GES Week In Review

Friday, September 9, 2022

GES Week In Review

Welcome to the GES Week In Review (WIR).

The WIR will be sent out weekly during the school year. In the WIR you will find upcoming dates and information relevant to your child here at GES. Please review regularly to stay abreast of the exciting things happening at Gilbertsville Elementary School.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 12 Recognition of Patriot Day (September 11)-Wear Red, White, and Blue to school

September 12 HSA Meeting, GES Library 7:00 PM

September 13 Picture Day

September 13 School Board Meeting at GES

September 16 Gold Out-Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

September 21 Early Dismissal

Just a reminder...Please drive slowly on the access road and in the parking lots during Parent Pick Up and Drop Off. Let's keep everyone safe!

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GES continues our focus on demonstrating Kind Words and Actions. Part of showing kindness is responding to others in need. When we see someone needs help, we look for ways to do this. Many of you may have heard about the recent flooding in Kentucky. Two Letcher County schools had their school libraries destroyed by flood waters. GES is responding to this community in need by collecting gently used books. Books will be boxed and shipped to the schools in need. Books will be collected at GES from September 6-September 16. Your child can drop off the book donations at the designated tables in the GES lobby. Thank you for helping us help the Letcher County schools rebuild their libraries.

Unity Tickets

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Next week is a busy week here at GES. Our Unity Expectation Focus next week is “I will Follow Staff Directions the First Time Given”. Students will be given salmon colored “I” unity tickets throughout the week. Please talk with your child about how they can lead by example in their classroom, at lunch/recess, in the hallways and on the bus!

On Monday, we will be recognizing Patriot Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white and blue or wear their scouting uniform to school. Our GES scouts will be invited to participate in a live edition of our morning announcements. If your child is in scouts, please remind them to listen for the announcement from me in the morning with directions on what to do.

On Tuesday, we have picture day. Dress to impress with a big smile. We will also be introducing Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month to our students. This is a difficult concept for young children to understand. We will be using words that are age appropriate to help students understand how to be a good friend if one of their friends is sick. I will be reading the author’s notes from the children’s book How do you Care for a Very Sick Bear. Author Vanessa Bayer, is a childhood cancer survivor. She shares how important her friends were when she was very sick. As noted in the book “My advice is simple: The way that you care for a very sick bear or anyone really, is to be there for them”. During our morning announcements on Wednesday, we will read the book to the students. To listen to the book in advance go to:

On Friday, we will be doing Constitution Day Activities and celebrating the districtwide Gold Out for Pediatric Cancer Awareness. All staff and students are encouraged to wear gold on Friday. This is also the final day of our book drive. Thank you for your generous donations so far. We will have a wonderful donation to send to Kentucky.

Week of 9/12-I will follow directions the first time given

Week of 9/18-Take ownership of our actions and learning

Week of 9/26-Yield and walk silently throughout our school

Thank you for supporting our efforts to develop a kind, safe, and welcoming school. You are an important part of our GES Community and we appreciate you!

Lady Bears Volleyball Color Run

Come out and join this year’s Lady Bears Volleyball Color Run.

When- Sunday, September 25, 2022

Time – First race starts at 9 AM

Where – Middle School East (drive to the back of the building)

Deadline – Please register by Monday, September 5, 2022, to guarantee your free shirt (we will have some extras for late registrations)

The course - This color walk/run features a designated 5K and 1-mile flat, easy, grassy course. During the race, participants are doused with color at various color stations ending with one final color celebration at the finish line.

Registration – You can register via paper and check by clicking HERE. OR

You can register online and pay via VENMO by clicking HERE

6 Day School Cycle

We will be following a 6-day cycle for school this year. Your child's special schedule will be based on the cycle days rather than days of the week. For your planning, the first 2 weeks of school cycle days are listed below.

Week of September 12

Monday-Day 2

Tuesday-Day 3

Wednesday-Day 4

Thursday-Day 5

Friday-Day 6

Week of September 19

Monday-Day 1

Tuesday-Day 2

Wednesday-Day 3

Thursday-Day 4

Friday-Day 5

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HSA September/October Newsletter

HSA Meetings-Exploring Babysitting Option

Hey everyone! Our 1st HSA meeting is just around the corner and we are so excited to see as many of you as possible! We are exploring a babysitting option for those that would otherwise be unable to make it due to child care conflicts. Please see the google form below, to help us gauge at how many of you would be able to attend our meeting and if you would need to utilize our babysitting option so we are able to plan accordingly! Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning parents!

Thank you!!

Lynsay Fox-Watts

Updated Parking/Spectator/Bag Policies for Varsity Football Games

1st Day of School Paperwork

New for the 2022-2023 school year, we are providing parents/guardians and students with a digital
backpack containing all of the forms distributed to students on their first day of school.

Please Click Here to access these forms.

Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

If you are planning to transport your child to school, please complete the google form indicating the adults that you give permission to pick up your child after school. As we work through the first few weeks of school we ask for your patience as we all get used to our transportation procedures. Thank you in advance for that.

Click here to complete the Parent Pick Up Dismissal Form

Click here for a pdf version of Parent Drop-off and Pick-Up Maps and Procedures

Parent Drop Off Map

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Parent Pick Up Map

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Attendance Procedures

Reporting an absence: If your child is not feeling well and cannot attend school, please email attendance at, or use the link below to inform the school that your child will not be present due to an illness, or appointment.

Educational Trip: Parents/Guardians must complete an Educational Trip Form 2 days prior to your child's absence. **Please note that failure to submit a trip form prior to departure will result in trip days being counted as an unlawful absence.

Gilbertsville Home and School Association (GES HSA)

The Gilbertsville Home and School Association (GES HSA) is our parent organization. The HSA does a tremendous amount of work to plan fun student and family events throughout the school year. They are always looking for volunteers. If you want to get involved visit the GES HSA Facebook page or send an email to the address below. The HSA is looking forward to offering fun, family activities throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Mark your calendar for our GES HSA Meetings. All meetings will be held in the library at 7:00 PM

  • September 12
  • October 3
  • January 9
  • March 6
  • May 1

The HSA has a new email address