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August 30 & September 2

District-wide holiday in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy your three day weekend!

August 20

Parents:You are invited to engage with Gideon teachers and team members in a discussion of home- school partnerships, behavior expectations, & grade level content & expectations. Light refreshments will be served, and a movie will be played in the library for our students.

Session 1: 6:00 pm

Session 2: 6:45 pm

*Summer reading prizes will be awarded on this night. Winners must be present!

Indoor Recess Week of August 19th

Due to an extremely high heat index, we will keep students inside during recess. Please remember to send water bottles and remind them of the importance of staying hydrated.

Music Notes in Concert

Friday, Aug. 23rd, 6:30pm

7700 South Watson Road

Arlington, TX

Your family is invited to experience learning in the most engaging way- a music concert! This is a FREE event for the entire family. Don't miss this event. See you there!

Learn more about Music Notes:

FB: @musicnotesfans

August 27

PTA Spirit Night: Trio's Pizza on Matlock & Debbie (in the Kroger shopping Center), 4:00- 9:00 pm. Be sure to tell them you're with Gideon, and invite family and friends to attend.

September 6

Grandparents' Day Lunch!

Grandparents must be listed on your child's Skyward account under family or emergency contacts.

Lunch Schedule:

Kindergarten: 10:30- 11:00

1st grade: 11:10- 11:40

2nd grade: 11:40- 12:10

3rd grade: 12:10- 12:40

4th grade: 12:40- 1:10

Stay In the Loop

Join our campus text group to receive updates for school events &/ news. Any member of your family whom will be directly involved with supporting your son/ daughter may join this group.

Send a text message to join.

text number: 81010

enter message: @gid2020

or email:

Before and After-school Care

The QUEST program will service 29 campuses across the district, and Gideon will be one of those campuses. The mission of QUEST is to increase the success of MISD students by providing rigorous activities, engaging enrichment, and recreational opportunities that allow students to explore their interests and discover their talents.

QUEST registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Families may register using the following link

More information on the QUEST program can be found on their website at

Transportation Information

Bus information for the upcoming year has been updated. Be sure to look up your address to ensure you have the latest information.

To look up your information, click here:

For further questions regarding transportation, you can call: 817-299-6060.

Remember: All kindergarten & 1st grade students must have an adult waiting at the bus stop during the school year, otherwise the child will not be let off the bus. If this is an inconvenience for your family, be sure to arrange child care. Thank you!

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August 12

6:00- 7:30

*This is a great time to bring in your child's completed summer reading logs, and school supplies.

August 14

Doors open at 7:30 am.

Breakfast: 7:30- 8:00 am

1st Day Photos

We'd love to showcase your first day of school photos on our social media pages. To share them with us:

*We will have picture stations set up on Meet the Teacher Night and the fist week of school. Those pictures will be shared on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Results Are In!

Gideon Gators performed very well on this past STAAR. Because of the hard work that our teachers, tutors, and students put in this year, our campus scores increased in all areas: Reading, Math, & Writing. Way to go Gators!

Printed scores have been sent home with 4th graders, and sent to Icenhower (for distribution to 5th graders).

First Day Updates...

  1. You can walk your child to class this week (Wednesday- Friday).
  2. Campus will be closed to visitors during lunch this week (Wednesday- Friday). We will busy managing the student that are registration, for those whom could not make it prior.
  3. The parking lot will be full tomorrow morning. Consider coming in early, or parking over in the Student Nutrition parking lot to avoid traffic.
  4. All students are welcome to get on the bus. You can look up bus information here:
  5. Be sure your child's teacher knows how your son/ daughter will get home this week. You can place a note in your child's folder or email your child's teacher.
  6. Email your first day pictures to: use hashtag: #GideonGatorsRock #MISDDayOne
  7. Join our Remind text group (if you haven't) to ensure you're receiving the most current campus information. Text Number: 81010, type message: @gid2020
  8. Save the date for our Parent Information Movie Night: August 20, 6:00- 7:30 pm.

Sad News...

We are saddened to share that our superintendent, Dr. Vaszauskas, has announced his retirement. His last day will be February 5, 2020.

Learn more here:

Summer Reading

Studies show that kids who read an average of 20 minutes per day perform significantly higher in school and have a much more extensive vocabulary than their same aged peers who do not read 20 minutes per day at home. We want to give our students the best chance to succeed in school and we need your help. Assist us in preventing your child from experiencing the summer slide by reading each night with him or her.

All students went home with a summer reading log. Complete the daily log as your child completes their daily reading goal. Some reading activities include:

- books,

- sight word flash cards,

- alphabet flashcards,

- iStation & Eduphoria (your child knows their login)

- etc.

Email pictures of your child reading to:

All students who complete and submit a weekly log to Mrs. Charles will be entered into a drawing for a FREE tablet. Everyone who participates will earn a prize & certificate.

*Drawing & prizes will be distributed at the Parent Information Night on August 20th.


August 1

Call or come by the school anytime from 9:00- 2:00 and/ or 4:30- 6:30 pm.

*This is not Meet the Teacher Night. You will simply learn your child's teacher, provided you have submitted the current documents & online registration.

August 7

Front Office Closed in the morning for district convocation. Office will open at 1:00 pm.

July 16

All new & returning students must register online for the current year.

Begin submitting your current proof of residency, which can be one of the following:

  • electric bill
  • gas bill,
  • water bill, or
  • lease agreement

*Bills must be dated within 30 days.

Find more registration information here:

Mansfield ISD Back to School Bash

Saturday, Aug. 3rd, 8am-12pm

1110 West Debbie Lane

Mansfield, TX

This annual community event is a day of family fun, activities, and FREE school supplies. We hope to see you there!

2019 MISD GT Summer Enrichment Guide

Click on the following link to review a list of activities in the area:

May 20

Please come prepared to check into school as usual, with your state issued identification. If a pre-printed badge was sent home, please remember to wear it on the day of the event, otherwise you will have to stand in line to check in.

May 21

Parents are welcome to tour the living museum. Please remember to bring your state issued identification, as all visitors will need to check in at the front office.

Time: 8:30- 10:30 am

May 23

All breakfast bashes will be from 9:00- 10:00 am. Please refer to your child's folder or classroom dojo for more information on what to bring for the end of year celebration.

Remember: All non-school aged siblings should remain in their strollers during the parties, to ensure their safety while on campus.

Celebrate Gideon Staff!

  • June 3: Veronica Collins, FLS
  • June 9: Ms. Carol, office manager
  • June 12: Mrs. Swan, 2nd grade
  • June 15: Mrs. Sombrio, Art teacher
  • June 18: Mrs. Barrett, Technology Teacher
  • June 28: Mrs. Hodge, ISLE
  • July 7: Mrs. Wachsmann, Assistant Principal
  • July 20: Ms. Armstead, ISLE
  • July 24: Ms. Vega, 1st grade
  • Aug. 5: Mrs. Boykin, ESL

Help Us Tell Our Story!

We are 51 "Likes" away from our end of year goal.

Here's how you can help: Actively promote the increase in "Likes" on our school FaceBook fan page by the end month of April by doing one or all of the following:

  1. Get family and friends to click "Like" on . (There is a difference between liking a post and liking the page. Ask them to click 'Like" on the top of the page.)
  2. Share at least one post (to the right of 'Like" you'll see"share". Click "share, then click "write post". Write a positive message and click "post".):

Our accounts are:

- Facebook: Gideongators

- Twitter: @GideonGators1

We need you!

Sad news: Our wonderful PTA Board's two year term has come to an end. This means we need you to serve on the board next year; otherwise, our sweet students and teachers will not have a PTA next year. If this does not sound scary to you, read on to learn a little more about what they do for our kids (aka your babies):

  • field trips
  • carnival
  • dance
  • special programs
  • teacher appreciation week
  • holiday parties, and more!

For more information about Gideon PTA and how you can volunteer, please email:

Order your school supplies today!

· To Order School Supply Kits:

Co Code: GID007

Deadline to order supplies is June 16th.