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Dear GLOBE Community, 

This week's newsletter is packed with updated details about GLOBE's Distance Learning program as well as other information to keep you up to date about what is happening at The GLOBE Academy for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have questions about specific departmental information, please contact the appropriate staff here .
GLOBE Digital Learning Update
We are excited and looking forward to seeing your children even though it will be virtual. This Fall will look very different from the Spring. Teachers returned this week so that we can continue to plan for your students to return.  

This Fall will be real school but digitally. We will continue to teach 50% of the time in English and 50% in the target language for grades K-5. Middle school will continue to have all their subjects and their language classes. We are finalizing the parent digital learning handbook that will be sent to all parents in the latter part of the week of August 3rd. We have realized through experience of the spring and research that when it comes to digital learning that we must include small groups. There will be 4 days of live sessions. K-5 will look a little different by grade level but they will include a combination of live whole group lessons, recorded lessons, live small group instructions, live check ins, and live interactive lessons. Every day your child will be connecting with their teachers.  

We will offer four parent sessions by the leadership team. We decided to offer a session for Kindergarten by themselves, 1st-3rd, 4th & 5th, and Middle School (links to submit questions and attend below).   

  • August 10th - 5:30-6:30 PM - Kindergarten Parents

  • August 10th - 7:00-8:00 PM - 4th and 5th grade Parents

  • August 11th - 5:30-6:30 - 1st-3rd grade Parents

  • August 11th - 7:00-8:00 PM - Middle School


Orientation will be virtual this year on August 17, 2020 . Look for the links for where you log in that day to meet the teachers and receive class specifics for your grade and class. The first day of school is August 19, 2020 . Take note that this will be the only Wednesday of live sessions. Going forward, Wednesdays will be independent work for all students.  

Remember, this is school… Your students will be expected to be in class and participating in check-ins throughout the day. Attendance will be taken. We all would rather be in person to teach and learn. With this said, how you react about this will greatly impact your students. If you speak positively about this, your children will most likely be positive about this situation. We appreciate your support.  

Our school calendar has been updated and can be found here . We are proposing for the last day of school to be May 27, 2021 . We are trying very hard not to have staff furlough days and to keep student instructional days. 
 
We also shared details about our Virtual In-Person Care Extended Care Program. Details about ECP’s offering can be found here .

We are unsure when we will be able to have school back in the building. When we do, whether it is hybrid or all in, we want to be more than ready. We are looking for some parents who would like to be a part of GLOBE's reopening plan review team. We are looking for parents with expertise in this area of opening spaces during this pandemic. ( FORM )

We will continue to provide updates as they come, like specifics of device deployment the week of Aug. 10, 2020 .
MAP Testing

GLOBE decided when we opened that we would use the MAP test from NWEA to monitor growth for our students over the school year and then from year to year. We have been working with MAP this summer to use their new remote testing so that we can have data as we move forward this year with our students. See below our testing window and the parent session. You will receive exact dates and times from your child's teacher as we get closer to the testing window. 

MAP testing Weeks of August 21 through September 11, 2020

*A Zoom Parent Session will be held August 25, 2020 . Look for a link to this session in a future update.
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Due to the Coronavirus, The GLOBE Academy campuses are closed and all events are canceled until further notice.
Visit our website for our virtual offerings


These are the important dates to remember for the next two weeks. You can also sync the GLOBE calendar to your own digital calendar. Subscribe to the GLOBE calendar .
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What's on the Menu?
Check back for updates on where to pick up lunch for your children Monday, Wednesday and Friday courtesy of DeKalb County School District.
Meal Pickups

School Nutrition Services have been suspended for summer and will reconvene when school is back in session.