G.W.T. Weekly Newsletter

November 29, 2020

Principal's Corner

Welcome Back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please continue to do daily home monitoring before students come to school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, it could indicate a possible illness that may decrease a student's ability to learn and also put them at risk of spreading illness to others. Please check your child for the following symptoms:

  • temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher when taken by mouth
  • sore throat
  • NEW uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of a a headache, especially with a fever

By continuing to work together, we can keep everyone safe and healthy!

We will begin our midyear STAR Reading and Math Assessment this week. This is a requirement of the Alabama Literacy Act. You can help by ensuring your child has a healthy breakfast ( also available daily at school), plenty of rest, and gets to school on time each day. If your child is attending school virtually, please contact the front office to schedule a testing time. I am excited to see how much our students have grown!

Dates to Remember

November 30th-Hour of Code

November 30-December 4th- Kindness Week

December 1st- PreK Dental Screening

December 4th- GRINCH DAY- Wear green or dress as your favorite GRINCH Character

December 18- Early Dismissal 11:30

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Outstanding Character

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Parent At Home Resources

Focus Area: Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is not the sounding out of words, reading of words, spelling patterns, or words. Rather, it is the foundation for phonics and reading success. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words, and the understanding that spoken words and syllables are made up of sequences of speech sounds.

Ways to practice at home.

1) Nursery Rhymes – Read nursery rhymes to your child and have them help you guess the rhyming word in each sentence.

2) Dr. Seuss Books – Dr. Seuss books are great to read to your child because they are full of rhymes. Read them to your child and have them help you guess the rhyming words.

3) Guess that Beginning Sound – During car trips think of different words to tell your child. See if they can guess what beginning sound they start with.

4) Make a list – Make a pretend shopping list with your child with items that can only begin with a certain sound (C – carrots, corn, cake).

5) Penny Push – Give your child 5 pennies. Place a picture on the table. Have them push up a penny for each sound they hear in the word.

6) Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes – Give your child with 1 – 4 sounds (I, to, cat, dogs) and have them stand and touch their head, shoulders, knees, and toes as they are saying the sounds in the word.

7) Bean Bag Toss – Hand your child 5 bean bags. Give them a word. Have them toss a bean bag in a bucket for each sound they hear in the word. For each bean bag they make in the bucket, they get a point.

8) Phoneme Jump – Place a green, yellow, and red mat on the floor and give your child a word. Have them jump to each mat for each sound they hear in the word.

9) Silly Putty – Give your child some silly putty and a word. Have them stretch the silly putty for each sound they hear in the word.

10) Down By the Bay – Sing the song “Down by the Bay” and have your child come up with their own rhyme at the end (“Have you ever seen a bee drinking some tea?”)

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Pre-K News!

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Kindergarten News

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First Grade News

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Second Grade News

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Music with Mrs. Bulman!

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Cyber Tigers Connect!

Virtual Students

Hey Cyber Tiger Parents and Students!

We will be beginning our midyear STAR Reading and Math Assessments this week. Please call the school office to schedule a testing time. Testing for virtual students will begin 12/1.

Please be sure to check the Google Classroom for weekly news and updates. Additional resources will be available soon!

You can still reach us through the virtual email account at virtualgwt@tuscumbia.k12.al.us


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Breakfast and Lunch

Great News!

All students will eat breakfast and lunch free September 1st through December 2020!

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November Teacher and Support Person

Congratulations to Mrs. Jessica Norwood and Mrs. Jessica Lenz- November Teacher and Support Person.
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