East Side School Play

HONK! Have you seen Ugly, our different duckling who is trying to find his way back to his mother?  Please join the East Side cast on Saturday/Sunday, March 15th and 16th at 2:00pm on the Dickerson Middle School stage for this year’s spring musical Honk! Jr.  Tickets are being sold in carpool and at the bus turnaround each morning until the play.  Or you can use the order form on the Foundation website.

Hope to see you there!  HONK!

Sock Hop This Saturday

Bee Bop the Night Away at East Side Elementary Sock Hop – March 8th!

Don’t forget – the ESE Annual Family Sock Hop is just around the corner!

Join us for Varsity food, music, dancing, raffle prizes, a photo booth, ice cream floats, popcorn and lots of fun!

WHEN: Saturday, March 08, 2014


  • Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade from 4 – 6 PM
  • 3rd – 5th Grade from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • This is not a drop-off event. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 18 with a wrist band.

Wristbands are required for Sock Hop admission. Purchase them in advance by completing the form sent home with your child and returning to your teacher or download the order form at www.eastsideelementary.com/resources/pta-forms. Siblings age Pre-K and under and shift-volunteers are free. If you miss the pre-order, you may purchase wristbands at the door on Mar. 08, 2014. Checks and cash only, please. NOTE: Wristband cost covers your admission only – Varsity food and other goodies are purchased separately with cash or check.

February Fun

Marietta Martial Arts, our Partner in Education, is offering a Parent’s Night Out tonight from 6-9:30 pm at MMA’s East Lake location on Roswell Road.  Students will play exciting games, eat pizza, and watch a movie.  The cost is only $20 for the 1st family member, $10 for the second, and $5 for the third or more. If you have any questions, please call Marietta Martial Arts at 770-321-1371.  To register go to https://mariettamartialarts.webconnex.com/PNO_Feb.  All students are invited to join the fun.

Then next Friday night- February 28th from 5:30-7:30pm- is East Side Family Night. Marietta Ice Skating Rink (4880 Lower Roswell Rd) has a special just for our East Side community.  Ten dollars per person gets you on the ice with skate rental.  So bring your family and join teachers and friends as we skate the night away.

Just two of the great ways to have some February Fun!!

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 Meeting Tuesday Night

Ms. Mavity will be a speaker tomorrow night at Dodgen Middle School to discuss the school budget deficit.  The meeting will take place from 6:30-7:30pm.  For more information please go to http://eastcobb.patch.com.

School Open House

East Side is always looking for parents to share their particular skills and talents with the school when it can enrich their student’s educational experience. Please join us on January 28th from 8:30am-10:30am for our Open House and see how you could make a difference to increase student success, along with overall morale and school quality.


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

School Budget Dialogue this Wed, December 4th

We have exciting news!  The ECCC PTA has scheduled Dr. Michael Hinojosa, School Superintendent, Mr. Randy Scamihorn, chair of the Cobb County Board of Education (BOE), and BOE members Scott Sweeney and David Banks to attend an informal dialogue on the school budget shortfall this Wednesday, December 4th from 9:30am-10:45am at East Side Elementary.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to have an honest discussion with our School District leadership about the practical impact of the budget crisis in our schools.  More details regarding the budget crisis can be found in the latest edition of our Tiger Times.

November News

The annual Halloween candy collection began Friday, November 1st and will run through Friday, November 8th.  Collection bins are located in the front atrium and by the bus port.  The donated candy will be distributed to The Ronald McDonald Peachtree Dunwoody House and Project Mail Call at Mt. Bethel UMC for the troops overseas.  So donate your extra candy today!

The East Side Book Fair is coming this month!  Mark your calendars for Nov 18-22 in the Media Center.  Come see all the new books in stock as well as old favorites.  The book fair will run during the following hours: 7:30am-6:00pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30am-3:00pm (Tues); 7:30am-12:00pm (Fri).  Also Family Night will take place on Tues, November 19th from 6-8pm.  There will be games, door prizes, and teacher readers so make sure to join in the fun.  Please also consider donating your time.  The Book Fair is run by East Side parent volunteers.  Follow this link to see what you can do to help out: http://vols.pt/vi67Bi.

Do you have books to donate?  Please contribute to Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive during book fair week.  All books are accepted.  Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the Media Center.  All donations will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays.  What a great way to share your outgrown books with others!

Mark your calendars for Sat, November 9th from 5-9pm for PE Movie Night.  The cost of the program is only $25.  Reservation forms are being sent home today.

Finally, all 4th and 5th graders and their parents are invited to a Study Skills Seminar hosted by one of our Partners in Education, Huntington Learning Center, and the PTA.  The seminar will take place on Monday, November 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Media Center.  Topics will focus on study skills, homework and time management, and tricks for memorization.  Please contact president@eastsideelementary.com for any questions.

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.