GMS Thursday Updates

September 19, 2019

Thursday Updates

Dear Galvin Families,

Every Thursday (occasionally it's a Friday) we send out a weekly update and reminder of any events in the upcoming week(s) at The Galvin. Below are next week's upcoming events.

Galvin Open House

Tonight is the Galvin Open House. We will welcome parents and guardians to join us so you can follow your child's schedule, meet his/her/their teachers and hear about the work that will happen in each class this year. your child's schedule was emailed to you yesterday. We will also have a copy of your student's schedule in the lobby as you enter should you need it. The Open House will be from 6:00-8:00 PM and is a night geared to parents and guardians. We look forward to seeing you!


Monday, September 23rd through Friday, September 27th the GMS will be celebrating Pawsitivity Week. Pawsitivity Week is designed to promote respectful and responsible relationships at the Galvin Middle School and to work towards creating a school climate and culture where everyone feels welcome and that they belong. Each day we will celebrate Pawsitivity Week in a fun way. See below for the schedule:

  • Monday: "Everyone Counts Day" - wear clothing that has numbers on it to symbolize that EVERYONE COUNTS! All students will receive a smiley face pin to promote our "Smile and Say Hi" campaign.

  • Tuesday: "Random Acts of Kindness Day" - wear GOLD to symbolize kindness and to support Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Students will be recognized for acts of kindness. Kindness tickets will be turned in to the office for prizes.

  • Wednesday: "Team Spirit Day" - wear your team color to promote team community. Galaxies (black), Meteorites (pink), Supernovas (blue), Grizzlies (red), Macaw (yellow), Sharks (white), Green (green), Silver (silver/gray)

  • Thursday: "Black Out Bullying" - wear black to symbolize eradicating bullying!

  • Friday: "Galvin Spirit Day" - wear green and white or Canton/GMS gear to show your school spirit. 6th graders should plan to attend the 6th Grade Ice-Cream Social in the cafeteria from 2:15 - 3:15.

In addition, Mr. Spillane and Mr. Gibson will be doing anti-bullying workshops with all 6th grade students. At the end of the session, students will sign an anti-bullying pledge.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and to show our support, GMS will “Go Gold” on Tuesday, September 24th to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Students and staff are encouraged to wear gold or yellow and purchase gold ribbons for $1 in support of childhood cancer awareness

Early Release

On Wednesday, September 25th GMS will have an Early Release. Dismissal time is at 11:00 AM. Breakfast will be served.

Grade 6 Ice Cream Social

All grade 6 students are invited to our annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL after school on Friday, September 27th. The social will be held in the GMS cafeteria from 2:15-3:15 pm. Students will participate in team building activities, meet new students, and eat delicious ice cream from Crescent Ridge. Reminder there is no late bus on Fridays, so students will need a ride home. (Please notify the office if your child has an allergy or intolerance to ice cream or toppings).

Be on the Look Out!

Emails will be sent to all grade 6 families, new families and any other parents/guardians, who have not yet done so, inviting them to sign up for their PlusPortal. PlusPortal allows you to see your child's schedule, homework, messages from teachers, Progress Reports, and Report Cards.

In addition, verification sheets will be emailed home in the next several weeks. Please be sure to carefully check your information and make any changes are necessary. This is your opportunity to update changes to address, phone number, medical information, etc.


On Friday, September 20th, Galvin will hold its annual FIT-4-FUND$ fundraising kickoff with all students. FIT-4-FUND$ is our C.A.P.T. organization's ONLY fundraiser of the year! FIT-4-FUND$ is a joint effort that brings our TEAM - school community, parents, teachers, and students - together. "Together, We Achieve More!"

Held at the Galvin, FIT-4-FUND$ asks each student to choose a wellness-based event: WALKING, BIKING, ROLLERBLADING, SKATEBOARDING, FLAG FOOTBALL, SHOOTING HOOPS, YMCA BOOT CAMP, and collect pledges. Each child will receive a FIT-4-FUND$ packet which includes the pledge sheet and an envelope. Our goal is to have every student participate and receive a donation of (at least) $50.00 per student.

All pledge sheets and money are due back to your child's homeroom teacher.

This year's FIT-4-FUND$ event will be held on Friday, October 4th (with a rain date of Monday, October 7th.)

Calling All Parents

Calling all parents!! The Galvin CAPT is looking for help with our FIT-4-FUND$. We are looking for parents to secure fun raffle prizes for the children. We are hoping to collect enough gift cards that many children can win. Some ideas for gift cards are Amazon, Dunkin, Daddy’s Dairy, Bertucci’s, Chipolte, Smash Burger, Starbucks, Target, Orange Leaf, Five Guys, Panera, and movie gift cards. Other ideas are welcome, but we ask that donations are done in 3’s so a child in each grade level will win one. Please reach out to Sarah Pirrera, or Dawn Harn, to arrange drop offs. We will need all raffle tickets by Wednesday, October 2th.

Robotics Teams

The GMS Robotics Teams are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to serve as coaches. First Lego League (FLL) rules state each team must have 2 coaches in order to participate in any FLL - sponsored competitions. We currently have no coaches for our 6th grade team and we are short 1 coach for our 7th grade team. If any parents/guardians are interested please contact Steve Bauer, or 7981-821-5070 ext. 3165.