September 16, 2016

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CogAT testing is scheduled for September 21, 22, and 23. According to page 15 of the PTA Handbook there will be no parents or visitors for lunch during standardized testing weeks. Thank you for your cooperation.

Gwin Oaks Elementary Teacher of the Year!

Our Teacher of the Year and Promise of Gwinnett is 1st grade teacher, Amy Granger. Congratulations Mrs. Granger!

#PromiseTeacher #Ideliver #promisegwinnett


Join us for the Brookwood Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th, at 4:45pm. Parade route begins and ends at the high school traveling through Brookwood Manor subdivision. Tons of fun for all ages! Watch out for flying candy! Hope to see you there. Our own Principal, Dr. Burnley, and Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Granger, will be in the parade! Be sure to say hello to them as they pass by! See you there!

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Established in 1969, PTA REFLECTIONS is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program encouraging artistic creativity in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

To showcase your child’s talent, paste these links in your browser or email the Reflections Team for rules and forms. Projects and entry forms are due by Wednesday, October 5th.






Parents - please remember to have your car rider number visible when you enter the car rider line. Thank you!


Gwin Oaks Elementary has a wonderful volunteer reading program, Reading Partners. After a short orientation session, volunteer Reading Partners are paired with a student who could use a little boost in reading. The partners meet once a week with their student for a 30 minute session. These volunteers become a special friend to their students as they support their reading growth.

This program has been very successful, and we have seen great growth in our students. But, we always have more students who need support than we have volunteers. If you are interested in this program, please contact Sue Eason, Reading Partners Coordinator at

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Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most. Come to the Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. There will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education.

Mark your calendar during Early Release on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 where you can help your child find the books they’ll love to read. You can also contribute books to the teacher’s classroom library so students will have easy access to reading every day. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Dates: Sept. 23, Sept. 26-27 (Browsing) Sept. 28-Oct. 4 (Buying)

Shopping Hours: 8:00-3:30

Extended Early Release Times: 7:45-5:00 (Wed., Sept. 28) 7:45-4:00 (Thurs., Sept. 29)

Reading Takes You Everywhere

Does your child love to read? If they do then take a picture of them reading and send it to Mrs. Amolo. You can email a copy of the picture to Sharon Amolo at Please include your child’s first and last name and where they were reading. Pictures will be featured on the morning school broadcast, the Media Center webpage, and in the Mighty Oak.

This week’s reading pictures feature:

Austin Mimms on Margaret Island - The Centennial Memorial in Hungary.

Bethany Wallace reading in the grocery store.

Duncan Reid reading outside the Farmers Market.

Tyler Pruitt and his sister reading at Barnes and Noble.

Myra, Gabe, Makayla, Islas, and Daniel Arguello.


Gwin Oaks students and parents are invited to visit the Family Legacy Resource Center. The Center is open Monday-Thursday from 10:45 AM-12:45 PM. Math games, flash cards, science DVDs, sight word activities, biographies, and board games are all just waiting to be checked out. All items are barcoded and can be checked out of the school much the same as materials from the Media Center. Items can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

Materials were purchased to encourage families to spend time together learning. All items in the Legacy Center were provided from the people of Cannon United Methodist Church. The volunteers who work in the Center are also Cannon members. Come by and visit today to see what the Legacy Center is all about.


5th Grade Recognition Yearbook Ad


It’s time to order your 5th grade yearbook ad. Create a special note to your child that will be included in the back of the yearbook. All ads are 1/8 of a page and cost $30.00. The ads will be designed by you! You will easily create your Recognition Ad using the Pictavo online software. We only have 30 ad spaces. Ads will be filled on a 1st come, 1st returned basis as Recognition Ads are purchased online. Ads must be submitted by January 31st.

​This cost is in addition to ordering a yearbook!!!

Any questions, you may contact


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Friday, OCTOBER 28

$4 per person for 10 rounds of Bingo

Doors will open at 5:30pm for dinner and BINGO will start at 6:30pm. Food, drinks, ice cream and more will be available throughout the evening.

FABULOUS PRIZES will be awarded to the winner of each round. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume for costume contest! Prizes will be passed out during BINGO!

Celebrity Guest Appearances will be made by teachers in each grade so make sure to Come and see your teacher!

There are a limited number of seats and food available so please fill out the order form below and return it to your teachers in an envelope with your check (made out to GOES PTA) by October 24. All ticket sales and food are on a first-come first-served basis. No refunds or cancellations will be made. No pre-ordering food this year. Food will be paid for at BINGO night.


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Gwin Oaks Elementary

400 Gwin Oaks Drive

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Elementary 770-972-3110

The mission of the faculty and staff of Gwin Oaks Elementary is to facilitate a safe and supportive environment where excellence in learning for all children results in responsible

and productive citizens and lifelong learners.