Gerber Newsletter

January Edition

Gerber Union Elementary School District

The Mission of Gerber Elementary School is to team with families to create a college-oriented culture where students are safe, respected, and empowered to contribute in a global community.

Answer to December Riddle: What goes up but never comes back down? Your Age

January Riddle: What’s bright orange with green on top and sounds like a parrot?


Happy New Year!! We hope that you had a wonderful winter break and were able to spend lots of time with loved ones.

Every new year brings opportunities for reflection and growth and January is the perfect month to talk about setting goals for the upcoming year. Goal setting is important for us to stay focused and motivated to accomplish tasks. Encourage your child to set a goal for home and school. Goals can be as simple as brushing your teeth everyday or as lofty as earning grades to attend an Honor Roll trip. The point is to set a goal and stick to it. Revisit goals regularly and don’t get discouraged if you get off track, simply get back on board and keep moving towards your target.

To make sure that your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be SMART:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)

  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)

  • Achievable (agreed, attainable)

  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic, results-based)

  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time sensitive)

Enrollment: Approximately 390 students

Acknowledgments: Our December Employee of the Month is Aaron Cherry. Mr. Cherry is our technology teacher, but wears multiple hats to support students, staff, and the district. He goes out of his way to build positive relationships with both staff and students. We appreciate Mr. Cherry’s dedication to Gerber School. Let’s give a big shout out to Mr. Cherry for making a difference everyday! Thank you for all that you do, Mr. Cherry!!

Interested in getting more involved? Gerber School has openings on our School Site Council (SSC) committee and we are looking for new parent members. SSC is a parent advisory committee that is comprised of parents, teachers, classified staff and administration. We meet once a month to review school goals and priorities and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Please contact Jenny Montoya at or 385-1041 for more information.


Important Dates:

  • Jan 7th: First Day back to school

  • Jan 8th-10th: PBIS Expectation Rodeo

  • Jan 10th: December Student of the Month Assembly

  • Jan 16th- 5:30-7:00 Movie Night in the Cafeteria

  • Jan 20th: No School

  • Jan 24th: PBIS Assembly

  • Jan 28th: STEM Night 5:30-6:30

  • Jan 31st: Student of the Month Assembly

Athletic Schedule:

** * Lassen View Tournament Jan 22nd-24th.

Girls Basketball


Tues, 7th - 3:45 PM @ Gerber vs Los Molinos

Thurs, 9th - 4:00 PM @ Gerber vs Reeds Creek

Mon, 13th - 4:00 PM @ Gerber vs Lake

Tues, 14th - 3:45 PM @ Gerber vs Bend

Wed, 15th - 3:45 PM @ Gerber vs Lassen View

Thurs,16th - 3:30 PM @ Richfield vs Gerber

Tues, 21st - 3:30 PM @ Gerber vs Flournoy

Mon, 27th - 4:00 PM @ Gerber vs Los Molinos

Tues, 28th - 3:45 PM @ Bend vs Gerber

Thurs, 30th - 3:45 PM @ Gerber vs Day Break

Boy’s Basketball


Tues, 7th - 4:45 PM@ Gerber vs Los Molinos

Thurs, 9th - 5:00 PM @ Gerber vs Reeds Creek

Mon, 13th - 5:00 PM @ Gerber vs Lake

Tues, 14th - 4:45 PM @ Gerber vs Bend

Wed, 15th - 4:45 PM @ Gerber vs Lassen View

Thurs,16th - 4:00 PM @ Richfield vs Gerber

Tues, 21st - 4:30 PM @ Gerber vs Flournoy

Mon, 27th - 5:00 PM @ Gerber vs Los Molinos

Tues, 28th - 4:45 PM @ Bend vs Gerber

Thurs, 30th - 4:45 PM @ Gerber vs Day Break

SEB Team - Self Management

What is Self-Management?

The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

  • Impulse control

  • Stress management

  • Self-discipline

  • Self-motivation

  • Goal-setting

  • Organizational skills

Why is Self-Management important?

Self-management is a key component for all learning whether for academic subjects, other content areas, or skills like playing a musical instrument. Self-management allows students to follow through on plans to complete assignments, study for tests, manage emotions and stay focused in class. Self-regulation skills are an aspect of developing healthy self-management skills. Follow the links below for more information on self-regulation strategies you can use at home with your child.

7 science-backed ways to teach your child the all-important life skill of self-regulation.

5 Incredibly Fun GAMES to Teach Self-Regulation Skills to Children (Video)

Goal Setting for Academic Success

The new year is an opportunity to create new goals and start fresh. As you set new goals for yourself talk to your child about what school based goals they might want to set. This is an opportunity to assess what has been working and what new changes your child wants to make at school. You can use the Aeries app to look up student grades and discuss setting goals for a specific academic area or reducing the amount of missing assignments. You can also reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss areas of improvement and set goals.

Steps for setting goals:

  1. Determine what you want to achieve.

  2. Break down how you will get there.

  3. Write it down and display in a place you can see it everyday.

  4. Make it stick.Keep reminding yourself of the goal you want to achieve.

  5. Do one thing every day that brings you closer to your goals.

Click on the videos below for more information on how to set goals with your child.

How To Set Goals (4 Easy Steps)
Goal Setting for Students | 4 Key Steps
Our first STEM Night of the year is right around the corner. Join us on January 28th for a fun filled educational night.