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Happy Friday!

February 26, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope this last week has treated you well!

We've seen a huge improvement in students attending in dress code-- THANK YOU! As a reminder, bottoms can be black, khaki, or navy blue. No jeans, yoga pants, or sweat pants are allowed. Tops must be solid colors only and can be any shade of blue, yellow, white, or black. If you need support purchasing uniform clothing for your scholars, please reach out to us.

Thank you for all of the submissions for our Black History Month Recipe Book! We received many, many recipes, and the books will be sent home with families next week!

We had an eventful month celebrating Black History throughout the school, and we'll continue celebrate our students' rich heritages well past February!

March is Reading Month, and we have a ton of activities planned for kids! Check out the attached calendar of events and the tracking sheet for our school-wide reading challenge! Join us in spreading a love of reading with our kids!

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,


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It's Re-Enrollment Time!

If you haven't already done so, please make sure you take a moment to fill out the paperwork to re-enroll your child(ren) for next year! You can do this online by filling out this survey, or you can complete a paper re-enrollment form. Paper copies have been sent home with all students. Extras can be requested through the office.

Student of the Month

Our February character trait for Student of the Month is "positivity"! Teachers have been looking for students who show exceptional positivity and the lifting of others throughout the month. Especially during these cold and long days, staying positive and keeping at difficult issues is so important! Congratulations to the following students who have exemplified "positivity" this month!

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Mrs. Roark: A'Zireana Taylor has been chosen as the Student of the Month in our class. She is the perfect example of a positive student. Zi arrives in the morning with a smile, and that never leaves her face. Her positive spirit and joy is contagious!

Ms. Merlo: I recommend Kaydence Felder as Student of the Month for positivity. She is always upbeat and ready to tackle the day. No matter the circumstances, she's dedicated to doing her work and remaining positive!

Mrs. Sutherland: Ja'Son Williams is my February Student of the Month. He is kind, a hard worker, and a helper to his peers. He always brings a smile every day!

Ms. Prawdzik: My student of the month is Zephaniah Bates. Zephaniah shows up each day with a positive attitude. He continuously works hard to complete his work, even when it's difficult. Zephaniah stays positive in all situations.

Mrs. Cook: My Student of the Month for February is Journey Hayes. The reason she was selected is that from the moment I met her, I could tell she was happy and good-natured. She comes to class with a smile and happy story to share with her classmates. Her positive attitude makes others smile and laugh, too. Thank you, Journey, for spreading sunshine in our classroom.

Mr. Teer: This month, I could not help but award my Student of the Month to the two sisters in our classroom, A'Miyiah and T'Niyiah Moore. A'Miyiah and T'Niyiah joined GHA in January and have had such a positive impact in our classroom! Since the day I met them, I knew that there was something special about the sisters; they are both very eager to learn, they love to participate in classroom discussions, they email me every assignment they complete, and they have great love for their peers and teachers. It is my absolute pleasure to honor A'Miyiah and T'Niyiah as the Student(s) of the Month in 3rd grade.

Mr. Chapman: My Student of the Month for February is Za'Nayjah Johnson. I have been so impressed by Za'Nayjah this school year. Since September, she has brought a positive attitude to every class session. Za'Nayjah strives to get better every day, which empowers others around her to do the same. I am very proud of her and quite thankful I am able to work with her this school year.

Ms. Paynter: I am choosing D'Mere Robinson as my Student of the Month for exhibiting positivity. D'Mere is always boosting other students up in the class. When he sees someone who is doing a good job, he will let them know. He gives compliments to everyone, including the teachers. He makes people feel good about what they are doing, and that can turn someone's whole day around.

Ms. Thomas: My Student of the Month for February is Theodore Cartwright. He is such a positive influence in class. He is always in class on time and participates during every lesson. Theodore never gets frustrated and is eager to learn. He always shares good things with the class and is always a cheerful presence in our class.

Ms. Crane: My Student of the Month is Julius Toins-Matiere. He has been a shining example of this month's character trait, positivity. Julius has a fantastic smile and personality. Every morning, Julius turns on his camera and microphone and engages me and his classmates, asking us how we are doing. I look forward to seeing his enthusiasm every morning!

Black History Month Door Decorating Contest Participants

Great News!

Thank you to Ms. Prawdzik and our Wellness Committee for applying for and receiving a grant from Building Healthy Communities over the summer! We recently received our winnings: a new mobile recess cart that will be available for students to enjoy this spring! I'll send another round of pictures when the balls are blown up and the cart has been put together. What a great surprise this will be for our kids!

March is Reading Month!

Click here for the tracking guide for books read! In order to edit the digital document, you must go to File --> Make a Copy. Then you'll be able to edit the copy! :) Printed logs will also be sent home with students.

Click here for our Spirit Week days (March 29-April 2nd)!

Click here for our daily calendar of events!

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Laptop Care and Tips

All of our scholars have received devices for virtual learning. Below are a few tips to ensure the technology devices are not accidentally damaged or lost.

- Ensure the case remains on the iPad or Chromebook.

- Ensure food and drinks are not around the technology devices.

- Ensure scholars are stationary when using the iPad or Chromebook.

- Monitor data usage. (Make sure hotspots are turned off and disconnected when not being used for school work.)

- When lessons have concluded for the day, ensure the scholar places the device in the same location each day.

- Ensure the technology devices are plugged into the charger at the end of the day in order for the scholars to have a fully charged device for the next school day.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 810-768-3860.

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