Week of April 12, 2021
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of April 12-16
Leukemia and Lymphoma Hero Squad Fundraiser

Dear Families,

Every hero needs a squad!  We are excited to announce that our school has officially kicked off the Hero Squad program today!  Your child will be receiving collection information that explains the program and the exciting Hero Gear that can be earned!  
Join our Squad by working together with your child by visiting https://events.lls.org/pages/noh/Gilles-Sweet-Elementary-School-2020-2021 and select “Join Your Classroom Team” and start getting support from friends and family from all over. 

By raising money, students will earn fun Hero Gear at various fundraising levels.  Parents and guardians!  You can even link your child’s fundraising page to Facebook - this is the coolest way parents and guardians can support your student’s fundraising efforts!  
To learn more about what joining the Hero Squad means, check out this super cool virtual assembly. Heroes don’t always wear capes. By participating in the Hero Squad, families can easily show the community that you have done your part to help others and work to beat cancer!  Visit HeroSquad.org to get started today!
Drive Thru Pancake Breakfast at Gilles-Sweet
Sunday, May 2nd from 8:00 - 11:00 AM the Derby Dash committee will host a drive thru pancake breakfast for students, families, and the community.  Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, butter, and syrup and will be served out of the back of the school (loading dock).  The cost of the breakfast is $5 per person.  Order forms will be sent home this week.

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Ohio State Tests

Ohio 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:
Warriors of the Week
1st Grade - Sarah F.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Lamb

Sarah has made outstanding progress both academically and socially this year! She always puts forth her best effort in all that she does. She is kind, helpful, hardworking and funny! She displays Warrior Pride Expectation regularly and is an outstanding role model to her peers. Keep up the GREAT work Sarah!!”
2nd Grade - Sophia A.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Stevens

Sophia shows Warrior Pride by putting time and effort into all of her assignments, especially her writing. She is enthusiastic about her learning and always has a big smile and kind words for her classmates.”
3rd Grade - Sam A.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Keitlen

Sam is our Warrior of the Week. Sam always has a positive energy and excitement about everything! His energy is contagious. He has an energy and excitement about what we are learning and doing in the classroom as well as what he is involved in outside the classroom. He is always actively participating and doing his best! Sam works hard and is willing to put in the effort even when something is not easy. I am impressed with his work effort and desire to do well and succeed! I can’t wait to see what else Sam does!”
4th Grade - Molly F.

Nominating Teacher - Mr. Schulenberg

“Molly is a super-awesome student and a hard worker. She loves a challenge and is not afraid to try new concepts in math and science. Molly is a positive role-model and leader for her peers! She brings a great attitude every day and makes everyone's day better!!”
5th Grade - Seamus S.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Reyna

“Seamus has an all-around great attitude and work ethic. He works hard and participates regularly, oftentimes helping other students. “
Save the Date for the 2021 Derby Dash on Saturday, May 22!
We are excited to provide students, families and the Fairview Park community the opportunity to join us for our annual Derby Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 22, 2021. We are looking for sponsorships to help make this event a success. 

Boys Basketball Camp
*Girls camp information coming soon.
Gilles-Sweet PTA
Gilles Sweet PTA loves their members!

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!
We are looking for substitute support staff. Learn more and apply here.
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.