Principal’s Corner

Dear SPARK Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Here’s hoping you and your family had a great summer together during this hot Atlanta weather!

At SPARK we have been busy getting our school spic and span for all of our students to arrive and we are certainly day 1 ready! We look forward to seeing families in the building for Sneak Peek on the 31st from 9:00 – 11:00 and then kids returning to school on August 1st!

Here is some information you’ll need:

Did you know that SPARK is celebrating its 10 year anniversary? It is hard to believe that SPARK is 10 years old but we are and we plan on celebrating all year!! You will be seeing our 10th year logo all over the building and on social medial. So please be sure to help us get the word out that by using the hashtags #BeSPARK and #SPARK10. Also, don’t forget to purchase your #SPARK10 spirit wear at Sneak Peek!

Sneak Peek, July 31st, 9:00 – 11:00 PM Come learn who your student’s teacher will be, see the classroom, and say hi to friends and families. Please enter through the cafeteria courtyard and follow the Sneak Peek path to lead you to everything needed to start the school year on the right foot.

What will I be able to do while at Sneak Peek?

  • Join PTO
  • Register for School Lunch with our cafeteria manager
  • Receive SPARK Wellness and Allergy information from our school nurse, Nurse Carr
  • Receive Bag Tags for students if needed and a new transportation insert
  • Receive Bus Transportation information
  • Carpool Information(All parents who will be using carpool this school year will need to pick up a New 2018.2019 carpool mirror hang tag) Please be sure to pick up your new carpool hang tag and number at the carpool booth.
  • Learn about our new afterschool day care, THE CLUB
  • Meet other club vendors and sponsors

Classroom Placements – Be on the lookout in the gym for class room assignments and class lists. Please note that classroom assignments will not be changed. Classroom assignments and schedules are made with a number of factors in mind. (Parent input from student placement forms, as well as services provided throughout the day while trying to meet the needs of all students across six grade levels to name a couple). We also take into consideration class size and keeping our class sizes reasonable among each teacher on each grade level.

School Begins August 1st – An earlier bed time and get-up time for your child a week or more before school starts is recommended to help create an easier transition back to school. We also recommend that if your child will be a bus rider, riding the first day is a good way to get into the routine. Be sure your child and your child’s teacher knows how they will be getting home the first week of school and particularly on the first day.

Please know that SPARK encourages our families to use the bus to get to and from school every day. Students who take the bus in the morning will never be counted “tardy”.

Everyday Hours/Procedures…IMPORTANT Students may enter the building at 7:30am. Please do not drop children off before 7:30am because there is no adult supervision before that time. Please read the following carefully – these procedures have all been designed with safety in mind:

NOTE: Supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. Please be sure to keep your children with you until 7:30 when our doors open.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will enter the building through the cafeteria courtyard and through the cafeteria. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will enter the building through the gym. Students will no longer wait in the gym or the cafeteria until 7:45 like in previous years. Instead students will go directly to their class once they arrive at school unless they are eating breakfast. Teachers will supervise students in the hall as they make it to class and this year we will have 5th grade safety patrol students on hand to help our smallest SPARK students get to class each and every day.
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:30 – 7:55 daily. Any student wanting breakfast should proceed to the cafeteria to eat.
For Carpool-
NOTE: If you drive your student to school, please follow our carpool rules. As a courtesy to our parents, we will have teachers and staff stationed at the carpool lane to open doors. Please do your best to have students ready to exit the car as quickly as possible so we can assist all cars in carpool in a timely manner.

NOTE: For those who will be picked up by car after school please follow the directions of our School Resource Officer as he directs traffic on Briarcliff road. As you know, traffic in our community can be overbearing, please do your best to be patient with us as we put students first by ensuring they are safe and secure at all times. Please make sure that your mirror hang tag is hanging from your mirror. This allows us to easily see your carpool number as you enter the school parking lot. We match your hang tag number to your child. We will help your students watch for you.

If you need to come into the building please park in the parking lot. Never leave your car parked in the carpool lane.

For Walkers – For any parent that will be picking students up as a walker, please use the gym side door to collect students. Teachers will be stationed at the walker door to match the student to the parent/guardian.
For bus riders Refer to the bus information provided at Sneak Peek or use this link to access APS Bus Rider information.
NOTE: Practice now to be sure your child can recognize the bus stop from a car on the road – we want him/her to know when to get off! Also, please complete the bag tag information card and attach the bag tag to your child’s backpack. This way our bus drivers can access this information quickly if needed.

Thank you for your time in reading this important information. Be sure to chat with your student about what you’ve learned concerning the start of school. It’ll get them excited, and they’ll no doubt be impressed and pleased that you know about their world!

On behalf of the entire Springdale Park staff, here’s to a year filled with learning! As we continue with our campaign on the importance of daily school attendance, I’ll close with an encouragement that we see your student ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!

Mr. Terry Harness