The PTSA was held on 1-23. Following the meeting, the 5/6 graders presented interactive book reports. Discussions at the P.T.S.A. included giving incentives to students for positive bus behavior each Thursday. They will also conduct another t-shirt/sweatshirt sale so watch for flyers. The next P.T.S.A. meeting will be at 5:15 on February 20th. Hope to see you there.
Student Council sponsored the Polar Express movie and prepared hot cocoa for all.5th and 6th grades prepared gifts for their new friends at the Veteran’s Nursing Home. Supplies came from The Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT).
On November 19th at 6:00 PM the Gardner School student body will host the performance Snow Biz. We ask that each child is at the school in costume by 5:45. The performance will be around 40 minutes. If the weather is snowy we will hold the performance the following evening. A reception will follow. Everyone is asked to provide a treat to share.
WHAT A GREAT TURNOUT WE HAD FOR OUR WORKSHOP! THANK YOU, PARENTS, FOR COMING UP TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN. Jessica Sato, the presenter was pleased to announce the Gardner crowd was one of the largest workshops attended. We had more parents show up than in schools with several hundred students.
Student bullying and conflict are persistent challenges in every school, causing students untold suffering, marginalizing diverse youth and impacting the ability of our children to succeed in their careers and future relationships.
At this workshop you will:
Get up to speed on the new face of bully prevention in our school.
- Learn how to bully-proof your child to succeed in their friendships so that they are neither a bully nor a target.
- Develop skills to coach your child through the inevitable conflicts and bullying of childhood and adolescence.
December 6, 5:00 dinner followed by movies for students and workshop for parents ending at 7:00 PM
Join us for dinner, door prizes and good company
No Bully (www.nobully.org) is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that partners with schools nationwide to implement a non-punitive and highly effective solution to end bullying and harassment. Research studies show that teachers and staff trained in the No Bully System® succeed in stopping student bullying in over 90% of cases. No Bully is helping schools transform into learning communities that are truly inclusive.
Gardner School held its 31st annual One Room Schoolhouse celebration on November 15. It is a tradition for all students to dress in One Room Schoolhouse outfits, be placed in multi-aged classrooms, and combine lessons for each classroom. Area 12th graders, who graduated from Gardner School in 8th grade, are invited back to assist teachers and have a reunion, especially since they often go to different high schools.
This year’s theme focused on firefighting, safety, and the succession of a forest fire. The day included many hands-on projects. First students studied what constitutes a safe campsite then built one in each classroom using the “old fort in the living room” style. They learned why Smokey the Bear’s philosophy was not always correct and why he needed an update to reflect a more advanced position. So, the groups gave him a style update. Each class designed a new vest for him and volunteers, including board member Jaye Sudar, stitched the outfits together. Then the students made 3-D floor plans from milk cartons and put a string through the house to identify an escape plan. For science, the focus was on tree rings with burn scars. Several volunteers enhanced the day including the local volunteer fire department members, a smoke jumper and CK Morey who had a demonstration on the playground with his truck. We thank everyone who was involved in making the day a success.
We would like to thank all of the Walsenburg families for your patience. We will have a bus transporting students to and from Walsenburg beginning Monday, November 5. The bus will leave the Peakview School at 6:55 and will be back at Peakview close to 4:25. Please be on time to drop off and pick up your children. Remind your children of responsible bus riding!
This Wednesday is Halloween at the Gardner School. Students need to bring their costumes (K-8) and will be able to wear them the last hour of the day. Parties will be held in individual classrooms. The preschoolers and kindergarteners will take a trip to gather pumpkins. Fifth and 6th graders will have a pumpkin decorating contest and other classes will have their own parties. We request that students do not wear overly-scary or gory costumes. If you would like to send treats, there are lots of fun healthy options online.
Please spread the word that the Gardner School will hold a Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) meeting. Parents can make some great contributions, but the group needs parents! As a result of our first meeting, Brianna Chavez and Andrea Pacheco will be our co-presidents and Lydia Vialpando will be the treasurer. The first act of business is to host a shirt and sweatshirt fundraiser. Please join us for our next meeting will be arranged soon.
Tonight, October 21, we honored some very special staff and students:
Adeline Swift in first grade was awarded for great work habits, classwork and for being a ray of sunshine!
Avery Mendez in third grade was awarded for always doing her very best work every day.
Giovanni Aldretti in sixth grade was honored for the vast improvement he has shown. He works hard and is responsible for his learning.
Carmen Hernandez in the 7th grade was awarded for living the Gardner social vision which reads, “The Gardner School community will be responsible, treat each other with respect, kindness, and honesty while having fun.” P.S. The vision was written by the 7/8th grades.
Christina Fogel the ESS teacher was awarded for the dedication and pride she takes in her job at the Gardner School.
Ricardo Gonzales was awarded for keeping the school tidy, safe and being an important part of the Gardner School community.