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"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

January 31 - February 4, 2022

Our Gray Hawk Mission Statement

OUR GRAY HAWK FAMILY works together to help students feel safe, loved, and inspired so they can be empowered learners and engaged citizens.

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PTO Meeting on Tuesday, 2/8 at 6:00 in the GHES Computer Lab

Congratulations, Molly Manselle!

Congratulations to Molly Manselle (5th grade Williamson) for representing OUR GRAY HAWKS at the Leavenworth County Spelling Bee on Friday. Molly did a wonderful job and we are so proud of her!

Big shout out to Dylan Pierce (5th Williamson) for being the alternate as well. Way to go, Gray Hawks!

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National School Counselor Week begins NOW

It is a special time to celebrate all things Madison Hubbard. Please share your appreciation for EVERYTHING that she does for OUR GRAY HAWK! Encourage your children to make her a card, draw her a picture, or send her an email thanking her for being so amazing! She is one of a kind and we are incredibly fortunate to have her as a part of OUR Gray Hawk Family! Make sure if you are dropping your child off at school in the morning this week that you...


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Valentine's Day Party Info - 2/11/22 at 3:00 pm

Our Valentine's Day parties are on Friday, February 11 from 3:00 - 3:30 pm. We are excited to welcome OUR GRAY HAWK community into OUR school! Each student will be allowed to have ONE adult join them at their party and because our classrooms are full of OUR GHES learners, we want to ensure that classrooms do not get overcrowded, so siblings and additional guests will not be allowed to attend. We would also ask that you consider wearing a mask upon entering the classrooms. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to celebrating together on February 11.
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Book Fair Shout Out!


We just wanted to send a shout out to everyone for helping make our first GHES book fair such a great success. We were able to take many books from the fair for our collection, as well as earning over $1,000.00 to purchase new books!! That is so awesome! The students had a great time and so did we! We hope that you stay warm and healthy over the coming days!

Cassandra Quinby and Cyndi Kenton

GHES Library

Remember if you ever have any questions or concerns about library please reach out!

Cyndi Kenton Elementary Library USD458

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Staff Luncheon on 2/16

Our Staff Appreciation Coordinator & volunteers have begun planning the Staff Lunch on 2/16 to include coffee & donuts for breakfast & a delicious Mexican lunch!
You can use the link below or send cash/check(made out to Gray Hawk PTO) into school. Please put on the envelope it is for PTO Lunch. Thank you for supporting Our Gray Hawk Elementary Staff!

Any donation amount is appreciated & funds not used for lunch will go toward Staff Appreciation Week in May!
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Mr. Powers Community Listening Tour 2022

Thank you to those families that were able to attend last Tuesday. Mr. Powers presented on the strategic plan and sought feedback on things to keep and things that need to be examined for possible change. It was a great opportunity to have your voice heard.
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Featured Literature

To continue on our month of February we will turn our focus to one very celebrated African American who had an overwhelming impact on people and our country. We’ll take a look at children’s books about the great Jackie Robinson. We will showcase a variety of fiction and non-fiction books that give great overviews of what his life was like.


As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our students are exposed to the contributions of people of color and from different backgrounds, we kicked off this past week by giving daily clues to a famous person from history that has made our world a better place. This past week, the students heard the following clues:

  • She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee in 1972 and started her own production company. She had her own tv show that aired for 25 years.

  • This person is a talented actress nominated for an Academy Award in her first movie and she is also television’s highest-paid entertainer.She is also a committed philanthropist (a philanthropist is someone who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the donating generously to good causes. She provides significant assistance to Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, and the Chicago Academy of Arts, as well as to the Chicago Public Schools. She also funds battered women’s shelters and campaigns to catch child abusers.

  • She was named after the biblical character on her birth certificate, but people mispronounced it regularly and the nickname stuck. She was so poor growing up that, as a child, she was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks.

  • At age 19, she was anchoring the news at Nashville’s WTVF-TV, making her the youngest person and the first African American to hold the position. She donated her voice for several cartoon characters, including Gussie the goose in Charlotte’s Web, and Eudora, the mother of Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Celebrating Oprah

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Oprah Winfrey

Neuro News

Our brains and bodies are constantly developing and what we absolutely know is that adversity and trauma impact our nervous system. When OUR kids are facing adversity their bodies respond in many different ways. The video today features Dr. Lori and talks a bit more about the ANS (autonomic nervous system) and the role that it plays throughout EVERY ASPECT of OUR lives.

Dr. Lori discusses the sympathetic and the parasympathetic pathways in our nervous system and the role they play in the fight/flight response (sympathetic pathway) or returning us to a state of calm (parasympathetic pathway). Check it out.

Next week we will have some strategies to stimulate the vagus nerve (also called the 10th cranial nerve) and help us when we are struggling with regulation.

Revelations In Education - Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) (org)
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