Week of December 7, 2020
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of December 7-11

Gilles-Sweet Giving Tree
Gilles-Sweet is collecting hats, mittens, and scarves for Fairview Park residents. There will be a mitten tree in the GS Office for anyone who would like to donate. 
North Pole Experience Drive Thru Event
Gilles Sweet PTA, Parkview PTA and 
Fairview Park Early Childhood PTA sponsoring: 
North Pole Experience Drive Thru Event
Students and Families from Gilles Sweet, Early Education Center and Members of Early Childhood PTA are invited to sign up to drive thru the Gilles Sweet parking lot and enjoy the lights, decorations, music and even a chance to visit with Santa from the safety of your car.  There will be a few vendors handing goodies out to children as they drive by.  

All participants are asked to wear a mask.

Where: Gilles Sweet Back Parking Lot- 4320 W220th
When: Saturday December 19, 2020 - 5:00-7:30 p.m.

*Admission: Canned goods, boxed pasta, peanut butter, 
paper towel, toilet paper.

Questions: email Laura Herman at lapeculis@yahoo.com
or Katie Hess at katiehess83@yahoo.com

*Donations will be given to the Fairview Park Hunger Center and Fairview Park Meals on Wheels

Gilles-Sweet PTA Membership - Have you joined?
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!

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.

Thank you for all of your support of the Gilles Sweet PTA! MemberHub
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. 
News from the Counseling Department
Read the latest edition of the Counselor Advantage newsletter here.
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. 
InfoSnap & Emergency Contact Information Update
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
Hello Fairview Park Families!

December is here and 2020 is coming to an end. With a whirlwind of a year, we want to make sure that teachers, staff and students all continue to consider good mental health and recognize positive coping strategies. The above image is an example of something that can be shared with students (or for yourself and your colleagues!).

Erika's Lighthouse has many materials that can be used virtually and for distance learning as communities continue to adjust to the many changes this year has brought. Along with our classroom programs, we have many resources for staff and Awareness Into Action Activities that can be used to engage students as we enter the winter months.
PTA Reflections
Calling All Student Artists! Get Ready to Create!
The Fairview Park City School District PTA 2020-2021 REFLECTIONS Art Contest and Celebration begins on December 7, 2020!

This year’s theme is I MATTER BECAUSE…
Students can enter original artwork that reflects the theme of I MATTER BECAUSE in the areas of visual arts (painting/drawing, collage, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, etc.), literature (2000 word max), photography (3x5 to 8x10), dance choreography (5 min limit), film production (5 min limit), and musical composition (audio recording or vocal and/or instrumental, 5 min limit).

All grade levels from preschool through 12th grade can submit artwork and students may enter artwork in more than one category.
Official guidelines with submission steps and the contest schedule are available hereComplete the official entry form here and submit artwork electronically (limit file size to 1,000 MB). All artwork and the entry form must be submitted electronically for this round by midnight December 21, 2020 for local judging. Winning artwork will advance to the state-level in January 2021.

For students who would like to participate but have limited access to art supplies, our PTA Council will try to accommodate reasonable art supply requests.

If you have questions about the 2020-2021 REFLECTIONS Art Contest and Celebration or an art supply request due to limited art supply access, please email FPWarriorsReflections@gmail.com.
Fairview Park MS/HS PTA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser 

Fairview Park MS/HS PTA is bringing Krispy Kreme donuts to you!

Start your Winter break with your family and a Krispy Kreme. Donuts will be picked up fresh that morning from the Krispy Kreme store.

Place your order here, pay by Venmo or check (see below) and on Sunday, 12/20 simply pick up your order at the FHS parking lot, 9-11 a.m.

Items available are:
  • Original Glazed $10/dozen
  • Chocolate Iced, Lemon, Raspberry or Kreme filled $12/dozen
  • Coffee, classic or decaf -$9/12 oz. bag

**Orders needed at the end of day December 16th

Payment by Venmo or check
Venmo: @FPPTA

Checks payable to Fairview Park MS/HS PTA:
Nikki Cepek                   Helen Weeber
   4288 W 224th Street                 4385 W 202nd Street