Graber Gazzette

February 2016

Survival of the Fittest Mrs. Corcoran Style!!!!

Watch Dogs: ReLaunch!! Wednesday, February 17th at 6 p.m.

Come join us for pizza, cookies, door prizes, and a great night of fun for you and your children while you learn all about the Watch Dogs Program. We will also have Communities that Care here if you haven't had the opportunity to go through the program. You must go through the Communities that Care program so that you may volunteer at the school.

A RSVP flyer will be coming home this week!! Hope to see you there!

What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Learn more about WATCH

What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Who are WatchDOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.

WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Fathers and father figures sign up to volunteer through a ‘Launch Event’ such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night” or “Donuts with Dad” or by calling their child’s school any time throughout the school year. The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to provide assistance at the school. WatchDOG dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?

During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG

Wax Museum Fun in Fourth Grade!

This week, our 4th Graders did a great job sharing their knoweldge of famous residents of Kansas! Shout out to our 4th Grade team for organizing an educational and fun event for all of Graber!

Valentine's Day Deliveries

Please save all special Valentine's Day deliveries for home. We aren't allowed to bring them to the classroom and our office has limited space.

Thank you for your understanding!

Graber Office Staff

February Events

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd

100th Day of School

Wednesday, Feb. 10th

Curry to the YMCA

Thursday, Feb. 11th

2nd & 3rd Grade Vocal Concert at 7:30

Friday, Feb. 12th

Valentine's Day Parties (Please contact your teacher for times)

Monday, Feb. 15th

PTO/Site Council at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16th

6th Grade Honor Choir at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17th

Watch Dogs Pizza Kick Off at 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19th

No School

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd

4th, 5th, & 6th Graders to Fox Theater for a 1 p.m. Show

Wednesday, Feb. 24th

4th Grade to the Cosmosphere

Allender to the YMCA

Conferences from 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25th

No School/Conferences

Friday, Feb 26th

No School