The Gayman Gazette

What's Happening in and Around Gayman Elementary School?

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 21st – MLK Holiday (No School)
  • January 22nd – Start of Winter Clubs
  • January 24th – Science Fair from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • January 25th – 6th Grade Club Event (Cosmic Bowling)
  • January 31st – Reminder - Full Day for Students
  • February 1st – Early Dismissal at 11:55 AM; No PM Kindergarten
  • February 1st– End of Second Marking Period

Author Visits Gayman!

On Thursday, February 21st, 2013 Gayman is pleased to welcome children’s book author Laura Malone Elliott, to Gayman as our Author Day Guest. Ms. Elliott will speak to our students about her books, both picture books and historical fiction novels, and her writing process and research.

Booktenders’ Secret Garden Children’s Bookstore in Doylestown will be offering several of Mrs. Elliott's books. Please click here to view the order form and book titles.

Science Fair Update

Projects may be brought to school on :

WEDNESDAY evening, January 23rd, from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

THURSDAY, January 24th from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM.

**For safety and security reasons, please accompany and supervise your child during the set-up process. On the morning of the 24th, we ask that you and your child exit the building until the normal start of the school day @ 8:15 AM.

Each student/group has been assigned a location for their project. Science Fair Committee members will greet students and direct them to where they will set up their projects.

Visiting the Science Fair:

Science Fair may be visited from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 24.

Doors will open at 5:55 PM.

Taking Projects Home:

Parents are encouraged to take the projects home at the conclusion of The Fair on THURSDAY evening. Additional pick up times are on FRIDAY from 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM or 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Any unclaimed projects will be discarded.

PSSA Writing Field Test Coming Soon

As part of changes in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, a writing ‘field test’ will be administered to third, fourth, and fifth grade students across Pennsylvania in February. The Department of Education is using this Writing Field Test to select items that best match new state standards and will be used in future assessments. Students will be encouraged to do their best as they complete this assessment, but no test scores or other data will be received by schools or parents.

The test is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 7th and will take most students 90 minutes to complete. You can maximize your child's performance by ensuring he/she is well rested and has a good breakfast.

Outdoor/Indoor Recess

The decision to go out or remain indoors for recess is made by Mr. Testani based on weather conditions. The goal is to allow the children to play outside whenever the weather conditions permit. The wind-chill factor is the primary factor. The children remain outside for the full recess period provided the wind-chill is above 15 degrees. A wind-chill of between 10 and 15 degrees will result in an abbreviated outdoor recess. The children will have indoor recess in the event of rain, snow, or wind chills below 10 degrees.

Winter Clubs 2013

Dear Parents,

Due to increased security the pick-up process for Winter Clubs will be approached differently this year. Parents will no longer be entering the school to collect their children. We have established a pick-up procedure much like end-of-the-day school dismissal. The pick-up locations will be the front of the school and the side of the school near the butterfly garden. A schedule has been created to indicate the end time of each club and pick-up location. Please click here to view the schedule.

Thank you for your support in keeping our children safe.

Please Contact Mr. Testani with any Questions or Concerns

"For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself

to become complacent in your comfort zone."

- David Cottrell