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George Elementary December 2009

From the Principal's Desk — Nik Bergman

I would like to thank each
and everyone who attended this year’s student led conferences. They were tremendously successful!!! The parental attendance rate was 100%. What a testament of your dedication to your child and their education. This was the second year George Elementary conducted student led conferences, and judging by the high attendance rate they were a success. I was fortunate enough to be apart of several conferences and couldn’t have been happier with the positive conversations, centered on student achievement, that were taking place. It was also nice to see how excited your students were to show you their work. This March conferences will again be student led. In order for our March conferences to be a success

your attendance is just as critical as it was in the Fall. I have no doubt, being as dedicated to your students as you are, March conference attendance rate will again be 100%. Any comments or questions you might have regarding student led conferences, please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear them. Once again; the George Elementary Staff and I would like to thank you for your support!!! In addition to student academic success, school safety is a top priority. As you might have already heard George Elementary already has conducted two fire evacuation drills, with three more scheduled for the remainder of the school year. In addition to fire evacuation drills, George Elementary will carryout two lockdowns,

one shelter and place drill, and an evacuation drill to an alternative site, which is the George Community Hall. By the end of the year your student will have taken part in a total of nine emergency drills. Practicing for would-be circumstances is essential in teaching students what they are supposed to do in various real-life scenarios. Our next drill will be a school lockdown which will take place on December 15th at 1:30. On a final note please be sure to send your child to school wearing weather appropriate clothing. George Elementary Students will be going out to recess everyday unless it is below 15 degrees with wind chill taken into account. Have a joyous and memorable holiday season.

Save the Date:
• Dec. 4th & 18th: Pop-

corn Fridays
• Dec. 11th : Holiday

Family Night 6:008:00 Drill

• Dec. 15th: Lockdown • Dec. 16th and 17th: 17th

Hobby Day
• Dec. 18th: Holiday

Star Shine 2:20-3:00

George Giants are…

R espectful O n task A lways Safe

Holiday Book Fair is Coming to George!!!
elementary is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books will for sale and just in time for Christ-


mas. Books make excellent gifts and are a great addition to your home library collection. Your child will be bringing home an order form during the second week of December. Mark your

calendar for December 11th from 6:00-8:00pm, during the December Family Night. See you at the Book Fair! —- Janice Harmon, Reading Coach

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Cold and Flu Prevention Tips
are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to warding off colds and flu is apt to make your whole life healthier. The most effective way for preventing the flu is to get the flu shot. It may not be natural, but it works better than anything else. But there are other strategies you can employ as well. Charles B. Inlander, president of The People's Medical Society, has some suggestions you and your children may want to try: #1 Wash Your Hands: germs can live for hours -- in some cases weeks --


only to be picked up by the next person who touches the same object. So wash your hands often. #2 Don't Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands: germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results in passing along your germs to others. #3 Don't Touch Your Face: Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds, and a key way they pass colds on to their parents. #4 Drink Plenty of Fluids: Water

flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. #5 Get Fresh Air: A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. If your child has an uncontrollable cough, a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, is vomiting, or has diarrhea please keep them home. The first two days of a cold or flu is when it is most contagious. If you have additional questions of concerns please consult your family doctor.

George Elementary Can Drive

With the Spirit of giving in
mind George Elementary staff and students will be holding a Canned Food Drive beginning now and running up to Winter Break. The items collected will be donated to the

Quincy Food Bank to help a family in need this holiday season. If you would like contribute canned food/non perishable items, please stop by a George Elementary drop box.

George Elementary Enrichment — Lindsay Ness

I am

super excited to be the new school wide enrichment teacher at George! Our school is lucky enough to be able to give all students at George an opportunity to participate in enrichment activities on a weekly basis. Every week I get to go into each classroom for a half hour and bring exciting enrichment activities for the students. So far this school year grades 2-4 we have been working on a recycling unit. The students
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have been bringing loads of recyclables to school, sorting the items and then calculating how much energy we are saving. After just three days of collecting, we saved enough energy to watch T.V. non-stop for 810 hours! That’s almost 34 straight days! We have also created recycling advertisements and comics. We will be ending the unit with a recycled art project where students will get to use their creativity and construct their own art project using recycled materials. In kindergarten we

have been working with using our five senses to come to conclusions on what is hidden inside plastic eggs and sorting items by their characteristics. First grade began with making watercolor bug diagrams and dirt pudding and they are now working with the seven contents. They painted sugar cookies like the globe and will be painting and labeling a map of the contents. I look forward to many more exciting enrichment opportunities as the year progresses!