The Principal's Paper Clip
We have had a very productive month of October. We hosted several literacy and math nights, providing crucial information to help parents understand expectations, curriculum, and ways to help your student(s) at home. Recently, Nurse Nancy and Mr. Jones hosted Always Changing, a talk with 4th and 5 th -graders about puberty. Several parents attended with their students and found it to be very helpful. We also had a very successful Book Fair. I want to thank Mrs. Brooks and all of our volunteers for helping our students build their home libraries. Our PTA planned and executed a wonderful Fall Festival! There were lots of new and different games and the event was heavily attended. As in previous years, the face painting station had a continuous line for almost two hours. We thank our PTA officers and all volunteers for such a fun evening. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Rachal Parker as our new Volunteer Coordinator. She and Ms. Crystal Frederick have scheduled two more training sessions, so be sure to attend one of them if you have been approved. Remember that volunteer applications must be submitted online, so visit our webpage at http://schools.smcps.org/ghes/ . As always, please make note of the activities on the calendar. On Saturday, November 14, from 9:00 am. Until 4:00 pm, there will be a STEM Festival and Expo at the James Forrest Center in Leonardtown. STEM is for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There will be demonstrations and there is no cost to participate. I urge you to take your student to explore some very interesting topics and concepts. On November 18th, we will have Stretch Your food Dollars, presented by Jane Kostenko. Please be sure to sign up. During the month of November, we have the opportunity to focus on gratitude. On November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day and offer thanks to those who serve in the armed forces. Thanksgiving is a holiday that traditionally brings families together. In our area, there are lots of people who may not be able to join their families on this holiday, so I encourage you to look for ways for you and your family to reach out to them. They could be your neighbor or a senior citizen. We are all thankful for our families. Why not share it with someone else? Happy Thanksgiving!