Week of March 1, 2021
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of March 1-5

Important Information!
Dear Parent/Guardian,

On behalf of the staff of Gilles-Sweet Elementary School and the Fairview Park City School District, I am delighted to begin the transition from hybrid learning to all students returning to school each day.  Please use this link to read more about the safety procedures, protocols, and practices developed and implemented during the 2020-2021 school year.  Our goal and commitment continues to be the safety, well-being, and education of our students.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on March 1, 2021.   

Kindly,
Matt Krivak
Principal of Gilles-Sweet
440-356-3525 ext. 2101
Upcoming Dates


March 1: All in!

March 1-5: Read Across America Spirit Week: Scroll down for more info!

March 15: Second staff vaccination day; All Students remote with asynchronous work; (Early Education Center closed)

March 16: Staff vaccination recovery day; All students remote with asynchronous work; (Early Education Center closed)

March 17 and on: All students all in!

April 2-9: Spring Break 
Warriors of the Week
1st Grade - Maeve F.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Koenig

“Maeve is such a hard worker in class and at home. She always tries her best and goes above and beyond completing her work. She has made amazing progress this year and I am so proud of her. She is such a kind friend to everyone in our class! Keep up the awesome work Maeve!”
2nd Grade - Nathan B.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Stevens

“Nathan has done an amazing job with remote learning. He is eager to log into our Google Meets and always has a big smile and kind words for his classmates. He works hard each day during our online lessons and puts extra effort into his daily assignments. Keep up the great work, Nathan!”
3rd Grade - Isaac P.

Nominating Teacher - Miss Dudra

Isaac has gone above and beyond this year. He always has a smile paired with a positive attitude for each challenge I give him! He is a creative problem solver and is always thinking outside of the box. In the classroom Isaac is welcoming and kind to everyone. He is a leader in our classroom community. He is always the first to offer to help and truly makes each friend feel important. Keep up the AWESOME work Isaac, we are proud of you!”
4th Grade - Paige S.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Ponsart

“Paige shows compassion and caring every day! She is kind to all classmates and staff. She always goes the extra bit. She has a smile for everyone. Paige often helps out classmates when they need help on an assignment or cleaning up. She does her work every day to the best of her ability. Way to go Paige!”
5th Grade - Megan M.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Salco

“Megan is an incredibly hard worker who always submits quality work. I am very proud of her positive attitude and ability to persevere even when tasks are demanding. She also displays respect and kindness to all. Way to go, Megan!”
March 1-5 is Read Across America Week! 

We will celebrate that "Reading Is For Everyone" by celebrating reading, books and our life as readers. As a special treat, we have put together 5 themed spirit days to celebrate reading. Each day includes a special dress-up opportunity and 10 FREE Capstone eBooks around each theme. Check out the attached spirit week flyer!
 
Gilles-Sweet Is Awesome Because...

To celebrate Valentine's Day and in Kindness Week, each student was given an opportunity to compliment a classmate on how awesome they are. 
Gilles-Sweet Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be March 10 starting at 8:45 in the morning. 
Retakes will not be in the yearbook this year due to the late scheduling. Students’ original photo that was taken on January 20th or 21st will be in the yearbook. If your Remote Learning student did not come in for a photo on Jan. 20th or 21st their photo will not be in the yearbook. If your student is having their photo taken for the first time this year on March 10th you may still order a Picture Package but the photo will not be in the yearbook.

This online ordering option is available only to students who will have their picture taken on Retake Day and purchasing for the first time.

*If you purchased a photo package on your child's Original Picture Day and would like to replace it with their Retake Portrait, please return the entire photo package of their Day 1 photos when your child comes for their retake picture on Retake Day.

Please call the office at 440.356.3525 ex. 2104 if you have questions. 
 
How to View Comments in PowerSchool Parent Report Card

  • Login to PowerSchool Student & Parent Sign In
  • If you have multiple children in the district, select the name of the child whose information you would like to view in the upper left hand corner. 
  • Select the Standards Grades tab
  • Select the triangle next to the subject you would like to view the standards for. 
  • View each subject with a triangle/arrow next to it. 
  • Please take time to view Characteristics of Successful Learners, as this is where teachers will reflect on students’ progress of their home learning since 3/17.
  • Select any speech bubble you see to view a comment.
  • Please click here for step by step directions with screenshots.  
Gilles-Sweet PTA - Weekly Raffle
Gilles Sweet PTA loves their members!

During the month of February we will be having a member appreciation raffle.

We’ll start each week off right and choose one lucky winner every Monday to win a $25 gift card!

If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late.....

We would like to thank all of our current members - we couldn’t do what we do without all of your help!

Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7pm via zoom.

We will send out the zoom link prior to the meeting.
Save the Date for the 2021 Derby Dash on Saturday, May 22!

Registration information coming soon!
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. 
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. 
Have you Updated InfoSnap and Emergency Contact Information?
If you haven’t updated your contact information and emergency contacts on InfoSnap, please do so. For your student’s safety it is important that Gilles-Sweet have your most current contact information. Log onto your PowerSchool Parent Portal. PowerSchool From there click the tiny box with an arrow in it on the top right corner. Click on Returning Student Registration. You will be asked to type in your student’s birthday before you can begin. Please call the office at 440-356-3525 if you have questions.
Student 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.
Family and Community Engagement
The last few weeks I have been writing articles related to students returning to school... organization, sleep habits, etc. Here is a great resource from the CDC. 

The important items I have taken from this article are:
 
1) Talk to your child about precautions to take at school. Advise to: 
  • Wash and sanitize their hands more often. 
  • Keep physical distance from other students. 
  • Wear a mask. 
  • Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books. 
  • Use hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol.) Make sure you’re using a safe product. FDA recalled products that contain toxic methanol. Monitor how they feel and tell an adult if they are not feeling well.
 
2) Make sure your information is current at school, including emergency contacts and individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school. (Log into your parent portal of PowerSchool scroll down to the bottom of the left hand side, where it says "Returning Student Registration," click and complete).
 
3) Pack multiple masks, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready. (label them)
 
4) Talk with your child about how school is going and about interactions with classmates and teachers. Find out how your child is feeling and communicate that what they may be feeling is normal.
 
5) If you feel your child may need some mental health support, call your child's counselor or myself. We have many options available to provide for your child and family.
 
and most important...

6) You can be a role model for your child by practicing self-care: 
◦ Take breaks
◦ Get plenty of sleep 
◦ Exercise 
◦ Eat well 
◦ Stay socially connected

Please - take a deep breath and know that we are all in this together and are here for each other!

Ms. Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator
Fairview Park City Schoolsp: (440) 356-3500 ext 4117