Code Red Drill
As part of our commitment to student, staff and volunteer safety, we held a Code Red Drill at GardenGate yesterday. During the drill students and staff “locked down.” They locked doors, coveredwindows, and created barricades. Law enforcement was at Garden Gate to observe and providevaluable feed back that will be used to improve safety. We practice this drill in the event there is anarmed intruder on our campus.
2012 Geography Bee
This year’s fourth and fifth grade Geography Bee took place the afternoon of Friday, January 13. A few weeks prior, all theupper grade students took a qualifying test and the top scoring 30 went on to compete for a spot amongst the top 10. These tenfinalists competed in front of their peers to answer as many state and world geography questions as possible. These questionsconsisted of a combination of multiple choice and free response answers. Each contestant performed amiably, but in the endfifth grader, Amey Kapare became Garden Gate’s champion for the second year in a row. The runner up was Eric Hua and thethird place winner was Mansi Gandhi. Now we are waiting to hear whether Amey has qualified to compete at the state level. If so, he is off to Sacramento at the end of March to compete amongst the 100 highest scoring students in California.Congratulations to all the 2012 Geography Bee contestants!
Parents, please remember that there are two designated waiting areas on campus where we'd like you to wait for your 4th or 5th grade student to be released from class: Under the shade structure (lunch tables) or at the tables in front of the cafe window(snack tables). Please do not wait in the hallways, as low noise, such as conversation, can be disruptive for classes still insession. In addition, for safety and security reasons, students are not permitted to play on the play structures or the blacktopareas after school. Instead, please have your children wait, seated with you. The Garden Gate Staff appreciates your supportwith maintaining our learning environment and keeping students safe.
District Health Guidelines
It is important that our children follow good health practices at all times and be kept home when they are ill.A child may not be in school when he or she is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:* Nausea or vomiting (must remain at home until free of symptoms for 24 hours).* Diarrhea (must remain at home until free of symptoms for 24 hours).* Severe headache.* Continuous coughing or runny nose.* Evidence of a communicable disease such as rash, swelling or unusual sore throat.* Undiagnosed rash (rashes need to be verified by your doctor that they are non-contagious, a doctor’s note isneeded).* Temperature of 100 degrees or higher (must remain at home until he/she has a normal 98.6 degree temperaturefor 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer such as Tylenol).* Conjunctivitis (pink eye).If a student is sent home from school due to illness, the child may not return that day. A doctor’s note for absences over five (5)days is required.Keeping sick kids at home until they recover prevents contagious illness from spreading to other students andmembers of the community.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep all children and staff healthy.
Are You Helping Your Child Use Time Wisely?
January is all about time. We turn over a new page on the calendar and start a new year. This is a good month to reviewwhether you are helping your child learn to use time wisely. Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out:___1. Do you help your child develop a sense of time? “Seven days until Grandma comes.” “Dinner in 30minutes.”___2. Do you create a countdown calendar and cross off the days when your child is looking forward to somethingspecial?___3. Do you also create a countdown calendar when your child has a big project due?___4. Do you help your child break up big projects into small steps he can achieve one by one?___5. Do you have a regular bedtime and study time and keep a calendar for things your family has to do?How well are you doing? Each yes means you are helping your child develop a sense of time—and how to use it wisely. For noanswers, try those ideas. Copyright © 2012, The Parent Institute®www.parent-institute.com
Do you wonder how to connect better with your children? Do you wonder what matters to them, and how you can assist themto grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens? I encourage you to try a "propeller" - a question intended to sparkconversations with your children. Try it around the dinner table tonight!
This week's propeller:
Do you think that younger kids in your community (or school) see you as a role model?Why or why not?