GCIS Weekly News 10/28/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

We're not here to be average; We're here to be AWESOME!

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Another Great Week at GCIS! Below are our Amazing Awesome Students of the week! Staff nominate students for demonstrating Key Behaviors throughout the week and coming to school every day trying their best, respecting all students everyday no matter what, and modeling leadership behaviors and qualities! Congrats to these students that make our school community great! Thanks for Being Awesome this week!
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Fundraising Announcements!

Below are 2 very important announcements about the fundraiser! I want to personally thank all the support from families and friends! Our fundraising dollars help in so many ways! Materials are due Tuesday November 1st. Students can bring their envelopes and hand into their homeroom teachers and/or into the office. Please don't hesitate to call the office with any questions. GCIS Office: 515-738-5721
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GCIS Office News

Fall Has Arrived!

  • Please make sure your child is showing up dressed for the weather each day! Fall has arrived, and winter will be here before we know it! Below I have included what we would like to see students sent with prepared for the weather each school day moving forward. If you have an additional questions please don't hesitate calling the office. (515)738-5721. If students are not properly dressed they will be asked to stay inside for recess and spend time reading. Students health and well being play into our success as students! Thanks so much for your efforts!

Weather and Proper Clothing Guidelines:

  • Temps ranging from 50 degrees and above: Short sleeves are acceptable

  • Temps ranging from 45-50 degrees: Long sleeves, light jacket, hats encouraged

  • Temps 45 degrees and below: Warm winter gear (hats, gloves, winter jacket, and snow pants and boots)

*If for any reason you need any of the above mentioned items, please don't hesitate to let us know how we might help. We have various resources that we can access to ensure all students have what they need for the coming winter months.

Principal Shoutout!

I wanted to include details for conferences that are quickly upon us! Our conferences are set for November 8th and 10th from 4:00-7:00pm. We will once again be using myconfsignup as a tool to find a time to meet with your child's homeroom teacher.

HERE is the link that will take you to the login page. The window to sign up for a conference is from Friday October 28th- Monday November 7th. After that time please call the office to schedule or reschedule your conference. We look forward to seeing you!

PokeMon Information

A growing issue at GCIS is Pokemon and other kinds of trading cards. We are encouraging parents to support us in having students leave their trading cards at home. We are having many issues with children trading, but then being unhappy with the trades, cards going missing, and students not eating their lunches because they are trading these cards. It is causing distraction in the classroom and other areas of our day. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping Pokemon cards at home. We will be announcing to all children that these are not allowed at school between the hours of 8:15-3:15 pm. If a child has them out, they will be asked to put them in their bag. If they continue to get them out, they will be kept in the office until the end of the day and we ask that parents make arrangements to pick them up in the office. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Students riding on a different bus...

We have had students riding on different buses. We are trying to ensure this is not happening. It is very important that students assigned to a bus, ride that assigned bus before and after school due to safety. Moving forward if a student is found riding a bus that is not assigned to them, (unless they have a note with permission) the following action will occur. Please talk through this with your child. Teachers are sharing this in homerooms with students. Please call the office if you have any questions. 515-738-5721

First Offense: Recess

Second Offense: 1/2 day of ISS

Third Offense: Full Day of ISS

If this behavior continues a meeting will be had with parent, child, and homeroom teacher. Students will still receive a formal write up from the bus per bus policy. All inquires with formal bus write ups are directed to Mr. Wayne Hougham.

Feature Speakers

Throughout the year we will be having speakers come in and share insight with GCIS students! This can be related to social emotional learning, PBIS, or college and career! We would love to include YOU! Please contact our offices if you have a profession, skill, or passion that may be interesting for students to hear more about! WE WANT YOU!

4th Grade Happenings!

Lit./Social Studies: We started our unit over the election. The auditor from Boone county, Phil Meier, came and spoke to us and answered questions about the election process. We finished up by getting a chance to vote for president!

The results from our fourth grade election were:

Trump 54%

Clinton 34%

Castle 7%

Stein 5%

Math: Geometry! Where do we see geometry in our home or at school? We have been talking about geometric concepts. We studied and drew lines, line segments, rays, parallel lines and intersecting lines. Keep an eye out for all the geometry that is around us, and hopefully your child will tell you what they see.

We also have started working on our multiplication facts. We are creating an ice cream sundae made of paper. As we learn each set of facts and pass our test over the facts, we get to add the pieces of the sundae until we get it finished. Maybe we’ll even get to create a real sundae at the end of this project. Practice your facts at home!

Science: We are continuing our learning of light. This week we have taken reflection and refraction and connected it to how our eye works. We will soon be wrapping this up with a model of how the eyes processes light so that we can see.

Below is a picture of Phil Meier presenting to the fourth graders.

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5th Grade Happenings!

Math: We are working on multiplication strategies. We need to work extra on math facts. Working hard to master the process. Here we go.

Science: We learned about fish this week and started our discussion about amphibians.

Lit/SS: In reading, we having been working on comparing and contrasting two or more characters and settings in a story, drawing on specific details in the text. In writing, we are hard at work on our personal narrative stories! These are shaping up and looking amazing. They should be ready for viewing at parent/teacher conferences. In social studies, we had Barb Labate from the American Legion, come and talk with us about our upcoming American Flag Essay Contest.

6th Grade Happenings!

In science, students are working to finish their hazard project. Students worked together to develop a checklist so they could review their work before submitting it. Students are also grading their project before turning it in for their final grade.

In math, students are working on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. Some students are beginning to set goals and work more independently. It’s awesome to see students’ excitement as they work to reach their goals.

In Lit/Social Studies, students are continuing to learn about the Constitution and the United States Government. We are also writing an argumentative paper about a topic of their choice. Students will have time to work on these at school, but may need to bring them home to ensure they are completed by Friday. Just a reminder, keep reading 20 minutes each night!


This week PE students have been working on the fundamentals of throwing and catching a football. We also had a couple of days that we did some agility obstacle course runs.

Music Mania

4th General Music:

Final orders for recorders will be accepted through Monday, October 31. This is the only order that will be submitted. If you would like your child to have their own recorder, please have the pink sheet and $2.85 sent in by Monday! Thank you! :)

5th & 6th General Music:

We are in the closing days of our STOMP style presentations. The projects have been a pleasant surprise! The students have worked hard and enjoyed creating them. I look forward to sharing out some of the finished projects with you at our December 5th Concert!

We are pleased to announce that with the closing of this unit, we will be having a real-world experience for the students! On Thursday, December 8th, the group Vocal Trash will be performing for our school and community. There will be 2 separate performances on that day. Be on the lookout for more information in the future!

Conferences will be held November 8th and 10th at GCIS. I would be glad to meet with each of you and your child(ren) to discuss your child’s music class experiences. Hope to see you there!

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Art News

Art students are working on PUMPKINS!!! 4th Grade is making Zentangle pumpkins, 5th Grade is making a one point perspective pumpkin patch and 6th grade is making an optical illusion pumpkin with contrast!


4th grade students built an automaton out of cardboard and wood that makes two balls move up stairs on their own! They presented to Mrs. Fish’s class and will present to the other classes next time. 5th grade students are working their dream house and have been inspired to create a “dream school”. We have an architect coming next week to talk to the students about how to make and read blueprints. 6th grade students are working on their portfolios about their dream vacation!

Media/Tech Lit

Students in 6th and 4th grades continued working on their Everfi programs, learning about savings and investing, as well as Internet safety. The 5th grade students continued working on their Learning.com application, working through various activities on safely using email.

Special Education News

4th graders are learning a new color coding system for writing paragraphs. They are writing on their chromebooks using Read, Write for Google and having fun doing it!

5th graders are still working on compare and contrast and practices by comparing and contrasting M&Ms and Skittles.

6th graders are still learning about their government and how to understand a persuasive article’s claims.

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Band Business!

5th grade parents, feel free to ask your student to play for you if you would like a snapshot of their current ability level. More practice is always encouraged to improve at a faster rate.

6th grade parents, students will soon have eight songs they are preparing for our concert on December 5th and for our IBA audition deadline on January 20th. There is more than enough music for students at all levels to need at home practice.

Counseling News

Become an UPSTANDER and make a difference!

In Life Skills we are learning what it takes to become an upstander instead of a bystander in situations involving bullying behaviors.

At some time, every one of us becomes a bystander—someone who witnesses bullying but doesn't get involved.

You can be an upstander instead—the person who knows that what is happening is wrong and does something to make things right. It takes courage to speak up on someone's behalf. By being an upstander, you are becoming a person of character and also helping someone else.

Here are some things you can safely do:
• Don’t join in the bullying
• Support the target of the bully in private—show your concern and offer kindness
• Stand with the target and say something
• Mobilize others to join in and stand up to the bully
• Befriend the target and reach out to him/her in friendship
• Alert an adult

Remember to tell an adult. There’s a big difference between tattling and reporting a concern. Tattling is telling to get someone into trouble, reporting is telling to get someone out of trouble.
(CAPS, Stompoutbullying.org)

Visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/about-bullying-and-cyberbullying/bystanders-become-upstanders/ for more information and strategies you can use to end bullying.

“In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King Jr

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Nurse News!

We would like to thank Dr. Stalder and all the staff at Eye Care Associates for screening the 5th graders this week!! The did an amazing job helping our students out and educating them on taking care of our vision!

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