Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spirit Night at Monterrey ~ Tuesday, Dec 9th

Join us for Spirit Night at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant! Monterrey is conveniently located at 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd (next to Kroger). 

Come anytime between 4pm - 9pm!

Grab a table and stay for dinner or order take out...either way, tell your server that you are there for Esther Jackson!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Shop ~ Dec 10th - 12th

Although it's hard to believe that it's December, it's time to start that holiday shopping! The PTA always has fun setting up the holiday store for the students so that they can buy gifts for family and friends.

EJE PTA’s annual Holiday Shop is coming to town! 

It’s a fun shop where students will be able to get into the holiday spirit by finding gifts for the entire family priced at $0.25-$1 each. The shop will be open Wed-Fri (Dec. 10-12), 7:15am-3pm.

If you would like to join in the fun of this event, you can sign up on, organization code: EJEPTA. If you can’t make it in to the shop, our wrapping elves can make good use of your extra wrapping supplies. We are looking for gift wrap, gift tags, gift bags of all sizes, tape, tissue paper, and gift bows. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grandparents/Loved Ones Luncheon

Dear EJ Families,

This Friday we will celebrate our annual Grandparents' Day. Grandparents and other family members are invited to join us for lunch with your child. Adult meals can be purchased for $3.25. The cafeteria is only able to accept cash or checks. The menu will include all the traditional Thanksgiving meal dishes, except for the turkey. Due to a nationwide turkey shortage with our vendors, we will instead enjoy southern-inspired chicken dishes for our meal. Our school nutrition staff always makes this a special event, so we know it will be delicious!

Our classes will be on a modified lunch schedule on November 21. Please see the chart below to find the lunch time for your child's homeroom. After lunch, PTA volunteers will be taking family photos in the conference room. We also invite families to visit our school book fair in the media center before or after lunch. We look forward to welcoming families to this annual EJ tradition!

Jennifer Cassidy, Principal

Grandparent’s Day Lunch Schedule 2014 – 2015

10:15 – 10:45
Walker, M.
10:15 – 10:45

10:20 – 10:50
10:20 – 10:50
10:25 – 10:55
10:25 – 10:55
10:31 – 11:01

10:40 – 11:10
10:45 – 11:15
10:45 – 11:15
10:50 – 11:20
10:50 – 11:20
10:55 – 11:25

11:00 – 11:30
11:00 – 11:30
11:05 – 11:35
11:05 – 11:35
11:10 – 11:40

11:20 – 11:50
11:20 – 11:50
11:25 – 11:55
11:25 – 11:55

11:30 – 12:00
11:30 – 12:00
11:35 – 12:05
11:40 – 12:10
11:40 – 12:10

11:55 – 12:25
Walker, L.
11:55 – 12:25
12:00 – 12:30
12:00 – 12:30

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Grandparents/Loved Ones Luncheon ~ November 21st

Join us for a
honoring Grandparents and loved ones

Friday, November 21st

Lunch tickets will be sold for $3.25 in the cafeteria.

Please join your Esther Jackson student during their assigned 30-minute lunch period.  Below is the list of start times by grade.

We need volunteers!
Go to PT Avenue to sign up. 
We will need volunteer assistance with: set up/clean up, greeters, kitchen help, and photographers. These will be one hour shifts.

If you have any questions about this event, email Lisa Stamey -

We will be taking pictures to commemorate this special occasion. They will be uploaded to or you are welcome to bring your own camera and we will take the picture for you.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Spirit Night @ Sky Zone

Join us at Sky Zone for our monthly Spirit Night!

Wednesday, November 12th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

$9 for 1 hr of jumping!
$10 pizza deal

**Don't forget your Sky Zone socks!

To ensure a successful and fun jump please remember the following:
  • Everyone who jumps must have a waiver filled out, and signed by a parent or legal guardian. The waiver can be filled out online at or by downloading the pdf of the waiver at:
  • Every jumper must wear our Sky Zone shoes with socks. We have Socks available for purchase for $2/pair.
  • No outside food or drink is allowed inside our facility, however a variety of food & drinks are available for purchase at our concessions.
  • We accept the following forms of payment: Cash, Visa or Mastercard. Sorry we DO NOT accept personal checks.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Learn about our new school!

Construction and design information for the replacement Esther Jackson Elementary School will be presented at a November 10 community meeting at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria

The school's architect as well as construction management and facilities planning representatives from the school system will be on hand to show the school's proposed design and discuss its special features. Spanish translation will be available. As you know, at the end of this school year, the current building will be torn down so that a new building can begin construction on this site. In the meantime, our students and staff will temporarily move to a new school under construction on Highway 9 in Roswell. Once the new Esther Jackson building is complete in August 2016, students and staff will "swing" back to our original location on Martin Road. Please note that this meeting on November 10 is only to discuss construction and design of the new EJ building. The current redistricting process in North Fulton will not be on the evening's agenda. For information on the next opportunity for community input on the redistricting process please visit our school website at

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PTA Meeting Minutes from October Meeting

See below for Meeting Minutes from the last PTA meeting. Please note that the next meeting will held in conjunction with the Chorus Concert and Multicultural Night on Thursday, November 20th.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities coming up in the next few weeks! PT Avenue is already set up with all of the PTA activities and you can sign up at any time.

Esther Jackson Elementary PTA Board
Meeting Minutes

October 21, 2014


Dan MacLagan, Shannol Grant, Tia MacLagan, Jennifer Cassidy, Lisa Stamey, Becky Anderson, Karen Weatherspoon, Sunday Farmwald, Cheryl Maloch, Paige Janco, Debbra Sparks, Leslie Greindl, Emilie Long


EJ Media Center
Next meeting:
November 20th 5:30pm, During Chorus Concert and Multicultural Night (Budget Vote)

Welcome and Call to Order:  6:35pm by Daniel MacLagan

Principal’s Address – Ms. Cassidy
·         Fun Time Live has gone through the Fulton County Schools approval process and is on track to begin soon. (In next few weeks.)
·         Would like to thank parents who attended the Round One Redistricting Meeting.  The Round Two Meeting is on November 5th at Alpharetta High school and will be very important to have a presence from EJ at that meeting.  It will be where the proposed maps are shown.
·         There will be a Community Meeting at EJ on November 10th at 6:30pm regarding the new school.  This will include plans and the architect and construction manager will be there.
·         There was a great parent workshop last week given by Summit Counseling Center.  It was not well attended, but well received by parents.
·         School system bought license for to send out flyers in e-mail.  Outside organizations, such as PTA can request that flyers be sent out. This will be an option for us to send flyers instead of paper.

President’s Address – Dan MacLagan and Shannol Grant
·         Tia went over the proposed budgets.
·         There was a discussion on the Annual Fund drive and the lower amount of donations this year.  We will have to reduce or cut some items from the budget unless more funds are raised.
·         We discussed ways to continue to raise money with the Annual Fund.
·         Shannol and Dan talked about some other fund raising ideas, such as Reading for Education.

Committee Reports
·         Spirit Wear
o    8 designs are out on CafĂ© Press and ready to order
o    Need to advertise
·         Spirit Nights
o    Sky Zone will be moved to Wed the 12 in Nov due to conflict on the 13 with Multicultural/Chorus Event
§  Still having low turnouts
§  Thursdays seem to have higher turnouts
§  To increase attendance, every month, if any class has over a 50% attendance, they will get a pizza party.
o    Planning a Monterrey’s night in November, date TBD.
·         Directory
o    Shannol mentioned that this is the time of the year when the directory is normally out.
·         STEM Day – Nov 7th
o    Becky and Ms. Cassidy gave STEM Day update:
§  2 Assemblies have been booked with Big Thinkers Science Exploration.  They will be held for PK-2nd from 8:15 – 9:15 and for 3rd-5th from 9:45 – 10:45. 
§  Each grade has chosen a theme and will have students do a hand’s on project around that theme. 
§  The teachers are sending home requests for supply donations for the projects.

·         Grandparent’s Day – Lisa Stamey
o    With budget being cut, we will still have money for the turkey raffle, but will need donations of gift cards for the raffle.  (This is the raffle that families enter in the teacher’s name, where the teachers get the prize if they win.)
·         Book Fair – 11/17 – 11/21
o    Needs volunteers!
·         Dad’s Club
o    Working with teachers at school on the new Boys Club (4th and 5th grade boys.)
§  Boys Club meets on Wednesdays and will work on projects.
o    Dad’s Club kickoff went well – 8 dads at meeting
·         Mystery Reader Day – Nov 5th
o    Julie Paz is organizing, needs readers
o    This is traditionally Fall Volunteer Day, but since there are not a lot of projects this year due to the building tear down, it was decided to hold MRD instead.
o    A discussion was held about whether Kindergarten would still need help with the Thanksgiving Feast items that are normally assembled by volunteers during Fall Volunteer Day. It was determined they would, so some of the volunteer readers might be asked to assist with that as well.

New Business
·         Paige mentioned that during the redistricting meeting, she learned that Hillside utilizes Mt. Pisgah buses to transport families from apartments to and from evening events at the school.  Ms. Cassidy made a note to check into.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:00 by Dan MacLagan