided by DCSS that allows parents, guardians, and students to view student information and communicate with school personnel. To register for Parent Portal go to http://eportal.dekalb.k12.ga.us


Renzulli: A test of creativity and motivation, administered in the fall.

Resource Teacher: A specialized educator that assists children with physical or educational learning difficulties. Helps students develop specific skills.

Room Parent: One or two parents who assist the teacher with communicating with parents and with coordinating parent volunteers.

Safety Patrol: Student Safety Patrols help monitor hallways, assist with crossing the street, and guide pedestrian traffic.

School Box: Box with lid to store pencils and art supplies for lower grades.

Science Lab:  Special laboratory classroom to teach and explore science.  Mr. Poole is the designated science lab teacher.

Science Night: Once a year, students are asked to conduct scientific experiments and display them at a special science event that also features science activities for all students.

Spelling Bee:  Competition to test students’ ability in spelling. Winners of the Evansdale contest for grades 3-5 move on to the county competition.

Spirit Day, Spirit Wear: On Fridays, children are asked to wear a school t-shirt, either one with a logo bought from the PTA, or a red shirt.  The classes compete to see who can have the highest percentage of students participating.

Spirit Night:  PTA fundraiser in which families have dinner together at a selected restaurant.  The restaurant then donates a percent of the profits back to the school. 

SST (Student Support Team): A support program for students who have learning or behavior challenges. The school counselor and the teacher work together to develop this program.

Star Reader:  Test children take in the beginning of the school year to find out which grade level they have for reading. This helps sets the goals for Accelerated Reader.

Star Math:  Test children take in the beginning of the school year to find out which grade level they have for mathematics. This helps sets the goals for individualized math instruction.

Student Council: Student-elected and student-lead council. Leadership consists of president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary (5th graders), with two representatives for each class from all grades. Elections for the leadership are in the spring.

Team Teaching: For grades 3-5, two teachers jointly teach two classes, their home room and the team partner class. Each teacher is responsible for two core subjects.

Zaner-Bloser writing tablet: A pad of ruled paper for handwriting, differs by grade.



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