Mary Lin Local School Council Election

Mar 24 2012

From Will Shevlin:

There is a Mary Lin Local School Council election to fill two vacant slots this Monday the 26th. Ballots will be available in the office during school hours.

The LSC is an elected body made up of parents, teachers, business owners and the principal. It is powers and duties are mandated by the State of GA. The LSC cannot dictate decisions to APS but is listened to and respected during decision making processes. The LSC can also help influence the direction of Mary Lin and its priorities as seen by parents. An example of that could be policy and procedures having to do with long term substitute teachers.

This year the LSC has met regularly to discuss potential redistricting and wrote letters to APS in response to each version of the potential redistricting proposal. It is important to note that Mary Lin did not have anyone on the Inman LSC in the 2011-2012 school year. We may influence those decisions more through the Mary Lin LSC than the Inman LSC. That being said we will want to find a parent willing to participate on the Inman LSC next year and we will need to make an effort to elect them. Next year the LSC will play a key role in the following three activities.

1)    Influencing the implementation of the redistricting plan for 2012-13 school year
2)    Influencing the proposed and likely expansion at Mary Lin
3)    Participating in round two of the redistricting plan to determine the location of the 6th grade annex or a second middle school and the zoning if there is a second middle school

The following individuals have put their hat in the ring for LSC. You can vote for two of the following four individuals.

Mike Weiss
Lori Van Rossem
Scott McClain
Jami Fogle

Thank you for voting on Monday.

Rocket Run 5K & Caterpillar Cruise for Mary Lin

In partnership with the 41st Annual Inman Park Festival, we bring Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace to the best Street Market, most colorful Parade, and awesome Tour of Homes in Atlanta! The family friendly race at 11am - 1 Mile Blast for kids at 11:45 am. Visit for details.


Start: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 11:00 AM


Inman Park
Park at Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street Atlanta, GA


5K $25 by April 1,$30 after. 1 Mile Blast $15 until April 1, $20 after.

Registration Closing Date

Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 6:00 AM PST


NO COSTUME REQUIRED but there will be a BEST COSTUME prize. Race as Uncle Sam, a martian, Harry Potter, a biker chick, or your favorite Snack Cake. This is Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace. Let your freak flag fly! (remember kids will be watching)


Race in your school colors, company logos, or cause t-shirts. The funkier & more memorable the better. Go big or go home!


Prize for FASTEST CATERPILLAR (Rules at Tether at least 5 adults with no less than 4 feet of material connecting each runner and see how fast you can go - or how much fun you can have with a co-joined running club. Thomas the Train, Chinese Dragon, Barrel of Monkeys, the themes are endless - and there's always just your team "style".


We'll guarantee a race tee for everyone who registers online. Day-of registrants, if allowed, may be delayed. Awards for the fastest and funkiest runners in town.


5K - 11am, 1 Mile Blast for kids - 11:45 am

Additional Information

SPRINTERS, COSTUMES, & CATERPILLARS (7-person tethered teams) WELCOME! This will be a parade of a run with awards for FASTEST, CREATIVE COSTUME, FASTEST CATERPILLAR. Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace around historic Inman Park - benefiting Mary Lin Elementary school.

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 11:00am
Inman Park - Park at Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street

School Board Meeting - Vote on Final Redistricting Proposal

There are two important school board meetings on April 10:

Committee of the Whole Board Work Session at 2 pm - the Superintendent's final proposal will be presented and discussed. The school board will vote on that final proposal.

Community Meeting at 6 pm - an opportunity for the public to make statements.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 2:00pm
Jackson High School - 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA 30316-1813

Iverson Park Planting

From Eric Dusenbury:

The Friends of Iverson Park need your help this Saturday to plant hundreds of evergreens and perennials.  This will wrap up work that has installed several new pieces of playground equipment, two sets of stairs, plus a new granite retaining wall along the front of the park.  Work will begin in earnest at 9:00 but a few hearty souls will be out there around 8:00 (if you would like to join us before the weather gets too hot).  Please contact Eric Dusenbury 404/522-7130 or if you would like more information.

Sat, 03/24/2012 - 9:00am
Iverson Park

Mary Lin Kindergarten Roundup

The March Messenger ran before the date was changed. The new date is May 1st.

Mary Lin Elementary's annual Kindergarten Roundup is Tuesday, May 1st at 9:30 am. It's a great opportunity for parents/guardians of rising kindergarteners to meet the Kindergarten team and hear about what's in store for the upcoming year. You are highly encouraged to bring your rising kindergartener to meet other kids that will be entering in August and to hang out in a kindergarten classroom with a current kindergarten class. For more information, email or call the Mary Lin office at 404-802-8850.

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 9:30am
Mary Lin Elementary Auditorium

Suspicious Driver Approaching Children in Decatur

Mar 16 2012

Another safety alert, this one coming out of Decatur. Be watchful, everyone!
Please be on the alert for a green honda station wagon driven by a white male in his late 40's. This afternoon on the Dekalb end of Sycamore Dr. (coming from Church St.), this man caught the attention of a neighbor walking toward Church St. because he slowed to a stop as he neared a young girl. The child didn't indicate a problem, so after the man drove past the child, the neighbor resumed walking until he heard the child's mother calling after him, asking if he'd noted the car's tag. The mother told the neighbor that the man had pulled into their driveway and atttempted to call the young girl over from her front yard. The mother spotted it and went outside, and the man quickly backed out and headed down the street toward Decatur. The neighbor called 911, and a Dekalb officer responded, took the information, and said that they would patrol the area.

The mother said that this man has been spotted driving slowly through the area in the same vehicle over the last two weeks, and that this also occurred with another child (thwarted).

Tonight was the first time that the Decatur Heights Neighborhood Watch has received this information. It's so key that all neighbors act to get out the word to everyone when something like this happens. If there's any other information that anyone can share, it'd be very appreciated.

March Messenger

Mar 15 2012

It's here!

Candler Park's Official Response to Superintendent Davis' Proposal

Mar 15 2012

The following statement was released today to APS administrators, Atlanta school board members and our public officials. The expected release date for the next redistricting map is March 30, with the final map being released on April 9. The school board will vote on whether to approve that final proposal on April 10.

Candler Park’s Official Statement on Superintendent Davis’ Proposal

Candler Park would like to thank Superintendent Davis, the Atlanta Board of Education and Atlanta Public Schools for their continued efforts during the redistricting process.

The superintendent’s proposal is a balanced approach that takes into account the district’s many competing needs. It is a fair, fiscally responsible and pedagogically appropriate way to solve the over-crowding problem. Candler Park supports the plan and looks forward to working with APS and all the other communities to make its implementation successful.

The defined cluster model is a sensible one. It both strengthens community support and involvement, and encourages long-term, cross-cluster collaboration that will build on the Inman-Grady cluster’s strong record of success.

The 6th grade academy is a shared and equitable solution to middle school over-crowding, and is developmentally appropriate. While the Coan location is not ideal -- the Coan communities prefer that it remain open as a middle school, and the Inman communities have concerns around transportation and logistics -- we welcome consideration of alternate locations, including an Inman expansion or annex, or another facility within the cluster boundaries.

As a temporary solution, we suggest keeping students on the Inman campus, even if it is over-capacity for 1-2 years, until a permanent location for the 6th grade academy is available. This will minimize disruption as the changes are implemented, and it will encourage community buy-in and suport.

We are grateful to see the realization of the long-planned Lin expansion & renovation. This gets our kids out of trailers, provides the much-needed seats for our community’s growth and brings the facility up to APS and DOE code. We look forward to working with APS to make this project a success.

The last several months have been extremely difficult for all involved. With only four months before the next school year, it’s time that we all get on a positive path and shift our focus to what really matters – working together to make sure our kids succeed, providing high quality programs, and empowering all teachers and administrators by giving them the resources they need.

Candler Park is committed to APS. We have been part of the Inman-Grady cluster for decades, and look forward to building on our schools’ successes together for decades to come. We stand ready to work with other communities district-wide to build and maintain high-performing, diverse schools that we can all be proud of.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Kate Sandhaus
Education Committee Chair, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization

Attempted Kidnapping in Lake Claire

Mar 13 2012

Update: Police have released a sketch of the man in question:


From Jimmy Bligh, Candler Park Safety Officer

For those of you who were not aware, there was an attempted kidnapping of a child in Lake Claire yesterday. See below post from facebook from one of our parents in our community:

"I feel sick. Some creep just tried to pick my daughter up off the street on her way home from the bus stop! He's in a big silver car. If you live in my neighborhood, be aware! She ran and he tried to back up to block her. Luckily, another car came and he couldn't keep going."

The girl is safe and the parent called the police and a police report was filed.  The police were patrolling the area today from 4 to 4:30pm.  The perpetrator has not been caught. The description of the man is as follows:

The driver was a heavy set, black male with a baseball cap on. There was another person in the back seat. They drove a small silver SUV.

Please spread the word to your fellow neighbors and reinforce with your children not to talk to strangers! If you do see anyone in the neighborhood that fits the description above or anyone else suspicious in the neighborhood call 911 and report it to police!

Volunteers Needed for SweetWater 420 Fest 5K

Mar 9 2012

From Anne Steib:

Please join us for this year's SweetWater 420 Fest 5K, and volunteer with your friends and neighbors.  This year's event expects over 2,000 participants, which benefits the CPNO, and we need volunteers to cheer on the runners and to make this a success.

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, a wristband for the festival, a drink ticket and most of all have a great time!

Please contact Anne Steib ( with any questions.

* Volunteers do not need to be Candler Park residents.