The Jaguar Journal

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2015 Gorrie Walk-a-Thon: Here we go!!

Today is the official kick off for individual fundraising for the Walk-a-Thon. Our sponsors have done an amazing job. Now it is up to all of us to bring it over the finish line! What can you do?

1) Register your child as a participant on to create their page.

2) Use that page to encourage fundraising. On their page there is a link you can copy and share or you can just share it right from there via social media.

3) There will be class contests each week leading up to the event on November 13th. Your teacher(s) can win something and so can the whole class.

For anyone interested, there is still time. The sponsorship deadline is October 16th. Here is a full list of sponsorship opportunities. A BIG THANK YOU to our current sponsors!!

Questions about the Walk-a-thon? Contact Leah Carden. Join us! We meet on Wednesdays at 8 am in the cafeteria.

Brief Survey: Help us become a National PTA School of Excellence!

Dear Parents,

We need your help as we begin the application process to become a National PTA School of Excellence! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at the beginning and end of the school year. Your feedback from the first survey will help to generate a customized Roadmap to Excellence, which will provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence.

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Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at Gorrie Elementary and complete the completely anonymous survey by October 23, 2015. Mark the response that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. We appreciate your time in helping us achieve this prestigious recognition for our school!

Your Gorrie PTA

2015 Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is in full swing! Sales continue Monday October 12th thru Friday October 16th. We will also be open before and after school for students to shop with a parent. Click Here to read all about it. Some fun volunteer slots are still open. Interested? Sign up here!

PAWS for Reading

Have you heard everyone talking about the PAWS program? It's a donation program unlike any other, wherein the donator adds his/her thoughts and impressions to the donated book. A handful of students have already started and are excited to do more.

Click here to learn more about the program. Better yet, hear from one of the students herself!

Red Ribbon Week is next week!

Our school will be celebrating being drug free throughout the week of 10/19-10/23 by dressing in different themes.

Monday (10/19)—Gorrie Jaguars are drug free! Let’s show it by wearing red…especially red Gorrie t-shirts!

Tuesday (10/20)—We will Sock It to Drugs” by wearing crazy socks to school.

Wednesday (10/21)—Show we are Too Bright for Drugs” by wearing as much neon as possible.

Thursday (10/22)—Gorrie Elementary is ready to “Put a Cap on Drugs” by wearing your favorite cap or hat.

Friday (10/23)—Students and staff will Team Up Against Drugs” by wearing their favorite sports team gear.

Friday's Fall Festival was a huge success and a ton of fun!

Many thanks to the AWESOME volunteers who made Fall Festival such a special event for our Gorrie community! Plus, a big shout out to our committee chairs who dedicated many hours behind the scenes to create a magical evening last Friday.

**If you misplaced any items at the Fall Festival, please check the main office for Lost & Found items.**

Reminder: Please Note School Drop Off Procedures

We need your help to keep our students safe. Our campus is open to students beginning at 7:30 a.m. Classroom teachers are responsible for the supervision of students in the classrooms beginning at 7:30 a.m. Please adjust your drop off schedules accordingly.

Additionally, the time between 7:30 and final bell are intended to support the academic day. During this time, students are provided “Bellwork.” Teachers use this time to prepare for the day’s activities and to work with students individually. We appreciate your support and understanding that conferences and social visits should be scheduled at another time with your teacher. If you walk your child to class, please be mindful of the need to leave your child at the pod entrance or the door. Thank you.

Heads up! Next Daddy Donut day, October 16 & Movie Night, November 6

Oct 16: Thanks to your amazing turn out, we are doubling the amount of donuts and the number of lines to get one! Please plan on attending at 7:30 a.m.

Nov 6: The Gorrie Dad's Club is hosting this year's Movie Night on November 6th. The movie will start at sundown. Mark your calendars now for this fun event!

Gorrie Cares Upcoming Events

Gorrie Cares Teach-In Donations Needed:

Gorrie Cares and Dad's Club will be teaming up to do a school wide service project for the Teach In this year. Each grade will work on a different project to help flood victims in South Carolina.

Each child will prepare a kit for flood victims. The kits are:
Kindergarten- Snack Packs
1st Grade- Happy Craft/ Kids Activity Packs
2nd Grade- Laundromat Packs
3rd Grade- Toiletry Kits (Travel Size)
4th Grade- Disaster Survival Packs
5th Grade- First Aid Kits

First, please start saving travel size plastic diaper wipes containers and plastic pencil boxes. We will use these for our kits. There is a collection container in the office.

We are hoping to get some items from local businesses like doctors offices, dentists offices, etc. Items needed are: toothbrushes, toothpastes, travel size neosporin packets, bandaids, hand sanitizer travel size, hotel toiletries, etc. If you are able to donate any of these items from your business in a large quantity please contact Jen Pope at

We also are looking for someone to bring the items/ kits to to South Carolina. If anyone is going to South Carolina for Thanksgiving or with work to help and would be willing to drop the boxes off, please email Jen Pope at

Each grade will be asking for donations in the coming weeks. Please look for those items and think about donating items or money to help victims of the South Carolina flooding.

Halloween Costume Donations

Do you have new or gently-used Halloween costumes or dress-up clothes that you are willing to donate? Gorrie Girl Scout troops will be collecting the week of October 19-23.

Simply drop off your new or gently-used Halloween costumes in front of Gorrie between 7:30 and 8:00am. All collected items will be donated to the Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School (Metropolitan Ministries' partnership school).