WYNK: May 26 - June 3, 2018

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

  • Spring Cleanup at GWCS from 8:00 am - 11:00 am with Melissa Morgan (info)*

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

  • School Closed - Memorial Day

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018

  • Staff Meeting from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, may 30, 2018

  • Anime Club during lunch with Ciara from 12:15 pm - 12:50 pm
  • Prom Committee Meeting with Ms. Mauney from 2:40 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Stream Cleanup Community Service with Ms. Kohler from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm (info)*
  • Coyote Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

THURSDAY, may 31, 2018

  • GSA Meeting with Mr. Pereira and Anne at 12:30 pm
  • Snack Packs Community Service in GWCS Cafe with Ms. Dwyer from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm (info)*

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018

  • Tuition Plan 'A' Payments Due
  • Co-Ops for all GWCS juniors & seniors
  • OBX - Hirshorn Museum for all GWCS freshmen & sophomores
  • GWCS PROM!  Enchanted Forest from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (info)

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • GSA Car Wash Fundraiser & Community Service from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (info)

*note: we have four community service opportunities this week!

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The Student of the Week this Week is LAURA MASSEY for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

Laura is a dedicated learner. She is always engaged in class discussions in English, and she enthusiastically tackles her writing assignments and shares her creative work with teachers. Even in mathematics, a subject which Laura will tell you she doesn’t enjoy, she puts her nose to the grindstone, asks lots of questions, and completes her work with flying colors.  Laura will often tell a teacher if she is excited by a lesson, or her thoughts on the latest book that the class is reading. Most importantly, Laura is perseverant – she puts into consistent practice a healthy growth mindset, the attitude that with enough work, grit, and a willingness to learn from mistakes, she can master any concept.

Check out the 'Student of the Week' bulletin board near Mr. Pereira's classroom. Each week a student is recognized for his or her demonstration of one of the eight GWCS Values.

GWCS VALUES: LEARNING, SERVICE, KINDNESS, EXCELLENCE, RESPONSIBILITY, INVESTMENT, TEAM PLAY, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY

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ATTENTION ALL GWCS SENIORS...

IMPORTANT GRADUATION DATES:

This list is shrinking quickly!  Worried you missed something?  Need more details?  Refer to full list of important dates and info links by clicking the button above.

  • May 17:  R.S.V.P DEADLINE - Talley total number of guests and submit graduation fee by this date!  We are still missing a few!
  • May 17:  Quilt Giver name due - signup sheet in cafe. We are still missing a few!
  • June 11:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 11:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 14:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 16:  Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

GWCS GRADUATION COUNTDOWN...

 

STREAM CLEANUP...

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

  • When:  Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Where:  Accotink Trail/Stream
  • What:  Participants will practice environmentalism by cleaning up toxic trash that hinders our earth
  • Time:  3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Dress:  Clothes and shoes that can get dirty.  Dress for the weather.  Work gloves provided.
  • Transportation provided for students to and from school.
  • Community Service:  Earn one-hour of community service towards your 30 required.
  • Signup:  Only 12 spots - sign up today!  
   This is the last stream cleanup of the school year!  Huge THANK YOU to Ms. Kohler for sponsoring this monthly community service opportunity for our students!

This is the last stream cleanup of the school year!  Huge THANK YOU to Ms. Kohler for sponsoring this monthly community service opportunity for our students!


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SNACK PACKS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED...

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

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Are you in need of a few Community Service (CS) hours to fulfill your annual 30-hour requirement?  Here is the activity for you!  Join other GWCS students on Thursday, May 31st from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm in the GWCS Cafe to create snack bags for children in Cornerstones programs in Reston and Herndon.   

Click the button NOW to sign up - 
Limited space available!

how you can help:

  • We need items donated to create the snack packs.  Donations = 1 CS hour
  • Volunteers to put together the snack packs. Volunteer time = 1.5 CS hours

DROP OFF: 

Please drop off all donated items to the faculty kitchen by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 30th. All items must be marked "FOR SNACK BAG PROJECT".


Questions?  Contact:  

Kim Dwyer (Jack's mom) 
kim_dwyer@verizon.net

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GET YOUR TICKET TO PROM TODAY...

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One of the best BENEFITS of being a student at GWCS is that everyone is friends!  Prom is a fun evening of dancing - even if you think you can't dance, hanging out and just having fun with your friends. come one, come all! 

  • Theme:  Enchanted Forest
  • Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Historic Blenheim in Fairfax (map)
  • Tickets:  $30/per person (see Ms. Mauney)
  • Who? GWCS Prom is open to all GWCS students - all grades!
  • Dress:  Semi-formal or as fancy as you'd like!
  • Guest FormClick Here

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HONEY-DO LIST FOR
SPRING COYOTE CLEANING DAYS...

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CLEANUP #1

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

CLEANUP #2

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Do you LOVE to clean?  LOVE to fix things?  LOVE to inspect facilities and write Honey-Do Lists?  LOVE to make improvements to your community, hang out with other families while (neatly) enjoying coffee and bagels?

Please join us for at least one of these Saturday morning get togethers – even if you can only spare an hour.  We need a team of people to comb through the facilities cleaning and fixing the easy things and writing up the more difficult things to be conquered later.  Bring your favorite cleaning supplies or tool box and join us for coffee and bagels.   Let’s make GWCS Sparkle!

Choose from the list or find your own way to contribute.  For example:

Choose from the list or find your own way to contribute.  For example:

  • Touchup paint
  • Inventory and/or organize cabinets and closets
  • Make Labels
  • Change lightbulbs
  • Scrub classroom tables
  • Clean windows
  • Spot-clean the carpet
  • Clean out fridge
  • Fix anything you find that’s broken

This is a great community service opportunity for students!  Sign up using link below and remember to sign the log at school when you arrive and when you leave so we know how many hours of community service you earned!

Thank you!

Melissa Morgan
PAC Facilities Coordinator
pac-facilities@gwcommunityschool.com

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The GWCS Gay-Straight Alliance is Sponsoring a...

CAR WASH FUNDRAISER &
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

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So many opportunities with this single event!

  1. Contribute to a worthy cause - The Trevor Project.
  2. Earn up to four community service hours.
  3. Drive away in a squeaky clean car.
  4. Work Hard, Get Wet, Stay Cool, and Have fun!

WHAT:  GSA Car Wash Fundraiser ($10 donation recommended)

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 2018

TIME:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (actual car wash)

LOCATION:  Kings Park Exxon (behind GWCS) 5239 Rolling Road, Springfield VA 22151 (map)

NEEDED: Volunteers to wash cars.  Buckets, soap, sponges and towels.  Dirty cars!

Thank you all for supporting the GWCS GSA in this last hurrah of the year! Please stop by with your car!!

Anne Callaway
GWCS GSA Club Overlord
AnneC@gwcommunityschool.com

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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE...

WEEK OF JUNE 11-15, 2018

READ CAREFULLY:       

  • monday: normal school day schedule

    • Each class will have a review session on Monday
    • Exception - 2nd period French Final will be given on Monday
       
  • tuesday - friday:  Altered Schedule

    • Final Exams will be given Tue. 6/12 - Fri. 6/15  
    • No Gym Tue. - Fri.  Report to school at 9:00 am
    • The school day hours vary during finals week.  Read schedule carefully!
       
  • BRING A BOOK TO FINALS!

    • Students will stay in their classroom for the duration of the exam time.  Bring a book, magazines, crossword puzzle, journal... something quiet.  Computers and phones will not be allowed.
       
  • PM STUDY SESSION

    • Tuesday, June 12th from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    • We are offering a flexible, but academically focused, afternoon study session when teachers will be available to answer questions.  Students can move from room to room to request extra help or settle into a classroom and study independently.  All students will be in classrooms - this is not a free social period.
    • Students who do not wish to participate in the PM Study Session should be picked up no later than 12:30 pm.  Remember to complete the online parent/guardian permission form in advance.
       
  • SCHOOL OPTIONAL - with parent permission

    • Students do not have to come to school or stay at school during days/times they do not have a final exam, project, presentation or review session. Students who are at school during a time when they do not have a final or a review session will attend a silent study hall in a classroom. 
    • Parents/Guardians should REPORT HERE, at least 24 hours in advance, if student will not be at school.
       
  • GRADUATION REHEARSAL

    • Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2018 from 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Mandatory graduation rehearsal for all seniors and underclassmen quilt givers.
    • All participating must attend!
    • Be at school NLT 12:00 pm.

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GOAL ALMOST MET!

Provided by CoolFundraisingIdeas.netUpdated 5.23.18

Dear GWCS Community -

Thank you once again for your generous contributions to our online auction and fundraising efforts. This school year has flown by, and I can hardly believe our 2018 graduating class will be in their caps and gowns in less than 21 days (or 3 weeks).   I get teary just thinking about it!  I'm so proud of our seniors, and of all of our students and faculty.

As you know, anyone who chose to give a direct donation will see their name -- with our thanks -- in our GWCS 2018 Graduation Program (unless you opted to donate anonymously).  As we prepare for graduation, we wanted to give everyone another opportunity to donate directly to GWCS.  We have five donation levels, and any amount is welcome and appreciated as a way to honor our  GWCS students, faculty and school.

Here's the link:  http://www.gwcommunityschool.com/support-us/#anchor-donate

The deadline for your name to appear in the graduation program is Memorial Day, May 28th.

Thank you again, as always.

Warmly,

Alexa

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END-OF-THE-YEAR COYOTE BBQ...

The GWCS End-of-the-Year BBQ is a longstanding tradition.  Let's gather, feast and play on the last day of school!

  • DATE:   Friday , June 15, 2018
  • WHAT:  End-of-the-Year picnic and the annual staff vs. students’ basketball or wiffle game
  • TIME:   12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • WHO:   Parents and siblings are welcome! 
  • FOOD:  Volunteer to contribute to the BBQ (click here)
  • BRING:  Lawn chair or blanket to sit on

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ORDER YOUR 2017-2018 CHRONICLE...

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What:

GWCS Yearbook - memories captured throughout the year in one book for you to visit the rest of your life!

Price: 

$50/each (order by 6/15/18)
$65/each (order after 6/15/18)

Pickup: 

Wed., August 15, 2018
Yearbook Signing Party & BBQ
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


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Dear GWCS Parents,

How do we thank you for the most generous, thoughtful, and personalized teacher appreciation MONTH ever! 

  • Week 1: Lunch from Panera Bread
  • Week 2:  Amazon Gift Cards
  • Week 3:  Homemade take-home dinners
  • Week 4:  Individual gifts reflective of each teacher's personal interests

We hope you all know that we truly treasure your children and feel that they are the greatest gift you have given us!  

Sincerely,

The GWCS Staff

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GWCS SIGNUP SUMMARY...

Click links to jump directly to the signup genius for events listed below.

Event dates are listed below - but some need signups before the event date!

  1. Spring School Cleanup 5/26 & 6/9
  2. Stream Cleanup 5/30
  3. Cornerstone Service Project 5/30 & 5/31
  4. GSA Carwash Fundraiser 6/2
  5. End-of-the-Year BBQ 6/15

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GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR

2018-2019 School Year Calendar-at-a-Glance

June 11:  Exam Review Day
June 12-15:  Final Exams
June 14:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 15:  Last Day of School - End of Year BBQ
June 16:  GWCS Class of 2018 Graduation

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GWCS Summer Events List... Coming Soon!



 

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