Week of April 26, 2021
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of April 26-30
Lunch Menu

Monday: Local Takeout - Berry Yogurt & fresh blueberries; whole grain cookie
Tuesday: Italian Meatball Sub
Wednesday: Homestyle Popcorn Chicken Bowl
Thursday: Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
Friday: Walking Taco

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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. Paper Order Form or order and pay through Venmo
Teacher Appreciation Week

Let’s face it. This school year has been weird. But we’re getting through it, in part thanks to our nation’s amazing educators. Take a moment to #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7.

What YOU can do to help:

1) Participate in our Thank You Card Campaign!

Use your own stationery, or, here is a link to the national PTA Teacher Appreciation week page with many downloadable templates, cards and stickers.
 
Have your child bring his/her teacher or staff member the Thank You Card, a special drawing, and/or simple tokens of appreciation during this week. Parents should also consider sending in thank-yous if they feel moved to. A heartfelt “I see your hard work, and appreciate you” goes a long way.
 
2) Sign up to donate items for the lunch we will provide for all teachers and staff that week. PTA will be providing the main meal, but we could use help with sides/chips, cookies, pop, and water. We need all items in by Friday, April 30th. Here is link to sign up.
 
Thanks in advance for making this a “feel good” week for our hard working, dedicated, talented, and devoted teachers and staff!
SUPER POPS CONCERT ON THE FHS LAWN: Saturday, May 8, 2021

This is our annual music department fundraiser and all donations go to support these talented musicians. Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to their performance time. 50/50 Raffle, drinks and some snacks (cash only) will be available for purchase from the Fairview Park Music and Theatre Association on the FHS lawn throughout the day.

We would like to create a community concert feel, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy the day. You are welcome to stay as long as you like. We will be following Covid protocols so we ask that you wear masks and social distance. The Fairview Park Music and Theatre Association will be there with drinks and packaged snacks for purchase, as well as their awesome 50/50 raffle. Should the day involve inclement weather, we will move the event indoors to the auditorium. This will require different performing times (which we will provide once we know the status of the weather for the event). There will be only 2 guests per performer allowed, socially distanced seating.


Concert Schedule

12:00 Gilles Sweet 5th Grade Band 
12:20 5th Grade Orchestra
12:40 MMS 6th Grade Band
1:00 MMS 6th Grade Orchestra
1:20 MMS Concert Band (7-8)
1:40 MMS Concert Orchestra (7-8)
2:00 FHS Symphonic Band
2:30 FHS Chamber Orchestra
2:50 FHS String Orchestra - Senior Recognition
3:30 Gilles Sweet Golden Singers
3:50 MMS Glee Club (6)
4:10 MMS Concert Choir (7-8)
4:30 FHS Scarlet Singers
4:50 FHS Chorale
BOOK FAIR 
 
Dear Parents and Families:
 
We are so excited to be able to offer students a sense of normalcy and joy after they’ve missed so much this year. This year the Spring Book Fair theme is: Enchanted Forest!
 
Our Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And all purchases will directly support our PTA!
 
Important information for our Fair, held May 10th - May 14th
 
Safety First: The safety and well-being of your child is our priority. We’re taking extra precautions to host a safe, socially distanced Fair at our school, focusing on preventive measures. Learn more at bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/articles/safety
 
Contactless Checkout: With Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, your child can shop the Fair cash-free. And now grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library!
 
CASH AND CHECK ACCEPTED: Please make checks out to Gilles Sweet PTA


Shop Online: Experience the Book Fair fun by visiting our Book Fair online! You can shop over 6,000 products — and all orders ship direct to your home (with free shipping on book-only orders over $25*)!
All purchases made during the Fair will bring our school 25% in rewards.
 
Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping.
 
If you would like to Volunteer to help with the Book Fair, Sign Up Here
 
We look forward to seeing your child at the Fair! Thank you for continuing to support our PTA!
 
Happy reading,
 
Gilles-Sweet PTA
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 - Dirk H.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Garcia

Dirk is our Warrior of the Week. He comes to school eager to learn and gets right to work each day. He has a positive attitude and is well liked by all. He actively participates and does his best. He is not afraid to try new things. He is a great helper to his peers and is a positive role model to all! Keep up the awesome job Dirk!”
2nd Grade - Amelia B.

Nominating Teacher - Mr. Goldberg

“Amelia puts great effort into all of their work. They show warrior pride each day through their engagement in schoolwork, and the way they model respect for all. They have a positive attitude each day. Amelia shows a love for learning that is truly remarkable.”
3rd Grade - Mason W.

Nominating Teacher - Miss Gallagher

Mason is an absolute sweetheart to have in class! Mason is such a kind hearted, respectful and hard working student.  Mason always produces his best work on all activities and loves to take on a challenge! Furthermore, Mason is compassionate - he even wrote about helping the poor in one of his writing pieces!”
4th Grade - Colin C.

Nominating Teacher - Ms. Hyatt

“Colin's positive attitude brightens up the classroom. He is kind and respectful to his peers and shows Warrior Pride in all situations. Colin is engaged and works hard whether learning remotely or in-person. I'm impressed with Colin's approach to challenges. He shows perseverance and determination!”
5th Grade - Carson L.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Arbogast

“Carson is a student that I can always depend on. He is kind, gets along with everyone, makes good choices, and works hard. He's just an all around great kid. I'm so appreciative of his efforts and positive attitude everyday. I'm lucky to be his teacher.”
The Derby Dash is 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. 


Summer Sports Camps
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!
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.