The G.W. Gazette
February 2020 Edition
February is the month for hearts ❤
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S.A. and nearly half of the adults today have some form of cardiovascular disease. Educating our youth about healthy living and protecting their heart will only help to decrease this statistic. Beginning February 3 through February 20, our students will have an opportunity to fund-raise for KIDS HEART CHALLENGE and win some TOTALLY COOL PRIZES featuring the HEART HEROES! Simply go to http://www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge and search "George Washington" for our school. Once you locate the school, have your student join! Just for doing that, they will earn a free bracelet!! Be sure to check out the student and parent tabs on the website for activities and tips on how you can be heart healthy.
There is also a KIDS HEART CHALLENGE app that can be downloaded for free on your smartphone, or your child's smartphone. This is a great video to watch about the app. Your student will bring home information on February 3, 2020 about the program.
Our school has set a goal of $3,000 to raise for this challenge. As an extra incentive, each student that raises $75.00 or more will SILLY STRING the Principal!!
Thank you for helping us to support this cause and please reach out with any questions. There is a fun "Homework with Heart" download after this message.
Wishing you a heart healthy month,
Mrs. Heather Davis
From Mr. Coovert...
Toward the end of the month, we will be having STRESS FREE afternoons where students will learn how to handle stress. Some of the activities will include yoga, stretching, laughter, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and coloring/drawing. The main objective is to give students tools to use when they are feeling more stressed or overwhelmed. Please ask your student to share what their favorite activity was so you can help them to overcome stress when it occurs.
SPOTLIGHT BOOK OF THE MONTH
STELLA BY STARLIGHT is a compelling, relatable story inspired by the author's memories of her own grandmother's childhood tales. It deftly brings home the perilous realities defining African-American life in the rural, segregated South, from the Ku Klux Klan burning down the house of an African-American family whose father had just registered to vote to the thousand daily slights and insults. But, against that ominous backdrop, Stella's family and neighbors stand strong, held together by faith, hope, charity, and a lot of courage. Most modern-day kids will be startled by details Stella takes for granted, not only that she and the other African-American kids can't go to the white school (which, of course, has much better facilities) but that they all go to school barefoot because they don't own shoes.
Stella by Starlight (the same title as the jazz standard, written in 1944) is an appealing, thought-provoking read for kids and adults -- and a standout for introducing kids to a difficult chapter in U.S. history with compelling courage and relatable characters rather than graphic violence. Expect interesting conversations.
February 21-28 is our PENNIES FOR PATIENTS campaign
February 13, 2020
Early Out at 11:05 followed by conferences from 1:30-9:30 or otherwise scheduled
February 27, 2020
Please dress nicely!
February 10, 14, 17
Due to Inservice, conferences and President's Day
February 4 PTO Meeting in the Music Room
February 5 PBIS Assembly (parents will be notified)
February 7 PBIS Lunch with Keokuk Mayor, Mr. Richardson
February 10 NO SCHOOL - Inservice day for teachers
February 12 Dental Checkups (parents will be notified)
February 13 Hearing Screening (parents will be notified)
February 13 Early Out at 11:05 for P/T Conferences
February 14 NO SCHOOL
February 17 NO SCHOOL
February 19 STEM day at the Capitol (parents will be notified)
February 20 HEART CHALLENGE ends - turn in donations
February 21 PENNIES FOR PATIENTS begins
February 25 Stress Free Afternoon - 4th grade
February 26 Stress Free Afternoon - 5th grade
February 27 Spring Picture Day
February 28 PENNIES FOR PATIENTS ends
George Washington Elementary
Heather S. Davis, Principal
Every Student...Every Day ~ Building Tomorrow's Chiefs!