The G-Dub Hub
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Happy November! I hope all of our families are enjoying the fall weather and are looking forward to our upcoming Thanksgiving Break! This is a month that we generally pause and reflect on what we are thankful for.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our Keokuk community Veterans for your dedicated service to the United States Armed Forces. We will forever be grateful for your bravery and sacrifices to protect our country’s freedom. We look forward to honoring all Veterans at our annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, November 9.
Parents, thank you for actively participating in your child’s education. It was wonderful to see parents coming in for conferences this past month. It is important that your child sees you proactive and involved in their education. First trimester wraps up this month, and we truly appreciate your support and look forward to working closely with you this year. Our staff is committed to all of our students’ success and we appreciate your continued assistance.
We would like to thank parents and community members for supporting our PTO through our annual fundraiser. Because of you, we were able to raise over $6000. As you will read, we also have other donors who we are thankful for their generous and kind contributions to GW.
I wish all of our students and families a joyous Thanksgiving this year. Enjoy the time off with your family. Please don’t forget students return back from the break on November 26th.
Have a great month!
FRIENDS OF GW
Thank you to The Chase and Conor Piper Memorial Foundation for the generous donation of two benches. One is placed at our entrance and one is being enjoyed on the playground.
We want to thank Ron “Sharky” Shark, for his generous donation of $400 to GW. Combined with donations from the First Baptist Church Good Neighbor program and a $150 donation from Kathy Wemette, we were able to purchase 21 blood stopper kits.
After our tactical awareness training at the beginning of the year, it was recommended that we have a kit in each room. These kits contain 1 CAT Tourniquet, 1 Israeli Dressing 4", 1 Z-Pak Dressing, and a pair of rubber gloves. The kits were assembled and vacuum-sealed by Ryan Haney.
Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday 11/6, 5:15
PTO MeetingFriday 11/9, 9:30
Veteran's Day Assembly at KHS
Trimester 1 Ends
PTO Fundraiser items deliveredTuesday 11/27, 2:00 pm
4th Grade Trimester 1 Assembly
Friday 11/30, 2:00 pm
5th Grade Trimester 1 Assembly
Wednesday - Friday 11/21 - 11/23
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Report cards sent home
Mrs. Savannah Ashworth, 5th Grade
Mrs. Ashworth’s 5th grade class has been learning a variety of new skills this month! We have become familiar with using Google Classroom to access assignments and have been utilizing it to work on our writing skills. In reading, we have been focusing on biographies. After doing research, students will be writing a biography on a person of their choice. This will be the first five paragraph essay our class has written this year.
Students should be bringing home a “Universe in a Box” from science. Please ask them to use it to explain why the stars change with the seasons.
Mrs. Diane Berner, Extended Learning
Students at George Washington Elementary are learning to code thanks to support from the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. A Scale Up award brought a STEM In Action unit called Coding Mouse to the classroom for some hands-on learning. Students wrote a code, or set of instructions, for the robot mouse to find the x. Students will now design a maze and code the mouse to navigate it's way to safety. Other coding opportunities available to all students are the Coding Club, held on Thursdays at 4:00 pm at the Keokuk Public Library and the free online coding content through hourofcode.com and code.org. Software engineers are in high demand.