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Week of February 26, 2024

Welcome to Episcopal Day School’s weekly Panther Post, where you will find campus updates and announcements. Please select and expand the appropriate section below for the latest news.

Re-Enrollment Ends Today

Re-enrollment ends today, Monday, February 26! There is no fee to re-enroll. Please refer to this email from Dr. Perkinson for more information.

If you did not receive an email directly from TADS, please email Karen Lilly at klilly@edsaugusta.com.

 

Future Leaders Scholarship

We are now accepting applications for our Future Leaders Scholarship Program. This is a merit-based scholarship competition with three tiers of awards (75%, 50%, and 25% of tuition) for current EDS students entering the sixth grade and for new students entering the sixth or seventh grade. Award winners who remain in good standing academically and behaviorally will maintain their scholarship through graduation from Episcopal Day School.

We would like your help in generating candidates and are looking for talented students who are thinkers, communicators, and emerging leaders – the kind of students who make a difference in the life of the school. Please take time to nominate a deserving student for the Future Leaders Scholarship by sending the student’s name, parent names, and contact information to Karen Lilly. Current EDS 5th grade students are encouraged to apply and participate!

For more information, please visit our website for program and application information. Applications are due March 15!

 

Adult Godly Play 3.4.24

You’re invited to…

Adult Godly Play

Monday, March 4

6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

EDS Godly Play room (114) 

Come and enjoy an evening with other adults to explore the stories of God and God’s presence

We’ll hear a story, wonder, work, pray, fellowship, feast, and more! 

Please let Alison Wright know if you plan to attend so that we will know to expect you and will have enough food for the Feast. awright@edsaugusta.com

 

EDS Association Meeting 3.1.24

Please join the EDS Association on Friday, March 1 in the COGS Parish Hall at 8:15 A.M. to find out about all things Wild Game Dinner. We will also share information on ways that you can get involved next year! All parents are welcome to attend.

 

Georgia GOAL News

If you signed up for Georgia GOAL, you received an email in January with your Approved Contribution Amount and DOR Certificate Number.

If you have not already made your GOAL payment, the deadline to fund your scholarship donation is March 9. Please don’t miss that deadline as these funds are an important part of attracting and retaining many wonderful EDS families.

Click here to submit your payment to GOAL.

 

Parents Day Out Cheer Fundraiser

The EDS Cheerleaders invite you to register your children for Parents Day Out on March 9 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The cheerleaders will be in the gym providing a fun afternoon of games, pizza, music, and crafts. Non-EDS friends are welcome to attend, so please invite a friend!  Click this link to register.

Also, please save the date for the cheerleaders’ annual Daddy Daughter Dance taking place in the afternoon on Saturday, April 20, 2024. These fundraisers enable the girls to attend cheer camp in the summer. Thank you for your support!

 

STEAM Night

Parents, please RSVP here if your family would like to purchase pizza or Chick-fil-A at the event so we have a good idea how much to purchase. We can’t wait to see you at STEAM night!

 

Wild Game Dinner – March 16, 2024

Parents,

I’m so excited about the Wild Game Dinner on March 16th. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the EDS Association, and you do not want to miss it! You should be receiving your invitation in the mail, and there are several ways to get involved:

  1. Tickets – $75 each: Fine cuisine prepared by EDS dads, professional chefs, and our very own Head of School, Dr. Perkinson, plus full bar! AND…each grade is working with a professional artist to prepare a priceless piece of art. These will be auctioned live and you do want to miss out on the chance to bid! Click here to see all participating chefs and purchase tickets.
  2. Cash Raffle – Enter for a chance for both you and the EDS Association to win! All proceeds from this raffle will be split 50/50 cash between the winner and the EDS Association. The drawing will take place at the Wild Game Dinner, but you do not have to be present to win. Click here to purchase tickets.
  3. Donate an experience to the silent auction – Do you have a special talent or interest area that you would love to share with a small group of EDS students or families? We are auctioning experiences and events in the silent auction, and this will be open to all EDS families and supporters. Examples include: Cooking Class for 6, Golf Outing for 3, Movie Night at your home, Hunting Trip for 3, Football Throwing Clinic, Tennis Lesson for 4, Wakesurfing Day on the lake, Enneagram Dinner Party for 12. Trail Ride on horses for 4. Get creative! We’d love to build our sense of community with experiences such as these. Email katiewynn82@gmail.com to contribute. 
  4. Help set up or break down – Dads, if you aren’t cooking, we’d really love your help to move tables back and forth from the church. Email Montie Maners at montie.claussen@gmail.com to help. 

Dress is CASUAL!

Can’t wait to see you there,

Katie Wynn, Wild Game Dinner Chair

 

The Power and Potential of AI in Schools Family Session

EDS and Augusta Prep are partnering to bring Eric Hudson to speak to families about the emerging applications of AI and what it means for schools and families.

FAMILY SESSION: “THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF AI IN SCHOOLS”

MARCH 6, 7:00 P.M.

AUGUSTA PREP 

THE W. RODGER GILES INSTITUTE FOR INQUIRY

How might we focus on what generative AI enables in our schools rather than what it prevents? The rapid rise of artificial intelligence has introduced a powerful new tool in education and beyond, but it has also reinvigorated a longstanding conversation about what the role of technology should be in learning. This session will review the current state of generative AI in education, what early research is telling us about student and educator use of AI, and what these tools can and cannot do. We’ll consider the core competencies of effective use of AI and discuss how we should talk to students about AI in the context of learning and wellness.

For more information, please check out this flyer.

RSVP to attend at this link.

 

Penny Drive Update

The Reading Makes “Cents” Drive was a huge success, thank you for your participation and enthusiasm!  We raised $3,415.47 to purchase new materials for our library. The winners of the pizza parties are Mrs. Moody’s 3’s class, Mrs Alexander’s 1st grade class, and Coach Josey’s advisory. The 3’s and PK classes that raised over $100 will receive a special treat and the classes K-8th grade that raised over $100 will receive a dress down day. Thank you again for supporting the 2024 Reading Makes “Cents” Drive!

 

EDS Spring Golf Classic – Presented by Southeastern Real Estate

Wednesday, May 8th

Forest Hills Golf Club

1:00 P.M. Shotgun Start

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the 21st annual EDS Spring Golf Classic! 

Please see the attached brochure for available sponsorship opportunities. Contact Director of Development Ginger Chew or any member of the Tournament Committee with questions or to secure your sponsorship.

Tournament Committee

Chris Senn, Chair Wilson Allgood Davis Beman Robert Bovard Mark Doyle Jane Marie Kinsey Matt MurphyScott Volpitto Richard Welsh Kirby Yawn

Tournament proceeds benefit the EDS Booster Club, which supports all EDS students through athletic teams and P.E. Click here to register or become a sponsor.

 

Plaid Items Needed

A current EDS parent is looking for donations of our OLD plaid for an upcoming Augusta Players production. If you have a skirt in sizes 10,12, or 14 that you would like to donate, please bring it to the front office.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing with coats! Please drop by room 101 if you are missing a coat or two… Thank you!

 

Substitutes Needed

Do you have some free time during the week? Are you looking for a part-time job that provides flexibility? If you said yes to these questions, consider being a substitute teacher at Episcopal Day School!

Click here to learn about why you should consider being a sub at EDS!

 

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EDS Classroom Volunteers 2023-2024

Sign up to be a Preschool Pal

In order to allow our teachers and assistants to remain with their classes, we would like your help as a Preschool Pal. As a Preschool Pal, you will be in the front office between 8:10 and 8:45 in the morning to walk late arrivals to their class. You can volunteer one or several mornings a week, choosing dates that work best for you. Even helping one time would make a difference to our community! Please sign up by clicking here.

 

Threes Patriotic Parade

Our Threes classes saluted America the beautiful during last week’s patriotic parade! They did a wonderful job in their first big EDS performance by singing and parading for parents, grandparents, special friends, and our other preschool classes! 

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EsbWiYBoxHgMwZS96

Middle School Reminders

Week of 2/26/24 

Morning Carpool Duty: Easley Advisory

Village Recycling and Field Duty: Josey Advisory 

Morning Prayers: Chambers Advisory

Special Events: 2/29: 8th Grade Yearbook Recognition Ads Due (Jostens deadline) Click here

Athletics:

    • Feb 26 – Soccer at Aug Prep – Girls 4:00 P.M. & Boys 5:00 P.M.
    • Feb 28 – Soccer HOME vs Horse Creek – Girls 4:00 P.M. & Boys 5:00 P.M.
    • Feb 29 – Baseball HOME vs Aug Eagles 6:00 P.M. 
    • Mar 1 – Track at Aug Prep 4:00 P.M.
  • Mar 1 – Baseball at Briarwood Academy – Early Dismissal – 2:15 P.M.

Week of 3/4/24 

Morning Carpool Duty: Chambers Advisory

Village Recycling and Field Duty: Easley Advisory 

Morning Prayers: Schmelzer Advisory

Acolytes: Eadie, Jackson, Logan, Thomas, Lane, & Charlotte

Special Events:

  • 3/4: Adult Godly Play @ 6:00 P.M. Rm 114
  • 3/8: Alumni Chapel

FWC:

  • 8th grade 3/5
  • 5th grade 3/6
  • 6th grade 3/8

Athletics:

  • Mar 4 – Baseball vs St. Mary’s Augusta – 4:00 P.M. – HOME
  • Mar 5 – Boys Soccer at Tall Pines – Aiken
  • Mar 5 – Girls Soccer vs St. Mary’s Augusta – HOME – 4:00 P.M.
  • Mar 8 – Baseball HOME vs Briarwood Academy – 4:30 P.M.

On the Horizon  

  • 3/12: Advisory group photos (during A.M. advisory period)
  • 3/14: Family STEAM Night + MS art display; LS art show
  • 3/16: EDS Association Wild Game Dinner

 

EDS Spelling Bee Winners Advance to GISA Finals

On December 14, Sandra T. emerged as the victor in the annual EDS spelling bee, with Dovie H. as  first runner-up. Their triumph paved the way for them to represent EDS in the Round 1 Qualifier of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) spelling bee on February 15. Competing online against students from various independent schools in the region, Sandra and Dovie tackled a challenging spelling and vocabulary test comprised of fifty words.

With outstanding scores on the online test, both Sandra and Dovie have advanced to the GISA Finals on February 27, 2024, at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon.

Congratulations to Sandra and Dovie for their remarkable achievements!

 

Pre Order Your 2023-24 Yearbook for $45

Pre-ordered yearbooks are $45 each until March 1, then will increase to $55 until they are published.  Order yours today to save money and capture the memories of a great year. To include all of our signature end of year celebrations, awards, and graduation, EDS releases yearbooks during the beginning of the following school year.  

Order my yearbook here!

8th grade families may purchase and design recognition ads for their Class of 2024 student. Click here to get started.  Completed ads are due online by February 29. Please contact Amanda Chambers with any questions.

Tuesday 2.27.24

Preschool • 8:30 A.M.

Acolytes: William G., Ash S., Caroline W.

Birthdays: Ellie W., Evelyn B., Aurora O.

 

Wednesday 2.28.24

Lower School • 8:30 A.M.

Acolytes: Kinsley C., Cub N., Gray O., Parker W., Connelly M.

Readers: Bobby B., Ace M.

Birthdays: Bess M., Thompson M., Mobley D., Caroline D.

 

Thursday 2.29.24

Middle School • 8:20 A.M.

Acolytes: Carlin G., Yates R., Porter A., Julian B., James L., Isaiah W.

Readers: Harry W. and Isaiah W.

Birthdays: Henry R., Starr W.

Extended Day

All parents who utilize Extended Day programming at any point in the year must register online in advance by completing this form. For questions about Extended Day, please visit our Extended Day & Enrichment webpage or contact EDS Extended Day Director, Jocelyn Johnson.

Helpful Extended Day Documents for Parents

Dismissal Instructions

 

Winter Enrichments

Soccer Shots 

Martial Arts

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/EpiscopalDaySchool?orglink=camps-registration

Please register for the following enrichments using their assigned links:

Piano: Piano Lessons link

Viola, Violin and Cello: Viola, Cello and Violin Link

For questions about enrichments, please contact Jocelyn Johnson.

Summer Camp Registration

Summer @ EDS registration is in full swing with camps already filling up for the summer! In addition to the normal day camps at our Flowing Wells Campus, we are offering over 20 different specialty camps this year:

Art Camp Wonder-full Water Football Video Game Design Soccer Baseball Volleyball Cheerleading Basketball Nature Adventure Baking & Decorating Pre-Kinder Camp* 1st Grade Math Booster* 2nd Grade Math Booster* 1st Grade Reading Booster* 2nd Grade Reading Booster*

Camps designated with an asterisk (*) are exclusively available for accepted EDS students for the upcoming 2024-25 school year.Register today here:
https://www.edsaugusta.com/schools-programs/summer-camps

 

Summer Camp Help Needed

We are looking forward to Summer @ EDS 2024 and need some help with camps! We are currently looking to hire the following positions:

Camp Counselors 

Art Lead Instructor 

Sports Lead Instructor 

Nature Lead Instructor 

Full and half day options available, and camp will take place June 3rd – August 2nd, with no camp the week of July 4th.

Please email Karli Murray at kmurray@edsaugusta.com with questions and please share this with someone who would like a fun summer job!

Moms in Prayer

If you, your family, or a loved one is in need of prayer, let us pray for you. Moms in Prayer accepts prayer requests in this form.  Moms in Prayer meets Mondays at 8:15am at  the Church of the Good Shepherd. Please email Liz Trotter for more information.

 

Earn money for EDS simply by grocery shopping

Register an account online with Publix and/or Kroger (each link will direct you to a login page), select Episcopal Day School as your community partner, and at checkout, pay with either app or type in the phone number associated with the account. The EDS Association will receive a percentage of grocery store profits every quarter.

Athletics Info

Current athletics information is always available at edspanthers.com. Go Panthers!

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