Gator Gab

January 5, 2016

"The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37:23-24


  • Happy New Year! It was great to see everyone today.
  • Green Oaks School is no longer a citrus free zone! Students and staff may now bring oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc. to school.
  • Yellow Day is Friday, January 8! More details below.
  • No school Friday, January 15 and Monday, January 18.

Yellow Day

This Friday, January 8, Green Oaks School will celebrate Yellow Day! All students and staff will go to see the movie Yellow Day. Click here to watch the movie trailer: Everyone should wear yellow on Friday. All students, even those that do not attend on Fridays, are invited to attend the movie. More details coming soon.

Teen Group

The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas is in the process of creating a teen club. If you want your adolescent (ages 13-18) to participate in the new teen program, parents must attend a meeting on January 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the meeting will last around 30 minutes. After the meeting you can leave your teen and return to pick them up at 9:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Liz at or call the DSPNT office at (817) 390-2970.

The teen club will meet at least once a month and the cost to participate is $5.00 per event. All teen events will be supervised by DSPNT staff and volunteers. Club 321 and the teen club will have at least three combined events each year. The first combined event is a New Year's Dance Party this Saturday, January 9 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, 3200 Norwood Lane Arlington, TX 76013. Pizza will be served to teens and Club 321 members.

RSVP must be turned in to the DSPNT by email to or by phone to the DSPNT office at (817) 390-2970.

Gator Gala

This year's event will be held on February 27 at Cacharel Restaurant. Our theme will be "On the Red Carpet" and will celebrate our wonderful students. Mark your calendar now for this fun event! We will have limited seating this year so you'll want to get your reservation in early. Invitations will be sent in January. (We will need help with these, so please stand by in early January!)

Auction Items Needed

We ask each of our families to contribute an item for our auction. This can be something you get donated from an area restaurant or business, so you don't need to spend a penny. We especially need larger items for our Live Auction and bottles of wine for our Wine Pull. Auction item forms will be sent home this week. Call Jean if you have ideas, suggestions, or contact names for donations.

Interested in Housing Options?

We will be forming a housing co-operative for Green Oaks/Arlington through Project Independence. In order to join, you must attend a presentation by CPSH (like the one held here on November 8). We will be offering two presentations on January 27, 2016. The first will be at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending one of these, please let Jean know at

Important Dates

Friday, 1/8 Yellow Day

Tuesday, 1/12 Staff Meeting-Delayed Van Pool

Friday, 1/15 No School

Monday, 1/18 No School-Martin Luther King Day

Monday, 2/15 No School-President's Day

Saturday, 2/27 Gator Gala

In Our Prayers…

  • Prayers for Jessica Collicutt (former Green Oaks employee) and her family, especially her brother Lance Smith. He was involved in a car accident and suffered serious injuries.
  • Prayers for Tobey Elliott, Haley's dad, for health concerns.
  • Ongoing prayers for Nic Patterson and Adrian Martinez as they continue to fight leukemia.

We’d like to include your prayer concerns, too. Please call the office or submit them by email to

Happy Birthday!

1/5 Dan Ritcher
1/10 Miss Handy
1/10 Ryan Hindman
1/12 Becca Stewart
1/13 Mallory Tyler
1/13 Haley Whitworth
1/14 Miss Pollard
1/16 Matty Fergeson
1/17 Mr. Kevin
1/18 Daniel Carbajal
1/19 Dave Preece
1/27 Mrs. Fairchild
1/28 Shannon Tillis


Green Oaks has a continual need for items (listed below). In addition to the items on our wish list, right now we are in need of gift cards to Half Price Books, comic books, magazine subscriptions to Sports Illustrated Kids, Christian magazines, and teen magazines, including M, Twist, Teen Ink, etc. Green Oaks continues to collect Box Tops and Labels for Education. Please send these to school in a Ziploc bag.

White copy paper

Paper plates

Plastic forks, spoons, & knives

Diet soda

Bottled water

Disinfecting Wipes

30 or 33 Gallon Trash Bags

White cardstock

Napkins/Paper towels

These items are always needed and appreciated!

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