Next Week at GWCS... December 5 - 12, 2015


The student of the week is MATTIE POWELL for demonstrating the GWCS value of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY

Ms. Shumard says "Mattie is an ideal student.  She is enthusiastic about her mathematics studies and this makes my class even more fun to teach.  She is genuinely interested in learning and understanding the principles behind what she has learned.  On the basketball court, she encourages others and is willing to try new things to improve her game.  Great job, Mattie!"

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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SATURDAY, December 5, 2015

  • Robotics Central Qualifier for Team 3749 with Mr. Lindner in Richmond, VA 

MONDAY, December 7, 2015

TUESDAY, December 8, 2015

  • Coffee House Auditions with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm (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
  • Boys JV Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (home)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury from 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm  (home

WEDnesday, december 9, 2015

  • Environmental Science Field Trip to Reston with Ms. Newton from 12:00 pm - 5:45 pm
  • 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
  • Last Day to sign-up for Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying (info)


  • Holiday Shop & Sponsorship - Last Day to Donate - (see PAW PRINTS below)
  • Ronald McDonald House community service event with Mrs. Ternullo from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Robotics with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Boys JV Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Chelsea at 4:00 pm (home)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Chelsea at 5:15 pm (home)
  • PAC Meeting for all GWCS parents from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (info


  • Coffee House at GWCS from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (info)


  • Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony with Mr. Fedinatz from time (info)
  • Robotics NOVA Qualifier with Mr. Lindner at Battlefield HS in Haymarket, VA  (map)

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


Here's what: First, I hope that you are reading this. I know that we are innundated with emails, newsletters, notifications, and dings,; many of which we've signed up for ourselves. And then, then we chose to ignore them. When my 5:30 alarm goes off to alert me to take my vitamins, I often ignore it. I get it.

At GWCS, we strive to provide you with valuable information. We know that the world has changed. It's scary to me how closely things have begun to mimic Brave New World, where so much information is available that it all become irrelevant.

Trust me, the information we try to provide you is very relevant. I hope that you are reading your child's Coyote Tracks. I hope that you are reading the information regarding our college application process. I hope that you have saved the date for next week's PAC meeting about the new SAT and the difference between it and the ACT. I hope that you will help the needy children we have agreed to sponsor during this holiday season. I hope we won't be lost in a sea of irrelevancy.

Please read this newsletter. Read it through its entirety. Take a moment to reflect on what is happening in our community. Then, take a moment to envision how some of these activities and events might edify or enrich your life. I promise you, it is worth your time.

With all the best intentions and without judgement,

Ms. W. 

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EVENT:  Wreath Laying (volunteer info

DATE:    Saturday, December 12, 2014

TIME:  8:45 am – NLT 11:00 am

WHERE:  Arlington National Cemetery

PARK/MEET:  Pentagon Parking Lot (map)

SIGN-UP:  Email Mr. Fedinatz by Wednesday 9 December :

Mr. F. & daughter Anna - December 2014

Join me, Mr. Fedinatz, at Arlington National Cemetery to help lay wreaths on soldiers graves for a community service event!  Meet me at the Pentagon parking lot (map) at 8:45 am (the main cemetery parking lot will be hard to access). We will walk up Columbia Pike and enter through the service gate.  I have attended this ceremony before and the time commitment varies depending on the number of volunteers. With this in mind please DO NOT drop-off your child and leave. If interested, you may opt to attend the official wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 12:00 pm.  The community service event is to lay wreaths on the tombs therefore we will plan to be at the tractor trailer in the morning where the wreaths will be distributed. I personally would like to be near Sec. 27 (Global War on Terror soldiers) but this is certainly not a requirement.  Families should feel free to make this event personal to their own interests.  

Thanks and I look forward to this special event,

Mr. Fedinatz (remember to send me an email!)

Arlington Cemetery Full Day Schedule for December 12, 2015

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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.


December 10, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Who:  All GWCS Parents
  • Date:  Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Guest Speaker:  Angela Connerly  from Mindworks Education
  • Topic:  The New SAT and the Difference Between the SAT and ACT

Angela will share a PowerPoint presentation, will speak for 30 minutes and then take questions for 30 minutes. Angela is a wonderfully entertaining speaker and we are really looking forward to hearing her.  Senior parents – please come and share your “real life” experiences with the parents just beginning their college search journey.  We will have a light snack/hors d'oeuvres potluck meal.

It is that time of the year when GWCS takes part in donating to:

  1. Accotink Academy Holiday Shop
  2. Accotink Family Holiday Sponsorship 

#1 DONATE TO THE Accotink Holiday Shop

The Accotink School provides a "Holiday Shop" where their low-income students can purchase gifts for themselves and family members.  They pay for items using points they have earned at school based on their grade level. Students at Accotink range from 5 years to high school.

The Accotink School's Annual Holiday Shop needs your donations of new or gently used items. 

  • Click Here to view the suggested donation list. Please take care to donate gently used to like-new items.
  • Do NOT gift wrap the donations.
  • Deadline:  All gifts and donations must be received at GWCS by 9:15 am, Thursday, December 10th.

#2 Sponsor an Accotink FAMILY for the Holidays

Each year, GWCS families sign-up to purchase specific gifts that are NEEDED by Accotink families.  Below is a link for a Sign Up Genius where you can signup to sponsor an Accotink student, sibling or family member.  Please read the instructions carefully.

  • Click above to sponsor an Accotink family this holiday season.
  • This Sign-up Genius includes all the details.  Please read carefully and volunteer to donate what you can.
  • Deadline:  All gifts and donations must be received at GWCS by 9:15 am, Thursday, December 10th.

Accotink Academy is a private therapeutic day school for students with a variety of learning and emotional disabilities. The school has contracts with many school systems in the area, which fund students from their districts to attend the school. Accotink Academy offers individual and group counseling, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy to meet the needs of the students. Accotink Academy operates under the Proprietary School Division of the Virginia Department of Education.


PAC wishes to welcome Julia O'Grady as the chair for Community Service.

Julia began as one of the Admin Assistants for Community Service this year. She assisted with organizing the sandwich making event for Our Daily Bread and coordinated the recent Painting Weekend for the Facilities volunteers. Julia is already working on the Sponsor an Accotink Family for the Holidays event. Look to hearing more from Julia and community service opportunities for 2015-2016.


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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

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

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

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


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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, December 8th!
  • Coffee House is Friday, December 11th from 7pm - 9pm

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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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 at The deadline for submitting applications for spring 2016 is January 5, 2016.

 If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at

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Dear Parents:  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help with painting the school classrooms a few weeks ago.  There are still a lot of paint supplies that were left at the school.  If you recognize anything in the photos below, please email Ms. Mauney and she will send them home with your child.  We use every square inch of our space at GWCS and unfortunately, we don't have a place to store all of this so it's just piled up in the entry of the "new" wing.  Thank you!

Note:  photos were taken mid-week so some supplies may have already been picked up.

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Dec 15:  Lifetouch make-up photos for underclassmen
Dec 17:  A Christmas Carole
Dec 19 - Jan 1:  Winter Break
Jan 5:  Scholarship Deadline
Jan 9:  Robotics SW VA Qualifying Tournament
Jan 18:  No School - Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan 19:  No School - Student Holiday
Jan 23:  SAT & Subject Tests

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SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website
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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