Dolphin Digest

Family Weekly Update: May 22, 2022

Gilpin Manor Elementary

Don Foskey, Principal

Mark Etzel, Assistant Principal

Lauren Kegley, School Counselor

Misty Pearson, Community School Advisor

Maggie Buto, Title I Resource Teacher

Melissa Pratt, Title I Resource Teacher

Charlie Givens, Student Services Resource Teacher

Jessica Janusz-Grimes, School Mental Health Professional

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Note from the Principal

Hello Gilpin Families,

There are 14 more school days to make this school year amazing! During those 14 days, we have many events taking place while we also work hard to continue learning and growing. Students who missed MCAP testing sessions will make those up this upcoming week. We also end the week with Fun & Fitness Day. This fun event will take place on Friday, May 27, and has a very specific schedule. Please make note of it if you choose to attend. In addition, we will be hosting a 'Moving Up Night' on May 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (flyer coming home on Monday)

As we start thinking about the end of the school year, Gilpin Manor takes time to reflect on how we are doing. We love to hear from our families and community about our events, the programs we offer, and the services we provide. We kindly ask that you complete our Spring GMES Family and Community Engagement Survey. We appreciate your time and feedback!

Now is also a great time to start thinking ahead about summer plans and programs for students during the summer months. Please be sure to see a Camp Invention opportunity further down in our Dolphin Digest that is being held during the week of July 18, 2022.

In addition, please check out the SEL information shared further down in our Dolphin Digest. Each week, there will be new details about Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How does it help students? What is the home-school connection? This week: Developmentally Appropriate SEL!

At Gilpin Manor, we strive to be a support system for our GMES students and families. If you are in need of assistance, have questions, or just need to check-in, please email me at or contact the school at 410-996-5040. Mr. Etzel, our assistant principal, can also be reached at I hope you are safe and well!

And, as always, be kind to one another.


Don Foskey


**Please be sure to check out Dr. Lawson's 'Superintendent's Update' from February 25th about the updated optional mask procedure in addition to the 'Test to Stay' protocols!

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Please remember that families may only pick students up early in the main office until 3:15 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) or 1:30 (Wed.). We will not dismiss students early after that time. We hold to this because our dismissal process begins shortly thereafter, and we cannot safely complete our schoolwide dismissal procedures when there are additional requests and changes in how students go home. We appreciate your understanding!

Wacky Water Wednesdays

This month, we will participate in a water campaign in partnership with the Maryland SNAP-Ed program.

Gilpin is taking the Water Challenge this month! We are making a healthy choice by drinking more water to keep us alert, full of energy and ready to learn. Sip the Water Drop says..."Drinking water during the day helps to keep your immune system healthy! Keep a water bottle with you and refill throughout the day!"

Wednesday, May 25 - Wacky Mismatched Day

GMES Community Pantry

Have you heard the news? The wonderful folks at Nicanor, Inc provided Gilpin with a FREE community pantry located just outside of the main office. The purpose of the pantry is to provide 24 hour access to food and other small house hold items a family may need. There is no paperwork to be filled out, but there is a QR code scan to keep up with usage and potential needs for the pantry. The pantry will be stocked by Nicanor, Inc and other charitable donations from our school community. The motto for our pantry is, "Take what you need and give what you can"!

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Principal's Book of the Month

We have a new program at Gilpin Manor. It is called ‘Principal’s Book of the Month.’ Throughout the school year, Mr. Foskey will select a book that will be given to every GMES student. During the month, students are encouraged to read the book. Teachers may complete activities with the book in classrooms as well.

The ‘Principal’s Book of the Month’ program will help us continue to build our learning community. One book will give us a common experience to discuss with our entire school family. Our books might have gentle messages, celebrate a person or event, or give us ways to discuss our Gilpin values. These books are intended to highlight something special and bring joy to our lives. We hope you and your child will read our book of the month.

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Cafeteria News: Lunch Update

Due to limited supplies and difficulties with shipping, schools will now individually develop meal menus based on in stock food items. Please see the attached lunch menu for the next few upcoming weeks shared below.
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Social-Emotional Learning

SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning. It is a part of how we develop as humans. It is the process through which we manage emotions, set goals, problem-solve, make responsible and caring decisions, develop empathy for others, and develop healthy identities.

Developmentally Appropriate SEL:

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a lifelong process through which we, as humans, develop our abilities to process our emotions, develop healthy identities, and and integrate our thinking, feeling, and behaving. As children grow, their ability to process emotions, see others' perspectives, and show empathy improve. What we expect from a first grader is not the same as what we expect from a fourth grader. While the following document is a bit long, there is a set of lists on page 2 that give us an idea of the types of things students should be able to do at different age ranges: Developmental SEL. Consider the types of things your child does and how we might work together to improve those skills further.

Second Step SEL Lessons:

Throughout the fourth marking period, our students will work through our Second Step Elementary unit 4 which focuses on problem-solving. Children will learn how to manage strong emotions to feel calm before solving problems, describe a problem and identify the wants and needs involved, think of many possible solutions and their potential outcomes, and pick the best solution.

To support families with SEL, below are a few resources:

Do you have a question about SEL at Gilpin Manor? Ask it here: GMES SEL Family Questions

Community School Advisor: Connection

Check out our Community School Advisor Misty Pearson's CSA Connection: Community School Connection for the week of April 22, 2022 - Connection #11: CSA Connection.
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Important Dates and Upcoming Events

May: Mental Health Awareness Month, Better Speech and Hearing Month, Healthy Vision Month, & Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Wacky Water Wednesday for Water Month: Wacky Mismatched Day
  • Friday, May 27 - Fun & Fitness Day (more info to come soon!)
  • Monday, May 30 - No School: Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 31 - 'Moving Up Night' from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

June: Immigrant Heritage Month
  • Thursday, June 2 - Careers on Wheels (grades PreK, K, 1, & 2)
  • Thursday, June 2 - Dolphin Pride Day: Sunglasses Day!
  • Thursday, June 2 - Spring Concert at 6:00 p.m.
Final Week -
  • Wednesday, June 8 - 5th Grade Luau (students only)
  • Thursday, June 9 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. (must have tickets)
  • Thursday, June 9 - Grade Level Recognition Gatherings (flyer to come home soon)
  • Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School for Students (early dismissal at 1:30 p.m.)
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Car Loop


  • All parents/guardians MUST remain in their vehicles. (Please park your car in a parking spot if you need to buckle your child's seatbelt.)
  • Vehicles may ONLY turn RIGHT when leaving the car loop.
  • In car loop 1 (grades Preschool, PreK, and K) - Please be sure to pull up close to the person in front of you so we can get as many vehicles as possible off of the main road.
  • Please keep music turned down quietly while on school property.
  • Please do not smoke while on school property.

Our car loop operates with two car loops again this school year to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff members. Students in grades Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten, and their siblings will use the smaller car loop at the front of the building. Students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, will use the car loop on the library side of the building. The library side of the building will require parents/guardians to enter down by the public library entrance.

To use the Car Loops, families must complete a GMES Car Rider Loop Application Information Sheet. You may do this electronically here: Car Rider Loop Application.

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Attendance at school each and every day is very important. This make sure students have consistent access to teachers and learning experiences. We will share weekly attendance rates for each grade level and the whole school each week.

Check out this great resource about attendance at school: Absences Adds Up!

Our goal each week is for each grade level, and our school overall, to have 90% or greater attendance. Attendance rates for this week are posted below:

PS: 94.1% PK: 91.0% K: 93.3% 1st: 94.1%

2nd: 92.5% 3rd: 92.4% 4th: 91.7% 5th: 92.4%

Overall: 92.6%

Congratulations to EVERY GRADE LEVEL for surpassing our goal of 90%!

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Frequently, Dr. Lawson, our CCPS Superintendent, provides an update to staff, students, families, and the community. The update for May 6, 2022, can be located here: Superintendent's Update.

Please see Dr. Lawson's Elementary School Update from October 4, 2021: Elementary Update.

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Check out the MD SNAP-Ed Facebook page for more information on cooking demos and other great nutrition information -

PTA Post

Please look for the membership forms that will go home with students the first week of school.

If you are interested in joining the PTA, a committee, or have any questions, please email us at

2021-2022 PTA Board Members:

  • President - Sabrina Roberts
  • Vice President - Renee' Sayers
  • Treasurer - vacant
  • Secretary - vacant
  • GMES Staff Liaison - Kelly Strawbridge

Be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page - Gilpin Manor PTA.

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GMES Schedule

Office Hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (W)

School Hours - PreK-5th Gr: 8:45 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:45 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (W)

School Hours - Preschool: AM Session- 8:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. PM Session- 12:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

CCPS and GMES Resource and Support Information

CCPS Technology Support

Videos about navigating online platforms, logging on, submitting assignments, and more!


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