Weekly News Blast for the Week of March 2, 2020
What's for lunch? 
Monday: Chicken and Waffle with Maple Syrup
Tuesday: Sweet and Sour Chicken and Rice Bowl
Wednesday: Hard Shell Beef Taco Supreme
Thursday: Chicken Nuggets
Friday: Cheese Sticks with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Daily options: Salad Bar, Hummus Platter, Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, PB & J, Yogurt Parfait
Read Across America Spirit Week
March 2-6 is Read Across America Spirit Week! 

Monday: Cat in the Hat Day: Wear stripes or your favorite hat

Tuesday: Horton Hears a Who Day: Wear something pink or yellow and complete a random act of kindness!

Wednesday: Green Eggs and Ham Day: Wear green today (Green eggs and ham will be served for breakfast today!) 

Thursday: Grinch Day! Wear holiday themed clothing or wear red and green 

Friday: Sleep book Day: Wear your favorite pajamas to school and bring a book to read for silent reading
March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week
To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Fairview Park City Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, "Out of This World," reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more. 
"A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can," said Diana Hill, Food Service Coordinator. "National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer."

Students can purchase breakfast in the cafeteria before school or grab-and-go and take breakfast to their classroom. 

Breakfast cost is $1.55 ($0.30 for reduced pay) for all grade levels. 

View breakfast menus through the MySchoolMenus App
Check out this post on Instagram by Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN @kids.eat.in.color about why school meals are important and encouraging children to try new foods. 
Reminder: Early Dismissal on Friday, April 3
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Gilles-Sweet Elementary School
Friday, April 3, 2020
School is in session in the morning only! 
All students will be dismissed at the times below!
   11:10 AM               Car/Van riders
   11:15 AM               Bus Riders/Walkers
If your child will not follow his/her normal dismissal  routine on this day, please be sure to send a note to their teacher so  that we are aware of any transportation changes.  Breakfast will be available,  however, there will be NO lunch that day.
Conferences will begin at 12:15 PM.

Thank you
Barbara J. Brady, Principal

Spring Picture Day
Spring Picture Day at Gilles-Sweet 
March 25
Flyers will be coming home with students later in March.
5th to 6th Grade Transition
Our 5th and 6th grade teacher teams are planning several different visits and activities for our 5th grade students. Please save the date for the evening of April 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Fairview High School. There will be a special 6th grade curriculum night meeting for current 5th grade students and their parents. 
Crayon Collection
Do you have broken/unwanted  crayons that you are planning to  throw away? Well, save them from  the landfill and donate to a good  cause! The PTA is collecting used  crayons and will be sending them to  Effortless Art, a company (started  by a Fairview grad!) that  makes adapted crayons for early  learners and special needs children.

If you would like to donate your broken/used crayons, you can drop  them in the box found in the Gilles Sweet office. We will be collecting  them through the remainder of the school year. Any questions, please  feel free to contact Karley Beaudry, karleybeaudry86@gmail.com
Zoup! Fundraiser
Support Gilles-Sweet Elementary School by dining at Zoup! on Tuesday, March 3. 
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.

Friday Fun Night is March 6! 
Friday March 6, 2020 - 6-9 p.m.
Friday Fun Night (Formerly Super Saturday) 

Games, Prizes, Inflatables, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Raffle for Teacher Experiences, Magic Show, Balloons. 

Food Truck -For Purchase by Sauced Wood-fired pizza
Wrist bands - Presale $7; $8 at the door 

Presale: March 2- March 5 from 8:20 a.m.-8:50 a.m. in hallway outside office

Questions contact: Laura Herman at   lapeculis@yahoo.com 

Adult Volunteers are NEEDED - please sign up here!

This coincides with our new Family First Fridays! Share your family's fun with us! @FPSchools on Twitter and Instagram. #FairviewFamilyFirst

Save the Date!
The 2020 Derby Dash will be on April 25! Registration is now open!  All runners registered by Friday, April 17th are guaranteed their race T-shirt size.  Sizes are subject to availability afterwards.
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! 
Download Flyer
District Shares Guidance on Coronavirus Preparedness
This past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information for schools about coronavirus prevention. We have reviewed these federal guidelines as well as the Ohio Department of Health's recommendations regarding coronavirus in schools. 
Health officials currently recommend a series of common-sense protections for our students, staff and community:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay at home if you are sick and keep children at home if they are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
While the threat of the coronavirus impacting American schools remains unknown, we continue to work with government and health care agencies to develop coronavirus response plans. 
We will continue to update you on our efforts as well as developments involving this health concern.
Stay in the Know - Please be sure that your most up to date contact information is in your PowerSchool parent portal under Alerts. 
Thank you. 
What You Need to Know: CDC Fact Sheet
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Phone:  (440) 356-3525 | Fax:  (440) 356-3701