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8/28/20

 
Calendar at a Glance
9/2 - Second & Third Grade Students Return for In-Person Instruction or Continue Digital Learning for the Semester.

MRS. JOHNSON'S NOTES
Dear Parents,

We have enjoyed having our kindergarten and first grade in-person students join us at school this week. On Wednesday, we will have our second and third grade students joining us. We had a great turnout for our first Lunch and Learn sessions today. We appreciate the great feedback as we look to improve our digital learning.
For our second and third grade students returning next Wednesday, we encourage them to bring their own device, if they have one. Any computers that were loaned to students that are returning in-person should be brought back to school.   For our in-person students, we do use computers throughout the day to take assessments, complete individualized tasks or to conduct research.
Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, as the drinking fountains have been turned off to avoid cross contamination.
Bus numbers and stops for your child can be found in the parent portal. Please make sure you visit MyPaymentsPlus to sign the return to school handbook and the alternate bus form if your child will not be riding the bus. Car rider tags will be given out in the afternoon of the first day of school.
Buses this week were running a little early, as we only have a few students on the bus. After all grade levels return, the schedules will be more consistent.
For our car rider parents, please try to arrive prior to 8:40 as all bus students are in the building by 8:30. This will allow your child to get settled and ready for the announcements and class meeting by 8:45. The car rider line ends promptly at 8:45. Any parent arriving after 8:45 will need to park their car and walk their child in to the building. A child is considered tardy after 8:50.
We look forward to having our students return to school in the next few weeks. We will work hard to make sure that our digital students are included in all class and school activities.

PTA NEWS AND EVENTS
MORE FROM PTA
I think we can all agree that our teachers, staff and administration are working so hard to make RD Head a great place to learn, no matter the challenges they face! A great way to support them is through the PTA! For just $6 per school year, you can help provide our students with amazing programs, activities and enrichment.  

If you are able to give a little more to our program, we would love for you to purchase a membership package. 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

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!



                 
AROUND SCHOOL
FROM THE CAFETERIA
Those students with free or reduced meal status from last year must renew their application every year. Current benefits will run out on Wednesday September 23rd.  Please do not wait until the last minute to get your application in, the application must be processed by September 23rd and that process can take up to 10 business days. Paper applications are available in the front office or can be sent home with your student upon request. Online applications are a much quicker method and can be accessed at http://gwinnett.schoollunchapp.com. If you have already done either of these processes, thank you, and you can check the status of your application at http://gwinnett.schoollunchstatus.com. If you allow your benefits to run out your child's status automatically goes to full pay and you will be responsible for any charges occurred doing the time of no benefits. Even if you are currently doing digital learning, please renew your application now so your benefits will be available when full in person school returns. Also we do offer curbside lunches for digital learners Monday through Thursday from 11 to 1.
Allergies: If student has any allergies or food restrictions, please communicate this through the clinic and those needs will be forwarded to the cafeteria. In some cases we will need a written form, signed by a physician to accommodate these requests.
If you every have questions about your student's account you may call Doris Brewer, Cafeteria Manager at 770-736-4512. Thank You
 
THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.




It's Your Time to Shine! 
Calling all artists, dancers, film producers, musicians, writers, photographers, and special artists! This year's Reflections theme is "I Matter Because..." and here at Head you matter to us! So show us what that means to you. Students from all grades and abilities are encouraged to submit their interpretation of the theme through categories such as visual art, photography, literature, dance choreography, film production, music composition, and special artists. All entries are due to the FRONT OFFICE by OCTOBER 2, 2020. There will be a celebration for all students who enter later in the school year. If you have any questions, please email your Reflections Committee at 


Cub Scout Pack 504
Are you looking for an activity for your child this school year?  Cub Scout Pack 504 would love to have you join us for a fun and exciting year of Scouting!  We welcome any elementary aged boys and girls.  You can learn a little more about us by visiting our website (www.pack504.com), but the best way to learn what we have in store for this year is to join us at our virtual Cub Scout Round Up on Wednesday, September 2nd from 7-8 pm.  Please register in advance for our Zoom Meeting by following this link.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  We hope to see you on September 2nd!!

Pack 504 Leadership Committee

MEDIA CENTER

To find "how to" videos on Sora, AR Bookfinder, Picking up Books, Placing Books on Hold, Finding F & P leveled books, Taking an AR test and Converting AR to F & P please go the the eClass Media Center Page.  From your eClass page, look for the media center icon. 

Book Holds (how to tell they are ready...)
If your child puts a hold on a book by 3:30 pm on Wednesday it will be ready to pick up on Friday, if it is available.  Hours to pick up for virtual learners  are Fridays from 9:15-10:45 am and 1:00-2:15 pm.   In person learners will have book deliveries throughout the week.  You can put books on hold from home for in-school or virtual learners.  

In the media catalog, click on the tab on the top left of the screen (hamburger-3 lines) to show holds, checkouts, etc.  Books unavailable should still show under hold tab and will be checked out to the student when available.  Under the checkout tab it will show all checked out to the student so you know you are ready for Friday pickup.  

Gwinnett Public Library Summer Reading Program
Congratulations to the top readers from Head ES!

Luke Fenchak    (6,000 minutes! WOW!)
Dylan Coffman
Brady Johnson
Alinda Griffith
Caitlyn Pinheiro
Issac Newton
Eli Newton
Andrew Hubright
Sophie Hubright
Paul Auten
Zachary Scanlin

TECHNOLOGY TIDBITS

Usernames & Passwords
Returning students have the same username & password as last year. Can't remember your username & password? 
Please contact your child's teacher instead of calling the Front Office: https://www.gcpsk12.org/heades/staff
New Students & Kindergarten Students: You should have received your login information during In-Person Open House. 
If you were unable to attend, please contact your child's teacher: https://www.gcpsk12.org/heades/staff

Need help getting to the Student Portal and your teacher's eCLASS page? https://bit.ly/2PwDM8Y


Student Portal Temporary Change
In order to assist in Portal traffic flow, a temporary change has been made to the Student Portal. Therefore the icons your students may be used to seeing are currently not there.
To get to your teacher's eCLASS Course page, click on My eCLASS Course Pages.
To access your student's G Suite (Google for Education) account and Google Classroom, click on G Suite for Education.

The district will restore the standard Student Portal as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

 
Accessing G Suite & Google Classroom
This year, many of our teachers will be using Google Classroom.
Please follow these steps for setting up your student's GCPS Google account for the first time.

Submitting Assignments in Google Classroom: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYj22tGk4v

Additional Google Classroom Resources: https://bit.ly/3kJ5wWk


Mobile Devices & Digital Learning
If you will be using a mobile device for digital learning, please make sure to load the following apps to your device.

-Google Chrome
-Google Classroom
-Google Drive
-Zoom
-Google Docs
-Google Sheets
-Google Slides

All of these apps are free and can be found in your device's app store.

Once you have downloaded these apps to your device, use these directions to guide you through connecting the Google apps to your child's GCPS Google account: https://bit.ly/3itCMyV

 

Personal Chromebooks
If you are using a personal Chromebook, it will default to your personal Google account when trying to open Google items which can cause issues when trying to open items that are restricted for GCPS accounts only.

Please follow these directions for adding the student GCPS account as a separate profile on their Chromebook.


School Chromebooks
Directions: https://bit.ly/30OHpgZ
IMPORTANT - You must connect to your home WiFi network FIRST before logging in. View the help guide above for directions. (Note-If the Portal is down like it was today for a time, students will not be able to log into the school Chromebook until the site is up & running again.)

Adding Zoom to School Chromebooks: https://bit.ly/2PNMEHr


Zoom
Tip: Please make sure to download Zoom instead of trying to use the web browser.






YouTube
Unfortunately, YouTube videos will most likely not work whether on a personal computer or school computer if the student is logged in under the GCPS G Suite.
This is due to district restrictions that are placed on student Google accounts.


There's an App for That!
eCLASS Access via the Pulse App (both iOS and Android): https://bit.ly/3iEiMK3

StudentVUE Mobile App for GCPS Students: https://bit.ly/2Y3u9TX
New for the 2020-2021 school year, GCPS students can use their smartphones to access StudentVUE to find grades, schedules, and more!
 

Digital Learning Information
Please visit our website for additional information on Digital Learning: https://www.gcpsk12.org/heades/digitallearning


BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL - 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!

CURRENT FUND RAISERS
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