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From ACWORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Please be aware that Main Street is scheduled to be paved on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 from the Caboose to roughly Dallas Street. The intention is to keep one lane open during the paving process, however please expect brief delays. Storefront parking from Lemon Street to Dallas Street will not be available during the paving.

On Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25 paving will move to the area under construction on Northside / Southside Drive. The intention is to keep one lane open during the process to allow access to the businesses located in the construction area.

Dyslexia Day at the Braves!

Join the International Dyslexia Association Georgia (IDA-GA) for Dyslexia Day at the Braves, a fundraiser game at SunTrust Park where a portion of every ticket sold through https://groupmatics.events/event/Internationaldyslexia will go back directly to IDA-GA. Seats are available in the Home Run Porch (outfield) and Grandstand Reserved section.

Braves vs. Mets
Saturday, April 13th @ 7:20pm EST
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

IDA-GA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia, the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties (affecting 15-20% of the population). They are a resource and support system for educators, parents, and all professionals concerned with dyslexia and related reading difficulties.

IDA-GA provides community outreach activities including the annual Dyslexia Dash 5K run/walk, professional education conferences, scholarships and grants focused on teacher training, an information and referral hotline, and e-newsletters to increase awareness and educational solutions for struggling readers. Learn more at ga.DyslexiaIDA.org.

You can also purchase this hat for pickup at stadium or delivery. More details HERE.

#Until everyone can read! 


It is NOT a “Mistake” to Test all Kindergarteners for Dyslexia!

In a recent opinion piece about Senate Bill 48 by the Atlanta Journal & Constitution:  Mistake to Test all Georgia Kindergarteners for Dyslexia, a former Fayette County School Board Member, who was also a candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent in 2014, a 2016 candidate for the US Senate, and a 2018 candidate to the Georgia House for District 72 shares her concerns about the bill in blue, our rebuttal is in black:

“The bill defines dyslexia using the exact definition supplied by the International Dyslexia Association or IDA, a private corporation” 

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit (EIN: 52-0953609) that files an IRS form 990! We are also a registered 501(c)(3) non profit that files a 990, and the notion that either is a “Private Corporation” is laughable. They have a 100% “Accountability & Transparency” Score on Charity Navigator

“In reality, there is far less certainty about dyslexia and how it is recognized. Many teachers avoid using the term because it is so vague that it has lost any real value.”

Most school districts NEVER STARTED USING the term! Forget about losing any real value, when they never applied it. Teachers have been cautioned not to call their students dyslexic because if they do, then the district will have to address dyslexia. 

“Teachers have been cautioned not to call their students dyslexic because it is a medical diagnosis”

If it really were the “medical diagnosis” she claims, all of our students would be able to seek a medical waiver for SB10 and other scholarships. It certainly has medical implications as outlined below.

“There’s also no objective proof any of their programs actually produce results, or that they are better than any of the other programs available.”

Yes, there is. Besides the plethora of proof elsewhere, we have been a recipient of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant and as a result we have to submit an impact report. We have a statistician that analyzes the results and we use those results to place students in upcoming years as well as to evaluate our programs. Basically, they work! You can read more HERE. In fairness, is it the program? The environment? Our class size? That is hard to separate. However, something has to be done to address the issues, and early identification, which she opposes, gets students the help & resources they need. 

“According to the University of Michigan, dyslexia can be difficult to diagnose, and there is no cure because dyslexia is not a disease.” 

Interestingly, the University of Michigan also has THIS page, specifically for Dyslexia Reading Programs. It’s far less difficult to diagnose than it is to treat. As for it being a disease, SHE called it a “medical diagnosis”, which “is the process of determining which disease or condition…”, and while she is correct, it is not a “disease”, it is definitely a condition, that ignored, has long term implications, as seen below.

Our Wilson® Reading and Fast ForWord® Reading programs for our students with language processing disorders, such as dyslexia, yield impressive results in improving reading scores for. The following statistics are why we strive to ensure our students graduate at the best reading level they can attain:

  • 65% of Georgia 4th graders are not reading at the proficient level (1)
  • A 4th grade child not reading proficiently will have a 78% chance of not catching up (2)
  • TWO OUT OF THREE of students who cannot read proficiently by end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare (2)
  • 20% of high school seniors can be classified as functionally illiterate (3)
  • ONE IN SIX young adults (>1.2million) drop out of high school each year (3)
  • 43% of those with lowest literacy skills live in poverty (3)
  • Children of low literacy parents have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading level (4)
  • 70% of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate (4)
  • 85% of juvenile offenders rate as functionally or marginally illiterate (4)
  • 43% of those with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty (4)

1. www.rif.org/literacy-network/facts#Georgia 
2. www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html
3. www.nrrf.org/research.htm
4. proliteracy.org/Resources/Adult-Literacy-Facts

Interestingly, the Arkansas Senate is about to vote on a bill that would require testing of inmates AND “the agencies must provide reading instruction or dyslexia intervention if a juvenile or inmate scores below the reading proficiency level considered high functioning, according to the bills.”

How bad does it have to get in Georgia?  🤦‍♀️

Please contact the Governor’s Office to express your support for SB48.

Source: https://www.ajc.com/blog/get-schooled/opinion-mistake-test-all-georgia-kindergarteners-for-dyslexia


Cobb Chamber recognizes Brookwood as one of the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year.

Acworth, Georgia (April 8, 2019) – On Friday, April 5, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce recognized Brookwood Christian School one of Cobb County’s 2019 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Each year, the Chamber celebrates the achievements of small businesses that contribute to the vitality of the community by announcing the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Cobb County is home to many fast growing small businesses, and as a pro-business advocacy organization, the Cobb Chamber is committed to supporting these businesses.

“We are very honored to be named one of the Top 25 Businesses”, said Kim Wigington, founder and Headmaster at Brookwood, “This time last year we were crowded in our original building undergoing construction. Now we have our new building and are quickly filling the extra space. This recognition highlights the hard work of all our staff.”

In addition to Brookwood Christian School, the following businesses were also named one of the 2019 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year:

AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, Artisan Custom Closets, Assured Comfort Heating Air & Plumbing, Deluxe Athletics, DeNyse Companies, DynamiX, Elder Law Firm, The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis, Fulfillment Strategies International, Inc., Georgia Trade School, InPrime Legal, The Marietta Local, Mills Specialty Metals, LLC, North Georgia Staffing, Otter’s Chicken, Poole’s Pharmacy, RE/MAX PURE, Roam Innovative Workplace, SpeedPro Imaging Marietta, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique, Tom + Chee Kennesaw, Vertisys, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Yalo!

An overall winner will be selected among the Top 25 and announced on May 6 at the Small Business of the Year Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The top winner is determined by a thorough selection process including applications and site visits by a panel of outside judges. The breakfast will honor the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year and the Small Business Hall of Fame inductees.

Tickets to the breakfast are $35 for members and are $60 for general admission. Visit www.cobbchamber.org/SBOY for more information and event registration.

The 2019 Small Business of the Year awards are presented by LOUD Security Systems and S.A. White Oil Company. For more information about the Small Businesses of the Year awards, contact Jani Dix at 770-859-2335 or jdix@cobbchamber.org.

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

 


Ladies Tea & Silent Auction tickets on sale this week!

Watch out for tickets to go on sale this week for our 5th Annual Ladies Tea & Silent Auction!

This will be the first year we do not have it at the Beach House, but rather our brand new Auditorium, and we are excited!

We have listed a VERY short list of a few of the great items we have this year, and will have more coming soon. Click HERE for details and continuous updates.

We hope you’ll join us!

SB 48 Passed the House!

Senate Bill 48, a mandate that elementary schools screen for dyslexia, has just passed the House unanimously. It also passed the Senate unanimously in February. The mandate would be contingent upon state funding. The bill also seeks to train teachers. Thanks to advocates such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter. We would like to thank Ed Setzler, the representative for the school’s district, and a committee member, who supported the legislation, as well as Lindsey Tippens, the senator for the school’s district, who also supported it!

The bill originally would have required all kindergartners be screened beginning the 20-21 school year. However the House pushed that back to begin in the 2024 school year, to allow time for the state to research methods. The state school superintendent will have to pick at least three school districts for a pilot program starting in the fall of 2020.

This will also allow the Professional Standards Commission to establish a special credential for teachers who’ve been trained to recognize dyslexia and to address it. They would also establish standards for teacher preparation programs offering dyslexia training.

More HERE.

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead

Brookwood Christian Earns GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results

Acworth, Georgia (March 26, 2019) – Brookwood Christian today earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar,, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Brookwood Christian is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Kim Wigington, Headmaster, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to earn a Platinum Seal, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media. We’re thrilled that our Platinum Seal of Transparency and the associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives to a broader audience.”

To reach the Platinum level, Brookwood Christian added extensive information to its GuideStar, Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Brookwood Christian has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

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About Brookwood Christian

Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs: individual or multiple learning disorders such dyslexia, reading & language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, and other specific learning disabilities. Most of our operating budget comes from tuition payments augmented by the Georgia SB-10 scholarship program. Seventy-nine percent of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Recognition such as this helps with our fundraising which helps keep our operating costs and tuition low.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar, database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar, encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 10 million people who visit GuideStar, to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar, data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar, participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar, database.

GuideStar, is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar, data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. GuideStar, Nonprofit Profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. The Seal levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to its profile.

In addition, users see GuideStar, data on more than 200 philanthropic websites and 5 applications like AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. Foundation Center and GuideStar, joined forces to become Candid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Find out more at candid.org and on Twitter @CandidDotOrg.

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

 

 

Henry’s Helps 3/26/2019

Join us for dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill as we wrap up celebrating National Reading Month AND our 2nd Annual #Ride2Read. Just leave your itemized receipt in the #HenrysHelps jar before you leave.

Henry’s will donate 15% of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to Brookwood Christian from the collected itemized receipts! Dine in or take out! Make your reservations now if you are going to dine in!

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead #1in5

Georgia Legislature “Crossover Day” Summary

Thursday, March 7, was the deadline to move bills from the Senate to the House and vice versa. However, legislation that failed to “cross over” may still pass by riding on other education-related bills before the session ends on April 2. Here is a wrap up of what may affect our families.

  • Look up HERE for Senate Bill that has has crossed to the House
  • Look up HERE for House Bill that has has crossed to the Senate
  • Also contact committee members linked under each bill.