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at a Glance
Dear Parents, 

We missed having the students in the building this week. We know it is difficult to pivot quickly to digital learning. The staff appreciates all the positive comments and support from parents. Students did a fantastic job this week completing their lessons and logging in to their live lessons!

In-person students who recently checked out a school Chromebook to participate in this week's digital learning (Jan 19-22) should keep the Chromebook at home on Monday, Jan 25 to use for the county planned DLD on Tuesday, Jan 26. Students returning to in-person instruction who borrowed a school Chromebook during this time should return the device to school on Wednesday, Jan 27.

Have a great weekend. Don't forget to read!

Thank you to all of our parents, teachers and administrators who attended our virtual General Meeting on January 11, 2021. After a vote, we have decided that we will use this year's fundraiser to purchase additional Chromebook for the school and replenish our school and teacher support fund.  Our fundraiser begins 2/1/2021, so keep an eye out for more information!
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: Submissions are closed!
Our September challenge: Submissions are closed!
October Yearbook Challenge: Submissions are closed!
November Yearbook Challenge: Take a hike, walk your neighborhood, go on a bike ride, scooter ride, roller skating, roller blading
December Yearbook Challenge: Bake something fun and share it with a friend or your family, make a holiday card and share it, or capture an act of kindness!
January yearbook Photo Challenge- Visit a museum, find a piece of art or sculpture that you like or  Create your own art! Take a pic with it!

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!



Please check your media center account for overdue or late books, put them in your backpack to return to school when we come back!  THEN you can put books on hold.  We aren't pulling books for students with overdue books.  Digital students also need to check for overdue books and have them ready to return on Friday 1/ 29.  There will be pick up for digital learners 1/29 from 9-10:30 am and 1-2:15 pm.  If those times don't work, please email maria.branch@gcpsk12.org.

Our AR challenge for January ends on 1/31.  Don't forget to get your quizzes done!  Can't wait to see the top 3 from every grade!
https://global-zone05.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/310783  Take AR quizzes here.  This link is also on the student eclass page and can be used from home until 10pm nightly.  

Putting books on hold through public library:  
With this link you enter the child's student ID number and their password is their birth month and day (ex. 0317.)  From here you can navigate and put books on hold at your closest Gwinnett Public Library.   Just another way to keep reading or supplement what you check out from the school.  Most books have AR so once you finish your book you can take a quiz. 

If you have a library card you can reserve books that way as well.  

Happy Reading!

Report Cards for 1st Semester are now attached to the Student Documents area of ParentVUE (parents access through the Parent Portal) and StudentVUE (students access through the Student Portal).
Starting Jan 19, hard copies of the report card will be mailed to the home address we have on file for your student. Please be on the lookout!

When logged into the Parent Portal, click ParentVUE (Student Information) > then click on Documents

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Early Release Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, February 17th and Thursday, February 18th. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, all conferences will be facilitated through Zoom.

Head Elementary will be utilizing an online scheduling system for this session of conferences. The online sign-up window will open on Friday, January 29th at 4:00 PM and close on Wednesday, February 10th at 4:00 PM. 

At 4:00 PM on Friday, January 29th, the parent-teacher conference sign-up link will be listed on the main page of the Head Elementary website.
A step-by-step direction sheet will also be sent to parents through SchoolMessenger on Friday, January 29th.

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. 
1) Make sure you are signed up for SchoolMessenger notifications by following these directions: https://tinyurl.com/r3nc5nh

2) Verify the accuracy of your contact information in your Parent Portal account. The SchoolMessenger service is based on parent/guardian information that we have on file at the school. https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/26042

STABLE COLOR DRESS UP DAY - Monday, January 25th is Stable Color Dress Up Day! Support your stable by dressing head-to-toe in your team's color!!
Make sure to post a picture on our school's Padlet-(Please only post a selfie to support Stable Color Dress Up Day. Clipart, links, and other items will be removed.)

Bidding for Good
Visit the following site to bid for awesome prizes such as:
Lunch with the Principal in her office
Star on the Morning Announcements for a week
Become Principal for a Day
Go to the movies with Mrs. Johnson (you and a friend)!

Looking Ahead... 
1-25 Color Stables Dress Up Day
1-26 Digital Learning from Home

Brookwood Lacrosse Association's registration for 2021 spring season is OPEN on broncolax.com. Students from K - 8th grade may register. Spring practices start the week of January 25 and games begin second weekend of February until the beginning of May.
Questions, please contact treasurer@broncolax.com.
In partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.