G.W. Gazette

December 2019 Edition

The Greatest Gift is to Give

The old saying, "It's better to give than to receive", can somehow seem lost in today's busy world. Many of us get caught up in what the best gift is for our family members and friends. Most of what they would really like to have is simply time spent together. Yes, gifts are nice to give, but carve out time and spend it with your children, parents, other family, and friends. Spend a few extra minutes on that phone call to someone you have not spoken to in awhile, turn off the t.v. and share a favorite story with your children, or put a puzzle together with your family. Sometimes the best gift we can give is our time to let others know they matter in our life. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season spent with those who are dearest.


Mrs. Davis

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Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe - Dec. 10-13

The G.W. PTO is having a holiday shop fundraiser that will allow students to buy a gift for someone on their list this year. The holiday shop will be open December 10-13 each afternoon and classes will sign up for times to shop. The item prices range anywhere from a quarter to $12.00 each. Be looking for more information this week that your child will bring home. Help your child learn to budget by making a list of people they may want to buy for and how much they want to spend. They can earn the money by helping around the house or doing odd jobs. Also, we are needing parent volunteers to help with the shop and wrap the gifts the students select. Please contact the school office with any questions or if you can help. Thank you!
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Principal's Spotlight Book for December

This month, Mrs. Davis will be reading one of her favorite holiday books, Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo, to each class. This book is a wonderfully illustrated story about compassion and giving.
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From Mr. Coovert...

In the month of December students will be learning how to be grateful for things, and most importantly, people in their lives. Students will be given a gratitude journal during their lesson with instructions of how to use it. We want students to have a goal of writing in it twice a week. Please ask your student about the gratitude journal as they will be bringing it home. We ask that you help remind them to get into the habit of thinking and writing about things they are grateful to have in their lives.

You may want to do this yourself and I encourage all parents to begin a gratitude journal as well using the tips found in your student’s notebook.

You may also want to check out some videos online about the power of gratitude. I good place to start is searching for TED Talks videos. TED Talks has some amazing videos about the power of gratitude. I encourage everyone to watch them and then with your children if you want. My recommendation is to google “Ted Talks Gratitude” and see what videos pop up.

Computer Science Week December 9-15

Computers are a very large part of education to prepare our students for the digital world and success in their future. Follow this link for more information:


Also, there is a Coding Club on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 at the Keokuk Public Library. It's free for children. Parents just need to call 524-1483 to reserve a seat. The next club day is Tuesday, Dec. 3, which is during Computer Science Education Week!!

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Dec. 3 PTO at 5:15 in GW Music Room

Dec. 4 PBIS assembly (parents will be notified if student receives award)

Dec. 6 Shirt orders due for Love Our Library fundraiser

Dec. 9 Inservice Day - No School

Dec. 10 Penguin Patch begins

Dec. 16 School Board meeting at Middle School 6 p.m.

Dec. 17 Middle School Band will play at GW for our students

Dec. 19 5th grade Music Program at the Grand Theater 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 Early Out at 1:45, end of 1st semester and report cards sent home

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break

Jan. 6 School Resumes

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