The Frontier

October 23, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Mitchell...

It's a rainy, gloomy Friday, but it's still Friday! Rain or shine, this will always be my favorite day of the week. The silver lining today is that my plants are getting plenty of water. If it weren't for rain, they would die because I'm a terrible plant mom.


I hope our Gregory families are able to enjoy this weekend. It's no secret that the COVID-19 metrics are not working in our favor, and I know that's causing our kids a lot of stress and anxiety. My own children, who are scheduled to phase back into their schools beginning November 2, are very afraid that they will not get that opportunity if things don't improve. All of our kids are experiencing stress in their own individual ways. This weekend, I'm going to do my best to keep the TV off and really be present with my family. I don't want them to focus on the "what ifs." There are simply too many "what ifs" for even an adult to process. I hope this weekend and always that our kids can focus on what makes them feel safe, healthy, valued, and loved.


Happy Friday and stay healthy!

Hybrid Return to Learn

Self-Certification Process

All students who are returning to school for hybrid learning will have to self-certify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms every day that they attend school. Parents should watch the video tutorial below to learn how to do this.


https://youtu.be/tmiYhN_aNpE

What to Bring to School

Due to COVID-19 there will be no sharing or borrowing of materials in the building. Students who are returning to Gregory for hybrid learning in November will need to bring the following materials every day for in-person learning:

  • Chromebook
  • Chromebook Charger
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Backpack
  • P.E. Shoes
  • School Supplies and Materials

There will also be no access to lockers, so students will need to carry their backpacks with them throughout the day. Please contact the Main Office with any questions or concerns.

Announcements

Gregory Spirit Wear!

Check out the new Pioneer Spirit Wear Flyer! We've partnered with Imagination Print & Design to create some fun designs to reflect the remote learning of 2020!

All orders are due by November 1st and can either be delivered or picked up at GMS (Pick up Date TBD). A small portion of the sales will go directly to GMS PTA.


PTA Gregory Spirit Wear (1).pdf

Yearbook Sales!

The 2020/2021 Gregory yearbooks will be going on sale soon! Please have your child watch the Weekly Announcements as the directions for ordering will be included. Ordering will be done directly through Herff Jones and the cost of a yearbook is $20.00. This will be the only way you can order a yearbook for your child.


Reserve a copy of the 2020-2021 Gregory Middle School Yearbook today!

Go to yearbookordercenter.com

Enter school code: 8986


Please direct any questions to andrea_arnold@ipsd.org or sue_lichter@ipsd.org.

Yearbook Club

If your child would like to be a part of creating the 2020-2021 yearbook, then yearbook club is the place to be! All meetings will virtual on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 PM. Meeting dates are below:


November 5 & 12

December 3 & 17

January 7 & 21

February 4 & 18

March 4 (if needed)


Attendance at every meeting is not required. If your child would like to become a yearbook staff member, please have them send an email to andrea_arnold@ipsd.org or sue_lichter@ipsd.org.



Parent University: Google Classroom

Have you ever wondered how your child uses Google Classroom? Take a look inside the online classroom during “Parent University: Google Classroom,” at 7 pm on Monday, October 26. This event will be streamed live on the district's YouTube channel. Topics covered include an overview of Google Classroom from a student, parent, and teacher perspective, and a model of the student-teacher experience in Google Classroom. Parents can submit questions to be addressed during the webinar here.

Student Materials Distribution

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 3-6pm

2621 Springdale Circle

Naperville, IL

Mark your calendars for another round of student materials distribution! This distribution date is for both hybrid and remote learners. All families are welcome to arrive any time between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. We will not be splitting the alphabet as we've done in past distribution dates.


During the week of October 26, each family will receive an email with a placard that should be printed and placed in car windows. This placard has important information to ensure a smooth distribution process.


We look forward to seeing you!

Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars

The Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars program offers financial and academic support through high school. It is open to 7th grade applicants that are doing very well in school(A’s and B’s in core subjects), but have some financial need (family income of $95,000 or below). The scholarship is a selective 5-year, pre-college scholarship that provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for high school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities. These students also are advised to take the out of grade level test (ACT or SAT) offered through the CTD NUMATS program. The JKC Young Scholars application is opens from January through March 2021 and more information can be found online on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship website.

JKC Family Meeting-November 9th(Monday) 6pm; https://northwestern.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcumuqzooE9PxRO3fF27sX1H8y9qS67pu

Become a PTA Member!

Please click on the link below to support GMS students & staff! We are asking for each family to contribute $20. It is our hope that we can come through for our staff without hesitation but we can’t do that without your support! #PioneerPride


MemberHub

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