In Focus @ GWA
A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy
Key Deadlines & Dates
- First Home Varsity Basketball Games: Nov. 21
- Christmas Hall Decor Deadline: Nov. 22 @ 8 a.m.
- K4/K5 Thanksgiving Program: Nov. 22 @ 8:30 a.m.
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 25 - Nov. 29
- Piano Recital: Dec. 1 @ 1 & 3 p.m.
- Gingerbread Christmas: Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m.
- Empty Stocking Fund Deadline: Dec. 3
- Coffee with the Admin: Dec. 5 @ 8:15 a.m.
- GWA Preview Day: Dec. 5 @ 10 a.m.
- Dance Performance: Dec. 5 & 6
- Christmas Tree Program: Dec. 6 @ 9 a.m.
'Tis the Season!
It may be November, but it is never too soon to talk Christmas! Plans are well underway for our second annual Gingerbread Christmas on Sunday, December 1 from 4-6 p.m. This event was created to celebrate the start of the Christmas season and bring our families and community together for a family-fun evening.
Our halls will be decked, the trees will be trimmed and the lights will be strung! We will toast s’mores by the campfire, enjoy live music and even have our own parade to welcome Santa to our campus. We also have a gingerbread contest and encourage our students and families to participate for cash prizes. The contest and the event are open to the public. Invite your friends and neighbors to come join us.
The event concludes with a gathering on our front lawn at 6 p.m. We are excited that FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist David Chandley will read the Christmas story and GWA parent DeeDee Garrett will sing “O Holy Night” as part of our tree lighting. This year's event falls on our last day of Thanksgiving break. We hope your travel plans will allow you to arrive home in time to join us for this gathering of friends.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you on December 1st!
Gingerbread Christmas Returns to GWA!
*Photos with Santa
*Gingerbread House Contest
*Carols by the Campfire
*6 p.m. Devotional & Tree Lighting
The deadline to enter the gingerbread house contest has been extended to Friday, Nov. 22 - please click HERE for full details.
Show Off Your Gingerbread Skills!
Support the Empty Stocking Fund
*Students will get free admission to the first home varsity basketball games TONIGHT with donation of three canned goods*
GWA Preview Day is Dec. 5
Great families know other great families! We hope you’ll share our Preview Day information with the wonderful people you know. Preview GWA gives prospective families an opportunity to learn more about our school and our programs. The event begins with a brief presentation followed by a student-led campus tour and concludes with a Q & A session. Contact Director of Admissions Cari Bailey at email@example.com for more info. or if you have a prospective family you want us to contact.
St. Augustine Exploration
GWA fourth graders explored the fascinating history of our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida- wrapping up their recent study of Spanish explorers and their contribution to the founding of the U.S.A. Students toured the Castillo de San Marco (Spanish fort), watched a weapons demonstration by a real Spanish settler and saw a live cannon fire. To get a close-up look into the city’s past- the group embarked on a trolley tour of historical sights - getting “captured by pirates” and taken to dinner at the end of the ride. They learned about Ponce de León, how the Spanish explorers navigated their voyages by using the stars and sampled water from the famous Fountain of Youth. The group toured a Timucuan village and checked out an 1800’s castle style home which now houses Ripley’s Believe or Not! This memorable trip to St. Augustine gave fourth-grade students a greater understanding of global influence on our nation’s founding.
What’s your Vision for Summer 2020?
-By Laura Nabors, Associate Director of College Counseling
There are many meaningful opportunities near and far for GWA students of all ages for Summer 2020, and now is the time to scope them out. Students can experience a pre-college program to dive into their passions, gain work experience, or volunteer to serve at local charity organizations. Some programs require an application process and can open as early as this month.
Upper school students- did you know summer activities can push your college application to the “yes” pile? As college draws closer and closer, it’s time to get more serious about how to spend summer vacation. The wide array of programs available to students makes the transition to college significantly easier. Plus, students can still pursue something they enjoy while demonstrating interest to admission representatives that you know how to make the most of your summer. READ MORE...
Gavel Club is affiliated with Toastmasters International and meets monthly during the school year. Members that have completed 10 speeches by the end of their senior year earn the rank of "Competent Toastmaster" and receive special recognition at graduation.
Nov. 22 – “A Thankful Heart“ (K4/K5 Thanksgiving Program) – Lower Gym – 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 1 – Piano Recitals – Auditorium - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Dec. 1 – Performances by piano, band, & drama students at Gingerbread Christmas – 4- 6 p.m.
Dec. 5 – “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Dance) – Lower Gym - 10 a.m.
Dec. 6 - “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Dance) - Lower Gym - 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 – Christmas Tree Presentation – Choirs, Middle School Chorus, Sign Language Classes, GWA Bands – Nicholson Center – 9 a.m.
Dec. 10 – “Billy Shakespeare's Christmas Extravaganza and Traveling Freak Show” – (Middle School Drama) – Auditorium – 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 – 3rd & 4th Grade Christmas Musical – Lower Gym - 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 – GWA Bands Christmas Concert – Nicholson Center – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 – 5th Grade Chorus Performance – Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.
Deadline for Croatia Trip is Nov. 29
There are only a few remaining spots available for the upcoming trip to Croatia. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Nov. 29. Questions? Contact Femke Côté at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: June 8-16, 2020
Cost: $3,990 – includes airfare, all accommodation/transportation costs, excursions, medical insurance, all breakfasts and some dinners
Who: Upper school students (must have completed freshman year by May 2020)
Why: Croatia is perhaps one of the most unique countries in Europe, and sits on the opposite side of the Mediterranean as Italy. The country is known for its incredible natural beauty and cinematographic history, hosting one of HBO's most popular shows Game of Thrones. George Walton students and trip leaders will embark on an experience of a lifetime, zip-lining across the Cetina River, exploring the famous Plitvice Lakes, sea kayaking on the island of Hvar, and touring the famous historical structures that made Game of Thrones what it was!
For more information, or to register, go to https://travefy.com/trip/gjfc6kkx7ark7uwxgdfb6uuxtjrv2.
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Competition Cheer Wraps Up Second Season
Wow! What a great season for the 2019 competition cheerleading squad! The girls started in May learning the stunts that would be in their routine. In early June, they spent three days learning the choreography for their routine. The girls practiced and worked out over the summer to get ready for the first competition in September, while also getting ready to cheer for football. Many injuries plagued the team this season, but the squad showed amazing perseverance and determination to overcome any obstacle thrown their way. During the regular season, the squad placed 1st at two competitions, 2nd place at another competition, and at sectionals they qualified for State finals.
At the State Championship, the girls performed their best routine of the season! The scores were a little short of what we hoped they’d be, but the girls were proud of their performance and progress over the season. It has been amazing to watch to progress of this young team in the two short years they have been competing. We are already looking forward to next year! A huge thank you to all who have supported this new adventure for GWA. We appreciate your prayers, your notes of encouragement, and the fans in the stands at the competitions. Go Dawgs!
Sign Up for GWA LAX!
-Youth- 12/3, 6-8 p.m.
-Upper school- 12/5, 6-8 p.m.
Be in the Know!
GWA fall sports are wrapping up and winter sports are getting started! Click the calendar link above to check out upcoming sporting events.
It's Time to Trim the Trees!
Dawgs 360 has five live trees in the courtyard looking for families to adopt and decorate with holiday decorations the week of Thanksgiving Break! Please email Elizabeth McDonel at email@example.com for more details!