January 30, 2014 Update from School Board Member Julie Wade about Isle of Hope School.
Here is the presentation from the last meeting about the new Isle of Hope School. You can see that the 4-8 grades are separated from the pre-K-3rd grades, but of course they will share the same common space (imagine the cost of duplicating media centers, lunch rooms, gyms, etc), although use will be scheduled by grade. I can guarantee that no one was ever told that the 6-8 students would be placed in a completely separate area with separate common areas.
You will see that the plans call for restoring the play fields, but for safety reasons, we cannot have the play fields accessible during construction.
The capacity for the new school is 800. Two years ago (before the move) enrollment was 725, so the school is being built for the current population and not for anticipated growth. As for traffic, the parking lot is designed to accommodate the flow of traffic. You can see how it snakes around the school, to get cars off the IOH streets. And given that the enrollment should be approx. the same (although we hope more neighborhood kids will join us!), you should not have any greater (and hopefully less!) traffic than previously.
The school is being based on a similar school in St Marys in a similar coastal/historic neighborhood that this architect designed. The pictures in the presentation are from that school.
Contact School Board member Julie Wade with any questions.
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November 24, 2013
The holidays bring much excitement to Sandfly! December 7th, Saturday
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is hosting "An Isle of Hope Christmas" tour of homes from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Proceeds benefit America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and the West Broad Street YMCA. Call (912) 414-6005 for more information! December 11th, Wednesday From 4:40pm - 8:30pm, Sandfly businesses is hosting a Sandfly Holiday Open House and Toy Drive! 21 Sandfly businesses will treat you to special sales, goodies, fun, and entertainment while Toys for Tots will be on hand at every story accepting donation of new, unwrapped toys for local children in need for the holidays. Keep in touch with the event page HERE on SandflySavannah.com for all the details on the specials and sales. You can also join the Facebook Event page and invite all your friends to come celebrate with our fantastic local businesses. December 14th, Saturday The 6th Annual Yuletide Jam, also benefiting America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, lands right here in Paxton Park! Live music, chili cook off, kids activities (drum circle and crafts), Santa, tree lighting, and a food drive. Join the Yuletide Jam Facebook Event so you can invite all your friends to one of Savannah's best events of the Holiday's.
If you haven't been by, Nourish Natural Bath Products has opened in Norwood Market and carries products made by hand with only the highest quality natural ingredients. And, we suppose, folks are becoming accustomed to walking into Bi-Lo instead of The Pig. It's comforting to still so those familiar faces that have been there so long. We all seem to be adjusting. And it seems we're getting a new cup cake bakery in Norwood Plaza. Smallcakes has a sign up but no word on when they'll open. We'll let you know as soon as we find out.
Don't forget to check the Community Calendar to make sure you don't miss anything. Driftaway Cafe has fantastic live music coming up.
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October 23, 2013
It's a big weekend in the Sandfly area and the big news is what an absolutely incredible event the Isle of Hope Art and Music Festival has become in just a few short years. The festival has grown into THE premier arts festival for local artists in the Coastal Empire. There are many wonderful festivals in and around Savannah, but none with the caliber and scope that the Isle of Hope Festival brings focusing solely on local Savannah artists . Established gallery artists, local favorites, craft makers, teachers and students, and incredible budding artists right from the neighborhood. The range of mediums is just as vast with paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wood, fabrics, and mix media photography. Browse a preview gallery of the art here. It's a family festival that includes a children's art area sponsored by The Clay Spot and Scribble Art Studio. The art is on display from 10am until 5pm from Paxton Park all the way to the Isle of Hope Marina. The afternoon at the Marina brings the beginning of the musical line-up for the day. From 1pm to 10pm the festivities center around the stage at the Marina with the sounds of Savannah's favorite bands. A full day of the best art and music that Savannah has to offer all FREE to the public. For all the details about the artists, vendors, children's activities, music, schedule, parking, partners......all of it is here.
A few updates to report from the Sandfly area. The Piggly Wiggly is in it's last week at Norwood Plaza before converting to a BI-LO. Don't forget to spend those Greenbax Stamps! Sandfly is saying goodbye to two businesses. Xspressions and Designs is moving to Pooler and is selling everything in the store at rock bottom prices. And long time Sandfly food joint Ozzy's is closing at the end of the month. Subway, which will be opening soon, will have to fill that cheese steak craving from now on! Cents and Sensibility furniture and gift consignment shop has opened next to Fiore'. The new year will certainly bring Sandfly more new businesses!
As the holiday season approaches, SMPD Crime Prevention Officer Elizabeth Hardy has passed on some specific crime prevention information that can be found on the Support Page.
Even though the weather is getting cold, the Bethesda Academy Farm & Garden is still in full swing every Thursday with new Director Gardener Byrne. You can receive updates on the garden by signing up for the Bethesda Farm & Garden Newsletter here. Fresh eggs, lettuce, and goat's milk soap are a few of the incredible, organic goods grown as locally as it gets. Local, that's what we're doing here!
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See you Saturday!
September 30, 2013
Moving right along! The Sandfly shuffle continued this week with the Grand Opening of The Pink Door in it's new space. The moving sale was spectacular! The Piggly Wiggly is letting everyone know that the last day for "The Pig" will be November 1st. They will be closed for a few days and then re-open as a BI-LO. Folks at The Pig say that the people will all still be there and they are excited for the change. IMPORTANT: If you have any Piggly Wiggly Greenbax Stamps, NOW IS THE TIME! Don't let them go to waste, spend them before November 1st.
October is bringing three great family friendly events to Sandfly. October 5th, Crusin' for Lindsay's Place will be held at Villa Marie. The event is a car, truck, and cycle show and festival that benefit's their mission to provide a year round residential camp program for young people with special needs. The 4th Annual BBQ, Brews, & Bluegrass festival benefiting The Next Generation for The Children's Hospital at Memorial will be held again at Villa Marie on October 13th. Super fun festival with lots of fun activities for the kids. Villa Marie is THE perfect place for outdoor Fall fun. The 2nd annual Isle of Hope Art and Music Festival will be held on October 26th from Paxton Park to The Isle of Hope Marina. Many more details to come here, but you can get some details now at Isle of Hope Historical Association website.
Some of you many have seen Savannah police on bike patrol around Sandfly lately. Islands Precincts has gotten new bicycles and have officers out of the car and reaching out to the community in new way. There is talk about restoring the old Precinct 6 in Sandfly. Be sure to email County Commission Chairman Al Scott with your opinion. The Isle of Hope Cub Scout Pack 56 is meeting on Tuesday's at 6:30pm at IOH Methodist Church. Contact Bill Mintz for more information 912 351-4590. Browse the rest of the site for updates. Crime prevention officer Elizabeth Hardy has posted some fantastic Neighborhood Watch information on the Support page. New Specials from Sandfly businesses like the Brewfest going on all Fall at YourPie. Beer lovers don't want to miss out. And always keep in touch with the Community Calendar for information on events and all the live music going on in Sandfly.
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September 12, 2013
You know Fall is on the way when the mums come out at Herb Creek Landscape Supply. Do a drive by and you can almost feel the air drop a few degrees. Much to report in Sandfly. Nearly 80 children participated in this year's Safe Kids Savannah event at Lake Mayer sponsored by the Chatham County Health Department to encourage youngsters to live a
healthy lifestyle. Children
ages 9 to 14 were running, biking and swimming early Saturday morning from Lake Mayer and the
Chatham Aquatic Center in Savannah. See WTOC cover the event. More good news in Sandfly for healthy kids! Nonstop Fitness along with Cope for Change Savannah is providing FREE fitness classes for kids ages 7 - 12 at the Lake Mayer Pavilion every Monday and Thursday at 4pm. Contact Nonstop Fitness for details. Savannah Power Yoga is offering FREE yoga this all day Saturday, September 14th. Sign up online or call to reserve your spot. Sandfly businesses keep on giving with a benefit on September 23rd at Your Pie for Peri-operative Child Life Program at Memorial University Medical Center. Bring your family at 6pm to have a pizza for a wonderful program that helps relieve the stress and worry of surgery for all children who come through Memorial. Don't forget about the Wormsloe Run for the Oaks put on by Nonstop Fitness next Saturday, September 21st. Proceeds benefit preservation at Wormsloe Plantation, a historic jewel of the Sandfly area. In addition to all the amazing generosity and community contributions we have in Sandfly recently, we have wonderful local art, live music, incredible shopping, and delicious dining! Browse around and find it all here at SandflySavannah. The Community Events calendar is a great place to start and check out new Day Trips we recommend to new people wanting to discover Sandfly.
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August 28, 2013
Growing right along in Sandfly! Two new businesses opening next month in Sandfly. Summer Home Coastal Living Home and Gift Boutique's grand opening is September 1st and W Salon will open in September as well. Art classes at Local Color begin next week. You can visit their website for a list of classes and information on how to sign up. There are a few updates here at Sandfly Savannah. Information and resources for new residents has been posted on the Real Estate page. Some sales and specials have been added to the Eat & Drink and Shop pages so you can see some of the great deals in Sandfly. Sandfly Custom Framing is offering 20% off custom orders through September when you mention Sandfly Savannah. Great community support happening in Sandfly. Through their Community Yoga Class, Savannah Power Yoga raised and donated $920 to the Isle of Hope Pool. And great big congratulations to Chef Kirk Blaine and Driftaway Cafe for being voted South Magazine's South's Greatest Chef! We certainly agree! The holiday weekend is here so browse the Community Events calendar to see some of the fun going on in Sandfly. Nashville recording artist Chuck Courtenay will be at Driftaway Saturday night! Don't forget to sign up for email news updates. Keep in touch and keep up with what's happening in Sandfly!
August 15, 2013
Let the back to school wild rumpus continue! There is much going on in Sandfly. Updates to SandflySavannah.com include new Real Estate Featured listings and, by popular demand, listing for sports recreational activities can be found on the Recreation page. Please send in any programs you enjoy that we are missing. Sandfly Savannah has been collecting information and stories from the community for the History page of this site. Eventually the page will be a good representative of the history of the area and we want to thank all those that have contributed. We continue to encourage submissions and suggestions to help make the History page here worthy of this great community. Chef Kirk Blaine from Driftaway Cafe is in the running to WIN South Magazines Best of Savannah Chef's! Cast your vote before August 26th to give Kirk the recognition he so greatly deserves. The Pink Doorboutique had a fantastic back to school sale and announced that they are moving across the parking lot into one of the new buildings. Wormsloe Plantation is looking for volunteers for a new event they have announced for September 28th, Your State Park Day. Take this opportunity to support the state of Georgia and contribute toward the preservation of the history of this area. And the wait IS OVER! Great Harvest Bread Co. is opening tomorrow, August 16th! Stop by and see what they are bringing to Sandfly and offer congratulations. They are already showing community support as a sponsor for Nonstop Fitness event, Wormsloe Run 2.0, that benefits Wormsloe preservation. New local businesses are posted every week! Browse around and see everything the area has to offer. Don't forget to sign up for News Updates from SandflySavannah.com so you don't miss anything. Keep in touch and keep up on what's happening in Sandfly!
July 31, 2013
The wait is almost over! Great Harvest Bread Co. has announced that they are opening on August 16th! The doors aren't open yet but their website is up and running so you can get an idea of what Sandfly has to look forward to. Look to the Community Events Calendar as you look to the weekend for things to do. The annual cornhole tournament at the IOH Pool is on August 3rd and there is a lot of live music. Go see The Jeff Beasley Band at Driftaway Cafe and sample their Savannah Restaurant Week menu! You can see the amazing menu on their Facebook page. An announcement section has been added to the Faith page where local churches will post community programs and activities. School is gearing back up so look for updates on the Schools page. Open houses for IOH School and Johnson HS are on August 8th. SMPD Crime Prevention Officer Elizabeth Hardy is now publishing weekly crime reports for the areas around Sandfly. You can contact her through the Support page to get a copy if you aren't already receiving it from your Neighborhood watch. AND...by popular demand, SandflySavannah.com will be sending out monthly updates by email so sign up for updates and you won't miss anything. Keep in touch and keep up on what's happening in Sandfly!