Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 13 - November 10, 2017

Dear Families,

As I visit with many of you, I often hear how having a middle schooler has limited your opportunities to volunteer in their class and to forge close ties with the school that you felt you had in elementary. Although your student is growing and changing, you still have many opportunities for school involvement. Please, check the communication arriving from Gentry and PTSA (by the way, we will meet on Tuesday at 6:00 pm), for volunteering opportunities.

Even if you do not have the time to volunteer at school, please know that the things parents do at home are twice as effective supporting their middle schooler's development as spending time at school with them. Research suggest three effective things parents can do:

1. Communicate expectations - Simply telling your student that you expect him to work hard and be successful - and discuss what that looks like - can be a powerful motivator.

2. Expand on what's being taught - Encouraging your child to take what he's learning in school (such as math) and apply it to their every day life (such sticking to a budget in the mall) can help them see why education matters.

3. Talk about the future - Help your student investigate the education and training necessary to prepare for careers that interest them. Remind your middle schooler that a solid education is their ticket to achieving any goal!

*** Source: D. Viadero, "Scholars: Parent-School times should shift in teen years"

Shakespeare's Pizza!

Gentry Middle School and Shakespeare's Pizza have partnered to offer a pizza fundraiser for Gentry students and staff on Friday, December 8th during all student lunches. All pizza is pre-ordered. Please, see the attached flyer for details on how to support Gentry while enjoying great pizza!

PTSA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Pickup

If you purchased Krispy Kreme Doughnuts from our recent fundraiser, those doughnuts will be delivered fresh on Saturday morning. You can come by GMS anytime between 8:30am-11:00am tomorrow Saturday, 11/11. Any doughnuts that have not been picked up by 11am, will be donated or resold. Thank you so much for helping to make sure that this fundraiser was a success for our entire Jaguar community!

Stop, Drop and Read

GMS students and faculty will be participating in our annual Stop, Drop and Read program on Monday and Tuesday, November 20-21. Everyone is encouraged to bring a good book to school on those two days. The first 10 minutes of each class period students and faculty will quite literally stop everything and read! Please help us be successful by reminding your student to have a book with them on these days. Teachers will in turn be encouraging students to complete their chosen book over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Media Center Minute

The Media Center staff and teachers at Gentry would like to thank you for supporting the Gentry Scholastic Book Fair. The sales brought in from the book fair will enable us to purchase nearly $2,500 in Scholastic books for our school! We love to see our parents supporting our students love for reading by purchasing some books that they really want to read at the book fair. Gentry has a goal to increase student reading scores this year. By purchasing materials that your students are interested in, you are increasing their skills and love for reading and helping us all work together to meet our goal! We also want to thank you for purchasing books for teachers’ classrooms. We had 23 books purchased for classrooms and the teachers will be able to share those with many students.

7th/8th Grade Basketball Games

Now that fall is finally here and the temperatures have dropped, please consider joining us one evening for a Gentry basketball game. Our 7th grade girls/boys season has already started and our 8th girls/boys games will begin next week. Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $2 for students. If your student plays on one of our basketball teams and you will be frequenting most games, you may want to consider purchasing a Family Athletic Pass. You can either purchase this pass at the GMS Main Office or at our ticket gate on game day. This pass costs $50 and will admit a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) into each CPS game (both home and away). Tournaments are excluded. The best part is, all of the money that is collected from this pass stays right here at GMS and goes to support GMS athletics. Hope to see you there!

Amazing Readers!

Mrs. Leyden’s 6th period English class read 100,000+ pages outside of class and celebrated with a Shakespeare’s pizza party. Their next goal is to hit 200,000 pages by Winter Break!
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Dates to Remember

November 10 - No School

November 11 - Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Pick Up 8:30 to 11:00

November 13 - Gentry Fundraiser - Shakespeare's pizza

November 14 - PTSA Meeting

November 14 - EEE Field trip to State Historical Society

November 16 - 8th Grade Rock Bridge High School visit

November 16 - 6th Grade Band Concert

November 17 - IPR's sent home

November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No school

For practices and games check Gentry website!