GES November Newsletter

November, 2023

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we embrace the colorful foliage and cooler weather, we want to keep you informed about the exciting happenings at Garfield Elementary School. It's been a wonderful month filled with learning, growth, and fun. Here's what's been going on and what to look forward to in the coming weeks:

1. Family Holiday Meal: With the Holiday Season just around the corner, our wonderful FNS staff is planning for our annual Family Holiday Meal. We'll be having our Holiday feast at school on Thursday, November 16th, and we invite parents and family to attend. The cost per person is $5.00. Unfortunately, we are not able to charge lunch accounts so please plan accordingly.

2. A very large thank you to those who have served our country in the armed services. Garfield is very thankful for you and the sacrifices you have made. We will be honoring Veterans through an in-person event. We will be hosting our event on Thursday, November 9th from 8:15-8:45 in our Media Center.

3. Reminders: As the weather gets colder, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Layers and warm clothing are essential for outdoor play and safety. Don't forget to label all their clothing to minimize loss. Also, a friendly reminder that students will be going outside for recess, morning and afternoon until the temperature with windchill is -10 degrees.

4. The school-wide Social and Emotional Learning theme for November is empathy. This month we will be reminding students to identify their own feelings and the feelings of others, notice and respect when feelings are the same and different, and show compassion. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it creates a positive and accepting school climate.

Thank you for your continued support in making Garfield Elementary a vibrant and enriching place for our students. We look forward to another month of growth, discovery, and community-building.

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful November!

Troy Wunderlich

GMC Principal

Common Vocabulary

All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they're reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to comprehend what they're reading or listening to.

Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help them hear and read new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk. Here are some common vocabulary words we are using at school:

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Important Dates!


November 5th - Daylight Savings Ends

November 6th - No School/Professional Development Day

November 11th - Veterans Day

November 16th - Thanksgiving Meal

November 23-24th - Thanksgiving/No School

December 21st - Skiing at Andes

December 22nd-Jan 2nd - No School

January 16th-22nd - Skate Time Rollerskating

February 21st-23rd - Deep Portage 5th Grade

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Thank you from the Staff

The teachers would like to thank the PAC for organizing meals for them during conferences! Also, thank you to people that brought in food/drinks/paper products! It is much appreciated!!

Veteran's Day Program

Garfield Elementary Staff and Students are honoring all Veterans on Thursday, November 9th with a program from 8:15-8:45 in our school Media Center. If you have a Veteran in your family, please invite them to attend, and then RSVP to or call 320-762-3350. Thank you Veterans!

Thanksgiving Meal

You are invited to celebrate the Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 16th. The menu is: Turkey Gravey, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Fresh Veggies, Fruit, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Roll, Stuffing, Pumpkin Bar and Milk. A signup form came home with your student last week, signup deadline is November 2nd. Cost is 5.00

News From the Nurse

Free Covid Tests - please let us know if you would like a free covid test to have at your home. We can send it home with your child. Each box has 2 tests in it. 320-762-3350 Thank you!

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