Garden Gate’s 2012 Teacher of the Year!
I am proud to announce that our staff has chosen Mrs. Marty Higgins as our 2012 Teacher of the Year!The purpose of this program is to honor our teachers who exhibit a commitment to educationalexcellence, strive for the academic and emotional success of every child, and display a passion for theteaching profession ~ this is absolutely Marty! Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Higgins – this isa well-deserved honor!
“Take It Personally” (TIP) Returns to Garden Gate
Parents often wonder things like, “How can I know what is most important in helping my child succeed inschool academically
in life?”, or the crucial “How can I stay connected with my child, especially as he/sheenters into teenage years and middle school?”. These can be daunting questions that leave parents feeling anxious andisolated. How about getting together with other parents to discuss these challenges?Soma McCandless, of Project Cornerstone, will once again return to Garden Gate to lead our parents through a workshop.Garden Gate parents that attended this workshop in October 2011 declared it a rousing success, sharing statements such as:“The TIP study group really raised my awareness about how even the tiniest efforts that I can (and have) been making as aparent can vastly affect asset building in my children and all children I come in contact with in either a positive or negativemanner.” “The best part, to me, was how this group became a personal journey as I explored what asset building connectionsI had within my own upbringing and how those experiences have helped shape my life...and subsequently how I wanted mychildren and others I supported to see me one day...” “My summary would be: I miss the class so much. I keep hoping there is just one more meeting. I read and take courses, but I actually apply what I learned in TIP. My family and I share our rose andthorn every night and it has made everything just a bit better!”Our spring “Take It Personally” workshop will be offered on six Wednesdays (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 and 4/11), from8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Garden Gate Staff Room. Project Cornerstone requests a one-time donation of $10 to cover the cost of the workbook from which parents will work. There’s no need to register – just join the first meeting! For additional details,please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Writing Workshop
The Santa Clara County Reading Council, in conjunction with the Sunnyvale School District, have graciously invited CupertinoUnion School District students, parents and teachers to participate in a “Children’s Writing Workshop.” This workshop will beon Saturday March 24, from 8:30 a.m until 12:00 p.m. at Columbia Middle School. Author Jeff Savage will share some of thebooks he’s written, as well as key writing strategies to improve writing. Registration forms, accompanied by the $10 payment,are due by March 16. The registration form/flyer, can be picked up in the Garden Gate Office until March 13.
A Huge Gator Thank You to our PTA!
You may remember that in our February 16th Gatoraid, I thanked the PTA for their generous donation of funds for much-needed technology items for Garden Gate. This includes iPod Touches and document cameras that will directly impact studentlearning. We are so grateful. Please stop by the PTA window (exterior corner of office near Room 2) to see our “Thank YouPoster.”
New California Booster Seat Law
The new California Booster Seat Law, effective January 1, 2012, prohibits parents, guardians, or drivers from transporting anychild under 8 years old in a motor vehicle without securing that child in the back seat in a child restraint that meets federalmotor vehicle safety standards. The law does contain a provision, however, that a child under 8 years of age who is 4’9” inheight or taller, may use a safety belt rather than a child safety seat or booster seat. The new child safety seat law for 2012imposes stiff fines and penalties for violations, including the possibility of child endangerment charges.
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: How do you help your friends feel more positive about themselves?
School Site Council Seeks Nominations
The School Site Council (SSC) is asking for nominations for two parent positions on the SSC for next school year. The SSC develops andmonitors the School Plan and School Based Coordinated Program Budgets. The SSC is a great way to be involved and to give input to our school programs. Our SSC is comprised of an equal number of staff and parent representatives. The meetings are held once a month after school. If you are interested in serving on the SSC, or if there is someone you would like to nominate, please complete the information belowand return the form to school by March 12th. If you have any questions concerning SSC, please contact Mrs. Patti Wolf at 252-5414 ext.156.
School Site Council Nominations for the 2012 - 2013 School Year
I am interested in a position on the School Site Council: Name: Phone Number:_____________
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