Weekly News Blast for the Week of November 19, 2018
Reminder: No School for Students November 19 - 23. 

Parent Teacher Conferences November 19-20
Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23 

Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!
Turkey Trot a Success!
Congratulations to our Turkey Trot participants! Everyone did their best at Friday's annual race around the school. Pictured above are the Top Five finishers for each grade level. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! 
Scholastic Book Fair 
Dear Parents and Families:

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books. This year's theme is Enchanted Forest!
 
Final Date and Time: 

            11/19/18 - 11:30am - 8:00pm (During Conferences)

 
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! All purchases benefit our school. We accept cash, check, and credit/debit. Checks must be payable to Gilles Sweet PTA or they will not be accepted.

  
A special thank you for the Gilles-Sweet Staff
Gilles-Sweet families, our PTA is providing dinner for our teachers during conferences. Please consider donating a beverage, snack, or dessert. Thank you for your continued support. 

Student Quote Featured on PBS Ideastream
Students in Mrs. Wallace's class wrote in to PBS Ideastream's NewsDepth program in honor of Veteran's Day. Kannon J.'s response was featured at the 5:32 time spot in this video
Picture Retake Day
November 29, 2018
 
For Retakes:       
Please return ALL photos in the original Picture Order Packet by  November 29th! It must contain all the photos in order to have  pictures retaken.
 
New Students:  Please complete the order form that was sent home with your student.
If ordering pictures, please make sure you include payment in the Photo Packet and return to school before November 29, 2018. All students need to have their photos taken for the 2018-19 Memory Book.
Family Game Night
Thursday, December 13th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Several traditional and educational games will be provided as well as dinner.
 
Similar to last school year, families are again invited to join other families here at Gilles-Sweet to interact and play a variety of fun games.  Many of the games are traditional, however, we also have a few educational and social/emotional games.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will also be here to help raise awareness for Pennies for Patients and have some giveaways.  Dinner will include pizza, salad, cookies/chips, and water.   
   
Please consider making the time to join us for a fun event the students really enjoy.       

Girl Scout Leaders Needed
Currently there are several girls on a wait list to join a Kindergarten and 1st grade Daisy Girl Scout Troop. If you are interested in volunteering as a primary leader, please email Megan Millisor at mmillisor@gsneo.org.
PTA Santa Shop
Santa Shop is coming to Gilles-Sweet December 4th-7th!  This is our holiday store in the gym where students can shop for gifts for their family during school hours. All gifts are $5 and under. The kids love it, and the helper "elves" have lots of fun, too! Please save the dates, as we need a ton of "elves" to wrap presents and help the students shop. Moms, dads, grandparents, friends, neighbors!  You can sign up at the following link
 
Also, we are seeking donations of holiday wrapping paper and especially tissue paper, tags and tape (no ribbons or bows needed). These can be dropped off in the school office. Contact Nancy Stoessner at  nstoessner125@yahoo.com   if you have questions. Thank you!
Breakfast with Santa
Fourth Annual Breakfast with Santa

Saturday December 8, 2018
9:00 am

Seating is limited!

Must pre-register by Monday December 3, 2018 - No walk-in registrations


Adults $8.00
Children $5.00

Checks or money orders only, no cash - Checks made payable to FPCSD

Breakfast served from 9:15-10:00 am

Pictures with Santa will start at 9:45 am, bring your cameras!

Any questions, please call Diana Hill, Food Service Director at 440-356-3525 X4120

Menu
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, English muffins, French toast,
mini yogurt cups, coffee, juice & milk

Birthdays in a Bag Service Project 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
During our PBIS PRIDE house meetings, students have been learning about making positive choices at Gilles-Sweet.  Making positive choices means we are safe, we take care of our bodies, and we are aware of how our choices affect others.    
 
During the months of November and December, students will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community by creating "Birthdays in a Bag" for children in need.  Gilles-Sweet has once again partnered with Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center (A branch of The City Mission of Cleveland) to organize this project. Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center provides shelter, food and other resources to women and children in need. At this time there are 32 mothers staying at Laura's Home with a total of 94 children. Currently there are 2,973 children without a permanent home in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
 
In order to create "Birthdays in a Bag," we are asking for donations of the items below through Wednesday, December 12th.  We assigned items to grade levels in hopes of collecting a more even amount of each item.
 
  • First grade: Cake mix and cupcake liners            
  • Second grade: Frosting and birthday candles
  • Third grade: Forks and crepe paper
  • Fourth grade: Birthday napkins and fun plates (8-12 pack)
  • Fifth grade: "Happy Birthday" banner and medium-sized gift bags (to pack the items in)
 
Any donation you can make will help our students positively affect others through giving!  
Thank you for your continued support!

Your Child's Artwork Makes a Great Holiday Gift!
Artsonia  offers custom keepsakes featuring your child's artwork and makes great holiday gifts for friends and family. Purchases from Artsonia also helps raise funds for our school art programs. 20% of each purchase will be donated back to the school. More information will be coming home in backpacks. 

Now through December 13 you can  save 25% off any one item!
 
Use Promo Code  HolidayFunds18

Shop online at www.artsonia.com or download the App.

If you do not know your child's personal gallery code or parent code, please email your child's teacher. Happy Shopping!


Film Screening of "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" Set for November 28
The struggle with depression and anxiety is very real for today's and teenagers. 
 
The Fairview Park City School District Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is inviting parents to a series of events on the topics of Depression and Anxiety.
  • Families are welcome to attend "Depression, Anxiety, and Teens Community Forum" on Tuesday, November 13 from 7-8:30p.m. at Lakewood High School located at 14100 Franklin Blvd. in Lakewood.
  • On November 28, the Fairview Park City Schools will screen the IndieFlix film "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. Angst is a lighthearted and honest look at anxiety through the eyes of students, parents, educators and experts. This movie is for everyone and sends the message that anxiety is treatable and prevention is key. The film is approximately 55 minutes long and is appropriate for those ages 10 and up.
  • On December 5 from 7-8 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary, families are invited to the first "Parent University" sessions which will be a continued discussion around depression and anxiety.
If you have questions, please contact  Carrie Sullivan , Family and Community Engagement Coordinator at csullivan@fairview.k12.oh.us

Upcoming Events
November

19-23
No School for Students, K-12

19-20
Parent Teacher Conferences

19       
Scholastic Book Fair
   
Noon - 7:45 PM       
Parent Teacher Conferences
         
20       
7:45A 3:15 P             
Parent Teacher Conferences

21-23
T hanksgiving Break

26                        
PRIDE House Day

29       
Picture Retake Day
         
3-4:00 PM                 
Eager Engineers
          
3-3:45 PM                 
Kind Committee

30   
    
3-4:00PM                  
Eager Engineers

December

4        
  
Santa Secret Shop
            
2:50 - 3:50 PM         
Tech Club

            
3-4:00 PM                 
Eager Artists

5          
Santa Secret Shop

            
2-3:00 PM                 
PRIDE House

            
7-8:30 PM                 
Parent University: Depression and Anxiety

6          
Santa Secret Shop

            
3-3:45 PM                 
Kind Committee

            
3-4:00 PM                 
Eager Engineers  
    
            
6:30-7:30 PM           
Santa Shop for Early Education Students: Gym

7          
Santa Secret Shop

            
Candid Picture Day

            
3-4:00 PM                 
Eager Engineers

8          
1-9:00 PM                 
Golden Singers; Band 5-12, and Orchestra 5-12 Concert

11       
9-9:30 AM                
Officer Phil Assembly: Grades 1 & 2

            
9:45-10:15 AM        
Officer Phil Assembly: Grades 3 & 4

            
2:30-3:30 PM           
Student Council Meeting: Room 113

           
 2:50-3:50 PM           
Tech Club

           
 6:30 PM                    
 Regular Board of Education Meeting

13       
3-3:45 PM                 
Kind Committee

            
5:30-7:00 PM           
Family Game Night

14       
2-3:00 PM                 
PRIDE House
            
2-4:00 PM                 
Eager Engineers                  


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