Monday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 26: Scholastic Book Fair — library
Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 25: School Bus Safety & Driver Appreciation Week
Saturday, Oct. 26: Eighth Grade Harvest Fair — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: AOS 93 High School Fair
Thursday, Oct. 31: Trunk-or-Treat — 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7: PTO meeting — 3-4 p.m.
Nov. 12-22: Parent-teacher conferences
Message from the principal
By Kim Schaff
Welcome to our first newsletter of the 2019-2020 school year. It is hard to believe that it was only six weeks ago that I shared with the students lessons I learned from my first triathlon. Knowing the power of the educational “hook” to capture attention, I changed out of my first-day-of-school clothes into my triathlon outfit to teach this whole-school lesson. Here are 15 lessons I shared with the students:
1. You have to be organized and come prepared.
2. We have to remember that we all come in different sizes and shapes. It is OK. We are all beautiful.
3. Listen to directions like your life depends on it. Sometimes in life it does.
4. If friends or teachers offer to help you out (train with you), don’t be ashamed to let them. Be humble and trusting in others.
5. Have a place to do your work.
6. Find a way to make learning (training) fun. Learning with others can make it even more fun.
7. Don’t be afraid to put in time, energy, and perhaps sweat.
8. Take time to “chill out,” especially when you have been doing something a long time.
9. Putting the time into training and studying pays off.
10. It helps when friends jump in to run alongside you and cheer you on. We all need cheerleaders in our lives.
11. Everyone can always improve.
12. There will always be someone stronger, faster, and smarter than you.
13. Celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes.
14. At the end, set new goals. Higher goals.
15. Learning is the key to everything. Education first!
Each of us has life lessons that can encourage or inspire us to be “better than our best.” My hope this year is that other members of the GSB school community share their life lessons with our students. There are so many stories to tell and lessons to learn. Let’s learn from each other!
As you have learned reading (or skimming) through this newsletter, there is always a lot happening at GSB. To make sure that you are on top of the latest news, ask your child about his/her day every day, communicate with your child(ren)’s teachers, check out teacher webpages and the school’s website, volunteer in the classroom or on a field trip, and continue to read our monthly newsletters.