Dolphin Digest

Family Weekly Update: January 29, 2023

Gilpin Manor Elementary

Dr. Don Foskey, Principal

Dr. Jessica Casbolt, Assistant Principal

Ms. Lauren Kegley, School Counselor

Ms. Misty Pearson, Community School Advisor

Ms. Maggie Buto, Title I Resource Teacher

Ms. Melissa Pratt, Title I Resource Teacher

Mr. Charlie Givens, Student Services Resource Teacher

Ms. Jessica Janusz-Grimes, School Mental Health Professional

Ms. Mary Klesius, School Mental Health Professional

Location: 203 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD, USA
Phone: 410.996.5040

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Message from the Principal

Hello Gilpin Families,

This week, we will transition from January into February. It seems like the first month of 2023 has gone by very quickly! With the change of months comes a new Principal's Book of the Month. Our new book is called Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laure Numeroff. This is a book in the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie family. While reading this book with your child or listening to them read it to you (yes, even our older students), engage them in conversation about what they love most about family members and friends. In the middle of the week, students will bring home these books and some activities that go along with them.

At Gilpin Manor, we strive to be a support system for our GMES students and families. If you are in need of assistance, have questions, or just need to check-in, please email me at or contact the school at 410-996-5040. Dr. Casbolt, our assistant principal, can also be reached at I hope you are safe and well!

And, as always, be kind to one another.


Don Foskey



GMES Yearbooks: 2022-2023

It's time to consider ordering yearbooks. You can access the information on the Strawbridge website here:

You can also access our School Cash system to pay for a yearbook here:

Flyers recently went home with students. Please feel free to call the main office with any questions you might have about yearbooks and the process of ordering them.

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News from 5th Grade Students - Green Team

Please see details from our 5th grade environmentalists who are working on 'no waste Wednesdays' and battery collection.
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CCPS Red Sand Project

Schools and businesses in Cecil County are participating in the 2nd Annual Red Sand Project during the month of January. The project was created by artist Molly Gochman and uses red sand to raise awareness for survivors of human trafficking. “Filling in the cracks” and making the vulnerable visible. Filling in the cracks with bright red sand for others to see will spread awareness of this issue.

At Gilpin Manor we want students to be aware of keeping safe on an

elementary level. Personal Safety lessons are taught to all grade levels every year with the focus being on keeping your body safe! Saying No, Go, and Telling an adult when they feel uncomfortable is the plan all students learn. We will be sharing with students that the red sand in our sidewalk cracks is to remind them to be safe, if they are ever in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable to follow our “No, Go, Tell” personal safety plan.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

February: Black History Month

  • Wednesday, February 1 - Global School Play Day
  • Thursday, February 2 - GMES Pride Day: Sports Team Day
  • Thursday, February 2 - My Family Matters event at 5:00 p.m.
  • Week of February 6 - National School Counseling Week
  • Monday, February 6 - GMES PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the library
  • Tuesday, February 7 - Report Cards issued via email
  • Tuesday, Feb 7 - Anti-Bullying Posters due (for anyone choosing to participate)
  • Wednesday, February 8 - 100th Day of School
  • Wednesday, February 8 - Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10 - Student Marking Period Gatherings (grades 2-5)

PTA Meeting

The GMES PTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6, starting at 6:00 p.m. We meet at Gilpin Manor, either in the front window room or the library. You can also join via Zoom. We hope you will join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 822 7119 8395
Passcode: ZT2Jm7

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Car Loop

Please remember some of our car loop expectations. Family members must stay in the vehicle at all times. Students should get out of the car on the passenger side, not the driver side. Please turn music down, keep your car tag on the rearview mirror, and follow all directions given by the school staff members present.

Please note that you are ONLY allowed to turn right out of each car loop. This keeps traffic flowing smoothly. This ensures the safety of everyone.

The car loop operates from 8:45-8:55 a.m. and then again from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Principal's Book of the Month

We are excited to continue our ‘Principal’s Book of the Month’ program at Gilpin Manor. Throughout the school year, Mr. Foskey will select a book that will be given to every GMES student. During the month, students are encouraged to read the book. Teachers may complete activities with the book in classrooms as well.

The ‘Principal’s Book of the Month’ program will help us continue to build our learning community. One book will give us a common experience to discuss with our entire school family. Our books might have gentle messages, celebrate a person or event, or give us ways to discuss our Gilpin values. These books are intended to highlight something special and bring joy to our lives. We hope you and your child will read our book of the month.

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Social-Emotional Learning

SEL is how we foster skills like resilience, perseverance, focus, and kindness. It is how we support children in setting and working toward goals and building and maintaining positive relationships. SEL is something that we are working on at Gilpin Manor. All of us, children and adults, can always make improvements. To support families with SEL, below are a few resources:

To support families with SEL, below are a few resources:

AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

As part of our work as an AVID school, we take time to teach students organizational skills, note-taking habits, and writing skills. We also enhance our lessons with different levels of questioning and creative ways to engage students in their learning. Ask your student how they remain organized at school!

To learn more about AVID, please view this presentation from our Gilpin University event: AVID.

Additional Parent/Guardian AVID resources from AVID.


Bookworms in the literacy curriculum that the CCPS elementary schools use to provide instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and word work. You can explore some additional details in this January Bookworms Bulletin!

Support for Math Facts

Families, are you looking for additional activities to support your student beyond math facts? Consider this resource recommended by Scholastic to help families and students.

K-5 Math Teaching Resources: Is a website full of games and activities for each math standard that allow you and your child to better understand different topics being taught in the classroom. There are different categories to choose from: number sense, geometry, and measurement and data. Click on the activity or game that will help practice different mathematical concepts. Recommended for Kindergarten through 5th grade.


Arrival: 8:45-8:55 a.m. Dismissal: 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Attendance at school each and every day is very important. This makes sure students have consistent access to teachers and learning experiences. We will share weekly attendance rates for each grade level and the whole school each week.

Check out this great resource about attendance at school: Absences Adds Up!

Our goal each week is for each grade level, and our school overall, to have 92% or greater attendance. Attendance rates for this week are posted below:

PS: 95.4% PK: 88.6% K: 91.9% 1st: 90.0%

2nd: 88.0% 3rd: 94.1% 4th: 96.9% 5th: 91.6%

Overall: 91.9%


There has been a lot of illness making its way throughout our community. Please encourage good handwashing habits, covering faces when coughing, and staying home when sick.

JobNow Information

The Cecil County Public Library is offering an exciting opportunity! Learn how to use JobNow to streamline your employment search from figuring out what type of career best suits you, to updating your resume, and researching available positions. Visit this link to register and reserve a seat:
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Cafeteria News

Gilpin Manor is very fortunate to be able to offer a free breakfast and lunch to every student. To access the meal menu, please see this link: Meal Menu.

Students are invited to get a meal from the cafeteria or to bring one of their own.

Check out the MD SNAP-Ed Facebook page for more information on cooking demos and other great nutrition information -

PTA Post

PTA meetings take place during the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the GMES library. We hope you will join us for our meetings!

If you are interested in joining the PTA, a committee, or have any questions, please email us at

2022-2023 PTA Board Members:

  • President - Renee' Sayers
  • Vice President - Heather McCauley
  • Treasurer - Ashley Carmichael-Stokes
  • Secretary - Crystal Blake
  • Past President - Sabrina Roberts
  • GMES Staff Liaison - Kelly Strawbridge

Be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page - Gilpin Manor PTA.

Title I

Gilpin Manor Elementary is a Title I school. As a result, we receive additional federal funds to support students and families. Title I is a federal program intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. To learn more, you can find the CCPS Title I page on the CCPS website: CCPS Title I.

Below are two of our GMES Title I documents:

GMES Title I Compact

GMES Family Engagement Plan

GMES Schedule

Office Hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (W)

School Hours - PreK-5th Gr: 8:45 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) 8:45 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (W)

School Hours - Preschool: AM Session- 8:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. PM Session- 12:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Seeking Volunteers

GMES is still seeking family/community volunteers to come into the school building. If you are interested and available for this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Lauren Kegley at or Dr. Don Foskey at We hope you can join our team to support, encourage, and enrich our students' learning!

Cecil County Judy Center

The Cecil County Judy Center offers a variety of services and activities. Access their website here for more information.
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CCPS and GMES Resource and Support Information

CCPS Technology Support

Videos about navigating online platforms, logging on, submitting assignments, and more!