GEMS Family Newsletter

May 2021

Upcoming Events

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K-4th Grade Celebration of Learning

The K-4th grade Celebration of Learning was on Thurs. May 13. Click here to check out the Facebook live video. Click here to view student work.

Have you registered your current student for the 2021-2022 school year? Your student's spot is not guaranteed until all annual registration forms are received by the school

We are currently registering students for the 2021-22 school year. To register you may use the new online system or you may fill out paper forms. Please complete and submit the annual registration forms TODAY.

Online Annual Registration Forms

Please Create an account for your student using the invite code that was e-mailed to you. Once you enter the site, your student's information should be pre-populated into the forms. Double check that the pre-populated information is correct, fix any wrong information, complete some new information, and then submit. Check each Section.

  • NOTE: If any information has changed, check the box at the end of that section BEFORE trying to update the information.
  • NOTE: Please completely fill out Part(s) Two, Five (especially Health History), and Seven.
  • NOTE: You may also need to clear the cache.
  • If you run into any problems, be sure to let us know with as much detail as possible.
  • If it is impossible for you to see any of your student's information or access the website, let us know that too.

To create an online account with OneView to complete the Annual Registration forms for your student online go to You should have received an e-mail from LeMoyne Jackson with your student's invite code. If you have any questions, please contact LeMoyne Jackson at or 614-253-4000.

Paper Annual Registration Forms
Paper forms;

Please fill out the annual registration form and mail, scan, fax, or drop them off at the front desk.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines

The FDA and CDC recently authorized the use of the safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 year olds can now get the Pfizer vaccine from Columbus Public Health by appointment or walk-in at Columbus Public Health, the Celeste Center or pop up community clinics. A parent or guardian must be present. Please view the flyer below for information on how Columbus residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit for additional information.

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Transportation Information

If you student(s) is not currently taking the school bus please complete the online application NOW for a Columbus City Schools transportation route:

  • Current families, please check your CCS Transportation portal to make sure your information is up to date.
  • An email address is required for registration.
  • You should receive an email with a link to complete your online application.
  • Then you should receive an email confirmation that your application has been submitted.
  • CCS Transportation will send your student’s route information separately.
  • Note: We do NOT have access to the student’s un-routed information.

For any further transportation questions, contact: Columbus City Schools Transportation

at 614-365-5074 Or visit 1560 Moler Rd., Columbus, OH 43207

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Summer Meal Information

All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals age 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) through their current enrollment in educational programs are also eligible for free summer meals. Below is a sample of locations available for the summer of 2019. For a full list of locations, or a location near to you, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY(486479), or visit

  • A+ Arts Academy Maybury Campus – 1395 Fair Ave. Columbus, OH 43205
  • Africentric Elementary School - 3223 Allegheny Avenue Columbus, OH 43209
  • Asbury Elementary School- 5127 Harbor Blvd Columbus, OH 53232
  • Berwick Plaza-2745 Winchester Pike. Columbus, OH 43232

When you shop at Kroger, and/or Amazon you can help GEMS raise money for expeditions!


Go to: or call 1-800-837-4483 to enroll in the program. If you enrolled last year you must re-enroll each year to help GEMS. Add GEMS to your card. You can search for GEMS by name or use our school code: FD086. Shop! Every time you shop and use your Kroger Rewards Card GEMS gets rebates. Kroger totals those rebates and sends GEMS a check.


When you make a purchase on Amazon Smile they will now donate 0.5% of your total purchase to GEMS. Go to to get started!


We are so proud of the Play Us Forward students! A few of these students helped to produce a small spring concert, featuring works by our very own Karen Koger, PUF instructor. Here is the link, and we hope you enjoy:

Do you know anyone that might be interested in attending GEMS? Please share this information!

Grade Level Updates


Have finished their final watercolor projects for their Tree unit. In math they are working on solid shapes vs. flat shapes as well as finding different ways to make 10 and 20. In Skills Block they are reviewing important skills that they have learned this year such as decoding, CVC words,

and letter sounds.

First Graders

Are wrapping up their Bird Unit! Their unit guiding question, “What makes a bird, a bird?” helped them create their awesome, scientific bird riddles. Can you solve your student’s bird riddle? In math, first graders have been working on measurement with a focus on ordering/comparing objects by length and measuring with units. We will finish the year with reviewing important first grade math concepts!

Second Graders

Have finished their pollinator presentations and will be gearing up for “Camp Smarty Pants” to review ELA skills for the next couple of weeks. In math, students are learning about money! Students are practicing identifying and counting coins and will soon begin adding and subtracting with money. In crew, students are preparing for their student-led conferences. If you have not scheduled a conference time yet, please contact your student’s teacher!

Third Graders

Have finished their Freaky Frog books. We are doing a variety of mini lessons to reinforce ELA skills such as: Opinion writing, Point of View in a Narrative, Prefix/Suffix. In math we have opened up the world of fractions. Not only are students learning to identify what a fraction is, but they are also comparing them.

Conference virtually or in-person (depending on your comfort level) to hear all that your student has learned this year from your child, not me! Student-Led Conferences allow our students to voice what they’ve learned to their families instead of families just hearing from their student's teacher. We can’t wait to see you!

Fourth Graders

Are preparing for their Passages presentations. They are reflecting about their year and how they have grown as learners. They are supporting one another in this endeavor. They are also reviewing various math concepts as we finish the school year in an effort to be well prepared for 5th grade.

Fifth Graders

Are finishing their final 5th grade products! In Humanities, we are completing our writing assignments to go with our “Lost and Found” posters on our invasive species. We are also finishing our scientific drawings to go on our posters. In science, students are finishing their research on their invasive species. In math, students are reviewing steps and different algorithms on how to multiply double and triple digit numbers.

Sixth Graders

Finished the year planning a vacation and creating a budget using our knowledge of adding and multiplying decimals. In science we continue to learn about our body systems and how they help us to live and survive.

Seventh Graders

Are finishing the year thinking about making the world a better place by educating others on environmental justice issues. Follow and share our posts on Instagram @gems_saej to learn more and help spread the word!

Eighth Graders

Are writing and revising our children's books about a Black or Indigenous historical figure who resisted enslavement or oppression. We will be sharing these final products with GEMS elementary school students in the final weeks of school!

3rd-4th Art

Students in 3rd and 4th grade are learning to sew and creating their own stuffed animals! We are also working hard in 4th grade to prepare for passages.

K-4th Music

I am so proud of all of the hard work our students did for their Celebration of Learning music! You can see how proud they are of their work in the Celebration of Learning Video! In music this month we are working on our “Science of Sound” unit. All Grades are learning about how we hear, what sound and music are made of and how we can create our own musical instruments!

5th-6th PE & Health

Fifth and sixth grade students are currently participating in a kicking and soccer unit. They have been learning the essential skills of soccer and playing games.

K-8th Counseling

Mr. Beery and Ms. Frazier are so proud of all our students and families for their perseverance during a challenging year! We look forward to closing out the year with you all during Student Led Conferences, Passages, and Celebrations of Learning.

The Graham Family of Schools COVID Policies In place through the end of the school year

  • Any visitor or staff member entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken and logged.
  • Masks on. If you are entering the building you must wear a mask.
  • If you have been sick, have a fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or recent loss of smell please do not enter the building.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between one another.
  • Wash your hands for the safety of everyone. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

All of our buildings have contactless thermometers that will be sanitized between each use. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to any of our COVID policies please feel free call the front office at 614-253-4000.

EL Education

Our partnership with EL Education empowers our teachers to unleash the potential of their students. EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning, and the culture of schools. The 10 design principles are: The Primacy of Self-Discovery, The Having of Wonderful Ideas, The Responsibility for Learning, Empathy and Caring, Success and Failure, Collaboration and Competition, Diversity and Inclusion, The Natural World, Solitude and Reflection, Service and Compassion

Professional Qualifications

The parent or guardian of each student enrolled at GEMS may request information on the professional qualifications of each classroom teacher who provides instruction to their student and the school will provide this information on each applicable teacher in a timely manner.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are now required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please be sure to contact the school immediately in case of an address change. Proof of residency must be submitted within two weeks of an address change. If evidence is not provided, requests for additional documentation or a home visit may occur.

GEMS School-wide Title 1

GEMS is a School-wide Title 1 program, enabling us to receive Federal Funds to ensure that our students receive the support they need to reach and exceed grade level goals particularly in reading and math. We welcome parent involvement in planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs including the family engagement policy and the schoolwide program plan. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."