10.30.12 Family Update
OCTOBER 30, 2012
NEXT WEEK IS THE ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH!!! Every student has a science fair project that they worked on. Please ask your child(ren) about theirs. Since the Gaudior curriculum includes teaching public speaking, every student is expected to be by their project next Monday night to explain the experiment and answer questions. The Upper El, Levels 4 & 5, will have their projects in the gym. Level 3 will have their Rube Goldberg experiments in the classrooms, and the remaining levels will have their projects in the main hall. We are inviting everyone, family and friends, to come next Monday to see the exciting discoveries the students have made. The Science Fair is from 6:30 – 8:00. You are welcome to walk throughout the school and see all the projects. Students in Levels 1-3 sign up for a time to present. They do not have to be there for the entire evening. Students in Levels 4 & 5, though, are expected to stand by their projects and talk to people about what they did. We hope to see everyone next Monday, November 5. This is a mandatory requirement.
Tuesday, November 6, is ELECTION DAY. Gaudior and every public school in Michigan is closed next Tuesday to allow for voting to take place. Please review the 6 proposals and make your voice heard. Take your children so they can see, first-hand, how the voting privilege works in Michigan.
This year, we are initiating three new programs and we are proud to say that they are all off the ground. Because of the Wayne State grant, the afterschool PAC (Physical Activity Club) has begun. We started the tutoring sessions to go along with the PAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have also started a reading program. Teams of students meet with staff to read and meet challenges that have specific goals. Last week and this week, we worked on observation skills. Staff taught students how to play Rummy, Crazy Eights, and Go Fish. These games require players to notice suites and numbers. Noticing differences is an important reading skill. How else would you be able to tell the difference between “b”, “p”, “d”, and “q” – all letters that use a circle and stick – just in different places? Please ask your child(ren) about what they did in Reading groups this week.
Level 3 had a great time at the UM-Dearborn Nature Center yesterday. They pulled pond samples and looked at what was in the water using magnifying glasses and microscopes. Thanks to Lloyd Tyler, Sr. (Manzell’s dad), Alyssa Banks (Anjali’s mom), Denise McDonald (Anjali’s grandmother), Dorothy Street (Michael’s grandmother), Regina and John Shaw (James and Eryca’s parents), Cassandra Bradshaw (Michael Bradshaw’s mom), and Quaitisha Washington (J’Dah & Jayden’s mom) for driving. Last week, Level 2 went to Belle Isle for a nature study. Both trips are helping students understand the science units they are studying this month.
Spirit Week started yesterday. You should have seen the wild outfits and crazy hairdos. Please see the calendar below to see what is next.
Wednesday, 10/31 - Halloween. Levels have sent home information about how they will spend the day.
Spirit Week – Wear orange and black instead of costumes.
Level 2 popcorn sale. Popcorn is 50¢/25¢ more for flavor toppings.
Thursday, 11/1 - Spirit Week – PJ Day. Level 4 Pizza Lunch. This is NOT part of the regular school lunch and forms/payment were due by today.
Friday, 11/2 - Spirit Week Friday – Sports/Jersey Day – NO HATS.
BasketballTournament –All are invited. Come see the students vs the staff. The festivities start at 12:30.
Sunday, 11/4 – END OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. MOVE CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR.
Monday, 11/5 – Science Fair. 6:30 to 8:00pm. All are welcome. This is a mandatory curriculum event.
Tuesday, 11/6 – NO SCHOOL. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! Professional Development day for staff.
Wednesday, 11/7 - Student Council Elections during lunch.
Thursday, 11/15 – Grads to DIA. Families needed to drive and take students around the museum to choose their projects.
Monday & Tuesday, 11/19 & 20 – ½ days for conferences. Lunches will be served to the children.
Wed-Fri, 11/21-23 – THANKSGIVING BREAK. NO SCHOOL. Enjoy time with family and friends.
The Westland Salvation Army is accepting applications starting November 12th and ending December 5th for anyone interested in receiving their services. They donate food and gifts for children up to age 14. They take applications on Monday and Wednesday from 9-11 and 1-3. Their location is 2300 S. Venoy Rd. in Westland. Phone number is 734-722-3660.
Lisa and Coach Julie would like to offer a Clothing exchange for Gaudior Families. If you are interested in helping organize this community service project, please call the office 313-792-9444. They would like to have it set up for conferences on November 19th & 20th.