The mission of Porterdale Elementary School is to provide a quality, rigorous, and relevant education to all students so that all may have the opportunity to develop and succeed in a competitive and changing global society.

The vision of Porterdale Elementary School is that all students become college and career ready individuals, critical thinkers, and productive citizens who continue to learn for life.

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Greetings, Porterdale Elementary School Families,

We hope you are continuing to stay well and safe.

We wanted to remind you of some important information.


If you have paid for field trips or field day shirts, you will be receiving a refund by mail. If you have paid for a yearbook, your child will receive it at a later date, which will be announced.


If you have had a change of address from what is in Infinite Campus, you will need to email Carol Ann McGiboney at mcgiboney.carolann@newton.k12.ga.us with the following information:


Your Name

Child’s Name


Phone number


The last day to turn in paper copies of work, or online work is today- May 15.


The last day of school is May 22. Your child’s final report card will be mailed to you.


On May 18th, 19th, and 20th, all school materials will need to be returned, including textbooks, library books, and technology devices. You will also be able to pick up any personal items left at school that were labeled with student names.


Schedule for student pick up of personal items and return of technology devices/other school items:


Monday, May 18 – 9:00 – 12:00

Tuesday, May 19 – 11:00 – 2:00

Wednesday, May 20- 3:00-6:00


This is a drive-through process. Pull through the car rider line and remain in your vehicle.


We look forward to seeing you during these times!


If you are not interested in having your child’s personal belongings returned, please email the teacher so that items can be discarded.

Also, afterschool registration for 2020-2021 is now open. There was a slight increase in tuition to $50 per week which is due to increased cost for our online system. The rate for each additional child will be $45 per week. The website to pre-register is https://newton.ce.eleyo.com/

Once you have registered in the system, your contract will remain pending until accepted by the site coordinator. Coordinators will accept contracts throughout May, June and July, after which you will receive a confirmation email. The program’s projected start date is August 10, 2020, pending COVID19 guidance from the Governor, CDC and district.


We sincerely appreciate your support during these unusual and unprecedented times.


Have a great weekend!

Clydia Newell


Principal's Message

Welcome to Porterdale Elementary School, home of the RAMS!


At PDES, we are committed to providing students with a highly rigorous, engaging, and differentiated learning experience every day.


Parent and community involvement is critical to our success.  We welcome parent volunteers.  We ask that you also help at home to ensure your child’s academic success.  Be sure that your child goes to bed on time each night, and that he or she arrives at school every day on time.  Help your child establish a homework routine, and be sure that he or she reads daily at home.   Contact your child’s teacher frequently to be sure he or she is performing on grade level academically.


Feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.




Clydia Newell



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