October 21, 2022
Where Learning Comes First
Dear Head Community,
Wow! What an amazing turnout we had for parent/teacher conferences this week! The thing I love most about this school and this community is the high level of parent engagement! When we all work together, there is nothing these children cannot accomplish.
Speaking of parent engagement, please make sure you have given feedback to GCPS on next year's calendar options. Use the link below.
Enjoy the weekend and cooler temps!
PTA News You Can Use
Can Food Drive - Next Week
List of priority items. Please check expiration dates!
Crackers (types needed are Ritz or Saltine)
Spaghetti Sauce (cans or jars)
Chunky soup (not condensed)
Ramen (packets or cups)
Canned pork and beans
Instant mashed potatoes
Boxes of instant stuffing mix (like Stove Top)
White or brown rice
Rice or Noodle side dish packets (like Knorr)
This week we celebrated Digital Citizenship Week! Every year, the third week of October is dedicated to teaching good digital citizenship in hopes that all students will become safe and smart when using technology. Each day during the morning announcements, we focused on a different topic of being a good digital citizen. Examples included balancing media, staying safe online, thinking before you post, and more!
This is a great time for families to become partners in the effort to help our students become responsible digital citizens.
Learn more about Digital Citizenship Week and find resources to help students navigate digital life as responsible digital citizens here: https://bit.ly/gcps_DCW10-22
Digital Citizenship Week (Oct. 17-21) is a great time for families to become partners in the effort to help our students become responsible digital citizens.
You can also check out Head Elementary's Digital Citizenship page: https://www.gcpsk12.org/heades/digitalcitizenship
We have a number of family fun challenges coming up! Here is our basketball challenge: Watch the attached videos and teach yourself a layup. Then, practice all winter. It's a great fitness activity. Here is the Spring Basketball Challenge: How many layups can you do in one minute? After each layup, you return to the free throw line and go back in. It's a fantastic way to get fit, and fun. Anyone in the family can try! Be sure to master each step when teaching yourself before moving on to the next step. You can do it!
Right-handed Layup instructional video with Ms. Griffith
Be watching for more upcoming Family Fun Challenges where you teach yourself new and exciting skills!
We already have over 30 students in the Spanish Club, so we are closing registration for now. If you already signed up, our first meeting is this Tuesday morning at 7:45. Please drop off in the car rider lane. See you there.
Night at the Atlanta Gladiators!
R.D. Head Night at the Atlanta Gladiators is Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Gas South Arena! Use this link to buy tickets with our group: https://www.fevo.com/edp/RD-Head-Elementary-7CqOQ7gz
This is a fundraiser for the music department and a portion of all tickets sold will benefit our school. Come see our Head Chorus perform God Bless America and enjoy a great night of hockey! Additional parking charges will apply. Thank you for your support of the chorus program here at Head!
Open Mic Night!
Instructional Resources Public Review Opportunity
Staff, students, families, and Gwinnett community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed instructional resources for select grades and courses in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, Health, and Foreign Language.
Before adopting instructional resources for classroom use, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) holds an extensive review. Multiple committees involving various stakeholder groups reviewed resources submitted by publishers for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) standards. During the ongoing review process, selected resources are piloted in GCPS classrooms. Data from the reviews and pilots will be considered in making adoption recommendations to the Board of Education in early 2023.
This year’s virtual public review is open now through October 31st. To begin, please visit this link.
Veterans Day Program
Our annual Veterans Day program is Friday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the RD Head Gym. We invite any Veterans or active service members to join us at the program. You will receive a medal, certificate, and gift bag as a thank you from our school!
Please RSVP if you will be attending using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXu-81YQghx9usoCjGmfJVwPN62peMZNNuJo04Gli1cldvhQ/viewform
If you would like to send in a picture of a Veteran or active service member for our slide show, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you sent in a picture last year, you do NOT need to resubmit it.
All RSVP's and pictures are due no later than November 4.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Attn: 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Parents
We are excited to announce that students have the opportunity to participate in the GCPS Mock Election for Governor, U.S. Senator, and an optional local school “special issue” (which is usually something like a favorite lunch option or favorite subject in school). The Mock Election will be available through the student portal. The only data that will be recorded is if your student has participated, but NOT who he/she chose. "Winners" of the election will not be tracked or announced in any way. This process is to expose our students to the act of voting without teaching, discussing, or promoting any particular party or candidate. While the actual candidates' names will be on the ballot, we will not be covering this information with the students. Third, fourth, and fifth graders will participate the first week in November. If you would prefer that your student not participate, please send your teacher a note or email.
Note: The Mock Election app on the student portal will still be active even if you opt out your student, but we will not take your student to participate in the voting event.
Connecting With the Community
All cluster elementary students are invited to celebrate with us! Elementary students are required to be supervised by their parent for the duration of their participation in the pep rally.
October 24-28 Can Food Drive (Color Stables)
October 24-28 See schedule above for Red Ribbon Week
October 28 - Color Stables Dress Up Day
October 31 - Fall Dress Up Day
November 3 - School Council 6:00 PM in the Media Center
November 4 - BHS Senior Night Football Game