GES Parent Newsletter

May and June 2019

Principal's Message:

This month we are focusing on honesty and fairness.


Code of Conduct Expectations for Fairness

· Demonstrates give and take (share)

· Accept another choice when necessary (flexible thinking)

· Act respectfully in an activity, group work or competition

· Cooperate and contribute to group efforts

Students will be able to…

· Understand that fair does not mean equal

· Recognize that everyone has a different plan to get what they need

· Contribute equally to group work/large group work

· Share objects and ideas

· Accept other ideas and perspectives

· Be a good sport in competition or game setting


Code of Conduct Expectations for Honesty

· Make accurate statements and admit mistakes

· Accept responsibility/consequences for what he/she did

· Decide between right and wrong

Students will be able to

· Recognizing when there is a need to apologize

· Differentiate between saying sorry and feeling sorry

· Make truthful statements

· Own mistakes

· Make the right choice even when adults are not watching or listening


Retirement . . . It is with mixed emotions that I write this to you. This is my last year as Principal of Garfield, Miltona and Carlos as I am retiring on June 30th. I have loved being part of each community and school. The communities, families and students are absolutely amazing. The support and teamwork has been incredible. I have been truly blessed to be the GMC principal!


Troy Wunderlich will be the new principal, taking over on July 1. He is currently the assistant principal at Alexandria Area High School. He is going to be amazing and is so excited to get to know all of you. He will be at our end-of-the-year family event, so you all will get to meet him. He and I will be spending some time together over the next month to make for a smooth transition.


I am looking forward to spending more time with my own family, which is a great trade off.


With my gratitude to all of you for sharing your children with me,


Lisa Pikop

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Congratulations to the Alexandria Schools Music Department!


Alexandria Public Schools, a Best Community in Music Education District


The NAMM Foundation has honored Alexandria Public Schools on its list of Best Communities for Music Education in 2019 for demonstrating an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.


This recognition celebrates the commitment of our dedicated, inspiring music educators in every school, and affirms the School Board’s commitment to music opportunities at every grade level. Garfield School is a special place for music. Thank you for our music educator, Ray Noble, for all you do for our students; and to all Garfield School parents, thank you for supporting the value of music education as an essential part of a student’s learning.

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Upcoming Events

May Events:

May 1: Water Festival - Gr. 4

May 2: Safety Day - Gr. 5

May 8: BizTown - Gr. 5

May 10: Sneak-A-Peek for incoming Kdg. students at 1:15 PM

May 13: Young Writers Conference (two students from grades 3-5)

May 15: Track and Field - Gr. 4 - at AAHS

May 15: DMS school student tour - Gr. 5

May 16: Track and Field - Gr. 5 - at AAHS

May 17: GES Family Dance - PM

May 27: No School

May 29: MN Zoo - Gr. 3 & 4

May 31: Bowling - Gr. K-2


June Events:

June 3: Douglas County Library - Gr. K-2

June 3: Primary Track and Field - K/1 at 12:15; Gr. 2/3 to follow at approximately 1:15 at GES

June 4: Hemker Zoo - Gr. K-2

June 4: Runestone Museum/Waste Facility - Gr. 3

June 4: Peer Teaching at MES - Gr. 4 and 5

June 5: Kdg. Celebration - 1:15 PM

June 6: Last student day


(Please watch the classroom newsletters, also, for additions to the events calendar. The end of the year gets rather hectic!)

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Important Information:

GES Family Dance:

Pizza will be provided. Dancing/music will begin at 6 PM. Adults are invited to attend with their GES student(s). Free will donation will be accepted

PLEASE WATCH FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TO BE COMING OUT!


Teacher Appreciation Week:

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. Hats off to our amazing teaching staff at Garfield Elementary. Thank you for your dedication and hard work!


Reminder:

When your child(ren) have outside events/fieldtrips, please put sunblock on them in the morning. If they have an all-day outside event, please send a bottle for them to apply more mid day.

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Do you know anyone who may be interested in being a Foster Grandparent?

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Garfield Elementary recognizes students who exhibit the school's Code of Conduct. Those traits are: Honesty, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility and Fairness.

Code of Conduct Recognition

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Week of March 25

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Week of April 1

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Week of April 8

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Week of April 15

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Week of April 23

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We would like to thank Mrs. Pikop for the many years of having our students and their best interest as her top priority and for supporting the staff of Garfield Elementary. Enjoy having the time to attend your grandchildren's events and not having to worry about icy roads, foggy conditions or deer popping out of the ditch at 6 AM. Your smile and leadership will be missed!

~The Garfield School staff~