Next Week(s) at GWCS... December 18, 2015 - January 10, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is PAUL WHITTINGTON for demonstrating the GWCS value of KINDNESS.

When an accident occurred at the entrance of the GWCS parking lot, Paul helped calm the driver and advise her on first aid. He even took photos of the accident and emailed them to her. This isn't the first time Paul has helped out when there's been an accident. He's a regular GWCS First Responder!

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(S) AT GWCS...

Winter Break - No School

  • December 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm:  Amistad (info

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • GWCS Foundation Scholarship deadline (info)
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • Anime Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Theater with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Cap City at 4:00 pm (away)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Cap City at 5:15 pm (away)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016

  • Sock Drive!
  • Robotics Teams depart for SW Virginia Qualifier at 1:00 pm (map)
  • Boys JV Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury at 4:00 pm (map)
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury at 5:15 pm (map)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016

  • Robotics Teams compete at SW Virginia Qualifier (map)

sunday, JANUARY 10, 2016

  • Robotics Teams return from SW Virginia Qualifier (map)

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GWCS R.E.A.L. TERM INTERNSHIPS...

ATTENTION ALL GWCS JUNIORS AND SENIORS:

Remember to discuss your GWCS internship possibilities with your parents and complete the mandatory "Letter of Intent" and turn it in to Mrs. Mauney by January 15, 2016!  This letter gives us an idea about your interests and it's a great starting point to help us place you in the best possible internship.   

Kristen Stombres
GWCS Internship Coordinator

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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.

#1 - SOCKS AND SANDWICHES:

The Community Service Committee and the SGA invite you to participate in a Socks and Sandwiches project.

  • Sandwiches

Parents, please join us for the PB&J sandwiches making event for McKenna's Wagon.

DATE:     Tuesday January 26th
TIME:      8:30 am - 10:30 am
WHERE:  GWCS

 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. 

An email will be going out in January with details on how to volunteer for this event.  

  • Socks

Meanwhile, the SGA will be collecting socks for the shelter from now until January 26th.   Everyone is encouraged to bring in at least one pair of socks. Our goal is to collect at least 200 pairs of socks by January 26th. On January 26th, the PAC will be making sandwiches, and bringing them with the socks to the homeless. As we are entering the holiday season, just remember, not everyone can afford Santa. Don't get cold feet, jump in and help out the less fortunate.

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#2 - ACCOTINK HOLIDAY SHOP & SPONSOR A STUDENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS UPDATE:

Accotink School wishes to thank the GWCS Community for all of their contributions to the Holiday Shop and Sponsor a Student for the Holidays.

  • Holiday Shop

Jorge Menjivar, Co-Teacher at Accotink, said that the response was wonderful. They now had something for every student to shop for. The Holiday Shop allows students to use points that they have earned during the school year, to shop for presents for themselves and family members.  Mr. Menjivar and Senior Accotink students, transformed their school library into the shop. This event supports student age 5 to HS Seniors.  Tremendous thanks to all Coyotes who donated gently used to new items.

  • Sponsor a Student for the Holidays

We were able to aid in providing needy students with new gifts for the Holidays that their families are not able to purchase on their own.  And many of our GWCS parents shopped beyond expectations!

School therapists worked with each student to compile their lists. Primary list wants were clothing, school uniforms, and toiletries. And, we were able to collect 'fun' items to add that element of surprise.

Monday, December 14th, GWCS PAC volunteers held a wrapping party to handle gifts for some 35+ students. That was nearly 40 large plastic bags packed full of presents.  This meant that the teachers could focus on their jobs and not work late coordinating and wrapping.  Michelle Tiemann, OT in lead for this event, reported that the volunteers "...all have been a life saver!"  Special thanks to the creative wrapping team: Victoria Delgado Roman, Kathy Easeley, Cheryl Massey, Lynn Nice, Julia O'Grady, Jennifer Schulman, Jan Syers, and Linda Campbell.

Accotink teachers made the deliveries to the student's homes on the 15th.

Coyotes, both programs were an overwhelming success.  Thank you for your generosity!

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#3 - SILENT AUCTION:

Many thanks for all of those who donated to the Annual Fund this Fall!  We have wrapped up the Fall Campaign with over $21,000 in our scholarship fund at the GW Community School Foundation.  Amazing! 

While the Annual Fund raises money for scholarships through the foundation, the annual GWCS PAC online auction raises money for the current operating budget.  The two areas of focus for the funds are school trips and events, and technology.  The money raised from the auction, last year over $15,000, has been used to add amazing OBX trips, upgrade the Senior Essay Writing trip, the Junior Gettysburg trip and other class trips.  The technology piece has been used to buy projectors for all of the classrooms and upgrade our school technology system to the cloud. Without the funds raised from the auction, the school would not have been able to do these things.

We are gearing up to start our auction donation solicitations, and would love your help.  This year, we are going to do "auction baskets" versus "class baskets"; so we will have 4 baskets that anyone can donate to and bid on!  The baskets are:  Wine, Retro, Southwestern and "Off to College".  To make things easy and to give our community a chance to find some good items over the Holidays, Linda Campbell has designed a "Wish List" on Sign up Genius of ideas you can sign up for to donate an item to the baskets.  Click below to view the links and sign up for the baskets:


GWCS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP...

The GW Community School Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for spring 2016.

The Foundation administers a needs-based scholarship program independently of GWCS. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and applicants must already be accepted as students to GW Community School for spring 2016.

To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Foundation website atwww.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com. The deadline for submitting applications for spring 2016 is January 5, 2016.

 If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at gwcsfoundation@gmail.com.

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FUTURE EVENTS...

Jan 11:  CERT Training
Jan 13:  SGA Balloon Bust
Jan 14:  Ronald McDonald House
Jan 18:  No School - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19:  No School - Student Holiday / Staff Work Day
Jan 23:  SAT & Subject Tests
Jan 25:  CERT Training
Jan 26:  Sandwich Making & Sock Collection

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
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

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