GES Mustang Bulletin
Issue 8: October 11, 2019
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
This past week, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to engage in a couple of different Professional Development opportunities in both Denver and Grand Junction. It was an eye-opening week for me, partly because I was able to interact with a number of principals from around the state, as well as some from as far away as Texas and Michigan. One thing that struck me in working with and learning from these individuals is that community support and engagement is something that we cannot take for granted. When someone said, "Give up writing weekly newsletters, no one reads them anyway," I was able to report that I've had multiple comments in just the past week that families appreciate the regular communication. So, thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter every week (and thanks to Mrs. Hanson for her hard work in putting it together!).
I think that this past week's PTA event highlighted the incredible support and engagement we enjoy. Thanks, specifically, to Coach Harris and Coach Schliesman for gathering the Pumpkins, to PTA for sponsoring the event, and to the Western Track Program for helping run the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for two buildings--Lake and GES--to share in one, great school-wide event. If you enjoyed it, or hope to enjoy more events like it in the future, please consider joining PTA or supporting it financially!
I hope you all have a wonderful Fall Break. School resumes on Wednesday, October 16th.
Happy Friday, I hope you all take time to enjoy the long weekend and take time to take care of you! Next week I will start talking to 3rd & 4th graders about their mental health, the mental health of others, knowing the signs of distress and how to access trusted adults for help. It’s never too early to start talking with your own kids about mental health. You could start with identifying how people are expressing emotions in a show or movie you watch, how books can change our emotions, and how we feel when we notice others are sad. Let kids know that it is safe to talk about how they are feeling and make talking about feelings the norm. No feelings are bad feelings, it’s natural and humanistic to experience a wide range of emotions. This article has some great age-by-age tips on how to talk to your child about mental health. Feel free to reach out if there is any way I can support you!
Parents, please take this survey regarding technology integration in GWSD K-12 Schools - data will be compiled and analyzed by the GWSD Technology Advisory Committee as we work on the district Technology Plan.
Tuesday: No School
Wednesday: White-hot Chicken Chili w/ Cornbread, Green Salad, and Apple Crisp
Thursday: Chicken Tenders w/ Whole Grain Roll, and Corn & Red Pepper Salad
Friday: Bean & Cheese Nachos w/ Shredded Lettuce and Diced Tomatoes
Dates to Remember
October 14-15 - NO SCHOOL, Fall Break
October 17 - 3rd Grade Curecanti Field Trip - Garcia & Rooks
October 18 - 3rd Grade Curecanti Field Trip - Foster, Whitley, & Yoder
October 23 - 3rd Grade performance of "All That I Can Be" - 10:00-10:20 am
October 29-30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 1 - NO SCHOOL (GES ONLY), PD Day
November 4-8 - Book Fair! (See information below!)
We hope you and your family were able to enjoy Pops, Pumpkins and Pizza! It was a wonderful FREE event thanks to Bethany Baptist Church for their generous donation to help fund the purchase of pumpkins! We would also like to thank Western’s Track and Field team for helping run the event, Tammi Gardner for making our PTA donation poster and, of course, coaches Schliesman and Harris for organizing and hosting! This was by far our biggest turn out for this event and we are so happy you came out!
Mark your calendars for this upcoming opportunity to help with teacher appreciation:
· GES Parent Teacher Conference Dinner – Tuesday, October 29th - Please consider signing up to contribute to the GES teacher/staff appreciation dinner using this link.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Artist of the week: Kater Williams
5th Grade, Mr.s Good's class
Events & Activities
The Book Fair is blasting into our school November 4 th – 8 th !
Shopping hours are from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm Monday – Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am-4 pm. We welcome you to join your child’s class and select new books your family will enjoy reading! Look for dates and times attached to the flyer that your child brings home. Our flyer includes just a sample of the many great titles available at our Fair.
Our children have been delighted with the new books we have been able to purchase with Book Fair proceeds, including additional copies of some of our best loved titles like “Dogman”, “Amulet” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”! We were also thrilled to be able to purchase three new wooden book return drop boxes. These boxes have made it easier for students to return books which has increased the number of books your children are reading.
Thank you so much for your support and we looking forward to seeing you soon!