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Dear Parents, 

We had a good turnout for the School Council meeting. Thanks to all that attended. If you missed the meeting, you can view the agenda and PowerPoint presentation on our website.

Just a reminder that we have fall break October 8 - 12. Students return on the 13th. There will be no book pick up this coming week due to fall break.

As we move into the second nine weeks of instruction, we realize that some families may have changes that have occurred or students that are struggling with the current model of instruction that was selected on the GCPS survey where you made a choice between digital learning or in-person learning. Parents were asked to make the commitment for the semester.  Changes for individual students are being considered for the second nine weeks if needed to better serve the students. We will be doing individual considerations of students based on student and/or family's needs.  Parents wanting an instructional learning change for the second nine weeks need to contact Ms. Johnson via email at lisa.marie.johnson@gcpsk12.org by October 5 with the change occurring at the start of the second nine-weeks on October 13.  Once the school is able to review all of the information, we will communicate with each family.  Any requests made after October 5 will not be allowed. Parents will have an opportunity to reevaluate their instructional model again at the end of the semester and make changes in January.
Have a great fall break! Enjoy your family, rest, relax and don't forget to have your students read every night.
Looking for a great way to show your Bronco spirit? We have awesome spirit wear designs for the 2020-2021 school year, there is even an awesome Kindergarten specific option! Please go to member hub to make your purchase.
We are VERY excited to be partnering with the Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary to offer 2 spirit nights! On October 15th and 16th from 2:00pm-6:30pm, RD Head is going to see all that the YRWS has to offer! All tickets purchased through our link will have a portion of the ticket price going directly back to our PTA to support our school. *Masks are Required* 
Tickets may be purchased through these links: 

PTA supports our school, teachers and students throughout the year.  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! 

You can join PTA and purchase spirit wear  on member hub  at: https://gapta-1792.new.memberhub.store/store

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!

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Early Release Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. 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 today at 4:00 PM and close on Friday, October 16th at 4:00 PM. 

A step-by-step direction sheet will be sent to parents through School Messenger on Friday, October 2nd.


Book Fair News
Our virtual Scholastic book fair goes live on 10/15!  
All books are delivered to your home and there are thousands to choose from!  This is a big fundraiser for us, so the Media Center appreciates your support!  There will be an email with the link when we go live on the 15th!  

Book Holds and Book pick up!
We want to let you know we are pulling books daily for our in-person students and delivering them to classrooms as soon as we can.  We print a list every day, so if a child puts a hold on after the list is printed, it may not be delivered until the following day.   We are so excited that so many students both in-person and digital are holding books.  The deadline for digital student holds is 4pm on Wednesdays, however, it would be helpful to place holds before Wednesday afternoon to give us time to pull and process them all.  There will be no book pickup on Friday 10/9, due to the student holiday.  We will see our digital friends on 10/16!

AR September Challenge
In the month of September we had over 1,240 AR quizzes taken and as a school read 15,142,443 words!

Here is a breakdown by class of the September challenge.  Listed
are the top 3 for classes participating so far.   
Remember to challenge yourself and set your own goals.  We
will still have a grand total at the end of the school year!
We can't wait to see the October challenge totals!

Aiden Douglas10,404
Wyatt Sheppard6,634
Mila Andreyev2,620
London McKibben34,124
Graham Richter161
First Grade
Brendan Chambless2,498
May Cox2,118
Sojin Oommen9,783
Kami-Ann Stallworth5,746
Tess Martin1,184
Sakina Shaikh19,585
Jacqueline Marquez17,855
Aanya Pandey7,539
Paul Auten19,687
Kaylee Robison12,138
William Richardson8,966
Brandon Griffith16,165
Elijah Sampson1,593
Second Grade
Izaan Waliyani6,521
Elizabeth Deal5,638
Eden Watson3,158
Noah Teshale63,768
Hadley Elerbee10,481
Kyler Herring1,076
Lily Gold114,185
Xinye Zhao89,583
Kameron Werther49,283
Joann Skaria117,186
Renye Zhao100,933
Miriam Holbrook86,371
Annamaria Sutojo126,123
Eleanor Knapp33,575
Luke Remund29,149
Third Grade
Biniam Deneke1,414,933
Gustavo Rico134,164
Jordan Blackmore Astor38,000
Caitlyn Pinheiro337,607
Yonathan Belachew3,977
Irene Oommen1,621
Samanyu Chaudhary456,315
Bonnie Bailey112,674
Max Carnathan57,375
Jocelyn George193,264
Jayden McKibben77,322
Kara Hilario58,327
Fourth Grade
Gavin Zhang214,655
Lauren Weigle36,151
Alinda Griffith32,342
Jimmy Zhang124,075
Camden Britt19,021
Rashad Browley4,025
Nathan Cox269,128
James Jenkins225,384
Lily Tundidor41,492
Brielle Phillips344,824
Evonne Guyton277,376
Yohannes Markos62,719
Fifth Grade
Kasey Stallworth218,090
Brewer Baker90,163
Piper Wright35,544
Reashme Rai963,498
Adrian Douglas771,793
Baer Bailey343,862
Michale Iby809,073
Max Gold105,143
Ethan Bui68,412
Gabriella Woodall157,206
Nobel Yemane59,925
Rachel Kirkland56,684
Parents & Staff
Mrs. Greer (parent)295,999
Mrs. L. Johnson257,231
Mrs. Auten27,858
Mrs. Remund (parent)19,591
Mrs. Branch13,676

Be sure to register with the NEW Box Top app. Choose R.D. Head as your school (friends and family can do it too! Near or far!) and scan your receipts to digitally send your Box Tops in to us. Each Box Top is worth 10ยข for our school. **You may still find the old pink Box Tops on items. When you do, clip the Box Tops from the packages and send them to your child's teacher. The old box tops are still good until their expiration date!** 

Check out this video https://youtu.be/Hh94b2BvFK4 for more details!

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Looking Ahead...

October 8th & 9th - Fall Break (No School!)
October 12th - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students