November 18, 2021
GREETINGS FROM SPARTAN LANE
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I am grateful for this time of year and the quality time with loved ones, especially since we have missed out on such quality interactions over the recent past. Take some time to unplug and enjoy those around you, whether you are cheering on your favorite team, watching a film, reading a book aloud, working on a puzzle or walking in the woods.   

Today, we were fortunate to enjoy our seventh annual Holiday Market. It is still going as we send this out and it appears to be another success. On Thursday, December 2, we will be celebrating a much longer tradition with the school community—our annual Holiday Celebration. Many think of this as the highlight of our first grade and senior buddies’ interactions with one another. I hope many of you are able to join us for this celebration. Since we are anticipating a large crowd in the Sinkwich Spartan Center, please bring a mask and wear it, as we want to keep everyone healthy and safe as we enter into the holiday season. Read more.
PARENTING DURING DIFFICULT TIMES
A CONVERSATION WITH CAROLYN LAMBERT
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 8:15 A.M. / FARMER FIELD HOUSE
We are pleased to welcome certified parent coach Carolyn Lambert for a conversation on raising resilient children during difficult times. Carolyn is the founder of Nathan’s Waypoint, a resource for families dealing with adolescent and teen anxiety and depression. We are hoping to have at least 50 parents join us for this very important conversation. Questions? Email Director of Student Services Bob Sears.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPARTAN FOOTBALL TRAVELS TO ELCA
After defeating Mt. Pisgah 27-21 in overtime last Saturday, the Spartans will travel to Eagles Landing Christian Academy tomorrow (November 19) at 7:30 p.m. for the second round of state play. If you are planning to attend the game, admission is $10/person. You can go to https://gofan.co/app/school/GA4974 to purchase your tickets. No money will be taken at the gate. If you cannot make it to the game, tune in for the webcast on NFHS. Questions? Email Virginia Stutsman. GO SPARTANS!

CONGRATULATIONS!
  • Quilters Cast & Crew: Quilters placed fourth in the state at the GHSA Class A Private one-act play competition last Saturday, November 13, at Perry High School. Seniors Sara Mack Lowe and Harper Purcell were both named to the All Star Cast. We're proud of this whole troupe of talented Spartans and their director, Lorraine Thompson!
  • Boys' & Girls' Cross Country: At the state meet in Carrollton on Saturday, November 6, the boys' team finished fourth and the girls' team finished fifth. Juniors Jackson Scruggs and Sarah Harrison placed fourth and twelfth in the state, respectively. Awesome work, runners!
  • Volleyball: The volleyball team finished a phenomenal season as the GHSA Class A Private state runner-up with an impressive final record of 42-3. Senior Peyton Wheeler and junior Mara Thomas were both named to the All State team, and Coach Jane Thomas was named Coach of the Year by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association. The team had an amazing season, and we are proud of their hard work!
WAY TO GO, SPARTANS!
COVID VACCINE CLINIC #2 / FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
If your child was one of the 120+ vaccinated at our November clinic, please don't forget to join us for their second dose on Friday, December 3, at the Chambers Center. If you were unable to make it to the first clinic but are still interested in having yourself or your child vaccinated, we encourage you to reach out to your family physician/pharmacy or call Hodgson's Pharmacy at 706-543-7386.
SPARTAN 5K & SPRINT: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 VIRTUAL OPTION ALSO AVAILABLE!
So many choices for the 37th Annual Spartan 5K! This year we will run the Spartan 5K in person in its usual format on Saturday, February 12, 2022--but runners may also opt for the virtual version, running the 5K on their own between February 5-12 and submitting their time (click here for more details). We'll be running the Spartan Sprint one-mile race as usual too, so be sure to sign up the whole family! Download the form or register online. Deadline for registration is Monday, February 3, 2022. All runners registered by February 3 are guaranteed an awesome "Back in Action" T-shirt so be sure to sign up today! Questions? Email Sarah Gilbert.
CASH BACK OPPORTUNITES DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
As you're preparing for holiday meals and doing your holiday gift shopping, please keep Athens Academy's cash back programs in mind! Box Tops for Education, Amazon, Kroger, and Publix are working with Athens Academy to provide cash back programs for school projects, and our community has shown tremendous support for these programs. It's so easy and it's FREE MONEY for our school! Click here for information on how to enroll or re-enroll for each program!
Be on the lookout for #DaysofGiving coming up November 30-December 3!
Show your Spartan gratitude and support the Annual Excellence Fund!
UPCOMING EVENTS
School Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dismiss for Thanksgiving Holiday - Friday, November 19 at 3:20 p.m.; classes resume on Monday, November 29 at 8:10 a.m.
PSO Campus Holiday Decorating - Tuesday, November 30
ACAD Days of Giving - November 30-December 3
Upper School Snapshots Drama Performance - Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
Parenting Teens with Anxiety and Depression / Carolyn Lambert - Tuesday, December 7 at 8:15 a.m. in the Farmer Field House
Fourth Grade Class Performance - Friday, December 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall
Classes Dismiss for Winter Break - Friday, December 17 at 11:30 a.m. (please note that Extended Day closes at 1:30 p.m.); classes resume on Monday, January 3
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School) - Monday, January 17
Third Grade Class Performance - Friday, January 21 at 8:45 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall
Middle School Play - Friday, February 4 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, February 5 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, February 6 (2:00 p.m.) in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall
37th Annual Spartan 5K & Sprint - Saturday, February 12
UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES
Click here to read the latest COVID-19 campus guidelines, updated November 8, 2021.

UPDATE: GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY RESCHEDULED
Please note that Grandparents and Special Friends Day has been rescheduled to Friday, April 29, 2022. More information and event details will follow in early spring. Questions? Email Sarah Gilbert, coordinator of parent and alumni engagement.
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