Week of January 11, 2021
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of January 11-15

North Pole Drive Thru Success
Thank you to everyone who came out to visit our first North Pole Drive Thru. Families enjoyed a festive experience with holiday decorations, lights, music, treats and special guests Frosty, Mrs. Claus and Santa with one of his elves and reindeer. 
A special thank you to all the EEC and Gilles-Sweet PTA and volunteers who made this event possible!
Counselor's Corner
Gilles-Sweet Picture Days
Photos will be taken during school hours on January 20th for Gray students and January 21st for Scarlet students. At this time Gilles-Sweet will be in Hybrid. Picture packages can be ordered online. Download Flyer  
Remote Learning Option students only: Grades 1-2 (Mrs.Krivosh, Miss Miller, and Mrs. Stevens) are scheduled for Wednesday January 20th from 3:00 to 3:45. Grades 3-5 (Mr. Fleischer, Miss Kenney and Mrs. PT) are scheduled for Thursday January 21st. Please enter the front parking lot and form a car line along the curb lane. While parents remain in their car, students may enter the school using the front door where a staff member will direct your child into the gymnasium where photos will be taken. Face coverings and social distancing will be maintained during the process.
Hybrid Learning
Beginning January 18th through February 19th the school district is TENTATIVELY planning for students to return to hybrid learning. During hybrid learning, students will use the following rotation:

Mondays - All Students Remote
Tuesdays - Scarlet Group
Wednesdays - Gray Group
Thursdays - Scarlet Group
Fridays - Gray Group

All students and school staff will continue to wear face coverings, social distancing, one way travel in hallways and stairwells, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and routine environment cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  

Reminder: No School for students on Monday, January 18 (MLK, Jr. Day) or January 29 (Teacher Records Day)
Remote Learning Option - RLO
As we begin to welcome students back into Gilles-Sweet for in-person learning, parents/guardians have the option to either keep or enroll their child into the Remote Learning Option. Those students who are currently enrolled in the RLO WILL REMAIN unless a change is desired. If you wish to add your child to RLO or remove, please contact our school office at 440-356-3525 x2104 or jjohnson@fairview.k12.oh.us 
*When a student is enrolled or withdrawn from the Remote Learning Option, they will change classroom teachers.      
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. 
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. 
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
Happy New Year Fairview Park Families,

I hope that your holidays went well and we are all happy and healthy to start the New Year! I saw this statement in an article - The first rule of 2021 is we don’t talk about 2020. Salud and onward!

Let's do that! So moving forward, a parent sent me these two links below (PLEASE send me information you see to share with other parents!) that I think may be helpful to some:
Grandfamilies Resource Hub
The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center has launched a new Grandfamilies resource hub. Relatives who provide care for minor children are referred to as kinship caregivers, and grandfamilies are one of the forms of kinship caregiving. The GrandUnderstandingsproject provides resources to assist grandfamilies and educators. One of the resourcesSchool Family Engagement with Grandfamilies in Mind, provides research-based strategies for educators engaging grandfamilies.
Save the Date: 2021 Virtual Parent Camps
The ParentCamp experience is defined as the hybrid “unconference” for parents by parents to come together and discuss what is best for kids. Bring your family, school, and community together to discuss different topics selected by parents on Wednesday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the virtual ParentCamp experience. Free registration, future dates, and resources are available on the ParentCamp webpage.

How are you all doing?
The first step to being able to help our kids is understanding if something is wrong. Child Mind makes this easier, with a great, interactive symptom checker - click the link to access.

How to help someone with anxiety
If a relative or friend is suffering from anxiety, this John's Hopkins article is a great start for learning how to help, from recognizing the signs to knowing what NOT to do as well as how to provide practical help. 

Great mental health podcasts for 2021
We've listened to a ton of great mental-health related podcasts over 2020, and here's a link to our top ten, along with a summary of each. Whether you're looking for a teen, as a parent or other caregiver, or as a counselor, there is something for everyone, from the conversational to specific resources. Have a browse, breathe deeply and enjoy!

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