GIS School Newsletter

October 2023

Important Dates

Friday October 6 ... Progress Reports

Monday October 23 ... 5th Grade Vision Screening

Friday October 27 ... 5th Grade Vision Screening Make Up

Monday, October 30 ... Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 1 ... No School for Students (Staff PD)

Friday Nov. 10 ... Report Cards Go Home

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Points of Pride at GIS- This month is dedicated to our gym!

Above is a picture of our updated gym floor. It is great to see students enjoying the new floor. Our updates to the gym floor:

  • Updated Gaylord Logo
  • Agility ladders and jump dots painted into the floor
  • Pickle ball lines for our racquet unit
  • Number system on the floor for student management
  • Cleaner lines and a fresh look

Counselor Corner

The GIS Counselors are excited to be able to offer support groups again this year. Some of the possible group topics will be:

  • family changes
  • social peer skills
  • anxiety
Group is a safe place to talk about feelings, learn and practice new coping/social skills, as well as develop positive relationships with other students. Positive interaction and mutual respect are encouraged within the group setting. Participation in a small group builds self-esteem and respect for others. This type of support could be helpful for your child to succeed in the classroom and the school environment.

If you are interested in your student being part of a group or have any questions, please call the counseling staff at 989-731-0856, ext. 1508 or 1509

Halloween Expectations at GIS

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this school year, and each grade level celebrates the day a little differently. Teachers will be communicating how their grade level will be celebrating the holiday. Here are just a few reminders regarding Halloween celebrations that ALL students will be expected to follow:

  • Treat to share with the class MUST be store bought. (Just like Birthday treats) We currently do not allow homemade treats at this time. Please double check dietary restrictions of the classroom. (i.e. Peanut free classroom)
  • Costumes can be worn to school. Please no facial covering when on the school bus or during instruction/passing time.
  • No costume accessories that resemble a weapon or other dangerous objects.

Safety Lesson for Every Class in October

Children need knowledge and skills to protect themselves...

As part of the guidance curriculum at GIS, a lesson on personal safety will be presented to all grades starting in the month of October. The lesson will help students recognize the difference between safe/unsafe touch and identifying trusted adults in their lives. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of this lesson, please contact the counseling office at 989-731-0856, ext.1508 or ext. 1509.

OKAY2SAY Program

Safety and Security is top priority for Gaylord Community Schools and we wanted to provide a link for the state wide OK2SAY program. OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.


GIS Office Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday - Friday