GCA's Family Engagement Newsletter: Sept 2017 Edition

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In this edition:

  • Meet Your School Principals
  • Meet the Board of Directors
  • A Message from Champ!
  • GCA Back to School Outing Day
  • Upcoming District Town Hall, Parent and Parent University meetings
  • Learning Coach and Student Resources
  • PTSO News
  • Clubs
  • ... and more

Meet your School's Principal:

Meet the Board of Directors

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is governed by a Board of Directors composed of nine community leaders, some of whom are GCA parents. Public notice of GCA board meetings can be found here and in the front office of the school.

Next Georgia Cyber Academy Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Wednesday September 20, 2017

Robbins Law Offices
999 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1120 Atlanta, GA 30309

Time: 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Conference Line to Join Meeting: 1(888) 824-5783; Passcode: 92628260#

Message from Champ!

Hello fellow Champions!

I hope that you had a wonderful first couple of weeks. I hear that our teachers are excited to assist teach our champions this school year. Please remember to reach out if you are in need of resources.

Did you know that this month is Attendance Awareness Month? Good attendance helps GCA Champions do well in school, so remember to make it best practice to log your student's attendance everyday.

Join us Champions, as we resolve chronic absence issues and help close the achievement gap through the development of plans, communication, and other actions that lead to success. Get involved with the Attendance Awareness Month campaign on Facebook and on Twitter by hashtaging #AttendanceMattersGCA.

Let’s join together, Champions, and make attendance matter!

Until next time,


To download pictures of Champ, click on the link below:


Feel free to share with Champ pictures on how you incorporate Champ in your every day school life and more on his Facebook page @Champ GCA

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Join us for our first State-wide School Outing and Inning Day!

No live class connects!

All GCA Staff will be in-person and virtual in the community.

Get out or stay in and connect with other GCA families and staff in your community. Check the GCA Events Calendar for event offerings: http://www.gacyber.org/gca-events-calendar.html

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September 2017 District Town Hall

Thursday, Sep. 14th, 7pm

This is an online event.

September Presents:

Welcome & What students are learning and why – Overview of standards and assessments

Join us on September 14th as we host our first District Town Hall Parent meeting. Our Head of School, School Directors, and other Administrators will introduce themselves and share HOT TOPICS that you need to know.

Elementary School Level Parent University will be held after the District Town Hall meeting from 7:30-8:00 pm. Recordings will be posted on the GCA Events Calendar if you are unable to attend live. We hope to see you there!

September 2017 District Town Hall

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:00 pm

Click here to join the session on 8/14/17 @ 7:00pm

Upcoming District Town Hall and Parent Meetings:

District Town Hall Meetings:

Hosted by GCA School Leaders and community partners sharing district-wide information.

September 14th, 2017 @ 7:00pm (Click here to join live)

January 18th, 2018 @ 7:00pm (Click here to join live)

May 17th, 2018 @ 7:00pm (Click here to join live)

Parent Meetings:

Hosted by GCA Family Engagement Team sharing Learning Coach desired topics.

November 16th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

December 14th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

February 15th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

March 15th, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Please contact your school based Family Engagement Coordinator for further details on upcoming meetings.

Kristy Howard

Elementary School Family Engagement Coordinator


Veronica Okpani

Middle School Family Engagement Coordinator


Maria Blencowe

High School Family Engagement Coordinator


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Question of the Month:

Why did you choose GCA?

Click Here to let us know.

Do you have questions? Well, we've got answers!

Join us for Learning Coach Live Help: http://bit.ly/LChelp

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri at 2:00 pm.

Tue at 7:00 pm

Check the GCA Events Calendar for schedule changes.

Can't make a live session? Have a question? Fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.

"I've got a question." (click here)

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Have you found something valuable? Have a strategy that makes your life as a Learning Coach run more smoothly, or something that helps your student's daily tasks run like clockwork? You could make a difference in another GCA families life! Please, share. Click the link below.

Do you have a strategy to share? (click here)

GCA Resource Room

The GCA Resource Room on Pinterest provides families with useful, interesting, inspiring and engaging supplemental educational content. Visit today!


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The September Peach Pit has arrived!

September Peach Pit has arrived with News You Can Use...

Click Here to VIEW

Message from PTSO:

  • Become a PTSO Member TODAY!!

Becoming a PTSO member is easy!

For only $5 per school term you will receive access to special programs, have voting rights, and so much more. Click here then select the Membership icon.

  • Got SPIRIT??

Show your School Spirit with this fabulous GCA Spirit Gear

Join your school's clubs

GCA Loves Clubs!

Does your student want to connect with other students who share a common interest? Clubs are the way to do that!

GCA teachers host many clubs where students can be themselves, share interests, and build lasting relationships. Register to join your favorite clubs!

Elementary School Clubs

Middle School Clubs

High School Clubs

Throwing Away Box Tops is Like Throwing Away Money
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Fundraising from home:

Support the fundraising efforts for our school by collecting the Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+™ labels on items you purchase and use in your home Plus, newly added Kula, Amazon Smile, and Recycle Electronics.

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school earn cash. This year we would like our school to earn goal is $2000.00

Bundle with rubber bands, baggies or rally sheet place in an envelope attach proper postage.

You can mail items to:

GCA Fundraisers 2387 Rodgers Dr. SE, Conyers, GA 30094

Or Bring these items to events

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Shirley Lester at gcafundraiser@gmail.com.

Shopping online or booking a great vacation through KULA.com or by donating your loyalty points from KULA’s participating loyalty programs you can simply and easily support our cause.

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Georgia Cyber Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Collecting electronic items for recycling which will add more funds to support our school. Mail them to Family Engagement, Georgia Cyber Academy 1745 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30349

There's a Facebook group for Learning Coaches who live near you...

The GCA PTSO sponsors a closed Facebook group for each region across the state.

Get in touch with other Learning Coaches for community building and support. Click on your region below to get started.

Region 1 (Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding, and Harralson counties)

Region 2 (Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties)

Region 3 (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties)

Region 4 (Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson counties)

Region 5 (Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Barrow, Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, Oconee, Walton, Greene, Newton, Morgan, and Jasper counties)

Region 6 (Putnam, Monroe, Jones, Baldwin, Crawford, Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Peach, Houston, and Pulaski counties)

Region 7 (Wilkes, Lincoln, Taliaferro, Warren, McDuffie, Columbia, Augusta-Richmond, Hancock, Glascock, Washington, Jefferson, Burke, Jenkins, and Screven counties)

Region 8 (Chattahoochee, Clay, Muscogee, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon, Marion, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Summer, Talbot, Taylor, and Webster. Harris, Marion, Muscogee, and Chattahoochee counties)

Region 9 (Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties)

Region 10 (Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth counties)

Region 11 ( Turner, Ben Hill, Irwin, Coffee, Bacon, Tift, Berrien, Ware, Pierce, Brantley, Cook, Lanier, Clinch, Brooks, Lowndes, Echols, and Charlton counties)

Region 12 (Bulloch, Effingham, Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties)

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Have a great September!

Middle School

Veronica Okpani

Middle School Family Engagement Coordinator

Regional Family Engagement Team Lead


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