Week of November 9, 2020
Important Information


Upcoming Color Calendar for the week of November 16-20

Monday: Violet
Tuesday: Red
Wednesday: Red
Thursday: Orange
Friday: Orange

*Individual classroom specials schedules will be shared by teachers.

Remember, no school for students November 23 - 27 (parent-teacher conferences and Thanksgiving break)

Remote learning begins November 30 through the end of winter break.


Report Cards

The first quarter report cards are now available to view online through PowerSchool.  Report card envelopes will come home on Monday, November 16th. Inside the envelope will be a letter with a summary of the Ohio Learning Standards your child learned as well as your child’s MAP assessment report. Your child’s teacher will discuss the MAP assessment as well as your child's progress during conferences on November 23rd and 24th. Please remember to empty the report card envelope before you sign the envelope and send it back to school.     

2020 Turkey Trot 

We are excited to announce the annual Gilles-Sweet Turkey Trot is a go and we will be racing on November 16th, 19th and 20th. We are excited that the kids will continue this long-standing tradition at Gilles-Sweet! In order to provide a safe experience, the event will occur differently from previous years.

Students will run two classes at a time, which on average is 23 kids. This will allow for continued safe distancing practices.  

The Turkey Trot is not mandatory, if you do not want you student to participate please email Mrs. Klodnick. 

If you are interested in watching the race, please make sure you are wearing a mask and properly social distancing. Spectators are not allowed in the school and we ask that you leave after your student’s race. If Fairview Parks Schools moves to a remote learning option before race day your student can run any one mile course on your own time. Email your student’s time to Mrs. Klodnick (aklodnick@fairview.k12.oh.us) or Mr. Kull (nkull@fairview.k12.oh.us) by Friday Nov. 20 at 2:30PM. The winners will be notified with a phone call and arrangements will be made of prize pick-up.

Thank you for your continued support and to our PTA.  

Please see the schedule below students will follow on Monday, Thursday and Friday. 

iPad Charging
Please help remind your child to keep their iPad plugged in and charging as much as possible. Each year the battery longevity decreases which requires them to be charged more often. 
School Lunch
Additional a la carte items will be available to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for purchase. These items include chips (Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos and Salt/Vinegar), assortment of ice cream treats and fruit snacks).  

When packing your child's lunch, please only use a disposable lunch container such as a brown bag to help reduce the items that students use and need sanitized.

REMEMBER: SCHOOL LUNCH IS FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR DUE TO A GRANT FROM THE USDA.

School 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.
Indoor Recess
As the fall weather arrives, so do rainy days. Typically, students spend recess indoors in their classrooms playing a variety of board games. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide these games to students due to the close proximity to other students to play as well as sharing game pieces.  

Please consider sending a gallon size ziplock bag with individual items for your child to play with during indoor recess such as legos, rubik cube, puzzle, playing cards, etc.
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.
Quick Links
Tech Support: support@fairview.k12.oh.us
Free or reduced meals application (deadline to apply is October 1 or status will revert to full-pay.)
Gilles-Sweet Spirit Wear
Dear Gilles-Sweet Families,
We know that this year might look different than what we’re all accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean our school spirit should be minimized! If anything, it means that we should be putting even more of our energy into making sure our Warrior Pride is loud, strong, and here to stay! We know Spiritwear is more than just t-shirts and sweatshirts. It’s a connection when students
need it most. Spiritwear gets kids excited about our school, makes them feel connected to their friends, and makes them feel grounded in the community.
Please join us in spreading excitement about what this school year has to offer and order your Spiritwear online today! https://gillessweet.itemorder.com
You can also print and fill out the form below and return it to the Gilles-Sweet main office. The Gilles-Sweet Online Store is now open for business. And it’ll be open 24 hours a day for the next two weeks! Orders are due by November 20th. So share the link to the store with your friends! There’s power in numbers, and we’d really love to see our whole Gilles-Sweet community, parents & alumni included, showing off their new gear!

Sincerely,
Principal Matt Krivak
Gilles-Sweet Elementary
SeeSaw
If your child is having trouble logging into Seesaw, please refer to this document with step-by-step instructions to sign in. If you or your child continue to have trouble after following the instructions, please email support@fairview.k12.oh.us and our Tech Support team will assist you.
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. 
Gilles-Sweet PTA
Dear families,

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from November 18th - November 26th! All purchases benefit our Gilles-Sweet PTA and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
All orders ship direct to home FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards.

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
 
Happy reading,
Gilles-Sweet PTA

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.
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.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm. We will send out a Zoom link for the meeting closer to the meeting date.

Thank you for all of your support of the Gilles Sweet PTA! MemberHub
Homework Help
Is Someone You Know Looking for Homework Help?
Cleveland Public Library is offering tutoring to give students a boost of confidence and help them succeed in school. FREE virtual tutoring is available for students in grades K-12. Sessions will be held Monday - Thursday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Registration is required. Sign up here.  

There’s so much to do and see at Cleveland Public Library. The key to discovery is a library card. Apply for one now to read, explore, and learn.   

For information on our programs and resources, visit here (https://cpl.org/kids-teens/) or call the nearest Cleveland Public Library branch (https://cpl.org/locations/) near you.
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.  
Family and Community Engagement
Thank you for being such awesome families and for being patient and flexible during all that we are going through! Since Parent Universities are very different this year, however, I am continuing to locate resources for parents on a variety of different topics.  This week I am highlighting three different programs available to all families:

1) Improbable Players - they have 2 upcoming performances that will be zoomed.  The links and dates are enclosed.  Both would be a great experience for the family to watch together and have great discussions after. Grades 6-12


2) Bellefaire's School-Based Counseling Program Presents: all ages - 

A Free Virtual Parent Support Series (open to parents and school personnel)

Socializing During the Winter Months and Managing Holiday Stress/Changes
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Managing Your Child's Risky Behavior
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM

3) Teen Money - Starting Nov 17th - ages 12-17years.
These virtual opportunities will help teens grow in their knowledge of money and how to make smart, powerful financial decisions. Lessons will be interactive and use as little PowerPoint as possible. You are encouraged to attend all five weeks, or you can choose the lessons you feel will benefit you the most. We understand that talking about money can be very personal, but know that these lessons will be an opportunity to learn and share as much, or as little, as you wish…and are non-judgmental. 
(Amanda - can you create a link for the information).

PLEASE - let me know if there is a topic you would love more information!!  Also do not forget to check the FACE and Counseling Homepages as they both have a lot of resources at your fingertips!

Carrie Sullivan    
FACE Coordinator