GCIS Weekly News 5/26/17

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

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Office News

This is our last newsletter for the year! WE MADE IT! The year has flown by! Thanks for all you do!


*Below are a few activities we have scheduled for the end of the year.


  • In the AM students will be having an award time for each grade level.
  • During the afternoon we will have students share their talents with us when we normally have clubs (12:30 pm-1:25 pm)


  • Our last PBIS incentive will be Thursday June 1st
  • 5th grade is attending perfect games in Ames
  • 4th & 6th grade is attending Jefferson Swimming Pool
  • We will eat lunch in the park and swim from 12:00-3:00 pm
  • Students need to bring towel, suit, and sunscreen.
  • For students not wanting to swim we will be doing art in the park and also playing soccer.

As we are closing in towards the end of the year, there are few things that we would like for you to keep in mind:

  • Please remind your students to look over the lost and found table and take home anything that may belong to them!

  • If they have any overdue books that need returned to the library, please do so.

  • If you have an outstanding lunch balance, please have that paid prior to the last day of school!

  • Have you students start bringing home things from their locker that they may not be using at this time such as sweatshirts so they have less to bring home on the last day of school.

4th Grade Happenings!

Science- This week we are zooming into balloon powered cars. We are still testing and analyzing the data.

Reading/Social Studies- We are continuing myths. We are learning allusions and theme through the myths. We have added reader’s theaters to the mix this week.

Math- We will finish out the year in Unit 5 which involves adding fractions and leads us into adding and subtracting mixed numbers with like denominators. Many of us have passed all the levels of our multiplication testing. We see ice cream sundaes in our future for passing our facts with factors times 12.

5th Grade Happenings!

Lit./SS: In reading, we are wrapping up our poetry unit. Students will be bringing home all of the poetry they have written in a book at the end of next week.

Math: We just started new unit dealing with decimals and exponents. Yee Haw

Science: We have been talking about the need to conserve water this week. There is an assignment due Tues., May 2nd showing how each student tried to conserve water at home. We are also learning where the oceans of the world are and how currents move. There will be a quiz on Monday where students will be labeling the oceans on a map needing proper spelling and capitalization.

6th Grade Happenings!

During the Draw the Line discussions, sixth grade students brought up many issues that they are feeling pressured about. These issues include trying cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, stealing, dating, and sending inappropriate pictures. We will continue to discuss how to handle peer pressure by giving students tips and resources during community time. We encourage you to talk to your child about these situations and ways to handle peer pressure. We’ve told kids to use a strong voice, be clear, suggest an alternate activity, walk away, or “blame” their parents (saying their parents need them home now). Any of the 6th grade team or Nurse Jill would be willing to answer any questions, concerns, or comments.

Sixth graders are working on a cross-curricular kite project. Students are designing a kite that will meet a specific goal.

Counseling News

As many of you already know, I will be leaving my position as school counselor with Greene County Intermediate School. I have made the decision to give more attention to my family's needs at home. Everyone who knows me is aware of the struggle my husband and I journeyed through to have our son, Benjamin, who is now three years old. I am going to focus on being Ben’s mom for the next few years.

I have enjoyed my time with (formerly East Greene) and now Greene County Schools, and am honored to have had the opportunity to counsel, teach and advocate for students and staff over the past 19 years. It has been as much a pleasure to learn from the students as it has been to counsel and teach them. Thank you!

Sincerely, Ann Stueckradt, GCIS Professional School Counselor

Summer Resources for Families

I am sharing with you some links to helpful resources for families. School offers a great deal of support for children, and sometimes more support is needed over the summer months.

Greene County Community Resource Directory https://www.extension.iastate.edu/greene/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/greene/2016_Resource_Directory%20WebEdit%208.11.15%20FINAL.pdf

New Opportunities Links



Iowa Childcare Resource and Referral


Carrol County Resource Directory


2017 Iowa Summer Camp List

Check out these helpful resources as you prepare your child for summer camp!

Children and Grieving:

As we have experienced the loss of a student, I want to share a reminder that everyone grieves differently. There may be sadness, anger, denial, fatigue, acting-out behaviors, etc. The following article has a wealth of information to help you help your child through this healing process.

Helping Your Child Deal With Death - KidsHealth


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