November 14, 2022

Silver Gotcha Recipients

At Garrisonville, we like to recognize students & staff who have gone above and beyond by presenting them with a Silver Gotcha. Any staff member is able to nominate a Gator for a Silver Gotcha if they feel that they have done something that exemplifies our Gator Motto.

G | Going the extra mile

A | Always encouraging.

T | Totally cooperative.

O | Outstanding attitude.

R | Respectful & responsible.

Our recent Silver Gotcha recipients are:

Alicia A. - 3rd Gator

Ryleigh W. - 5th Gator

Jose G. - 4th Gator

Christopher R. - 2nd Gator

Grady H. - 5th Gator

Carmen G. - 4th Gator

Killian R. - 4th Gator

Code Ninjas In School Field Trip

Code Ninjas of Stafford will be visiting our school November 30th-December 8th to work with our 2nd-5th Gators! During their visits, Code Ninjas will go to each of our 2nd-5th grade classrooms to work on coding skills and game creation, all while incorporating some of our standards and C5W skills! We can't wait to see what our Gators will create!

PTO Boosterthon Funds Update!

Through our PTO Boosterthon program earlier this year, our PTO gave the school $10,000 of the profit for student experiences here at school. So far this year, we have used the funds for the following items:

  • School wide author assembly for grades K-5
  • Price reduction of our 5th grade field trip to the Richmond Science Museum
  • In-house field trip for our 3rd Gators from the Richmond Children's Museum for hands-on learning with simple machines
  • Recorders for our 4th and 5th Gators

We are looking forward to having more exciting opportunities here at school for our Gators! We appreciate all of the Boosterthon donations from our Gator family and friends to help provide these experiences.


If you're able, please send some boxes of tissues and/or packages of baby wipes in with your Gator for their classroom. Thank you


Impact Aid Form Now Available - Emails have been sent to families!

Stafford Schools is currently collecting Impact Aid forms from families. You should have received a form via email in Qualtrics. If you did not receive the form, you can use this link. In either case, you will need to log in with the student’s ID number, which can be accessed in ParentVue or in the MyStop app. If using the generic link, you will also need to use your student’s school assigned email address. Your student’s email address is in this format:

GES is striving for 100% completion!


PTO Meeting
Join us for our November PTO Meeting on Monday, November 14th at 6pm in the GES Library!

Free childcare will be provided in the gym!

We will be discussing our Holiday Festival!

Not able to make it in person? There will be an option to join virtually! Check your email for the link to join our Google Meet.

We can't wait to see you there!


Sam’s Spirit Night
We hope you’ll help support our school by ordering from Sam’s Pizza & Subs on Thursday, November 17th. A portion of all GES sales for carryout and dine-in service between 5pm and 9:00pm will go directly to our PTO.

Just make sure to mention GES PTO when you order and sign in when you pickup!

(We will not receive credit for orders placed for delivery.)

THANK YOU so much for your support!


Holiday Festival Silent Auction Baskets
PTO will be putting together themed baskets for the Holiday Festival Silent Auction on December 3rd. Please consider donating an item that represents your child's grade and theme listed below.

Kindergarten - Arts & Crafts
1st Grade - Snow Day/Winter Fun (gloves, hats, stuff to play outside in the snow)
2nd Grade - Disney
3rd Grade - Super Hero
4th Grade - Movie & Game Night
5th Grade - Science

Please bring items in to your classroom teacher by Monday, November 28th. Thank you so much!

Garrisonville ES Holiday Festival 2022!
We are currently accepting applications for vendors to participate in our annual GES Holiday Festival on December 3rd from 9am-Noon.

Fee: $20 per (1) 6’ table and a donation valued at $20 or more for the silent auction

Email for an application.

Food Drive

  • Thanksgiving Meal Pick-Up

    • If your family requested a Thanksgiving Meal Basket, pick-up will be on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st from 9 A.M. through 2:30 P.M. Please come to the front office and we will assist you with loading your vehicle. If you are unable to pick-up your basket during the above dates/times, contact Molly Clarke at or by calling 540-658-6260 as soon as possible to arrange an alternative date/time. Thank you!

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

    • We are gathering non-perishable foods to support our Gator community during Thanksgiving break. Listed below are the food items we would like each grade level to donate. Students can drop off their donations in the boxes in the main hallway outside the counseling offices.

*We will be accepting donations until THURSDAY, November 17th*


  • Stuffing

  • Fruit Snacks

1st Grade

  • Spaghetti Noodles

  • Jelly

2nd Grade

  • Dessert Mixes

  • Peanut Butter

  • Ramen

3rd Grade

  • Canned Corn

  • Soup

  • Canned Fruit

4th Grade

  • Canned Green Beans

  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes

  • Rice

5th Grade

  • Cranberry Sauce

  • Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams

  • Spaghetti Sauce

~Any other non perishable donations are appreciated, but not necessary. Thank you!~


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!! We are very excited to hold the Book Fair in our beautiful school library. The book fair will be November 22nd - December 3rd. This is a great time to purchase books and other materials for your children. Book fair is a fun and happy event for the whole family to enjoy!

∗ Open for students to shop during the school day

∗ Open for family members to shop from 12:30 - 2:00 (Entrance-Library Door)

∗ Open after school on Tuesday, November 29th 3:30-5:30

∗ Open during the PTO holiday festival (12/3) 9:00 - 12:00

∗ You can also shop online by going to

If you are would like to volunteer during the day or have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Golles at

Our mission is to create Super Gator Readers! Hope to see you there!

Thank you Veterans!

A big thank you to our veterans and service members that came to GES last Thursday to have donuts with their Gators! It was so impressive to see how many of our Gators come from military families. We appreciate your service to our country!


Please check student folders daily for student work and teachers notes but especially on Mondays for any school wide flyers.

Important Dates

11/14 - PTO Meeting - 6pm in the Library

11/23-11/25 - No School and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

12/3 - PTO Holiday Festival 9 am - 12 pm (Singing Gators Performance 9:30 am)

12/20 - End of 2nd Nine Weeks

12/21-1/3 - No School and Offices Closed for Winter Break

1/4 - No School for Students / Teacher Work Day


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GES Counselors

The counseling department would like to introduce Ms. Gwen Williams to our Gator community! Ms. Williams is joining us as a part-time counselor, and will be at GES on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday. Ms. Williams will be assisting our full-time counselors across all grade levels. We are very excited to have her join the Gator family!

"Hello and thank you for having me as your new counselor at Garrisonville Elementary. I am a recent graduate of Norfolk State University with a Master’s Degree in Urban Education with a specialization in school counseling. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in Social Work. My background and experience extends over 20 years. My motto is: “Good, better, best: never let it rest; until your good becomes your better, and your better becomes your best!”

Community Resource Spotlight: Central Rappahannock Regional Library

  • Our yearly Kindergarten Library Card Campaign is a grand opportunity to introduce your child to the library. For a limited time, we're offering each kindergartener who visits one of our branches a free book - and we encourage them to get their very own library cards to begin their reading adventures!”

  • We have some special programs in our branches and online this month. Sensory Time returns to Howell Branch, an opportunity for youth with developmental challenges to enjoy songs, stories, and activities. On 1/14, adults can come to Fredericksburg Branch for our Mental and Brain Health Workshop to develop a greater understanding of anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. Adults and teens with disabilities can spend “Time with a Therapy Dog,” either online or in person. Younger students can join the pups to practice their reading at “Paws for Reading” sessions, also online or in person.

  • HelpNow: Live Online Tutoring for All Ages