LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: December 10 - 17, 2016

 

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STUDENTS OF THE WEEK...

Back: Jack, Max, Ben, Brian, Josh, Nick, Mr. Goldie
Front:  Lizzie, Anne and Delia

The Students of the Week this week are THE CAST OF MY THREE ANGELS:  Brian Conner, Josh Clark, Ben Foster, Anne Callaway, Delia O'Grady, Lizzie Weber, Max Ginsberg, Nick O'Neal and Jack Dwyer for demonstrating the GWCS value of INVESTMENT!

These students have worked tirelessly to make GWCS's most ambitious theatrical production ever a reality.  They've been staying after school until late, coming in on the weekends, running their lines in between classes and at lunch and after school. Come out next week, Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th at 7pm to see the result of all their efforts. Seats are reserved and tickets are going fast!

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, DECEMBER 10, 2016

  • Robotics Northern VA Qualifying Tournament with Mr. Lindner at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA (map)  This is the closest-to-home Robotics Tournament of the year!  Bring the whole family to cheer for our Coyotes! (info)
  • Possible Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie TBD 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

  • My Three Angels reserve your seat today (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram orders (info)
  • Holiday Pageant Auditions from 2:35 pm - 3:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Leatherheads
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm (rehearsal schedule)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016

  • Lifetouch underclassmen make-up photos
  • Holiday Shop - LAST DAY to drop off donation (info)
  • My Three Angels reserve your seat today (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram - LAST DAY to submit orders (info)
  • Holiday Pageant Auditions from 2:35 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm (rehearsal schedule)
  • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016

  • Mandatory Internship Meeting for all juniors, in the cafe, from 8:00 am - 9:00 am (no gym!)
  • Recycling Collection with Ms. Mauney from 2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
  • My Three Angels performance from 7:00 pm  9:00 pm (info)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016

  • Staff Meeting from 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
  • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz & Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • My Three Angels performance from 7:00 pm  9:00 pm (info)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

  • Holiday Shop - LAST DAY!  Drop off donations by 9:00 am (info)
  • My Three Angels play tickets for sale all week (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram Distribution by your SGA
  • My Three Angels performance for students
  • Holiday Pageant from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016

  • Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying community service event with Mr. Fedinatz from 8:30 am - 11:30 am-ish (info)
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DECEMBER 19, 2016 - january 2, 2017

  • No School - Winter Break

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TECH TALK THURSDAY...

Last Weekn for Tech Talk Thursday, we asked our students some questions about their technology usage. 41 students responded and here’s what they said:


 ROBOTICS COMPETITION...

Come Join in on the Excitement this Weekend!

This Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

At Battlefield High School
15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169
only 20 miles away!
(map)

This is Your Best Chance This Season,
the Closest Event!

The best time to come is
between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM


GWCS THEATRE PRESENTS... 

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My Three Angels

PERFORMANCES:

  • Wed., Dec. 14th from 7pm - 9pm
  • Thu., Dec. 15th from 7pm - 9pm

"The scene is French Guiana, a region where on Christmas day the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Three convicts are employed as roofers by a family, whose roof is in desperate need of maintenance. On the way from France is an evil-minded cousin, to oust the father of the family from his business, and his cold-blooded nephew, who is jilting the father's daughter for an heiress. The three convicts—two of them murderers, the third a swindler—take the visitors on. All three have warm hearts and are passionate believers in true justice. Possessing every criminal art and penal grace, they set matters right and in doing so redeem themselves as real life angels to the grateful family."

TICKETS:

Order your assigned-seat tickets today.  Very Limited availability!  

$15.00 in advance / $20 at the door - if there are any seats left!

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STAGE CREW - WE NEED YOU: 

Following are brief descriptions of the behind-the-scenes help needed to pull off the Theatre production of "My Three Angels".  Email Mr. Goldie at goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com by 3pm Wednesday, December 7th if you are interested.  Attendance at a few rehearsals may be required depending on the position.

  1. Stage Manager - be Mr. Goldie's assistant/gofer/sanity keeper/bff
  2. Costume Coordinator - assist actors with costumes and make sure costume items are at the appropriate stage location before each act.
  3. Makeup Artist - arrive by 6:00 pm Wed & Thu to assist actors before productions with makeup and hair as needed
  4. Head of Props - arrive by 6:00 pm Wed & Thu to organize props at various entrance points
  5. Ticket Collector - arrive by 6:30 pm Wed & Thu to collect/sell tickets before show
  6. Usher - arrive by 6:30 pm Wed & Thu to help people find their assigned seat and hand out programs.

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HELP STOCK
THE HOLIDAY SHOP...

Last chance to donate is 9:00 am Tuesday, December 13th!   

“Last year a couple of the seniors helped me bring one of many loads of gently used items to the Accotink Holiday Store. We encountered a young student working there who thanked us profusely. He went on to point out all of the things he planned on “buying” for residents of the homeless shelter where he was living. His only concern was being able to give a gift to each person. We all left feeling a little more humble, a little more grateful, and a little regretful that we hadn’t done more. Please find the time to allow a child to give a gift this holiday season.” 

-Ms. Warden

GWCS is collecting donations of NEW or GENTLY USED items for the Accotink Holiday Shop now through December 13th.  Accotink Academy is a private therapeutic day school for students with a variety of learning and emotional disabilities.  Students use points earned for good behavior to "purchase" gifts for family members at the Holiday Store.   Items should be labeled "Holiday Shop" and can be dropped off in front of Ms. Mauney's desk.   

Suggested items: 

  • Body lotions, body mist, perfume, cologne, shower gel, etc.  
  • New clothing and jackets (NO USED CLOTHING)  
  • Any kind of jewelry  
  • Scarves, fun socks, purses, wallets, etc.  
  • Make-up/Hair accessories  
  • Sports gear: Hats, caps, shoes, basketballs, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, etc.  
  • Electronic accessories: Earbuds, headphones, phone cases, USB cables, chargers, etc.  
  • Board games (USED okay if all pieces included)  
  • Children’s books / “Tween” novels (USED okay if in great condition)  
  • Stuffed animals (Must be CLEAN if used)  
  • Arts and crafts / School supplies  
  • Toys for all ages  
  • Picture frames  
  • Candles  
  • Holiday decorations  
  • Wicker baskets, gift bags, bows/ribbons, and wrapping paper  

Julia O'Grady, Coyote PAC Community Service Chair
PAC-Com-Serv@gwcommunityschool.com

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA...

Mr. Fedinatz & Anna ~ December 2015

Mr. Fedinatz & Anna ~ December 2015

COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17,2016

8:30 AM - APPROXIMATELY 11:30 AM

It is that time of year again to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. As the Wreaths Across America website states, this is a chance to remember our fallen veterans and honor those who have served our country. Participating students will earn community service hours for each hour  at Arlington Cemetery as well as an additional hour for each family member.

DETAILS:

  • Park in the south Pentagon lot. (map)
  • Meet at the service entrance off Columbia Pike at 8:30 am.
  • If you would like to attend the opening remarks you may want to take the metro or park near the main gate of Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Wreath laying commences at 10:00 am. 
  • You can stay as long as you like and make this experience your own.
  • If by chance we do not cross paths just keep track of your hours and email me or I will go around and collect community service hours on Tuesday 3 January when we get back from Winter Break.

I personally encourage every member of our community to show up for this event and remember the sacrifices which our military community makes every day. Feel free to contact me, Shawn Fedinatz at fedinatzgs@gwcommunityschool.com with any questions.

http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/volunteer-at-arlington

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GWCS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE...

The GW Community School Foundation awards scholarships twice a year, first at the beginning of the academic year and second in January for the second half of the school year. The application for the second half of the 2016/17 Academic year is January 5,  2017. Scholarship notification will be sent out by January 31, 2017. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, please go to http://www.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com

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GWCS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND...

DONATE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 

All money raised goes to scholarships for current or prospective GWCS students.  The GW Community School Foundation was established in 2014 and has given out three scholarships so far.  Your donation will help provide many more! 

To donate online, click “Support Us” on the foundation website:  www.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com 

Checks made out to GW Community School Foundation may be dropped off in the "tuition, forms and payment" collection basket on Ms. Mauney's desk in the cafe. 

All donations made to the GW Community School Foundation are tax deductible.  All donors will receive a letter verifying their donation and its tax deductible status by the end of the year. We are aiming, as always, for 100% participation. Please consider making a donation of any size! 

Questions? Contact GWCS Fundraising Chair Deiadre Rauch at PAC-Fundraising@gwcommunityschool.com

Thank you for your support! 

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GWCS 4TH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION...

Accepting Auction Items Now!

We are soliciting donations now for this year's online auction, which will run from February 21st through March 2nd. Funds raised will support three specific areas: Technology, Student Activities and Professional Development.  All money raised from the auction will be spent in 2017, so you will see immediate benefits from your donations and purchases. 

Best-selling auction items are "experiences" like vacation houses, cultural dinners, parties for students or parents, cooking lessons, beer tastings, wine parties, Ladies Night Out parties, etc.  If you have a contact at a local business, please consider asking them for a donation.  

Each year we also have baskets with items donated from our community.  We will be collecting donations for the baskets in January, so please keep this list in mind when you're shopping over the holidays or receive anything you'd like to re-gift:
- Wine: bottles of wine and all accessories
- Spa: bath and shower oils, salts, towels, hair wraps, perfume, facial products, spa gift certificates, items for pedicures/manicures
- Baking:  mixes, cookie cutters, cookie sheets, decorating tools and edibles. baking equipment
- "After Dinner":  drinks like cognac, whiskey, Bailey's, chocolates, cigars, humidor, magazines

Check out our 2016 auction to see some of the items donated last year. In 2015-2016 we raised over $18,000.  This year our goal is $19,000.   

Already know what you want to donate?  Fill out the AUCTION DONATION FORM and drop it off with Ms. Mauney at school (label donation "GWCS Auction") or email your form to Deiadre Rauch at PAC-Fundraising@gwcommunityschool.com.   

You can also email Deiadre with any questions, or call her at 571-422-8935.  Thank you! 

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AN APPLE A DAY...

MAKE A HEALTHY SNACK DONATION AND FILL OUR APPLE BOWL FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY.   

SIGN-UP and you'll automatically receive an email reminder two days before you need to bring the apples to school. 

This is a simple (and delicious!) way to volunteer and contribute if you are short on time. 

Thank you,  

Linda Campbell, Coyote PAC Volunteer Chair
PAC-Volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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SGA - CANDY CANE GRAMS...

Your SGA is selling candy cane grams now through December 13th! For just $1.00, you get a candy cane, a personalized note, AND we'll personally deliver it to the person of your choice. Don't feel like spreading holiday cheer to others? Then buy one for yourself instead!  If you're interested, send an email to Megan at meganl@gwcommunityschool.com and let her know who this will be for, and what you would like the personalized note to say. 

Your Loving SGA

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FUTURE EVENTS...

Refer to GWCS online calendar for details.
GWCS Basketball online calendar
GWCS Theatre Rehearsal calendar

Dec 12:  Holiday Pageant Audtions
Dec 13:  Candy Cane Gram Deadline
Dec 13:  Lifetouch make-up photo day (underclassmen)
Dec 13:  Holiday Pageant Auditions
Dec 14:  Theatre Production:  My Three Angels
Dec 15:  Theatre Production:  My Three Angels
Dec 16:  Holiday Pageant
Dec 17:  Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying
Dec 17:  Robotics Shenandoah Qualifying Tournament (tentative)
Dec 19 - Jan 2:  Winter Break
Jan 5: GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline
Jan 6-8:  Robotics - Southwest VA Qualifying Tournament
Jan 14:  Robotics - North Central VA Qualifying Tournament
Jan 16:  No School - Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan 20:  No School - Student Holiday
Jan 24:  PAC Parent's Meeting
Jan 31:  Scholarship Notification

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign-up to Contribute
PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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