The Principal's Paper Clip
Parents: Our next session for Volunteer Training has been scheduled. On Friday, December 5, 2014, the first session will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the second session will begin at 5:15 p.m. If you are an approved, registered volunteer and would like to attend a training session, please click here to print the volunteer form and return it to your child's teacher. Please remember, you must attend the annual Volunteer Training in order to volunteer in any capacity at our school (in the classroom, field trips, etc.). If you have any additional questions, please contact Claudia Padilla-Gonzalez, Volunteer Coordinator (301)863-4064, x21144.
October was a very busy and productive month at GHES. The K-3 teachers received intense, targeted professional development as we continue to implement the IRLA with the American Reading Company. During parent conferences, teachers were able to share student progress with parents and stress the importance of at-home reading. All students should be reading at least 30 minutes every night. This practice will help them focus on their power goals and progress through the levels.
I want to congratulate Mr. Simpson’s class for being the first for all students to reach at least 10 percent of their Reading Counts goal. Keep up the great work! Report cards will be issued on November 7th. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child(ren) about his/her progress and set new goals.
I want to thank our PTA for a wonderful Fall Festival. There were lots of games, food, and fun for everyone. Face painting and the cakewalk continue to be favorites. I also want to thank the parents who donated items for the bake table and the cakewalk along with the many staff members who made this event a success. The PTA is still in need of your support. If you have not yet done so, please join. Also, be on the lookout for the order forms for their Yankee Candle sales. November is full of important events.
On Tuesday, November 4th, I encourage you to exercise your right to vote. If possible, allow your child(ren) to tag along so that they can gain a better understanding of the process. Share with them about how you select candidates. On Tuesday, November 11th, we will honor our veterans. We are very thankful for the sacrifices made by all military personnel and their families. School will not be in session those days. On Thursday, November 27th, families around the nation will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The theme for the entire month is thanksgiving, showing appreciation for our freedoms, families, and other things. During this month, I hope you will focus conversations with your child(ren) on ways to show that they are thankful.
Wauchilue Adams, Principal