GES Mustang Bulletin

Issue 13: November 18, 2022


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Principal Message

Dear GES Families,

Our students are the future of the Gunnison community and perhaps beyond as they grow and meet the needs of our global society today. It is a privilege to educate tomorrow’s leaders. Our students will assume roles in every walk of their lives and the possibilities are endless for them. Whatever their desires may be, each and every student will receive a great education at GES.

As we approach the holiday season, I am reminded of a word; gratitude, it is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Please allow me to send a heartfelt note of gratitude, on behalf of our entire staff. Thank you for allowing us to work with your children every single day; we are truly grateful for the opportunity!

Our school is a great one with many talented individuals, students and teachers, working to make it even better. Together, we are building a community for our students that believes in their endless potential! I hope your Thanksgiving break is joyful and bountiful! See you on Monday, November 28th.

Kind Regards,

Mr. Seefried, Principal

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Counselor's Corner

Happy Friday, Families! The holidays are upon us and although it is a time that often brings fond memories and cheer for many, there are some kids and adults who associate the holidays with something painful, sad, or otherwise traumatic. If you or your child experience these feelings here are some tips to help. Also, feel free to reach out for more support or resources.

1. Give yourself plenty of grace whenever holiday-related memories pop up that are frightening or uncomfortable for you. Know that you do not have to recreate any of your childhood scenes that may be connected with traumatic experiences.

2. Connect with safe people with whom you can share some of your memories in order to help you appreciate any losses of power and safety that left you with unresolved trauma. This key way to address unresolved trauma is creating a new coherent narrative.

3. Plan now. Have strategies set in your mind so you don’t have to try to make them up in the moment of stress.

4. Pay attention to nutrition and exercise. Be more mindful about eating and exercising in healthy ways.

5. Try to keep stress levels low for everyone, including yourself.

6. Create meaningful rituals. As a family come up with traditions that you can keep year after year that ensure that holidays are more about love, joy and connection rather than fear, shame or disconnection.

With Gratitude, Mrs. Kane & Mrs. Yow

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Western Colorado University Activities and Events

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Santa Dash & Reindeer Run

Santa Dash & Reindeer Run Help bring extra holiday cheer by kicking off the Night of Lights on December 2nd with a Santa Dash & Reindeer Run! The race starts on campus behind the Mountaineer Fieldhouse at 5:15pm and finishes at IOOF Park just in time for the Night of Lights festivities to begin. The first 120 adult registrants receive a Santa hat with registration and the first 50 youth (ages 17 and under) receive reindeer antlers & a red headlamp with registration. Full Santa suits are highly encouraged and are available for purchase ($35 each) or bring your own! Run for a Claus! Proceeds benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and Western Athletics. No timing for this race, but the top two male and female racers will receive prizes.

Registration: online and from 4-5pm on December 2nd at race start

Start – at 5:15pm at Western Field House, park in Field house parking lot

End – IOOF Park

Distance - .5 miles

Fees: $25 Adults / includes Santa Hat (have 120 hats)

$15 Youth / includes reindeer antlers & red headlamp (have 60 antlers & 50 headlamps)

$35 Santa Suit (optional, have 25)

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Junior Mountaineers Camp

Junior Mountaineers Camp is back to provide a unique way for GWSD youth to spend some of their time away from school! This winter/spring, the Western Athletics Department is offering this state-licensed camp. Junior Mountaineers will take place on the Western Colorado University campus and is specifically designed for children ages 5-12. This camp combines athletics & physical activities with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) to create a full day of adventures and learning. Each camp offering will have a different theme that the various STEAM activities are based around in addition to some potential local field trips such as: swimming at the Gunnison Recreation Center, rock climbing at the Western Fieldhouse, and/or a visit to the Gunnison Public Library.

Interested or want more info on Junior Mountaineers Summer Camp? Please use the QR code on the flyer or this link for camp descriptions, weekly themes, a sample schedule, and a registration link. If you have any questions about camp that you can’t find online, feel free to contact Bree Hare, Athletics Business Manager for Western, at or 970.943.2109

Mustang Pride

Students show your Mustang spirit by wearing your favorite holiday sweater every Friday the month of December.

PTA News

Greetings from PTA!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Upcoming PTA Sponsored Events!!!

Looking for ways to get involved and support our school/students/events?

  • Kroger Community Rewards: Please consider linking your shopper’s card to Gunnison Valley PTA. Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations. Access this website to link your card to our organization!
  • Amazon Smile Reward Program: Please consider using Amazon Smile and choosing Gunnison Valley PTA as your charity.

Quarterly PTA Meetings for 2022-2023 (locations TBD):

  • Tuesday, December 6th from 4-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 7th from 4-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 4th from 4-5:30pm

Have a wonderful weekend and please reach out if you have any questions!


Gunnison Valley PTA


Make sure you get the lowest price on your student's yearbook by reserving it now! They are only $20 and can be ordered on or by sending cash/check to the GCS Office with your student's name and teacher. Order forms are attached. (Price goes up in 2023 to $25.)

Also, we have a few copies of the 2021-2022 Yearbook that some of you missed out on due to a shortage of copies. If you are interested in getting one, contact Mary Nordberg at

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School Meal Payments and Meal Application

-Cash is not accepted. Remember to manage your student's account and add funds on and use their 6-digit student ID to create an account. Meal balances are accruing, so be sure to manage your student's account on

Checks are accepted at the front office. Include your student's name and 6 digit ID and indicate that it is for meals. Thank you!

Free and reduced-price meal applications: If you think your family may qualify based on income or qualifying programs (SNAP, TANF, FDPIR) or homeless, foster, migrant, then please complete the free and reduced-price meals application. This online application is the fastest and easiest method. Paper applications are also available in the school office. Please reach out to Kristen Osborn, with questions.


Kristen Osborn MS RD, School Nutrition Director, Gunnison Watershed School District (970) 641-7714

-Pre-fund your student's Meal Account:

-Save time and complete your Free and Reduced Meals Application online!

-Find out if your household qualifies for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP!

-Visit, or call toll-free Hunger Free Colorado Food Resource Hotline: 855-855-4626 Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30 PM.

Dates to Remember

November 21 - 25: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: GES/Lake School visits to the Christmas Tree

December 6: PTA Meeting

December 7: Gingerbread Walk of Lights

December 12: Hearing and Vision Screening for all GES Students

December 15: PTA Coffee Cart for GES Staff

December 16: Dental Screenings for first grade

December 19 to January 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Lunch Menu

Monday: Chicken patty Sandwich and Fries

Tuesday: Beefy Chili and Corn Bread

Wednesday: Stuffed Breadsticks With Marinara and veggies

Thursday: Chicken fajitas with refried beans and fruit

Friday: Hamburger on a bun smiley fries and fruit

November Menu: English

Lost & Found

Are you missing items? Check the lost & found bin located next to the shed outside of the school!

Resource Spotlight!

Here are some links to the ultimate resource guide in both English and Spanish:

Basic Needs Guide

Guia de Recursos Básicos

Find GCS on Facebook

Have you heard? GCS now has a Facebook page! Give us a follow, and be sure to keep an eye out for any important updates!