In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

August 15, 2019

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • MS/US Open House: August 19
  • LS Open House: August 20
  • Senior Meetings: August 19
  • College App Meeting: August 19
  • Senior BBQ with Dr. Dolan: August 21
  • First Day of School: August 22
  • Tailgate/V Football vs. Walnut Grove: August 23
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Welcome Back, Bulldogs!

The first day of school for all grades is Thursday, Aug. 22. This will be a full school day starting at 8:00 a.m. (carpool begins at 7:30 a.m.). Pre-K3 ans K4 dismiss at noon, lower school dismisses at 2:45 p.m. and upper school dismisses at 3:15 p.m. We look forward to an exciting year of learning!
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Changes to Lower School Afternoon Carpool and Buses

We are fortunate to have a close community which allows us a sense of comfort and security. However, it is always our goal to ensure that the systems we have in place make us as secure as possible. To that end, we have reviewed our lower school afternoon carpool process and our bus procedures and we have made a few adjustments. Read more...

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Portugal/Spain 2020 Family Trip

GWA invites all high school students and their families to travel on an international educational opportunity to Portugal and Spain in Summer 2020!


We will be hosting an informational meeting on Sept. 5 to provide more details about this opportunity and answer any questions you may have. There is limited space on the trip and enrollment will open at the end of the meeting.

Meeting details are here. Please RSVP if you are interested in learning more - even if you cannot make it!

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Student Trip of a Lifetime to Croatia

Are you a high school student interested in traveling with GWA to Croatia in June 2020? Come to the interest meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm in the Upper School Commons to hear about the itinerary and get more details. This trip is open to all high school students in the 2019-2020 school year, and promises to be the trip of a lifetime! Questions? Contact Femke Côté at fcote@gwa.com.

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The Dangers of Vaping

The use of e-cigarettes by middle school and high school students is trending upward and a cause for real concern for parents, schools and medical practitioners. The statistics and the emerging information on the effects of vaping are grim. Please click the links below to learn more about this harmful epidemic and share with your children. Many students are unaware of the negative impacts of nicotine and the risk of addiction. Read more...

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Would you help make it possible for deserving students to attend GWA? Participation in Georgia GOAL doesn't require additional money out of your pocket. It's a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, and the window is still open to contribute! Read more...

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There's an App for That!

We are continuing to enhance the GWApp and we invite GWA families and faculty to download it for easy access to website information- including athletics, dining information, announcements, Dawgs 360 information and more. Download the GWApp from the Google Play and Apple Store or click the links below.

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-gwapp/id1458384466?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.me0adc58f412.www
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Shopping Rebates for GWA

Many retailers offer rebate programs that can benefit George Walton Academy and it's so easy to sign up!

AMAZON SMILE

Go to Smile.Amazon.com when shopping online with Amazon and select George Walton Academy as the charitable organization to receive a rebate from your purchase of qualifying items. You must use the Amazon Smile portal for your online shopping for GWA to benefit from your purchases.

PUBLIX GROCERY CARDS

Simply sign up for a Publix.com account (if you don’t already have one), select George Walton Academy, and then enter your phone number on your account at checkout.

KROGER PLUS GROCERY CARDS

Register your Kroger Plus Card online at krogercommunityrewards.com and select George Walton Academy as your beneficiary. Present your Shopper’s Card or provide your Alternate ID at the register during the transaction in order for it to count toward the program

OFFICE DEPOT

Shop at Office Depot and use our school ID number 70026297 and GWA will receive 5% from your purchase.

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Required Student Workbooks

The following required workbooks are available for purchase in the Dawg Shop. These may be purchased during Open House or by students after the start of school. The Dawg Shop will open one hour prior to each Open House session.

  • 6th grade Wordly Wise book 6 - $10
  • 7th grade Wordly Wise book 7 - $10
  • 7th grade Life Science workbook - $12
  • 9th grade online grammar - $22
  • French 1, 2, and 3 workbooks - $20 each
  • AP Micro Economics - $30
  • AP Macro Economics - $30

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Please go to this link – https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/- to purchase your yearbook.

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Dawgs 360 Makes Bulldog Life Complete!

Dawgs 360 embodies the GWA Bulldog spirit and encompasses Bulldog life in so many meaningful ways. With over 400 members and an army of 500 volunteers, Dawgs 360 gives our community the opportunity to get involved, enjoy fellowship, support students and teachers, welcome new GWA families and much more. There are plenty of Dawgs 360 events on the horizon and we invite all to participate as we strive to make the George Walton experience even better. Read more...

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Don't Miss Our Upcoming Parent Socials!

Dawgs 360 and Student Life are happy to announce dates for this year's parent socials. We invite all parents to join us in the cafeteria for an opportunity to meet new families, reconnect with parents and learn about the exciting events we have planned for the new school year!


Parent Socials:

Tuesday, August 27, 6 - 7 p.m.

Pre-K3 – First Grade

  • First-grade parents should arrive at 6 p.m. to learn about our senior/first grader tradition
  • PreK-3 thru K5 parents should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 8

  • Second - Fifth Grade - 2 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Middle School - 3 – 3:45 p.m.
  • High School - 4 - 4:45 p.m.

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It's Time to Tailgate!

Kick off football season from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 with a Bulldog community tailgate in the Alumni Pavilion. Dawgs 360 and Student Life will provide complimentary hot dogs and refreshments plus a special DJ spinning the tunes!

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Sign Up for Dawgs Unleashed!

Our Dawgs Unleashed events are just around the corner and it's time to sign up. The Fun Run begins at 1:30 p.m. and the 5K begins at 2:00 p.m. with a new route from our campus to downtown Monroe. Click HERE to register for the 5K and Fun Run, click HERE for the golf tournament and HERE to play in the tennis tournament.
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Ice Cream AND Cake!

The annual Ice Cream Social is one of our favorite traditions and our favorite way to welcome new families to GWA! This year we will have special birthday cakes for our 50th anniversary made by GWA faculty and staff. Please consider volunteering for the evening by providing and serving ice cream or helping to set up. Click HERE to sign up!
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