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STEM activity, fall 2015

The following STEM activities were shared at Sagamore Hills Elementary School’s Curriculum Night.


5th grade

  • Studying pH of the water and how the plants, fish, and microorganisms all play a role
  • Working with 1st grade

3-D Printing

4th grade

  • Studying importance of conserving water
  • Using a free online program called Tinkercad
  • Developing a low-flow shower head


3rd grade

  • Learning a programming language called Scratch
  • Creating stories, games, and animations

Poison Dart Frogs

Life Cycles
2nd grade

  • Studying poison dart frogs and what they need to survive
  • Developing a habitat where they can live


1st grade

  • Planted veggies from seed
  • Working with 5th grade to construct 5-gallon aquaponics systems


Living Organisms

  • Studying plants and what they need to survive
  • Building a Compost Eco Pot to grow plants

Free Parenting Workshop

10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling

Free Parenting Workshop.
No Need to Register.

Tuesday, August 25
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Sagamore Hills Elementary School
1865 Alderbrook Road, Atlanta GA 30345

Visit for a sneak peak of what you will experience. Arrive early for the special Q&A with Kirk (that begins 10 minutes prior to the workshop beginning).

“Practical, life-changing and laugh-out-loud funny”

Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey, will provide parents and teachers with a dozen strategies that will eliminate defiance, disrespect, yelling, bullying, sibling fights and more that characterize our homes and classrooms. Kirk provides concrete, practical strategies that work with kids ages 2-22 in everyday situations to:

  • Get your kids to listen the first time.
  • Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.
  • Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
  • Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
  • Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.

Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871.

This free event made possible by the Sagamore Hills Elementary School PTA and its volunteers.

Grounds Day, fall 2015

Updated 2015-08-22

mulch animation

New playground mulch was installed this weekend by Building & Grounds‘ Dan Acker, other parent helpers, and funds raised by the PTA.

Updated 2015-08-15


The truck hauling the mulch could not make the turn into the back drive to deliver the mulch. After an hour of trying to figure out how to make it work, it was decided to send the truck back. Thank you to Ian Crystall and Mark Bollinger for being at the school this morning and working with the driver to try to make it happen.

We discussed having a regular “spruce up the ground” day today, but with no plan, we thought it would be a waste of our volunteers’ time.

Stay tuned for the rescheduling of Mulch Day 2015!

Originally posted 2015-07-24

Grounds Day is Saturday, August 15th, from 9a to noon.

We will be laying a lot mulch in the playground so please bring shovels and/or wheelbarrow if possible.

Please let us know if you’re coming!

Coach Girls on the Run, fall 2015

From Girls on the Run coordinator, Kimber Bell…

Two of our coaches from last season will be returning to coach with me for the fall GOTR season. Our meetings will be on Sundays and Tuesdays 3:00-4:30.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in coaching, there will be info meetings on the following dates:

  • July 27th, 6:30
    Phidippides, Sandy Springs Plaza
    220 Sandy Springs Cir NE
    Sandy Springs, GA 30328
  • August 3rd, 6:30
    Phidippides in Ansley Mall
    1544 Piedmont Ave NE #119
    Atlanta, GA 30324

If you are interested or would like any info just email me!

Casino Night

Saturday, April 18th, 2015, at 7:00 pm
Briarcliff Woods Beach Club
1830 Morris Landers Drive Atlanta, GA  30345

Win These Fun Prizes!

casino night chips

  • iPad Mini
  • Kindle Fire
  • SanDisk Sansa Clip (8 GB)
  • Flexio Selfie Stick
  • Sprig Chef’s Table
  • 2 Opera Tickets to “La Boheme” plus Parking and Intermission Party
  • $50 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
  • 10 Hippo Hop Visits
  • Grub Burger Gift Card
  • 3 Yoga Classes at Vista Yoga
  • $50 Garden*Hood Gift Card
  • $25 La Parilla Gift Card

Silent Auction Items

  • 5th Grade Graduation Front Row Seats for Four
  • 5th Grade Graduation Front Row Seats for Four
  • Principal for the Day
  • 1st in the Dunk Tank
  • Ring the Bell on the Last Day of School
  • Morning Announcements on the Last Day of School
  • Cafeteria Royalty for A Day (Lunch w/ Ms. Martin)
  • Cafeteria Royalty for A Day (Lunch w/ Ms. Martin)
  • VIP Parking Space – for After School Events
  • Four Reserved Front Row Seats for the Winter Concert

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Family STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary School, 2014-2015

Family STEM Night (Science Night prior to 2014-2015) is a free hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics experience with demonstrations & activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Pizza and water will be sold in the cafeteria.

  • Touch live reptiles!
  • Make your own wave machine!
  • Program a computer!
  • Create with electricity!
  • Look at stars through telescopes!
  • See dry ice in action!
  • Make your own glider!
  • Learn about rocks and minerals!
  • Touch real human muscles and bones!
  • Perform chemical reactions!
  • Extract DNA!
  • Make your own lava lamp!
  • Watch LEGO robots in action!
  • Dissect animal parts!
  • Hear your own heartbeat!
  • Test your hand strength!
  • Learn about teeth!
  • Investigate with Proscopes!
  • And much, much more!

Update: Photos from STEM Night

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2013-2014 Sagamore Rocks! Auction Fundraiser

All Proceeds Benefit Sagamore Hills Elementary!!!

Saturday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm
Briarcliff Woods Beach Club
1830 Morris Landers Dr.
Atlanta, GA  30345

Ticket price includes admission and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Catering by Tscharner Dickerson

Musical Selections by DJ Kyle (Lethal Rhythms Entertainment)


BringIt List – Auction Donations
BringIt List – Volunteers
Business Donation Form
Service Donation Form

Auction Catalog

Auction Items are broken down into five categories:  General Auction Items, School Experiences, Service Auction Items, Class Projects and Live Auction.

General Auction Items

Item 401:  Four Tickets to Zoo Atlanta

Item 402:  Ted’s Montana Grill – $50 Gift Card

Item 403:  Ted’s Montana Grill – $50 Gift Card

Item 404:  Cibo – $75 Gift Card

Item 405:  Zoe’s – $25 Gift Card

Item 406:  Key Necklace with Earrings

Item 407:  Pink & Silver Necklace with Earrings

Item 408:  Container Garden of Hardy Perrenials

Item 409:  2 Tickets to Atlanta Ballet / Hamlet

Item 410:  Athletic Club Northeast T-Shirt

Item 411:  Athletic Club Northeast 30-Day Premium Membership + Blast!

Item 412:  Athletic Club Northeast – 4 Swim Lessons (Group)

Item 413:  Chocolate & Wine Basket

Item 414:  Lego Fun Basket

Item 415:  Movie Night Basket

Item 416:  “Archer” Enthusiast Basket

Item 417:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 418:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 419:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 420:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 421:  2 Tickets to Atlanta Ballet / Modern Choreographic Voices

Item 422:  Little Scissors – Boy Haircut

Item 423:  Little Scissors – Girl Haircut

Item 424:  Nail City – Manicure

Item 425:  Briarcliff Pharmacy/Personal Touch Gift Shop – Silverware Canister Basket and Party Napkins

Item 426:  Avindy Gold Medallion Necklace

Item 427:  Food Therapy – $30 Gift Card

Item 428:  Learning Express – $25 Gift Card

Item 429:  Brave’s Pillow Pet

Item 430:  Design by Sue – Scarf

Item 431:  Design by Sue – Scarf

Item 432:  Design by Sue – Scarf

Item 433:  Design by Sue – Scarf

Item 434:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 435:  Collaborative Sagamorian Artwork

Item 436:  Desta – $50 Gift Card

Item 437:  Mezza – $25 Gift Card

Item 438:  Fellini’s – $25 Gift Card

School Experiences

Item 201:  5th Grade Graduation Front Row Seats for Four

Item 202:  5th Grade Graduation Front Row Seats for Four

Item 203:  Principal for the Day

Item 204:  1st in the Dunk Tank

Item 205:  1st in Line at the Dunk Tank

Item 206:  Birthday (or Last Day) Serenade by Ms. Foley and her chosen vocal ensemble.

Item 207:  Be Coach’s Special Assistant on Field Day

Item 208:  Ring the Bell on the Last Day of School

Item 209:  Morning Announcements on the Last Day of School

Item 210:  Free Admission to All PTA Events (Family of Four)

Service Auction Items

Item 301:  Lidia Nistor-Reteneller / Skin IQ MedSPA – Laser Hair Removal (Package of 3 – Arm Pit)

Item 302:  Lidia Nistor-Reteneller / Skin IQ MedSPA – Sun Eraser Medical Peel

Item 303:  Michelle Webb – Baked Dessert for Pot Luck or Family Gathering

Item 304:  Michelle Webb – One Home Closet Organization

Item 305:  Diane Jackson – Free mani/pedi with Ms. Jackson at Local Nail Salon

Item 306:  Debbie Benzur – Story Time with Mrs. Benzur

Item 307:  Melanie Miller – 3 Tutoring Sessions

Item 308:  Melanie Miller – One Session of STEM Fun for 5 Students (2:30 – 3:30)

Item 309:  Dave Barker – Technology Consultation

Item 310:  Dr. Kathleen Sherwood – Chiropractic Consultation/Exam, Digital Posture Analysis, Trigger Point Session

Item 311:  Dr. Kathleen Sherwood – Chiropractic Consultation/Exam, Digital Posture Analysis, Trigger Point Session

Item 312:  Soccer with Ms. King

Item 313:  Interior Decorating Services with Cathy Hans (1.5 Hours)

Item 314:  2 Dozen Cake Pops by Katherine Evans

Class Projects

Item 101:  Pre-K/Rhinehart – Herb Bed with Hand-Painted Flowers

Item 102:  K/Beck – TBD

Item 103:  K/Danhi – Oval Art Collage

Item 104:  K/Durant

Item 105:  K/Wierick

Item 106:  1st/Menendez – Hand-Painted Blanket

Item 107  1st/Thornton – Framed Butterfly/Bug Art

Item 108:  2nd/High – Hand-Print Planter

Item 109:  2nd/Jackson – TBD

Item 110:  2nd/Quinn – USA Wall Hanging

Item 111:  2nd/Xu – 3D Flower Art Shadow Box

Item 112:  3rd/Burnes – Hand-Print Painting

Item 113:  3rd/Jasper – Mandala Inspired Art

Item 114:  3rd/Stein – Heart of Hands Picture

Item 115:  4th/All Classes – Blue Dog Photo Blanket

(5th/All Classes – Photo Collage – See Live Auction)

Live Auction

Item 501:  Sprig – Chef’s Table

Item 502:  Lenz Food Industries – BBQ Dinner for 8

Item 504:  5th Grade Class Project – Photo Collage

Item 505:  Cafeteria Royalty for A Day (Lunch w/ Ms. Martin)

Item 507:  $1500 Off Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment by Dr. Stan Cox / Brookhaven Orthodontics (

Item 508:  VIP Parking Space

Item 509:  Kanessa Fain / Melia Foley – Girls Sleepover at School

Item 510:  Graham Barron – Learn to Homebrew Day

Item 511:  Four Reserved Front Row Seats for the Winter Concert

Item 512:  Mom’s Night Out “Last Hurrah before School’s Out” – May 18th (6:00 – 9:00)

Item 513:  Kaleidoscope – Dinner for 4 + Drinks ($250)

Item 514:  Lee Patterson Photography – Family/Child Photographed Session plus a Retouched 16×20 Portrait/Ready to Frame ($400)

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