G.W. Gazette

September 2021 Edition


This year our school theme is "Out of This World" and we are excited to take our student's learning to the moon and beyond! The foundational piece to all core standards begins with reading. Making your student a fluent reader with great comprehension is the best way to create success in school and for the rest of their life. The saying "practice makes perfect" is not only for sports but can be used for any skill, including reading. We are implementing ROCKET READERS, a school-wide reading incentive, to get more books in our student's hands so they may practice reading and travel the solar system! Our GW Rocket will be "fueled" by the pages we read as we begin at the sun and travel to Pluto, a dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system. This is how it will work:

  1. Each page read equals 10,000 miles and we have 3.67 Billion miles to go! If we break this goal down it is about 170 pages per student each month. That is very achievable!
  2. An entire book must be completely read and a book report sheet filled out in order to count as rocket fuel. Every teacher will have the book report sheet that includes the title of the book, number of pages, a summary for students to write including what they liked or did not like about the book, and if they would recommend the book to a friend.
  3. Once the book report has been checked and verified, the number of pages will be calculated and will move the rocket forward in the solar system!
  4. Each time our rocket passes a planet, the students that helped fuel it will receive a prize!

It is our hope that you will ask your student how the rocket is progressing in our trip around the solar system! As always, encourage your child to read every night at home.

Have a Star Filled September,

Mrs. Davis

New Measures for Return to Learn 2021-22 School Year

As we returned to learning this year, the plan for COVID-19 has changed from last year's expectations. Our custodial staff will continue to clean public spaces and high touch areas throughout the building, including water fountains which are in use this year. It is still recommended to have your student bring a personal water bottle to fill. Handwashing is expected and available in all classrooms as well as hand sanitizing stations.

Parents are encouraged to monitor their student's overall health prior to sending them to school each day. Students should not attend school with a temperature of 100 degrees or more and must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications.

If your child is sick, please communicate their absence to the school.

In the link below, you will find the area on our school website for information and a tracker of current cases in our district.


Focus on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

The state of Iowa and our Board of Education supports the social and emotional support of individuals to help everyone in schools to intentionally engage in Restorative Practices (RP). The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and manage possible conflicts or tension by repairing harm and relationships. With RP, people are happier, more cooperative, more productive and more likely to make positive changes when everyone works WITH them rather than to or for them. This helps to bring about active engagement for all voices to be heard.

To learn more about Iowa's Social-Emotional Learning please visit


Meet Mrs. Massey

Hello. My name is Lisa Massey. I will be working at GW as an Engagement Specialist. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know the future chiefs and their families. My responsibilities will include partnering with parents to keep students engaged with good school attendance and learning. I look forward to attending parent meetings and discussing opportunities for parent involvement.

My husband and I reside in Hamilton. We have four married children and 9 grandchildren. I was raised in Keokuk, so I am pleased to be supporting the Chiefs once again. I am excited about working with you.

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Welcome to another school year! I am excited to work with the staff and students of George

Washington to help this be a great school year for everyone.

In September, students will be learning about different coping strategies to help us from flipping our lids, in other words, losing control of our emotions. Students will be learning more about deep belly breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, thankfulness/gratefulness, and chair yoga (Thank you Anna Marlin for being willing to show chair yoga to the students).

These are just some of the great strategies we will learn this year.

If you need to get a hold of me for any reason please feel free to reach out by phone or email.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about what your student is learning with the school counselor at GW.


Mr. Coovert

GW School Counselor



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Parent Teacher Organization

George Washington is proud to partner with our parents to support extra activities and opportunities for our students and teachers!! Some of these are the benches for an outdoor classroom area, new bike rack, washer/dryer unit, prizes for students and gifts for staff!

All meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month beginning September 7th at 5:15 p.m. in the GW gym. Please join us!!

GW Parent Advisory Team (P.A.T.)

At KCSD, we are beginning a new program this year for restorative practices and one voice that sometimes does not get a chance to be heard is our parents. In an effort to develop more parental involvement and input with our school, we will begin the GW P.A.T. (Parent Advisory Team). The goal of this group is to discuss opportunities to enhance our school culture and define more ways to get parents involved with their child's school. Our team will meet 3 times per year, once in fall (October), in winter (January), and spring (April) so to not overwhelm our already busy schedules. If you are interested in being part of P.A.T., please email Mrs. Davis.


Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to bringing our ideas together!

Meet Our CORE Teachers

5th Grade Band

There will be a parent meeting THIS THURSDAY for band parents for students signed up and those that are still interested. This meeting is at 5:15 and will be in our music room.

We are looking for gently used instruments for our 5th grade band. We would love to help you “clean your closet” for a good cause!! If you have an instrument that is not being used, and you could part with, we would love to have it. We are trying to put instruments in as many 5th graders' hands as possible. Our desire is for the 5th graders to be exposed to instruments and grow an excitement for band. Community is a big part of being a member of a band, and that is so important for the kids to learn. Please call the school if you would like your donation picked up (319-524-1953) or feel free to drop the instrument off at the George Washington office. Thanks so much!!
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Sept. 1.........First Early out Wednesday at 12:15 (Teacher Collaboration)

Sept. 2.........Band Meeting for Parents @ 5:15 in music room

Sept. 6.........No School - Labor Day

Sept. 7.........PTO in the gym 5:15 p.m.

Sept. 20.......MAP Testing begins

Sept. 24......School Pictures

Sept. 25......Bike/Walk Pop-up Trail on Messenger Road at Hawthorne 9-11

Sept. 27-Oct. 1......Homecoming Week (event details will come later)

Sept. 27 & 28; Oct. 5.....5th grade field trips to Heron Bend

What's for Lunch??

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George Washington Elementary

Heather S. Davis, Principal

Every Student...Every Day ~ Building Tomorrow's Chiefs!