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November seemed like a whirlwind, but much was accomplished. At the beginning
of the month, we were fortunate to have several Marines spend time at GHES for a
beautification project, read to classes, mingle during lunch, and set up and run students though an obstacle course. The obstacle course was probably the most popular of all events. The Marines teamed with Mr. Harden and Mr. Jones, our physical education teachers, to give the students a sampling of the physical training required for military service. I want to thank Gunnery Sergeant Bliss, Gunnery Sergeant Brown, Gunnery Sergeant Meza, Gunnery Sergeant Sprayberry, Sergeant Jackson, Corporal Diallo, and Corporal Bailey. I especially want to thank Gunnery Sergeant Bliss for coordinating with me. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with men and women on active duty. We appreciate all of our military personnel and look forward to future endeavors.
Our students in grades K-3 are spending a lot of time reading and, as a result, are making good progress. Every 15 minutes that they read equal one step. I want to congratulate Mrs. Viverette’s class for being the first to have all students read at least 100 steps! As a result, they won the banner that they proudly display in their classroom. Ms. Monteith’s and Mrs. Barnes’ classes were very close to winning. We will see which class reads their way to 200 steps first! I love walking down the hall and into classrooms to have students eager to tell me how many steps they have and/or the level on which they are reading. With two weeks off for the Winter Break, please be sure that your child(ren)
continue to read.
As the weather continues to change, please dress your child(ren) in layers. This will allow your student(s) to be comfortable in all areas of the building, as temperatures can vary from room to room. In addition, it allows for flexibility at recess time. If your child is in need of a coat, we may be able to help. South Point Church has donated some coats to our school. Just send a note to your child’s teacher and we will take it from there. If we do not have your child’s size, we will let you know. December is the time of year for giving. Our SAIL team has partnered with the Marines for several years now to help with the annual Toys for Tots toy drive. The staff held a Casual for a Cause event to raise money to support the project. If you would like to donate new toys to the toy drive, feel free to drop them off in the office. The pick-up date is December 15th, so please have you donation in by December 14th.
As December arrives, it is a short, but intense month at school. There are lots of special activities, so please monitor your child(ren)’s take-home folder for updates. It is also a time to show compassion for others. I hope you will encourage your child(ren) to do something special for someone without expecting anything in return. There are many lessons to be leaned from such acts of kindness. I wish you and your family and safe and happy holiday!