Volume 1, Issue 13 - November 10, 2017
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"
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
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!
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!