IMPORTANT DATES
 
DECEMBER  2018
Dec 17 - Dec 21 - Spirit Week

Dec 24- Jan 4  - Winter break
IMPORTANT DATES
JANUARY  2019
Jan 7 - School resumes

Jan 21 -  No school/ MLK Day

Jan 25 - No school- Grade reporting

Jan 28 - Beginning of 2nd semester 

Gazette en Español

IMPORTANT DATES
 
FEBRUARY  2019
Feb 5- GEPTO meeting 6:00-7:30 pm LMC

Feb 8 - No school/ staff PD Day

Feb 15 - Winter Festival 6:00-8:00 pm

Feb 21- 4th + 5th Battle of the Books 2:45-3:15 pm
QUICK LINKS

Dismissal Times:
Mondays at 1:55 p.m. and 
T-F at 3:27 p.m.  

Important Numbers

Gompers Office - 204-4520
Health Office - 204-4383
Badger Bus - 298-5471
For Spanish (Angie) - 204-4554

"Save the Date"
Family Academic Success Nights:  
Love Your Literacy Night - Thursday, March 7
Garden Bonanza Night - TBA
Dear Gompers Families,

We are excitedly anticipating Winter Break with two days remaining.  I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable time with your loved ones.  

When we return from break, we will be busy preparing for our mid-year assessments to see what our students have learned to this point in the year.  We look forward to seeing all the progress our students have made! 

Also, as we reach the end of first semester, with report cards coming home for you to review your child(ren)'s progress. Do not hesitate to be in touch with teachers if you have any questions. We consider our report cards an important tool as we communicate with you regarding your students' progress. 

Happy New Year! Looking forward to working with all of you in 2019.

Kindly, 
Jackie Smith
Principal
GOMPERS SAFE ARRIVAL
Parents Please Read
Safe Arrival Phone Number: 204-4522
Please call this number by 8:30am when your child will be absent or tardy.

Parents - please remember: The best way to ensure that your child is correctly marked for an absence is to call the Safe Arrival phone number directly. Other messages and notes may not be relayed to the correct person for record keeping. Thank you!

Use our online form to report your child absent from school. You are welcome to continue using our Safe Arrival / Attendance Line phone number if you'd prefer. The online form is simply an additional option for attendance reporting. LEARN MORE

WINTER GUIDELINES

It's cold outside!
  • Grades K-5 are required to have snow pants/double pants and boots to play in the snow. 
  • Students must also wear coats, hats and gloves/mittens.
  • No throwing snow, snowballs or ice chunks.  Students are not to slide on ice.

VISITOR INFORMATION

All visitors to Gompers Elementary School must enter through the main door by the office.  Doors on the playground and exterior of the school will be used for students and staff only to ensure we are keeping everyone safe.  

Visitors must sign the log in the office and have a visible visitor sticker on at all times.  If family members are planning on visiting for more than a moment, they should have a previously scheduled appointment with the teacher.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Smith.  
 NEWS FROM THE NURSES' OFFICE
Flu Facts

What is influenza?
Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose and throat. Influenza is a serious illness that leads to approximately 20,000 hospitalizations, most in children younger than 5 years of age, and an average of 100 pediatric deaths in children less than 18 years old, nearly half of whom were previously healthy. Anyone can get influenza, but infection rates are highest among children (~20-30% annually). Influenza is not the same as the "stomach flu," which is a viral infection of the stomach and intestines that will typically goes away on its own within a few days.
 
How is influenza spread?
Influenza is spread easily from person to person; when someone who has it sneezes, coughs or even talks, the virus passes into the air and can be breathed in by anyone nearby. People can also become infected by touching something-such as a surface or object-with influenza virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
 
What are the symptoms of influenza?
Influenza can come on very suddenly and usually includes a high fever with fatigue, aches, headache, cough, sore throat, a runny nose, and muscle pain. Children may have additional symptoms such as ear aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
 
How can individuals prevent getting influenza?
Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza. The vaccine is safe and effective, and is given to tens of millions of individuals each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-pronged approach: influenza vaccination, use of antiviral medications for treatment or prevention, and use of other measures to decrease the spread of influenza, including hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and staying home from work and school when ill.

VISITOR INFORMATION
MESSAGE FROM OUR CROSSING GUARDS

Safety Notes 
Thank you students, faculty and families! Students crossing the streets to
and from school  do a great job at remembering to stop at the red line on the sidewa lk. They wait for the Crossing Guard to stop traffic, give the "all clear" and then cross the street.  Thank you also to the parents and staff who remember to do this. You are being great role models of s afety for your child or children. 
 
Drivers are reminded that state law requires all vehicles to come a complete stop at least 10 feet from the crosswalk when a Crossing Guard is entering or is in the crosswalk. The vehicle should remain completely stopped until all pedestrians, including the Crossing Guard,
are safely back on the curb.  Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe! 

GEPTO OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019
President - Amanda Kruse
Vice President - Jen Klutterman
Treasurer - Mike Kruse
Secretary - Vacancy
Community Outreach Coordinator - Lynnea Nielsen
Communications Coordinator - Kelly Hauser
Creative Consulting and support - Sara Heckman
Box Top Coordinator- Heather Irwin
GEPTO NEWS
News from Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (GEPTO) Family

Next GEPTO Meeting
Please join us for our next GEPTO Meeting on Tuesday, February 5! We will meet from 6:00-7:00 in the Gompers library. Light snacks and childcare for children ages 3 and up will be provided. See you there!

Mark Your Calendar: Winter Festival
Plans are underway for our annual Winter Festival, which will be held on Friday, February 15. The evening will include a Scholastic Book Fair, Silent Auction, music, games and crafts. Watch for messages from us once we're back from winter break: to make this event a success, we will need volunteers and donations for Silent Auction baskets.

Restaurant Nights and Buy It Now! Table Recap
Thank you to everyone who participated in restaurant fundraisers this fall! The Culver's Night in September raised $420 and the December Benvenuto's Night netted (total). The funds from these events will support GEPTO's initiatives. We also appreciate the generosity of families who purchased items from the Buy It Now! table at parent-teacher conferences. Teachers were grateful for the snacks, cleaning supplies, and classroom items.

Student T-Shirt Contest
Congratulations to fourth-grader Musa for creating the winning t-shirt  design! It has been printed on t-shirts for all Gompers students and staff, and the t-shirts will be distributed before winter break.

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Thinking about holiday shopping? If you shop on Amazon, please select GEPTO as your recipient on Amazon Smile. Our nonprofit organization will receive 0.5% of your qualifying purchase!

A Shout-Out for Our Crossing Guards
Crossing Guard Recognition Week is January 14-18 and we appreciate the dedication of George (corner of Comanche and Wheeler), Carrie (corner of Wyoming and Esch), and Tim (corner of Delaware and Esch). GEPTO will provide each crossing guard with a token of our appreciation for all they do to keep our students safe.

Don't Forget to Collect Box Tops!
Our goal for this school year is to raise $1,000 by collecting Box Tops for Education. Be sure to keep clipping and sending them in with your student. Box Tops can be found on cereal, snacks, and yogurt; click here to view a complete list of products with Box Tops.

Sharing Information with You!
GEPTO shares information with families through flyers in backpack mail, Facebook (you can "Like" us at Gompers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization), and this email newsletter.  If you prefer not to receive these emails in the future, please send a message to Kelly Hauser, GEPTO Communications Coordinator, at kelly@gomperspto.org.
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