THE MIGHTY OAK

May 6, 2016

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FIELD DAY

Parents - it's almost Field Day, our LAST event of the school year. Please come cheer your children as they race and compete with each other and help us make it a truly fun experience for them. Please consider volunteering for one or more of our short shifts. You can sign up by clicking on the link below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4CA9A722A6FD0-field

Thank you,
Namrata Trehan

Media Matters

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On May 9th students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will have an author visit with Carmen Deedy. Carmen Deedy is an internationally known author and storyteller. She has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, Disney Institute, on Broadway, and National Public Radio and written six highly-acclaimed books - The Library Dragon, Secret of Old Zeb, The Tree Man, Agatha’s Feather Bed, The Last Dance, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and 14 Cows for America. Her two newest books are The Cheshire Cheese Cat and The Return of the Library Dragon. Students can purchase her books to have them signed during the visit. Look for a book order form in this week’s Friday Folder.

Reading Takes You Everywhere

Does your child love to read? If they do then take a picture of them reading and email a copy of the picture to Sharon Amolo at sharon_amolo@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. Please include your child’s name and where they were reading. Pictures will be featured on the scrolling announcements, the Media Center webpage, and in the Mighty Oak.

Emma Healey-Johnson reading at Lake Oconee.

Max Inlow reading on a Saturday morning.

Connor Preston reading to his dog.

Kylie Black, Scarlett Simmon, and Kaitlyn Black reading in Charleston, SC.

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All Media Center books are due on May 13th. If your child has an overdue book then they need to return it or pay for it. Paperback books are $5.00 and hardback books are $15. Students who do not return or check out their books will not be allowed to check out books the following year. You can view books your child has checked on by logging into the Parent Portal go2.gwinnett.k12.ga.us and clicking on the books/meals tab.

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Gwin Oaks is packed with great readers. This year we had over 700 students earn the Reading Award for 100% participation with their reading logs. Students who completed the program will receive a reading medal and attend a Reading Celebration with entertainer Chad Crews on May 10th.

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Students who completed the Six Flag tickets reading program will have their tickets sent home in May.

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Summer is almost here. Summer reading lists for kindergarten through fourth grade will be sent home by Friday, May 13th. As always the list will focus on reading from a list of suggested authors and genres and not specific titles. Students who complete the summer reading list will be invited to a summer reading program at the beginning of next school year. The list will also be on the school website and the Media Center page. If you have any questions after the lists are distributed, contact Sharon Amolo at sharon_amolo@gwinnett.k12.ga.us before the school year ends.

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What is the Summer Reading Program?

It’s a fun and free way to encourage kids to read. Reading during school vacations helps maintain and even improve reading skills, and it’s fun! From May 21 through August 13, 2016, readers of all ages can set a goal, keep track of their reading activities, and collect great prizes.

Who can join?

Anyone can participate in the Summer Reading Program. All ages are welcome to participate. A separate program for teens (rising 6th graders and up) is also available.

How do I sign up?

Students signed up at school and are ready to participate in all of the fun activities planned at the public library.

When am I finished?

Together, parent and child set a goal. Once the goal is reached, come into the library and collect great prizes! Kids will receive a Certificate of Recognition, coupons from local sponsors, and a free book (while supplies last). Don’t forget to enter the weekly drawings for a chance at additional prizes!

Will there be any special events?

Yes! In June and July there will be programs for elementary school students, programs for teens, puppet shows, character visits, and special guest performances by artists, musicians, and entertainers. All programs are free.

PTA TREASURER NOMINEE

Namrata Trehan is our 2016-17 PTA Treasurer Nominee

PTA Members will vote for the nominee at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on May 13.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP

Maxwell High School of Technology is hosting our annual Middle School Summer Camp May 31st-June 3rd. The flier in the link below states the camp is for current middle school students; however, we also welcome current 5th graders as well.

http://www.maxwellhigh.com/2016-summer-camp-information.html

ABOUT US

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.

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