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Upcoming Events at Obama Elementary

Obama Families,

 

Please be advised of the following upcoming events at our school:

Tomorrow is Family STEM Night.  Please click the link below for details.  Students who need STEM kits for home may pick them up from our wonderful Science lab/STEM teacher, Mrs. Kayla Lusane before the close of day tomorrow.  She has several FREE STEM kits in her classroom for students/families who need them.

Family STEM Night Flyer 

Our PTO is also having an Obama Wall Street event on Friday, February 25, 2022 to highlight our student entrepreneurs in conjunction with Black History Month.  We noticed that several of our students have their own businesses and we'd like to showcase these young entrepreneurs.  Students will be allowed to sell their items/goods to students and staff between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. at tables that will be set up in our gymnasium.  There is a $20 registration fee (cash only) for each table that will go back to the PTO, but all monies earned during the expo may be taken home by the student and parents/guardians!  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students! Students may pick up a hard copy of the registration form from the main office or you may click the link below to see the flyer and registration form.  If interested, please submit the form and payment to the homeroom teacher/main office by Tuesday, February 22nd. All vendors must be approved by administration before they can participate!  

Obama Wall Street Event 

Finally, our Obama Eagle Chorus, led by our dynamic music teacher, Ms. Vickie Jones, will be performing at the Atlanta Hawks pre-game show at Phillips Arena on Sunday, March 20th.  If you and your child are interested in attending, please complete the order form and remit payment for tickets on or before Monday, February 14, 2022.  We want to show up and show out for our Obama Eagle Chorus.  Let's show our love and support for them and the Atlanta Hawks on March 20th.  Please see the flyer/order form by clicking the link below.

Hawks flyer for Chorus Performance on March 20, 2022. 

We hope to see you soon at one or more of these wonderful events.  We are better TOGETHER!  

Sincerely,

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Title I Virtual STEM & Literacy Night

Greetings Obama Families! We are hosting our first Virtual STEM & Literacy Night for the 2022 year! The date is Thursday, February 10th. STEM Kits will be available for pick up from the school Tuesday, February 8th - Thursday, February 10th! STEM Kits are first come, first serve! The Zoom link will be provided the week of. 

School Choice applications are open online!

Greetings Obama Eagle Families, 

The School Choice Open Enrollment window for the 2022 - 2023 lottery opened on Friday, January 7, 2022. On-time applications must be submitted by Friday, February 11, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. The online application website is https://yourchoicedekalb.org/login. Detailed information about programs and eligibility can be found on the School Choice website at www.dekalbschoolsga.org/school-choice. Application status will be placed on the parent's dashboard.  Lottery results will be emailed to all applicants on March 25, 2022.  

There are several School Choice programs throughout the district.  At Obama Elementary, we house two Magnet/School Choice Programs.  Our Spanish Immersion Program has open seats for rising kindergarten and first grade students, and our Magnet Technology Program has open seats for rising third, fourth and fifth grade students who are interested in technology. In order for students to qualify and be successful in these programs, students should meet or exceed all behavioral expectations and be able to read on grade level. Students must also have a 3.0 grade point average. Students in our School Choice programs thoroughly enjoy the programs and are often our highest performing students in the building. Please don't miss out on this awesome opportunity for your child. Please note that students who are already enrolled in either of our School Choice Programs will not need to reapply 

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or a member of our school's leadership team. 

Sincerely,

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology

Complete survey to request a new device!

Greetings Obama Eagle Families,

Each Obama Eagle family is being asked to complete the DeKalb County School District's Student Access Survey. Survey responses will be used to determine the connectivity needs for our school district and will help the school have access to funds provided to purchase additional technological devices for students.  Please click the link below and complete this survey by 6 p.m. on Friday if you want your child to be considered for a new device/chrome book. Only those students whose parents complete the survey will receive a new device. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity! Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=iiMrMYPAwUGhi3NrAmlveYqaPe-qe1NDiCVMHd3hZQBUOUMwVzY0UDJJS0FQNTFXNlJBRkpaS0VFMi4u

Sincerely,

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology



School Choice

Face-to-face Instruction will begin on Mon.,1/10

Greetings Obama Eagle Families,

Thanks for your patience and flexibility this week! DeKalb schools will reopen for face-to face instruction on Monday, January 10th.  Please see the attached document that answers the most frequently asked questions from parents.  Please remember to send your students to school with a mask each day.  In our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, it is imperative that our scholars keep their noses and mouths covered throughout the day. Students who have district- issued chrome books at home should bring them back to the building on Monday. 

Parents who would like for their scholars to switch over to virtual or remain virtual for the second semester must notify the homeroom teacher in writing to begin or maintain that status. Teachers will submit those names to the main office.  Please note that if students do not return to the building by Monday, January 31st for face-to-face instruction, they will have to remain virtual for the entire second semester.   We look forward to seeing our scholars on Monday, January 10, 2022.  Please remember that students should arrive to school by 7:45 a.m. each day with a mask.  Please click the link below for responses to the most frequently asked questions from our stakeholders.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email us.

Important Second Semester FAQs, 2022 

Sincerely,

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology


Chrome book and food distribution this week!

Greetings Obama Families,

Happy New Year again!  We will be distributing more chrome books to students who need them today and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students may connect through their own personal devices if they have them.  Teachers should be the main points of contact regarding instruction/assignments, the virtual schedule and log-in information. You  may communicate with teachers through Class DOJO. Class DOJO is our main, school-wide communication tool.  Teachers are going to be flexible and work with all children/parents during this period.  If you are unable to log in on the chrome books, please don't stress out about it.  Teachers will provide alternative/asynchronous assignments for your child.  Again, we do not want to cause any families any undue stress during this brief virtual period.

Parents and guardians who come to the school to pick up chrome books should remain in your cars and "pack your patience."  Though we distributed over 200 chrome books yesterday, we have over 900 students in our building, so lines may be long when you arrive. Please remain in your car and follow the directions of staff, directional signs and the protocols that have been put in place for the chrome book distribution.  Parents who operate outside of these protocols and disrespect staff members will not be served.  We must be respectful toward each other and operate decently and in order to ensure the safety of staff, parents and guardians.

You may also pull up to the bus lane area (a separate entrance near the cafeteria) to pick up FREE breakfast and lunch for your children between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. today through Friday.  Please have the full names, grade level, teacher's name and/or student numbers when you arrive.  Let's remain positive and make it a great remainder of the week.  Thanks in advance.  

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Barack H. Obama Magnet School of Technology

Virtual Instruction and Chrome book Distribution

Greetings Obama Eagle Families,

Happy New Year!  Out of an abundance of caution and due to the rise of positive COVID cases throughout the nation, the DeKalb County School District will provide virtual instruction to students Wednesday, January 5th through Friday, January 7, 2022 to ensure the safety of students and staff.  Students should not report to the building this week for face-to-face instruction. Students may use their own personal devices Wednesday-Friday for virtual instruction, if they have them.  However, parents of students who NEED a district-issued chrome book may pick them up tomorrow (Tuesday, January 4th) between 10 am and 2 pm from the school. 

Teachers will provide alternative assignments (packets or asynchronous work) to students whose parents/guardians cannot come to the school to pick up a device.  We don't want to cause any undue stress!  We're going to be as flexible as possible during this time to support our Obama Elementary families.  If you decide to come to the school to pick up a device, please be patient with us and understand that we have a skeleton crew of staff members available to help with the distribution of chrome books, but we will do our best to serve parents in a timely manner on a first-come, first-served basis. 

All information regarding links to virtual instruction will be provided by your child's teacher.  We are asking all teachers to send you a link or links through CLASS DOJO, so that your children can connect with them on Wednesday through Friday. All students who engage in virtual instruction should log in by 8:15 a.m. each day.  All students should return to the building for face-to-face instruction on Monday, January 10, 2022.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher. 

Sincerely,

Principal Angela Thomas-Bethea

Title I Parent Teacher Conference Night

Incentives for Mastery of FRY Sight Words

Dear Obama Families,

Parents, we really need your help!  While observing classes over the last few weeks, we have noticed that many of our students do not know basic sight words.  Due to the severe learning gaps caused by the pandemic, reading has become our main focus throughout the district. As we all know, reading is the foundation of all core content areas, so we need to address these deficiencies with a sense of urgency!  Students in grades 3-5 will be required to take the Ga. Milestones Assessment in April.  This is a high-stakes test where a great deal of reading is required.  Students in grades K-2 and 3-5 will take the MAP assessment in May to determine how much they've grown during the school year. The MAP Assessment qualifies students for the gifted program and other School Choice programs throughout the district. Throughout this school year, we want to expose our students to the FRY word list in groups of 100 words to help them become more successful in reading.  Students should learn at least 100 words per year, beginning in kindergarten.  This initiative will be implemented on EVERY grade level because we have noticed that we have non-readers sitting in our third, fourth and fifth grade classes! Once students master most of the first list, we need to move them up to the next list of 100 words. The great thing about the FRY word list is that it goes beyond the elementary level, so students who are more advanced may go beyond the 600 words they should learn by the end of fifth grade.

It does not matter where your child begins on this word list. Ultimately, what matters is that they are able to read at least 600 of these words by the time they complete the fifth grade. Please go in chronological order and start with the first 100 words. It's important to start at the beginning to see how many words your child can read.  We need parents/guardians to review these words with your children at home for 10-20 minutes (at least three times a week). You may start small with 5-10 words a week and move on as they master more words.  If students see that we're working together, they will work harder to meet their individual goals. Please be patient with your children as they go through this process. 

At the beginning of this month, we began implementing a new school-wide initiative that we refer to as "WINsdays" (What I Need Days).  Every Wednesday for the rest of the school year, we're going to focus on strengthening reading and math skills. Students will participate in targeted math and reading remediation, guided reading and math, independent reading, writing skills, collaborative activities, technology centers, project-based learning and other engaging academic activities for the entire day on Wednesdays (even during specials). The FRY word list will be one of the tools that we use during these days because students also have to learn how to read independently.  If they don't know the most frequently used words that are on the FRY list, they will have a difficult time reading books independently.  

Again, we acknowledge that the pandemic has caused many academic deficiencies throughout the United States.  This is one of the ways we're trying to address the learning gaps/deficiencies that we're seeing, and we need your support at home.  This is an awesome way to support reading instruction in our building. We're also going to have sight word parties at the end of each month for students to provide some incentives for learning the words.  We will have our first sight word party at the end of January, where students will be able to enjoy a special treat and participate in fun games/activities for mastering a designated number of words each month.

The FRY lists are attached for your review.  Please click the link below to start working with your children as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance!  

FRY Word List 

Please Note...Tomorrow is the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break.  Please remember that schools will be closed Monday, November 22nd through Friday, November 26th.  Students will have the whole Thanksgiving week to vacation and enjoy family this year. School will resume at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021.


Book Fair November 15th - November 19th

COVID cases reported this week!

Obama Families,
This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported this week. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  Please do not send students to school if they are sick or presenting COVID symptoms.  Additionally, if you voluntarily take your child/children to be tested because you feel they may have been exposed, please do not send them to school until you receive a negative result.  Since the first week of school, we have reported more than 50 positive COVID cases and have quarantined more than 500 people (staff members and students).  Please help us mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus by sending your children to school with masks each day and keeping them home if they are showing any COVID symptoms!
All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified. If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed. 
Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. Stay safe and be well!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Obama Title I Information for Parents

Greetings Obama Eagle Families,

Students and families at Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology participate in the Title I, Part A program.  Please review the attached School-Parent Compact, The Parent Family Engagement Policy, and The Parent and Family Calendar of Events. These documents outline how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  They also describe how the school and parents will develop and build a partnership that will create a nurturing and challenging environment which will cultivate high self-esteem, acceptance of others, and academic excellence in every student. 

Title I Documents for Barack H. Obama Elementary, 2021-22 

Obama Title I Compact/Agreement,

Title I Obama PFE Policy

DeKalb Schools will be closed on Friday, 11/5/21

Greetings Obama Families,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) congratulates the Atlanta Braves on winning the 2021 World Series title! We are excited to have another professional sports championship in metro Atlanta. As a result, all DCSD schools and centers will be closed on Friday, November 5, 2021, to help the Braves celebrate their World Series victory during the championship parade that will be held on Friday.

We hope that families will use this opportunity to participate in some of the festivities celebrating this historic event! There will be no makeup day or remote learning/remote work expectations for students or employees.  

Go Braves!


DeKalb Schools are closed tomorrow, November 2nd

Obama Families,

Please remember that all DeKalb schools are closed tomorrow, November 3, 2021.  Tomorrow is a Teacher Work Day and it is also an Election Day for the State of Georgia. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

 

Trunk or Treat!

Virtual Title I STEM & Literacy Night

Greetings Obama Families!

The link for the Virtual STEM & Literacy Night is below! We hope to see you there!

Zoom Link:

Title I Virtual STEM & Literacy Night

Greetings Obama Families! 

On Tuesday, October 26th, we will be holding a virtual STEM and Literacy night via Zoom. Kits for the activity will be available for pick up in the STEM Lab. Kits are limited, so first come first serve! If you are unable to pick up a kit, please make sure you have the materials listed on the flyer to participate in the activity. The Zoom link will be posted in class dojo! 

Annual Title I Meeting

Greetings Obama Families! 
Please click the link below to access the flyer with information about the Annual Title I Meeting to take place on Thursday, October 14th. The Zoom link for the meeting is also included in the flyer.

COVID case reported this afternoon

Obama Families,

This notification is to inform you that an additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 case was reported this afternoon. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  Please do not send students to school if they are sick or presenting COVID symptoms.  Additionally, if you voluntarily take your child/children to be tested because you feel they may have been exposed, please do not send them to school until you receive a negative result.  Since the first week of school, we have reported more than 40 positive COVID cases and have quarantined more than 300 people (staff members and students).  Please help us mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus!

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified. If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed. 

Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. Stay safe and be well! Have a wonderful Fall Break!

Fall Break-October 7,8,11 for DeKalb Schools

Greetings Obama Families,

Fall Break for the DeKalb County School District is Thursday, October 7th, Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 11th.  Students and staff will return to school on Tuesday, October 12th.  We hope that everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable break.  Please see the attached flyer for an event that will take place tomorrow at McNair High School. 

Faith and Blue/McNair Community Food Bank Distribution

 

Parent Portal Infinite Campus Instructions

Greetings Obama Families!

Attached below are instructions for accessing the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus.

Food boxes will be distributed today after school!

Good morning Obama Families,

Thanks to one of our wonderful partners in education (The Dream Center Church where Bishop William Murphy serves as Pastor), we will have free food boxes available for pick-up at our school this afternoon.  Starting at  12:45 p.m., you may pull up to the car lanes and a staff member will put the food box in your car.  The boxes will contain fresh vegetables and other food items. These boxes are available to any member of the Obama Elementary family. Please remember that our dismissal starts at 2 p.m., so you should come before 1:45 p.m. or after 2:30 p.m. to avoid that traffic.  We will distribute on a first-come, first-served basis until we run out.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!  

Also, we strongly encourage all students to come to the building to take the MAP test (including our virtual Eagle scholars) through Wednesday of next week. We have tested approximately 780 of our students, but we'd like to capture this data for all of our scholars.  MAP data helps teachers plan more effectively for instruction.  Please also remember that MAP testing qualifies your child for the gifted program, as well as other magnet programs in the district. If you don't participate in the MAP test administration, your child may be ineligible for consideration in these programs. However, if you still feel uncomfortable with allowing your child to come to the building, we understand.    Please send us an email stating that you want your child to opt out of MAP testing for this semester, if that's your final decision. Opt-out emails/messages should be sent directly to your child's teacher before Thursday, September 30th. 

Stay safe and have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Title I Parent Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,



Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parental engagement program and activities in our school. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events at our school.



Surveys may be completed online by clicking here.  We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.




Mrs. Angela Thomas-Bethea,

Principal

Title I Stakeholders Meeting

Greetings Obama Families! Please click on the attached file to view information about joining the next Title I Stakeholders meeting.


Multiple positive COVID cases reported today...

Greetings Obama Families, 

This notification is also to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported to our school this morning. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  Please do not send students to school if they are sick or presenting COVID symptoms.  Additionally, if you voluntarily take your child/children to be tested because you feel they may have been exposed, please do not send them to school until you receive a negative result.  Since the first week of school, we have reported more than 40 positive COVID cases and have quarantined more than 350 staff members and students.  Please help us mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus.

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that will be sent to you via Class DOJO.  If the link for your child's teacher does not work, please send the teacher a direct message via Class DOJO to let him/her know.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent.  

Please remember that students will be coded as Q (Quarantined) in the system and will not be penalized in any way if they were exposed at school and have to be quarantined. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology

Additional COVID cases have been reported this week!

Greetings Obama Families, 

This notification is also to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported to our school this week. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  Please do not send students to school if they are sick or presenting COVID symptoms.  Additionally, if you voluntarily take your child/children to be tested because you feel they may have been exposed, please do not send them to school until you receive a negative result.  Since the first week of school, we have reported more than 30 positive COVID cases and have quarantined more than 300 staff members and students.  Please help us mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus.

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to connect virtually.  If the link for your child's teacher does not work, please send the teacher a direct message via Class DOJO to let him/her know.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent. 

Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22 

Please remember that students will be coded as Q (Quarantined) in the system and will not be penalized in any way if they were exposed at school and have to be quarantined. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology


 

Click on the Accreditation Stakeholder Feedback Survey Image to complete the survey.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing an accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. We invite you to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey. The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

The Family and Community Stakeholder Survey is available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Napali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. The survey is confidential and will take approximately ten minutes to complete. 

The survey will open Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and close Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm.



Labor Day Weekend/Another COVID case

Greetings Obama Families,

This email is to serve as a reminder that all DeKalb County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.   Schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  While enjoying this weekend, please remain safe and do everything you can to mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus that is wreaking havoc in our community.  All of us must work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

This notification is also to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported to our school today. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to connect virtually.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent. 

Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22 

Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed at school. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. 

Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology

More COVID cases have been reported this week!

Greetings Obama Families,

This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported to our school this week. We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to connect virtually.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent. 

Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22 

Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed at school. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. 

Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology


Positive COVID Cases Reported Today-8/26/21

Greetings Obama Families,

This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were reported to our school today (Thursday, August 26, 2021). We received this information this morning and have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to access the class.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent.  Most of our technology issues have been resolved and chromebooks are currently being issued to those students whose parents have signed a Chromebook Agreement Form.  We must have an Agreement Form signed by a parent or guardian before a chromebook will be issued by the teacher.

If quarantined teachers and students are feeling up to it, teachers will connect with students virtually to provide instruction while they are quarantining.  Only quarantined students and those who have elected to be virtual for the entire first semester may use the links below. Students cannot switch back and forth between face to face and virtual unless it is COVID-related. Once the quarantine is over, parents must decide if their child will be virtual or face to face.  Students will either return to the building face-to-face or remain virtual for the rest of the semester.   Once you add your child's name to the virtual list, your child must remain virtual until the end of the first semester (through the end of December, 2021).  Below are the TEAMS links for all teachers: 

Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22 

Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed to a positive individual at school.  Also, virtual students will not be penalized if they are unable to connect due to the district's network issues.  As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed. 

Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology

Title I Curriculum Night

Greetings Obama Families,

Virtual Curriculum Nights and our Annual Title I Meetings will be held three days this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) for each grade level, as required for all elementary schools in the DeKalb County School District. The purpose is of this night is for parents to virtually connect with their children's teachers and paraprofessionals.  Teachers will introduce themselves and present an overview of the curriculum for the grade level in each content area including special areas (which include the music, science lab, technology lab, band/orchestra, art, and STEM classes). Please click the link below to see the flyer that contains details about our upcoming Virtual Curriculum Nights and Annual Title I Parent Meetings. Links to the meetings will be sent by your child's homeroom teacher via Class DOJO (our school-wide communication tool) on the day in which it is held.  We hope to see you there!

Curriculum Night and Annual Title I Meeting Flyer, 2021-22 

Sincerely,

Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal

Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology



More Positive COVID Cases Reported today!

Greetings Obama Families,
This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID cases have been reported to our school today (Friday, August 20, 2021). We have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  
All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, that means your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed at school.    As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. 
Please note that we're making progress on chrome book connectivity, so work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click on your child's teacher's name to connect virtually.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent.  Admittedly, we are still experiencing a few technical difficulties and intermittent network outages throughout the district, but things have drastically improved! We are very close to resolving these issues.  Virtual students will not be penalized if they are unable to connect due to the district's network issues.
Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  
Sincerely,
Angela Thomas-Bethea, Principal
Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology

More COVID cases reported today (8-16-2021)

Greetings Obama Families,

This notification is to inform you that additional, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported to our school today (Monday, August 16, 2021). We received this information over the weekend and this morning and have been working closely with the district, the Ga. Dept. of Public Health and the DeKalb County Board of Health to isolate the individuals, identify and contact any persons who were in close contact with the individual, and clean and disinfect the impacted areas within the building.  

All students and staff members who were exposed to the COVID-positive individuals have been notified.  If you were not notified via phone call, email and/or Class DOJO, your child was not exposed to the individuals who tested positive in our school. We're making progress on chrome book connectivity, so work will be sent by teachers to quarantined and virtual students via Class DOJO or through the Virtual TEAMS links that are attached to this email. Please click the link below, and then click your child's teacher's name to connect virtually.  Due to the current COVID crisis, ALL Obama staff members have created a TEAMS link to connect with their students when/if they are absent.  Admittedly, we are still experiencing a few technical difficulties and intermittent network outages throughout the district, but things are improving! We hope to have this issue fully resolved within the next two days.

Virtual TEAMS links for Obama Elementary, 1st semester, 21-22 

Please remember that students will not be marked absent or penalized in any way if they were exposed at school.  Also, virtual students will not be penalized if they are unable to connect due to the district's network issues.  As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.  You should also contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed.  Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately. 

Your cooperation, patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times in education. We must communicate effectively and work together to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff.  

Sincerely,