Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 26 - March 2, 2018

Dear Families,

This week I want to share with you an article from a well-known local psychiatrist, Dr. Laine Young-Walker, where she offers advise about how to talk to teens about mental health. Often, as parents, we are worried about our kids feelings but do not know how to start the conversation; I hope this article will help in the process!

Multicultural Week

March 5-9, 2018 is Multicultural Week at Gentry Middle School. Gentry will be celebrating our different cultures and diversities all week long with different lessons and activities in advisory. On Friday, we will culminate our week by having 5 different multicultural presentations with outside presenters as well as some of our Gentry students being involved. All students will be able to see the 5 presentations on Friday morning.

Aladdin Jr. Performance

Please join us for an evening at Gentry Middle School as we travel back in time to a magical place. Disney's Aladdin Jr. will be performed March 15-17 at 7:00 pm. Join your favorite characters - Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, Iago, Genie, Sultan, Magic Carpet and more! You will discover A Whole New World and you might even make A Friend Like Me! This show is definitely family friendly and lasts about one hour. Tickets will be sold at the door and are only $5.00 each. Hope to see you there!


The deadline to turn registration materials for next school year was February 15th. If your student has not returned the registration and we do not receive it by Monday, March 5, we will assume you are trusting us to make the decision about courses for your student next year.

PTSA Notes

Our next PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at 6pm in the Media Center. We will have a guest speaker, Anna Munson, Columbia Public Schools CFO , to discuss and answer any questions regarding the upcoming bond issue. As this is a "hot topic" within our school district and community, we encourage all to attend. Hope to see you there!

The Columbia Board of Education has called a special election on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, to submit a proposal for a $30 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to Columbia voters. The bond issue proposal requires a 57 percent approval. More Bond Election information:

End of the Year Events

Last week we shared the dates for the end of the year events. We are sharing them again in case your missed them!

May 1st - Incoming 6th Grade Get Acquainted Night 6:00-7:30 pm - Gym

May 9th - 8th Grade Field Trip to City Museum in St. Louis, MO

May 15-16th - 8th Grade Finals

May 16th - 7th Grade End of the Year Award Ceremony 8:30-10:00 am - Gym

May 17th - 8th Grade Transition Ceremony & End of the Year Awards 8:30-10:00 am - Gym

May 17th - 6th Grade End of the Year Awards Ceremony 1:00-2:30 pm - Gym

May 22nd - 6th/7th Grade Talent Show in the Cafetorium - Time TBD

May 22nd - 8th Grade Talent Show in the Cafetorium - Time TBD

***Please, note that the events for 8th grade have changed this year, and instead of an in town field trip and a dance, we are only doing an out of town field trip!

RBHS Volleyball for Rising 8th Grade Students

RBHS will be hosting a player/parent volleyball informational meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 pm in the Rock Bridge H.S. commons. Current 8th grade students who are interested in participating in Rock Bridge volleyball next year are strongly encouraged to attend. At this meeting the volleyball coach will provide important details on spring and summer workouts, camps and tournaments. Please contact Aaron Kincaid if you have further any questions. Go Bruins!

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

Some of our parents and students have not been following our drop off/pick up procedures, placing their students and others at risk (and slowing things down!). Please, read below for a refresher!

- Pull up as far as you can in front of the building to drop off your student, to make room for other cars

- Encourage your student to get off the car as soon as you are close to the curve (not necessarily in front of the building!)

- All students must be picked up or dropped off by the curb. If you park in the lot, escort your child to and from the car. Do not let your student out of the car if you are in the left hand lane!

- Cars may begin entering the bus area at 7:20am

- Students must be in their classroom no later than 7:30am. Plan accordingly.

- Pick up your student(s) no later than 3:00pm, unless they are staying for a supervised after-school activity.

- Parents need to make arrangements with their students ahead of time for pick up. Make sure you communicate with them if they are to ride the bus or wait to be picked up. If you need to call the office to change arrangements it must be done before 2:00pm.

Thank you for your cooperation!


- Please, avoid bringing things to school that your students have forgotten. Let them be organized and prepare their things the night before... if you don't bring them for them they will remember next time (And helps with the traffic in the office!).

- This is a reminder that if your student will ride the bus home with a friend arrangements need to be made in advance, and the student needs to bring a written note to school stating that they have your permission to ride the bus. Please include in your note: the date your child will be riding, who your child will be riding with, and student’s bus number. We cannot allow students to ride the bus without the written note, therefore a phone call will not suffice for permission. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Dates to Remember

March 6 - PTSA Meeting

March 9 - Multicultural Day

March 13 - Musical Assemblies

March 14 - 8th Grade EEE Field Trip

March 15 - 8th Grade Orchestra Festival at Battle

March 15 - AVID College Visit

March 15 - 6th Grade Elective Rotation

March 16 - IPR's go home

March 15-17 - Aladdin Jr. Performance

For practices and games check Gentry website!