Upcoming Events


Parents Night Out

Presented by the Walton High School Leader Academy
This Saturday night the Walton High School Leader Academy is sponsoring a Parent’s night out for the community. Parents can drop their children off anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 pm this Saturday, February 1st for a well-deserved night out. There will be fun, games, and food for the kids to enjoy.
Location: Sports -a –Rama off Johnson’s Ferry at Old Towne
736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068
Time and Date: Saturday, February 1st from 6 to 10.

There will be no charge for the babysitting, however we are trying to raise money for the VH1 Save the Music foundation and all donations are greatly appreciated!
Please RSVP at waltonbenefitconcert@gmail.com by Friday the 31st if your child will be in attendance.

School Budget Crisis Meeting Update

Below is a e-mail written to the attendees of the School Budget Crisis Meeting by the ECCC PTA hosts, we are posting it here because it contains good information and actions that all of us can take.


There was standing room only at the December 4, 2013, East Cobb County Council of PTAs Panel Discussion on the School Budget Deficit.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  We appreciate the candor of our panelists — Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, and the members of the Cobb County Board of Education, Mr. Randy Scamihorn (chair), Mr. David Banks and Mr. Scott Sweeney — on the serious nature of the expected budget deficit, and that hard choices will need to be made in order to balance the budget in 2015.  If you haven’t seen it, here is a link to the MDJ article about the meeting: http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24167063/article-Chair-Randy-Scamihorn--Cobb-County-school-system-is-broke?instance=home_top_bullets
The clear “take away” from this meeting was to communicate with our elected officials about this issue — so that they understand that we believe this is a critical issue for our community and state.
What can we do as parents and community members?
  • Be educated and spread the word.Tell your friends.  Share the CCSD budget video via email, FB and other social media.  Take this issue viral.  CCSD School Budget Video — Projecting $79 M Deficit
  • Participate in Town Hall Meetings on the School Budget Deficit. Next week, Face It Cobb is launching a powerful grassroots campaign.  There will be a meeting at Walton in January — just before the legislative session begins. Show strength in numbers and build momentum!
  • To date there have been meetings at Sope Creek Elementary School, Walton High School, Mt. Bethel Elementary School, East Side Elementary School, Dodgen Middle School, Mountain View Elementary School, and JJ Daniels Middle School.  We will share news of additional meetings.
  • Call your elected officials and share your concern.
    • This means the Governor’s office, our state legislators and our Cobb County Board of Education.
    • Tell them that you are a constituent and that the school budget deficit in Cobb County, and the reduced funding for schools statewide, is a serious threat to the quality of education for our students and to the strength of our economy.
    • Ask them to commit to finding a solution.
    • Ask to support increased funding for education and No More Austerity Cuts.
    • Don’t know who represents you?  See this attached list for contact information on elected officials.  ECCC PTA Elected Officials Listed by School

Please consider the ECCC PTA as a resource and voice for children on this issue.  We will not give up.  Neither should you.  See www.ecccpta.org for more information.

Very best,
Stephanie Daniels
ECCC PTA Co-President
Anita Jones
ECCC PTA Co-President
Anne Davidson
ECCC PTA Legislation Chair

Book Recycling Drive

Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive!  Have your children outgrown some of their books? Re-Book them!  During book fair week (Nov 18 – 22), clear out some space and donate books to the Re-Book boxes in the media center.  Books will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays.  Now other children can enjoy those same books!  All books are accepted – from board books to novels! Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the media center.

Book Fair Coming Soon

The East Side book fair is Nov 18 – 22 in the media center! See all the new books and old favorites during these hours: 7:30 – 6:00 (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30 – 3:00 (Tuesday); 7:30 – 12:00 (Friday);  Join us for more book fair fun at Family Night on Tuesday, Nov 19 from 6:00  – 8:00 pm for games, door prizes, and teacher readers.  Interested in volunteering?  The fair is run by East Side parent volunteers.  Please follow this link to view the volunteer opportunities:  http://vols.pt/vi67Bi

Science Fair Results!

Let’s give a big round of applause to all the students who showcased their scientific thinking and creativity at the 9th Annual East Side Elementary Science Fair! There was an amazing variety of topics and impressive experiments! Thank you to our judges and many parent volunteers that helped make the Science Fair run smoothly.  Congratulations to our winners! The top three finishers in grades 3-5 qualify for the Cobb County District competition.

The WINNER’S for each grade level are:


1st Place: Abby Sunderland, “Which Paper Towel is Strongest?”

2nd Place: James Peterson, “Cars”

3rd Place: Natalie Wray, “Balancing An Egg”

 1st Grade:

1st Place: Samarth Mahapatra, “Magic Memory”

2nd Place: Adith Sriram, “Fingerprints: A Detective Tale”

3rd Place: Fiona Peterson, “Has Man-Made Trash in Oceans Raised the Water Level?”

2nd Grade:

1st Place:  John Wagner, “Does More Carbonation Mean a Bigger Mentos Explosion?”

2nd Place: Rafael Bashizi, “Why Do Some Plants Have Thick Skin?”

3rd Place: Collin Marbutt, “Baking Soda and Vinegar Make the Bag Pop”

 3rd Grade:

1st Place:  Shreya Khanna, “Studying With Music: Help or Hinder?”

2nd Place: Javyn Angra, “Why Do We Eat Junk Food When We Are Anxious?”

3rd Place: Grace Haggerty, “EGGstraordinary EGGstravaganza”

 4th Grade:

1st Place:  Samiksha Sriram, “Green Light Slow Down or Stop”

2nd Place:  Achyutan Narayanan, “Weather or Not: Predicting Weather at Home”

3rd Place: Jake Haas, “Go With the Flow”

 5th Grade:

1st Place:  Satoshi Inoue, “Does Coffee Have the Power to Kill Germs?”

2nd Place:  Stephen Kaste, “Water Rocket Flight Comparison”

3rd Place: Vishaal Ganesh, “Inhale Exhale: How Long Can You Live?”

Memory Book Order Form

Click here for the Memory Book order form.

Between The Lines from Education and Literacy Committee

Between the Lines

September/October 2012

The following article was submitted by Mrs. Kirsten Fournier.  Kirsten is a Reading Specialist and Proud Mom of an East Side kindergartener.

What is Literacy?

What do you think of when you hear the term “literacy?” Most of us parents would readily respond: “reading.” But, defining literacy is actually a much more complex and thoughtful endeavor.

In a search for this definition, we begin to realize that the act of learning to read is actually just the beginning of a life-long process of becoming literate. Because to be literate in one’s family, school, community, and world, one must be able to take in new information, make sense of it, and use it for active learning in countless environments and for endless purposes.

Reading for Meaning

C-a-t. C-at. Cat. The early days of learning letters sounds and blending them together swiftly evolves into sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books, and units. Reading for meaning is the single most important step in your child’s educational journey. But the “meaning” is constantly changing. The meaning of the words, numbers, or symbols that they read is dictated by the format of the text (novel, science text book, chart), the purpose of the text (to inform, persuade, humor), and the context of the literature.

To help our kids recognize, appreciate, and account for these variables, conversations and experiences with our children must give them ample time to experience, recognize, and practice different forms of literacy.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.”

So, what does this all mean to East Side families?

We as parents must educate ourselves about how to define literacy so that we may in turn foster an environment for our children to become fully literate in today’s ever-changing world.

We never stop reading aloud to our children, teaching them to think and write critically, and encouraging them to read whenever they can. We talk to our children: What are you reading about? Why do you think the author feels that way?

We expose our children: different errands, holidays, events, cultures, neighborhoods.

And we support our children as they navigate new forms of literacy, whether it’s a cookbook, a label on a bottle of sunscreen, a computer game, or Time for Kids.

During the school year Between the Lines will highlight some of the most important types of literacy, including cultural literacy, health/safety literacy, digital/media literacy, and even financial literacy.  We’d also love to hear from you and how you help your child become literate in the broadest sense of the world as s/he grows.

The ultimate goal is for our children to love reading and to understand what they read. And as their community and world expands, we want the literacy skills they need to thrive to develop alongside.

Source: “The Plurality of Literacy and its implications for Policies and Programs”. UNESCO Education Sector Position Paper: 13. 2004.

“Between the Lines” is a feature of the Education and Literacy committee of East Side Elementary School’s PTA.  Monthly articles will highlight topics that may be of interest to our families.  If you’d like to submit an article or have suggestions for future articles, please email us at educationandliteracy@eastsideelementary.com

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