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Trivia Night Spring Fundraiser 2018-2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 Doors Open 6:30 PM | Trivia Starts 7:00 PM Briarcliff Wood Beach Club 1830 Morris Landers Drive

  • Sagamore Hills Elementary PTA’s 2018-2019 spring fundraiser is the 2nd annual Trivia Night!
  • This year Trivia Night is hosted by TEAM TRIVIA
  • Get your friends together and reserve a table (max 8 per table), or just show up and make new friends!
  • Prizes given out
  • Keg provided, BYO snacks/drinks
  • Fantastic raffle prizes available for purchase
    • Sagamore Perks
      • Principal for a Day
      • Cafeteria Royalty
      • Parking Spot for PTA Events
      • 4 Front Row Seats at Graduation
    • Local Businesses
    • Gift Baskets
      • Relaxation (sponsored by pre-k)
      • Rainy Day arts & crafts (sponsored by k)
      • Pool Party (sponsored by 1st)
      • Take It Outside (sponsored by 2nd)
      • Gift Cards Galore (sponsored by 3rd)
      • Video Gamer’s paradise (sponsored by 4th)
      • ATL’s sports/tailgating (sponsored by 5th)

I’m going to Trivia Night!

  1. Buy Trivia Night tickets and raffle tickets now; select how many of each you’d like after you “Add to Cart”
  2. Pickup your raffle tickets at Trivia Night and enter the raffles of your choice
$240 Trivia Night Full Table for 8, Saturday April 27, 2019, 6:30 pm
$30 Trivia Night Ticket, Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:30 pm
$5 Raffle Ticket

I just want a chance to win (and support the school)!

  1. Buy raffle tickets now; select how many of each you’d like after you “Add to Cart”
  2. Email , listing which raffles you’d like to enter
$5 Raffle Ticket

Your donation does great things for our students, thank you!

Donate to the Sagamore Hills Elementary PTA Enrichment Fund


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Mary Poppins Jr, Sagamore Hills Elementary School Play 2017-2018

Mary Poppins had a great run at Sagamore Hills Elementary!

7pm Shows Thurs 3/8/18 and Fri 3/9/18
12 and older show for the Thursday night with appetizers and desserts served $8 tix sold at door.
Friday night show open to all. Snacks will be sold by 4th grade.
Tix sold at door $7 adults $5 kids
Monday 3/12 performance during school

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STEM Night 2017-2018

Images from 2017-2018 STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary:

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 6:30–7:00 pm, at Sagamore Hills Elementary, enjoy a free evening with your family experiencing hands-on STEM activities, including:

  • Touch animals from 5 kingdoms
  • Build a musical instrument
  • Watch a dog find you by smell
  • Find bones in owl pellets
  • Kids vs parents math competition
  • Extract DNA
  • and much, much more!

Sagamore March Madness, Auction Fundraiser 2017-2018

March 24, Saturday, 6–10pm
Briarcliff Wood Beach Club

Tickets are $30/person in advance ($40 at the door) –  advanced ticket sales close 10 pm on Friday March 23rd! After 10 pm, please plan to buy your tickets at the door. ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED – BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR!

Open to any adult who loves Sagamore!

Can’t make the Auction, but still want to support Sagamore? Donations of any size directly benefit students—thank you!

Auction items



2 hour tour in flight simulator


Total Wine
private wine classes for 20


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movie passes


gift certificate


gift certificate


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birthday party package

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Tour of Turner Studio by Sagamore Parent Sean Polinski




sterling silver handmade necklace



Laser Quest
birthday party package


gift certificate


gift cards


4 Atlanta Roller Girl tickets




admission for 4 including planetarium


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2 tickets

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4 passes

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2 general admission passes

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family 4 pack

AMC Theaters
gift certificates


gift certificate and gift basket


Personal Beekeeping Experience

2 classes

gift certificate

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gift certificate


gift basket


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gift certificates


Dinner for Two gift certificate

4 hour design consultation and coupon

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4 guest passes

week of half-day camp


gift certificate


books books books


gift basket


swag bags


books books books


2 express membership cards


week of baseball camp


4 lessons


gift certificate


gift certificate for child’s bday party



gift certificate


gift certificate


gift certificate


In Focus Organizing
professional organizing session

2 TLC4U Cards

gift cards

gift certificate

gift certificate

A year of bread

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gift certificates

gift certificate


2 e-tickets


Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 10, 2018,


3 $75 gift certificates


One Hour Junior Group Tennis Lesson (3 to 6 kids)


Gift Certificates

4 tickets to any Family Series performance




2 hypnotherapy sessions


family dinner and extras


gift certificates


four One-Day Park Hopper tickets


Grub Feast for up to 8 people.


gift certificate


4 box seats tickets

2 Admission Passes


Design Consultation Package



2 passes


gift certificates


Admission for 4

5 class yoga series



gift certificate


golf lessons with certified professional golf instructor and custom driver fitting session



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gift certificate


Two (2) six-cupcake pack gift cards


2 Ride/Meal Vouchers value $100 each


gift basket


Chef Table Dinner


2 $25 gift certificates


Two $25 Gift Cards


2 passes

4 free burrito cards and a willy’s t-shirt


4 Passes


8 week class


3 weeks of camp

Certificate good for FOUR admissions to Friday “Kid’s Night” event on April 27

gift certificate

Cheifs Futbol Club
fall registration for 1 player

four tickets for the monthly beer and cheese pairings

Pike Nurseries
gift certificate



School experiences for auction

          • 5th grade graduation front row seats for 4
          • Picnic and Bunnies with Mrs. Nelson
          • Bowling with Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Moehlich
          • Story time and an activity in the library with Mrs. Manzi
          • Board Game Party with the First Grade team
          • Night in with Coach E and Mrs. Patterson
          • Principal for the day
          • Cafeteria Royalty for the day
          • Ring the bell on the last day of school
          • Read the morning announcements on last day of school
          • Game Party with Mrs. Turner
          • 3d printing with Mr. Barnes
          • front row seats to the Winter holiday concert for 4
          • Front row at spring play
          • Spa Afternoon with Ms. Jones, Ms Pickrell and Mrs Cuadle for 6
          • Custom artwork by each grade

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Talent Show 2017

Sagamore Showcase of  Stars 2017!

When:  Friday, November 10th, Curtain call is at 7pm

Where:  Sagamore Hills Elementary School Cafeteria

How Much:  Cost: $2 (cash or check at the door) Bring your Sagamore Hills Community Card and 1 adult gets in free!  Performers are Free!

Food:  Yes, concessions will be sold.

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Partnership between Sagamore Hills Elementary School and Mercer University

A presentation of a banner was held August 16th to formally recognize the partnership between Mercer University and Sagamore Hills Elementary School. Dr. R. Stephen Green, Superintendent, Mr. Marshall Orsen, DeKalb School Board member, and Mr. Trenton Arnold, Regional Superintendent, joined us for this recognition and celebration. Dr. Kelly Reffitt and Dr. Deb Rosenstein from Mercer University presented the banner and spoke of the partnership and benefits of working with pre-service teachers at Sagamore Hills Elementary School.

Spring Garden Planting 2016-2017

Sagamore Hills, Sagamore Hills, How Does Your S.T.E.M. Garden Grow?

It grows with an outpouring of loving support from enthusiastic students, dedicated volunteers, vested community members, and generous sponsors. This beautifully eclectic group makes for the best garden family…which I am so proud to be a member. Together we each played our parts in making the expected HUGE Spring Garden Planting more successful than imagined. It all began with having our tough, coarse soil freshly tilled into a loose, fine consistency. Mr. John Miller and Mrs. Lynn Douglas freed our Garden Club Member’s from this daunting task by taking care of it ahead of time. Then came an ENORMOUS herb, flower and vegetable plant donation from new Assistant Store Manager, Mr. Chad Meetre , and Store Manager, Mr. Shawn Brooks, at The Home Depot in Decatur. This gifting was enough to fill a vehicle trunk and cargo bed to capacity. Sagamore’s Head Custodian, Mr. Zellner, was kind enough to assist in the pickup and delivery process of these delectable items. We got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes…YOU NAME IT-we got it, and then some!

miller tilling, tilling, home depot donation, custodian zellner

But, the excitement didn’t stop there. The ASA students and morning bus riders, along with creative support from Paraprofessional-Mr. Gardner and Kitchen Staff Members-Ms. Leonard and Ms. Shade, custom designed extra-large paint sticks to label each plants place in the garden. During the actual planting, our 130 plus Jr. and Sr. S.T.E.M. Garden Club membership took care of the gardening business at hand. Students channeled their energy into digging deep holes, perfectly positioning, gently covering and snugly patting each plant into their nutrient rich new homes in the soil. Seeing all of our garden beds over flowing with new life was a sight to behold.

kitchen staff labels, planting, garden beds

To continuously meet the watering demands of our thriving garden program we “have stepped up our rainwater harvesting game”.  Or at least that is what Engineer and Georgia Tech alumnus, Mr. Richard Hanson, owner of Georgia Water Tanks and his assistant Eric said as they recently installed our 5,000-gallon Cistern. What is a CISTERN you may ask? It is a ginormous above ground rain barrel with pressurized pumping mechanisms. This amazing donation was made possible through our continued partnership with The Captain Planet Foundation and was funded by a grant from the Georgia Aquarium…we are taking High-Tech into the garden!


Having this Eco-friendly watering system totally aligns with the academic curriculum we teach (Ancient Greek and Roman History), S.T.E.M designs we create (Low-Flow Shower Heads) and environmental consciousness we foster (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) in every grade-level at Sagamore Hills Elementary School. It didn’t take long for our inventive students to engineer a way to get the Cistern water to the more deprived areas beyond its reach…enter wagons and watering cans. Real-World S.T.E.M. application people!

wagons watering

Retired DCSD Teacher, Master Gardener and Sagamore Community Member, Mrs. Betsy Razza summed up the impactful experience best by paying this tremendous compliment to our program, “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the children as they planted the vegetables. Sagamore Hills provides the children with a sense of accomplishment, ownership and an appreciation of nature.

Many hands and hearts went into making this year’s Spring S.T.E.M. Garden planting an awe-inspiring success from start, finish and beyond.

Mrs. Tasha L. J. Messer

S.T.E.M. Garden Club Co-Director
Edible Schoolyard Academy Alumnae 2016
Monarchs Across Georgia Certified
Captain Planet Project Learning Garden Liaison
Bachelors of Arts in Sociology
IRR SE Paraprofessional
Sagamore Hills Elementary School
1865 Alderbrook Road
Atlanta, GA 30345

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8 Teachers Retire in 2016-2017 at Sagamore Hills Elementary School

Sagamore Hills is so lucky to have some of the best teachers in the world. We are sad to lose some of those teachers this year (2016-2017), but they have definitely earned their retirements. We asked the following teachers a few questions about their time as teachers and about their retirement plans: Diane Jackson, Janet Jasper, Suzanna Quinn, Geri Stein, Linda Menendez, James Garner, Ernestine Cooper, and Sarah Brown.

Why did you become a teacher? Who/what inspired you to do so?

I had two aunts who were both teachers that were role models for me. I saw how they enjoyed teaching and how fulfilling teaching was for them.
My parents were teachers, so it was in my genes.
My father taught for 37 years and was a huge inspiration to me.
When my children were in elementary school I began substitute teaching in Dekalb County. While I was substituting, several parents, students, and principals approached me and encouraged me to pursue full time teaching.
I can’t think of any particular person that inspired me to become a teacher.
I became a teacher because I just had a knack for it.
As the youngest in my family of five children, we played school over the summer. My siblings would never allow me to be the teacher. I started teaching my baby dolls and teddy bears. I’ve always enjoyed working with children.
It’s been so long, I don’t really remember.

What year did you begin teaching and where?

I started teaching in 1987 at Sagamore
I began teaching in 1982 in Monroe, LA.
I became a classroom teacher in 1991 at Sagamore.
In 2006 I accepted a teaching position at Sagamore in the third grade. I began teaching in one of the Learning Cottages.
I started teaching 30 years ago at Avondale Elementary.
I began teaching at Avondale Elementary School in 1988.
1987, in Florence County School District 3, South Carolina
Briarcliff High School in 1986

How long have you been teaching in Dekalb county? At Sagamore?

I have been teaching for 30 years, all at Sagamore.
22 years in Dekalb, 15 years at Sagamore
I have been at Sagamore for 30 years, first as a para and then as a teacher.
My position at Sagamore has been the only full time teaching assignment that I have had.
Dekalb: 30, Sagamore: 13
I have been teaching in Dekalb for 29 years and here at Sagamore for 18 of those years.
Since 1990. At Sagamore:12 years
Dekalb: 29 years, Sagamore: 24

Did you spearhead or participate in any new programs at Sagamore that you are particularly proud of?

I participated in the very first SciQuest camp and ultimately directed it for 6 or 7 years.
I started the SciQuest Summer Camp.
I coached the first LEGO Robotics team.
Started the first Garden Club.
I was the first co-director of the ASA program.
I was a coach of the first SeaPerch team.
Each of my years at Sagamore have included unique challenges and personal achievements. These include:
Creating an stimulating an active teaching environment
Conducting hands on science activities
Promoting a love of reading among all of my students
Creating a passion in my students to become effective writers
Helping to implement the STEM program
Endeavoring to instill in each of my students a sensitivity to their fellow students and empathy for others and to the world around them
I was in charge of the Rock Eagle and Jekyll Island overnight field trips for 5th Grade. In 15 years, I never lost a kid.
I am proud of Reading Bowl. It encourages the kids to read books they might not read otherwise.

What is your favorite Sagamore memory?

My favorite moment at Sagamore was when I was voted Teacher of the Year
My favorite memories are from when my own children attended Sagamore, before I ever got here.
The first day that I walked into my first classroom.
I have been blessed with many fond memories regarding the students, parents, and fellow staff members at Sagamore. I have particularly enjoyed seeing the lightbulbs go on when a child has had an exciting learning experience.
I love when we have centers and I can just talk and play with the children. That is when I really get to know them.
My favorite Sagamore memory was competing against the students in Reading Bowl.
Having my children come to work with me for a few years.
Seeing Mr. Garner’s classes in the library reading.

What are your plans for retirement?

I plan to attend as many tennis tournaments as possible, starting with the US Open in NY. And to spend time with my granddaughter, who was born May 1st!
I am retiring to be a full time grandmother (baby due in October)!
Traveling, gardening, relaxing
Ecclesiastes 2:14 says “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” I have immensely enjoyed my journey as a teacher and I have loved this path with a true passion. I am off on my new journey or quest…I want to work on learning how to be a writer…write a book or maybe two. I also intend to chip away at my travel bucket list. Exploration of local biketrails is also anticipated.
So many….. plan to get to many of the National Parks then travel abroad. Relax, not set an alarm.
I plan to sleep in, read, and travel when I retire.
Rest, travel, spend more time with family, and working as a Consultant or Speech-Language Pathologist
I plan to learn to weave. I’m going on a cruise in Nov to New Zealand.

2017 Dia de los Muertos 5k, Festival & Skull Sprint

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

5k Run


The 5k is a PEACHTREE QUALIFIER! Runners Fit Race Works will be timing the race, and the course is USATF certified.

Sagamore PTA 5k Race Route-Map w-Arrows
Open to the public, the 5 kilometer race begins in front of Sagamore Hills Elementary, goes through the neighborhood, and ends on the track behind the school. All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Sagamore Hills Elementary.

  • Cost is $30 — 13 years and over (t-shirt included)
  • Cost is $20 — 12 years and younger (t-shirt included)

Register on or fill out a paper registration to save the processing fee.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to give refunds for registration fees. You have the option to transfer your registration to another participant. We do not charge transfer fees.


Free to all registrants and available for purchase, the 100% cotton commemorative Día de Los Muertos t-shirt features the 2017 sugar skull design.  All proceeds benefit Sagamore Hills Elementary.

Shirt Order Form

Skull Sprint (1 mile)

Cost is $5.00
12:00 pm

One mile run for children 13 and under. Everyone who finishes receives a skull necklace.

Skull Sprint Registration Form


We need volunteers along the 5K route and to help students with crafts at the tables during the festival.

Sign up to Volunteer HERE

Día de los Muertos Festival


The festival will include a mariachi band, sugar skull face painting, holiday traditions, as well as other fun activities and crafts. Cost is free!

Taqueria el Vecino will be on site offering food for purchase.

About Día de los Muertos

Learn about the holiday that inspires this Sagamore Hills Elementary School PTA event.