Weekly News Blast for the Week of January 13, 2019
What's for lunch? 

Monday: Italian Meatball Sub
Tuesday: Corn Dog
Wednesday: Oven Roasted Chicken Wings
Thursday: Hot Dog and Bun
Friday: Cheese Bites with Marinara Sauce

Daily options: Salad Bar, Hummus Platter, Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, PB & J, Yogurt Parfait
No Name Calling Week
NEXT WEEK (Jan. 20-24) across the United States, schools will be celebrating No-Name Calling Week.

A little history behind it:  GLSEN's No Name-Calling  Week  is a  week  organized by K-12 educators and students to end  name - calling  and bullying in schools.

Founded in 2004 with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and evaluated by GLSEN research, No Name-Calling Week was inspired by James Howe's novel The Misfits about students who, after experiencing name-calling, run for student council on a No Name-Calling platform.This is a week when we are reminded that our words can either make people happy (put-ups) or hurt their feelings (put-downs). Instead of using put-downs and calling ourselves or others mean and hurtful names, we want to focus on using POSITIVE and UPLIFTING words to describe ourselves
and others. 

Gilles-Sweet students will be participating in an activity about No-Name Calling Week as well as celebrate with a spirit week. 

Tuesday, January 21 will be "Celebrate Your Freedom From Name-Calling!" - Wear red, white and blue

Wednesday, January 22 is "Stay Bright - Name-Calling Takes You to the Dark Side" - Wear neon or bright colors

Thursday, January 23 will be "Put a Cap on Name-Calling" - Wear your favorite hat. 
Girls on the Run
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Thursday, January 30th
5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Please join other students and their families for an evening of fun at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School to interact and play a variety of board games, socialize, and enjoy dinner together.

We hope to see you and your family for an evening the students really enjoy.  
Dinner will include pizza, salad, cookies/chips, and water. 
Connecting for Kids
Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.

A Special Thank You 
Thank you to everyone who donated socks for the Socks for Soldiers project prior to the winter break. Gilles-Sweet received a thank you and the photo below from the Cleveland Grays Armory  Socks4Soldiers Coordinator, Annemarie Roeder. She said, "I am certain that your contributions have made many of our deployed troops smile. The sacrifices that go with military life are so deserving of this mission. Thank you for charitable efforts and for remembering those who serve!"
News from the PTA
The Gilles Sweet PTA has been hard at work this school year, and we have some very exciting events planned for the second half of the year! This month we'd like to focus on trying to increase our male membership within the GSPTA, so we're renaming the month "Manuary"  The PTA has a much higher percentage of Gilles Sweet moms who join, so we're asking all of our Gilles Sweet Dads to consider joining the PTA this month.

So, for every 10 men who join the Gilles Sweet PTA through January 31, 2020, the PTA will raffle off one $25 gift card!. If we have 30 men join, we will raffle off 3 gift cards. 
Membership forms can be found online at  fppta.digitalpto.com and membership dues can be paid online via paypal, a check/money order (made out to Fairview Park PTA) or cash can be turned in to the office. 

The PTA has already tackled a Tailgate party, Fall Festival (4th & 5th grades) Scholastic Book Fair, Turkey Trot, Teacher appreciation dinner, weekly Bowling League, School Store, Santa Shop and so much more.  Our second semester will continue with the Bowling League, Teacher Appreciation, and School Store, as well as adding in the Father-Daughter Dance, Super Saturday, Spring Scholastic Book Fair, Mother-Son event, 5th Grade Party and Field Day. 

If you have any questions about the GSPTA or our Manuary January membership raffle, please contact Maureen McDonald ( moegroves716@yahoo.com )
News from the FACE Department
Family and Community Engagement
Happy New Year Fairview Park Families!

I hope the holidays went well for everyone and we are ready for a new year!

I want to start off by THANKING the families, school groups (student council, Key Club, PTA) and community groups (Women's Club, West Shore Rotary Club, FP Fire Department, First Federal of Lakewood) for their awesome donations in making sure our Fairview Park Families had presents for Christmas and a wonderful holiday meal to share with their family!
All families were very appreciative of the kindness we brought to them!

So we are starting a new year!  For some of us that is easier said than done. Enclosed are two articles that have great information in them.

This article is on healthy ways to start the new year and stay mentally sharp for the year!

The other article is something that we see a lot of in this area of OH because we have such little sun.  It will give you some guidelines to look at if this is something you see in your child or someone close to you.

Lastly, I want to remind parents that we have a partnership with the Transition Bridge Program.  What does that mean?  We have access to a clinical counselor that works with our counselors and families to plan for a student's return to school after a mental health hospitalization.  She will facilitate supportive communication with the hospital and the schools and help strategize ways to help students.

If your child should be admitted for mental health hospitalization, please let them know you would like Transition Bridge support. They will take care of things for you and your family.  

I wish all of our families of Fairview Park a healthy and happy NEW YEAR!

Carrie Sullivan    
FACE Coordinator 
(Family and Community Engagement)   
phone:  440-356-3500 ext. 4117
Film Screening
CyberWork and the American Dream
The Advocates for Progress and Preparedness (a newly formed parent group) will be hosting a screening of  CyberWork and the American Dream  on January 23 at 7:30 PM in the FHS auditorium.

This documentary looks at the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future of work. Since the Industrial Revolution, new technology has increased wealth, freedom and life expectancy. But it has also destroyed outdated businesses and automated jobs. How can the U.S. best prepare for the challenges of this new technological disruption?  

APP's mission is to  "Mentor, Network and Broadcast the use of 21st Century Education Models and Tools.  We are advocates f or Educational Progress and Preparedness for the Digital Age. Together we can inspire and encourage the skill of LEARNING. In our fast and furiously changing world, "Learning how to Learn" will be a necessity and a life long skill." 

Visit the APP group on Facebook  for more information. 
Reminder: No School for Students January 20 & 24
Don't forget! No school for students on Monday, January 20 (MLK Day) and Friday, January 24 (Teacher Records Day). 
Save the Date!
The 2020 Derby Dash will be on April 25!
PTA New-to-You Spring Tag Sale
The Fairview Park Early Childhood PTA's Spring Resale is March 13 & 14, 2020 at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School. Seller registration is open now! 
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Fundraisers - Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools
We are so appreciative of the continued support throughout this year. 

We will be selling foam fingers during the basketball season. We need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success. Please consider   signing up  for a shift or two. 
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Gilles-Sweet Elementary School | 4 320 West 220th  St., Fairview Park, OH 44126
Phone:  (440) 356-3525 | Fax:  (440) 356-3701