GSES Grizzly Alert/Alerta Grizzly de GSES
http://gses.rfsd.k12.co.us/ April 2011, Volume 3, Issue 6
Sonya Hemmen, Principal Phone: 384-5450
Important Dates for April:
Dave Anson, Assistant Principal Fax: 384-5455
School Closure/Emergency Information Phone: 384-6075
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4 , 11 , 18 , 25th –
9:00 am – Late Start
4 – Back to School, late Principal’s News
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4 - Kinder Registration
all week March went out like a lamb and challenges facing individual students.
spring is a breath of fresh air. We hope As with all students in the district,
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5 , 6 , and 7 – CSAP your Spring Break was memorable. final decisions about the movement of
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testing, 3 , 4 , 5 grade
Similes and metaphors, like those students from building to building will
11 – 6:30 pm- PIE above, are great examples of specific include a body of evidence to include
meeting, Library Expected Learner Outcomes (ELO’s) current learning levels, CSAP history,
that our students learn in the course of social and emotional considerations,
13 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm,
Budget meeting, session
their literacy instruction. As a part of parent input, and teacher judgment
3, Chili’s Night the new Colorado and national including report card information. As a
Common Core Standards, your team, we look forward to continuing to
14 – 8:20 am, Picture child(ren) will be instructed and share your child’s success at GSES
assessed in these ELO’s. As they and collaborating to overcome learning
16 – SATURDAY 4:00- achieve a level of proficiency they will challenges.
8:00 pm, Pasta La Vista then be “Moving On” in their learning.
spaghetti dinner fund The Moving On process Please mark your calendars for these
ensures that children are able to other upcoming events:
19 – 8:30 am – Terrific demonstrate in a variety of ways their School class pictures on April 14
Kids proficiency with instructional content Pasta La Vista spaghetti dinner on
such as similes and metaphors before April 16, and watch for more
21 – 4th grade musical/
art display, 2:00 pm
receiving instruction at increasingly information regarding upcoming shoe
dress rehearsal, NO 6:30 rigorous levels. In keeping with this swap and school supply recycling
performance, Denver theme, learning is like building a event.
Museum of Natural house. You have to have a strong
Science Mammoth bone
presentations all day at
foundation to support the building. Sincerely,
Masonic Lodge Moving On is the district name for
ensuring that all students have the
27 – Chili’s Night skills necessary to be successful at
their next learning level. In discussing
Attendance Line: the implementation of Moving On with Sonya Hemmen Dave Anson
384-6074 or students, staff, parents, and
email@example.com community we have clarified that
to report absences
students will be spending much of their
instructional day with their homeroom
teachers. Depending upon their
“GSES: Teaching instructional level they may see other
children since teachers for math and/or literacy. As
1921...” always, we encourage parent input
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News from the Classroom
Kindergarten – The kindergarten year is moving along so quickly we can hardly believe we
are in the 4th quarter of school! During the next couple of months our students will be reading,
adding and subtracting. All students should now be reading each and every night at home.
We try to encourage parents to read a book to the child and the child to read a book to the
parent. Although it is important for students to be actually reading it is also important for
parents to read more difficult books to increase vocabulary. Please ask your child’s teacher if
you need suggestions or ideas on how to read with your kiddo.
First Grade – Thank you to all of the parents who came to our music program last month.
This month we are working on: Math - Skip counting forward and backward using twos, fives
and tens; Social Studies - maps and globes; Writing - Flat Stanley had a great Spring Break
and we will be reading the journals in our classes and working on autobiographies using a
time line; Literacy - Since the students are in leveled reading groups, the Literacy teachers are
individualizing the instruction to best meet the needs of the children. Each student is working
to build their fluency in how they read, their comprehension of what they have read and their
accuracy in sounding out words. Please check with your child's Literacy teacher to find out
where you can best help your student.
Second Grade – We hope you had a wonderful spring vacation and were able to have some
quality family time. With only two months of school remaining we need your help in keeping
your child focused on learning. It is important to have your child read a book at their level
aloud to you everyday. When they have finished reading ask them to retell the story. We also
ask that you continue to help your child practice their addition and subtraction fast facts and
regrouping when adding and subtracting. Thank you for your support with these skills at
Third Grade – During the month of April we will be learning about our city's government and
simple machines. In math the focus will be on measurement and the focus in reading will be
applying the skills learned thus far in third grade. Please continue to listen to your child read
and check that he/she is doing his/her math homework. Thank you for all your support during
CSAP. We had wonderful attendance and your children came to school prepared. Great job!
Fourth Grade – Please remember that your child has homework every night. This builds
responsibility and reinforces their learning that occurs daily. Each student should be reading at
least 20 minutes every night and getting their day planner signed by a parent and turned into
their teacher. As you know, the Rendezvous for 4th Grade is on May 20th. It is an all-day
event and we need volunteers to help! Please contact your child's teacher if you can help in
any way. We will be meeting with parents during the PIE meeting on April 11th at 6:30 P.M. to
discuss this fun, educational day. Please plan on attending this meeting. Students did a
wonderful job on reading and writing CSAP. Make sure to congratulate them on their
accomplishments. Please encourage your child to continue to focus and work conscientiously
for the remainder of school year.
Fifth Grade – See classroom newsletters.
Important - CSAP Testing Dates
April 5th – April 7th - 3rd, 4th, 5th grades math and 5th
grade science in the afternoon. April 11th – 15th make
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What’s Happening at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library for Elementary kids and Tweens (8-11yo). Reading
Buddies program every Tuesday @ 3:30pm. Each week K-3rd grade readers buddy with older readers in 4th-8th
grades to develop reading skills and have fun reading together! Tween Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every
month (April 6) @ 4:00 pm. April’s book selection is The Maze of Bones (39 Clues) by Rick Riordan. This group has
fun getting together and talking about all kinds of things, including books! If you have questions about these events,
please call Pam at the GWS Library at 945-5958.
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Our FUNraiser, Pasta La Vista is just around the corner. Please join us the April 16 from 4-8pm for our spaghetti
dinner and silent auction fundraiser. The proceeds of the event will go towards GSES nine most wanted list. Save a little
money and purchase advance tickets at the front office. A ticket order form also went home with your child. We will also
be hosting a raffle for a chance to win $500 cash. Raffle tickets can also be purchased in advance at the office or during
the Pasta La Vista Fundraiser. We hope to see you there!! Our next PIE Meeting will be April 11 at 6:30pm. The 4
grade teachers will be our special guests. Come learn about Rendezvous!!! T-Shirt order forms are due by April 13 .
This is the last order for the school year. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Like at 945-0754.
Art – Mrs. Tiffany Burton (Mrs. B.) - Reminder...The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, which is near
the Hot Springs Pool, is hosting the Valley Kids Art Show this year and artwork from some students at GSES will be
on display until April 8th. So, please support the arts and take time to go see the great artwork that is happening in our
special valley. Also, the fourth grade art show will be ready for viewing on April 21st and will coincide with the music
show. Please mark your calendars and come see your child/ren’s artwork. Your involvement means so much to your
child/ren and it is fun to see how creative all our young artists truly are. In addition, please note that students absent
from school on an art day maybe falling behind on assignments. So, please encourage your child/ren to come into the
art room during a recess time to catch up on assignments. I am more than happy to help them during a recess time if I
do not have another class, and I can have materials prepped ahead of time for them. Thank you to everyone for saving
and donating all the tissue boxes. We have collected enough as of now. However, we are still collecting Altoid tins for
future art projects if you have any you would like to donate. Happy Spring to everyone!
Library/Tech. News – Ms, Monique Beck, Mrs. Sally Fuller, Mrs. Monica Blake –
Sally, Monica and I are having a blast integrating grade level test taking strategies in the library and computer lab.
Every lesson is linked to the state standards and the Essential Learning Objectives. Would your child like to see his/her
work published in the Zoobooks magazine? Here’s the long of it: Write an original poem, story, or drawing on
“GIRAFFES.” *We have many giraffe resources that your child can borrow from the library. Stories must be less than
100 words; drawings can use color or black ink but must be on solid white paper. Include your name, age, and address.
DUE TO THE LIBRARY ON FRIDAY, APRIL 22 . If your child’s work is printed in Zoobooks, he/she will win a FREE
one-year subscription. Please keep collecting BOX TOPS. This is an easy way to purchase books and support learning.
Continued thanks to Lyndsey Guyer, our Box Tops Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you for your continued support.
Music – Mrs. Amy Moritz – Fourth grade music performance/Art Display, April 21st at 2:30 only.
P.E. Mrs. Crystal Garrison – Happy Spring. We will be doing basketball this unit in Physical Education. Spring is
a great time to get outdoors and be active with your kids. Any basketball, soccer, and endurance building skills you can
do with your child this early spring will help with achieving success in P.E. I know the sandals are coming out of closets
this time of year and I really enjoy your continued support to send your child to P.E. in tennis shoes. Have a great April.
Peak News – Ms. Barb Hovde-Brown
In February some GSES 4 and 5 graders participated in the Roaring Fork School District Spelling Bee. They had to
get past all the spellers in their class and then all the finalists in their grade level to compete against other speller from
the Roaring Fork School District. In 4 grade Seth Plush earned 4th place and Bryce Risner got 8th place, for 5 grade
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it was Noah Rowe-Gaddis in 5 place and Miles Holt in 6th place. Way to go Grizzly spellers. On March 2 the 5
graders took on eight other valley teams to compete in Brain Bowl. It was an exciting day and GSES took 3 place.
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