The Weekly Jr. Oiler

November 30, 2018

The 12 Days of GRITmas

On the first day of GRITmas...Dwyer is so excited to celebrate GRIT all month long this December! Starting Wednesday, December 5, students will be challenged to show their GRIT in a variety of ways through the 12 Days of GRITmas. There will be three days of Gratitude, three days of Responsibility, three days of Integrity, and three days of Tenacity.


The office will host a GRITmas tree and once students have completed at least one of the challenges for a value, they can come and write their accomplishment on an ornament to hang on the tree. Some of the challenges will be during school and some will be at home or in the community. If you catch your child showing GRIT, you can tag them on our Instagram with #12DaysofGRITmas. We hope to fill our tree with so much GRIT that you cannot even see the branches!


Here is a sneak peak at the first three challenges of Gratitude on December 5-7:

1) Historical Costume Closet give-back - do you remember the Wax Museum project or the Walk through the Revolution from elementary? Are those costumes still sitting in your closet? We would love for you to show GRATITUDE and giving by bringing them and donating them to Smith Elementary. We will have bins in the office for you to drop off the Martha Washington's and Abe Lincoln's that no longer fit! Please place in a bag and tag your bag with your name and the name of the costume.

2) Purchase Holiday Grams from ASB to show someone they are special to you. Write them a note of thanks on the grams and they will be delivered by ASB the following week!

3) Give a thoughtful compliment to at least two people you do not know.


We hope to have all our Jr. Oilers celebrate the holiday season by showing GRIT and doing great things at school and in the community. Stay tuned for Days 4-12!

PTSA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as the Dwyer winners by the PTSA Reflections Committee:


Visual Arts: Lainie Shield, Vaughn Tubbs, Chloe Nguyen

Dance Choreography: Madilyn Host

Literature: Taylor Barbee, Kristen Hayward, Sofia Aguirre

Music Composition: Brooklyn Menchaca

Photography: Alia Pasternak


Some of the pieces will be hung in the Central Library until this Sunday. All of these entries will now move on to the Huntington Union Council PTSA judging. Good luck, Jr. Oilers!

TUPE Photo Contest

As part of Dwyer's TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) program, we invite all students to participate in this photo contest. The California Tobacco Control Program’s (CTCP) invites you to enter the annual Tobacco’s Toxic Impact in My Community Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about the impact that tobacco use and vaping has on California communities. The contest will highlight images submitted by Californians that “tell the story” about the negative impact that tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, have on youth and local communities.. The contest runs from February 25- March 22, 2019 and there are prizes to be awarded. See here for the 2019 Photo Contest Rules and Requirements.

GATE Parent Organization

The next GATE Parent Meeting will be on December 6. Please see the attached flier for more information.

Support HBHS Foundation

Please see below for a shopping opportunity to support our friends at Huntington Beach High School. The holidays are coming up quickly!

What's Happening in December?

December 4 - Family Dinner/Shopping Day, Jacks and Ruby's Diner

December 4 - Actor's Showcase, 6 PM, Auditorium

December 5-7 - Holiday Grams Sale, lunch

December 5-20 - 12 Days of GRITmas activities

December 11 - Board Meeting, 6 PM, Moffett Gallery

December 12 - Spelling Bee, 4 PM, Media Center

December 12 - National Geographic Movie Screening, Spelling Bee, 6:30 PM, Auditorium

December 17 - Spirit Day, Holiday PJ Day

December 18 - Spirit Day, Snowstorm Day, wear white

December 19 - Spirit Day, Winter Wear Day

December 20 - Spirit Day, Holiday Socks/Hat Day

December 21 - Spirit Day, Ugly Sweater Day

December 21 - 6th Grade field trip, King Tut exhibit

December 22 - January 6 - Winter Break