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The COVID Corner
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*NEW* A Note About GLOBE’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

With our transition to hybrid instruction, we will be tracking the number of COVID-19 cases reported at GLOBE in our newsletter each week. We are starting at ZERO and we want to keep it there! In order to continue with any in-person instruction, we must all do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy. Don’t forget that your mask should cover your mouth and nose unless you are eating. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently and keep your distance from those who aren’t in your pod.
We will continue to track the DeKalb data on the GLOBE COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Beginning next week, we will add information about the number of cases reported weekly at LC and UC separately. Student and staff privacy is of utmost importance – the school nurses are strictly following the COVID-19 reporting and contact tracing guidelines and identifying information about those who test positive will not be available.

Question: I would like to know if guidance will be given to students who travel during spring break when they can safely return to school. Will some students be asked to remain virtual for a couple weeks after they travel, particularly if they travel out of state/country, or by plane?

Answer: In the spirit of CREST, and protecting our community, GLOBE is requesting that all families who increase their potential for COVID-19 exposure during spring break participate in virtual only instruction during the week of April 12. Some examples (though not exhaustive) for what would be considered increased exposure would be travel by plane or gathering with individuals who are not a part of your usual pod. If you have questions about what might be considered increased exposure, please submit those here – otherwise, please err on the side of caution and keep your child(ren) home the week following spring break. Assuming that no one in the household has developed COVID-19 symptoms, or tested positive, they would return to their in-person instruction during the week of April 19.

Tips for GLOBE's Return to Campus

Parents, if Thursday is your child's first day back on campus, please review the information below to ensure that Thursday and Friday run smoothly for you.

Important Communication for Grades 3-8

Dear Parent or Guardian: 
Please see the communication below from the Georgia Department of Education. 
Recently, the Georgia Department of Education received guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) regarding assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.  
The good news is ED is inviting states to request a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year of the accountability and school identification requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This waiver will provide flexibility from several aspects of accountability reporting that have concerned many amidst the pandemic. Once the state receives additional information and the waiver template from ED, Superintendent Richard Woods will pursue all flexibility available to the state of Georgia and provide districts with additional information on that process. 
Unfortunately, ED will not waive the federal testing requirements for 2020-2021. Therefore, districts must proceed with administering federally-required assessments this spring. Among other information provided by ED, the communication the state received noted that “certainly, we do not believe that if there are places where students are unable to attend school safely in person because of the pandemic that they should be brought into school buildings for the sole purpose of taking a test.” 
Therefore, no virtual students are required to attend school solely to participate in the Georgia Milestones, ACCESS and the Georgia Alternative Assessment (GAA), if they do not feel comfortable doing so due to the pandemic. 
State Superintendent Woods has worked to reduce the high-stakes nature of testing this year, including the State Board of Education approving his recommendation to reduce the weight of Georgia Milestones EOCs to 0.01% of students’ final grades and by directing school districts with flexibility contracts to use input from teachers and parents, placement committees, class performance, and formative tools instead of Georgia Milestones to make student promotion/retention decisions. The state has also waived the summative TKES evaluation for 2020-21. 
State Superintendent Woods will continue to pursue the maximum flexibility available to ensure districts’ ability to prioritize the health and safety of students and staff. If additional information is provided, you will be notified.   
If you have questions regarding any aspect of testing, please contact the school at (470) 355-4422. 
Christi Elliott-Earby, Executive Director

The Board of Directors is recruiting new members for the 2021-22 School Year
The GLOBE Academy Board of Directors is seeking to fill 2-3 seats for the upcoming school year. Each member of the board leads or supports a Board Committee and volunteers between 8-10 hours of time each month fulfilling board and committee duties. Our current needs include individuals with project management skills and a passion for The GLOBE Academy and its community.

Info Session: STAMP Testing 2nd-8th grade

In case you missed Ms. Daniel’s STAMP Coffee Talk last Thursday, you can watch it on GLOBE's YouTube channel.

GLOBE families with new siblings enrolling, be sure to submit paperwork by your deadline after confirming your new student's spot. Questions? Reach out to megan.brown@theglobeacademy.net or registrar@theglobeacademy.net.
Chorus News

Thank you for attending our presentation celebrating the culture of South America. Check out the Chorus Newsletter to see what’s in the works for vocal and general music at Upper Campus. View the newsletter here.
Thank you to our 2020-2021 Annual Fund Global Benefactor Level Donors!

Arslanian Plastic Surgery
Nancy and Gary Fayard

Visit our Annual Fund page to learn more about donor designations this school year. Thank you to all of our Annual Fund supporters!
Asking for GLOBE Auction Donations 101:
Explain that:
-You are a parent/guardian/friend of GLOBE Academy, a K-8 dual-language charter school formed in 2013.
-The GLOBE PTCC is a nonprofit which relies on community support to fund school events, cultural celebrations, and teacher grants.
-All monetary and in-kind donations are viewed by the family and friends of over 1,000 students, thus great publicity for their business.
-All donations are tax-deductible.
Email auction@theglobeacademy.net if you would like to help solicit businesses for donations. If you want to approach your favorite business, email us and we will send you the Auction solicitation letter. And don’t forget to save the date for the Auction: May 15-16. Registration is FREE and begins soon.

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!

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 20, 2021
Francophone Day

March 22-26, 2021
STAMP Testing 4th-5th 

March 29-April 2, 2021
STAMP Testing MS

April 14, 2021 *New date*
STAMP Testing Grades 2nd-3rd
The GLOBE Academy Office Hours are Monday, Tuesday Thursday & Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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What's on the Menu?
The School Nutrition program has partnered with Simply Elegant to provide lunch for the remainder of the school year. All students are eligible to receive a free school lunch this spring. Lunch will be delivered directly to the classroom and eaten in the classroom. To ensure the safety of the students, the vendor will follow CDC guidelines by delivering no-contact grab-and-go meals during their assigned lunch period. All meals will be prepackaged prior to arriving at school. If a student forgets their lunch at home, they will receive a school lunch for the day. To guarantee the safety of students with allergies, please review daily menu items below.
Mac n Cheese, Roll
Corn, Orange Slices, Milk

Crispy Chicken
Sandwich, Peas & Carrots,
Apple Slices, Milk
Cheese Pizza, Green Beans
Mixed Fruit, Milk

Cheese Burger, Potato Wedges 
Apple Sauce, Milk
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.