Next Week at GWCS:
May 21 - 30, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is JOEY KELLEY for demonstrating the GWCS value of KINDNESS

Everyday acts of kindness can be hard to quantify, but Joey consistently interacts with everyone in the GWCS Community with positivity and thoughtfulness. In class, he is always willing to help others. His inclusive and open spirit help makes our school a better place. He even helped carry an injured student up the stairs during our most recent fire drill. 

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, MAY 21, 2016

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

  • Senior Beach Week departure from GWCS at 9:30 am
  • Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Reston with Mr. Connelly from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (info)

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

  • Seniors at the beach!
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $50 (price will keep going up, get your tix today) 

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

  • Seniors at the beach!
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $50 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Hot Dog Lunch by Mr. F's advisory, every Tuesday for the rest of the school year!
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Flags for our Fathers

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016

  • Seniors at the beach!
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $50 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Improv/Theatre with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Chess Club with Mr. Hickman from 2:40 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Anime Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

  • Seniors return from the beach!
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $50 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm:  Letters from Iwo Jima

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016

  • CERT community service opportunity for CERT Trained Team from 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • GWCS Facilities Work Weekend - Available to help?  Contact Melissa Morgan at 

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016

MONDAY, MAY 30, 201

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS WALK...

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

GWCS students and families are cordially invited to join the GWCS team at the annual Reston Great Strides 5K Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 pm (check in opens at 1:30 pm) at Brown's Chapel Park off Baron Cameron Ave, across from Lake Anne. The walk is less than three miles and is a lot of fun. After the walk, there is food and hang-out time.

This may be the last major community service opportunity of the year and a great cause. If you do not have your hours, it is imperative that you go. You will receive three hours for yourself and three additional hours for each friend or family member you bring along.  

We realize that May 22 is the first day of the Senior Beach Trip, so we will be offering a beach trip CF Walk alternative. Seniors will still need to register on "Team GWCS Coyotes", but can walk at the beach with Ms. Warden in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

Thank you and I hope to see you there,

Mr. Connelly
connellytp@gwcommunityschool.com

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PAC FACILITIES WORK WEEKEND...

Do you paint?  Move furniture?  Cut fabric or know how to handle a staple gun?  If so, GREAT – we need you!  If not, GREAT! – we can teach you J

The plan is this - let’s get the school spruced up before the seniors leave, and have this all done and ready for next year’s students!  

We need:

  • Using a template, cut out 20ish pieces of easy clean leatherette for the chairs
  • Using a screwdriver and staple-gun, cover the cushions
  • Using your brute strength, move objects away from the walls and cover things with drop cloths
  • Using typical paint equipment, paint the remaining few classrooms and offices.

Date For Chairs – make your own schedule, or bring the bolt of fabric home to cut and return for others to install

Dates For Painting - 1st opportunity:  Memorial Weekend - Friday, May 27ththrough Monday, May 30th.   If too many people are not available, we’ll finish up the weekend of June 4th (Saturday afternoon prep), June 5th (paint)

If we STILL aren’t finished, we’ll wrap up the weekend of June 10 (Friday) through June 12th

Do you need to be inspired?  Take a look at the chairs already completed in the Café, or the common areas and the classrooms that were painted during the previous paint weekends.  The school is really looking good!

Questions?  Contact Melissa Morgan, Facilities Chair at pac-facilities@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.   PAC Paw Prints is a section of the weekly newsletter where you can catch-up on all PAC related news and events.

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PAC #1)  GRADUATION MEMORY BOARD PARTY

(WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST, @ 6:30 PM)

The first memory board party at GWCS on Monday, May 9th, was a success, with seniors and their parents enjoying sharing pictures and memories together.  A second party will be held at GWCS on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 pm. Here's your chance seniors and parents to get everything done and have fun while doing it!  

Looking forward to seeing you on June 1st!

Kathleen Easley
R.S.V.P.:  kaseasley@icloud.com

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PAC #2)  STUDENT LOUNGE APPLE BOWL & FINALS SNACKS

Thank you for contributing to the Student Lounge Apple Bowl. It has been a success.

For the end of the school year, we have added a list of snack contributions. Particularly for Finals Week! Please take a look at the Apple Bowl link to contribute a treat for the end of the school year.

SIGNUP HERE: STUDENT APPLE BOWL AND FINALS SNACKS

Thank you for keeping the Coyotes spirit and energy up and running with the pack!

Thank You!

Linda Campbell, PAC Volunteer Chair
pac-volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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GREAT GATSBY, ARE YOU READY FOR PROM?

GWCS Prom is an all-school event!  This year's theme is The Great Gatsby.  Here is a sneak peak at some sweet decorations and souvenirs (including coyote etched mason jars!) that will be at Prom.  If you haven't purchased your tickets grab them now, at the school store, before they go up in price ($50 until the 30th).  We plan to have a good time and hopefully see you there!   ~Your Loving SGA

GWCS Prom ~ Saturday, June 4th ~  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm ~ Patriot Hall

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CLASS OF 2016...

IMPORTANT DATES & INFO

GWCS CLASS OF 2016 WEBPAGE
GWCS GRADUATION ACTIVITY PLANNING GUIDE

  • April 6:  Seniors measured for cap and gown
  • April 7:  Order your Graduation Announcements by this date
  • April 21:  Beach Trip Permission Forms due by this date
  • May 9:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS at 6:30 pm
  • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date
  • May 19:  RSVP with total number of guests and submit graduation fee
  • May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • June 1: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS at 6:30 pm
  • June 13:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 13:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 16:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 18:  Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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FINAL EXAMS: WEEK OF JUNE 13 - 17...

 NO GYM.  SCHOOL HOURS ARE DIFFERENT.  READ CAREFULLY!

Click image above for detailed finals schedule.

Click image above for detailed finals schedule.


END OF THE YEAR BBQ...

Every year, GWCS celebrates the end-of-the-school-year with a big BBQ party and a Teachers vs. Students basketball game.  The BBQ part of this tradition depends on community contributions with the highlight always being Mr. Lindner's famous, secret recipe, "Lindner Burgers"!  Do you have a family BBQ favorite you would like to share or would you rather contribute a package of paper plates?  All contributions are greatly appreciated!  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up to contribute to our end of the year BBQ!  (Note - we also need help with clean-up, scroll to the bottom of the sign-up doc.)

  • What:  End-of-the-School-Year Celebration BBQ
  • Date:  Friday, June 17, 2016
  • Time:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location:  Kings Park Park, 8717 Trafalgar Ct, Springfield, VA 22151 (map)
  • Who:  Everybody!  Students, teachers, parents & siblings, all are welcome!
  • Contribute:  Click Here to sign-up to contribute to the BBQ
  • Rain:  If it is still raining on June 17th - we will still have the BBQ but it will be moved into the school and we will only have room for students and teachers.

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ORDER YOU GWCS YEARBOOK...

Mr. Connelly, Mr. Kochel and the Yearbook class have been working hard all year to create the best-ever GWCS yearbook.  You don’t want to miss out on this one!

To Order Your Yearbook:

  • Complete the yearbook order form (click here)
  • Make check payable to GWCS
  • Place order form and check in the collection basket on Ms. Mauney’s desk
  • Order by June 17th and save twenty-bucks!

To Pick-up Your Yearbook:

GWCS has an annual yearbook party in the summer where everyone comes to school to pick-up their yearbook, enjoy a summer BBQ, sign each other’s yearbooks and just hangout.  Waiting for an August yearbook delivery allows us to include photos all the way up through graduation.  Mark your calendars…

  • Yearbook BBQ & Signing Party
  • Friday, August 12, 2016
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Note:  The yearbook party is followed by a movie marathon from 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm!  You will receive the entire summer events schedule soon!

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FUTURE EVENTS...

May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
May 27:  OBX - Understanding Nutrional Needs of Exotic Animals at the Reston Zoo
May 30:  No School - Memorial Day
June 1:  Softball Game
June 1:  Senior Memory Board Party
June 3:  OBX:  Fountainhead Canoe Trip & Naturalist Tour
June 4:  SAT/Subject Tests
June 4:  Prom at The Patriot Hall
June 10:  OBX - College Life at University of Mary Washington
June 13 - 17:  Final Exam Week (schedule)
June 13:  Senior Speeches Due (info)
June 13:  Senior Memory Boards Due (info)
June 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Decision
June 16:  Graduation Rehearsal for seniors and all underclassmen quilt givers
June 17:  Last Day of School / Last Day of Fourth Quarter
June 17:  End of the Year BBQ (contribute)
June 18:  GWCS Graduation
June 20-24:  GWCS Staff Inservice Week

SUMMER!  Looking for Summer classes and camps?  We have lots and lots of links on the GWCS Summer Page 

July 11 - Aug 5:  SUMMER COVE CAMPS for middle school students held at GWCS!  One week / half-day sessions - 32 different classes!  [OPEN HOUSE - May 21st from 2pm - 7pm]


RECENT EVENT BLURBS & PHOTOS...

Click image above to see recent event blurbs and lots of photos including:  XSTEM Symposium, Coffeehouse #2 and Event Night!

Click image above to see recent event blurbs and lots of photos including:  XSTEM Symposium, Coffeehouse #2 and Event Night!


LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR...

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Wondering when the first day of school is next year or when you should plan your spring break vacation for next year?  Maybe you're hoping to go on the Staunton Shakespeare Trip or the MIT Splash Trip and want to add the dates to your calendar now?  Next year's school year schedule is available on the GWCS online calendar as well as on a one-page at-a-glance calendar, both are linked below.  (Events and dates are subject to change - although unlikely.)

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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
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
 

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