GES News

Gwin Eagles S.O.A.R. January 24, 2020

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Hello! Greetings From Gwin!

Dear Gwin Families,

Please read the announcements shared below and feel free to contact us at 439-2600 if you have any questions or need clarification on the events and information shared in this edition of GES News.

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International Day 2020

International Day was a huge success today! Our students had fun learning about Australia and Oceania. Students carried flags to celebrate their families representing 44 countries. We enjoyed learning about animals and landscapes as well as the music and history of Australia. We had a special presentation made by a student and mom who is originally from Australia and even had a guest performer play the didgeridoo. Even our mayor and superintendent came to join in our celebration. What a wonderful day of learning! Thank you to all of our teachers and parent volunteers who helped to make the day a special day for our students!

Scantron Winter Assessment

During the month of January, we will be conducting the Scantron Assessment for our students in grades 2-5. These assessments will help to measure the progress your students have already made this year after a full semester of instruction. The Scantron data will inform us of the progress that each student has made toward achieving a full year of academic growth. Our goal is to ensure that every student in our school receives high-quality instruction each day. This data will help us to determine our next steps in the journey of teaching and learning for your children. If you have any questions about the assessments or your child's progress, please feel free to contact the school.

Please help us to have a successful testing period by doing the following:

1) Encourage your child to do his/her best

2) Send your child to school each day on time ready to focus and work hard

3) Ensure that your child has a good breakfast - at home or at school

4) Remind your child that the test is to show his/her teachers and parents how much he/she has learned so far this school year


We had a successful week of testing for our 4th and 5th graders last week. Assessments for 2nd grade will continue next week.

Tuesday, January 28th

8-9am 2nd grade Reading

Wednesday, January 29th

8-9am 2nd grade Math

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Cold and flu season is here! In an effort to keep our children well, we ask that you please remember the following:

  • Students should not come to school if they have shown signs of sickness before arriving at school (including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.).

  • Students should not come to school if they have been diagnosed with a contagious illness or have a fever.

  • If a student has been diagnosed by a doctor with flu or another highly contagious illness, please inform the nurse at Gwin. We like to keep note of flu cases, and we clean and sanitize more in common areas where multiple cases have been reported.

  • Remember that you may write a note or provide an excuse from a doctor to request that missed days due to illness are counted as excused versus unexcused absences. This information can be provided up to three days after the child returns to school.

  • Students who have fever or other outward signs of sickness will not be allowed to ride the bus home. We require that parents pick-up their children in these cases to avoid having the child become more ill in route home or to avoid spreading the sickness to others.

Is my child a walker?

We have had an increase in the number of students who have been added to our walkers in the afternoon each day. This dismissal option is intended for children who are able to walk from the doors of the school to the door or their home. Many of our walkers are not walkers based on this definition. For safety and supervision reasons, we ask that children who do not live in true walking distance to the school be added to our carpool dismissal or bus if they are eligible to ride. Please note that we recommend that students who are walking home should have an adult at home to take responsibility when they arrive at home. The school is not responsible for children after school hours off-campus.

Lost and Found

Please be sure to visit our lost and found area at school if you are missing items that belong to your child. All lost and found items will be donated to charity in March.

First Class Pre-K 2020-2021 Registration

Gwin Elementary School plans to host another First Class Pre-K classroom next school year! For more information about registration, please use the link below or visit the Hoover City Schools website.

January and February Dates to Remember

Scantron Testing


Author Visit Nia Mya Reese

Grades 1, 2, 3

February 3

Wacky Wednesday

Pajama Day

February 5

Book Talks and Storytelling with Katie Jane

Valentine's Day &

Biographies of Great African Americans

February 14

NO SCHOOL Teacher Professional Learning Days

February 17 & February 18

Spring Picture Day

February 20

PTO Meeting

February 21 9:30am

Kindness Week

February 24-28

Pink Shirt Day

February 26

#showlove Assembly with Austin Perine

February 28

Please refer to the school calendar on our website and information provided by your child’s teacher to see more dates and activities at Gwin. Remember that the dates listed are subject to change.