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Dear GLOBE Community, 

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

Congratulations to the GLOBE community for a great first week of hybrid instruction! We've gone one week without any COVID-19 cases on either campus - let's see how long we can keep this going! Community transmission is no longer declining and has leveled off; it remains incredibly important to stay vigilant: keep wearing those masks over your mouth and nose, wash your hands well, and keep your distance from those who aren't in your usual pod. 

As you may know, Georgia is opening COVID-19 vaccination to everyone aged 16 years and older beginning Thursday, March 24th. You can head over to the Georgia Department of Public Health's website to find vaccination locations or schedule an appointment. Widespread vaccination will be key to reducing transmission in our community - if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, you can find answers to common questions here.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Question: We are not planning to travel during Spring Break, but will be visited by our grandparents who are all fully vaccinated. Is that considered a situation where they would need to stay home after Spring Break?

Answer: If your only new exposure will be a small number (e.g. up to 4 people) – who are all fully vaccinated (including the 2-week period after receiving their last dose) – this would not be considered increased exposure that would lead to a child being asked to stay home after spring break.

GENERAL UPDATES
2021/2022 GLOBE Calendar
Click here to download The GLOBE Academy school calendar for the 2021/2022 school year.

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. 
 
Respectfully, 
 
Christi Elliott-Earby, Executive Director


The Board of Directors is recruiting new members for the 2021-22 School Year


Lower Campus

STAMP Testing Grades 2nd-3rd
April 14th*
*new date

Progress Reports
Progress reports for the third quarter were sent to parents and guardians via email on Friday, March 19. Please reach out to one of your child’s lead classroom teachers if you did not receive it. Please check your email account’s spam or junk folder first.


School Arrivals and Departures
Please remember that students must enter and exit cars during morning arrival and afternoon pick up via the passenger side.
**During first, second and third-grade pick-up in the afternoon, please do not attempt to get in line from Sundown Drive. This is not fair to the parents who are waiting in line farther down where Heritage Drive turns into Meadowvale Drive.


Carpool Tags
By Monday, March 29th, ALL cars arriving for afternoon pick-up will need to clearly display the official GLOBE carpool number tag. Carpool numbers do not change from year to year. If you are a returning family, you should already have a tag. Tags for new families have already been passed out. But if you have not already received it, please email frontoffice@theglobeacademy.net


Lower Campus Lost & Found 
Families, the Lost & Found from the 2019 - 2020 school year (pre-COVID) will be donated over the spring break holiday. If there is an item that has special meaning to you and you believe it was left at the school prior to March 2020, please email lclostandfound.globeacademy@gmail.com. Please provide a detailed description of the item. Unfortunately we can not search for items that do not have your child’s name clearly labeled. We will do our best to locate any items that are labeled and contact you regarding pickup. 

Upper Campus

Change for UC dismissal beginning Monday, March 29
In an effort to shorten the afternoon carpool line, Upper Campus will begin allowing walker pick-up on Monday, March 29. Families living within walking distance of The GLOBE Academy will be able to walk onto campus, come to the double doors facing Briarcliff Road, and pick up their students on foot. Parents picking up their students will be expected to model appropriate mask wearing and physical distancing while on campus, and will assume full responsibility for safely crossing Briarcliff Road at the traffic light. Students will only be released to a parent/guardian or other authorized adult listed on school paperwork. ID will be required.


STAMP Testing 4th-5th 
March 23 4th grade 8-9 AM; 1:30-2:30 PM
5th grade 9-10 AM; 12:30-1:30 PM

March 25 4th grade 8-9 AM; 1:30-2:30 PM
5th grade 9-10 AM; 12:30-1:30 PM

*Fully Virtual students will be given instructions to log in with support staff. All other students will log in with the teacher assigned on that day.

STAMP Testing MS
March 29-April 2

Middle school students will take the STAMP Test in their Language classes.
ADMISSIONS

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.
CONNECTIONS
Chorus News

We had an amazing time singing, dancing, and cooking together Wednesday. Thank you for allowing your students to join us. Check out the Chorus Newsletter to see what’s in the works for vocal and general music at Upper Campus.
ECP
Virtual Care and Aftercare Openings:
For Monday/Tuesday, we have Kind: 2 2nd: 1 3rd: 1 and 4-8th: 3
For Thursday/Friday, we have Kind: 2 1st: 3  2nd: 3  

Aftercare is also available for both lower and upper campus. Please email ECP@theglobeacademy.net for details and registration information.  
FUNDRAISING
Thank you to our 2020-2021 Annual Fund Global Sustainer Level Donors!

  • Laura Hancock
  • Stephen and Mary Beth Martin

Visit our Annual Fund page to learn more about donor designations this school year. Thank you to all of our Annual Fund supporters!
PTCC
THE GLOBE AUCTION REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Get your bidder number now and invite your friends and family to register, too! Simply go to theglobeauction.com, click "REGISTER", and fill out the form. Register with your mobile phone number to receive outbid push notifications and easy checkout links during the event.

The 24-hour GLOBE Auction is open to the public and begins May 15 at 7 p.m. Donations are still being accepted! Email us with ideas: auction@theglobeacademy.net.
CALENDAR

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 22-26, 2021
STAMP Testing 4th-5th 

March 29-April 2, 2021
STAMP Testing MS

April 5-9, 2021
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

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 our daily menu on the website.
Monday
MARCH 29
Baked Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Sweet Peas, Pineapple Tidbits, Milk



Tuesday
MARCH 30
Breaded Chicken Tenders,
Corn, Orange Slices, Milk
Thursday
APRIL 1
Check here April's menu





Friday
APRIL 2
Check here for April menu
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.