LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: December 3 - 11, 2016

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The Student of the Week this week is GABRIELLA HOLTERMANN for demonstrating the GWCS values of SERVICE!

Gabby has taken every opportunity to help out her community during the past week and shows no sign of slowing down. She has attended every basketball game and has taken the lead in every possible situation. When the team needed someone to run the clock, Gabby stepped up. When the team needed someone to learn the book and travel to Georgetown to manage a game, Gabby stepped up.  

Gabby is always the first kid to help out. She loads the van before every game and makes sure nothing is left behind. She navigated our way down to Lab School and never leaves the gym until everything is cleaned up and put back in the right spot.  As a player Gabby is focused, supportive and always at the top of her game. She has logged many hours of extracurricular activity over the last two weeks and has done it with a thank you and a smile.

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 3, 2016

  • Robotics - Central Virginia Qualifying Tournament with Mr. Lindner at Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, VA (map)
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm (rehearsal schedule)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016

  • Add/Drop Deadline for 2nd Quarter
  • My Three Angels play tickets for sale all week (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram orders taken all week (info)
  • Holiday Shop Donations collected all week (info)
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Chariots of Fire
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm (rehearsal schedule)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016

  • My Three Angels play tickets for sale all week (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram orders taken all week (info)
  • Holiday Shop Donations collected all week (info)
  • So You're Turning 18 - Special talk for GWCS seniors at Kings Park Library from 2:00 pm - 3:00 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
  • Boys JV Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Field School (Away) 4:00 pm tip-off (map)
  • Girls V Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Field School (Away) 5:30 pm tip-off (map)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016

  • My Three Angels play tickets for sale all week (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram orders taken all week (info)
  • Holiday Shop Donations collected all week (info)
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm (rehearsal schedule)
  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

  • My Three Angels play tickets for sale all week (info)
  • Candy Cane Gram orders taken all week (info)
  • Holiday Shop Donations collected all week (info)
  • Coffee Break for parents with Ms. Warden from 8:15 am - 9:00 am at the Swiss Bakery (map)
  • Staff Meeting from 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:00 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
  • Boys V Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Accotink(Home) 4:00 pm tip-off (map)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 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 orders taken all week (info)
  • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm (rehearsal schedule)
  • Improv Elective with Dr. Garon from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Boys V Basketball Game:  GWCS vs. Cornerstone (Away) 4:00 pm tip-off (map) **recent change**

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!  Mark you calendar today and plan to bring the whole family out and cheer for our Coyotes!
  • Possible Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie TBD 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016

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GWCS THEATRE PRESENTS... 

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My Three Angels

Performances:

  • Wednesday, December 14th from 7pm - 9pm
  • Thursday, December 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.  Limited availability!

PROPS:

Do you have any household items from the 1900s or that at least look like that time period?   Please take a moment to browse the long list of props needed and see if there's anything you could lend us!  If at all possible, we need props to be delivered by Monday, December 5th.  
 

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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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA...

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 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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HELP STOCK
THE HOLIDAY SHOP...

“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 12th.  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.   Last chance to donate is 9:00 am Friday, December 9th!   

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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GWCS 4TH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION

This year's online auction will run from February 21st through March 2nd, and we are soliciting donations now! 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" donated from within our community: vacation houses, cultural dinners, parties for students or parents, cooking lessons, beer tastings, wine parties, Ladies Night Out parties, etc.  We also accept donations from local businesses. If you have a contact at a local business, please consider asking them for a donation.   

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 Deidre 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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BASKETBALL MANAGERS NEEDED...


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:  Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball Game
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 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



 

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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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