Week of October 19, 2020
Important Information

Upcoming Color Calendar for the week of October 19-23

Monday: Yellow Day
Tuesday: Green Day
Wednesday: Green Day
Thursday: Blue Day
Friday: Blue Day

*Individual classroom specials schedules will be shared by teachers

Student Lunches
A la carte items will be available to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for purchase beginning Tuesday, October 20th.  These items include chips (Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos and Salt/Vinegar), assortment of ice cream treats and fruit snacks). 

We would like to encourage all students who enjoy packing a lunch, to please only use a disposable lunch container such as a brown bag to help reduce the items that students use and need sanitized.   
School Fees
School fees have been applied to your student’s PowerSchool account. Fees this year are $70.50 for all 1st and 2nd graders. Fees for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are $73.50. These student fees are for Technology Insurance, Technology Licenses and Everyday Math workbooks. A check can be sent to Gilles-Sweet (made out to Fairview Park City Schools) for your students school fees. They can also be paid online through the PayForIt Program link on www.fairviewparkschools.org or at www.PayForIt.net. Cash cannot be accepted. Please call the school office at 440.356.3525 with questions.
Indoor Recess
As the fall weather arrives, so do rainy days.  Typically, students spend recess indoors in their classrooms playing a variety of board games.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide these games to students due to the close proximity to other students to play as well as sharing game pieces.  

Please consider sending a gallon size ziplock bag with individual items for your child to play with during indoor recess such as legos, rubik cube, puzzle, playing cards, etc.

State of Ohio 3rd Grade Achievement Assessments
State achievement tests tell us how well our students are growing in the knowledge and skills outlined in Ohio’s Learning Standards. These tests help guide and strengthen future teaching so we can be sure that we are preparing our students for long-term success in school, college, careers, and life. Test results also allow citizens to know how their local schools are performing compared to others around the state. Testing time is here again. By helping your child become physically and mentally prepared, you are helping them lower any feelings of test anxiety. Test anxiety is a very common experience; however, with some preparation, it can be reduced and improve their performance.  

Please help your son/daughter prepare by:

  • Getting an adequate night’s sleep (8-10 hours) 
  • Wake up on time to avoid rushing and arrive to school on time
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Reminding them to listen closely to all directions and read directions carefully
  • Answer questions they know first, and come back to the harder questions later 
  • Arriving to school with a fully charged iPad and the charging cord.

When your child feels confident in their test taking skills, they will have less text anxiety and be able to focus on doing their best and showing what they have learned. The testing schedule is as follows: 
InfoSnap & Emergency Contact Information Update
The Fairview Park City School District uses InfoSnap (accessed through PowerSchool), an online registration program for both new and returning students. Please know that our online registration process for returning students replaces our yearly back-to-school-forms, such as: Emergency Medical Form, Blanket Field Trip Form, Handbook Certification Form, etc. InfoSnap will require parents to download the student handbook, review with your child, and sign off electronically that you understand our school policies. Directions on InfoSnap forms/registration were e-mailed to you when the PowerSchool parent portal opened.
Quick Links
Tech Support: support@fairview.k12.oh.us
Free or reduced meals application (deadline to apply is October 1 or status will revert to full-pay.)
If your child is having trouble logging into Seesaw, please refer to this document with step-by-step instructions to sign in. If you or your child continue to have trouble after following the instructions, please email support@fairview.k12.oh.us and our Tech Support team will assist you.
Mental Health Resources Highlighted by OhioGuidestone
Under the leadership of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, OhioMHAS has ramped up state efforts to increase access to mental health and addiction services and promote helpful resources throughout the pandemic and is approaching the issue of social isolation from multiple angles. Earlier this year, the department established the COVID Careline – 1.800.720.9616 – to help meet the needs of Ohioans struggling with loneliness, isolation and other challenges resulting from the pandemic. OhioMHAS also launched the Strive For Five Challenge, a statewide awareness campaign to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others. 
OhioMHAS and its county partners continue to promote a variety of resources to help young people through these challenging times as well. The Hey I’m Here campaign is a youth-led online community that provides a safe digital space for young people to share their stories, offer encouragement to one-anther, and help peers find mental health resources. Meanwhile, the Be Present Ohio website offers resources for teens and young adults to learn how they can care for their mental health in stressful times, and it provides them with tips for talking to close friends, siblings and classmates who may be struggling emotionally. 
Gilles-Sweet PTA
The PTA has been hard at work trying to plan COVID-style events for this school year.  

We would like to thank everyone who has joined the PTA so far!

Now time for the membership raffles!
Our membership drive contest will run through October 30th - we will choose 5 lucky students, 2 members and 1 staff member to win gift cards on Friday October 23rd AND Friday October 24th. But, you need to have joined the GSPTA for the 20-21 school year in order to be entered into the raffle. 

We are using a site called Member Hub for our membership sign ups this year. The link to join is below. Please reach out to Maureen McDonald (moegroves716@yahoo.com) if you have any questions regarding membership or the PTA.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday November 4th at 7pm. We will send out a zoom link for the meeting closer to the meeting date.

Thank you for all of your support of the Gilles Sweet PTA! MemberHub
2020 Levy Information
To keep our schools strong and moving forward, the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education voted to place a 7.9-mill continuing operating levy on the ballot this November. This is the district's first request for new operating funds in 14 years. 

Click here to learn about the impact on elementary student programs and services should Issue 72 not pass. 
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Homework Help
Is Someone You Know Looking for Homework Help?
Cleveland Public Library is offering tutoring to give students a boost of confidence and help them succeed in school. FREE virtual tutoring is available for students in grades K-12. Sessions will be held Monday - Thursday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Registration is required. Sign up here.  

There’s so much to do and see at Cleveland Public Library. The key to discovery is a library card. Apply for one now to read, explore, and learn.   

For information on our programs and resources, visit here (https://cpl.org/kids-teens/) or call the nearest Cleveland Public Library branch (https://cpl.org/locations/) near you.
Earn Box Tops with Digital Receipts!
The Box Tops app is so easy to use. If you are shopping online for groceries or get email receipts, you can still earn Box Tops for Gilles-Sweet.  

1. Download the app on your phone.Box Tops
2. Choose our school: Gilles-Sweet Elementary.
3. Start scanning receipts to earn money for our school!

Gilles-Sweet will still be collecting the old clipped Box Tops that have not expired. Place the Box Tops in a small baggie and send to school with your child. The Box Tops will then be collected from a PTA coordinator who then submits them.  
Gilles-Sweet PTA Trunk or Treat Event
Gilles Sweet PTA – DRIVE THRU – Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 30, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm

Gilles Sweet PTA is sponsoring a DRIVE THRU- Trunk or Treat event for the Students of Gilles Sweet Elementary School in the parking lot at Gilles Sweet Elementary.

We are looking for parents, families, businesses, and community members to help make this event a success by decorating your vehicle and handing out treats. 

There will be contest for the best decorated vehicle!

Registered vehicles will need to arrive at 5:30pm and must remain parked until the end of the event. Masks must be worn by all participants. Costume masks may be worn in conjunction with protective face masks. Treats must be distributed without direct contact. You may not use a "community bowl" for each child to grab out of. You can simply put the treats lined up on a table for the kids to grab. Or you can get creative and use a slide, a ramp, a candy tube or something else. There are lots of great ideas on the internet!  

Gilles Sweet students we are asking families to adhere to the schedule below when driving- thru to control the traffic and decrease wait times. All students must stay in the vehicle they arrive in.

1st and 2nd Graders Drive Thru between 6:30pm-7:10pm
3rd and 4th Graders Drive Thru between 7:15pm-7:55pm
5th graders Drive Thru between 8:00pm-8:30pm

Any questions please contact Laura Herman at lapeculis@yahoo.com