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Dear Parents, 

The Step-it-up fundraiser has officially closed. Again, I want to thank all of our students, parents and staff for collecting a total of $30,645. This will provide about 100 additional Chromebooks for the school to use in the classrooms.

Tuesday, March 2 will be a digital learning day. Students will complete assignments online from home. Any student that had previously checked out a Chromebook from home will be given a computer to take home with them on Monday. Students will need to return computers to school on Wednesday to their classroom teacher. School lunch will be available at the school between 11:00 and 1:00 in addition to bus delivery to all bus stops. Buses will be at the first stop at 10:45.

Our Scholastic Book Fair opens virtually on Saturday. Parents can order books online. Books will be delivered directly to the home. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase more books for the media center.

Please join us at the county office, (J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center) on Tuesday, March 2 @ 6:00 for the GCPS Tapestry Art Show. We are excited to display our students' art work at the district building.

Students have until Sunday to complete this month's reading challenge. AR tests can be taken from home are at school. Please encourage your child to take AR tests after they read. All students should be reading nightly for at least 20 minutes.

March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America day.  The school will be celebrating his birthday all week.  Teachers are decorating their classroom doors and recording videos of reading Dr. Seuss books that students can access from home.  Students and staff will celebrate him on Thursday, March 4 by dressing up in their favorite Dr. Seuss character or favorite Dr. Seuss t-shirt.  I can't wait to see all the creative costumes.  

Have a great weekend.


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!


Virtual Student Portrait Submission Requirements
If your child did not take pictures in October or February, please follow the instructions below to submit a photo. We want your student to be included in the yearbook! Without your help your child will only be on their class page with their name and no portrait available as shown below. 


    Adam Adams

6 Steps to submit a portrait for yearbook:

  1. Have your child dressed in appropriate school attire. (Pictures in pajamas or pictures that do not follow the dress code will not be included.)
  2. Locate a space with natural light. (A room with some windows, the back porch, outside when it's dusk. 
  3. Find a background. This can be a garage door, a front door, a inside wall, an outside wall. 
  4. Have your child stand in front of background with hands by their sides with their eyes facing the camera. 
  5. Checking to make sure there aren't shadows on your child's face use your cell phone or other digital camera to take a couple of pictures from "the chest up. (please do not do full body shots the causes degradation in the photo when altered)
  6. Submit in full resolution as a .Jpg to rdheadyearbook@gmail.com (do not condense, but send as actual size)  


Putting books on hold (all students)
Both digital and in-person students need to put books on hold through the media catalog to get books. If you are in-person, we deliver daily. Please make sure to return books to get new ones. Digital student pick up is every Friday from 9-10:45 am or 1-2:15 pm. If those times do not work with your schedule, please contact the media center.  

Book holds for digital students are due on Wednesdays by 4pm for Friday pick up.  

Here is the "how to" link to put books on hold. Students access it through their eclass course page login.  

Virtual Book Fair - Begins tomorrow!!!
Online shopping begins Saturday, Feb 27 and runs through March 12. Click the link or share with family and friends to purchase books for your students (or themselves!)  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/rdheadelementaryschool1  Books are delivered right to your home! Happy Shopping!

Accelerated Reader
The February AR challenge ends Sunday night, Feb. 28! We can't wait to see the top three on each grade level! Happy Reading! 
https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYjrrcm2AV  How to take an AR test directions.  

About Tech BootCamp:
Tech BootCamp is an international online workshop that is being
conducted in over 10 countries for students of grades 1-10 to
introduce them to a world of technology. The Bootcamp is divided into
two sessions full of learning, interaction and fun with experienced
STEM Trainers. The sessions will cover the fundamentals of coding and
App/Game development using Scratch and Thunkable platforms.

- Fun interactive sessions with experienced STEM trainers
- Participation Certificate for all registered candidates
- Workshop conducted on coding and game development
- Chance to win goodies, gift vouchers and much more

Date: March 6 & 7
Time: 10AM - 11AM
Mode: Via Zoom

Interested students just need to register here:

Further details will be communicated via email.

I am sure this Technical BootCamp will help our students get exposure
to the world of technology. I request your permission to organize this
initiative for the students of our school. The event will be online
and completely free for all students at our school.

About the Organization:
With a footprint in 25+ countries including the USA, Singapore, India,
UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and more, BrightChamps is a global leader
in providing early technology education to children. Visit
www.brightchamps.com for more information.


https://qrgo.page.link/FVPhq to learn all you need to know about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and your Rising 6th Grader at Five Forks!
Looking Ahead... 

2/27 Virtual Book Fair Begins
3/1-5 Exceptional Children's Week
3/2 Digital Day - Everyone learns from home
3/3 Spring Pictures - More information to come
3/4 Read Across America Celebration