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Updated October 7, 2020

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Important Updates for Parents

Our main goal during these unusual times is the health and safety of our families, keeping you connected and informed as we work together through every challenge.

Annual Title I Meeting
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12:00 Meeting

Topic: Annual Title 1 Meeting
Time: Nov 5, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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5:00 Meeting

Topic: Annual Title 1 Meeting
Time: Nov 5, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Message sent October 18, 2020

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Parent Update: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Dear Genesis Family,

As always, I wish your family health, wholeness, and blessings.  As we begin our second quarter of school, our hope is that we are settling into a routine that is both consistent and effective for our scholars and their families. What was normal before is not possible, but we hope this “new normal” will still provide scholars with opportunities to do great things.  But please know that we continue to need your feedback to make this process the best it can possibly be. Excellence is still our goal, no matter how challenging the journey.

Below are a few important updates for the coming week:

 

Parent Survey: In-Person vs. Virtual Learning

A survey was sent to parents prior to the break. There were only 100 responses (we have well over 500 families).  It is important that our families respond when we need them, and we NEED YOU. Your responses will help us plan effectively for your scholar’s education in these trying times.

FILL OUT THE RE-OPENING SURVEY: https://forms.gle/8VVCs4cgyA7neS7C8

 

Curriculum Nights

Genesis will be hosting virtual Curriculum Night presentations this week. The schedule is listed below.  You will receive information soon about where/how to access the virtual session:

  • Grades K-2:  Wednesday, October 21st @5:00 pm
  • Grades 3-5:  Wednesday, October 21st @6:30 pm
  • Grades 6-7: Thursday, October 22nd @5:00 pm
  • Grades 8-9: Thursday, October 22nd @7:00 pm

 

Nutrition Program Application

Filling out the Free/Reduced meal application does not mean that you want meal services or that you have to use meal services.  Having your data helps us give the best presentation possible to potential funders.  They want an accurate report on who is (and is not) eligible for free/reduced meal service. But they also want to know how involved/responsive our parents are.  Your responses matter, no matter what those responses are!

Fill out the Nutrition Program Application Here: https://www.nlappscloud.com/Welcome.aspx?api=d8586aa6a55d6a2757ee452a728b9d1b#loaded

 

Learning Pod

Given Genesis is still implementing an all-virtual model until further notice, we want to remind our families that we have partnered with Global Tech Academy to manage a Learning Pod on campus.  Global Tech will supervise scholars whose parents require that type of service to make virtual learning work.  In addition, there may be some support for families who can demonstrate need. Please reach out to Mrs. Baker at Global Tech Academy, globalt4748@att.net, or (678) 662-3558 to inquire about the Learning Pod if this an option your family needs.

 

1st Quarter Progress Reports

Expect Power School grades for first quarter to be finalized during this week and for progress reports to be made available at the end of this week. Be mindful that progress reports are not report cards.  Your scholars’ grades can improve (or regress) from this point forward.

 

Respectfully,

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Gavin Samms, Ph.D. // Head of Schools & CEO

404-990-3844 (O) // 404-990-3844 (F)

1049 Custer Ave SE // Atlanta, GA 30316

CCRPI Outperformers, 2019

Georgia Rewards School, 2019

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Academic Resources for Parents & Scholars at Home

Below are some academic resources that parents can use with scholars at home on their own. Usually they are free (or at least for a period). And they are usually easy to use. The recommendation is to focus on whatever subject you want your scholar to work on (to catch up, to get ahead, etc.) and one platform in that subject.  Then you can add another once you and your scholar have a comfortable routine.

Note: Sites will be added (or subtracted) on an on-going basis.

Reading

Non-Fiction articles only.  You can assign articles or scholars can pick their own. There are short quizzes and writing prompts that you could assign and review. It is one of the few programs that allows you to track your scholar’s reading growth

Has audio books and read-to-me books, learning videos, comic books and textbooks, and a built-in dictionary. Kids can read to learn or just for fun. Note: You can sign up for free for a month. After that, Genesis may be able to supply school account

Articles (Grades 3 and up) – Another reading platform that allows you to create an account and assign articles or have kids read what they like. It also has videos with some articles and a Parent Guide with each article to help you discuss with your child.

For young and/or struggling readers. Download from Google Play to a tablet or phone for use anytime (Info: https://rivet.area120.com/)

This is a public library program that provides on-line access to book catalogs. Your scholar needs a library card and a pin. https://fulton.axis360.baker-taylor.com/
Note: Scholars without a library card can apply on-line if needed. If E-Read Kids is not available with a virtual card, other books will be.

Math

Renaissance Learning allows parents to use the platform for free, until further notice. Freckle is adaptive so it is good for all levels of learners.  It has fairly high-level, real-world activities (Inquiry Based Lessons) that might require some parent assistance, but sets this platform apart from others. (Also has ELA, Science, and Social Studies). Site: https://www.freckle.com/

The well-known platform is free and, while it does not have a lot of bells and whistles, is well organized and provides the opportunity for scholars to learn specific topics of their choosing or to sign up for an account that will allow parents and scholars to track progress.

Student & Family Resources
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Student and Family Resources

 

Note: Sites will be added (or subtracted) on an on-going basis.

Device and Internet Access

We are still trying to make sure our families and scholars are connected. Please reach out to Ms. Jennifer Potter at jpotter@giacaemy.org if you have concerns or issues with devices or connectivity. Some important information is listed below:

A survey was sent to parents to collect information on home technology. If you have not filled out the survey, the link is below:

If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, X-Finity is providing access to out-of-home hotspots.  Please search for one near you, if needed

If you are not connected, and would prefer an in-home connection, Comcast is offering two free months if you apply by June 30, and a low rate thereafter.  Please go to the site for details

Nutrition

The following information may be helpful for parents who need access to meals, at no cost, for their children or for their entire family.

Most school districts serve meals during summer at select school sites as part of the state’s “Seamless Summer” program. Your scholar does not have to be enrolled in your local district to receive services. Please check the website for the district you reside in for more details

You can text “FOODGA” to 877877 from a mobile phone beginning June 1 and be provided geographically based results on the closest sites that serve meals to children (some may also serve adults/families)

The site has a resource map (https://acfb.org/local-impact-map) to help families locate sites in their area that provide meals.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has changed the requirements for eligibility. The Atlanta Food Bank main site details information (https://acfb.org/find-help)

The Atlanta Survival Program delivers groceries for families in need: https://atlsurvival.org/food/

Families can use this tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information.

Life & Health Resources

The times in which we live are certainly creating financial, emotional, mental, and physical stress for many families. The resources below can help.

General help for families who have unmet needs: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/need-help/

This is a counseling resource for a crisis. Just in case you need it: https://www.crisistextline.org/

If you are a member of a local church (and even if you are not) be sure to check in if you have a need. Many local churches are offering spiritual and mental health counseling, and connection to local resources.