May 7, 2021
MRS. JOHNSON'S NOTES
Dear Parents,

Thank you to the PTA for providing the delicious breakfast, donuts, and lunch this week. Our staff felt so appreciated. Thanks to all the parents that donated funds in honor of our teachers. We feel so loved.

Congratulations to Ms. Griffith for winning a library cart full of supplies from Demco. We are thankful to Demco for their support of our school.

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open: If you know of or have a child that will be five on or before September 1st, it is time to get them registered for kindergarten. We did not have our traditional kindergarten registration this year due to Covid restrictions. Parents can register online and upload all necessary documents. All incoming kindergarten students will be able to register for a three week kindergarten academy to help get them ready for their first year of elementary school. Bus transportation will be provided if you register by Monday afternoon. We have only had 30% of our kindergarten students register. Please register, even if you do not have all the documents available yet.

We have many end of the year activities planned. Although we have to modify some of our traditional events, we are excited that we will be able to have them. Mark your calendars for the following:
May 17 – All students begin returning books to the media center.
 
May 21 – Step-up Day – This year, students will receive a colored square representing their teacher for 2021 – 2022. The teachers will come into the current classrooms, holding a colored square. Each teacher will introduce themselves and move on to the next classroom. Digital students will be given their color via email and will join the classroom virtually. Students that have opted out of in-person instruction for next year will not have a teacher assigned yet, as this is through the digital school, not Head.

May 24 – Senior Walk at 1:15– Previous students that attended Head and are now graduating from Brookwood HS will walk the halls of Head one last time.

May 24 – May 26 – End of the year parties for K-4 – Each class will have an end of the year celebration. Please contact your child's teacher for the specific day and time. Digital students will Zoom into the party from home. Parents will not be allowed to attend.

May 25 – 5th Grade Graduation – Graduation will be held in the gym. Each class will have a separate ceremony to allow for social distancing and keeping the maximum number of people under 100. Digital students may attend in-person for the graduation. Each student will be allowed to have only two guests attend. The event will be streamed live for other family members to watch.
               
               9:30 – Ms. Galindo’s Class
               11:00 – Ms. Lomax’s Class
               12:30 - Ms. Neighbors’ and Mr. Brasfield’s Class
               2:00 – Mr. Schaefer’s Class
 
May 26 – 5th grade Celebration – Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring activities to help send our fifth graders on to middle school. The day will be filled with fun activities throughout the day. Digital students may attend this in-person as many of the activities will not be in the classroom via Zoom.

May 26 – 5th grade Final Walk – Our fifth graders will walk the halls of Head one last time. All students throughout the building will have signs of encouragement as we send them off to middle school. Unfortunately, parents will not be permitted to attend this event.

May 26 – Computer Check in – All students that have borrowed computers from the school must return them on Wednesday from 10:00 – 12:00 or 4:00 – 6:00. Parents will drive through the car rider line to drop off their computers outside the media center. Please see below for more specific information.

June 14 – July 2 – Summer Enrichment and Acceleration – This year, the county is offering summer enrichment and acceleration for all students digitally. In addition, some students have been invited to attend in-person.

We are looking forward to another great week on the ranch.

PTA NEWS AND EVENTS
Believe it or not we are already preparing for the 2021-2022 school year. Each year our parents and community step up to contribute their time to our fantastic school. New to RD Head? New to volunteering?
Read to meet more parents? Want to get to know our teachers, administrators and staff? Sign up today! We need volunteers on our following committees:

- Hospitality

- Back to school dance co-chair

- Holiday Shop

- Fundraising

- Teacher liaison

- Membership

OR vpresident.heades.pta@gmail.com to sign up or to answer any questions you may have
AROUND SCHOOL
Survey
The Gwinnett County Board of Education is moving forward in its search to identify the school district's next superintendent. An essential part of the search process is obtaining feedback from stakeholders in the community. As a member of our school community, we hope you will participate in the online survey to share your thoughts on the qualities you would like to see in the next superintendent. The survey is open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, and is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Click here to take the Gwinnett Community Superintendent Search Survey. 
Summer Enrichment & Acceleration Programs - Please click on the various links for important & timely information.






GIVING THANKS TO OUR TEACHERS
Now, more than ever, your thanks, encouragement, and celebration of GCPS staff members is a meaningful way to show how much our community values public education and appreciates those who have helped our students this school year.

Families have two ways to send employees a special note of appreciation as we approach the end of the school year.

Say thank you with an eCard! Select one of five designs and complete the eCard submission form here: http://bit.ly/GCPSStrongEcard

Download printable thank you sheets here: https://www.gcpsk12.org/gcpsstrong

BETTER HEARING & SPEECH MONTH
After a challenging year of virtual, hybrid, and modified in-person learning, Speech-language pathologists Mrs. Ford and Ms. Basden are offering advice and encouragement to families on low-stress ways they can support their children’s language, literacy, and learning skills at home this summer. Their message is a timely one, as May is celebrated nationally as Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).

To continue reading about activities you can do with your child, please click here.


Digital Student Device Return (For Current Digital Students Only)
Parents and Guardians of Current Digital Students,

As we approach the end of the 2020-21 school year, we want to communicate our plan for device return to our school. All devices checked out to students must be checked back into the local school at the end of the 2020-21 school year so that tech teams can begin preparing the devices for summer learning activities and the coming school year. If your student has a school-owned Chromebook, laptop, hotspot, or other device, please plan to return the device on the designated date and time listed below.

When returning your device(s), please:
  • Bring all components, including chargers and mice
  • Have the device(s) fully charged and powered on in order to expedite the return process
  • Clean the device(s) before returning to the school
  • Only use a damp cloth so that no liquid can get inside
  • Please do not spray any cleaners directly on the device
Devices will be assessed for damage upon return and fines may be assigned based on the damage in order to cover the cost of replacement parts and repairs. Fines can be paid by credit or debit card, cash, or check at the time of the return. If a device is returned in good condition, no fine will be assigned. Device services will be turned off and fines for replacing the device will be assigned if a device is not returned.

  • What: Digital Student Device Return
  • When: Wednesday, May 26 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Please sign up for a time slot)
  • Where: Head Elementary (Car Rider Lane)

To accommodate social distancing, please sign up for a time slot by clicking here: http://bit.ly/HEADESdevicereturnsignup

Media Center 

How much can you read before July 31st? We are so excited about the 85 million words that have been read so far this year! How many books can you read and take AR quizzes on before the end of this competition on July 31st? We will celebrate the leaders the first week of school on Headline News, so read, read, read!  

Help us celebrate the top readers in each grade level so far! Can you get on this list by July 31st?  We can't wait to find out!


AROUND TOWN

Rising 6th Graders - Click the link for more information on this summer camp!








Another Wonderful Camp Opportunity!
Rising 6th-8th graders are invited to the first annual Brookwood Cluster Entrepreneur Camp! The camp will be held July 19, 2021 through July 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Crews. Registration is now open on My Payments Plus. For more info, visit www.rodhames.com/camp


LOOKING A"HEAD"
5/10- GMAS Fourth Grade ELA 3
5/11- GMAS Fourth Grade Make Up Day
5/12- GMAS Fifth Grade ELA 1
5/13- GMAS Fifth Grade ELA 2
5/14- GMAS Fifth Grade ELA 3
1801 Hewatt Road,
Lilburn, GA 30047
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