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Dear GLOBE Community,

Yesterday, the DeKalb County School District announced its plan to safely reopen schools beginning March 9, 2021.

Please note that the dates for The GLOBE Academy’s reopening have not yet been determined. GLOBE’s reopening committee will meet next Tuesday, March 2nd to review our data and determine the best path forward for our school to safely reopen and will make an announcement on March 3. However, GLOBE teachers have already been making preparations for this transition, and on Monday, March 1, they will begin teaching from their classrooms to prepare for a potential student return to campus.

We very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate this unfamiliar territory together. We must all remember that a return to on-campus instruction will look very different from how things were when we were last together in March 2020. Teachers and students (both hybrid & virtual) will be adjusting to new routines and procedures, and it will take some time to familiarize ourselves with this new normal.

Yesterday, a Return to In-Person Learning Survey was sent out to our community, and we need all parents to complete and submit this survey by Thursday, Feb. 25th at 11:59 PM.

Click here to view the updated Reopening Playbook.

*Remember to click the link at the bottom of the newsletter to read the entire document.*
The COVID Corner
(click the image to access our COVID dashboard)
Check here each week for updates from GLOBE's Reopening Committee on guidance to inform a safe return, and for responses to your questions and concerns about The GLOBE Academy's COVID-19 response. GLOBE's COVID-19 tracker is updated each Wednesday at www.theglobeacademy.org. Please visit our site and click the graphic for daily updates on the pandemic conditions with more detailed information about these data. If you have questions about GLOBE's Return-to-Campus Plan, please submit them here. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Question: Will the RE-opening Playbook be updated to reflect Middle School going back to the building? The current playbook still says that MS cannot do cohorts and for that reason won't return at the same time as ES, and there are no instructions/explanations on how MS will work when they return to the building as the TownHall said they will do when GLOBE opens.
 
Answer: The Reopening Playbook has been updated with this information and is available here. .

 
Question: If GLOBE students return in a hybrid model, what (if anything) would or could lead to going back to an all virtual model? I’m thinking about the potential for things to become worse again in March and beyond, due to the potential influence of new variants.

Answer: Once GLOBE initiates a hybrid instructional model, our ability to continue with in-person instruction will be driven by two factors. First and foremost, we cannot operate in any in-person capacity if DeKalb County Schools are closed. Thus, if DeKalb transitions to hybrid instruction and then returns to a fully virtual model, we will need to do the same.
 
Assuming that DeKalb is allowing any in-person instruction, GLOBE will continue hybrid instruction so long as there remains good COVID-19 control at both campuses. This is why it is critically important for all of us – families, students, and staff – to be mindful about our exposures and behavior both on and off campus. A temporary or extended transition back to all virtual instruction will be made in consultation with local health officials and will consider a range of factors including the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of affected classrooms, and whether there is evidence of transmission occurring in school. Once hybrid instruction begins, GLOBE’s COVID-19 data dashboard will be updated to include de-identified information about any cases of COVID-19 that might occur.  
Face Masks, Please

As we prepare for a potential return to campus, an attention to correct mask-wearing is imperative. Please practice with your children.

Remember:
> All students and staff must wear proper face masks on campus. They should also have a spare face mask with them. GLOBE Trot buffs cannot be used as masks.
> Students who are not wearing their mask properly will be gently corrected and coached on the importance of this behavior.
> If students willfully decline to wear their masks correctly, they will besent home to engage in virtual learning for a period of time. Their parents will also need to participate in a conference with the head of school.
GENERAL UPDATES
Important Technology Announcement
On Monday, March 1, all GLOBE teachers will be returning to the school buildings. Students will continue virtual learning, and schedules will remain the SAME. We anticipate there may be some connection issues as teachers transition to teaching from the school network. If your student experiences technical difficulties on Monday or Tuesday of that week, please be patient. Teachers will communicate any changes in teaching format directly with students via Google Classroom and/or with parents via email.
In Case You Missed It: Hybrid and Virtual Model Parent Info Sessions
(Links to recordings below are LIVE)

Rising 4th Grade Meeting
Parents - if you have a current 3rd grader who will be continuing at GLOBE next year, please join Mrs. Limor on Zoom, Monday, March 1 at 5:30 PM to learn more about Upper Campus and the transition to 4th grade. 

Topic: Rising 4th Grade Parent Meeting
Time: Mar 1, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84312808256?pwd=ZXYvMzVnbjJ1SFNzWmNWaDF3T0J2Zz09

Meeting ID: 843 1280 8256
Passcode: 669296
929-205-6099,,84312808256#,,,,*669296#
Rising 6th Grade Meeting
Parents - if you have a current 5th grader who will be continuing in GLOBE’s Middle School program, please join Mrs. Limor on Zoom, Monday, March 1 at 7 PM to learn more about the middle school schedule, class assignments, and extracurricular activities. 

Topic: Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting
Time: Mar 1, 2021 7 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87151067573?pwd=NEUrZzVJSVh2Vmg5cXFUb3Z5SkJDZz09

Meeting ID: 871 5106 7573
Passcode: 605970
929-205-6099,,87151067573#,,,,*605970#
STAMP Testing 2nd-8th Grade Info Session
GLOBE students in grades 2nd through 8th will be participating in the STAndards based Measure of Proficiency in March. Please join our Language Coordinator, Ms. Daniel, March 11th from 8-9 p.m. to know what to expect.
Details HERE.

Please submit your questions in advance here.

Congratulations to our DeKalb County Science Fair Winners!
Congrat to ALL of the middle school students who contributed entries to DeKalb’s first-ever fully virtual Science Fair! Two of our students, Kendall Marshall and Tiras Burton, have been recommended to continue on to the State Competition. Please see below for a complete list of winners.

Junior Division
Chemistry:
1st place Jeffrey Lim
2nd place Kaden Welch
3rd place Willa Hudson

Energy Sustainable Material & Design:
1st place Blake Kight
3rd place Gabriella Benjamin

Materials Science:
1st place Smith Jensen
2nd place Elliot Steiner & Jonathan Watson

Microbiology:
1st place Kendall Marshall*
2nd place Hamza Laroui

Plant Sciences:
3rd place Willow Medovoy

Physics & Astronomy:
1st place Tiras Burton*
Chromebook Troubles?
Is your student having trouble with his/her Chromebook? We have recently installed a new extension that will help to monitor and clean Chromebook CPU and RAM usage. If your student is having trouble getting or staying connected to classes, or finds that new tabs just keep “loading,” please check this extension for more information. If the memory and CPU usage is close to 100%, try restarting the Chromebook and opening fewer tabs at a time. Reach out to Mrs. Limor (jlimor@theglobeacademy.net), if you need a service appointment.

Upper Campus
Virtual Language Field Trip for 8th grade

Eighth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a full-day language immersion program hosted by Concordia Language Villages on Friday, March 5. You received information from Dr. Hertz and the 8th grade team to remit payment for this “trip”. This payment is due by Friday. Please make sure you have completed the registration form for your student in order to select class options for the event.
ADMISSIONS
GLOBE’s Open Enrollment has closed. Our lottery will run this Friday, February 26 at noon.
YEARBOOK
Important!!!! 
You received a sincere letter from the yearbook staff. In his haste, Ollie did not include an active link to order a yearbook. Here it is.
CONNECTIONS
Connections (at LC)
To meet what we see as a growing need for our GLOBE students to connect with one another and address certain aspects of the virtual learning environment in a positive way, EACH connection teacher will include Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) content in their lessons from March 1-9, the length of one full rotation. Sample SEL topics could include: being self-aware and relating to others, dealing with anxiety/worry, and practicals on how to be kind and why it is more important now. We are proud of and impressed by how your children continue to manage through the challenges of virtual learning and we are excited to connect with them during Connections next week!
Chorus News

The Chorus Newsletter has details about the next chorus presentation on March 11th at 6:30 p.m.
PTCC
Chinese New Year ends on Friday, February 26. It is the year of the ox. Did you have the chance to watch the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company to perform? If not, you can watch it here. Be quick though, because the link will be inactivated on Friday night! #globecnyoxchallenge

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month: Celebrating The Black Family

Enjoy a Virtual Collage Art Session with artist Christa David on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 3 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89026925682?pwd=U3NHM0pqbTBFT1RvWjM4NklkU0ZSZz09
Meeting ID: 890 2692 5682
Passcode: 449863

*Collage Supplies:

Blank PDF Images of Africa:

Precut Construction Paper, Old Newspaper or Magazine Clippings, Scissors, Glue


Black History Month Family Yoga: Saturday Feb 27, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82400742948?pwd=K0daN20wSlNDWUgvMUpINFdHSkNSUT09

Meeting ID: 824 0074 2948
Passcode: 623689


*Share your family legacy, history, and more. Send written or video submissions to bhmglobe@gmail.com
Science Week | March 1-7

Look out for the experiment of the day on The GLOBE Academy PTCC Facebook page March 2-5. Our science teachers will be sharing some fun videos. We are also happy to partner with Sub-Zero Ice Cream for Spirit Week for some delicious science fun. 

Please print out this flyer (graphic to the right) and present it at Sub-Zero Ice Cream between Mar 1-7 so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to the school.

We will make a few copies available at the front office of both lower and upper campus for parents who are unable to print at home. The school front office is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
5590 Roswell Rd
Atlanta GA 30341

Francophone day is coming March 20! To celebrate, we need your help. Please reach out to globepac@gmail.com if you are interested in creating and submitting content to be viewed among our GLOBE families and staff. We’re looking for all things Fracophone, including cuisine, customs, and culture. Hit us with your favorite French inspiration!
FUNDRAISING
2020 Donation Tax Receipts Available

For our supporters who gave more than one contribution to GLOBE during the 2020 calendar year, a summary of your 2020 donations was emailed to you last week to use for tax purposes. If you didn’t receive it, or if you need a receipt for any gifts you’ve made to GLOBE, please reach out to Development Committee Chair Meghann Adams at madams@theglobeacademy.net.
UPCOMING

Below you will find the important dates to remember for the next month. You can also sync the GLOBE calendar to your own digital calendar.


March 1-7, 2021
Science Week

March 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Rising 4th Grade Parent Meeting

March 1, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting

March 5, 2021
8th Grade Virtual Language Trip

March 11, 2021
Middle School Chorus Presentation
The GLOBE Academy Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch Bag Icon

What's on the Menu?
The DeKalb County School District has released details on where to pick up lunch for your children Monday, Wednesday and Friday courtesy of DCSD. Click the link below for more details.
Meal Pickups

School Nutrition Services during Distance Learning will be available through the DeKalb County School District. Find out the details about Meal Distributions here.