October 31, 2022

Pajama Day Tomorrow, November 1st

After a VERY busy day here at school, we are going to let your Gator get a few more minutes of sleep in the morning because tomorrow is PAJAMA DAY! All students are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas to school on Tuesday, November 1st. If it is your Gator's PE day, please make sure they wear tennis shoes.

Picture Retake Day

Lifetouch will be back on Wednesday, November 2nd for any students who were not here on picture day or any students who would like to retake their picture.

Silver Gotcha Winners!

At Garrisonville, we like to recognize students & staff who have gone above and beyond by presenting them with a Silver Gotcha. Any staff member is able to nominate a Gator for a Silver Gotcha if they feel that they have done something that exemplifies our Gator Motto.

G | Going the extra mile

A | Always encouraging.

T | Totally cooperative.

O | Outstanding attitude.

R | Respectful & responsible.

Our recent Silver Gotcha recipients are:

Evangeline S. - 5th Gator

Naeema S. - 5th Gator

Gabby G.C. - 3rd Gator

America P. - 4th Gator

Brooklyn M. - 2nd Gator

Donations Appreciated

If you're able, please send some boxes of tissues and/or packages of baby wipes in with your child(ren) for their classrooms. Thank you!

Veteran's Day Breakfast

We are excited to honor the members of our Gator community who currently serve or have served in the military on Thursday, November 10th.

Join us on Thursday, November 10th at 8:05am for donuts with your Gator(s) in the cafeteria. Following breakfast, we will hold a flag raising ceremony and families will be invited to their Gator's classroom for special announcements and recognition within the classroom.

Service members are welcome to join us in uniform or civilian clothing. Please be sure to bring your ID to check in with our staff upon your arrival.

Please RSVP to let us know if you will be attending by Friday, November 4th.

Impact Aid Surveys

Impact Aid Form Now Available - Emails have been sent to families! Stafford County Public Schools is committed to creating unique learning opportunities for students by securing all possible sources of funding. Our school division is eligible for Impact Aid funds due to the high number of federal and military families in our area. Forms were distributed through a direct Qualtrics survey for EACH CHILD in your home. Your completion of the survey for each child ensures Stafford Schools receives the full amount of federal funding offered to school divisions.

  • Stafford students with federal connections are:

    • children of active duty U.S. uniformed-services personnel or foreign military
    • children who live on federal property
    • children whose parents work on federal property

Student ID numbers are required to complete the form, and are available in ParentVue.

GES is striving for 100% completion!

Holiday Assistance

If your family is in need assistance with holiday meals and/or gifts this season, please contact your Gator’s school counselor by email or at 540-658-6260.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

We are gathering non-perishable foods to support our Gator community during Thanksgiving break. Listed below are the food items we would like each grade level to donate. Students can drop off their donations in the box in the main office or give it to their teacher.

*We will be accepting donations until Tuesday, November 15th*


  • Stuffing

  • Granola Bars

  • Fruit Snacks

1st Grade

  • Boxed Mac N Cheese

  • Spaghetti Noodles

  • Jelly

2nd Grade

  • Dessert Mixes

  • Peanut Butter

  • Ramen

3rd Grade

  • Canned Corn

  • Soup

  • Canned Fruit

4th Grade

  • Canned Green Beans

  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes

  • Rice

5th Grade

  • Cranberry Sauce

  • Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams

  • Spaghetti Sauce

~Any other non perishable donations are appreciated, but not necessary. Thank you!~

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!! We are very excited to hold the Book Fair in our beautiful school library. The book fair will be November 22nd - December 3rd.

This is a great time to purchase books and other materials for your children. Book fair is a fun and happy event for the whole family to enjoy!

∗ Open for students to shop during the school day

∗ Open for family members to shop from 12:30 - 2:00 (Entrance-Library Door)

∗ Open after school on Tuesday, November 29th 3:30-5:30

∗ Open during the PTO holiday festival (12/3) 9:00 - 12:00

∗ You can also shop online from

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If you are would like to volunteer during the day or have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Golles at

Our mission is to create Super Gator Readers! Hope to see you there!

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Community Resource Spotlight

PAWS for Reading/Time with a Therapy Dog
    • Practice your reading with therapy dogs trained to be avid listeners! Grades K-6. Sign up at your local library branch to book your time. In person and virtual sessions available.

Take Home Folders

Please check student folders daily for student work and teachers notes but especially on Mondays for any school wide flyers.

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Important Dates

11/01- Pajama Day

11/02- Picture Retake Day

11/02- ASE Session 3 of 4: 3:15-4:45pm

11/07- No School for Students - Professional Day

11/08- No School and Offices Closed for Election Day

11/09- ASE Session 4 of 4: 3:15-4:45pm

11/11- No School and Offices Closed for Veteran's Day

11/23-11/25 - No School and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

12/3 - PTO Holiday Festival 9 am - 12 pm (Singing Gators Performance 9:30 am)


In order to stay up to date on the latest school information, please make sure your email address is correct in ParentVue. Also be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for important information and to see the excitement happening at our school!

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