September 11, 2014




        Weekly Reminders and Important News

Upcoming Events  


September 2014

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


October 2014

6 PTA Executive Board Mtg. 9:15 am

8-10 School Pictures

12 Spirit Night Dinner, Makan Atlanta (downtown Decatur)
13 School closed, Columbus Day

23 Bus Driver Appreciation Day

24 Character Parade; Coralwood Challenge ends

24-31 Book Fair

31 Pumpkin Patch



Easy Ways to

Help Our School 
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. There is a way to earn 50 bonus points right now.  Click here to read more about how.







Last Call: Second Annual Fall PTA Social 
The social will be held at Gordon Biersch, Buckhead, on 
Saturday, September 20th from 7-11 pm.  Here are some updates and key details:
  • New registration competition: The class with the highest ticket sales percentage will win a dress-up party of their choice (pajamas, costumes, etc).
  • We now have an even better option for purchasing tickets--ONLINE!  Please click the red button below.   
  • Deadline for the advanced ticket price of $15 is extended to Monday, September 15
  • Exciting raffle items will include a night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Atlanta Botanical Gardens tickets, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tickets.
  • Please contact or with any questions.  See you on the 20th! 
DirectorySpot is coming!
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Directory Spot, which is used in many DeKalb County Schools, to allow our electronic directory to become an app on your iPhone/iPad or Android Smartphone.  You will also have secure website login access from your desktop. Each user will logon with their authorized email address and will set their password.  If you would like more information on the security features, please click here.  We are in the final stages of collecting our directory information.  If you did not complete a PTA membership/directory form, please contact for additional forms.

A directory opt-out form will be sent home by the end of the week. Please return this by 9/17 if you do NOT wish to have your child's information in the school directory.  

Got Yardsign?

Photograph your Coralwood Shine On sign in your yard and submit it to before September 30th.  Best shot selected will win a prize - your choice of Coralwood Foundation's first spiritwear.


His/Her Fundraiser is Underway!

It's time for Coralwood's 'His and Her's' Fundraiser!  The catalogs and order forms have been sent home.  Share the catalog with everyone you know - it has something for everyone!

Mixed bags has eco-friendly, chic, reusable bags and Super Fan Sports has officially licensed pro & college merchandise, all of which will be delivered just in time for the holiday season.
Please contact Briana at or Vrinda at if you have any questions and thanks in advance for your support!  

Coralwood Foundation's Saturday Parent Academy (SPA) - Register NOW
The Coralwood Saturday Parents' Academy is a workshop for parents that offers multiple learning sessions with early education professionals. Three of the sessions are for parents of children with special needs and the other sessions apply to any family with young children. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 8:45am to 12:15pm at the school, and is open to both Coralwood and non-Coralwood families. Advance registration is required; you can register online here. If you have any questions please email

Do you shop at
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to help the Coralwood PTA and Coralwood Foundation earn money.  Next time you place an order at Amazon, navigate to's that simple!  On your first visit you will be able to choose the organization you would like to support--either the Foundation or the PTA.  Every time you make a purchase the school will receive a donation.  For more information about AmazonSmile, click here.  

Teachers and Staff received Training

Thirteen Coralwood staff members, including the Principal, participated in a 30-hour Orton-Gillingham training this summer.

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia.

Orton-Gillingham teaching sessions are action-oriented and involve constant interaction between the teacher and the student and the simultaneous use of multiple sensory input channels reinforcing each other for optimal learning. Using auditory, visual, and kinesthetic elements, all language skills taught are reinforced by having the student listen, speak, read and write. For example, a dyslexic learner is taught to see the letter A, say its name and sound and write it in the air/sand - all at the same time. The approach requires intense instruction with ample practice. The use of multiple input channels is thought to enhance memory storage and retrieval by providing multiple "triggers" for memory.


Thank you from the Coralwood Foundation
The Coralwood Foundation would like to thank all who attended and helped to make the 3rd Annual Homecoming Event on Friday, September 5th, a huge success. It was a terrific afternoon filled with music from Little Beat Music, aka DJ Willy Wow, pizza, lemonade, and Bruster's ice cream. It was great to see old friends back at the school and to meet those who are new to our community! The Coralwood Foundation is committed to supporting the needs of our school so stay tuned for details about our annual fundraising campaign, called the "Coralwood Challenge", which kicks off on September 29th
Thanks again for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you at future events throughout the school year because together we shine! 

Grounds Day this Saturday
A Coralwood School Grounds Workday is taking place this Saturday, September 13th from 9am to noon. We have a rented dumpster on our property (for a limited amount of time) and have lots of debris around our campus that needs to be thrown away. Marti Hunnicutt will be supervising that day and would appreciate all the help she can get. So please plan on stopping by--be sure to wear work clothes and we'll see you on Saturday.

State of the District Address by Mr. Michael Thurmond, Superintendent for DeKalb County School District.
When:  Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Where:  Georgia Perimeter College - Clarkston Campus - Cole Auditorium
555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm