From the Principal

 
 
We had a fun-filled week celebrating our parent’s right to choose the best fit school for their children. 
 
The culminating event of National School Choice Week was a visit from Ebenezer Norman, founder of New Dimension of Hope (NDH), visited GVA-DC and shared the rough-cut of his Netflix documentary profiling his work to build a school in Liberia. Students were very excited to see many current and former GVA-DC students in the film and learn that the school in Liberia has a classroom named “Global Village Academy”. Mr. Norman attributed much of the success of his new school to the support of Global Village Academy- Douglas County and their fundraising efforts. Last year, GVA-DC donated $1,000 to NDH to sponsor a classroom. All money was raised through their “Jeans for Dreams” fundraiser. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Friday, February 7th is the first day of our 2020 “Jeans for Dreams” fundraiser to benefit New Dimension of Hope. This year, rather than raise money for an additional classroom, we are raising money for an additional teacher to accommodate children currently on the waitlist of the school. Students and staff can pay $1 to wear jeans each Friday in the month of February. Students should wear uniform/spirit shirts on Friday with their jeans! Money will be turned in to AM teachers. During afternoon announcements on Fridays, we will report out about our progress to our goal of raising $1,000!! 
 
Students have been discouraged from asking their parents for money to donate to “Jeans for Dreams”. Rather, students brainstormed ways in which they could earn money doing additional chores around the house. One parent was so moved by the work being done by New Dimension of Hope, he pledged to match the $1000 raised by students!!! 
 
For more information about New Dimension of Hope go to www.ndhope.org.
 
Parking Lot Reminders
The parking lot on the west end of the building (between the modular and the school building) is for Staff Parking only between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm. If dropping students off/picking them up from Innovation Learning during these times, please park in the visitor’s lot and walk with your student to the rear of the building. 
 
Please be patient and courteous to other drivers in the parking lot. Over the past few weeks drivers have been observed cutting each other off in line, yelling at one another and using unpleasant gestures. #dragonparentsarerespectfulresponsibleandreadyto learn
 
Severe Weather Closures or Delays
GVA-DC follows Douglas County Inclement Weather Policy. Beginning 24 hours prior to the start of a forecasted storm, the DCSD Snow Team begins assessing the changing conditions across the county and at our schools. If the forecast or current conditions are concerning, the team makes a recommendation for a delay or closure to the superintendent.  If a delay or cancellation is to be implemented, families will receive a text message and email via SchoolMessenger (make sure you're opted in!) and notifications are sent to local media agencies and posted on the GVA-DC website and social media channels
 
Have an amazing week- stay warm!!
 
 
 
Warmly,
 
Stacy Bush, GVA DC Principal