The Frontier

Week of February 11, 2019

Upcoming Events

Friday 2/8 - Last day to enter Elective Selection for Next year (6th and 7th graders only)

Sat 2/9 - Robotics @ Still - All Day

Mon - GB (7) v Granger; Parent University 6-8

Tues - PTA Meeting @ 9:30

Wed - GB(8) v Crone; District Spelling Bee @ CEC 6:00

Thurs - No Events

Fri - No Events

Sat - Robotics Competition @ Still - All Day

News and Announcements

Parent University

On Monday, February 11th, Gregory Middle School, 360 Youth Services, and Good Therapy Naperville, will be coming together to host a Parent University night. There will be presentations on different topics ranging from internet safety to talking to your kids about vaping. You are invited to attend and will have an opportunity to choose from topics that interest you most.


On the night of our Parent University, 3 sessions will be available to parents. The night will begin at 6:00pm and end at 8:00pm. You can choose to attend all three sessions, or come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Sessions will run for a half hour and each session will offer the same topics. This will hopefully allow you the opportunity to attend the topics that are most meaningful to you.


HERE, you will find a list of topics being offered. Please review them and once you know which 3 topics you’d like to attend, complete the registration form below. Please note that a minimum of 5 participants is needed to run a topic. If a topic is cancelled, you’ll receive notification and an opportunity to pick a new topic. Before the night of the event, you will receive a confirmation email listing your session, session location, and times.


REGISTRATION FORM


Elective Course Selection for 6th and 7th Graders

Today is the due date for all 6th and 7th grade parents to submit course selection forms. There is a slight change in process from previous years as we will not be sending home a form to be completed, signed and returned but moved it to an online form. Please review the information shared over email and complete the online Form by February 8th. This form will give us an idea of what electives your child is interested in and will aid us in building their next years schedule. If you have any questions after reviewing the information, please call Gregory Middle School’s student services office at 630-428-6302.

The Great Box Top Race

To start off 2019, we’re offering a raffle awarding small prizes, and each five box tops donated earns you a raffle ticket. Turn in days will be on Tuesdays and Fridays starting next Tuesday, so start collecting, Pioneers!

Raging Waves Fitness Log

If you are interested in earning a free weekday pass to Raging Waves Water Park, pick up a fitness log from one of the P.E. teachers. Each time you complete 30 minutes of exercise, color in one section of the fitness log. Once you have reached a total of 25 hours over the next several weeks, have your parent sign it to verify it and then turn it in to Mr. Crowe no later than April 8.

Donations for Soldiers

Student Council is collecting donations for soldiers throughout the month of February. Look for flyers around the school for what to donate. Donation bins are placed near the main door. Support the troops by showing them some love this month! Any questions, please see Mrs. Z or Miss Moore.

Pioneer Post

Find out what is happening in your school and community by reading the Pioneer Post. It’s not too hard to do so, just go to Google Classroom and type in the code k-8-m-n-q-r to read the digital newspaper. Gregory’s Pioneer Post is written by students for students. And who knows? Maybe you could be a part of a feature story in the future!

Choose Kind T-Shirts

Student Council is selling “Choose Kind” t-shirts to encourage others to be caring, kind, and compassionate. Proceeds will benefit Student Council’s kindness initiative, which will fund kind acts around Gregory.


T-shirts are $10. Sizes range from youth small to adult 5X. Shirts are customizable too! Choose between 2 fonts and 7 colors. Please consider ordering now until Feb 17. Follow the link to view the t-shirt designs and place your order. Purchased shirts will be distributed at school. https://choosekind19.itemorder.com/sale


Any questions? Contact Nicole Moore (nicole_moore@ipsd.org) or Jenna Zientek (jenna_zientek@ipsd.org).

LMC Valentine's "box of chocolates" Contest

During the month of February, the LMC is holding a contest with our bulletin board in the LMC hallway. Students always like to describe for us the covers of books they would like to read/check out. This month, we are reversing the game! There is a “box of chocolates” available for students to peruse. Each item has an image of a “tasty treat”. If you know the name of the book, based on the cover, keep track of your guesses and submit your answers via our Google Form “Quiz.” http://bit.ly/2BjNx3w; the link is also available on the LMC website. Students with the most number correct will win a free book! Contest ends Wednesday, February 27th!! May the odds be ever in your favor…

GMS Empowerment Events Need Your Help

BAM (Becoming AMAZING Men)

Friday, March 8, 2019 5:30-9pm


POWer (POWERFUL Outstanding Women)

Saturday, April 13, 2019 8-1pm


GMS event coordinators and the PTA are looking for your help! We are working together to plan both the BAM & POWer empowerment events. We are seeking SPEAKERS, EVENT SPONSORS, RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS, AND FOOD DONATIONS for both events. We are also looking for any parents/guardians that want to volunteer. If you own your own business or work for a corporation that is committed to inspiring young teens to be confident, kind, compassionate, active members in their communities, please let us know how you can get involved.


Both BAM & POWer are FREE events for Gregory Middle School students and their adult guests. They are designed to inspire and empower our students to believe in themselves, discover their unique gifts and talents, develop courage to stand up for their beliefs, see the benefits of working as a team, empower them to be responsible and active members of society and to increase their self-confidence.


Gregory and our community will come together to plan a fun filled day of activities for Gregory students and the special adults in their lives. Students and their guests will participate in FUN hands-on activities led by community business leaders and professionals. Students and their guests will have opportunities to learn about what their community has to offer them outside the classroom, win amazing raffle prizes and have fun together! You can find more details about each event on their websites http://poweronpossibilities.weebly.com/ and https://gregorybam.weebly.com/.


Please contact the GMS Coordinators with any questions or suggestions.

Power of Choice Parent Nesletter

Parents of Middle School/Jr. High School Students

Monitoring & Setting Clear Expectations

It is important for parent to explore the idea of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with your teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. Use the winter issue of our latest newsletter, The Parent Post, middle school edition, to help you guide you. For more information visit: www.thepowerofchoice.info


PowerTalk for Families: Strategies for Being a Positive Influence on your Peers

Peer behavior, both positive and negative, has a powerful influence on adolescent decision-making. When adolescents associate with positive social peers, they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and make responsible decisions. Talking about friendships/ relationships in general makes it easier to also talk about not using alcohol and the impact that underage drinking could have. Use this month’s PowerTalk for Families to help you talk with your teen about being a positive peer influence and making the healthy decision to not use alcohol.

GMS Social Emotional Learning with Second Step - Next Week's Lesson Home Connection

Lesson 15

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore how thoughts affect decision making and how to recognize and handle the unhelpful thoughts that may lead your child to make bad decisions.

Family Lesson Questions

6th Grade: Ask your child to tell you the difference between thoughts and emotions and to describe what an unhelpful thought is. Talk with your child about what to do if an unhelpful thought gets stuck in his or her head.

7th Grade: Ask your child about a time he or she remembers having a negative thought that wouldn’t go away. Decide together what kinds of actions your child would like to take the next time he or she has an unhelpful thought.

8th Grade: Ask your child about a time he or she felt rejected, and how that made him or her feel. Ask what kinds of unhelpful thoughts people can have when they feel rejected, and think of people your child can go to for help if he or she experiences thoughts like that.

CHECK OUT PARENTEENCONNECT.ORG

ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

8th Grade Information

Important 8th Grade Dates

February 7, 2019 -- 8th Grade Formal Portraits

February 8, 2019 -- “Ellis Island” Day

March 7, 2019 -- 8th Grade Formal Portrait Retakes

April 26, 2019 -- Team 8-2 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip

April 29, 2019 -- Team 8-4 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip

April 30, 2019 -- Team 8-1 - Holocaust Museum Field Trip

May 17, 2019 -- PTA Sponsored Decades Dance (Parents and Students)

Date TBD -- Centennial Beach Trip (Students only)


*June 3, 2019 -- 8th Grade Team Promotion Ceremonies – Parents are invited to attend their child’s team assembly in the East Gym


Team 8-1: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. (parent arrival at 8:10 a.m.)

Team 8-4: 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. (parent arrival at 9:30 a.m.)

Team 8-2: 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. (parent arrival at 10:45 a.m.)


*This date is tentative pending more possible snow days and approval by the Board in the spring. 8 th Grade Students will be dismissed to a parent immediately following their team’s promotion ceremony. The ceremonies will take place on the last day of school for all students. 6th and 7th grade students will be dismissed at 3:00 on that day.

Sport and Club News

Girl's Basketball Results

Girls’ Basketball Results & Scoring vs Kennedy:

8AA lost 21-18: Nyla Hale 14 pts; Natalie Liacone 4 pts

8A lost 35-8: Mia Galoozis 4 pts; Ciara James 2 pts; Julia Brizu 2 pts

7AA won 43-11: Zoe Navarro 12 pts; Kylee Norkus 10 pts; Caitlin Washington 5 pts

7A lost 16-7: Lily Snyder 5 pts; Allison Mayor 2 pts