Next Week at GWCS... October 26 - 30, 2015

STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is WADE CARTER for demonstrating the GWCS value of EXCELLENCE

Wade makes each of his classes more valuable with his thoughtful contributions.  He is always prepared, eager to participate, and willing to defend his position with evidence.  As one of his teachers recently said, “Wade has never had a bad day in my class!”

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...

FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:  Advisories will have a competition to see which advisory can bring in the most non-perishable goods.  See Community Service below for details.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2015

  • French Cooking Class with Ms. Shumard from 12:10 pm - 3:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm: The Last of the Mohicans

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015

  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Robotics Design & Programming elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Flag Football club with Mr. Fedinatz and Mr. Connelly from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015

  • Anime Club with Mr. AB and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Soccer Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Theater Club with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015

  • SGA Pumpkin Carving Contest for $5.00 from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm - pumpkins provided!
  • Robotics Design & Programming elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Flag Football club with Mr. Fedinatz and Mr. Connelly from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015

  • No Gym Today!  Report to GWCS at 8:00 am!

  • End of First Quarter!
  • No Gym - be at school by 8:00 am in costume!
  • SGA Halloween Party including costume contest and advisory doughnut competition!
  • SGA Halloween Movie:  Nightmare Before Christmas from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

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GWCS STAUNTON SHAKESPEARE TRIP

So, here’s the deal.  I have been to hundreds of theatre events in my lifetime.  I have seen Shakespeare performed on stages from Los Angeles to London.  I am an aficionado.  I may not be the best judge, but I say this in all sincerity: The Blackfriars Playhouse at theAmerican Shakespeare Center in Staunton Virginia is the home of the finest productions of classical theatre that I have ever seen.  There.  I said it.

In addition to performing theatre arts at the highest possible level, it should also be noted that this is a traditional performance troupe.  That means that all four plays are performed by the SAME EIGHT PEOPLE!  It is a mind-boggling experience!  They also pick popular songs from the last fifty years that are reflective of the themes of the plays and then sing and play music LIVE before each show and at intermission!

We will stay at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, a the five star hotel (4.2 on Expedia.com), attached to the theatre, two blocks away from downtown Staunton.  Breakfast is included in the price, and the meals in town are reasonably priced!

We are going down on Friday afternoon this year.  We are going to leave around noon, November 13nd and stay in Staunton long enough to see ALL FOUR SHOWS!!!  On Friday night we will seeAnthony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s gritty parlance into Roman tragedy .  On Saturday we will take in the matinee of The Winter’s Tale and Saturday night’s show is Henry VI, part 1 (Joan of Arc).  Then, after those three heavy dramas, at Sunday’s matinee we will see A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It is almost too much good fortune to run across in a single lifetime!

If you like live theatre, this is just about the coolest three day weekend you could possibly experience!  With two students to a room, four tickets to the theatre, two dinners out, two lunches, two breakfasts at the hotel, and a backstage tour of the Blackfriars Theatre, this trip will be amazing!   The entire trip will cost $675.00 per student.   The experience, of course, will be priceless!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

There are a limited number of spaces reserved for GWCS at the hotel and the theatre.  If you want to be included on this trip, please bring a check for $650.00 (made out to GWCS) and drop it in the ‘forms’ basket on Ms. Mauney's desk.  In previous years the spots were all filled quickly.  You do not need to bring any other cash on the trip.  Every tax, tip, and trip to the snack cart are included!

Mr. Goldie
goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com

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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. 

FALL ANNUAL FUND DRIVE FOR THE GWCS FOUNDATION:

Make a donation to the GW Community School Foundation and help to ensure that scholarships are available to deserving students.  All funds raised by the Annual Fund go to scholarships for current or potential students.  Click on this link to donate to the GW Community Foundation Online:  http://www.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com/support-us.html

You can also make a donation by check, made payable to the:  GW Community School Foundationand give it to Laura Mauney at the GWCS front desk.  Thank you for your support!

COYOTE ROBOTICS NEEDS SPONSORS:

Parents, do you know or work for an organization that can sponsor our Robotics Teams 965 and 3749? Coyote Robotics is a Northern Virginia non-profit organization that is dedicated to inspiring students to follow careers in math, science, and technology through the fun and engaging FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition. We are in need of sponsors to support our team's required materials, registration, food and travel expenses. If you can help, contact team Coach Gary Lindner at lindnergt@gwcommunityschool.com.

GET INVOLVED WITH PAC! 
2015-2016 PAC VOLUNTEER FORM

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SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR...

GET YOUR COYOTE ON!

It's time to update your wardrobe to include the latest GWCS gear!  

  • 2015-2016 GWCS Haiku Short Sleeved T-Shirt ($15)
  • 2015-2016 GWCS Personalized Gym Bag ($30)
  • 2015-2016 GWCS Personalized Flannel Pants ($40)
  • 2015-2016 GWCS Sweatshirt - Crew Neck ($35)
  • 2015-2016 GWCS  Sweatshirt - Hoodie ($40)
  • 2015-2016 GWCS Sweatshirt - Zip Front ($45)
  • GWCS Beanie - while supplies last ($10)

CLICK HERE for 2015-2016 GWCS Spirit Wear Order Form

Order Deadline:  Friday, November 6, 2015

Click images above for expanded view.  Printed order forms are available in the cafe.

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DO NOT SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS FOR PHOTO DAYS!

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UNDERCLASSMEN PHOTOS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015

www.schoolportraits.lifetouch.com

WHERE: GWCS Café                        

WHEN:  Thursday, November 5, 2015.  All underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores, juniors) come directly to school on November 5.  Do not go to the gym.

TIME:  9:15 am - until done.  Students will be notified when it is their time to have their photo taken

YEARBOOK PHOTO:  All students and staff will have a yearbook photo taken free of charge - even if they are not purchasing portraits from Lifetouch.

SCHOOL ID:  Lifetouch will use the students' yearbook photos to create their GWCS School ID cards free of charge.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:  Your child is bringing home a picture day flyer with package information and pricing on Monday, October 26th.

On picture day, Lifetouch photographers will collect your child’s flyer and payment.  Make all checks payable to Lifetouch.  You can also pay in advance online at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/getStarted/home

HOW TO PAY AHEAD ONLINE:

  1. Fill out the flyer
  2. Pay by credit card or PayPal @ mylifetouch.com
  3. Use Picture Day ID: MJ815075Q0
  4. Write the confirmation code on your flyer.
  5. Send completed flyer with your child on Picture Day.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:    

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SENIOR PORTRAITS

monday, November 9, 2015

http://lifetouch.com/senior-portraits/

SENIOR PORTRAITS:

Each senior family will receive detailed portrait information from Lifetouch in the mail prior to November 9th. The number of poses will depend on the package chosen.  

APPOINTMENT TIME:

Senior portraits will be taken at GWCS beginning at 9:30 am on Friday, November 9th.  Seniors should not go to the gym but should be at GWCS no later than 9:15 am.  Some years Lifetouch includes an appointment time on their information - disregard this time as it does not apply to small schools like GWCS.  Seniors will be notified when it is their time to have their portrait taken.

YEARBOOK PHOTO:

All seniors will have a formal yearbook photo taken free of charge - even if they are not purchasing senior portraits from Lifetouch.  Male students will be provided a tux and female students will be provided a drape for the yearbook pose.

WHAT TO BRING:

Seniors may bring their portrait clothes to school on a hanger.  Time to change will be provided.   Depending on the poses chosen, some students will only be photographed from the waist up and other will need to keep in mind what pants and shoes they are wearing as well.  Also, bring makeup, hair doodads, jewelry, and any props for the photo.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

On senior portrait day, Lifetouch photographers will collect a sitting fee for each senior who plans to order photos.  Sitting fees will vary depending on the package you choose.  Make all checks payable to Lifetouch.  In approximately three weeks after portrait day, you will receive proofs in the mail.  Use those proofs to order through the mail or online at www.prestigeportraits.com.  Remember - all seniors will be photographed for the yearbook even if they are not ordering a package!

NO PORTRAIT MAKE-UP DAY AT GWCS:    

There is not an in-school makeup day for senior portraits.  If you are absent, contact Lifetouch directly at 800-445-1191 or send an email to answers@lifetouch.com to schedule a makeup session at one of their studios. 

STUDENT ID photos on nov 5TH:

NOTE:  Seniors who would like to have a GWCS Student ID card should have their photo taken on Thursday, November 5th on underclassmen photo day.  The School ID is free of charge and provides students with various retail discounts.  This ID is especially handy for seniors who do not yet have their driver's license.

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GWCS CLASS RINGS...

ORDERS DUE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

BALFOUR CLASS RING ORDERS:

All juniors will receive a class ring order packet next week.  If any freshmen, sophomores, or seniors would like to order a ring this year - please see Mrs. Mauney for an order packet.  Rings can be ordered by students in all grades but most commonly students order rings in their junior year.

A Balfour representative will be at GWCS during lunch on Nov 10 with a display of sample rings.  The representative will be able to answer questions, help with ring sizing, and help with filling out order forms.

If you would like a preview of the types of rings you can order, or want more information go to: http://www.balfour.com/virginia/springfield/gw-community-school/

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Orders can be placed online or using a class ring order form.  A $60.00 deposit must accompany each order.  Make checks payable to Balfour.  The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.  Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Order forms and deposits are due Tuesday, November 10 by the end of lunch.  Turn in order forms directly to the Balfour representative.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES...

COMPLETE THE CIRCLE FOODRAISER

NON-PERISHABLE ADVISORY COMPETITION

GWCS advisory competition
non-perishable goods COLLECTION DATES:
October 26 – November 6, 2015

GWCS advisories are having a competition to see which advisory can bring in the most non-perishable goods!  Advisories will collect donations for two weeks:  Monday, October 26 through the end of school on Friday, November 6th.  The non-perishables we collect will be donated to Our Daily Bread and LCAC.  The winning advisory receives an advisory luncheon! See detailed lists below of appropriate donations.

ART FOR THE SKY PHOTO: 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL
3501 REBEL RUN, FAIRFAX, VA
REGISTER:  $5 FOR T-SHIRT

GWCS families are invited to participate in 'Complete the Circle' community service event on Sunday, November 8, 2015.   Any students who would like to participate in the Complete the Circle 'Art for the Sky' photo on November 8th must register as an individual or as a family while there is still space:    https://www.odbfairfax.org/CompleteTheCircle

Information Article

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS FOR LCAC PANTRY INCLUDE:

  • Beans (canned or dried)
  • Soup (cans or cartons)
  • Canned fruit
  • Spaghetti Sauce (NO GLASS JARS)
  • Rice
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Individually wrapped snacks/crackers
  • Canned meats
  • Canned Chef Boyardee
  • Pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly (NO GLASS JARS)

ITEMS REQUESTED FOR OUR DAILY BREAD'S PANTRY INCLUDE:

  • $25, $50, & $100 food gift cards
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Baby Wipes
  • Soap
  • Deodorant

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

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GWCS RMH dates for 2015-2016 school year.

GWCS RMH dates for 2015-2016 school year.

Each month, a GWCS parent volunteer and a few GWCS students help the Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House create a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children admitted at the Fairfax INOVA Hospital. Students cook dinner for families who live too far away from the hospital to return home each night.   If you are interested in participating in this fun and rewarding community service opportunity - sign-up on the whiteboard in the cafe next to the school store door.  Space is very limited so sign-up today!  Questions?  Contact parent volunteer Ann Marie Ternullo.

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UPCOMING TRIPS...

WHAT:   JUNIOR CLASS TRIP
WHERE: GETTYSBURG, PA
WHEN:   NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015
WHO:    GWCS JUNIORS


WHAT:   SHAKESPEARE FALL TRIP
WHERE: STAUNTON, VA
WHEN:   NOVEMBER 13-15, 2015
WHO:    GWCS STUDENTS WHO SIGN-UP

WHAT:   MIT SPLASH
WHERE: BOSTON, MA
WHEN:   NOVEMBER 20-23, 2015
WHO:    GWCS STUDENTS WHO SIGN-UP

WHAT:   EF TOURS TRIP
WHERE: COSTA RICA
WHEN:   MARCH 21-28, 2016
WHO:    GWCS STUDENTS WHO SIGN-UP

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FUTURE EVENTS...

GWCS CALENDAR

BASKETBALL CALENDAR
 

Oct 29 - SGA Pumpkin Carving
Oct 30 - Last Day of 1st Quarter
Oct 30 - SGA School Day Party & After School Halloween Movie
Nov 2 & 3 - No School: Student Holiday / Teacher Workdays
Nov 5 - Underclassmen School Photos by Lifetouch - No Gym for underclassmen!
Nov 6 & 7 - Junior Gettysburg Trip
Nov 8 - Our Daily Bread Community Service Event
Nov 9 - Senior Portraits by Lifetouch - No Gym for seniors!
Nov 10 - Class Ring Orders Due -
Nov 13 - 15 - Fall Shakespeare Trip to Staunton, VA
Nov 13-15 - PAC Paint Weekend
Nov 16 - 20:  School Spirit Week
Nov 20:  Homecoming Basketball Game & Party
Nov 20 - 22:  MIT Splash Trip to Boston
Nov 21:  Robotics Scrimmage at Flint Hill School
Nov 23:  Add/Drop Deadline for 2nd Quarter
Nov 24:  Heritage Feast & Early Dismissal
Nov 25 - 27:  No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
SIGN-UP FOR ACTIVITIES:  GWCS CoyoteWeb Activity Sessions (not operational yet)
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

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