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at a Glance
12/4/20
MRS. JOHNSON'S NOTES
Dear Parents, 

I am so impressed with the amount of reading that is taking place by our students. Last month, students read more than 12,000,000 words. This is just for the month of November. Studies show the more students read, the more successful they are in school. Thanks for encouraging your children to read nightly. A great way to continue supporting reading is our Holiday Book Fair. The book fair will run until December 11.

As we see on the news daily, Covid is still alive and well. I want to let you know that I have been quarantined for 14 days, as my husband has tested positive for Covid. I currently do not have any symptoms, but must follow CDC guidelines and stay home. In my absence, Cheri Carter, retired principal from Brookwood Elementary, will be filling in for me. I will be checking emails daily, so if you have a concern, please feel free to email me.

A reminder, as we head into flu season, remember to wash hands frequently, stay six feet apart from others, stay home if you are sick and wear a mask. This helps keep all of us safe and healthy.

We are continuing to collect $5.00/$10.00 gift cards to honor the hard work our teachers are doing. We will use these gift cards for prizes in a Bingo game. Thank you to all those that have already contributed. This will be a fun way to honor all the hard work our teachers have done this semester.

Please join us over the next two weeks for holiday spirit days. Both digital and in-person students can dress up in the theme for the day and post pictures. This will be a fun way to engage students. Please see the calendar above for details. I cannot wait to see all the pictures!

Have a great week.
PTA NEWS AND EVENTS
The Reflections Virtual Exhibit is right around the corner. Plan a watch party with your family on December 6 at 3-5 pm, to see the artwork that was submitted this year. Winners will be announced during the zoom! Register using this link.
Thanks to all the students who created art this year! 



We are sad to announce that our annual Holiday Shop will not be able to go on as planned this year.  But there is still a super easy way for you to help raise money for our school, without any extra money out of your pocket- Sign Up for AmazonSmile.
Here's how to sign up for AmazonSmile:
  1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
  3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice.
  4. Select your charity.


Looking for an even easier holiday gift for your Bronco fan?? 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 those who participated in Reflections this year! Save the Date for the virtual Reflections Exhibition on SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 of all the entries from our Area. There will be a link sent out once it gets closer, but will be a great way to see the work you submitted and can be shared with parents, teachers, friends, and family. 

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: 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)
November Yearbook Challenge: Take a hike, walk your neighborhood, go on a bike ride, scooter ride, roller skating, rollerblading

Please submit full resolution photos to rdheadyearbook@gmail.com

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! 

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

Important!
At the Nov. 19 School Board meeting, district leaders shared two changes to the calendar for 2nd semester.

The calendar now calls for students to return to learning (in the classroom or online) on Thursday, Jan. 7, a day later than originally planned.

In another calendar change designed to extend planning opportunities for teachers, four days in the spring-Jan. 26, March 2, March 16, and April 20-have been designated as Digital Learning Days (DLD). On these school days, all students, both in-person and digital learners, will learn at home. Learning will be asynchronous, meaning that students will not have a scheduled log-in time or planned "Zoom" session. Instead, they will complete assigned work at their own pace. Students who are unable to complete assignments on DLDs will be given the opportunity to complete assignments when they return to school.

On Jan. 6 and on the four Digital Learning Days in the spring, GCPS will provide meals for curbside pick-up at schools and will deliver along all middle school bus routes countywide.

For more information, please click here: 


Media Center

We are having a huge push for AR through the school.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students who are reading an E level are able to take quizzes.  The in-person students have been taught this skill from 1st grade and up, but we are asking for your support on this at home whether students are in-person or digital, for our younger students.  Also, encouragement for your older students is helpful too!  If parents or older siblings could help guide the younger students through the process it would help.   Once they get the hang of it.....they will fly!  Your help is appreciated!
Here are some helpful links from the Media Center Website  for any questions you may have....https://instruction.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/d2l/home/1766832

https://global-zone05.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/310783  This is the link to sign into AR.  The login is the student number and password is mustangs for all students.

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYjrrcm2AV  These are instruction on how to do AR.  It is very easy!

Do you remember last month our students read almost 10 million words in the month of October!   Well, The November totals are in and.....drumroll....In November we have read OVER 12 million words!
Here are the top 3 readers on each grade level....not individual classes.  

We will be announcing midyear results when we return to school in January, so AR will count all through December.  In January, Mrs. Johnson will announce million word club, half million word club and so on.  I think a lot of students will be surprised at their half-year totals!

November challenge top 3 on each grade level!
Kindergarten
Aiden DouglasPetric52,571
Wyatt SheppardPetrillo36,633
Louis NguyenPetric27,463
1st Grade
Kaylee ZhuCochran50,043
William PieperCochran43,373
Paul AutenStallworth42,065
2nd Grade
Xinye ZhaoGeisler132,883
Joann SkariaKang124,337
Renye ZhaoKang121,865
3rd Grade
Caitlyn PinheiroMcAlexander866,805
Samanyu ChaudharyNocks/Mitchell759,726
Biniam DenekeLopez724,310
4th Grade
Madelyn KangRichter761,344
Brielle PhillipsWallace716,405
Jimmy ZhangCompton333,086
5th Grade
James WatsonNeighbors814,136
Michael IbyNeighbors619,825
Melat ZelalemLomaz464,390
Parents/Staff
Mrs. L. Johnson217,640
Mrs. Branch73,925
Mrs. Auten27,778


Don't forget!  BOOK FAIR IS OPEN THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY!
Our special Holiday Scholastic Bookfair is open through next Friday, 12/11.   There are many new releases on this fair so check it out!

Shipping is free for book orders over $25 and all orders will be sent to your home quickly.  If you have any questions, please contact maria.branch@gcpsk12.org or 770-736-2109.  

Book Hold info
If you are a digital learner, the deadline to put books on hold is 4pm Wednesdays.  We run the report at 4pm - If books are not on list  by then, they will not be pulled for the current week.  You can put books on hold ANYTIME - don't wait until Wednesday!
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...
11/30-12/11 Holiday Online Book Fair 

12/7-12/18 Fun days are ahead! Can't wait to see everyone rockin' their socks and wearing their holiday shirts/ sweaters!