The Gayman Gazette

"Every time we act, we send ripples into the world."

September 19, 2014

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • September 24th – HSA General Membership Meeting @ 9:00 AM
  • September 25th – Rosh Hashanah – No School
  • September 26th – HSA Homeroom Parent Meeting @ 9:00 AM
  • September 26th – HSA Committee Chair Meeting @ 10:00 AM
  • October 1st – Picture Day
  • October 6th – 10th – Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 7th – 6th Grade to Peace Valley Nature Center (6D & 6H)
  • October 8th – Kindergarten Field Trip to None Such Farm
  • October 8th – Family Book Fair Night – 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • October 9th – 6th Grade to Peace Valley Nature Center (6K & 6L)
  • October 13th-17th - Celebrate Ed Week
  • October 14th – 1st Grade to Morris Arboretum
  • October 15th, 16th & 17th – 6th Grade Ropes Course
  • October 23rd – Race For Education
  • October 24th – 5th Grade to Peace Valley Nature Center
  • October 24th – 6th Grade Club Event @ AGA Farm (8:30 – 10:30 PM)

Standards Based Reporting

Now that we are into the third week of school many students will be bringing home papers with the new grading procedures. The new Standards Based Report has been discussed over the past several months, but in an effort to provide parents with additional, very useful information click here to view the Standards Based Reporting Parent Handbook.

First Home & School Meeting Of The Year

When: Wednesday, September 24th

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: All-Purpose Room

Please join us for our first meeting of the year. We will hear a little from and about each committee and discuss the upcoming events for the fall, including the Race for Education. We will also discuss potential upcoming projects for the school. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you can join us!

Race For Education

The 6th annual Gayman HSA Race For Education fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.

Race times will be:

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade: 8:55 AM - 9:55 AM

5th and 6th Grade: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

3rd and 4th Grade: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The committee is in need of volunteers to help with the entire process of this school-wide event in order to ensure it's success. If you are available to help please contact Suzanne Lahetta ( or Carol Acquilano (

The RFE is currently the Gayman HSA's primary fundraising event. For complete details please click here.

Gayman Directory

The Gayman 2014-2015 Family Directory will be published shortly. Please note that all information is extracted from the Parent Portal. The following information is included: Child's Name, Grade/Teacher, Parents Name, Address, Email(s), Home Phone and Cell Phone.

The Gayman Family Directory will be a password protected document posted on the Gayman website.

If you do not wish to be included in the 2014-2015 Gayman Directory, please send an email to by September 25, 2014 with your children(s) names.

The directory is used for informational purposes only and should not be used for business or marketing purposes.

Attention 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Parents

As you may already know, more and more educational research is indicating that there are direct ties that indicate how participating in an orchestra or band program at a young age can greatly enhance a child’s chance to succeed in school and into their adult years. Not only are there positive effects from a social standpoint, but learning how to play a musical instrument also provides benefits for our children’s ability to set goals for themselves and improve their time management skills, just to mention a few positive factors.

Having said this, there is still time to enroll your child in the Gayman String Orchestra or Band Program.

Both Mrs. Telly and Mr. Losch have announced that there is still room for more of most every instrument in the Gayman Band and Orchestra. Fourth grade students are eligible to sign up for lessons this year on the violin, viola and cello. 5th and 6th grade students can also add the string bass to their list of orchestra choices.

For Mr. Losch’s band there is still room for 5th and 6th grade students to join up in a class of any of the following instruments – Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone and Baritone Horn.

Lessons for all instrumental students will take place once each week and last 30 minutes. Earlier this month all the 4th and 5th grade students brought home a form from school explaining how you can obtain an instrument via a leasing program with an area music vendor. And more information about the instrumental program can be found on Mrs. Telly’s and Mr. Losch’s Gayman websites.

Bookworms, Dads & Dogs - Event Cancelled

Due to low attendance the Roxy Reading event has been cancelled.

When: Wednesday, October 1st

Where: The Standard Club

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills

During the week of September 22nd - 26th all school buses will be performing their emergency bus evacuations. The drills will take place in the Gayman parking lot, where the students will practice exiting the back of the bus in an orderly manner.

September Boomerang Award

This year, Gayman will continue to accept nominations for the Boomerang Award, which is our way of honoring students who best demonstrate their own developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? Students possessing a combination of “40 Assets” are typically most successful in school and in life. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete listing of the 40 Developmental Assets visit: www.

September: #20 - Time at Home. Young person spends time most days in high quality interactions with family. They might share the importance of family experiences and relationships in the school setting.

Friday, September 19, Morning Newscast

Friday's newscast is available for viewing below. Please click on the picture below.