GARRISON GATOR PAD DEC 5, 2021

Esther F Garrison School for the Arts News You Can Use

This is Principal Parks with news you can use.


The holidays are upon us and there are 10 more days until the Winter Holidays begins at Esther F Garrison School for the Arts where creativity and critical thinking prepare our students for 21st century living and where a love for the arts make the difference! Let's celebrate on Thursday with Candy Cane Day! Students may wear any variation of red and white. Please see the SMORE for a list of next week's activities.


Congratulations to Band and Orchestra for amazing recitals last week! Kudos to our instructors!! A special Kudos to all of our choir students who auditioned and those who made it through the first rounds of All State. Band had All state this weekend and we are so proud of each of them!



Reminders:

Report all COVID concerns

Report to school on time with masks. Students are tardy at 8:15

Last early dismissal ends at 2 pm and students are considered late pickup at 3:40.

Yearbooks are on sale now for $35 at jostens.com.

Please adhere to the traffic procedures and remember to use turn signals

Remind students to follow the dress code. See the link below.


Make sure to checkout our ARTS IN ACTION section each week as we highlight one or more of our fine art areas. This week there is a message for 4th grade parents!


NEW ITEM ALERT!!!! See the link for NEW ITEMS, GREAT FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS!!Don't forget to join PTA! The cost is $5. We want 100% of you! Did you know that your child can also join PTA. Click this link for a fast and easy way to join. https://garrisongatorspta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/8921


Below is a link to the sign up Genius for PTA Classroom Donations. Please take a moment to review everything. If you would like to donate items, please sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084DAEA629A5F58-student


The PTA holiday shop is virtual this year. If you would like to participate, here is the link: https://asmallworldvirtualshop.com/school=Esther+F.+Garrison+School+for+the+Arts


Gentle reminders: Students should not be texting or making phone calls during school hours. Students also should not receive phone calls during the school day. Students are only allowed to use cell phones during the instructional day with a teacher or admin approval. Please speak with your child regarding these important matters and turning cell phones off during the day.


Show your Garrison Gator Pride each Friday! Spirit wear with uniform bottoms.


Continue to monitor the Garrison website and Facebook page . If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out via email or contact the school.


COVID REMINDERS:


IF IT IS AFTER HOURS, PLEASE USE THE GOOGLE LINK TO REPORT POSITIVE COVID RESULTS...SEE THE LINK BELOW

PLEASE CONTACT THE NURSE KANITHA.BLACK@SCCPSS.COM or An Administrator if you or your child has tested positive or come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive.


The word for the week is Caring. Caring is displaying kindness and concern for others. During this season and everyday, lets show people that we understand the definition of the word caring and act responsibly.


We are Team Garrison with One Goal: Student Achievement! We are “Gator” Ready and "Gator" Proud and we are Gators who understand and RESPECT the importance of Caring. Enjoy the SMORE!


We are STRONGER TOGETHER and we can MAKE IT HAPPEN! Whatever IT may be!


We are definitely STRONGER TOGETHER: MAKING IT HAPPEN!

IS YOUR CHILD A BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR? DO THEY ALREADY HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESS?

If so, please send an email to Principal Parks at aysha.parks@sccpss.com. We would like to nominate them to participate in the SCCPSS EXPO Young Entrepreneurs & Inventors Showcase. Registering does not guarantee participation. I would need an email with the title SCCPSS EXPO Young Entrepreneur & Inventor by December 10th or earlier with the following:

  • Name and Grade Level of Student
  • Name of the Business or Invention
  • Brief Description of the Business/Product/ Invention

Dates To Remember


  • Yearbooks on Sale for $35 until 12/31. Prices increase to $40 in January.
  • Dance Recital-

--Kinder- Third Grade- Dec 10 5:30-6:30 Cast A; 6:30-7:30 Cast B, 7:30-8:30 Cast C

--Grades 4-8 Dec 16


  • Winter Holidays Dec 20- Jan 4


SCCPSS EXPO Jan 22 Save the Date

Code of Conduct

STEAM News at Garrison!

Over winter break, the James Webb Telescope will be launched. Georgia College is hosting an Engineering and Design Challenge for students who build a prototype of the James Webb telescope. Models will be judged on stability, accuracy and creativity. If you are interested, complete the google form to compete: JWST Engineering and Design Challenge Registration (google.com)

Phots and Video of entries must be submitted to science@gcsu.edu by January 10th. Winners announced on January 15th.

Please let us know if you are competing at brianaranck@sccpss.com.


SCIENCE FAIR


Congratulations to all 5th and 7th grades who entered the school science fair. We were impressed by all the entries. The following students placed:


The following students will move on to the district science fair:


Stay tuned for a digital presentation of the science fair projects

SPIRIT WEAR EACH FRIDAY

SHOW YOUR GARRISON GATOR PRIDE ON FRIDAYS!! Order your Spirit wear here:

https://garrisongatorspta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/8921

Order Your Yearbook NOW!!! $35

Make plans to purchase your yearbook NOW! Yearbooks are currently $35, but the price will increase to $40 January 1st.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!


Prices will continue to go up throughout the year ($45) and we have a limited number of yearbooks, so don't wait!


Payments can be spread out over the year.

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MASKS/FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED IN ALL SCCPSS BUILDINGS

VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS

Visitors are not allowed in person access to schools at this time. To allow students time to acclimate to the learning environment this fall, only those who have a direct reason for supporting the operation of the school will be permitted access.

Test Talk!

MAP: Middle-of-the-Year (MOY) MAP Testing begins for most grade levels on November 29th. Please refer to class newsletters or check with your child's teacher for grade level specific MAP schedules.


For an overview of this year's assessments, click here: District Assessment Calendar

ARTS IN ACTION: ATTENTION ALL 4th GRADE

lashaundra.osborne@sccpss.com

alexandra.wambold@sccpss.com


4th grade students have spent the first semester experiencing two arts classes: an instrumental ensemble and a secondary art. Parents will receive an email this week with an evaluation of their child's performance in each art class. Based on the evaluations, parents should make a selection between the two arts. That choice will become their child's Art Focus, that is the art that the student will study for 5-days a week of instruction beginning in January. Students will have one year of instruction in that art to prepare for the 5th grade arts audition.


It is imperative that all parents respond with their child's art selection as soon as possible.


For questions and/or concerns about your child's art selection, please email the art coordinators.

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Middle School Athletics Information

Girls Sports: Fall- Softball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Winter- Basketball, Swimming

Spring - Soccer


Boys Sports: Fall- Cross Country, Football (paired with DeRenne)

Winter- Swimming, Basketball

Spring - Baseball, Soccer


SWIMMING

Schedule coming soon


BASKETBALL

Schedule coming soon.


CROSS COUNTRY

Congratulations to our 3rd place Girls Cross Country Team and our 4th place Boys Cross Country Team!


FOOTBALL (we are partnered with Derenne Middle School)

Congratulations to the Derenne/Garrison Team on a completed season!


VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Congratulations to the team for a completed season!

Make sure to LIKE & FOLLOW @GarrisonArtsSAV

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (*COMING SOON!)
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Garrison's Library Media Corner News

Greetings Parents and Students!


VERY IMPORTANT: To request a device for your child you will need to fill out the 2020-2021 Student Device Loan Form (click on tab below). Thanks to those parents who have already submitted your forms (paper and or electronic format). If you're form is incomplete, the media staff will be contacting you to complete any missed information. Ex. FP Plan, Signatures, or Unmarked Choices.


Friendly Reminder,

Parents, We will need to have a 2021-2022 Student Device Loan form on EVERY Student. Even if your child/children is not using one of our devices and regardless of your choices. This will be kept on file for our inventory/school records.

For home and school use devices, please make sure that students are charging their devices for the next day use and/or bringing their chargers with them to school. It is imperative that students keep up with their chargers.

Lastly, click on the School Cash Online tab below to be directed to register your child for the Family Protection Plan. We encourage parents to take advantage of this plan for home and school use.

Thanks,

Library Media Staff

Media Center Spotlight

Greetings!

To Parents and Students!

Can you believe that it is December, the last month of the year? Let's take a look at a few of our upcoming Holidays:

November 28 - December 6 - Hanukkah

December 25 - Christmas Day

December 26 - Kwanzaa

How will you celebrate the Holidays? Check out these features for elementary and and middle grades. Great read-alouds, sing-alongs to share with your child/children. Enjoy!!!

Let's Celebrate - Read Aloud #diversity #festivals #holidaysacrosscultures #crossculturalcelebration
Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf - By Greg Wolfe | Kids Books Read Aloud
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Winter Celebrations Around the World

Destiny Online Catalog

Our Media Center is open for Book Circulation and Small Group Visits. We have Online and Print Resources Available for You. Click on the Tabs Below to Get Started!

GATOR NuRse CoRner


Hello Gators! We hope everyone is still staying healthy. Continue to be active for at least 60 minutes a day; make half of your plate veggies and fruits; drink more water and limit sugary drinks.

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Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

What you need to know

  • When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Masks work best when everyone wears one.
  • A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.
  • Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
  • Masks should be worn any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.​
  • Wear a mask inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing your mask.
  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people who live in your household. However, some areas may have mask mandates while out in public, so please check the rules in your local area (such as in your city, county, or state). Additionally, check whether any federal mask mandates apply to where you will be going.
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JOIN PTA TODAY AND PURCHASE SPIRIT GEAR!- NEW ITEM ALERT!!!!

PTA has new merchandise available. These items make great holiday gifts. Join PTA and go shopping all from the same link. Visit the site below: https://garrisongatorspta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/8921

Counselor Corner

Value of the Month

Respect Others

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” - Bryant H. McGill

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Interested in Becoming a Garrison Globetrotter?

From the desk of the Assistant Principal, Stephen D. Ailes


Thanks to all who are remaining patient during arrival/dismissal. Thanks also for your consideration of the neighbors living in the Blake. Please continue to leave the entrance/exit at the Blake clear as we wait for arrival/dismissal. Please don't text or use phones in the arrival and dismissal line (Safety before convenience every time).


Please remember, pullover hoodie sweatshirts (without a zipper) are not to be worn at school.


Winter weather is here! There are a great many coats and jackets in the lost and found. Please have your child check the lost and found for their belongings (located in the cafeteria).


For those who watch the sky, the Geminds Meteor Shower peaks this month on December 13-14. The Geminids are bright, rarely leave a trail, and at the shower's peak, can reach 100 meteors per hour. There is a total solar eclipse today, but it is only visible from Antarctica, South Africa, and the southern Indian Ocean. The planets that are visible during this month are Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Happy viewing!




Keep up the great work! Go Garrison Gators! # Stronger Together!

Bell Times for School Year 2021-22

8:15AM -3:15PM


Gates will close at 8:10. School begins at 8:15AM

Drop off begins at 7:45AM

TRAFFIC FLOW ABOVE

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