GCA's Family Engagement Newsletter: Oct 2017 Edition

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In this edition:

  • Meet your new Head of School
  • A Message from Champ!
  • Upcoming District Town Hall, Parent and Parent University meetings
  • Community Events
  • Learning Coach and Student Resources
  • PTSO News
  • Clubs
  • ... and more

A Message from Dr. Oberg

Champions, I cannot wait until I get the opportunity to meet you at our various in- person and virtual events. In the meantime, please enjoy this message from me.

Voicemail from Dr. Oberg
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Hello fellow Champions!

We would like to present some exciting news about our new, family-friendly website that will be launching on November 1, 2017: gca.k12.com.

To ensure that you have a smooth transition to the new site, gacyber.org will remain available to you for a time. Beginning November 1, 2017, gacyber.org will be password-protected.

Champions, we appreciate your patience as we work toward providing you with the website resources you need for success.

We will keep you updated as to when the new site will replace gacyber.org. If you have any questions, please contact your school's Family Engagement Coordinator:

Kristy Howard, krhoward@gacyber.org Elementary School

Veronica Okpani, vokpani@gacyber.org Middle School

Maria Blencowe, mblencowe@gacyber.org High School

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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October 2017 Parent Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 19th, 7pm

This is an online event.

October Presents:

Join us on October 19th as we host our Annual Title I Parent meeting. Our Title I Coordinator will introducing Title I initiatives for this school year.

Recordings will be posted on the GCA Events Calendar if you are unable to attend live. We hope to see you there!

October 2017 Annual Title I Parent Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2017

7:00 pm

Click here to join the session on 10/19/17 @ 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 (Recording)

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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Upcoming Parent University Sessions

Parent University follows the monthly Parent Meeting. Workshop topics were suggested by parents to help parents be successful Learning Coaches to their Students.

Elementary School:

September Recording: Why is Math taught different now?

November: Understanding the Standards of Mathematical Practice

Middle School:

November: Google Galore - Google calendar, email, docs, and more - How to make Google work for you.

High School:

November: Teacher Tool Box - How to find instructional strategies and resources to help your student at home

Question of the Month:

How do you view your role in your student's success at 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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Here is some advice from a GCA student:

My strategy is to TAKE NOTES. I know a lot of you out there are like that's really not a strategy but it is. I try my best to stay ahead in all of my classes that I can and in order to do that I have to go ahead and read on in my lessons and I take notes so that when the teacher is going over something that I learned a few days ago, then I can refer back and go along with what there saying. Also taking notes helps you on tests, quizzes, and Interim assessments. Another piece of advice while you are in High School don't throw away any notes or anything like that, because when you are reviewing for your milestones or even your SAT's they can be SO HELPFUL. I hope that everything that I said here will surely help you through your experience through High School.

~Elizabeth R.

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 October Peach Pit has arrived!

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

Click Here to VIEW

Message from PTSO:

  • Fresh out of the Oven!! GCA PTSO Cookbook on SALE!!

GCA teachers, staff, parents, learning coaches, and students contributed a combination of recipes like: Appetizers, Desserts, Main Dishes, Casseroles, Side Dishes, Dips...

The recipes range from easy to make snacks, to delicious main dishes that we are sure you will enjoy making for your family.

Click here to purchase yours today!

  • 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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