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

Warrior of the Week
We are excited to introduce Warrior of the Week at Gilles-Sweet Elementary! Each week a student from each grade level will be nominated by their teachers as the Warrior of the Week!
1st Grade - Beau G.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Pruente

Beau works hard every single day, regardless of location. He works just as hard at home as he does in the classroom. Beau is always striving to learn something new and to share his new findings and thoughts with his classmates. He always looks for the positive in a situation and is a great friend to his peers. Beau is an outstanding Warrior!”
2nd Grade - Addison F.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Faris

Addison has done an amazing job staying engaged during remote and hybrid learning! She asks great questions and shares thoughtful comments to classroom discussions. Keep up the great work, Addison!”
3rd Grade - Michael B.

Nominating Teacher - Ms. Gallagher

Michael is one of the hardest workers in my classroom. He consistently goes above and beyond to be accountable for his learning. On top of working so incredibly hard, Michael is so sweet and respectful to all kids and adults! I am so proud of Michael for being the best student he can be!!!”
4th Grade - Emma C.

Nominating Teachers - Mrs. Sobera & Mrs. Hyatt

“Emma is a creative student who takes the initiative to go above and beyond to investigate grade level topics and creates projects which demonstrate a deep understanding. Emma uses technology to share and communicate these projects with her peers. In addition, Emma demonstrates Warrior PRIDE daily!”
5th Grade - Dionis S.

Nominating Teacher - Mrs. Arbogast

“Dionis has proved to be responsible, engaged, and committed to his online and hybrid learning. He is always present in online class, participates, and adds thoughtful ideas to our discussions. He is a careful worker that strives to put forth his best self every day. He is helpful and always seeks to solve problems on his own. Lastly, Dionis reflects on his own learning and choices even when he isn't prompted to. He isn't afraid to admit his mistakes, apologize, and make things right. He is a shining example of what it means to be a Fairview Warrior!”
Valentines Day Parties
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, students will not be exchanging valentines this year. 
Winter Recess
As we head into the heart of winter, please make sure your child is wearing the appropriate clothing (winter coat, hat, gloves, etc.) to school and for recess. Students continue to use the playground during the winter months. When a child does not have a winter coat, they will not be permitted to go outside during recess.
When the temperature drops below 20 degrees, students will have indoor recess. Since indoor recess games are limited by social distancing, please encourage your child to bring a few items they would enjoy using during indoor recess time (dominoes, legos, puzzles, play-doh, etc.)
Is Your Child Not Feeling Well?
If your child will not be attending school during their hybrid learning day, PLEASE FIRST call the school office as soon as possible at 440-356-3525. Upon receiving notification of the absence due to an illness or exposure to COVID-19, the office will notify the classroom teacher. Since the student will be missing in-person learning, they are not expected to complete asynchronous learning activities during that day. During an extended absence, your child's classroom teachers will contact you and your child to arrange asynchronous learning activities.
Gilles-Sweet Student Pen Pal Program
Would your child like the opportunity to be paired with a Pen Pal from Gilles-Sweet? Meet a new friend or learn more about someone they may already know? Improve their letter-writing skills? Receive some fun mail? If so, the Gilles-Sweet Pen Pal Program might be just what they're looking for! 
The pen pal program is an at-home initiative designed to connect students who are learning at home with students who are learning in-person in an effort to keep our student body connected during this challenging and isolating time. Participation in the program is entirely VOLUNTARY for students, and parents are required to manage the letter writing and mailing of all letters at home. 
If your child is interested, please fill out this form and they will be paired with another student. All participating students will receive a "Starter Kit" including a pencil, fun writing paper, a "Getting to Know You" paper, and stickers that have been generously supplied by our PTA! 
Remote students will pick up their kits at school and parents will be notified via email when they are available for pick-up. In-person students will receive a kit from their teachers at school. Each student's pen pal assignment will be included in the "Starter Kit."
If you are interested, please click HERE to sign your child up by Friday, February 5th . 
Any questions, please contact Meredith Schulte at 440.356.3525 x2102 or mschulte@fairview.k12.oh.us
Girls on the Run
We are excited to begin the Girls on the Run program for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The program focuses on the whole child, learning important life skills through social/emotional-based interact lessons and physical activity.  
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 February 3, 2021 at 7pm via zoom.

We will send out the zoom link prior to the meeting.

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
Hello Fairview Park Families!

One of the topics covered on the 1/29 Professional Development Day with the staff of FPCS is Youth Suicide. 
The goals of the presentation are to learn:

*To identify the signs and risk factors for youth suicide
*Steps to take if you're concerned that someone is at risk of suicide
*How to seek help if you think a student is at risk of suicide
We know that this is never a fun topic, but it is an important topic. Parents - do you know the signs to look for if your child may be at risk of suicide? Here are two articles that will you identify signs:

Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes.

Ohio CareLine: 1-800-720-9619 — The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, staff will provide assistance and connect callers to local providers.

The Trevor Project Get Help Now: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. Those needing help can contact the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386; chat online through the website; or text Start to 678-678.

Where to go?
*Talk to your child's teachers and counselor
*Want to get your child into counseling? Talk to your child's counselor about counseling services that we have at school or check out this list of area counseling organizations - Local Mental Health Providers
Please reach out to me or the counselors if you have any concerns or want more information!

Stay well, 

Ms. Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator
440-356-3510 ext. 4117