LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: February 11 - 17, 2017

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Student of the Week  |  Next Week  |  Auction  |  Belated Thanks  |  Cake Decorating Workshop  |  Robotics Scrimmage  |  Graduation  |  Summer Programs  |  Apples  |  Hexagon Tickets  |  Watershed Cleanup  | Events  |  Links  |


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is BEN FOSTER for demonstrating the GWCS value of EXCELLENCE.

Ben is always willing to help out his fellow students in Computer Science and English classes. During his study hall he actually studies! He wrote Ms. Warden's auction blurbs for her and helped organize the GSA bake sale. In all of his endeavors, he does not settle for second best. 

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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EVENT NIGHT...

Friday, February 10, 2017

  • Read all about it in last week's newsletter (click here)

NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017

  • Event Night pick-up at 8:00 am

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm: Cinderella Man
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Girls Basketball Playoffs:  GWCS vs. Commonwealth (Home) tipoff at 4:00 pm (map)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

  • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Cake Decorating Class with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm (sign up here)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Boys Varsity Basketball ISSAC Playoffs:  GWCS vs. Chelsea (Home) tip off at 4:00 pm (map)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

  • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
  • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Theatre:  Earnest Reading in Goldie's classroom from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

  • Improv with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Anime Club members attending Katsucon 2017 on Friday 2/17 and/or Saturday 2/18 at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor, MD.  Interested?  Contact Ciara O'Brien (This is not a school sanctioned event which simply means there will not be any GWCS staff members attending.)

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BELATED THANKS...

Dear Parents:

It’s been a whirlwind of a new year and too much time has passed since we’ve thanked you! As you know, GW Community School was founded on the unique perspectives of parents, students and teachers striving toward a unity of purpose. It’s so refreshing to see that eighteen years later the spirit is so alive. We had a great turnout for our last PAC Parent meeting! And our PAC committee chairs were so happy to have parents volunteer for graduation committees and donate auction items. The theme of the night seemed to be “It takes a village” and our small village is on its way to achieving some really big goals. At GWCS, graduation is a year-end celebration of how far we have all come and a beautiful and touching send off for our graduating seniors. Again, all are encouraged to attend (and help). You definitely won’t regret it.

Mid-Term Brain Breakfast

Mid-Term Brain Breakfast

Midterm exams are typically a stressful time for high schoolers. But not at GWCS! Thanks so much to our PAC for funding three delicious and nutritious days of breakfasts and snacks that were well-enjoyed by students and staff alike. Thanks also to our wonderful parent volunteers who shopped for and laid out our beautiful spread. Teachers were treated the first day of midterms to their favorite hot or iced drink from Peet’s! So a big Thank You to the Faculty Appreciation committee for that special treat. Happy teachers; happy school! And those words couldn’t have been truer last week.

And a huge thank you to the Facilities Committee who come in like little elves and leave no footprints, but total transformation. Check out our new paint job, Dr. G’s much needed new whiteboard, and Ms. Newton’s new class set up!

Coffee Talk at Peet's, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Coffee Talk at Peet's, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

At GWCS connections are made that last a lifetime. Take advantage of it! Feeling out of the loop? Longing to spend some quality time with some quality people? Have a passion that may not be totally realized in your daily 9-5? Reach out and connect with your PAC! There is truly something for everyone, and we will all benefit from your contributions.

Thank you again for all that you do to make our school the haven that it is.

Best,

Alexa

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GWCS ONLINE AUCTION IS ALMOST HERE...

FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 3, 2017

WE NEED YOUR 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.  

In 2015-2016 we raised over $18,000.  This year our goal is $19,000.   

Already know what you want to donate?  Download and complete the AUCTION DONATION FORM and drop it off with Ms. Mauney at school (label donation "GWCS Auction") or email your form to:

Deiadre Rauch
Coyote PAC Fundraising Chair
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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CLICK HERE to sign up for this event or to see if your child has already signed up!  Limited Space.

CLICK HERE to sign up for this event or to see if your child has already signed up!  Limited Space.


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ROBOTICS SCRIMMAGE AT GWCS...

Open to the Public!

Monday, February 20, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00pm

Wonder what our GWCS Coyote Robotics Teams do?  Think you might be interested?  Want to check out some interesting robots and watch some fun competition?  Next Monday, February 20th, (Presidents Holiday – No School), from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, GW Community School and Coyote Robotics, Inc. will hosts top Virginia robotics teams from around the state to practice and scrimmage on our field in preparation for the FTC Virginia State Championships which takes place on Saturday, February 25th, in Lynchburg, VA.  Drop by for a little while and check out this exciting “sport where everyone can go pro!

Gary Lindner
Coyote Robotics Coach & GWCS Math Teacher
lindnergt@gwcommunityschool.com


CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATION...

SENIOR FAMILIES

  • Count Down to Graduation:  Four Months!
    Please visit the GWCS Senior Webpage often to keep track of important info, forms and dates! 
  • Mid-Year Transcripts will be uploaded to Common App by your assigned GWCS college counselor.  If you have colleges that do not use the Common App but they want to receive your mid-year transcript, remember to provide your GWCS college counselor a stamped addressed envelope and any necessary forms!
  • College Acceptances:  Seniors - remember to send Mrs. Sinichko an email with the name of the colleges where you are accepted and details about any scholarships you were offered.

UNDERGRADUATE FAMILIES

  • A Few Openings Left!  Thank you for your wonderful response in volunteering for Graduation 2017 at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial on June 17, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

    There are still a few key slots we'd love to fill, so if you want to be part of our team (and have a great way to get to know other GWCS families), reach out to:

    Cheryl Massey
    Coyote PAC Graduation Chair
    PAC-Graduation@gwcommunityschool.com

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SUMMER COLLEGE PROGRAMS...

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Interested in getting a taste of college over the summer?

APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING!

SUMMER COLLEGE PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Visit the GWCS Summer Programs webpage for a running list of some fascinating opportunities for high school students!

If you have participated in a summer college program in the past and you feel it should be added to our list, please send an email with the college name and a link.

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CRUNCH & MUNCH...

The Student Lounge Apple Bowl has been such a hit that we are adding granola bars to the mix. 

SIGN UP today to provide apples or granola bars and you will automatically receive an email reminder two days before your scheduled date. 

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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THIRTEENTH ANNUAL GWCS HEXAGON EXTRAVAGANZA...

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - GRAB YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Join Mr. Goldie for an evening of laughter!

WHAT:  Hexagon is a nonprofit organization composed of people whose purpose is to create and stage an original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue each year, both to have fun entertaining and to raise money for local charities. 

WHEN:  Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm  (Theatre at 8:00 pm)

WHERE: Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW,  Washington DC 20016  (map)

COST:  Dinner + Ticket + Ride + Fun = $50.  This is a 'first come, first served' event (limited number of seats). If you like political, musical, satirical theatre then bring a fifty dollar check (per person) to school made out to GWCS.

DRESS: semi casual (no jeans, no tennis shoes, no t-shirts) 

THE PLAN:   We will leave after school at approximately 4:30 pm, drive downtown, eat dinner together (at Guapo’s on Wisconsin Avenue or something similar), then drive a few blocks to the theatre which begins at 8:00 pm. We should be back at the school around 10:45 pm.  

INFO:  http://www.hexagon.org/

QUESTIONS?  Email Mr. Goldie: goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com

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SAVE THE DATE: Spring Watershed Cleanup...

April 1, 2017 (NO FOOLIN'!)

Two locations to choose from:

  1. Riverbend Park in Great Falls, VA with Ms. Warden
  2. Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA with Ms. Newton

More information and sign-up coming in March!

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

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

Feb 20:  No School - President's Day
Feb 20:  Robotics - Pre-States Scrimmage at GWCS
Feb 21 - March 3:  PAC Silent Auction (info)
Feb 25:  Robotics - Virginia State Championship
Feb 28:  Add/Drop Deadline for 3rd Quarter
Mar 1:  PAC All-Parents Meeting
Mar 3:  Co-Op Data Form Due (all juniors & seniors)
Mar 11:  SAT & Subject Tests Proctored at GWCS
Mar 15:  Last Day to Donate to SGA Live Auction
Mar 17:  SGA St. Patrick's Day Live Auction
Mar 20:  Enrollment Contract for 2017-2018 Due
Mar 22:  Rose's Luxury - Food Chemistry Field Trip
Mar 23:  Coffee House
Mar 24:  No School - Student Holiday

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SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: 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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