Next Week at GWCS: February 6 - 14, 2016

STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is RYAN NICE for representing the GWCS value of KINDNESS.

Ryan's contributions to GWCS are numerous. He is a leader on the Basketball court and works hard to make everyone around him feel better at school. Ryan hits the gym at 7:30 am every morning and gives 100 percent. He is a supportive teammate that puts his heart into the game. Ryan never complains and is the first to defend his peers.  After playing every minute of each game Ryan is the first kid to help pick up chairs and make sure the gym is restored to it's pregame state (no small task). 

Ryan can be seen talking basketball with one group of kids then 10 minutes later discussing video games or robotics with another group. He leads discussions in Government class and is eager to help his classmates understand the course material. 

Ryan's kindness and sense of community is apparent to those around him and appreciated by all of us. 

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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QUICK MIDTERM QUIZ...

  1. Do all classes have midterm exams?
  2. What days are midterm exams?
  3. What time does school end on February 10th & 11th?
  4. What do I do if I don't have a midterm?
  5. What do I need to bring to school on midterm days?
  6. Do we go to the gym in the morning on midterm days?
  7. What time does school end on Friday, February 12th?

You may use this study guide to find answers to these questions and more!

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NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016

  • Robotics:  Pre-States Scrimmage at GWCS with Mr. Lindner from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

  • Sock Drive! 
  • Midterm Reviews
  • CERT Training with Ms.Warden from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  The Conspirator

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • Midterm Reviews
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Trinity at 4:30 pm (home)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • Staff Appreciation Brunch (info)
  • MIDTERM SCHEDULE (click here)
    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am:  gym
    • 9:15 am - 9:30 am: advisory breakfast (info)
    • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: 2nd period exams
    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  lunch
    • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm:  3rd period exams
    • 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm: early dismissal

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • MIDTERM SCHEDULE (click here)
    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am:  gym
    • 9:15 am - 9:30 am: advisory breakfast (info)
    • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: 4th period exams
    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  lunch
    • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm:  5th period exams
    • 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm: early dismissal
  • Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Siena School at 4:00 pm (away)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • MIDTERM SCHEDULE (click here)
    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am:  gym
    • 9:15 am - 9:30 am: advisory breakfast (info)
    • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: 6th period exams
    • 11:30 am - 11:40 pm:  very early dismissal
  • End of Second Quarter
  • GV Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury at 4:00 pm (home)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury at 5:15 pm (home)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016

  • Katsucon at Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor with Ciara - Anime Club (map) (info)
  • Robotics State Championships with Mr. Lindner all day (map) (info

sunday, FEBRUARY 14, 2016

  • Katsucon at Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor with Ciara - Anime Club (map)(info)

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HERE'S WHAT...

This is not a kind and gentle suggestion - I really, really need every student to read and follow these instructions!

yOUR COMPUTER NEEDS A GOOD NIGHTS REST!

Too many students are having major computer problems that can be avoided by following these simple guidelines:

Every night, before you go to bed...

  1. Plug your computer in to insure that (a) it will have a good strong charge for the next day and (b) so that it doesn't shut down, due to low battery, part way through important computer/program updates and cause other problems! (The blue screen of death, for example.)
  2. Shut down your computer.  Do not just push the power button.  Properly shutting down your computer EVERY NIGHT allows your computer programs to receive all the needed updates without interruption. 

THE best WAY TO SHUT DOWN:

  • PC - Right click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your computer and select "shut down"
  • MAC - Choose the Apple menu and select "shut down"

SAVE ME!

One of the main advantages of GWCS moving to Microsoft 365 Business, in the cloud, was so that students would be able to keep all their school work in the cloud and access their work from any device.  Also, if their computer were to crash - all of their work would be safely stored in the cloud. 

Have you been saving all of your school work in the cloud?

If you answered 'no' or 'I don't know' to that question, please send your advisor an email RIGHT NOW and let them know you need a refresher course on how/where you are supposed to be saving your school work.

Please take care of your computer and take advantage of Microsoft 365!

Best,

Ms. W. 

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PAC PAW PRINTS...

Coyote PAC is a GWCS program designed to more formally incorporate the wealth of parental resources and talents that are so obviously abundant in our community.   PAC Paw Prints is a section of the weekly newsletter where you can catch-up on all PAC related news and events.

 

PAC #1 – MIDTERM BREAKFAST SNACKS 

We survived Snowpocageddenzilla 2016!  And, midterms are delayed until February 10th, 11th and 12th.  Every year, PAC parents supply the midterm breakfast snacks each morning to fuel our coyote’s brains.  Protein packed snacks, like boiled eggs, paired with complex carbohydrates, like fresh fruit and granola bars, will help the students stay alert and stomachs satisfied. With that said, please do not contribute any sugary pastries, donuts and the like.

  • Here is a link to the list of snacks needed for Mid Term breakfast each day. Any left overs will be reserved for the next morning. (And Faculty will enjoy as well.)
  • Please keep in mind that we will need some gluten free snacks as well.
  • Nothing will be reheated or toasted - this is grab and go so individual packs of items are needed and will help keep clean up to a minimum.

Please bring your contribution to GWCS after drop off to the Gym.

Thank You!

Coordinator: Linda Campbell
Text:  415-577-9869

Email:  PAC-Volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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PAC #2 - SOCKS AND SANDWICHES:

The Community Service Committee and the SGA invite you to participate in a Socks and Sandwiches project.  Please note due to the snow we have moved the date to February 16th.

  • SANDWICHES

Parents, please join us for the PB&J sandwiches making event for McKenna's Wagon.
DATE:     Tuesday February 16th (date change)
WHO:      GWCS Parents
TIME:      8:30 am - 10:30 am
WHERE:  GWCS cafe
RSVP:       Email: Julia O'Grady

Our goal will be to make 400 sandwiches. Your PAC will donate the fixin’s, so all you have to provide is the labor (of love).  The sandwiches you make will be distributed on McKenna’s Wagon, a volunteer-run, mobile food service that provides hot, nutritious evening meals, sandwiches, fruit, and snacks to 150 - 250 homeless men and women at three locations across the city every night. 

Please email Julia O'Grady jogkog@msn.com if you are able to join us.  

  • SOCKS

Meanwhile, the SGA has extended collecting socks for the shelter from now until February 16th.   Everyone is encouraged to bring in at least one pair of socks. Our goal is to collect at least 300 pairs of socks by February 16th enabling us to keep 3,000 toes warm this winter!  We can easily accomplish this goal, so keep donating Coyotes!

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PAC #3 - THE 2016 GWCS PAC ONLINE SILENT AUCTION

FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 2, 2016

Attention!  Dates of the online auction have been changed to February 17th-March 2!  Now we will be using the February 24th PAC meeting as a chance to display the Auction Baskets and some of our donations.

This year the fund's raised from the auction will go to student trips, tchool Technology and professional development for our faculty

  • AUCTION BASKETS:  WINE, "RETRO", SOUTHWESTERN AND "OFF TO COLLEGE"

Please donate an item to one of the themed basket that will be auctioned.  Bring your donations to GWCS and place in the labeled dark grey bins by Mr. Pereira's classroom. Please leave any wine (or spirits) donations wrapped, labeled and under Ms. Mauney's desk (if she is not present). Please label items with your name and the 'basket' you would like to donate the wine to.

Note: when signing up to donate - you do not have to collect everything if the slot has multiple items. Additional'sign up' cues are added to these slots. Please list the items you are donating in the comments section. This allows other donors to know what is left on the list and assists the Fundraising Committee with inventory. 

  • DONATIONS FROM FAMILY, FRIENDS AND BUSINESSES

We are accepting donations of all kinds at this time!  Each family will be getting an individual email from an auction committee member to suggest different types of items and experiences that you might like to donate.  Contact Deiadre Rauch atDeiadreRauch@me.com with any questions about possible donations.  Here’s a link to the Donation Form --> donation form link here

Thank You!

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PAC #4 – TEACHER APPRECIATION BRUNCH/LUNCH

Parents, save the date for Mid-Year Munchies - Teacher Appreciation Brunch/Lunch.  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 10th teacher appreciation lunch/brunch.  Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49a9ab292-midyear .   All families are encouraged to contribute a delicious dish or some volunteer time!

SUMMARY OF CURRENT PAC SIGN-UP LINKS:


CANDYGRAMS!

valentine candy gram.jpg

Parents and students take note: The SGA is selling Candygrams for Valentines Day. You can choose from eight different types of candy and create your own bag. For only $2.00, this bag includes six assorted pieces of candy and a personalized note written by you, all wrapped up in a decorative bag that will be personally delivered to whoever you choose on Friday, February 12th. Be sure to take advantage of this once-a-year offer before it's too late! Students can buy candygrams at the school store. Parents can email sga@gwcommunityschool.com with their orders and personalized notes, or drop them off with Ms. Mauney.  Here's an example of what your candy gram will look like:

Thanks Coyotes!

Your loving SGA!

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FUTURE EVENTS...

Feb 15:  No School - Presidents Day
Feb 16:  Sandwich Making - Parent Community Service Event
Feb 16:  Last Day to Donate Socks
Feb 17 - Mar 2:  PAC Silent Auction
Feb 18:  Ronald McDonald House Community Service Event
Feb 19:  French Field Trip - Bistrot du Coin
Feb 22:  CERT Training
Feb 22:  Boys Varsity Basketball Playoffs
Feb 24:  PAC All Parents Meeting

Hexagon on April 1, 2016
A Political Satirical Musical Comedy Revue
Email Mr. Goldie if you are interested in going!
Limited number of tickets.  More info coming soon.

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PARENT PORTAL:  Webpage with Links to School Related Documents & Forms  
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS Cloud 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
 

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