Gator Gazette

January Community News


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Gooch Vision and Mission

Mission: To Create a community that develops scholars with the knowledge, values and vision to become college and career bound.

Vision: To provide high quality instruction, increase student academic achievement, and develop our students holistically.

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Welcome to the New Year at Gooch!!!

Fuel Up to Play Grant

We are pleased to Annouce that Gooch Elementary School has been awarded a $4,000 Fuel Up to Play grant from Dairy Max. The grant supports healthy nutrition through funding a refrigerator dedicated to storing fresh food for Saturday School. It also supports healthy activities through funding sensory gym equipment for physical engagement in the classroom, with a focus on those scholars with behavioral challenges.

Gooch Thanks Trustee Edwin Flores

All Dallas ISD Trustees are volunteers who donate their time and expertise to the school district. January is Trustee appreciation month, and we appreciate our Trustee, Edwin Flores. Trustee Edwin Flores serves as 1st vice president of the Board of Trustees, and he encourages parents to choose the right school for their children to help them soar to success.

Great Happenings at Gooch in December

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PreK Giants Exhibition in the Library

3rd and 4th Grade's Spectacular Performance on December 6th

Math Games for Rainy Afternoons

During winter kids can't play outside as often. Instead of screens, here are some fun and educational math games to play with your children.

Make 10: Addition & Subtraction

The object of the game is to make as many equations as possible in which the sum equals 10. Start with a complete deck of cards. Ace = 1, Joker = 0 and all other face cards are removed. Begin by placing the deck face down on the table. Each player chooses 5 cards and places the cards in front of them.

The first player uses the 5 cards to create as many equations as she can in which the sum equals ten. For example, If I have 9, 9, 3, 2, 4, I could make the following equations: 9+4-3=10 and 9+3-2=10

After making as many equations as possible, player sets aside the used cards and play passes to the next player.

Play continues with players refilling their hands to 5 cards at the start of each turn. Whoever uses the most cards by the end of the deck wins.

Close Call: Addition, Place Value (Number Sense)

The object of this game is to accumulate the highest score by coming closer to the goal of a total sum of 100 than your opponent.

Start with a complete deck of cards. Ace = 1, Joker = 0 and all tens and other face cards are removed. Shuffle the deck and deal each player 6 cards. Players then select 4 of the 6 cards that they have been dealt to create two 2-digit numbers. The object is to create two numbers that when added together come as close to 100 as possible, without going over.

For example, in this hand I selected the cards 1, 6, 3, 6. From these digits I can create 13, 16, 31, 36, 61, 63, 66. The aim of the game is to select the two numbers that added together are closest to 100 without being larger than 100.

For each round that you win, you get one point. In the event of a tie, each player receives 1 point. After playing 5, 7 or 10 rounds, the player with the most points wins.

Race to $1.00

A selection of coins that includes at least two of each of the following: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, along with a pencil and paper, and some container to pick them from such as a bag. More coins tend to be more fun! The goal of these games is to practice counting and adding coins to reach $1.00.

Place all of the coins into a bag and shake. The first round of the game starts by having each player blindly pick a coin at random from the bag. Each player then draws this coin on their sheet of paper. Once everyone has done this, then everyone picks another coin and draws it on their paper and so on. Each player needs to keep a running total of how much money they have picked from the bag. The first player to reach $1.00 accurately wins the round. You can play multiple rounds, and the one to win the most out of 3, 5, or 7 rounds wins the game.

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PTSA Corner

Holidays Around the World sponsored by PTSA was a great success. We had an excellent turn out, with Gooch scholars making crafts celebrating Hannukah, Las Posadas, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. Many thanks to Mr. Glazner for organizing such a great holiday Sing-A-Long.

Save the Date for " A Night Out with Dad or Mom - A Valentines Dance". Febuary 9th from 6-8pm, in the Gym. Put on your fancy clothes and come and celebrate Valentines Day. Entrance and games will be free, there will be refreshments for purchase.

The Gooch T-Shirts are in! PTSA will be selling them at all events, and other times announced on Bloomz.

Holidays Around the World

Upcoming Events...

Jan 9, Tuesday, first day of School for 2018

Jan 15, Martin Luther King Day, No School

Jan 16, Gooch SBDM Meeting

Jan 18, Parent Teacher Conferences

Jan 26, 9.30-10.30 am, Toddler Story Time in the Library

Feb 9, 6-8 pm, A Night Out with Dad or Mom, A Valentines Dance

WT White Feeder Pattern Mission

We will cultivate a premier learning community to foster globally responsive citizens, personalizing instruction for every student.

Therefore, we are committed to:

  • Providing access to an equitable and high quality education

  • Promoting citizens who contribute to the common good

  • Supporting our students academically, socially, and emotionally