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We are gearing up for a virtual GLOBE Trot 2020 on Nov. 6, 2020 and we hope you and your students are getting excited. We will kick off our fundraising for the event this Friday, Oct. 23rd. Be on the lookout for daily raffle prize announcements on GLOBE's Facebook page, updates on our fundraising progress each day on our website and in stand-alone emails on Mondays and Fridays leading up to the event. We will also be sharing our school spirit on the school's Facebook and Instagram accounts and hope that you will share, share, share to help make this year's event as great as it's always been! Keep reading for more details below.
GLOBE TROT 2020
GLOBE Trot Launching Friday!
GLOBE Trot, GLOBE’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is officially launching this Friday, Oct. 23! Homeroom teachers will send each student’s login information to update their own fundraising page at http://globetrot.dojiggy.com/. Please make sure to update your password the first time you log in. All GLOBE Trot donations contribute to the school’s goal to raise $300,000 in unrestricted funds this school year. Students and classes that achieve 100% participation and/or raise the most money win amazing prizes! In addition to a big raffle, daily drawings will be held each day until the virtual GLOBE Trot event on Friday, Nov. 6!
Grab Your 2020 GLOBE Trot Buff!
Families with Lower Campus students can pick up their child(ren)’s buff at the Materials Pick Day up on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Families who only have a child(ren) at Upper Campus can go through the carpool line on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to grab their buff before the event. If that date does not work for your family, buffs can be picked up at the front office of each campus during normal office hours. Make sure to take plenty of photos your child wearing this year’s buff as they exercise during the GLOBE Trot virtual event and share them with us here! We will share them with the community after the event.
A Message from GLOBE Leadership

We're Listening ...

Did you know that GLOBE K-2 English teachers teach systematic, explicit phonics? A few years ago, GLOBE adopted a phonics program to use alongside our Reading Units of Study curriculum. We made this decision because we want to ensure our youngest students have a strong phonics foundation so they can read fluently and think deeply about what they read.  
 
Many of our teachers and community members have read and discussed the series of articles Emily Hanford has written for APM Reports about teaching reading. In an effort to address some of the issues brought up in Hanford’s most recent article, we would like to share some of the ways Teacher’s College (publishers of the Reading Units of Study curriculum we use at GLOBE) believes Reading Workshop needs to be rebalanced along with some steps GLOBE has already taken or is in the process of taking.

Increased Phonological/Phonemic Awareness - Research recommends that kindergarten and early first grade students receive explicit instruction for 5-8 minutes a day in this area. While our intervention teachers already incorporate explicit phonological awareness into their instruction, some of our K-2 classroom teachers have also done so. We plan to implement daily systematic, explicit phonological awareness in all of our kindergarten and first grade English classes.

Brief, frequent review of previously learned phonics materials - Our K-2 teachers have been trained in Fundations, which is a scientifically based multisensory structured language curriculum that aligns with Orton-Gillingham principles. Our approach to teaching phonics is explicit and cumulative, and provides opportunities for students to transfer what they learn about phonics to their reading and writing. 
 
Including decodable books as a choice in a student’s reading diet - Students have a wide range of books to choose from, but we are working to provide more high quality decodable books for every kindergarten and early first grade reader.  

We hope this overview sheds some light on reading instruction in our K-2 English classrooms. We fiercely believe in teaching children how to read (by teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) and in instilling in children a love for reading. We feel strongly that the reading curriculum resources we have selected for our K-2 classes, along with ongoing professional learning with our peers and staying current on reading research, positions us to be excellent teachers of reading.
A Friendly Communications Reminder
The GLOBE Academy Facebook pages provide a fantastic platform for parents to get to know one another and share information. However, please be reminded that official information regarding school events will be posted by school staff. If you need information about school activities, calendar dates, etc. please use email as your primary method for reaching out to teachers and school administrators in order to make sure all information is accurate and up-to-date. If you're not following GLOBE's official Facebook, please find us here.
UPCOMING

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

October 23, 2020

October 29, 2020
PTCC Speaker Series - LC & UC Counselors



The GLOBE Academy Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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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.