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Dear Parents, 

We had a great week of parent conferences. Although it was different from ever before, teachers were still able to meet with parents via Zoom and discuss progress for their child. After hearing from some parents, they felt it was easier than coming in person and saved time.

Red Ribbon week begins today. Students wear red to show their support of a drug free environment. Monday students will dress in their color stables and wear crazy socks.
The online book fair ends October 26. Get your orders in now. The money raised during the book fair go to purchasing more books for the media center.
Wednesday is picture day. All students will get their picture taken for the yearbook. Make sure you dress to impress! Digital students had the opportunity to sign up for a time slot to get their picture taken. Friday is (almost) Halloween. Students may dress in a costume, but may not have any scary masks or have swords or any type of play weapon. We would love to see our digital students' costumes. Please post your pictures to the Padlet on the main eCLASS page.

Red Ribbon week is here! 
Oct. 26th - Crazy Sock Day: Wear your craziest socks!
Oct. 27th - Bee Day: Bee Happy, Bee Brave, Bee Drug Free; Bee Creative! Come dressed as a bee, wear a bee on your shirt, wear a bee head band or hat, the sky's the limit! Who can bee the most creative? **No face paint, must follow dress code**
Oct. 28th - Dress to Impress Day: Come dressed to impress, show off your fanciest clothes!
Oct 29th - Favorite Face Mask Day: Wear the mask that you like the most! It can be the one that fits you best, the one that has your favorite character on it, the one that you colored yourself, or just the one that you think is the most comfortable.
Oct. 30th - Dress Up/Costume Day: Come dressed as your favorite character, Superhero, Princess, etc. **No facepaint, weapons, or costume masks. Nothing scary please, must follow dress code**

We are still selling our RD Head spirit wear! you can purchase anytime on member hub https://gapta-1792.new.memberhub.store/store

Thank you to all of our parents, teachers and administrators who have already joined PTA this year. For those who haven't, we hope you'll join us soon! PTA supports our school, teachers and students throughout the year and does not require any volunteer time from its members. We cannot do what we do, without your support! You can join PTA and support our school for just $6 per year. If you are able to give a little more to our program, we would love for you to purchase a membership package for just $24. This package includes 4 PTA memberships, and a FREE surprise R.D. Head spirit gift! 

As you may have heard, we are having an exciting yearbook this year, with submissions from parents making up the majority of the yearbook.  So far, we have two challenges for submissions.  
Our August challenge: First day of school pics! This can be digital learning first day or in-school first day! 
Our September challenge: Visit a natural outdoor body of water (creek, stream, waterfall, river, lake, ocean, or sea) or outdoor water activity (water sprinkler, water balloons, swimming pool, water slide)
October Yearbook Challenge: zoo, animal, sanctuary, farm, or pet care. (Alpaca farm, yellow river sanctuary, do something with your pet, Stone Mountain barnyard, visit a pet store or a pet shelter)
Please submit full resolution photos to rdheadyearbook@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/HeadPTA

If you would like to volunteer, please contact any PTA Executive Committee member, we would love to have you!


Have you ever thought about being a substitute teacher as a way to get more involved? Let me know if you are considering it, and I can get you the information you need to move forward. We love our subs at R.D. Head!

Parent Portal
Register for a Parent Portal account account today! We know that families want easy access and one, go-to location for need-to-know information about their student's education - from records to resources. Just as important, you want an easy way to stay in touch with the school. If you haven't registered for a Parent Portal account, find more information and a link to the registration form here: http://bit.ly/gcps_PP20

ParentVUE Mobile App - Now Available!
The Synergy Parent mobile app, ParentVUE, is now available for use. The app is available in the Apple App Store, as well as the Google Play Store.

It will allow parents, who have a Parent Portal account, to view schedules, grades, see when assignments are due, view graduation requirements, find missing assignments, and view other important student information. An active Parent Portal account is required to log in to ParentVUE.

If you have a Parent Portal account, you will use the same log in username (email) and password that you use online.

AKS at Home
Parents, have you checked out the new AKS at Home resources yet?

The AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources (currently for K-5) to support families so that they truly are partners in their children's learning.

You can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits your schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help your students through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

New LIVE Zoom sessions start next week!

Please click here for more information: http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/public/parents/content/general-info/aks-at-home/aks-at-home

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School Communication
There are several ways that we communicate school news. We encourage parents to sign up for each of these communications to stay connected with what's going on at Head Elementary!
SchoolMessenger is a rapid notification system used to contact families in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) via telephone messages, text messages, and email messages. The district uses the system to communicate information related to districtwide events, including safety alerts and school closings due to inclement weather. Schools also may use the system to communicate general/non-emergency information related to school events and attendance messages via email.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3fzRGSk

Updates - Head Elementary's Weekly Newsletter
Every Friday, our school sends out our weekly newsletter called Updates. 
To sign up to receive this weekly newsletter via email: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/10158

Head Elementary's Facebook Page
Please like/follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rdheadelementary/

On November 3, 2020, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of needed classrooms as well as technology improvements that are essential to teaching and learning. For more information, please click here: http://bit.ly/gcps_ESPLOST20


Get your quizzes done by Friday 10/30 for the October challenge!  
We can't wait to see the progress this past month!
Login is student number and the password is mustangs. 

Our book fair will be ending on October 28th (Wednesday) at midnight.  While it isn't the book fair we had in mind, we still had fun with it and we really appreciate the support of our parents and PTA.   Mrs. Branch ended up with 2 orders because she couldn't decide on what to get!  Once she reads them and takes the quizzes, she will donate them to the Media Center!  

In-person students: Starting on Monday, we will be picking up book returns at 9 am when we pick up the ice cream money from each class.  3rd and 4th will still drop off outside the Media Center since they are next door.  We are asking that students read their books, take the AR quiz and then put new books on hold while on their last book.  Please keep track of due dates so the books do not become overdue!  We print a checkout sheet for every student with the due dates.  There is a 4 book limit for in person students with at LEAST 1 non-fiction.  

Digital students: 10 book hold max.  We pick up your returns, deliver your new order at the same time.  You don't need to make a special drop off trip.  Pickup times are still Friday 9-10:45 am and 1-2:15 pm.  If that does not work for you, contact maria.branch@gcpsk12.org and we can work out a time.   Please keep track of due dates so the books do not become overdue!  We print a checkout sheet for every student with the due dates.   The number to the media center is 770-736-2109.  

Links to all of the Media Center videos that Mrs. Griffith has made are above.... how to put books on hold, do AR, the Online Research Library.  Mrs. Griffith has a "how to" video to answer all of your questions!  If you still have questions, contact us (see above!)

Thank you so much for your support of the Media Center!

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Looking Ahead...

Online Book Fair - NOW through 10/28
10/23-10/30 - Red Ribbon Week (see details in the PTA section)
10/26 - Color Stables Dress Up Day
10/28 - PICTURE DAY! You should have received an email with details.
11/1 - Daylight Savings Time - Fall Back an Hour 
11/2 - Lockdown Drill - More info. coming as the date approaches
11/3 - Election Day - Student/Teacher Holiday
11/4 - Boy Scouts Round Up 7:00 PM