GWCS This Week... November 21 - 29, 2015

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is DELIA O'GRADY for demonstrating the GWCS value of RESPONSIBILITY

Delia shows responsibility to herself and to her classmates.  She is always early to basketball.  She works on her game and helps others improve their skills.  She is always on time for class.  She is always prepared.  She always does excellent work.  She helps others whenever she can.  She does all of these things with a smile and a great attitude.  Delia is a model of responsibility, and she does it (seemingly) effortlessly!

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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NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015

  • CERT Community Service Event (unofficial) from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (info)
  • Robotics Scrimmage with Mr. Lindner at Flint Hill from 10am - 3pm (map)
  • MIT Splash with Ms. Newton and Ms. Saile (info)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015

  • MIT Splash with Ms. Newton and Ms. Saile (info)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015

  • Add/Drop Deadline
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm -  5:00 pm: Independence
  • MIT Splash with Ms. Newton and Ms. Saile (info)
  • Basketball - GWCS Boys Varsity vs. School for Tomorrow at 5:30 pm (home)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015

  • GYM... as usual!
  • Heritage Feast from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (sign-up
  • Early Dismissal at 12:00 pm

WED, NOV 25 - Sun, Nov 29, 2015

  • No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

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HERE'S WHAT... a weekly message from Ms. Warden who often starts sentences with "here's what..."

HERE'S WHAT...

Our parents are ON FIRE this year! Way to go, folks! Whether it's painting the school, attending service events with the kids, working with the kids on special projects, or stopping in at the end of the day just to visit, we are feeling the love! Thank you!

We've got a lot of great parent opportunities coming up. Read this newsletter carefully so that you can keep this momentum going. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!

I'd like to give a special shout out to two upcoming events:

1. The Heritage Feast! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ca9a729abf58-heritage

2. Our next PAC meeting on December 6th at 6:30 pm: Special guest speaker, Angela Conerly, Executive Director at MindWorks Education, who will be speaking about the new SAT and the SAT vs. ACT

Best,

Ms. W.

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IT'S THE... HERITAGE FEAST!

Thank you  Mrs. Kochel, Katie, Delia, Evelyn & Laura

Thank you  Mrs. Kochel, Katie, Delia, Evelyn & Laura

DATE:  TUE, NOV 24, 2015

TIME:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SIGN- UP:  CLICK HERE

You are invited to the annual GWCS Heritage Feast!  This tradition includes an amazing buffet for students, staff, alumni and any other family members who would like to join us.

To celebrate the diversity of our school community, we are asking families to share tasty dishes that reflect their heritage. If you feel that your culinary heritage has no pizzaz, don't worry. You can still join in by bringing your family's favorite dish. 

  • DROP-OFF your contribution by 9:00 am- ready to serve.
  • CROCKPOTS work well for keeping hot dishes warm! We will NOT be able to reheat.
  • REFRIGERATOR has limited space- send cold dishes with ice-packs.
  • LABEL your dishes and utensils with your name (if you want them back).
  • INGREDIENT LIST sent in with dish is needed due to food allergies.  (click
  • SET-UP AND CLEAN-UP parent volunteers are needed...SEE VERY BOTTOM of sign-up.

SIGN-UP:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ca9a729abf58-heritage

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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.

 

The Painting Weekend Was A Success!

Parents and students joined forces to prep the classrooms, complete the priming/painting and reassemble much of the furniture and wall hangings by Sunday afternoon. The fresh orange, grey and white walls have added enthusiastic color and new dimension to Ms. Shumard, Mr. Connelly and Senor Torres classrooms.

We can see that there may be some minor, additional work ahead. A few smaller bookcases were reinforced with Gorilla Glue and nails; while the larger dry erase boards were relieved of their dysfunctional frames. Faculty, please inform PAC of any additional fixes that would be helpful.

Everyone, come on by at pick up time to see the reveal!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of GWCS - PAC would like to thank the following parents, grandparents and students for the donation of time and materials provided: 

Ellen Sullivan, Nancy Burns, Jan Syers, Steve Whittington, Deborah Rosen, Dennis McCafferty, Laura Williamson, Chris Massey, Lynn Koplaski, Kebby and Joseph Kelley, Debbie Fuller, Kelley Henderson Hagen, Kathy and Kevin Easley, Stephanie Corrao, Melissa Morgan, Christine, Katie and Troy Conner , Nikolaos Abatzis, Lisa Reddy and Aveen Devaiah, Pat Quarti, Victoria Delgado, Linda and Peter Campbell, Julia, Kevin and James O’Grady, John and William Conway, Ryan Burns, Sabrina Castro and Alejandro Roman. 

Thank you!!     

GET INVOLVED WITH PAC! 
2015-2016 PAC VOLUNTEER FORM

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Dinner and Theatre Extravaganza

A Christmas Carole written by Charles Dickens
"LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim."

DATE:  Thursday, December 17, 2015

TIME:
4:45 pm - Depart GWCS
5:30 pm - Dinner at Hard Times Cafe
8:00 pm - A Christmas Carole at Little Theatre of Alexandria

COST:
$40.00 for food, drinks, theater and transportation (make checks payable to GWCS)

INTERESTED?  Email Mr. Goldie at goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com and send in a check payable to GWCS for $40.00.

***LIMITED # OF TICKETS AVAILABLE!***

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COFFEE HOUSE AUDITIONS...

Mr. AB at Coffee House circa 2007

Do you sing? Juggle? Tell jokes? Tell weird stories that go nowhere (Mr. Goldie, I'm looking at you)? Make sick beats? Craft performance art installations with lots of uncomfortable staring? Are you in a band? Do you play an instrument?

If you can kinda say yes to ANY of the above, then GWCS's nearly annual coffee house event is for you! 

Simply put, coffee house is a night packed with extravagant and creative performances by you, set in the laid back atmosphere of a coffee house. Yes there will be coffee for the audience, and biscotti or cookies I imagine. There will be lots of people snapping their fingers and saying things like, "dig," and "this is coolsville."

If you would like to perform at coffee house, here's what you need to do:

  • Prepare a performance 3 - 5 minutes in length.
  • Sign up to audition your performance on the signup sheet found on Mr. AB's door.
  • Audition on Tuesday, December1st!
  • Coffee House is Friday, December 11th from 7pm - 9pm
Mr. Torres at GWCS Coffee House circa 2007

Mr. Torres at GWCS Coffee House circa 2007

Volunteer:  If you would like to participate in coffee house, but you don't want to perform, there's still tons of set-up, backstage, equipment prep and other stuff to do.  Email Mr. AB expressing your interest and watch for forthcoming information.

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FUTURE EVENTS...

GWCS CALENDAR

BASKETBALL CALENDAR
 

 

Nov 30:  Coyote Robotics Annual Meeting for Parents &Team Members
Dec 1:  So You're Turning 18
Dec 1:  Coffee House Auditions
Dec 12:  Robotics NOVA Qualifier in Haymarket
Dec 15:  Lifetouch make-up photos for underclassmen
Dec 17:  A Christmas Carole
Dec 19 - Jan 1:  Winter Break

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation  
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS Cloud 
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
PARENT PORTAL:  Webpage with Links to School Related Documents & Forms 
SIGN-UP FOR ACTIVITIES:  GWCS CoyoteWeb Activity Sessions (not operational yet)

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