Weekly News Blast for the Week of November 26, 2018
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.       

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

District Winter Concert
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Golden Singers,

Our district concert will be on Saturday, December 8th. Students are to wear their choir shirts, black bottoms (girls: black knee-length skirts, boys: black dress pants) and black dress shoes. This will take place in the high school auditorium. The Golden Singers will meet at 1:40 p.m. in the high school band room (room 129). This is also where you can pick them up after the performance. The schedule of events for that day is as follows:
 
 
**2:00 - GS Golden Singers**
2:30 - Gilles-Sweet Band
2:45 - Gilles-Sweet Orchestra
3:00 - Middle School 6th Grade Band
3:20 - Trash Can Band
3:30 - Middle School 6th Grade Orchestra
4:00 - Middle School Concert Band
4:30 - Middle School Concert Orchestra
5:00 - FHS Symphonic Band
5:30 - Chamber orchestra, String Orchestra & ending with Symphony Orchestra
 
 
Students are welcome to stay for any performance after they perform, but it is not required. We are asking families bring a non-perishable food item as admission for the concert. The Music & Theatre Association will have refreshments in the HS Cafeteria in between groups. If you have any questions, please let me know!
 
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Anne Howe
440.356.3525, x2156
ahowe@fairview.k12.oh.us
 
3rd Grade Concert on December 18
The 3rd grade concert, My Marvelous Magical Sleigh, will be Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Please have your student to his/her designated classroom indicated below NO LATER THAN 6:40 p.m. Anticipate limited parking.
 
            Mr. Fleischer                                        Room 123
            Miss Lehman                                        Room 123
            Mrs. Petruzzi                                        Room 125
            Miss Gallagher                                        Room 125
            Mrs. Keitlen                                           Band Room
            Mrs. Chapman                                     Band Room
                       
            If your student has a special part where a costume is required, please dress your student in the costume at home and have your student ready to go once he/she arrives at the high school (I will be sending elf, reindeer and Santa costumes home the week before the concert). If your child does not have a special part that requires a costume, the dress code is dress pants, dress shirts, dresses, skirts, and dress shoes. NO JEANS ARE PERMITTED.

            Once the concert is over, PLEASE DO NOT remove your student from the auditorium or the hallway. Please wait in the auditorium until he/she is back inside of the classroom.

            Please remember that this concert is a large part of your student's second quarter grade, as it corresponds with the Ohio Third Grade Music Standards.

Thank you for everything, and I look forward to seeing you on December 18th!

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

Congratulations to the Let Me Run Team
Congratulations to the Let Me Run Team from Gilles-Sweet on completing the 5K Run at Bonnie Band in the Metroparks in Strongsville on Sunday, November 20, 2018!

Sam S.
Kannon J.
Max A.
Trevor J.
Logan M.
Lucas W.
Max W.
Reed R.
Jude K.
Noah B.
Nathan K.
Ryan C.
Patrick H.
Matthew B.
Roman R.
Quinn B.

Coaches: Mrs. Ristagno and Mr. Maeder

Upcoming Events
November

26       
2:00 PM                     
PRIDE House Day

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

7 PM
Strategic Planning Steering Committee Meeting, Cafetorium

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: Cafetorium

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          
9:00 AM                   
Breakfast with Santa: GS Cafeteria - Reservations only

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

18       
2:50-3:50 PM           
TECH Club
            
6:30 PM                     
Board of Education Meeting, BOE Conference Room
            
7:00 PM                    
 Third Grade Concert: My Marvelous Magical Sleigh: FHS Auditorium
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