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8/21/20

 
Calendar at a Glance
8/26 - Kindergarten, First Grade & Special Education Students Return for In-Person Instruction or Continue Digital Learning for the Semester.

MRS. JOHNSON'S NOTES
Dear Parents,

As we begin the transition to in-person learning for our kindergarten, first grade and self-contained special education students, I want to make sure that parents are informed about what that will look like. Based on each grade level's number of students that selected digital vs. in-person learning, different models of instruction will be followed. 

Kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grades will provide a departmentalized model of instruction where two or three teachers will work together to provide lessons in each content area. Each teacher will specialize in a subject, so your child will be able to experience multiple teachers. Teachers will work together to provide both digital and in-person instruction. This will allow for teachers to either teach digitally or in-person without changing the student's homeroom teacher. 

First and second grade teachers will provide a hybrid model where each teacher teaches live to both her digital students and in-person students at the same time. Students will remain in their current classroom. 

In the newest documents provided by the county, it states that social distancing of 6 feet will be provided when feasible.  It is important that parents realize that during some parts of the day, students will be unable to social distance.  In some classrooms, class sizes will be at 20 - 28.  Students will be sitting at desks that are separate, but it is not feasible to have each desk 6 feet apart.  In addition, students that ride the school bus will not be able to social distance.
 
The school is working to minimize exposure to additional students.  During the school day, students will remain in one classroom.  Students will not switch classes or share desks or materials.  Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray are provided in every classroom.  Each classroom will have a schedule for hand washing.  The custodial staff will clean and disinfect high traffic areas.  Students and staff are required to wear a mask throughout the day. 

Breakfast will be brought to the classrooms for kindergarten and first grade.  Second and fifth grades will get their breakfast from a cart on their way to the classroom.  Third and fourth grade students will go to the cafeteria to pick up their breakfast.  Lunch will be brought to each classroom in first through fifth grades with kindergarten students eating in the lunchroom. 

Students will have recess daily, but will need to maintain social distancing on the playground.  Students will not be allowed to play on the playground equipment, as we do not have the staff to clean the equipment after each use.  The lower field, soccer field, basketball court and upper field will be utilized to keep classrooms separated during recess.
 
We encourage students 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. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, as the drinking fountains have been turned off to avoid cross contamination. 

In the past, it has been a tradition that parents could walk their child down to the classroom on the first day of school.  Unfortunately, due to Covid guidelines, we will not be able to allow any visitors into the building.  We will have many staff members throughout the building assisting students in getting to their classrooms. 
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. 
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
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
Y'ALL COME VIRTUAL MEETING
How do I support my child now?

Parents, we've heard from many of you that digital learning has been challenging trying to juggle your children's schedule along with your work schedule and even just trying to adjust to a new way of learning. Many are wondering, how do I support my child through a digital learning platform?
We understand that these are trying times for all teachers, parents, and students. We would like to help you support your child, which is why we are offering a "Y'all Come" virtual meeting to discuss ways in which you can support your child at home during digital learning.
This session will be hosted by the administration team and will be offered during the school day from 12:30-1:30pm.
What: Lunch and Learn
Topic: How do I support my child now?
When: Friday, August 28, 2020
             12:30-1:30pm
Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting: Zoom link will be emailed on Thursday, Aug. 27
Who: Parents of K-5 students



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


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!

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