August 14, 2014




        Weekly Reminders and Important News

Upcoming Events  

August 2014

22 New Parent Coffee 9:30 am

28 New Parent Reception 5:30 pm/PTA Meeting and Curriculum Night 6 pm (Adult only event)


September 2014

1  School closed, Labor Day

5  Coralwood Foundation's Homecoming 4-6 pm

8  PTA Full Board Mtg. 9:15 am

Fall "His and Hers" Fundraiser begins

18 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-5 pm

19 Fall PTA Fundraiser Ends

20 Parent Social-Gordon Biersch Restaurant Buckhead 7pm

27 Coralwood Foundation SPA (Saturday Parent Academy)

29 Coralwood Challenge Begins


Easy Ways to

Help Our School

True Blue School  

Georgia Natural Gas users can raise money for our school by simply linking their GNG account to Coralwood at Blue Schools 
.  Once your account is linked, GNG will donate five dollars per month to our school for each registered customer. 
Coralwood can earn a percentage of all Amazon purchases.  Just bookmark and use this special link when you visit Amazon: 
Shop as you normally would. Once you make your purchase, Amazon will process your payment and give a percentage to Coralwood. 
Box Tops  

Please clip and collect "box top" labels found on your purchased grocery items. We keep a collection box in the front hall of the school and you can drop them off at your convenience. Consider having co-workers and friends collect box tops as well.






Dear Parents:


We are having an excessive number of parents checking out their children early from school every afternoon at about 2:15 p.m.  Not only is this a disruption to the entire class's instruction, the child being checked out is missing important academic content.  Many parents may think, "It's just PreK or Kindergarten and my child knows so much already," but Coralwood's PreK and Kindergarten are crucial educational years where the foundations of rigorous academic skills are taught to be built upon in subsequent school years.  Without this strong foundation students can struggle academically in the future.  We teach to (and beyond) the Kindergarten CCGPS (Common Core Georgia Performance Standards) and the PreK GELDS (Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards) in all subject areas, which is required by the State of Georgia and DeKalb County School District.  It is critical that your child be present every day and for its entirety.  We teach from "bell to bell," capturing every instructional minute.


Students in PreK and Kindergarten start to walk to the cafeteria for dismissal at the 2:25 p.m. bell.  Carpool starts at 2:30 p.m.  We ask that you wait until 2:25 p.m. to check out your child.  You may come to the cafeteria at 2:25 p.m. to pick your child up there. 


I thank you in advance for preserving the quality and integrity of educational time for all our students in the class by eliminating early check-out and instructional disruptions.


Warm Regards,



Melanie D. Castelle, Ph.D.



Carpool 411


New Parent Coffee

Friday, August 22 at 9:30
Join us in the Coralwood Cafeteria for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation! Meet other new parents, returning parents, administration, and representatives from the Coralwood PTA and Foundation while finding out just why Coralwood is so special! Contact Hydi Kalmin or Aimee Small at for more information.

New Parent Reception 
August 28 at 5:30pm
We are hosting an evening meet and greet for new parents immediately before the Curriculum Night at 5:30pm in the Media Center (August 28)!  Join Dr. Melanie Castelle for light refreshments while getting to know each other better. 

PTA General Meeting 
August 28 at 6 pm in the Cafeteria followed by Curriculum Night (an adult-only event). After the PTA meeting, parents will be released to visit their students' classrooms to meet their teachers and learn about what the school year has in store for them! 

PTA Membership and Fund
We ask that all families join the PTA at the start of the school year. The $55 PTA fund ($20 additional for 2nd and 3rd child) donation is critical to fund our cultural arts events, children's activities, classroom funds, holiday programs, Spring Fling, and numerous other events,in addition to national dues and the mundane everyday supplies needed by our teachers and staff. Please click here to download the PTA form if you did not attend Open House and return to the PTA treasurer's box in the front office. 

PTA Volunteer Opportunities 
The success of our school rests in parental involvement, whether it be stamping bags for holiday shop  or other prep work in the evenings or working a day shift at any of our numerous events (we ensure you do not miss your time with your child). Please consider signing up for one or more committees. The chairs will contact you via email as it gets closer to the date.  
If you did not attend open house and/or did not have time to complete the volunteer form, we have provided you with an online link for our volunteer opportunities. Please click here for this form.  
Coralwood Foundation's Homecoming
Friday, September 5th 4:00pm
All current students and alumni are invited for an afternoon of FUN at Coralwood School. Everyone is welcome to enjoy music, pizza, games, and ice cream to jumpstart the school year.  For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendi Berkman at
PTA Parent Social Is Next Month! 
Save the Date and Get Your Sitter! 
The Second Annual Fall PTA Social will be held once again at Gordon Biersch, Buckhead, on Saturday, September 20th from 7-11 pm.  This event is a great way to get to know other Coralwood parents all while enjoying a great night out!  Enjoy handcrafted beers and other drinks, appetizers, brewery tours, college football game viewing and billiards!  Proceeds from the raffle items will benefit Coralwood PTA.   You should have received the ticket forms at our Open House, but please look for additional information coming soon in your child's folders.   Please contact or with any questions. See you then!

His/Her Fundraiser Coming In September

This year Coralwood is teaming up with Mixed Bags and Superfan Sports to offer great products that everybody will love! Remember, the school gets a percentage of the proceeds.  There will be more to come in the next few weeks but for now you can click the links for more information: 


Want to carpool with families close by? 
As a service to Coralwood parents who may need help looking for 
carpools, click HERE to fill out a Google Form for carpool interest. With this tool, you can connect with other people in your neighborhood and contact them to set up a carpool if you are interested. 

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