GES Mustang Bulletin

Issue 4: September 13, 2019

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Dear Families,

You may have noticed a familiar face in the Gunnison Community School Office over the past three weeks of school. Mr. Lance Betts, who you may know as the Summer Experience Administrator at GES, has joined Mrs. Stacie Dowis as a GCS Assistant Principal. Mrs. Dowis has been an incredible asset to GCS in her role as Assistant Principal for the past six years and, as demands on public schools change, it means we have to sometimes approach challenges with new solutions. The District’s latest solution is the addition of a second AP at GCS.

I’m thrilled to work with these two hard-working and intelligent individuals and I’m excited by the new direction we’re headed at GCS. Mrs. Dowis will be the primary case manager for attendance and discipline in Grades 1-4, and Mr. Betts will take on the same role for grades 5-8. In addition, Mrs. Dowis is the GCS lead in our efforts to establish a cohesive, building-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) System, and Mr. Betts will lead the GCS Response to Intervention (RtI) Teams. The goal is to give additional support to students, staff, and families in these areas, while creating a consistent system across grades 1-8. Mr. Witzel and I will now be focusing more efforts into curriculum and instructional leadership. I’m excited to work with this outstanding team!

GHS Homecoming is next week! GES students will be out of the building to attend the parade Friday afternoon, and will return by returning by 3:30 pm. Please connect with your child's teacher for information regarding their departure time from GES and their location on Main Street if you would like to join them to watch, or to pick your child up from the parade. GO COWBOYS!


Jim Woytek


Counselor's Corner

Happy Friday to our GES families! Last week I shared more about the #LetGrowMoments project and how we can start to give our kids the gift of independence and resilience. I then came across a great article about when we, as parents, try to fix our kids problems. I know the ache all to well of a kid coming home defeated, in tears, visibly upset, and how quickly I want to shield them from that hurt and fix their problems. However, clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel cautions that when we try to fix our kids problems we rob them of the chance to grow as problem solvers. Instead she suggests that families can practice “reflective listening” such as, “it sounds like that was really frustrating for you”. Help guide your child to make a game plan for dealing with those road bumps in the future. I am always happy to be part of your child’s plan, please let me know how I can help! If you would like to read the article you can find it here.

-Mrs. Kane

School Pictures - Sept. 17

School Picture day is next Tuesday, September 17th! Picture fliers have been sent home for both individual and class pictures. If you wish to pre-pay online, please follow these links:

Individual Pictures -

Class Pictures -

Bus Information

A reminder from the Transportation Department:

If you child is riding the bus, please fill out a bus rider agreement. You can find this on the school district website under transportation/bus rider agreement. If you have any questions please contact the bus barn at 970-641-7780.

Lunch Menu

Monday: Meatball Sub w/ Peas

Tuesday: Beef Tacos w/ Brown Rice, Shredded Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, & Black Bean and Corn Salad

Wednesday: Colorado Proud Day! Pulled Pork Sandwich w/ Purple Cabbage & Carrot Slaw, Peach Cobbler

Thursday: Pizza w/ Dark Green Salad

Friday: Bean & Cheese Nachos w/ Shredded Lettuce & Diced Tomatoes

Dates to Remember

September 16 - READ Team Session 1 Begins

September 17 - Picture Day!

September 18 - Color Run (see sign up sheet below)

September 20 - GHS Homecoming Parade

September 26 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to RMBL

September 30 - NO SCHOOL, Staff PD Day

Art Updates

"Art is a journey of a free soul" - Alex Oguz

Our artists dove into painting this week and so enjoyed playing with color!

Be sure to check out our very own Sheila Anderson's "Possibilities" exhibit upstairs at the Gunnison Arts Center. Her clay pieces are one of a kind. We are so lucky to have a featured artist that works with our students!

PTA News

We are gearing up for another great year! PTA's vision is that every child’s potential is a reality! Locally, we are working towards that goal by involving all entities. We are encouraging parents to get involved by advocating for our children and teachers, sponsoring and opening the school for family events, and consistently showing teachers our appreciation. If you have any questions regarding PTA, please email us at Please join PTA and have a voice in how we support your child and teachers by clicking on this link.

Upcoming events:

  • 6th Annual Crazy Color Run - September 18th
    • T-shirt pick up (kids) begins at 3:30pm behind GES - 150 shirts, first come, first served
    • Warm up with WCU athletes - 3:50pm
    • Race start time - 4pm
    • Please see green registration forms sent home in Friday folders or attached at the end of the Mustang Bulletin - bring completed forms to the event
    • Donations to support PTA are welcomed!
  • First General PTA Meeting - September 25th from 5:15-6:15 in GES Commons
    • Come learn about PTA and how you can help support kids and teachers! Snacks will be provided!

Have a wonderful weekend! We look forward to seeing you at the Color Run and PTA meeting.


Cori Woytek

PTA President

Events & Activities

Cub Scouts:

Come and join Cub Scout Pack 476, open to all students from grades k-5th. Our meetings will be Monday's, 6-7 pm in the Middle School Commons, you are welcome to join anytime. Cub Scouts is a unique and beneficial way to help youth grow into confident, problem-solving, caring people. We have a lot of fun doing service projects, shooting rockets, racing derby cars, hiking, campfire events, and learning new games together. Scouting is a whole family experience and will help engage you and your family in new and meaningful ways. Please contact Mandy if you would like more information, 970-275-2256, or email

Kids Cook:

“Fall Flavors” with Mountain Roots Fall Kids Cook session

Dates 9/11-10/23

Join us for the most delicious class around! Have fun learning how to cook from scratch using vegetables harvested from the garden and local farms. You will make and taste 2 - 4 scrumptious recipes each week. Two-hour classes start with a nutrition game or activity; then there will be hands-on cooking and plenty of tasting. Parent tasting night on October 23. $20 Choice Pass Discount. Scholarships Available. (Allergies accommodated)

Age: 10+

Register through Gunnison Rec Center. Contact Sasha with any questions,

Food 4 Kids - Gunni Packs

Gunni Packs is teaming up with the Food Pantry and the staff and teachers of Gunnison Watershed School District to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for children over their weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. See attached for more information and consent.

Flyers & Attachments

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