Dolphin Digest

Family Weekly Update: June 5, 2022

Gilpin Manor Elementary

Don Foskey, Principal

Mark Etzel, Assistant Principal

Lauren Kegley, School Counselor

Misty Pearson, Community School Advisor

Maggie Buto, Title I Resource Teacher

Melissa Pratt, Title I Resource Teacher

Charlie Givens, Student Services Resource Teacher

Jessica Janusz-Grimes, School Mental Health Professional

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Note from the Principal

Hello Gilpin Families,

This upcoming week is our final week of the 2021-2022 school year. The end of the school year encourages us to reflect on our progress and to relive some of our fondest memories. I encourage you to spend time chatting with your child about their successes this school year, what they are looking forward to this summer, and how they will keep their skills sharp during the summer months. At Gilpin Manor, we will reflect on our year, how well we did meeting every child's needs, and what we can do next year to be even better. To help us, please complete the Spring GMES Family and Community Engagement Survey. We appreciate your time and feedback!

To support you and your child during the summer, please look for a summer packet coming home this week. This packet includes math and reading activities to keep our children thinking, learning, and growing throughout the summer months. A few additional summer resources are below:

In addition, please check out the SEL information shared further down in our Dolphin Digest. Each week, there will be new details about Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How does it help students? What is the home-school connection? This week: SEL at home during the summer!

At Gilpin Manor, we strive to be a support system for our GMES students and families. If you are in need of assistance, have questions, or just need to check-in, please email me at or contact the school at 410-996-5040. Mr. Etzel, our assistant principal, can also be reached at I hope you are safe and well!

And, as always, be kind to one another.


Don Foskey


**Please be sure to check out Dr. Lawson's 'Superintendent's Update' from February 25th about the updated optional mask procedure in addition to the 'Test to Stay' protocols!

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Please remember that families may only pick students up early in the main office until 3:15 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) or 1:30 (Wed.). We will not dismiss students early after that time. We hold to this because our dismissal process begins shortly thereafter, and we cannot safely complete our schoolwide dismissal procedures when there are additional requests and changes in how students go home. We appreciate your understanding!

GMES Community Pantry

Have you heard the news? The wonderful folks at Nicanor, Inc provided Gilpin with a FREE community pantry located just outside of the main office. The purpose of the pantry is to provide 24 hour access to food and other small house hold items a family may need. There is no paperwork to be filled out, but there is a QR code scan to keep up with usage and potential needs for the pantry. The pantry will be stocked by Nicanor, Inc and other charitable donations from our school community. The motto for our pantry is, "Take what you need and give what you can"!

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Principal's Book of the Month

We have a new program at Gilpin Manor. It is called ‘Principal’s Book of the Month.’ Throughout the school year, Mr. Foskey will select a book that will be given to every GMES student. During the month, students are encouraged to read the book. Teachers may complete activities with the book in classrooms as well.

The ‘Principal’s Book of the Month’ program will help us continue to build our learning community. One book will give us a common experience to discuss with our entire school family. Our books might have gentle messages, celebrate a person or event, or give us ways to discuss our Gilpin values. These books are intended to highlight something special and bring joy to our lives. We hope you and your child will read our book of the month.

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Cafeteria News: Lunch Update

Due to limited supplies and difficulties with shipping, schools will now individually develop meal menus based on in stock food items. Please see the attached lunch menu for the next few upcoming weeks shared below.
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Social-Emotional Learning

SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning. It is a part of how we develop as humans. It is the process through which we manage emotions, set goals, problem-solve, make responsible and caring decisions, develop empathy for others, and develop healthy identities.

SEL at Home During the Summer:

Just because the school year ends does not mean students stop learning and growing. During these next few months away from the school building, it is even more important for students to continue to strengthen their SEL skills, knowledge, and attitudes. There are many things you can do at home! Remember, play is a valuable activity for using and building SEL skills.

Check out this Summer SEL Hub for games, reading, arts & crafts, and more! You can also explore these 14 additional SEL ideas and a bunch of SEL journaling ideas. You can also access some SEL family resources: Here.

Second Step SEL Lessons:

Throughout the school year, we have completed many Second Step lessons. Second Step offers a neat podcast called 'The Imagine Neighborhood' that you can check out!

To support families with SEL, below are a few resources:

Do you have a question about SEL at Gilpin Manor? Ask it here: GMES SEL Family Questions

Community School Advisor: Connection

Check out our Community School Advisor Misty Pearson's CSA Connection: Community School Connection for the week of May 27, 2022 - Connection #12: CSA Connection.
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Important Dates and Upcoming Events

June: Immigrant Heritage Month

Final Week -
  • Tuesday, June 7 - 6th Grade Open House at Elkton Middle School at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8 - 5th Grade Luau (students only)
  • Thursday, June 9 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. (must have tickets)
  • Thursday, June 9 - Grade Level Recognition Gatherings (flyer went home last week)
  • Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School for Students (early dismissal at 1:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, June 10 - Report cards emailed to families from the main office.
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Car Loop


  • All parents/guardians MUST remain in their vehicles. (Please park your car in a parking spot if you need to buckle your child's seatbelt.)
  • Vehicles may ONLY turn RIGHT when leaving the car loop.
  • In car loop 1 (grades Preschool, PreK, and K) - Please be sure to pull up close to the person in front of you so we can get as many vehicles as possible off of the main road.
  • Please keep music turned down quietly while on school property.
  • Please do not smoke while on school property.

Our car loop operates with two car loops again this school year to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff members. Students in grades Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten, and their siblings will use the smaller car loop at the front of the building. Students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, will use the car loop on the library side of the building. The library side of the building will require parents/guardians to enter down by the public library entrance.

To use the Car Loops, families must complete a GMES Car Rider Loop Application Information Sheet. You may do this electronically here: Car Rider Loop Application.

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Attendance at school each and every day is very important. This make sure students have consistent access to teachers and learning experiences. We will share weekly attendance rates for each grade level and the whole school each week.

Check out this great resource about attendance at school: Absences Adds Up!

Our goal each week is for each grade level, and our school overall, to have 90% or greater attendance. Attendance rates for this week are posted below:

PS: 94.4% PK: 88.7% K: 90.9% 1st: 91.6%

2nd: 84.9% 3rd: 88.4% 4th: 82.1% 5th: 87.5%

Overall: 88.1%

Congratulations to Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade for surpassing our goal of 90%!

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Frequently, Dr. Lawson, our CCPS Superintendent, provides an update to staff, students, families, and the community. The update for June 3, 2022, can be located here: Superintendent's Update.

Please see Dr. Lawson's Elementary School Update from October 4, 2021: Elementary Update.

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Check out the MD SNAP-Ed Facebook page for more information on cooking demos and other great nutrition information -

PTA Post

Please look for the membership forms that will go home with students the first week of school.

If you are interested in joining the PTA, a committee, or have any questions, please email us at

2021-2022 PTA Board Members:

  • President - Sabrina Roberts
  • Vice President - Renee' Sayers
  • Treasurer - vacant
  • Secretary - vacant
  • GMES Staff Liaison - Kelly Strawbridge

Be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page - Gilpin Manor PTA.

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GMES Schedule

Office Hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (W)

School Hours - PreK-5th Gr: 8:45 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:45 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (W)

School Hours - Preschool: AM Session- 8:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. PM Session- 12:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

CCPS and GMES Resource and Support Information

CCPS Technology Support

Videos about navigating online platforms, logging on, submitting assignments, and more!


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