Gilles-Sweet Elementary
News & updates for the week of March 30, 2020 *  Learning-at-Home Edition
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School Meals Available for K-12 Students
The Fairview Park City School District is continuing to provide meals during the extended school closure for families who rely on free or reduced-cost meals for their children in grades K-12. 

We will offer no-cost, grab-and-go meals (each student will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches).

**We will be distributing meals on MONDAYS ONLY from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

Pick-up is in the back parking lot at Gilles-Sweet Elementary.

Please fill out this form so our food service department can accurately estimate how many meals to prepare. If you previously filled out a form for meals, please fill out this new version for the new Monday pickup schedule.

Please contact Diana Hill, Food Service Director, at or call (440) 365-3525 x4120 if:

- You are unable to pick-up meals and would like to request delivery
- You recently experienced a reduction in income and would like to apply for meal benefits
- You need to confirm if you qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits
- You need help applying for meal benefits
- You have any other questions related to food resources.

Online Application for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits (New users: username is student code) 
Highlights from Dr. Wagner's recent updates
Dr. Wagner has sent regular updates regarding the extended school closure. Here are some key highlights, in addition to the school meals information listed above. 

Spring Break 
We know many of you made plans for Spring Break and there have been a lot of questions how things may change.  I've had some conversations with Board of Education members, and here are the two possible scenarios we will enact once we learn more from Governor DeWine:

Stay at home order lifted after April 6th:
Tuesday, April 7 - Staff only (Students get an extra day of Spring Break)
Wednesday, April 8 through Monday, April 13 - Spring Break
Tuesday, April 14 - All students and staff report 

Stay at home order continued after April 6th:
Tuesday, April 7 through Monday, April 13 - Spring Break  (Extra day for everyone!)
Tuesday, April 14 - All students and staff continue home-based teaching and learning  

Regardless of which path we take, the fourth quarter will officially begin on Tuesday, April 14.

Testing and Graduation Requirements, School Meals, and Meetings of Local Government

On March 25, the  Ohio General Assembly unanimously approved H.B. 197 which: 
  • Waives K-12 testing and loosens graduation criteria: The law will waive state testing requirements and report cards for this school year, and provides additional flexibility to allow high school seniors to graduate.
  • Waives limitations on distance learning for Ohio K-12 schools: The law will allow schools to use distance learning to make up for the weeks schools will be closed.
  • Allows for school meal programs to continue now and through the summer: The measure temporarily exempts schools and other entities from state food-processing requirements so they can continue serving meals to students.
  • Permits public meetings electronically: Current law mandates that most government bodies must conduct business in person, but this legislation temporarily allows public meetings, including School Board meetings, to be held remotely, so long as the public has access.
While teaching and learning remains flexible through home-based learning, students will still be expected to meet grade-level requirements.
Shout-outs from our Staff!
We Miss Our Students!
We Miss Our Students!

Gilles- Sweet Aides say hello!
Gilles- Sweet Aides say hello!

Student Showcase
Kudos to our students for keeping up on their schoolwork and remaining engaged with their teachers! Email photos of your students working at home and we may feature them on our online channels. 
Advocates for Progress & Preparedness (APP) Group Video Chat
Supporting Each Other in Finding a New Stride with In Home Learning

Want to connect with others to discuss ways to help students not only survive, but thrive, as we define our new normal of learning at home? Declare a "time out" for yourself and hop on this video chat for conversation and support. We are all in this together!

Tuesday 3/31/2020  from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Zoom link for video conference, sponsored by Advocates for Progress and Preparedness (APP)

Topic: Supporting Each Other in Finding a New Stride with In Home Learning
Time: Mar 31, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 848 774 857
Password: 786523
Gifted Meeting Presentation 
A copy of the presentation for the Gifted parent meeting originally scheduled for March 19 can be found here.