Welcome Back

Terry HarnessDear Springdale Park Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are very excited about this year as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Each year we are getting bigger and better and this year will be no different! #SPARK10

I hope you and your family have had an opportunity to enjoy your summer vacation and these hot summer days because the first day of school is right around the corner. We can’t wait to have all of our new and returning students in the building on August 1st, 2018!

All summer long, we have been preparing for the return of our SPARK students by ensuring that our new school year will be an engaging and rewarding experience that supports your child’s emotional, intellectual, physical and social well-being. As principal, I look forward to working with the best students, teachers, staff, parents and community in Atlanta Public Schools. During the 2018-2019 school year, you can anticipate the continuation of SPARK initiatives such as Family Focus Night, our school-wide SEL theme of #BeSPARK, and a commitment to research-based reading and writing instruction per our school’s strategic plan. In addition, you will see our re-commitment to personal and environmental wellness with the addition of our new bike racks and school-wide recycling and gardening programs. As we embark on our 10th year as a SPARK family, we hope you will join us in highlighting our community impact by using the hashtag #SPARK10.

I have enclosed information outlining specific details related to our Sneak Peek, New Parent Orientation, and Back to School Night events. Please mark your calendars, as we look forward to seeing you there! For parents of returning students to SPARK, please access the parent portal via our school website to review your child’s assigned homeroom teacher. You can access this information on July 28th through the Infinite Campus link located on the left side of the SPARK homepage. For parents of Kindergarten or new students to SPARK, you will receive your parent portal access at New Parent Orientation or Sneak Peek.

New Parent Orientation – New Parent Orientation is on Friday, July 27th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the SPARK cafeteria. All new parents to SPARK are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of SPARK and to get as much information as possible prior to meeting your child’s teacher at Sneak Peek.

Sneak Peek – Sneak Peek is on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sneak Peek for all new and returning SPARK students will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in various locations throughout the school. At Sneak Peek you will be able to do the following:

  • collect homeroom assignments and meet/chat briefly with your child’s teacher
  • receive transportation information(bus, carpool, walker information)
    • Please note that all carpool students will need to receive a new 2018 – 2019 carpool mirror hang tag
  • receive meal program information
  • sign-up and pay PTO membership dues
  • receive parent portal login information & purchase SPARK spirit wear, etc.

SPARK PTO – Back to School Night – Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 from 5:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. This event will highlight the wonderful things that our teachers will be teaching throughout the school year, the high level of expectations we will set for our students and ways in which you can support your child and our teachers in their efforts.

SPARK would love to have you help with Sneak Peek and Back to School Night. If you are interested in volunteering to help with these events, please reach out to our SPARK PTO!

As we continue to prepare for the first days of school, we look forward to working with and meeting each of you. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and I look forward to seeing you soon.


Mr. Terry Harness