Dear GMS Community,
I am confident in saying “The countdown is on!” We are doing our best to keep your child engaged and learning, right up to the winter holiday celebration next Thursday, December 19th at 1:30pm (Thank you PTO for providing snacks for the students!). We appreciate the encouragement you’re giving your sons and daughters at home.
On Monday, December 16th, Officer Burks, Shana and I will be facilitating a “tabletop” safety drill during each of the three lunch periods. “Tabletop” implies that we will talk, not actually practice, with students about what to do in an emergency situation. If an intruder enters the building between 11:00am and 1:30pm, there are extra logistic challenges which will be the focus of our drill. Please know I am working hard at selecting language that will both support and prepare students without scaring them.
Specifically, we will discuss how both large safety doors in the cafeteria will be dropped by staff and we will also point out the location of the three building exits from the commons end of the building. Finally, we will discuss what to do once students get outside.
Please keep me posted on your child’s feedback about the tabletop drill. I am happy to speak with you or communicate via email.
Have a great weekend!
Happy December! If you have a chance to stop by the Book Fair, it is going on through Thursday, December 12th. Students will have an opportunity to browse and shop during their ELA class and study center and you are welcome to check in through the office as a visitor and shop during school hours. I don’t know about you, but books are always one of my favorite holiday gifts to give and receive!
Please take a moment this weekend to check your child’s lunch account. Our lunch staff contacted me today to tell me many students have a negative lunch balance, which prevents a student from receiving his/her preferred lunch. You should know, however, even with a negative balance, students are offered an alternative lunch (cheese sandwich or garden salad) so no child goes hungry.
Thank you for your generosity! The 3rd and Goal box is overflowing with coats for veterans and the 7th grade “Adopt A Family” initiative met their goal. You provide so much for your children and teaching them the importance of giving is one of the most important!
Each day I enter our school I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Principal. The best part of each day is the time I get to spend with students. They are eager, happy learners and the relationships I have formed with them buoy me daily!
I am also very thankful for the relationships I have formed with many of you. Thank you for the way you love and support your child and thank you for the support you provide to his/her teachers and to Ms. Murray, Mr. Ohlinger, and me.
Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving week.