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did you miss Open House 2021? here’s some good resources anyway…

PLEASE Read The ENTIRE email
This newsletter contains information on Open House, SHE fundraising, and other important SHE news.  


K – 2ND GRADE – 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
3RD GRADE – 5TH GRADE– 12.00 A.M. to 1.30 P.M.


At Sagamore Hills Elementary  (SHE)  Open House you will get to:

1. Provide Proof of Residency – Important and Required
2. Complete online registration with PTA if you did not do it prior to Open House to ensure you receive all school communications
3. Pick up student Agenda planner  
4. Shop for SHE spirit wear
5. Join the PTA or renew your annual PTA membership
6. Find out your team and homeroom teacher
7. Meet your teachers for the year and get team specific supply lists 
8. Find out your bus number and route
9. Get cafeteria and lunch information
10. Check out athletics and clubs

If you’re New to DeKalb County Schools?  Please visit the SHE Main Office first and provide important paperwork. Click here for more information. Tip: We will accept these forms of payment at Open House:
1. Credit Card

2. PayPal
3. Checks
4. Cash  
  We really encourage you to follow ALL the steps below to ensure you get the most out of your visit at Sagamore Hills Open House
PLEASE – Pre-Register Online with PTA by July 27 Use the PTA ONLINE REGISTRATION form to:  Complete PTA online registration form for your student – must be currently enrolled in DeKalb County Schools  Provide/confirm contact information for you and your SHE student(s)   Choose publish preferences to be included (or not) in school directory Pay for the student Agenda planner    Join the PTA. Your annual membership includes access to our secure online school directory and Free App Donate to Sagamore Hills Elementary to support school enrichment Preview SHE spirit wear for purchase at Open House Sign up to volunteer with PTA
Come to SHE and Show Proof of Residency On July 28th at SHE, proceed to Check-in Table at the school entrance. 

Current DeKalb County Student?   Proceed through the hallway to the Cafeteria to
1. show your Proof of Residency 
2. Complete an application for free and reduced lunch New to DeKalb County Schools? 
3. Visit the main office to first provide important paperwork register your student with the school.

Proceed to the Cafeteria to show your Proof of Residency Complete an application for free and reduced lunch PROOF OF RESIDENCY: To show proof of residency, bring a copy of one of these: Current (July 2021) utility bill (gas, electric, or water bill) in the name of the homeowner that resides in the SHE attendance area. Phone bills will not be accepted. A copy of the current apartment lease or current contract on a house or condominium in the SHE attendance area SHE will retain proof of residency in your child’s permanent folder. Bring a copy the school can keep.   
3 Open House and Meet & Greet At the entrance and cafeteria, PTA Volunteers will help you get started.   

IF YOU DID NOT PRE-REGISTER ONLINE, proceed to PTA Registration table for assistance completing online registration Team & homeroom listings are posted along right wall Pick up your Agenda (required for 4th grade and optional for 5th grade?) There will be a separate line for those who have PRE-ORDERED and for those who still need to BUY.Shop for SHE spirit wearCheck out all of the great SHE clubs and activitiesGo to Media Center to complete your application for free and reduced lunch if you did not do so during pre-registration Meet &  Greet – Go meet your kids teachers. Where is the School Supply List?  Click HERE for a GENERAL school supply list to go by for standard items. Students will receive a list specific for their assigned Team at Open House on July 28th. Keep your receipt for returns if your Team supply list differs greatly from this general list. Students do not have lockers the first few days.  Please send your student with a notebook and a pen or pencil, along with their Agenda only on the first day of school.  
WE NEED SUPPORT:   SHE and our students need our help now, more than ever! We’re asking everyone to be a Sagamore Hero and contribute to the PTA Fund for the year.   No Sales. No Pledges. No Hassles.    Donate when you Register Online or click Donate Now below.

100% of the donations go directly to fund PTA here at SHE! We need you and thank you for your support! Things your heroic contribution will fund:  Honors day awards Field trips for all SHE teams Cultural arts programs for all students Teacher appreciation, conference meals, and hospitality Copy Paper for all teachers Enhance SHE STEM & technology  

SUGGESTED DONATION LEVELS:               Sagamore Tiny   $75.00               Sagamore  Moderate $125.00               Sagamore Ultimate  $175.00
All donations are greatly appreciated. We’ll gladly accept what you can give.
1. SIGN UP FOR PTA & Membership toolkit = VITAL
2. Parent Quick Tips: Great cheat-sheet and resource list
3. Open House check-list: Print & Bring
4. Volunteer for Open House
5. Volunteer for PTA
6. 2021-2022 supply list
When you become a PTA member or buy spirit gear, you get entered into a raffle where you can win: 1 set of AirPods, A $25.00 gift-cards.

Make Sure You Keep your ticket!        

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.

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.

Sagamore Robotics Receives Professionalism Award at World Festival Expo

Team members of Sagamore Robotics Wildcat Whizzes competed in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo in Houston, TX, April 21, 2017.

At the competition, teams were awarded for parts of their display, presentation, and research that stood out and deserved to be highlighted. The Whizzes received the “Professionalism” award. This means that all aspects of our team’s performance showed their skill and in depth knowledge of the challenge. They also mentioned our team’s respect towards each other, the judges and other teams and of course how much fun they were having.

Our team got to meet teams from Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Panama Costa Rica, Canada and all over the United States. Their success is due to their hard work and dedication. They represented Sagamore Hills well!

Team members included: Rylie Gardiner, Kirsten Gabriel, Dorothy Baldwin, Owen Flake, and Shorani Roy

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Sagamore Robotics to National SeaPerch Competition

SeaPerch is a program that teaches students robotics/engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and how to create technical applications through marine engineering. Sagamore Hills Elementary School students were divided into teams, given two underwater challenges to solve using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) they constructed themselves, and tasked with the responsibility of completing an engineering notebook. Our students worked together to decide how to solve the challenges, each with their own role in the process.

At the end of the season, we joined other schools at the 2017 Regional SeaPerch Challenge. Our three teams exceeded all expectations and blew us away! Their teamwork was exceptional and played a huge role in their success.

Team Echo was awarded third place in their division. Team members include: Alex Coursey, Bryce Garrett, Lauren Gabriel, and Omandee Karunanayake.

Team Magnitude was awarded second place in their division. Team members include: Matthew Russell, Christian Tucker, Alex Klein, and Evan Hackemeyer

Team AquaBots scored first place in their division, first place overall, and earned a spot at the 2017 National Seaperch Competition at GA Tech. Team members include: Ben Zajac-Cox, Julia Barker, Kirsten Gabriel, Rylie Gardiner, and Holt Solomon.

(Front row, left to right): Matthew Russell, Reed Barker (honorary member), Julia Barker, Kirsten Gabrial, Omandee Karunanayake, and Alex Coursey
(Back row, right to left): Mrs. Dix (coach), Lauren Gabriel, Mrs. Garrett (coach), Bryce Garrett, Alex Klein, Christian Tucker, Rylie Gardiner, Mrs. Quinn (coach), and Evan Hackemeyer
Not shown: Holt Solomon and Ben Zajac-Cox

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Art Show 2016-2017 at Sagamore Hills Elementary

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sagamore Hills Elementary School
1865 Alderbrook Way, Atlanta, GA


Come experience a wonderful children’s art exhibit that will enrich your heart and soul! Take a tour of Australia and see Aboriginal X-ray art, Dreamtime Dot paintings, and masks inspired by the Torres Strait Islanders. Journey to China and view beautiful bamboo ink brush paintings, Chinese dragon shadow puppets, and “porcelain” tea sets.

Smile when you see a child’s interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life or Dali’s long-legged animals. Sagamore students will lead you through their art experience using slide shows and actual demonstrations! Marvel at almost 1,000 works of art by the young artists of Sagamore Hills!


Visit special art-making stations at the show and make fun works of art to remember your experience! Create a dragon shadow puppet, design your own Chinese chop, make a mini-Chinese lantern, or try your hand at Aboriginal rock painting!

See you at the show!

Liz King, Art Teacher

We need your help to make this fantastic show happen. Please sign up for as many tasks as your schedule can handle! Thank you for supporting Sagamore’s Art program.






The PTA will also present nominees for next year’s Board at the start of the show.

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STEM Bridge Building at Sagamore Hills Elementary School

Every March, about 110 4th and 5th graders at Sagamore Hills Elementary School conduct a STEM project focused on Structural Analysis and Bridge Construction. Sagamore teachers Rachael Lambert and Terry High direct this exciting exercise over a period of two weeks, which includes:

  • Orientation
  • Structural analysis mathematics
  • Planning/time management
  • Design
  • Building
  • Testing every bridge to failure

Leading the activities is Stan Jones, chief structural engineer for Bennett and Pless engineers here in Atlanta. For the last several years he has developed and implemented this important training. Stan has his civil engineering bachelor’s from Auburn and MS from Georgia Tech and has practiced structural engineering around the globe for 40 years. He is the real thing and is a treasure. Stan was a major player in Sagamore’s STEM certifications last year.

Sagamore Hills elementary is a unit of the DeKalb County School District and is a neighborhood school located near Clairmont and Briarcliff Roads in the center of the County. The principal is Mrs Julie Taylor and for additional information she may be contacted at

Sagamore Jr. Robotics attending FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo

The Wildcat Whizzes are 1 of 4 Sagamore Hills Elementary School‘s Jr. Robotics teams selected to attend the Jr. Robotics World Festival Expo in Houston, TX, Arpil 21–22, 2017, where teams from all over the world come together to present their research projects and robots. We are so excited!  This will be the first Jr. FLL Robotics team from the Dekalb County School District to be invited to the World Expo!

The Wildcat Whizzes were tasked with selecting an animal that shares a habitat with the honeybee. After researching the honeybee the team selected the wasp. They built a model that reflected their research and programmed it to move! The team members include: Kirsten Gabriel, Rylie Gardiner, Owen Flake, Shorani Roy, and Dorothy Baldwin.

The team members and their families are so excited and are making plans to attend. Teacher leaders Suzie Quinn and Kristen Garrett will also attend with the financial support of the school and its PTA.

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