Gables Weekly Summary


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**NEW POST** Kids' Clothes

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Parents: Send a spare change of clothes for your child's school cubby in case of accidents or spills.

Winter is coming: Days are getting cooler, remember to dress in layers!

Donations welcome: The office will accept donations of NEW children's underwear and socks to keep on hand.

A recent Virtual Engagement Session featured Free School Clothes from Charity newsies. Video will be available here when it is posted.

**NEW POST** Chess Club

Gables Chess Club is open to any 4th or 5th grader at Gables. Beginning next week, the club will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays during recess. Depending on COVID restrictions, there may or may not be a tournament in the spring.

To sign up, return the permission form that Ms. Denis sent home last week to all children in 4th and 5th Grades (check green folders if you haven't seen it). Email Ms. Denis if you have any questions at

**NEW POST** Grade 3 ELA Testing Moved Up

The district moved Grade 3 ELA testing up to Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26. These dates are a week earlier than originally communicated.

  • Ensure your child(ren) get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast at home or at school!
  • If you didn't send in their Chromebook this week, make sure it's fully charged prior to Monday.

Facilities Master Plan (FMP) Update

Our region's "Consider" Phase 5 meeting will be Monday, Oct 25 at 6pm at Centennial High School. This event will be interactive and ALL are encouraged to attend. RSVP helpful but not required.

If you cannot attend next Monday's meeting for our Region, please consider these alternatives:

  • Virtual Engagement Session features Phase 5 during Tuesday's (Oct 26) meeting at 6pm (RSVP to get the Zoom link here).
  • All Regions Phase 5 meetings are on Saturday (Oct 23) and Wednesday (Oct 27) at 10:00am at the Main Metropolitan Library (96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215). RSVP helpful but not required.

What to Expect Video (1 min)

Getting to Know Gables: Mr. Baker

Welcome, Mr. Barry Baker, our new Gables School Counselor! This is his first year at Gables (he spent the last 11 years at Centennial HS) and his sixth year as elementary counselor. He has two children, a daughter in preschool and a son in 1st Grade. Being a parent of elementary school kids is what ultimately drew him back to the elementary level.

Favorite Color: Navy Blue

Fun Fact: He's officially been a member of the Girl Scouts but never the Boy Scouts.

Role at Gables: School Counselor. School counselors help remove barriers to academic success by focusing on social and emotional learning. They also help prepare students for college and career.

What does that mean?! Parents and kids can reach out to Mr. Baker for help when there are big life events such as a death in the family or moving from one place to another - anything that might occupy a child's attention and make learning at school more challenging. He can also help families find community agencies or outside resources for more serious, ongoing, mental health issues.

Mr. Baker around Gables: In addition to brief, solution-focused, one-on-one counseling, Mr. Baker partners with the homeroom teachers to give lessons in social and emotional learning in the classroom. He also leads small, special-purpose groups. For instance, his Homework Help group will show kids a way to set goals and make better choices when it comes to completing their homework.

How to reach Mr. Baker: Email is best at He's only in the school building part-time (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), but he monitors email every day.

Gables Calming Corner

Everyone feels anxious, nervous, angry, sad, stressed, or worried at times. This Calming Corner is designed to be a safe space when any family member needs a break. Click the cat to try different activities to see which ones work best for you.

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<<<TONIGHT>>> PTA Virtual Trivia Night

Friday, Oct. 22nd, 6pm

This is an online event.

Two sessions: 6pm for Grades K-2 and 7pm for Grades 3-5. If you have not returned your form to the school, email indicating these items to participate:

  1. Email address to receive the Zoom link
  2. Child's name
  3. Child's grade

FMP Phase 5 "Consider" for Region 4

Monday, Oct. 25th, 6pm

1441 Bethel Road

Columbus, OH

All community members welcome to attend - this will be an interactive event. Wear your mask.

RSVP here (but go even if you forget to RSVP)

CCS Virtual Engagement Session: FMP Phase 5 Update

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.


Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 9pm

1680 Becket Avenue

Columbus, OH

No school for students.

City of Columbus Beggars' Night

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 6-8pm

Columbus, OH, USA

Columbus, OH

Turning your porch light on indicates you are home and welcoming Trick or Treaters with goodies! Be safe, Gators :)

Last Day of PTA Winter Flower Sale

Friday, Oct. 29th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

For questions, email

Oct 25 - 3rd Grade ELA state testing, Part 1

Oct 25 at 6:00pm - FMP Meeting at Centennial High School

Oct 25 - 3rd Grade ELA state testing, Part 2

Oct 26 - End of Quarter 1
Oct 27 - NO SCHOOL for students

Oct 28 - Columbus Beggars' Night 6-8pm

Oct 29 - Last day of Winter Flower Sale

About Gables Elementary School

Gables Attendance Email:

Gables Attendance Phone Number: 1-380-997-6025

PTA email:

FACTline Email:

FACTline Phone Number: 614-221-FACT (614-221-3228)

Customer Relations Phone Number: (614) 365-8888

Customer Relations Email: