This Week

  • Cohort A          Mar 22 & 23rd
  • Cohort B          Mar 25th & 26th
  • Lakeside Cluster Summit   March 25th 6:30pm

Coming Up

  • Virtual Magic Show     April 1st 6:30
  • School Picture Day - In Person Student  April 13th
  • School Picture Day-  Virtual Students/Drive-by option April 14th 
From the Principal:   
Sagamore Hills Families: 
We did it!!!   We are celebrating the continuation of our Cognia STEM Certification for another five years!  A very special thanks to our STEM Lead Teacher: Stephanie Spencer; Core STEM Team: Dr. Mark Montello, Wil Barnes, Victoria Hollingsworth; teachers & staff, students, parents, and community partners who have supported this extensive re-certification process during a virtual school year!!!!  We are looking forward to engaging more parents and community partners in our STEM program.  Please share your expertise and be a participant of our STEM journey!  
This week's cohort schedule is as follows: 
  • 3/22, Monday and 3/23, Tuesday - Cohort A Students  
  • 3/25, Thursday and 3/26, Friday - Cohort B Students 

Next Week 3/29/21:   
Pre K through Grade 5 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday).  Wednesdays are Independent Learning Days.  
Next Lakeside Cluster Summit - March 25, 2021 @ 6:30pm 
Please join us for the next virtual Lakeside Cluster Summit where parent leaders, principals, our Regional Superintendent Trenton Arnold, and our Board of Education Representative Allyson Gevertz get together to discuss issues that affect the schools in our cluster. 
On the agenda: 
  • Update from Allyson Gevertz 
  • Update from Trenton Arnold 
  • Around the table with PAC leaders regarding the Comprehensive Master Plan 
  • Discussion around re-opening, hybrid, virtual learning, and related concerns.  
Please send your questions to ahead of time to ensure that they will get asked.  
Happy Springtime!  
Dr. Karen Williams 


2020 Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Habitat Award Winner: Sagamore Hills Elementary School

The Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) committee is excited to award Sagamore Hills Elementary School the 2020 MAG Pollinator Habitat Award. This award recognizes a MAG-certified pollinator habitat that goes above and beyond the minimum certification requirements and has been certified for at least three years.

Sagamore Hills Elementary School (Sagamore Hills) has a school garden habitat that is also accessible to the public. Students use it daily to study the butterfly lifecycle, perform monarch and bird counts, and undertake bird habitat studies. The original MAG certification was for three, 4’ x 6’ raised beds that are maintained and replanted as needed.

Led by Stephanie Spencer, a K-5 STEM teacher at the school, an additional hillside garden was added in fall 2019. Originally a weedy habitat, the hillside (130' long by 15' high) was turned into a pollinator haven. With the efforts of more than 60 parents, staff, and students on three full Saturday workdays, over 100 native plants were planted across the entire hillside.

The hillside garden now includes dozens of flowering plants to provide monarchs with nectar. It includes three species of milkweed, is pesticide-free and also has signage to prevent spraying by district personnel. Students raise monarchs in the classroom, test for Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) and send the samples to the University of Georgia. Students also tag the monarchs for the fall migration through Monarch Watch. One of the most unique features at Sagamore Hills is a seed box to share native plant seeds with families and the neighborhood. About 200 packages of A. tuberosa (butterfly weed) seeds were shared in fall 2020. All seed packages have a QR code that links to planting instructions. Students collect and package seeds during garden club and in STEM classes.

Congratulations to Sagamore Hills for the pollinator habitat that has not only grown in size and variety of plants, but also provides inspiration to the students, parents, and members of the general public who visit.

Sagamore's John Lewis "Be More" shirts are now available for pre-sale online at the school store. Shirts can be ordered now and picked up at a school drive-by at a soon-to-be-announced date! 

Save the Date! Sagamore PTA Presents Magician Michael Stellman for a virtual magic show for students and their families! Thursday, April 1st 6:30pm. Zoom link to follow.
Picture Day is Coming!

Photographer Ken Rada is coming to Sagamore to take individual student pictures for the yearbook, as well as for optional parent purchase. 

There will be several options for parents to choose from:

1. In person students can take pictures on April 13th outside at Sagamore during the school day, either with their mask on or off (parents must fill out form below).

2. Virtual learners can come by Sagamore on Wed. April 14th for a quick photo (sign up sheet to come)

3. Parents can submit their own photos to be used for yearbook

Get Involved- The PTA Needs You!
(Yes, YOU!!!!)

The PTA has several positions open for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and we are looking for enthusiastic parents to help us fill these roles. The PTA is open to EVERY parent at Sagamore and there's a role for every interest, ability and time commitment. 

Currently we are looking to fill the PTA Chair roles of:

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help with smaller, but still incredibly important roles such as:
-Room Parent Coordinator for 2021-2022
-School Pictures


To find out more about each role and to see what might be right for you, email:

Stay tuned for another Q & A session about PTA.

Hi Wildcat Parents-

The PTA has learned that another way we can help keep staff and students healthy at school is to provide cleaner air in the classrooms. The CDC has recommended HEPA air purifiers that exchange the air 4 or more times in an hour in addition to the HVAC system. 

The PTA has consulted with several companies and picked units that are highly rated, easily maintained, affordable, and offer the CDC's recommended air exchanges based on the classroom size.

Below is a link to the CDC article from February 2021 making the recommendation.

CDC Article here on the recommendation of air purifiers in the classroom

Most Importantly...We can’t do it without your support. 

If every family was able to contribute $30 per child they have attending the school as well as each staff member at the school we would easily meet our goal. While we understand that not every family can afford that we encourage you to reach out to YOUR extended community and family and ask for their help to keep our school as healthy as possible as we welcome everyone back to face-to-face learning. Even if your child is not coming back right now keep in mind these units will be in the classrooms moving forward to help keep the classroom air cleaner for all for years to come. 

Are you able to give more...amazing?

No amount is too small. 

Together I know we can do this by March 30th.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe we have set up.

The Sagamore Hills PTA


Buy your yearbook today! They are $25 until 3/15 and $30 after that. Yearbooks are available ONLY through preorder. NO EXTRA YEARBOOKS WILL BE ORERED.
Please click here!

Upload Photos of your wildcat: please follow the link for instructions
Support Sagamore when you shop!! 
Publix, Kroger, Amazon and BoxTops (now electronic) are all easy ways to support our students! 


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