September 11, 2015

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Reflections is a contest that is sponsored by our PTA. The 2015-2016 theme for Reflections is “Let Your Imagination Fly.” Students may create an entry in one of the following categories: Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Film Video, Dance Choreography, or Music Composition. All entries are due on Friday, October 2. Reflections is supervised this year by 3 PTA volunteers. Please direct all questions concerning Reflections to one of these ladies:

Sheila Lamb

Stacie Pursell

Andrea Diehl

All entries must be accompanied by a Student Entry Form. Please use the links below to obtain rules and the entry form:


Entry Form:

Rules and the entry form may also be obtained from Mrs. Collins’s eClass page and the Gwin Oaks website. Paper copies are available at Lee Ann Miller’s desk.

Stay in the Know- eCLASS

As we transition this year from old webpages to the new eCLASS tool, we want to offer support and help. Here are some documents and videos that can assist you in getting in your child's page.

  1. Watch this short video for an overview of My eCLASS
  2. Go to Gwin Oak Webpage or the Gwinnett page and click on the student portal/My eCLASS button. You will need your child's student number and password. Please as your teacher for this information if you don't have it.
  3. Visiting via cell phone. things might look different. Here is a tutorial for cellphones.
  4. Now, watch this video on what to expect once you are at your child's page.
  5. Lastly sign up for notifications. Every time your child's teacher updates their page you will know that you need to visit the page! Here are the directions.

Confused about eCLASS- Parent Portal - Student Portal -BYOD?Help is here!

During parent teacher conferences a knowledgeable staff member will be able to assist you in Lab A from 1-4pm on September 23rd and 24th. Your child's teacher can direct you to the Lab.

Parents can ask questions about all these these useful resources, Parents may also visit these sites and get assistance navigate the websites.

Parents will also have an opportunity to connect their child's device to be ready for instruction and ask BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technical questions.

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Sibling Sack

Did you know that if you have a new baby in the family you can send your child to the Media Center to claim a Sibling Sack? The Sibling Sack includes a book for the Gwin Oaks student, one for the baby, a bookmark, and a brochure on the importance of reading to your child.

Book Fair

Book Fair is Almost Here

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most. Come to the Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time, since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education.

Mark your calendar during Early Release on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 where you can help your child find the books they’ll love to read. You can also contribute books to the teacher’s classroom library so students will have easy access to reading every day. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Dates: Sept. 21-24 (Browsing) Sept. 25-30 (Buying)

Shopping Hours: 8:30-4:00

Extended Early Release Times: 7:45-5:00 (Wed., Sept. 23) 7:45-4:00 (Thurs., Sept. 24)

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Reading Takes You Everywhere

Does your child love to read? If so, take a picture of them reading and send it to Mrs. Amolo. You can email a copy of the picture to Sharon Amolo at or send in a copy of the picture burned to a CD. Please include your child’s name, teacher’s name, and where they were reading. Pictures will be featured on the morning school broadcast, the bulletin board outside the Media Center, the Media Center webpage, and in the Mighty Oak.

This week’s reading pictures feature:

Mackenzie Jolley and her mom reading at the candy store at Walt Disney World.

McKenzie Jolley and Aubrey Tucker reading at Braves Game.

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Confused about eCLASS- Parent Portal - Student Portal -BYOD?


During parent teacher conferences, a knowledgeable staff member will be able to assist you in Lab A from 1-4 pm on September 23rd and 24th. Your child's teacher can direct you to the Lab.

Parents can ask questions about all these useful resources. Parents may also visit these sites and get assistance to navigate the websites.

Parents will also have an opportunity to connect their child's device to be ready for instruction and ask BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technical questions.

Preorder your 15-16 Yearbook! Don't delay!

Yearbooks on Sale, NOW! Order yours today!

Go to:

$35 per book or $40 for personalized. Prices goes up January 6th.

Order deadline is March 6, 2014.

5th Grade Recognition Ads

It’s time to order your 5th grade yearbook ad. Create a special note to your child that will be included in the back of the yearbook. All ads are 1/8 of a page and cost $30.00. The ads will consist of a picture of your child and a dedication. You will easily create your Recognition Ad using the Pictavo online software. We only have 30 ad spaces. Ads will be filled on a 1st come, 1st returned basis as Recognition Ads are purchased online. Once the 30 spaces are filled no other hand delivered ads will be accepted.
You will find directions on the Gwin Oaks website. A video and PDF directions will be on the main page below the Pictavo image and also located under Announcements.

This cost is in addition to ordering a yearbook!

1-Go to Pictavo
2-Log in
3- Shop Recognition Ads
4- Purchase the ad
5- Design the ad
6- Submit to yearbook staff

Paper directions
Video directions

NOTE: This is in addition to purchasing a yearbook!


Come join us at Sparkles for our “Skate Night” on Tuesday, September 15th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m! Family and friends are all welcome! There will be skating, music, and even an indoor playground which is great for those little ones who cannot skate. They have Laser Tag too! Remember, you have to pay for Laser Tag at time of entrance to get the discount to play. Otherwise they will charge you full price - $3.00 per game - if you decide to play later. Check the flyer for options. If you and your kids are hungry, Sparkles has lots to choose from on their menu. All the information and prices will be on the small white flyer that will come home with your kids. Please fill it out and bring it with you to Sparkles for our drawing. Remember kids, the class with the most participants will win a fun class party. Come and join us for some fun. Hope to see you there! Thank you, Lisa Vasigh.


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Friday, OCTOBER 30, Starting at 5:30pm in the cafeteria!

$4 per person for 10 rounds of BINGO

Doors will open at 5:30pm for dinner and BINGO will start at 6:30pm. Food, drinks, ice cream and more will be available throughout the evening.

FABULOUS PRIZES will be awarded to the winner of each round. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume for costume contest! Prizes will be passed out during BINGO!

Celebrity Guest Appearances will be made by teachers in each grade so make sure to come out and see your teacher!

There are a limited number of seats and food available, so please fill out the order form below and return it to your teachers in an envelope with your check (made out to GOES PTA) by October 26. All ticket sales and food are on a first-come first-served basis. No refunds or cancellations will be made. No pre-ordering food this year. Food will be paid for at BINGO Night. Order Form

*** If you have any questions please contact Tony Scalzi at


Girls Basketball

Brookwood Basketball Association is hosting Girls Only Basketball Work-Outs for ages

9 - 13 at the Brookwood High School GOLD gym. No cost nor registration necessary.

Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sundays 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Gwin Oaks Elementary

400 Gwin Oaks Drive

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Elementary 770-972-3110

The mission of the faculty and staff of Gwin Oaks Elementary is to facilitate a safe and supportive environment where excellence in learning for all children results in responsible

and productive citizens and lifelong learners.

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