GES Mustang Bulletin

Issue 24: February 21, 2020

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Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful President's Day Weekend. Thanks to Mrs. Kowal, Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Anderson, and Ms. Geist for putting on the wonderful event for students on the early release Friday.

March is just around the corner and we have a number of incredible events coming up, from Read Across America Week, to music performances, to our unveiling of the school-wide art project. I am so grateful that we have such incredible teachers who work every day to provide opportunities for students to shine in all aspects of their schooling! Have a wonderful weekend.


Jim Woytek


Counselor's Corner

Happy Friday! Way back in October I shared an article about how to talk to our kids about mental health, but then, I cam across an article about the importance of defining the difference between mental health and mental illness. While we know that 1 in 5 children will have some sort of diagnosis of mental illness (CDC, 2019) we must remember that 5 out of 5 have mental health. Think of our mental health as being akin to our physical health - there’s a balance! Help kids understand what that balance looks like for them and how they handle stressors. What makes them feel good, or as I say, get their sunshine back! Validate your child’s feeling as opposed to talking them out of their feelings. Be present when they are open to sharing their feelings. I find as a parent and educator this can be hard as we want to take care of problems for our kids but it’s important to remember that the more we let them grow and solve their own problems we are helping them with building tools they will use for the rest of their lives. Be open to sharing your own experiences with mental health and how you keep your balance, what do you do well? What can you use some more practice with? Maybe it’s something you and your kid(s) can work on together. Encourage your child(ren) to ask for help. I also have a list of providers in the Gunnison Valley I would be happy to share, just let me know!

-Mrs. Kane

Lunch Menu

Monday: Sloppy Joe w/ Broccoli

Tuesday: Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowl w/ Jicama & Carrots

Wednesday: Rotini w/ Tempeh & Peas

Thursday: Pizza w/ Sausage, Veggies, & Green Salad

Friday: Chicken Pot Pie w/ Baked Butternut Squash

Dates to Remember

February 28th - Dental Screenings - Kinder & 1st Grade. More info to follow!

March 2nd -6th - Read Across America Week - please see flyer below!

March 10th - 5th grade musical, Rats - 9:00 am, GCS Commons

March 10-12 - GES Parent Conferences


Art Updates

It was a great short week in the art studio. Many of our artists were finishing their aboriginal studies while others sculpted with air dry clay!

Did you know that there is FREE admission to the Denver Art Museum to all youth every day!

PTA News

Greetings from PTA!

We are excited to begin work for the 3rd Annual Mighty Mustang event and we need your help!

Please consider attending the Mighty Mustang planning meeting on Thursday, March 5th from 4-5:30pm in Mrs. Jann Betts' room in the first grade pod at GES. We will be discussing the event and volunteer needs. If you are unable to attend and would like to help, please email Sara Lamar at

We are hoping to find volunteers to help with the following:

  • Donations
  • Advertisement
  • Food & Refreshments
  • Pre-event organization
  • Event-day organization and set up
  • Race-day check in
  • Face painters
  • Jermaine's helpers

Thank you for considering participating in this fun PTA event!



Events & Activities

Let's Play Marbles!

Join the Marbles Club this winter/spring. It is open to children ages 6 thru 14. We will play in the Gunnison Elementary/Middle School lobby every Monday afternoon from 3:35 to 4:05 pm, on the days school is in session. The first club meeting is Monday, February 24th. Contact Jerry Piquette, club sponsor, at 970-641-0944 or email for more information or to authorize your child to participate.

West Elk Youth Lacrosse

Registration is happening now at the Gunnison Recreation Center Website. The season begins the week of March 9th with 4 tournaments scheduled this season. We are looking for students that are interested in learning about lacrosse; the fastest growing sport in the country. We have 3 age levels 10U, 12U and 15U (typically 3rd through 8th grade). No experience necessary as we are building the youth program as developmental ground for our high school team that was recently approved by the Gunnison Watershed School District.

There is a FREE Lacrosse Clinic being offered on 2/29/20 at the Gunnison Recreation Center Gym beginning at 9 AM. Coaches will be there to instruct the players and answer your questions about the sport. This will be the sixth season for youth lacrosse in the Gunnison Valley and we are excited by its growth.

YOU'RE INVITED! (and bring friends!)


When: Tuesday March 3rd, 6pm

Where: Palisades Restaurant!

How: To support Lacrosse- $10 Spaghetti Dinner!

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To ensure that your student gets a copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook, please order before March 1st. Yearbooks are still only $20 and will be delivered at the end of May. Fill out the form attached and return with payment or order on MyPaymentsPlus. You can also order directly from Jostens at or off the email you will receive.

If you have questions, contact Mrs. Nordberg at

Flyers & Attachments

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