Smith After School Registration

Register today for winter 2015 extra-curricular activities, including karate, Bricks 4 Kids, KidChess and more. Classes fill up quickly, so don't delay!

Dr. Carstarphen Visits Sarah Smith

Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen and "Backpack Bear" visited Sarah Smith on December 5. Read about what she saw and the people she met.

Sponsors, Auction Items Needed!

Planning for SRS' 2nd annual spring party and auction, "Sail Away," is underway. We need help procuring sponsorships and auction items/experiences. Read more. 

GA Dpt of Education Parent Survey

As a part of the data collection for the College Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), the Georgia Department of Education asks that all parents complete a brief survey before February 15, ...more

Warning about Peanuts

Several Sarah Smith students have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Please do not send items containing nuts to school to distribute to students. Items containing nuts will be returned h...more

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December 22 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 23 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 24 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 25 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 26 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 27 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 28 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 29 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 30 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 31 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 1 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 2 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 3 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 4 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 5 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 8 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
5th Grade French Food Day
January 9 - Friday
Report Cards
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 12 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
January 13 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
09:30 AM - Read-A-Thon Classroom Rep Meeting - PC Cafeteria
12:00 PM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
January 14 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
January 15 - Thursday
Kindergarten - HTHT
5th Grade - HTHT
January 16 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 19 - Monday
MLK Day - No School
January 20 - Tuesday
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 21 - Wednesday
2nd Grade - HTHT
09:30 AM - Prospective Parents Meeting
January 22 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 23 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 24 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
10:00 AM - Barnes & Noble Book Fair
January 25 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
January 26 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
January 27 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
January 28 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
January 29 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
08:15 AM - Hispanic/Latino Parent Workshop
January 30 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
January 31 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
February 1 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
February 2 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
February 3 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
February 4 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
PTA & SSEF Board Nominations Due
09:00 AM - School Tours
February 5 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
February 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
06:30 PM - Bingo Night
February 9 - Monday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Tuesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Wednesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 12 - Thursday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 13 - Friday
Winter Break - No School
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
February 16 - Monday
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Tuesday
Winter Break - No School
February 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - E. Rivers Elementary
February 19 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
February 20 - Friday
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
February 24 - Tuesday
Mardi Gras
February 25 - Wednesday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 26 - Thursday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 27 - Friday
5th Grade Field Trip
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
07:00 PM - Read-A-Thon Hawks Game
March 4 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
09:00 AM - School Tours
March 5 - Thursday
5th Grade - HTHT
March 6 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
06:00 PM - Taste of SRS
March 9 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names A-E)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 10 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names F-M)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
March 11 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names N-T)
March 12 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
March 13 - Friday
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
March 16 - Monday
Teacher Learning Day - No School
March 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 19 - Thursday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 20 - Friday
Report Cards
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Social
March 23 - Monday
Spring Conferences
March 24 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
March 25 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
2nd Grade Field Trip
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 26 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 27 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
March 30 - Monday
Spring Conferences
Kindergarten Field Trip
March 31 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
April 1 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
09:00 AM - School Tours
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
April 2 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
April 3 - Friday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 6 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 9 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 10 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 13 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 14 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 15 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - North Atlanta HS
April 16 - Thursday
2nd Grade French Food Day
April 17 - Friday
2nd Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 24 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-Up
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
April 27 - Monday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 28 - Tuesday
1st Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
April 29 - Wednesday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 30 - Thursday
Kindergarten Field Trip
5th Grade French Food Day
May 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 4 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 5 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 6 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 7 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
May 8 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 11 - Monday
International Travelers Week
May 12 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
06:30 PM - 2nd Grade Night at the IC
May 13 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 14 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 15 - Friday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
07:30 AM - School Store Open - IC and PC
May 20 - Wednesday
Yearbook Signing - IC
05:30 PM - 5th Grade Graduation
May 21 - Thursday
Yearbook Signing - PC
May 22 - Friday
Last day of school!!!
End of Year Parties
May 25 - Monday
Memorial Day
June 2 - Tuesday
Final Report Cards

December 8, 2014

As you may be aware, the Atlanta Board of Education (ABOE) recently submitted a letter of intent to the Georgia State Board of Education (SBOE) regarding their declaration to become a Charter System as their operating model beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

After exploring the merits of the three possible operating models, the ABOE determined that the Charter System model would be the best fit for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). Further, the Charter System model was favorably recommended by the advisory council composed of APS parents, community members, principals, and central office staff as well as by the majority of the APS community on the flexibility options survey.

A Charter System is a school district that operates under a performance-based contract between the local board of education and the SBOE. If granted Charter System status by the SBOE, APS would gain freedom and flexibility from many stated education laws and regulations in exchange for increased accountability for student achievement. Additionally, charter systems must distribute meaningful decision-making authority to individual schools by maximizing school-level governance through local school governance teams.

The Charter System model is based on the idea that freedom from state education laws and regulations allows school districts to craft innovative solutions to meet the individual issues schools face. A charter system receives a broad flexibility waiver once it enters into a contract with the state. This then allows the Charter System the freedom to waive state laws, regulations, rules and policies without having to request individual waivers to the SBOE every year. Charter systems must use their flexibility waiver to innovate to increase student achievement as well as to improve operational performance.

After submitting the letter of intent to the SBOE declaring that APS will seek Charter System status, the district will spend the next few months developing the Charter System petition. The petition outlines the case for why APS is pursuing a Charter System, goals for the school system’s governance and operations as a proposed Charter System, and the school system’s specific student performance expectations for the five-year charter term.

Holiday Chorus Events

Sarah Smith Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade chorus students, under the direction of Mr. Neil Thompson, sang beautifully for the Macy’s Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall on Thanksgiving night, November 27, 2014. Another event is planned for the Hallmark Senior Center on December 9, 2014. We are so thrilled and honored to have been asked to participate in these awesome events again this year!

A Featured Program funded by the Sarah Smith Education Foundation

The Sarah Smith Education Foundation (SSEF) provides powerful support for the “quality of academics” at our school entirely through your generosity. There are several programs we are able to offer, above and beyond what Atlanta Public Schools covers, through your support of the Foundation.

Teachers are constantly searching for the best way to provide visual demonstrations and models for children. In August of 2014, the SSEF provided a document camera for the 80 teachers at Sarah Smith who provide direct instruction to the students. Teachers have used the cameras, along with the SSEF provided Promethean boards, to be able to display student work samples, teacher demonstrations, and many other visual models for students to view in front of the entire class. The teachers have seamlessly integrated the use of the document cameras into their everyday toolbox of instructional strategies.

Staff Feature 

Each month two staff members are randomly selected and profiled in “The Anchor.” This gives you an opportunity to know a little bit about the wonderful faculty and staff members working with your children every day.

Lana Eden - Kindergarten Teacher
Birthplace/Hometown – Fayetteville, NC
Education – Bachelor’s and Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University
Personal – Grandchildren, collecting primitive furniture, camping, jogging, estate sales, teaching, learning, completing her bucket list
Claim to Fame – A kindergarten teacher
Favorite Quote – “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi

Alejandro Mendez - ESOL Teacher
Birthplace/Hometown – Mexico
Education – Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Dalton State College, Currently obtaining Teacher Leadership Certification from Kennesaw State University
Personal – He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also likes to exercise, cook and to keep himself informed about what is going on around the world.
Claim to Fame – Kappa Delta PI – nominated for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Favorite Quote – “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein

Happy Holidays to YOU –

Glaedelig Jul! (Danish) Sarbatori Foricite! (Rumanian) Buon Natale! (Italian) Feliz Navidad! (Spanish) Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia! (Polish) Zakig Kerstfees! (Dutch) Joyeux Noel! (French) Vesela Koled! (Bulgarian)Merry Christmas! (English) Frohliche Weihnachten! (German)

In the spirit of being an International Baccalaureate World School and of world peace and understanding, the entire staff of Sarah Smith Elementary School wishes you happy holidays!

Your principal,
Ken Proctor, Ed.D