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Urge our Ga. state representatives to vote NO on State School Takeover

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

No on Georgia School Privatization and School Takeover

(UPDATE: Stay connected with this issue by clicking here. )

ALERT – Please urge our State representatives to vote NO on State School Takeover

The Georgia State Legislature is voting on a proposed amendment to our state constitution that will allow the Governor to take over “failing” public schools and hand them over to private for-profit corporations to run without any local oversight.

The State Senate has already voted in favor of the bill and the House could vote as early as today and definitely by April 2nd. Because it is a constitutional amendment, it will require a 2/3 majority to pass. This means that every vote matters, and reaching out to our legislators can make a real difference.

Please call or email today and ask your friends to do the same:

Savannah’s Members of the State House:
Rep. J. Craig Gordon:
Rep. Ron Stephens:
Rep. Mickey Stephens:
Rep. Jesse Petrea:

Not in Savannah? Find your state representative here:

The proposed amendment would create an “Opportunity School District” of up to 100 schools that would be run by State government using local taxpayer dollars but with no oversight from local school boards. The amendment would allow the State to turn those schools over to for-profit corporations to run.

The folks who support the takeover bill often point to the success of particular charter schools and suggest that what they are proposing is just lots of great charter schools. This is not the case. The charter schools Savannah currently has are non-profit, community-run schools chartered by our local school board. State takeover and privatization is something entirely different.

As an active member of my PTA who speaks regularly to my School Board representative and School Board President, I believe that our local elected officials are responsive to parents, care deeply about our children, and are working hard to close the gap between our low-income and middle-income students. Our low-income students definitely need more help, but I don’t believe that state takeover and privatization is the answer.

You can read more about the plan on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s education blog:

Here are a few recent news articles:

The plan is based on what happened in New Orleans. The Tulane University report claiming that was a success had to be retracted because the data was so bad:

This policy also created an absolute mess in Tennessee:

Please help us avoid this mess in Georgia by reaching out to our state representatives TODAY and spreading the word to your friends.


This is a guest post by Michelle Solomon, mom to Oliver, 8, and in public school

Ignorance is No Defense, A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Private schools in Savannah

You’re invited to this event in Savannah for parents & teenages.

Speaker – Mr. J. Tom Morgan
St. Andrew’s School , Savannah

Thursday, April 2
7 p.m.
J.Tom Morgan, author of Ignorance is No Defense, A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law, has spoken to tens of thousands of teenagers and parents regarding Georgia laws that impact young people. With an engaging presentation that generates open and frank discussion with his audience, J.Tom is a dynamic speaker. Free and open to the public. Call 897.4941 for more info.

For more information on St. Andrew’s School - a private Pre-K 3 through 12th Grade school on Wilmington Is. in Savannah – visit  or call 897.4941.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

Schedule your tour of St. James Catholic School, Savannah

Friday, March 20th, 2015

St. James Catholic School Savannah

See all that St. James Catholic School in Savannah has to offer.

Click here to schedule your tour of this Pre-K through 8th grade Savannah school or contact Christina Winters at 912.355.3132,

Registration for the 2015-16 school year is in progress. Currently, St. James has a limited number of PreK slots available for 4-year-olds for the 2015-16 school year.

St. James is dedicated to Christian principles rooted in the Catholic tradition. The Christian atmosphere nurtures a strong academic program that is caring and disciplined, conducive to learning, and provides activities that cultivate the importance of life, values, morality and ethics.

St. James Catholic School Preschool program
St. James Early Learning Center: Serves 1, 2 & 3 year olds in a high quality program. Part-time & full time availability.

For more information, visit, call (912) 355-3132, email

St. James Catholic School, 8412 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, 31406, email, (912) 355-3132, On Facebook here.  St. James Catholic School is a advertiser. 

Savannah schools: Applications available March 19 for free, lottery-funded Pre-K @ Savannah-Chatham Public Schools

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Pre-K Savannah Chatham public schools 2015-16

Interested in applying to the free pre-K program offered at Savannah-Chatham public schools for the 2015-16 school year?

Pre-K applications for the free, lottery-funded Pre-K programs for 2015-16 at Savannah-Chatham County public schools will be be available online and at the Pre-K school sites on March 19,2015

Deadline to submit the application is April 2, 2015.

The Pre-K lottery will be April 21, 2015.

Details here. 

This free, state-funded Pre-K is open to all children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 residing in Chatham County.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has 60 Georgia Lottery funded Pre-K classes with additional classes at Coastal Empire Montessori.  See the list of Savannah-Chatham public schools that offer the free Pre-K here.

Some Savannah private preschools and childcare facilities – including Maggie’s Morning School & Childcare Network (which has 3 Savannah locations & 1 coming soon to Pooler)- also offer the state-funded, free Pre-K program and have different application deadlines. Please contact those facilities for their application deadlines.

Details about Maggie’s Morning School first come, first serve Pre-K registration for 2015-16 here. 

Details about Childcare Network’s Savannah locations here. 

Savannah schools: Open House @ Savannah Honor Academy, April 26

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Savannah private schools Savannah Honor Academy

Savannah Honor Academy – Where every student is an honor student.

5111 Abercorn St.Savannah, 31405 (2nd floor of JEA Community Center)

2015 Open House

For 3rd-5th grade
Sunday, April 26th at 1pm
RSVP required to

Savannah Honor Academy is a new independent K-5th grade school in the midtown Savannah area with the following features:

• Small class-size (12 students in each class)
• Mixed-age classes (K-2 & 3-5)
• Non-religious
• Private ($695/month with scholarship opportunities)
• Home-like environment
• Emphasis on inquiry, exploration, & critical thinking
• Project-based
• Meaningful assessment
• Teacher/Family collaboration
• Fun

This new school is at 5111 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31405 (2nd floor of JEA Community Center)

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.


Savannah Honor Academy, 5111 Abercorn St.Savannah, 31405 (2nd floor of JEA Community Center) email, 773-573-7328, On Twitter here.   On Facebook here. Savannah Honor Academy is a advertiser

Savannah preschools: Open House at First Presbyterian Preschool, March 24, Savannah

Friday, March 13th, 2015

First Presbyterian Preschool Savannah

Come see all that First Presbyterian Preschool & Pre-K in Savannah has to offer. Attend an  open house on March 24th from 6-7 pm for new prospective parents and students to see a First Presbyterian Preschool classroom, learn about the curriculum and get to know the teachers.

520 Washington Ave.
Savannah 31405

First Presbyterian Preschool and Pre-K offers a morning program 9 AM-1 PM in a loving, nurturing atmosphere for children ages 1 (walking) through 4. The school is open daily & parents may choose a two, three, or five day schedule.

Spaces available for the 2015-16 school year.

For interested families, extended care options are available five days a week in the morning and after school.  Early Drop Off is available from 8:30-9:00 for all children.  Fun Bunch from 1-2:30 for children that are potty trained.

During the summer, two three week “Camp” sessions are offered.

Visitors are invited to come by and see the classrooms, meet the teachers and ask questions.

Learn more here. 


First Presbyterian Preschool, 520 Washington Ave., Savannah 31405, tel. 912.351.0609, 

St. Andrew’s Students Recognized at Jepson Center, Savannah

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

St. Andrew's School artists Jepson Savannah There is a must-see exhibit at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts through April 5, which includes work from two St. Andrew’s School students.

On March 7, junior Karla Nemanic and senior Matthew Powers exhibited their work in the Savannah Art Association’s High School Art Competition at the Jepson. Nemanic’s mixed media painting, Lantern, received 1st place and Powers’s painting, Perspectives, received a merit award. Both paintings were produced in their first year of International Baccalaureate Art. 13 area schools submitted a total of 26 entries which were considered for merit awards and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall.

Congrats to these two students and their art teacher Michael Barefield.

St. Andrew’s School is an International Baccalaureate World School located on Wilmington Island.

For more information on this Savannah Pre-K 3 through 12th Grade school, visit or call 897.4941.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email On Facebook here.  On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

STEM, Art, Cheer, Cooking, LEGO Summer Camps 2015 @ Hancock Day School, Savannah

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Summer Camps 2015 Hancock Day School

Hancock Day School Summer Camps 2015

Bring on summer.

Just plan for it first.

Hancock Day School in Savannah can help. The private school will offer a variety of sports & specialty camps for Summer 2015.

Hancock Day School Summer Camps are open to the public. Your child does not need to be an HDS student to attend.

Registration forms & more details below & at: HDS Summer Camp 2015

American Girl Camp 2015 @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 2nd-rising 4th graders.

Art: Jewelry, Mask Making & Painting Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 3rd-rising 8th graders.

Athletic & other specialty camps @ Hancock Day School, Savannah

Ballet I Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 3rd to rising 6th graders.

Basketball Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 4th-6th graders.

Cheer Camp 2015 @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising kindergarteners-5th graders.

Cooking Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 2nd-5th graders.

Jewelry, Mask Making & Painting Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 3rd-rising 8th graders.

LEGO Camp @ Hancock Day School, Savannah for rising pre-K to rising 3rd graders.

Sports Camp 2015 @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 2nd-rising 5th graders.

STEM Camps 2015 @ Hancock Day School, Savannah. For rising 2nd-6th graders.

Hancock Day School,, 6600 Howard Foss Drive, Savannah, 31406 tel. 912-351-4500 email: On Facebook here. On Twitter here. Hancock Day School is a advertiser. 


New Pooler Childcare Option: Childcare Network in Pooler

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Pooler childcare Daycare preschool Savannah There’s new Childcare Network location on the way in Pooler.

Childcare Network is the “Working Parent’s Best Friend” – offering nurturing, quality care for an affordable price. They provide care for ages 6 weeks to 12 years and include USDA Approved meals & snacks.

Each of their programs follows a structured curriculum and all of their friendly staff are state-qualified. You can rest assured your children are safe, having fun and learning everyday while in Childcare Network’s care.

Childcare Network also offers FREE Registration if you pre-enroll by April 2015.

Childcare Network Pooler, tentatively scheduled to open in May 2015.
101 Westside Blvd
Pooler, GA 31322
Hours: Monday – Friday
6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years

Childcare Network has 3 Savannah locations & 1 Pooler location coming soon,,  On Facebook here.   Childcare Network is a advertiser

Easter 4 Kids in Pooler for ages 3-10, March 28

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Easter 4 Kids at Risen Savior Christian Academy Pooler

Bring your kids to Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Pooler for a special event – Easter 4 Kids on Saturday March 28 2015, 9:30AM-12:30PM, hosted by Risen Savior Lutheran Church & Christian Academy.

Easter 4 Kids is a morning of connecting, learning, and fun centered on the comforting message of Jesus’ resurrection. More details here. 

Children age 3 through age 10 (all participants must be potty-trained) are welcome to Easter 4 Kids…which includes the Good Friday and Easter story. Participants do not need to be students at Risen Savior Christian Academy to attend.

Risen Savior Lutheran caring teachers and helpers are excited to share the love of Jesus with your child.
Saturday, March 28, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Story of Easter
Relay Games/Activities

To register for Easter 4 Kids, click here. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, please call 912.925.9431.

Risen Savior Christian Academy, 1755 Quacco Road, Pooler, Ga. 313122, 912.925.9431 Risen Savior Christian Academy is a advertiser. 


Beauty and the Beast musical @ Trustees’ Theater, Savannah, March 6-8

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Beauty and the Beast musical Savannah Christian Preparatory School Savannah Take the kids to see Beauty and the Beast Musical this weekend performed by Savannah Christian Preparatory School Fine Arts Program.

SCPS grades 3 through 12 will be performing. More cast details here. 

The musical will be performed at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

Ticket prices are $10.

Showtimes 7 pm Friday March 6 & Saturday March 7; 3 pm Sunday March 8.

Savannah Christian Preparatory School, 1599 Chatham Parkway, Savannah, 31402  tel. (912) 234-1653, email On Facebook here. On Twitter here.  Savannah Christian Preparatory School is a advertiser 

Sea Island Bank Supports St. Andrew’s School Fund Raiser, March 7

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

St. Andrew's School Wilmington Island St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Is is pleased to announce plans for the 30th annual Live Auction and Gala set for March 7 2015 at the DeSoto Hilton. This year’s Platinum Sponsor is Sea Island Bank.

Guests will be able to choose from numerous fine art selections, bid on a wide variety of silent and live auction items, and enjoy a delicious dinner. Last year’s event seated 180 guests for dinner and netted over $50,000.

The Live Auction promises to be exciting with fascinating excursions and entertaining parties offered. From trips to Costa Rica and Cape Cod to a pet pot-belly pig, there is truly something for everyone.

Sea Island Bank, a division of Synovous Bank, is one of the largest community banks in the Southeast. Their support and helps to ensure a successful fund raiser for the Pre-K through Grade 12 private school in Savannah. All monies raised from the event go directly to support students and teachers in the classroom at St. Andrew’s School.

For tickets to the event, visit

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email On Facebookhere.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

National Merit Finalists for 2015 @ St. Andrew’s School, Savannah

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

St. Andrew's School Savannah St. Andrew’s on Wilmington Island is pleased to announce that Taylor Eling and Camille Wixon were selected as National Merit Finalists for 2015.

Each fall over 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT and approximately 50,000 of those students with the highest Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September of their senior year, these high scorers are notified that they have qualified as a Semifinalist. To advance to the Finalist stage, semi-finalists submit an application and essay, SAT scores, grades and recommendations. A committee from the National Merit Program selects those who qualify as finalists.

Congrats to these two amazing young women.

For more information on this Pre-K 3 through 12th Grade school,  or call 897.4941.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

Savannah Spring Break Camp 2015 @ Childcare Network

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Spring break camps childcare Savannah Childcare Network

When school is out, Childcare Network in Savannah is open!

Join Childcare Network April 6-10 2015 for a week full of fun learning and activities during their Adventure Spring Break. Kids will be making crafts, trying new recipes and playing tons of fun games.

Throughout the week, Childcare Network will preview their exciting themes for Summer Camp. It could be Unusual Animals Around the World, Super Heroes, Amazing Race or Aloha USA. Those are just a few of the adventures Childcare Network has planned. You are invited you to sign up today.

Childcare Network has 3 Savannah locations,,  On Facebook here.   Childcare Network is a advertiser

Savannah school searching for 2015-16? Here’s help on education in Savannah

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Education Savannah Preschools Daycare, Childcare, Schools SavannahIn the midst of preschool or pre-K madness, trying to find the best Savannah area school for your child?

Or maybe you didn’t receive the results you wanted in the Feb. 27 Savannah-Chatham County Public School Specialty Programs lottery.

If so, then please check out our Savannah-Pooler-Hilton Head Preschools/Schools page by clicking here. 

Learn more about:

Childcare Network, Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler
First Christian Preschool of Savannah
Growing in the Son Learning Christian Academy, Savannah
Hancock Day School, Savannah
JEA Preschool Savannah
Maggie’s Morning School, Savannah
Risen Savior Christian Academy, Pooler
Savannah Christian Preparatory School
Savannah Honor Academy
St. Andrew’s School, Wilmington Island
St. James Catholic School, Savannah
Veritas Academy, Savannah

We’ve also got the info on FREE pre-K lottery & application deadlines for Savannah-Chatham public schools & private childcare on our Savannah-Pooler-Hilton Head Preschools/Schools page.

Upcoming Savannah open house events include: 

*Coastal Empire Montessori Open House, March 14 @ 10AM.  Guided Tours every Friday at 10 AM; please call to register in advance 912.395.4070. Apply online at by March 20, 2015. Online application closed @ midnight March 20 2015.

Pooler preschool, elementary school: Risen Savior Christian Academy now enrolling

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Pooler schools preschools Risen Savior

Risen Savior Christian Academy in Pooler offers preschool for ages 2, 3 and 4 year olds, Kindergarten and Grade 1. A Grade 2 will be added in school year 2015-2016 with additional grades added every school year.

Stay connected to Risen Savior Christian Academy by liking their Facebook page here. 

Risen Savior Christian Academy, 1755 Quacco Road, Pooler, Ga. 313122, 912.925.9431 Risen Savior Christian Academy is a advertiser.