Hawk Highlights Parent Edition

March 2021

Because Knowledge is Power

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X


Greetings Garden City Elementary Families. We are excited about teaching and learning at "The Garden." As we continue to navigate through these very different times, we encourage you to stay the course. Your support in ensuring students continue to actively engage in virtual learning is a very important piece to having a successful school year. Although this school year is much different than what we typically experience, our commitment at "The Garden" remains the same; providing quality educational services to all students. We recognize and appreciate your role as a parent in making sure our children continue learning. Your commitment to education has not gone unnoticed. We see you and we appreciate you. We are in this together.


Stay the Course

We are #OneHawkNation.

2nd Semester Return to Learn

We are now in the 2nd Semester of the 2020-2021school year. On February 22nd, we begin welcoming students on campus for the 2nd Semester Return to Learn. Students participating in hybrid learning follow the SCCPSS 2 day/3 day hybrid instructional model. Students participating in the hybrid model report on campus for in-person learning on assigned in-person days and participate in virtual learning on assigned virtual learning days. In-person and virtual learning days are based on the student's assigned cohort. At registration, students were assigned to cohort A or cohort B. Students will remain in their assigned cohort for the remainder of the school year.


Now that we are in the 2nd Semester Return to Learn, Wednesday is an instructional day for all students. Virtual students will now log in online with their teacher 5 days a week. Students participating in hybrid learning will participate in in-person learning or virtual learning based on their assigned cohort. All students participate in synchronous learning each school day.


SCCPSS Cohort Calendars

2021 2nd Semester
Cohort A | Cohort B

All in-person students will receive a GCES calendar identifying in-person and virtual days for their assigned cohort.

Thank you Parents

Thank You , Parents! HEROES of the HOME!

Attendance Matters

SCCPSS Important Attendance Information

Bell Times for Garden City Elementary

8:40am - 9:00am Student Arrival

9:00am Breakfast

9:15am Instruction Begins /*Students are late after 9:15am

3:00pm Dismissal

Safety First

We must all do our part to keep each other safe. Make sure you and your family are staying safe at school, at home, and everywhere you go.


“Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.”

– Author Unknown

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.

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Title I Family Forum - April 9, 2021

GCES will host a virtual Title I Family Forum at 10:00am on Friday, April 9th. Additional information and a link to access the forum are coming soon.


Stacy Hale

Garden City Elementary

Title I Family & Community Engagement Specialist

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The Hawk Food Pantry is Open

Garden City Elementary is proud to partner with America's Second Harvest of the Coastal Empire who is leading the effort to end hunger and improve lives. The mission of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia’s School Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families at school. A school-based pantry is located at Garden City Elementary to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance. If you are interested in this program, want to sign-up, or have any questions, please call Mrs. Schwartz or Mrs. Davelaar at the school at 912-395-6820.


You can also send emails to theresa.schwartz@sccpss.com or joscelyn.davelaar@sccpss.com.

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National Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month. In the Month of March, we set aside time to commemorate and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

We Celebrate Sonia Sotomayor

Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. Sonia Sotomayor became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she was confirmed as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.

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Happy National Social Worker's Month!

The Beach Institute Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Ms. Collins and GCES students on their wonderful artwork submissions into the Beach Institute of African American Culture BLM art exhibit. The teacher and student work were featured in Savannah Now and highlighted on WTOC. Congratulations!

We Celebrate this Amazing Art Work created by our Garden City Hawks!

3d fireworks (with sound effects)

Join our Garden City Elementary Facebook Page

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Title I Family Engagement Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,


Family is important to children’s success in school. This is a survey that will assist us in planning on how best to work to include you in your child’s education in the upcoming school year. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

All surveys must be completed by March 12, 2021

https://forms.gle/DGyW5pHJ4TKhTk3d7

GCES Top 5 Amira Readers

Reading with Amira

Garden City Elementary read over 7,800 sessions with Amira, reading a total of 28,537 minutes collectively. Congratulations to our Top 5 Readers.


Kayla Herrera Fuentes - 67 sessions - 212.48 minutes of reading

Gezer Orlando Merino Acosta - 37 sessions - 158.39 minutes of reading

Yuleimy Castanon Chavez - 38 sessions - 145.80 minutes of reading

Amy Zavaleta Gonzalez - 18 sessions - 111.82 minutes of reading

Daisy Ramirez - 36 sessions - 103.64 minutes of reading

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Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, March 24th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Kindergarten Orientation for the 2021-2022 school year will be held on virtually on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:00pm.



A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st to enter a public Kindergarten. School systems must verify age before enrollment.


A child who was a legal resident of one or more states for a period of two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia and who was legally enrolled in a public or private Kindergarten program accredited by a state or regional association would be eligible to enroll in Georgia schools provided that the Kindergartner is 5 years old by December 31st.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

National School Breakfast Week (March 8th - March 12th)

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