The G.W. Gazette

October 2019 Edition


During this season of ghastly, ghoulish, gruesome goblins and ghosts...there is nothing scary about our GW Pride! Teachers are placing a large emphasis on literacy learning with PRESS interventions, implementing Write to Learn in their classes, and engaging students with creative collaboration focused around reading. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are grade level teachers that collaborate to emphasize what essential standards we want our students to learn, develop common assessments for data to know students have learned the standard, and create ways to enhance student learning beyond the standard. Students have recently taken the FAST and MAP assessments giving our teachers great data to meet the student exactly where they are and build their success forward. Many work with students to set goals and help create a plan for achieving that goal. One of the most rewarding experiences is to see a student light up when they feel that success.

Make no bones about it...our teachers are the best at supporting our student achievement!

Many of our students joined Ms. Westermeyer in reading September's book of the month, Wishtree. Even if they did not read the book, our students made a wish and tied it to our very own wish tree in the library! October's book of the month is The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie. We have so many students signed up for the GW Book Club that we had to find more books! Watch our facebook page as we change something in our library to match a scene from the book!

Toward the end of the month will be parent/teacher conferences. We work hard to attain 100% contact with our student's parents. If you have recently had an address or phone number change, please call the office to update your child's school information.

Thank you for all you do to support your child's education!


Mrs. Heather Davis, Principal

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Fundraisers for Fun Raisers!

The GW PTO is having 2 separate fundraisers right now. The first is the annual fundraiser with Red Wheel which helps support the school's block party, yearbooks, book fairs, GW Book Club, and other needs for our students. The second is the L.O.L. (Love Our Library) campaign that will help modify our library space with creative seating, new paint, and ceiling hangings. Plus, the t-shirts are really neat and promote community within our school! The t-shirt information is below and orders are due by Oct. 11 with checks payable to GW PTO. Please help support our PTO with orders and asking those you know to order also. Thank you!
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GW will be including strategies in the morning announcements to help students stand up, speak out, and stay strong against bullying. On Monday, October 7th, GW will participate in the World Day of Bullying Prevention by wearing blue. #Blueup
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From Mr. Coovert...

October is bullying awareness month. As teachers and parents, we know that all children behave differently when an adult is around so they often see mean behavior first. It is important that students are comfortable and know what to do when they see mean behavior happen. For the whole month of October, I will be teaching students to identify what bullying is and is not. Students will learn that bullying only occurs when mean behavior happens frequently over a period of time. Bullying is never a one-time incident. A one-time incident is someone being mean. Using the correct term is important. If a student does not use the term correctly, adults may not believe them should bullying truly happen.

Students will learn how to be defenders by learning, practicing, and using four different strategies to intervene when they see mean things happening to others at school. The strategies include using humor to take the attention away from the mean behavior, telling an adult, reaching out and inviting the student who was the victim to play with them, and how to teach empathy to the student who was being mean. We want all students to believe in themselves so that they can take action safely when they see mean behavior happen at George Washington.

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October 1 PTO 5:15 in music room

October 3 Homecoming Parade 6 p.m. (from mall to HS)

October 4 Homecoming Football game vs Mt. Pleasant 7 p.m.

October 7 Wear blue for World Day of Bullying Prevention

October 9 Wizards Assembly for Students & Wizards Game @ HS

October 11 Picture Retakes

October 11 L.O.L. T-shirt Orders Due with payment to GW PTO

October 14 No School for Students - Teachers Collaborate!

October 15 PTO Fund Raiser due

October 16 Grisham/Potratz to Wilson Lake

October 18 End of First Quarter

October 21 Beim/Bogert to Wilson Lake

October 23 Stevenson/Smeltser to Wilson Lake

October 23-31 Red Ribbon Week

October 24 Early Out at 11:15 for Conferences

October 24 Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30-9:30

October 25 No School

October 30 5th grade to "Nightmare on Washington Street" at KHS Science Dept.

October 31 Class Halloween Parties

4th Grade Field Trips to Wilson Lake Oct. 16, 21, 23

George Washington Elementary School

Heather S. Davis, Principal

Every Student...Every Day ~ Building Tomorrow's Chiefs!