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Today, we are introducing a new special section of the newsletter called The COVID Corner. This recurring segment will keep you informed about our progress and planning towards a safe return to campus. We presented GLOBE's recommendations for returning to campus during the October Board of Directors Meeting.

Pending favorable pandemic conditions, and the capacity to ensure a safe return for staff and students, we propose to continue with virtual instruction until the end of the Fall semester, and transition to a hybrid method of instruction throughout January. Families who wish to continue with remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year will have the opportunity to do so.

Between now and January, the Reopening Committee will continue to review the local COVID data and will prepare detailed plans for essential prevention measures to facilitate a safe return. Read more below in The COVID Corner.
GLOBE TROT 2020
COUNT DOWN TO GLOBE TROT 2020!!
GLOBE Trot, GLOBE’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is just 9 days away and we are off to a great start! Shout out to everyone who has helped us raise MORE THAN $20,000 so far!! The recommended minimum amount to raise is $50 per student, but we challenge students to exceed that goal. The goal can be updated on your student's personal fundraising page once you log in. There are big prizes if we receive 100% participation and for the students who raise the most money! 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!
GLOBE Trot Temporary Password
Homeroom teachers sent each student’s GLOBE Trot login information last week to update their own fundraising page at http://globetrot.dojiggy.com/. The correct temporary password is Globetrot2020. Please make sure to update your password the first time you log in.
Grab Your 2020 GLOBE Trot Buff TODAY!
Families with Lower Campus students can pick up their child(ren)’s buff at the Materials Pick Day up on today 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 today 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.
GLOBE Trot Schedule
Upper Campus
Please join Upper Campus students and staff on Friday, November 6 for the 2020 GLOBE Trot! See below for the schedule of events. All sessions will take place on Zoom. Students will need access to a personal or parent device to join the Zoom. One teacher per grade level will be streaming the Zoom through a Google Meet for students who do not have access to a personal or parent device. Check with the teacher listed for the Meet code.

Schedule of Events
9:10am - warm up 3 - 4th and 5th 
9:30am - warm up 4 - 6th
9:50am - warm-up 5 - 7th and 8th

11:10am - post celebration 3 - 4th and 5th
11:30am - post celebration 4 - 6th
11:50am - post celebration 5 - 7th and 8th

Teachers hosting Google Meets:
4th - Eckmann
5th - Whitelegg
6th - Horton
7th - McKinney
8th - Marks

Lower Campus

Schedule of Events
8:30am - warm up 1 - Kindergarten and 1st
8:50am - warm up 2 - 2nd and 3rd
10:30am - post celebration 1 - Kindergarten and 1st
10:50am - post celebration 2 - 2nd and 3rd
Teachers hosting the grade level Google Meets for Lower Campus will be communicated in next week’s newsletter. 

*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.
The COVID Corner
As we prepare guidance to inform a safe return, we want to hear from you and address your questions in this new segment of our weekly newsletter. We encourage you to review the presentation from the Board of Directors Meeting and the list of FAQs addressed in the presentation below. If you have questions that have not been addressed, please submit them here. We will do our best to provide as many answers as we can in The COVID Corner over the coming weeks. Please understand that due to the dynamic nature of the pandemic, there may be questions for which we do not yet have answers, or situations that may change between now and January. 

Please know that the Reopening Committee is working diligently to ensure a safe return, while following the most up-to-date scientific guidance. We are all in this together, and appreciate your input to help us move towards our shared goal of a safe return!
FAQs Addressed in the Presentation to the GLOBE Board of Directors 

When will GLOBE return to on-campus instruction?
GLOBE will return to campus no sooner than January 5, 2021. We anticipate a staggered re-entry throughout the month of January that may vary by grade level and/or campus. 

Will there be an opportunity to continue virtual instruction for families who do not wish to return to campus?
Yes. 

What prevention measures will GLOBE take to ensure a safe return to campus for staff and students?
The Reopening Committee has begun investigating the prevention measures that must be in place for us to safely reopen. Additional details are forthcoming, but at a minimum, these will include: 
  • HVAC modifications
  • Mask requirement for staff and students 
  • Physical distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Ample access to hand soap and hand sanitizer
  • Temperature checks
  • Updated visitor policies
  • Health messaging
What information can we expect to receive in the coming weeks and months?
With a target date for a return-to-campus, the Reopening Committee will begin the granular planning that is required to safely bring staff and students back in our buildings. Forthcoming information will include:
  • Exact date(s) for expected reentry 
  • Detailed information about the mitigation strategies that GLOBE will employ
  • Pandemic and operational factors that would prevent GLOBE from reopening in January
  • Pandemic and operational factors that would cause GLOBE to transition back to full remote instruction
  • Details about what the hybrid model will look like and how many in-person spaces will be available

Tips for a Safe Halloween
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

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 29, 2020
PTCC Speaker Series - LC & UC Counselors

November 13, 2020
Spirit Night at Mi Pizza


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.