|Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary School
February 3, 2014
Principal’s Pen March 10, 2016
Dear Gilbert Family and Friends,
I can’t believe we are completing the second trimester of the school year. At Gilbert School we feel that communication between home and school is a crucial part of your child’s learning process. Please contact the school if you have not scheduled a conference. Although we schedule conferences twice a year, please remember that teachers can always be contacted by e-mail or telephone throughout the year. It is important to let us know if you have any questions or concerns. One question that teachers often hear this time of year is, “How can I help my child do better in school?” Research shows that designating a time for reading every day is highly effective. This is something you can do to help your child regardless of the grade.
We are working hard on having all students show Falcon Pride at Gilbert School. It is important for all students to display the following behaviors at Gilbert School.
When talking with your child, ask them how they could receive a Falcon Pride Slip at school. The staff members hand out Falcon Pride Slips to students randomly throughout the school to recognize that the student is displaying at least one of these behaviors.
Thank you to the families who participated in our Chocolate Bunny and Almond Fundraiser. The money raised will be used for special projects and incentives for the students and staff.
IMPORTANT to REMEMBER
Students should not be dropped off until 7:45. There is no supervision until 7:45 when staff is on duty.
As always please feel free to call, e-mail or stop by the office to discuss any concerns. I hope you have a wonderful March.
Sue C. Dionne
Spring is in the air!
I’m not sure if March is coming in like a lion or a lamb, but I’m routing for an early spring either way! This seems like a great opportunity to thank all the parents that have participated in the Gilbert PTC group this year. We do have an email group for those parents that cannot attend regularly to keep everyone informed. If you are not on the email list, but would like to be, please let me know. The PTC is responsible for organizing or helping with many of the special events that happen at Gilbert School. During Parent/Teacher conferences, the PTC will run the Scholastic Book Fair along with a table to sell Gilbert Falcon Cards. If you do not have your Gilbert Falcon Card, it’s a great deal for $5
During the week of March 7th to 11th Gilbert School will celebrate Spirit Week. Each day a different opportunity will be available for students to participate in the fun.
CRAZY HAIR DAY
RED AND WHITE DAY
Although our school district does not prohibit cell phones or technology devices, there are rules regarding them at school. Students who bring cell phones or technology devices to school must keep them in their backpacks while at school. All cell phones should be off and not used during any classes unless the teacher, or another adult gives permission. The goal is to keep students focused on school topics, and not add any distractions.
Our attendance record went down in February. Gilbert School had maintained a solid 95% up until last month. Even with a week off our attendance rate dropped to 94% of all students in attendance for February. Please remember to notify the school either by phone call or written letter explaining any absences for your child. With testing right around the corner, it is important that students come to school every day, on time to challenge their brains. School starts at 8:30 and that’s the best time for all students to be at Gilbert for maximum learning.
It takes a community to raise a child, and I’m so glad to be a part of the Gilbert community!
Dean of Students at Gilbert School
626-2491 ext. 3652
Mar. 16 - Swindells PreK – Sensory Gym – 8:50-10:20 & 12:35-2:20
Mar. 17 - EARLY RELEASE – 11:45 DISMISSAL (no PM PreK)
Mar. 18 - WORKSHOP DAY – NO SCHOOL
Mar. 23 - Spring Picture Day
Apr. 15 - WORKSHOP DAY – NO SCHOOL
Apr. 18-22 - APRIL VACATION – NO SCHOOL
May 4 - 5th Grade to Norlands (changed from May 3)
May 6 - 4th Grade to Maine State Museum – 8:40 – 2:20
May 11 - EARLY RELEASE – 11:45 DISMISSAL (no PM PreK)
May 12 - 3rd Grade to Southworth Planetarium – 8:45 – 2:00
May 12 - 16/17 Kindergarten Screening – NO KINDERGARTEN FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
May 13 - 16/17 Kindergarten Screening – NO KINDERGARTEN FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
May 26 - 1st Grade to Maine Wildlife 8:45-2:15
May 30 - HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
Jun. 7 - EARLY RELEASE – 11:45 DISMISSAL
2016 Yearbook information has been sent home – THE DEADLINE TO ORDER IS FRIDAY, APRIL 8. LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All ads and messages are due March 6. 6th Grade only – Baby pictures must be turned in by March 6. You may also order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com – the Yearbook ID Code is 11488816.
We still have a limited supply of yearbooks from previous years. They are available for a cost of $5.00 on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like one, please contact the office.
We are taking information for Preschool for 2016/2017. Please call Gilbert School at 626-2491 if your child will be 4 years old by October 15.
We are taking registration information for Kindergarten Screening. Current Pre-K families should contact their home school to schedule an appointment. The Kindergarten screening schedule is listed below:
Hussey – 626-2491 – May 2 & 3
Farrington School – 626-2480 – May 5 & 6
Lincoln School – 626-2483 – May 9 & 10
Gilbert School – 626-2491 – May 12 & 13
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Student Council will be hosting a Gilbert Movie Night on Friday, March 25th to continue our School Spirit month! Thank you to the PTC for helping us with this night! Students will be given three movie choices to vote on with their class. So, the movie will be announced at a later date! The movie will be rated G for all families to enjoy! Student Council will also have a bake sale available before and after the movie to help raise money for our spring fundraising. We hope all students and their families are able to come join our fun Movie night.
Mrs. Phair and Mrs. Knowlton
CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING CHOSEN AS FEBRUARY’S CITIZEN OF THE MONTH:
Connor Lewis, Madeline Hopkins
Noella Farris, Kendall Miller
Saylor Tribou, Aleah Hernandez
Emma Orr, Aven Nicholas
VickiLyn Vinal, Sarah Truman
Jacob Faucher, Emma Robbins
Rachel Nagy, Ian Brewer
Haileigh Camp, Zachary Heidle
Novieanna Erving, Liam Tyce
Alivia St. Peter, Elyssa Morton
Kiana Goldberg, Ariana Dutil
Elyas Cody, Kyla LeClair
April Anderson, Connor O’Neal
We are pleased to announce that the following band students at Gilbert School, Jenasis Goodrich and Paige Tourtelotte, were chosen for this year’s District III Honors Band and were also chosen, along with Emma Crosby and Courtney Bacon, for the Augusta Instrumental Gifted & Talented Program. Those students selected for the District III Band will be participating in a Festival on Friday, March 11 (snow date Friday, March 18) at Boothbay Elementary School. Students will be bussed to Boothbay where they will rehearse throughout the day with other selected talented 6th grade students from 21 different schools. At 5pm they will present a concert for parents, family, and friends and return home with their families afterward. All GT Band students are working on a piece together to be performed at the Augusta District Spring Concert at Cony in April. Details of this concert will be coming soon.
Congratulations to all our musicians!!
Falcon Cards are available for purchase for $5.00 each. Stop in to the office if you would like one.
The Book fair will be held during conference week – March 21 – March 25. PTC is looking for volunteers to help. Please call the office at 626-2491 if you are willing to volunteer during that time.
Next meeting –Tuesday, March 8 - 4:00 PM
LABELS FOR EDUCATION
TYSON PROJECT A+
Please put Boxtops/Labels for Education in a baggie with your child’s name (first & last) and classroom teacher’s name on it and bring them to school by Friday, March 25 to participate in the spring party. It is not necessary to wait till you have 50/100 – bring them in as you get them. We will keep track of them for you. Those bringing in 50 will be invited to an ice cream party and for every 50 after the first 50 – you will get to choose a special prize!!! WOOHOO!
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK EXPIRATION DATES.
Falcon Cards are available for a cost of $5.00 each
FIND THE FALCON
PARENTS: Hidden somewhere in this newsletter is a falcon like the one above. Please read the newsletter, find the falcon, return the form below with your signature, and be entered for a chance to win a FALCON CARD. MUST BE RETURNED by March 15. Drawing will be held March 16.
Student Name Teacher Name
(First & Last Name)
I found the FALCON on Page in the article about .