Note from Mr. FitzGerald
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the Snow Day that Mother Nature provided us this past Monday. With wintry weather being a common occurrence over the next few months, please routinely check for any delay and closing information. Click here for specific instructions on how to receive updates from Howard County Public Schools. Just a friendly reminder that winter vacation begins at 4pm this Friday, December 20th. School will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd. With the holiday season upon us, please know how grateful I am for every student, parent, and staff member at Guilford and throughout Howard County. My daughter and I are so fortunate to be a part of the Howard County family. A million times over, THANK YOU!!! The next Paw Prints will be sent out on Wednesday, January 8th. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are going during vacation, please be safe. I hope you have the happiest of holidays EVER!!!
Dates To Remember for 2019
Congratulations Young Authors
Jump Rope for Heart News
Fitness Test Results
Has your child told you about Dreambox ?
Guilford is fortunate to continue, 24 hour access to a great math website, Dreambox Learning. DreamBox Learning empowers students to master key concepts, increase achievement, accelerate student learning, and boost long-lasting confidence in math. It does this by customizing itself based on your child’s skills. We have begun using Dreambox at school and encourage you to have your child log in regularly at home. Research has found that regular use of this engaging program can aide in increasing math skills. You can even set up a parent dashboard to monitor your child’s progress at home. Be sure to have your child log in to Dreambox using hcpss.me and their active directory username and password. Feel free to contact your child’s math teacher, or Cheryl Akers, Math Support Teacher if you have questions.
All youth face difficulties which can range from traumatic losses to every day disappointments. The ability to cope and recover (or “bounce back”) after a setback is important to their success. Experts call this “resilience,” and it’s a skill that can be learned.
Remember: With your help and support, children can learn to be more resilient. For more information and parenting tips go to https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/tip-sheets/
Other Helpful Ideas: Resilience Handouts
Attendance Procedures: When your child has been absent, please send a note in immediately on your child’s return to school. The note should be sent within 2 days of returning and include:
A doctor’s note is preferred for medical appointments. We encourage you to have your child attend class both before and after medical appointments when possible.
If you have any further questions, please contact the health room.
Clean Out Your Closet Challenge
Guilford is participating in the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program
Help our school raise money! We accept New and Used clothing, shoes, sneakers, towels, textiles, and stuff animals. We want items in ALL conditions unwanted, outgrown, and out of style.
All items must be in a plastic bag and tied shut. Look for the large white collection bin in the school parking lot. Collections will be Reworn, Repurposed or finally Recycled.
Save our landfills and give your items a second life. This is a easy way for our school to raise money. Help support our school & save the environment one bag at a time!
The PTA just had our final meeting of 2019, time flies when you are having fun. The PTA has a lot of big plans for the second half of the school year. We will be having our first restaurant night of the new year on January 2nd at Modern Market. This is a great restaurant night because they donate 50% of sales generated by GES friends and families.
We will be kicking off our big spring fundraising effort Raise Craze, were students will be able to pay it forward with acts of kindness. Justin Berks will be kicking Raise Craze off with his ‘Faith in the Flake’ assembly on February 6th. An Evening of Kindness on February 18th will be the capstone of our Raise Craze acts of kindness fundraiser. The PTA has some exciting incentives for the classrooms with the most money raised (pizza party) and acts of kindness logged (indoor ‘snowball’ fight). Additionally, if we meet our goal our Principal Mr. FitzGerald will be spending a day dressed up as a penguin! If we exceed our goal by $500 Assistant Principal Ms. Lannon will be joining him as a penguin too!!!
In 2020, the PTA will also be planning events to show our appreciation for all the effort and support the teachers and staff give to GES including: another potluck dinner for the teachers the first evening of spring parent teacher conferences, and several events during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May. The PTA will again be organizing a Robotics Club through Silver Nights more information can be found here. The PTA supports the 5th grade graduation, it will be here before we know it. And hopefully many other opportunities and events will be able to be sponsored by the Guilford PA.
The PTA will need your help to make this all possible. Please come to our next meeting on January 14th from 6:30-8:00pm in the media center to learn about all these wonderful events and consider volunteering to support the Guilford Students, Teachers and Staff! Childcare is provided free of charge!!! Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
PTA Dates To Remember:
1/2 - PTA Restaurant Night (Modern Market)
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