Parent Resources, Services and Announcements
Updated October 7, 2020
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.
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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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
Teaching & Learning Resources
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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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
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)
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.
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.