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GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Monday December 10, 2018


Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time: 6pm

Location: Media Center

We will be hearing information about the Signs of Suicide training the kids received last week and Principal Dolan will be sharing information about the MD State Report Card and the scores for GMS. This is a brand new rating for schools.

Every member of the GMS community is welcome to attend PTA meetings, even if you are not a member. Look forward to see you there!

GMS Scholars

GM Scholars will be having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich making party after school on the last week before winter break. Students will be making sandwiches to donate to Martha's table. They will be donated to feed the homeless in DC. We would ask for a donation of wheat sandwich bread, peanut butter and (preferably squeezable) grape or strawberry Jelly. You can bring your donations to the main office on or before Monday, December 17th. Thank you!!!!!!

GMS Basketball

Girls Basketball and Boys’ Basketball team lists were shared with students on 12/7/18.

Both basketball teams will have practice on Tuesday, 12/11 and Wednesday, 12/12 after school.

GMS Yearbook

Give the gift they will open again and again. Buy a GMS yearbook for your child!

GMS Play


Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM at Gaithersburg MS

Free-Flyer attached to this email

You Have the Power Club (YHTP) sponsored by Project Change

Help reduce intolerance, disrespect and bullying

THE YHTP Club meets after school Room 311 Wednesdays January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13

Club is free but registration is required (Registration form is attached)

GMStrong December

We are conducting a food drive until December 14th. Canned foods should be dropped off at the main office or counseling office. Types of Food Needed: Rice, black and red beans (bag not canned), lentils (bag not canned), juice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, fruit cups, pudding, flavored oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, bread, granola bars, canola oil, and canned corn.

In December in GMStrong students will focus on spirituality and mindfulness.

Project Change Pajama Drive

The GMS Project Change Service Club will be sponsoring a Pajama Drive for Comfort Cases (serving children in foster care) beginning Monday Dec. 3 through Friday Dec. 14.

We will be Collecting New Pajamas in all sizes! We hope you can help!

Donations should be brought to the main office.

Every Student Succeeds Act State Report Card

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released a new accountability report card for every school in the state of Maryland.

Learn more by viewing this short video: ESSA State Report Card

A presentation will be made to the community at the December 11, 2018 PTA meeting at 6:00 PM

Instrumental Program Fundraiser

The Instrumental Music program at GMS will hold a fundraiser during the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 12, from 5:45 pm to 9 pm. Baked goods, snacks, pizza and water will be sold. A seating area will be set up near the gym.

Donations of baked goods, snacks and bottles of water are needed, as well as volunteers to staff the concession table.

All the funds raised will support much-needed repairs of school-owned instruments and the purchase of new instruments, so that more students are able to borrow instruments and showcase their amazing talents. Did you know that it costs between $100 and $300 to repair one clarinet or clean a brass instrument, and that many of the school's instruments need new cases? The addition of an instrument such as a vibraphone or a marimba would also widen the scope of the music students can practice and perform year-round. A vibraphone costs $3,000! Every dollar counts!!!

Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 10, 2018

9:30am-2:00pm French Immersion 8th grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon-Ms. Ursu

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

4:20 pm Activity Bus

6:00 pm PTA Meeting-Media Center-GMS Report Card, Signs of Suicide

7:00 pm Winter Chorus Concert-Gym

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1-Town Hall Meetings by Grade Level

3:00 pm Interims Due

3:30 pm Math Team Competition-Clemente MS

4:20 pm Activity Bus

6:00 pm Band and Orchestra Pizza and Bake Sale

7:00 pm Winter Band and Orchestra Concert-Gym

Thursday, December 13, 2018

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2-6th Grade GMStrong Peer Leader meeting

10:15 am-1:20 pm Book Wars-Media Center

3:00-6:00 pm GEMS Field Trip to Comfort Cases

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Friday, December 14, 2018

9:30 am-2:00 pm French 1 Students Field Trip to Alliance Francaise-Ms. Ursu

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3

2:15-3:00 pm Guest Speaker Model U.N.-Lisa Stephens

Upcoming Events

December 17-21 SGA Spirit Week

December 18, 2018 Interims Released

7:00 pm GMS Winter Play-Team of Stars Gym

December 19, 2018 GMStrong!-Spiritualty

1:00-4:00 pm Invent the Future Challenge KID Museum Field Trip-

Ms. Pantella

December 20, 2018 GMStrong!-Spiritualty

10:15 am-1:20 pm Book Wars-Media Center

December 24-31 Winter Break

January 1, 2019 HOLIDAY-New Year’s Day

January 2, 2019 Return to school

January 4, 2019 Student Service Learning due to Ms. Mesina

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