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"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

December 13 - December 17

Our Gray Hawk Mission Statement

OUR GRAY HAWK FAMILY works together to help students feel safe, loved, and inspired so they can be empowered learners and engaged citizens.

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Help us celebrate all of the Holidays with our Gray Hawks by purchasing books & games for classrooms! We have made Amazon Wishlists each classroom would love to have for OUR Gray Hawk students! Once purchased, it will be shipped to the PTO Coordinator who will collect the entire list and deliver to the school. Thank you for helping us support OUR Gray Hawks!



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As part of OUR commitment to inclusivity, we are asking that each family share the holidays and traditions that your family shares.This is NOT just about winter holidays. We want to know all about your family traditions year round. Please click the button below and share with us. Thank you!

Region 2 Kansas Teachers of the Year

It was an honor to have the Region 2 Kansas Teachers of the Year stop by on Thursday. A HUGE SHOUT OUT to two of OUR AMAZING GRAY HAWK student leaders - Ruxin and Cassia for giving an incredible tour and highlighting OUR school.
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Featured Literature

Eric Kimmel is the author of over 150 books for children. He is the 5 time winner of the National Jewish Book Award and one of the Association of Jewish Libraries Lifetime Achievement winners. He grew up in New York and could hear 5 different languages just walking down his street. He has always loved stories from all over the globe. He has been fortunate to travel to many of the places he writes about. He has received many awards for his children’s books.

Featured Book: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins - On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him.

But when he arrives not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the synagogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. Using his wits, the clever trickster faces down one goblin after the next, night after night. But can one man alone save Hanukkah and live to tell the tale?

Trina Schart Hyman’s leering goblins are equal parts terrifying and ridiculous as they match wits with Hershel, trying to keep him from lighting the menorah and celebrating Hanukkah.

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As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our students are exposed to the contributions of people of color and from different backgrounds, we kicked off this past week by giving daily clues to a famous person from history that has made our world a better place. This past week, the students heard the following clues:

Monday: I was born in Poland on November 7, 1867 and I developed a love for Science at a very early age.In 1895 I married a man named Pierre. Together we discovered two new elements: polonium and radium

I was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Tuesday: In 1906, I became the first woman physics professor at the Sore-bone in Paris. In 1909, I was given my own lab at the University of Paris. I was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Wednesday: In 1911, I won a Nobel Prize in chemistry. To this day, I am still the only person—man or woman—to win the Nobel Prize in two different sciences. My work with radioactivity made x-rays much more accurate so that doctors could see inside the human body.

Thursday: During World War I, I created mobile x-ray trucks that were driven onto the battlefield hospitals in France. These were called Little Curies.They were operated by women that I helped train so that doctors could see broken bones and bullets inside wounded soldiers bodies.

Friday: I died on July 4, 1934 from a disease that is caused by radiation - the very thing that I was working with to improve science and make life better for everyone.

Celebrating Marie Curie

Marie Curie - BrainPOP UK

Bite-Size Brain PD

The video this week is straight forward and simple. It is about how the brain works and it is absolutely a video that is appropriate for our students. Check it out and share it if you feel your child would love it.

The Brain For Kids - How Does Brain Work? (Learning Videos For Kids)


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