GLA Southwest PARENT WEEKLY

'Virtual Global' Highlights April 29th Edition

Greetings Families!

As we continue to navigate through these uniquely challenging times, we want to acknowledge the strong sense of community that has developed amongst staff, parents, and scholars over the last month. The sense of community and engagement of our parents and families has not only encouraged us, but it has also strengthened us and reassured us of the GLOBAL GREATNESS we all have within us. This past week has been an awesome demonstration of what is to be expected as we become more and more comfortable with the implementation of 'Virtual Global'. Your scholars have transitioned seamlessly and our staff are doing an amazing job shifting their instructional programming to a fully virtual platform. Your scholar is in for the ride of their lives, so let's all put our seatbelts on and enjoy the journey as we walk hand in hand and take 'Virtual Global' by storm. The school and home connections that are being cemented right now are the most important aspect of your scholar's success and we say thank you for your effort, dedication, patience and care during this time. Please stay safe and stay connected to us as we stay connected to you.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Evans, CEO/Principal

Mr. Choice, Assistant Principal

QUEEN Ky'JANAE COOPER

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KING CHARLIE BELCHER

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Stay Healthy Vid #1
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It Is Very Important That All Parents Click The Link Below And Complete The Following School District of Philadelphia Parent Survey.

1.) All Parents will need to use your scholar's ID to answer the survey. You will all receive an email with the ID#. If You Do Not Receive The Email You Can Contact Your Child's Teacher For Your Scholar's ID #.

2.) Parents Must Submit A Separate Survey For Each Child Attending Our School

Ramadan 2020 is being observed Friday, April 24th to Sunday, May 24th.

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WE SEND A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO 4TH GRADE SCHOLAR LAYLAH PRESS FOR PARTICIPATING IN ALL 5 DAYS OF EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES... YOU ROCK !!!

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Check Out The Learning Taking Place In Kindergarten and Fitness Friday and The Awards Ceremony For Our 4th Grade Scholars

Kindergarten Scholars in Action Virtually
4th Grade Legends Fitness Friday Activities and Awards Ceremony
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It's Time To Celebrate Our Amazing Teachers And Staff... We Are Asking All Scholars To Participate In Our Staff Appreciation Week Activities By Doing The Following For Any Special Staff Member: And Sending A Picture Or Email:

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On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply.

What Are Mail-In Ballots ?

What are mail ballots?

In Pennsylvania, you now have two options for mail ballots. You may either choose a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot to request, complete, and return to your county election office.

  • Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.
  • Mail-in ballot – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote. Please visit Check Your Registration Status to review your registration information

Scholar Attendance Matters! Attendance will be taken by homeroom teachers during the three days of scheduled Harambee and during any office hour sessions that scholars participate in as a method to document attendance. Please ensure your scholars are in attendance on all scheduled days.

When an unexpected pandemic hits our community and nation, it may bring out a lot of fear in adults and scholars alike. There are no easy answers for families during this daunting time but we hope we can be of assistance. We wanted to reassure families that our Social Work Department is happy to assist as needed.


If at any time you or your family needs assistance, please feel free to reach out using the following contact information: Tharris@ga-schools.org


The city will continue to provide support for food and community resources but we will also post resources in this newsletter as well.


Covid-19 Food Request


The city of Philadelphia has setup food sites throughout the city where any resident can pick up free food for their household. We encourage you to use these sites if you are in need of food. You can find more information on the City’s website by clicking here. Liberty Resources is offering contact free deliveries for Consumers who can not access one of these sites either themself or through a family member or caregiver. If you cannot access one of these sites please fill out the form below to request a contact free delivery

CLICK THE BELOW FORM IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS THE SITES PROVIDED AND NEED HOME DELIVERY OF FOOD

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IMPORTANT NOTE RE: SCHOOL DISTRICT DEVICE PICKUPS

We want to send a friendly reminder to parents that Global Academies does not operate under the umbrella of the School District of Philadelphia and do not have access to their resources. Global Academies has worked to afford all families with technology, and the district is doing the same.


The School District has received numerous questions from charter school families looking to pick up technology and such families have been turned away. We want to ensure the safety of all during this time and thus protect families from unnecessary travel. Please do not attempt to pickup a school district device on behalf of GLASW.

FOLLOW THIS SECTION FOR COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT 'VIRTUAL GLOBAL' AND QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO GLASW NEXT STEPS:



1. How long will school be closed?

The Department of Education in collaboration with the State Health Department & Governor's Office have announced that all PA schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.


2. Can my child use a cell phone or other home device to do their Remote Learning?

For a successful experience with 'Virtual Global' we are not recommending that a cell phone be your child's only accessible device. The device used needs to have internet access, the ability to compose writing assignments (typing or voice recognition) and the ability to access their Google classrooms.


3. We are confused about the assignment or having technology issues accessing the lessons/assignments - what do we do?

Please email the teacher first and give them time to respond. For tech issues, send email to: ParentTechHelp@ga-schools.org and someone will connect with you as soon as possible.


4. Can I still sign-up for a Chromebook for my scholar?

We have completed our Chromebook distribution to the 450 families that completed the needs based survey. We also contacted all parents on the waiting list for pick up of technology during our third round of distribution. Thank you to all families who participated and received their devices. At this time we will not be taking any more requests for devices.


5. Will our scholars still be traveling on global excursions and if not do we receive a refund?

We have currently cancelled the 8th grade excursion and postponed the 5, 6 and 7th grade excursions due to the social distancing expectations of our country. All 8th grade scholars are being prioritized for refunds and 5, 6, and 7th grade scholars will be contacted on an individual basis to discuss next steps within the next 3-weeks.


6. If my child has completed their packet how do we submit it to the teacher?

We are asking you at this time to store completed packets in a safe area and when we have further information on a safe way to submit the completed assignments we will inform you.


7. Will there be any closing exercise activities for 8th grade scholars?

We are currently discussing what closing exercises will look like for our 8th grade Rites of Passage. We will not have a face to face ceremony this year but we are working to ensure our 8th grade scholars are celebrated for this milestone.

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Parents,


Please be reminded that I am available for each of you during this time of uncertainty. If for whatever reason you need Global in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. If we cannot help you personally, we will definitely direct you to a resource that can help. So, please feel free to contact me if needed. Also, please reach out to let me know how you and your child/ren are doing during this time of home learning. I can be reached @ 215-681-1504.



With Warm Regards,

Ms. Fuller

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