School Year Updates

Just a few updates on what’s happening as the school year approaches:

-APS open house at Whitefoord Early Learning Academy and Toomer Elementary (and all APS schools) on Friday July 28th from 11am to 1pm

-Toomer Family Social at Toomer Elementary on Sunday July 30th from 3-5pm

-Student registration at Toomer on Thursday July 20th from 9:30-12:30 and 1:30 to 2:30pm or call 404-802-3450 if you are unsure if you registered.

-Encourage parents to “friend” the Friends of Fred Armon Toomer Elementary page on Facebook. Principal Adamo has been posting community event info and back to school supply lists for the students.

-Contact Sydney Ahearn (the APS early learning director) if you have questions about the new Whitefoord Early Learning Academy. Her number is 914-309-5929.

-Toomer PTA has arranged 5$ basic short-hair cuts at Langford’s Barber Shop in downtown Kirkwood on Hosea for our under 12 back to school kids. The special will be running from Mon-Weds of next week and they are open from 8am to 7pm. Just say you are there with the APS back to school special! There is also a shop offering 10$ braids today (weds) and next week on Mon and Weds. It is called Hady and Yatou and it is at 714 Moreland Ave SE, Ste C, 30316. Their number is 404-634-0302.

-APS is hosting a back-to-school bash at the Georgia World Congress Center on 7/29 from 9-1pm. It will have tons of exhibitors, vaccines, health screenings, after school resources, and free back to school gear. You must bring a report card to gain access to the event. I’m trying to find out what new APS students or pre-K kids would need to prove they are enrolled. Parking is free. APS also has a website with more transportation and event info.

That’s all I know that is new! I’ll keep you all posted if I have any other info.

Betsy Collins

GDOT Public Information Meeting

GDOT will be hosting a public information open house meeting on the Moreland Ave. bicycle and pedestrian improvements from Mansfield Ave. to DeKalb Ave. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It will take place at the Mary Lin Elementary School – 586 Candler Park Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30307.

Traffic Change Notification!

The Georgia Department of Transportation, through consultation with Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, neighborhood leaders, and the Drew Charter School will implement the following traffic changes:

Beginning in June 2017, left turns onto or from East Lake Terrace at Memorial Drive will be prohibited. 

The crash history of this intersection and the presence of schoolchildren requires this change. Right turns will still be permitted.  Drivers who are trying to go from south to north across Memorial Drive must use other routes where there is better visibility and less danger of head-on collisions. The Atlanta Police will enforce this restriction once the signage has been installed.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Help Spread the Word and Attend

Saturday, June 3rd  at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highland Bike Share Station

Do you ever go to a meeting about a transportation project and ask yourself how did this project come about? Well often it’s from a planning study- Cycle Atlanta is one of those types of studies which will make very specific recommendations for roadways including Highland Avenue, Euclid Avenue and Whiteford Avenue to better connect people to the Inman Park- Reynoldstown MARTA Station. Be a part of the decision making process! And share this facebook event:

Project: Cycle Atlanta: An Appendix to Atlanta’s Transportation Plan is focused on creating an implementation strategy to build a high quality bicycle network to get people safely to six selected MARTA stations including the Edgewood- Candler Park and the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA Station.

Who: The Department of City Planning is leading the project. Alta Planning +Design have been contracted to lead the design and creation of the document. You! We have invited each of you  because you have taken on a huge job by volunteering your time with a neighborhood organization. And your community.

When: The first meeting will take place on Saturday, June 3rd  at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highland Bike Share Station (corner of Virginia and Highland).  Please share this meeting invite: Bring a bike or rent a bike share bike- so you can explore the different routes with us. This is during the Virginia Highland Summerfest- so arrive early to enjoy the awesome neighborhood event and then join us on our ride.

The full study process will be from May 2017- March 2018.

Why:  Did you know that 30% of people who board at the Edgewood-Candler Park and Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA stations walk or bike to the station? And that about 2,000 people board a day at each station.  They do! This work is important for community members who are already walking and biking to the station. By planning safe ways to get to MARTA  it can improve people’s lives that currently use the station, and attract new ridership and reduce the amount of cars on the road.

Also Atlanta voters passed two major sales taxes that support transportation- TSPLOST and the More MARTA tax. This study will inform the decisions about MARTA station and roadway improvements funded by those new taxes.

From Betsy collins, coordinating rep for Whitefoord / Toomer

Hello Everyone!

Testing season has now finished.  Hopefully, that means we can pursue our goals anew.  This is what we have cooking:

1. School buses for transportation from Edgewood Court Apartments to Toomer are officially a go (per Matt Westmoreland and Meria Carstaphen).  However, our families at ECA and the Walking Bus organizers would like to see a route map and some concrete information on the bus pick up spots.

2. I have reached out to Principal Adamo regarding Open Houses and other community events at Toomer.  I will attempt to get that info to you all as soon as possible so that we can alert the community and boost attendance.  I would like to remind everyone to encourage prospective parents and community members to GO VISIT THE SCHOOL.  Principal Adamo is very approachable.  Continue to work to dispel rumors and encourage folks to see it for themselves.  Just FYI, per Toomer PTA, multiple attempts to reach out to Whitefoord PTA leadership have gone unanswered.  I think they are a bit of a dead end right now.

3. Doug and DeShane are organizing an End of the School Year Community Celebration at the Edgewood gardens on the corner of Hardee and Mayson.  The date is tentatively set for May 21st (Sunday) in the afternoon.  They are looking for volunteers to help with the event and provide food and supplies.  I will include the list of things they need and also reach out to our neighborhood leadership to see if we can help provide some of these items.  Please mark your calendar and plan on participating on the 21st, though.  The gardens are fantastic and this will be a great way to reach out to our neighbors and get to know one another.

4. Early Learning Center at Whitefoord (3-4 year olds).  I’m still trying to get info on when the building will be ready for parents to view prior to the school year starting.  I know the facility will likely have it’s own manager because Principal Adamo cannot be in 2 places at once.  I do not know who this person will be yet.  Whitefoord Inc has had a couple focus group meetings that have been at weird times and at late notice.  I attended one focus group and saw many involved Whitefoord Inc parents there but few of them were planning to use Toomer because they lived in East Atlanta or Reynoldstown.  If you’d like to get more involved with planning, consider reaching out to Allison Price at Whitefoord Inc. 404-523-2500.  I know she is actively seeking parental and community input.

I’ll give you updates on open houses and the end of the school year celebration as I get them!  Please let me know if you have anything to add to this list or any updates to this info.

Betsy Collins