GCA Parent Newsletter: December 2015 Edition

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In this edition:

  • Question of the month
  • Parent Meeting dates & links
  • Parent University
  • Regional Family Engagement News
  • Send your favorite GCA teacher a gift
  • K12 Learning Coach Workshop
  • PTSO News
  • Facebook groups
  • ... and more

Question of the Month:

How can we improve school-parent communication? Click Here to let us know.

Interested in what other Learning Coaches have to say? Click below for Questions from previous months:

October: "Why did you choose GCA?"

November: "How do you view your role in your student' success at GCA?"

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

Join us for Learning Coach Live Help

Weekdays at 12:00 pm and a 7:00 pm evening session once per week. Check the GCA Events Calendar for dates, times, and room link.

Can't make a live session? Submit your question below and we'll be in touch.

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

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.
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Are you a GCA Volunteer?

If not, consider becoming part of our growing group of fabulous GCA Parent Leaders. Please complete the form below to let us know the area(s) in which you can offer your assistance. We appreciate any amount of time you can give to support GCA families!

Please fill out this form

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December Parent Meeting!

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for our November parent meeting where you will learn all about parent opportunities at GCA. We have a lot to share with you and opportunities for you to be involved, so please attend!

This month's topics:

  • Counseling and Family Resources
  • 8 Secrets to Success (Richard St. John)

Click here to join the session on 12/17 @ 7:00 pm.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Parent Meetings:

Town Hall Meeting - Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (click to enter live meeting)

Parent Meeting - Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (click to enter live meeting)

Parent Meeting - Thursday, March 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (click to enter live meeting)

Parent Meeting - Thursday, April 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm (click to enter live meeting)

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December Parent University Sessions:

Our Parent University Sessions will occur immediately following the December Parent Meeting. Please join us this month for the following topics:

Elementary School - Counseling and Family Resources: Where to go for help

Middle School - Teaching My Child to Take Ownership of His/her Learning

High School - High School Clubs 101

Links will be provided during the December Parent Meeting

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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K12 Learning Coach Workshop

Hour of Code - December 7-11, 2015 @ 3pm

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

All of K12 is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that K12 is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students.

Click Here to RSVP

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Bryan, Bullock, Chatham, Columbia, Effingham, Jenkins, Screvens, and Richmond Counties

Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, and Henry Counties

Gwinnett, Forsyth, Rockdale and Newton Counties

Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Paulding Counties

Love your teachers?

Let them know. New in the PTSO Store: send your favorite GCA Teacher or Staff Member a gift card. All you have to do is visit the PTSO Store and choose amount and who you would like it sent to and the PTSO will take care of the rest.

If you have questions, contact Angel Gilstrap: treasurer@gcaptso.org

The December Peach Pit has arrived!

Click here to view this month's edition of the GCA PTSO's monthly newsletter: https://www.smore.com/wjt8j

News You Can Use!!

  • Gifts for teachers and students
  • Holiday Membership drive
  • GCA Student recognition
  • PTSO Gives Back: Charity Drive
  • PTSO Charity Week
  • Raffles
  • Events
  • … and more

View previous editions of the Peach Pit:

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

November PTSO General Membership Meeting

If you missed the meeting, click here to view the recording.

Student Clubs

We Love Clubs!

Does your student want to connect with other students who share a common interest? Clubs are the way to do that! Many clubs are sponsored by GCA teachers or Learning Coaches, and others are offered at the national level by K12. A state list of in-person clubs is growing, so be sure to see if there are any clubs happening close to you!

Visit our Clubs Page to find out more.

Fundraising from home:

Bring items to any GCA Event or mail them to:

GCA Fundraisers

2387 Rodgers Dr. SE,

Conyers, GA 30094

If you have any questions, or would like to help with our Labels for Education collection drive, please contact our Labels for Education Coordinator, Shirley Lester, at (470) 269-3643 or via email at gcafundraiser@gmail.com or visit: http://www.gcaptso.org/fundraising.html to learn more.

Thank you for your support.


Box Tops for Education

Bundle these into groups of 50 using rubber bands, envelopes or baggies. Label each bundle with "50" on the outside.

Labels for Education

Separate 1-, 5- and 10-point UPCs, beverage/sauce caps and Bonus Certificates. Place them in paper lunch bags, envelopes or clear plastic bags. Label each bag with the total amount of UPCs and point values contained inside.

Note: Make sure the Bonus Certificate bundle is marked “Bonus Certificates” and is packed with the first box/packet of your submission.

Please do not use staples or excessive amounts of tape as these materials are not recyclable.

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)

GCA Board of Directors Meeting

The Georgia Cyber Academy is governed by a Board of Directors composed of nine community leaders, some of whom are GCA parents.

The next Board Meeting will occur on December 16th.

Dial-in: 1-888-824-5783

Passcode: 55777021

Updated Scholarship List from GCA Counseling

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Have a great December!

Middle School

Veronica Okpani

Middle School Family Engagement Coordinator

Regional Family Engagement Team Lead