The Frontier

April 6, 2018

Upcoming Events

Fri 4/6 - TR v Crone & Madison @ NVHS - CANCELLED

Tues 4/10 - Jazz Showcase @NVHS Gold (6:15&7:45)

Wed 4/11 - Soccer @ Scullen

Thurs 4/12 - Soccer @ Granger; Fiddle Fest @ Crone (7:00)

Fri 4/13 - TR v Lincoln & Scullen @ NVHS

General News

POWer 2018 - TOMORROW

POWer is FREE event for ONLY Gregory Girls and the Special Women in their lives to come punch out stress with boxing, relax with mindfulness and hypnosis exercises, meet a therapy dog named Reily, learn how to get rich, discover your unique strengths, learn techniques to prevent neck and back pain, create a “Choose Kindness” flower & journal, work as a team to break out of the classroom in time, and much more.


We kick-off the day with a donated breakfast from McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Meijer, and Dole International and keynote speaker Trisha Prahu. Trisha is a current senior at NVHS and the inventor and CEO of ReThink Technology. After breakfast and the keynote, together students and their guests select 3 workshops of your choice that are led by community leaders and professionals. We wrap up the day with a trade show where you can get more information from our speakers and/or purchase services or retail items from 25 local businesses and entrepreneurs. Students that participate have opportunities to win AMAZING raffle prizes, get pictures in a photo booth and have FUN with friends and family. To see what you can win and to RSVP to this amazing event go to: http://poweronpossibilities.weebly.com/


In a world full of social media, reality tv and the pressures of just being a teenager, it is so important to understand who we are and embrace our own uniqueness and talents. This workshop is a RARE opportunity for girls to spend a morning with the special woman (mom, aunt, neighbor, etc.) having fun and walking away ready to take on the world as a WOMAN.


You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful event – RSVP On-line or Walk-In Registration is Available on the Day of the Event!!!

RSVP TODAY at http://poweronpossibilities.weebly.com/activities--rsvp.html

POWer TShirts

Kind People Are My Kinda People!!! POWer T-shirts are On-Sale Today During Lunches While Supplies Last!!! POWer is this Saturday, April 7th 8am-1pm. FREE event, free breakfast, keynote, fun workshops, lots of RAFFLE PRIZES, shopping, picture booth, keepsake necklace, and goodie bag. See more details and RSVP today on the POWer website at http://poweronpossibilities.weebly.com/. Contact Mrs. Leibfried michelle_leibfried@ipsd.org with any other questions.

Explo 4 C-Day

This coming Friday, April 13th, is 4 c day in our Gregory exploratory classes. The 4 c’s are the 21st-century skills: critical thinking, creativity, cooperation and communication.


While we emphasize these skills on a daily basis, this Friday is a day we wish to celebrate these skills across all of our exploratory classes. We hope to demonstrate the value of these skills in our classes and as life skills for the present and the future. Any valuable connections you could make at home to your professions or daily interactions using the 4 c’s would help reinforce the skills we are highlighting this Friday.


Examples:

  • stories of successful collaboration between different groups or departments in your workplace
  • examples of how specific your communication needs to be for success in the home or in the workplace
  • pick a task at home, have a conversation on how each family member might approach it, compare results

Color Run

The Gregory PTA invites all GMS students to its first annual COLOR RUN! This event, a fundraiser for the Gregory PTA, will be held on Friday, April 20, from 4-6 pm at the school in the west gym and on the sports fields. In addition to the Color Run, there will be music and lawn games as well as Kona Ice® snow cones, pizza, snacks, and drinks.


Cost per student is $25; each additional GMS sibling is $20. Sign up by 4/16 to be guaranteed a customized event t-shirt. After 4/16, registrants will receive a plain, white t-shirt to wear during the run. Print off the attached registration form and return to the school office or register online HERE (convenience fee added.) Extra registrations forms are available in the front office. Food and drink items are available for purchase, so bring extra cash! Questions: Kristen at gmsvppta@gmail.com.


HERE is the registration form.

Handbook Cover Art Contest

Attention all 6th and 7th grade artists! Gregory is holding its annual handbook cover contest. The theme is Powering Up and should be school related. Drawings should be colorful and completed on white 8.5 x 11” computer paper and designed vertically. Digital drawings are also acceptable. Please only write your name on the BACK of the paper in pencil. The first and second place winners will be printed onto next year’s handbook (for the 2018-2019 school year). Please see Ms. Beauregard in room 2 if you have any questions. Submissions should be turned in to either the main office or to Ms. Beauregard by April 13.

Fitness Log = Free Pass to Raging Waves

If you picked up a fitness log for a free weekday pass to Raging Waves Waterpark, be sure to fill it out and return it as soon as possible. Remember they are due no later than Monday, April 9. Turn them in to Mr. Crowe and please make sure you have a parent signature on it!

Gregory PTA Officer Nominations

The Gregory PTA nominating committee places into nomination the following names for officer positions for the 2018-2019 school year:


President - Leigh Ann Haller

Vice President - Nina Golemis

Treasurer - Susan Fargo

Secretary - Julie Pace-Williamson


Elections will take place at our April PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at 1:00 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the elections and other PTA business. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at that time.

Join Team IPEF

Team IPEF: Have you wanted to join, but thought it was just too far to run? New this year, Team IPEF runners can choose the Half Marathon or 5K. Be part of a unique opportunity to make healthy choices while raising awareness and funds for schools in District 204. Runner perks include Topgolf Kick-off event, training and race day shirts, heated tent on race day, free chiropractic care and more. See who’s already registered to run, get more details and sign-up to join at https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef/ Last day to register is April 16.


Kids Marathon: Registration is now open for the students ages 5-13 who would like to represent their school as a charity hero with Team IPEF in the Naperville Kids Marathon next fall. Students commit to running 25 miles (one mile at a time) between May 1 and October 19 and track their miles. On Saturday, October 20, they run the final 1.2 miles at Naperville North High School on a portion of the course used by Team IPEF runners in the Naperville Half Marathon the following day. All participants receive a shirt and finisher medal. Register at https://www.ipef204.org/kidsmarathon-3/ and select the school your child will represent. Cost is $44 and includes race registration and a $26 tax-deductible donation.

STEM Night

STEM night is right around the corner!


We are very excited to announce Gregory Middle School’s STEM night taking place on Thursday, April 19th, from 6pm-7:30pm.


Please take a look at the flyer HERE.

STEM Camp Experiences for Middle School Students

Here is a link to courses that are available to all area middle or high school students: https://goo.gl/pbTQYK. If you have any questions, please email Gina Rahn at rrahn@aurora.edu.

Power of Choice for April

Social Media: Parent’s Responsibility

It seems technology is changing every day. Our kids are often way ahead of us on that learning curve, so it’s imperative that we keep aware and alert. Our children need for us to set the boundaries that will keep them safe as they venture into this new and exciting world. Use this month’s Parents Use Your Power newsletter to get started.

Conversations that Count

Social media and electronic communication are powerful tools and like any powerful tool, they can be very useful, but they can also be misused. Use this month’s PowerTalk to explore your child’s understanding and use of technology and social media and help them become responsible Cyber Citizens.

PDAC

In March, PDAC hosted a meeting on Understanding and Addressing Language Advantages. We discussed the myths associated with English as a second language and learned about the advantages of bilingualism. The slides from the meeting are now available and can be accessed HERE. The next PDAC meeting is on Tuesday, April 17th, 7-9:00 pm, at CEC. The topic of the meeting is Understanding and Addressing Income Advantages: How do students’ parental incomes advantage and disadvantage them in school? Please consider joining us! For more information on PDAC or calendar of events, please visit the PDAC subpage.


Finally, PDAC is co-hosting an awareness talk on youth challenges and concerns at the Naperville Public Library on Sunday, April 8th, 2-4:00 pm. The flyer for the event is attached.

Apps Parents Should Know

I came across this graphic and as a mom of a couple pre-teens, I found it to be informational and thought I'd share. - Jen Wikoff
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Spotlight on Student Services

“Where We Stand”

Student Services is going into all three grade levels teaching the Teaching Tolerance lesson “Where We Stand”. This is a lesson which invites students to examine how they would respond to everyday dilemmas that test their character and value system. By working through three or four scenarios, students will figure out where they stand, literally and figuratively, when conflicts arise. What would they do? What choices would they make? They will also have the opportunity to think about how and why the actions of their classmates influence their choices.

8th Grade News

8th Grade Important Dates

There are many important dates coming up for our 8th-grade students. Please take a look HERE and SAVE the DATES!

Illinois Science Assessment

On April 13th, all 8th graders will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment during 5th period. This assessment is mandated by the state and is administered to all 8th graders. It will take students approximately an hour to complete.


HERE is a letter explaining the assessment in its entirety.

Club and Sports News