New Families FAQ

 

What is the school website? And address and phone #?

When do I find out who my child’s teacher will be?

Is there a student handbook and or school calendar of events?

How do I begin receiving eblasts and school newsletters?

What time does Austin ES start?

Does Austin ES follow healthy lunch guidelines?

How much does a school lunch cost and how do you pay?

Is there a school bus schedule?

What are the rules for carpool? If you carpool where can you drop off and pick up? If you walk your child in where can you park?

What are the uniform rules?

Where are good places to buy uniform clothes?

Should we purchase school supplies before the start of school?

What kinds of clubs and extra-curricular activities are offered?

What is the Austin Elementary Eagle Foundation? What are the giving levels?

 


 

 

What is the school website? And address and phone #?


The Austin ES website can be found at www.austines.dekalb.k12.ga.us/
The school address is: 5435 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338
The main office phone # 678-874-8102


When do I find out who my child’s teacher will be?


You may find out your child’s class information on Registration Day. Requirements for registration and answers to resident questions can be found on the school website under the Parent tab. Note you must have Proof of Residency documents and they must include one of the following:


• Bring Proof of Residency: either a signed lease (if you are a renter) or 2 current, consecutive gas or electric bills (if you own your home). Please have 1 copy per child of EACH proof of residency document. Note: (phone, cable, credit card or other bills are NOT accepted as proof of residency).


• Bring a copy of parent's photo ID along with original ID


• Want to speed up the process? Visit www.austinelementary.com to make your online donation to the Austin Elementary Eagle Foundation. This will give you a "Fast Pass" to bypass the Membership / Enrichment station, and we will have your car magnet ready and waiting for you!


• If you did not order school supplies through the PTO in the spring, you will have the opportunity to purchase mandatory school supplies (math journals, agendas), pick-up your spirit wear orders and order additional spirit wear.


• PTO check-out will accept CASH only - please plan accordingly


• After checkout, you will receive your child's homeroom assignment! Stop by to meet your teacher and peek at your classroom!


Is there a student handbook and or school calendar of events?


The student handbook and calendar of events can be found on the school website's About Us page and Homepage, respectively.


How do I begin receiving eblasts and school newsletters?


Please register your email address on the school website under the Parent Resources tab and go to Quick Links.


What time does Austin ES start?


The school day starts at 7:45 and dismissal is at 2:15. Children may be dropped off starting at 7:25 but no earlier than that.


Does Austin ES follow healthy lunch guidelines?


The Dekalb County School System’s nutrition program promotes a lifetime of wellness by serving meals that are high quality, nutritious, enjoyable, and economical.


How much does a school lunch cost and how do you pay?


Full Paid Lunch $2.50
Milk $0.80
Reduced Lunch $0.40


The best and easiest way to pay for school lunches is to register online at www.myschoolbucks.com. The registration is easy, however you will need your child’s student ID# to register. This system allows you to prepay for lunches, add money at anytime especially when the student lunch account balance gets too low via your credit card. We highly suggest this way to pay for lunches even if your child seldom buys as it alleviates the chance of your child losing his or her lunch money and you can regulate your child’s account and see what they are actually purchasing for lunch. Any remaining balance can be refunded to your credit card or carried over to the next year and even to a new school!


Is there a school bus schedule?


The Austin School Bus Schedule can be found on the school website under the bus route link at the top. Routes and additional information from the county transportation department is included. Currently, there are 4 bus routes for Austin ES. The bus route information has details for the pickup times and the street information for each bus stop. . The bus routes are the same for morning pickup and afternoon drop off.


What are the rules for carpool? If you carpool where can you drop off and pick up? If you walk your child in where can you park?


Each family is given a carpool number tag even if your child normally leaves the school by bus. The number is not necessary for arrival. Never park your car along the front curb or front circle at any time. If you need to park please do so in a designated parking space. Pick up occurs in the front circle and you must have your child’s carpool tag. At 2:30PM students will be dismissed for carpool and they wait by the flagpole until they see their car in the loading lane. Once your child is in your car, you may take down your carpool number to let the teacher now that your carpool is complete. The back gate and circle are not accessible for afternoon carpool. The lower parking lot by the back circle is locked daily from 7:45 AM – 2:45 PM. You may drop off your child in the front or back circles of the school every morning starting at 7:25. Please do not park in the circles to walk your child into school. If you must park, please do so at the DNC or where it is deemed appropriate in an adjacent neighborhood. It is very important that all dismissal changes be submitted on the change of dismissal form found on the school website under the Parent tab.


The Austin Elementary Arrival-Dismissal Procedures can be found in the Austin Student Handbook.


What are the uniform rules?


Austin Elementary follows the Dress for Success School Uniform! Uniform participation is strongly encouraged. Students who do not follow the uniform policy are required to apply for a waiver but are still required to dress in good taste and in accordance with the DeKalb County School System dress code. Your best resource and guide for uniform guidelines is the Austin Student Handbook, located on the About Us page of the Austin website.


Where are good places to buy uniform clothes?


The Spirit Wear Committee offers both dri-fit and cotton shirt options. All orders are usually placed in the spring for delivery on Registration Day in August. All other uniform items as documented in the uniform policy can be purchased through any retailer of your choice such as The Gap & Old Navy, etc. We encourage families to order through Land's End as Austin can receive a 3% cash-back reward from your total uniform purchases. In addition to the cash-back reward, a few other benefits of purchasing through Land's End include:


• Much larger selection of items. Items can be purchased with or without the Austin logo.


• Orders delivered to your home. Order online 24/7, 365 days a year.


• Order any pair of school uniform pants, pick your inseam and Land's End will hem them...for FREE.


• Easy return policy


• Take advantage of promotional offers throughout the year - including 1 cent logo offerings


• Order from www.landsend.com using our school code 900034307


If you have any questions, please contact the Spiritwear Committee chairs.


Should we purchase school supplies before the start of school?


It is best to purchase school supplies before the start of school. The school supply list for each grade can be found (and ordered) at 1stdayschoolsupplies.com.  Enter zip code 30338 to locate Austin. Select the grade level kit to view.

 

Orders usually have to be placed by June 15th before the start of the next school year! Kits are not available for sale after the deadline. If you should have any questions, please contact the School Supplies chair.


What kinds of clubs and extra-curricular activities are offered?


There are many opportunities for extra-curricular activities at Austin ES. Some clubs include Media Squad, School Council, Safety Patrol, Lego League Robotics, Band, Girls on the Run, and Reading Bowl. Please read the online Austin Newsletters for more information as to how your child participate in any of these clubs.


What is the Austin Elementary Eagle Foundation? What are the giving levels?

 

The mission of the Foundation is to provide resources to support and enhance educational programs and opportunities for the students and to support the school’s pursuit of a premier education. The Foundation has benefited Austin Elementary by supporting paraprofessionals in the classroom, media center, PE and providing substitute coverage for our teachers. In addition, the Foundation has supported cultural arts, staff development, academic instructional aides, Grants, Art & Music supplies, School clubs such as Chorus, Robotics, and the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. Also, the Foundation funds technology support & supplies, counseling aids, a literacy collaborative program and various PTO sponsored events and activities such as Family Social Events at Dunwoody Nature Center, and the 2nd Grade Circus, Teacher Appreciation Week, Garden Club, Field Day, 5th Grade End of School Year Celebration, and New and International Student Events.

 

There are 6 levels of partnerships:


Platinum Partnership $5,000

 

Gold Partnership $2,500

 

Silver Partnership $1,000

 

Angel Partnership $500

 

Friend Partnership $250

 

All donation levels include PTO Membership, Registration fast pass, special car magnet, directory and Austin website recognition. The Austin Elementary Eagle Foundation welcomes donations in any denomination! All gifts are tax-deductible.


Please address all inquiries and comments to austineaglefoundation@gmail.com.