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"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

January 3 - January 7, 2022

Our Gray Hawk Mission Statement

OUR GRAY HAWK FAMILY works together to help students feel safe, loved, and inspired so they can be empowered learners and engaged citizens.

REPORT CARDS came home on Friday

Report cards were sent home on Friday. Please check your child's backpack.
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Gray Hawk Welcomed KC Wolf this Week

Thank you to OUR counselor, Miss Hubbard and OUR incredible PTO for helping us bring KC Wolf to Gray Hawk. He came and talked to OUR GRAY HAWKS about the ABCs of Success : Attitude, Behavior and Character. OUR students were enthralled with his stories from being the Missouri Tiger mascot in college, to the St. Louis Cardinal before landing his current job with KC Chiefs. We learned a lot about making positive choices and maintaining a positive attitude to make each day the best day possible.
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PTO Meeting Tuesday, January 11 6:00 PM

We will have OUR PTO Meeting on Tuesday, January 11 in the technology room at 6:00.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 10

  • 2:40 pm - GHES NEST : Kindness

Tuesday, January 11 :

  • 4:00 - 5:00 Sign Language Club GHES Library
  • 6:00 PTO Meeting (Technology Room * Site Council Meeting to be rescheduled for Feb/March

Wednesday, January 12
  • 4:00 - 4:55 - W.I.N.

Thursday, January 13

  • 4:00 Guiding Coalition Meeting
  • 4:00 - 4:55 - W.I.N.

Book Fair - January 24 - 28

Save the date for the first annual Gray Hawk Book Fair! We’re so excited to be able to do in- person book fairs this year. Our fair will be held Jan. 24- Jan. 28 in the library. LOOK FOR DETAILED INFORMATION TO COME HOME THE WEEK OF JAN. 18TH!

Cyndi Kenton - Elementary Library USD458

USD 458 Superintendent Mr. Powers Community Listening Tour Feb 1 5:30 pm at GHES

Mr. Powers will be coming to Gray Hawk on a listening tour for our community on Tuesday, February 1 from 5:30 - 6:30. Our superintendent Mr. Powers will be coming to Gray Hawk to discuss the district's newly revised Strategic Plan and the future of OUR district. We value the input of OUR community and want to hear from parents and community stakeholders regarding current issues and needs in each building.
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Featured Literature

This week instead of a featured author I’m focusing on on narrative non-fiction book that highlights what can be done to make positive changes through hard work and attitude.

The focus book for this week is “All the Way to the Top” by Annette Bay Pimentel

“Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins never wanted her wheelchair to slow her down, but the world around her was built in a way that made it hard for people with disabilities to do even simple things like go to school or eat lunch in the cafeteria. When the Americans with Disabilities Act was proposed to Congress to make public spaces accessible to everyone, Jennifer joined activists in Washington, DC for what become known as the Capital Crawl. At the steps of the United States’ Capital Building, without her wheelchair, she climbed… All the Way to the Top!” jkclegacy

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As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our students are exposed to the contributions of people of color and from different backgrounds, we kicked off this past week by giving daily clues to a famous person from history that has made our world a better place. This past week, the students heard the following clues:

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: I was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. When I was seven years old, I made a roller coaster in my backyard with the help of my sister Muriel and my uncle. I had a big crash on our rollercoaster but I told my sister that “it was just like I was flying.”

When I was 11, I saw the very first airplane made by the Wright Brothers when I went to the Iowa State Fair.

After graduating from high school, I dropped out of college to be a nurse’s aid to help wounded soldiers in World War I.

Thursday: I bought my own plane when I was in my early 20s. It was bright yellow and I nicknamed it “Canary”. I set a new altitude record for female pilots in “Canary” when I flew at 14,000 feet. On June 18, 1928 I flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a plane called “Friendship”. With this flight I became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

I also was the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Friday: I wanted to be the first person to fly around the world. On June 1, 1937 my co-pilot Fred Noonan and I took off from Miami, Florida. We made it all the way to Africa. On July 2, 1937 we took off from New Guinea to head out over the Pacific Ocean but our plane disappeared and we were never heard from again. I was declared dead on January 5, 1939.

Celebrating Amelia Earhart

Story Time 📖 I am Amelia Earhart (New with Pictures!) | Brad Meltzer
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Neuro News

We are constantly talking about behaviors, and what is the function of behavior? Does a child have ADD, ADHD, dealing with some sort of trauma, or are they simply choosing not to do what they are told? The focus this week comes from Dr. Lori Desautel's website:

In this video, Dr. Lori Desautels (Teacher, Author, Professor) discusses different areas of the ADHD brain. What sort of ADHD symptoms occur where and what do they look like? Dr. Sarah Levin Allen (Pediatric Neuropsychologist) talks with SmartCourse founder, Adrien Harrison, and walks us through 4 different ADHD strategies caregivers can use when working with kids with ADHD brains.

(The clips are taken from Smart Course’s extensive database of masterclasses for caregivers of students with ADHD).

ADHD and the Brain: How You Can Help
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