SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS MS. DARUTY: ALL As you all know, Ms. Daruty is going to be on leave from the start of winter break through the end of spring break. My friend and colleague, Mary Anna Noveck, will be taking her place during the leave. Let’s welcome her upon the return from winter break. VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK: ALL You may have seen a handsome, Jimmy Stewartesque dad walking through the kinder yard as he drops off his daughter Stella for class each day. In case you were wondering what he does for his day job, he is the deputy director at the Santa Monica Pier. In addition to all the responsibilities of work and family, he has also decided to bust out 8 restaurant solicitations for the 2015 Grant Auction as well as a personal donation of a walking historical tour of the pier AND a book on the history of the pier that he himself wrote! What a super dad! Sure, it takes a few minutes to grab some donation forms from the office or download them here, and then sign up for a couple of your favorite businesses at volunteerspot. But Jim knows that our teachers our doing incredible things with our kids, and he knows Grant is doing exciting things with the money that is raised by the 2015 Grant Auction, and Jim wants to be a part of this groundswell of Gecko volunteerism. Thanks Jim, Grant couldn't do it without you! MISSION 7 PATCH: ALL Lincoln Middle School was accepted to be a part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). They have had all 8th graders working in teams to create research-based experiments to be conducted in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS). One student team's experiments will be chosen by NASA to go to the ISS as part of Mission 7. Because they were chosen, they get to have our elementary and middle schools take part in a “patch” contest. One patch will be chosen from the elementary entries and one patch will be chosen from the middle school entries to go on Mission 7 to the ISS. Attached is a flyer for the Mission Patch Design Contest. Attached is an entry form which you can review so that students know the requirements. Do not complete the entry form until we see your patch and write up. We are making our due date before Lincoln's. Submit your patch entry by Friday, January 30. ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?: ALL Give today to the Education Foundation and your donation is instantly doubled. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 through December 31st. No amount is too small or too large. Even more exciting news! Everyone who donates $100 or more from now through #GivingTuesday on 12/2 will be entered to win a weekend stay for two at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, complete with spa treatments and brunch. Don't wait - donate today and maybe that spa treatment will be yours! KARAMU COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: ALL In honor of Kwanzaa, the John Adams Middle School Pathway schools cordially invite you to the: Karamu Community Celebration on Thursday, December 18 from 4:00-6:00pm at John Adams Middle School, 2425 Sixteenth Street,Santa Monica, CA 90405 See attached flyer. This is a joint activity and will replace our local activity at Grant. Please join in if you can. There is not going to be a Kwanzaa activity at Grant. We want you to attend this at JAMS. FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE…AUCTION SEASON IS READY FOR BLAST OFF!: ALL What? Grant’s annual fundraiser of cosmic proportions, an online auction leading up to an out-of-this-world live auction party! Who? You! Grant needs parents to collect tax deductible donations from stellar local businesses to auction off online and live. When? Now! Auction Mission Control is standing by to enter donations into our online bidding system. The deadline for entry is Feb. 1. How? Sign up to recruit your favorite businesses on VolunteerSpot here: http://vols.pt/aMZEuA. Donation forms and solicitation tips from experienced Grant solicitors can be found on the PTA website, in the school office, or from the intergalactic emissaries landing in front of school this week. Where? Donations can be sent to the address on the donation form or deposited in the school office in the “Auction Donation” box. Why? To raise funds for supplies and projects that will enrich the education of all Grant students, including our future astronauts, astrophysicists, science fiction writers, and stars! If you need help signing up on VolunteerSpot or would like to add a business to the list, please contact Matt at [email protected], and if you have any other questions, please contact Michelle at [email protected] Thank you for your help and support! DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT AMAZON & SUPPORT GRANT SCHOOL: ALL It’s the season for giving …….. It’s the season for shopping…….. Turn your shopping into giving!! NOTE: Don’t use Amazon Smile; it only donates .5% of your purchase price to Grant. Instead, go through the Amazon link at www.grantpta.org and Amazon will donate up to 10% of the proceeds from every purchase to Grant School!! This doesn’t cost you anything extra. Just bookmark the link: http://www.amazon.com/?&tag=grantpta-20 . TIPS: • • • Always use the above link to access Amazon.com before you add items to your cart. Check out promptly. Items left in your cart for 24 hours or more don’t qualify. To save items to purchase later, please use your wish list. Every purchase counts including gift cards, Kindle books, movie downloads, groceries, even 99 cent music downloads! Please participate and share the link with your family, friends and coworkers. THIS WEEK AT GRANT BOOK FAIR IS HERE! SHOP ONLINE NOW!: ALL The Grant Book Fair closed last week, but GREAT NEWS!!!! We will be open Monday morning ONLY! We still have beautiful hardback books suitable for gifts, popular series books, kid's favorites, fiction and non-fiction, cookbooks, as well as affordable bargain books for a couple of dollars. Shop online here:http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/grantelementaryschool33 Online orders will be delivered AFTER the book fair ends to your child's classroom. Thank you for your support! All proceeds go directly to the Grant Library and Classrooms! DECEMBER FOOD DRIVE WITH WESTSIDE FOOD BANK: ALL It’s that time of year again! The district is hosting the Annual December Food Drive benefitting the Westside Food Bank. The drive will run from Dec. 1-Dec. 17. We have 2 barrels to fill with your generosity. Stop by the office to drop off your canned food. FIELDTRIP: WARE AND MAUCK: 4TH GRADE Classes go to the Ballona Wetlands for a fieldtrip on Tuesday, December 9. ADVANCED LEARNERS PARENT MEETIING: ANY INTERESTED PARENTS Attend the first of 2 meetings this year to learn about advanced learners. The first session will focus on the characteristics of gifted and advanced learners and motivational strategies to support their growth. It begins at 5:30p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 at Will Rogers Learning Communitylocated at 2401 -14th Street. Please rsvp to Lisa Montoya at [email protected] call 310-450-8338 extension 70-285. FIELD TRIP: MS. KOOY’S 5TH GRADE Students in Ms Kooy’s class will attend the Debbie Allen production of The Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 10. THIRD GRADE TEAM TIME: 3RD GRADE The third grade team will be working with Ms. Brossoit, our Literacy Coach for grades 2-5, moving forward with assessments for selected Power/Essential Standards and to plan lessons together while sharing best practices. This will occur on Wednesday, December 10. Thank you to your contributions to the Ed Foundation for this wonderful opportunity! We could not do this important work without your donations to the Ed Foundation to support VSS. 5TH GRADE VISITS JAMS: 5TH GRADE All of the 5th graders in the JAMS pathway will be visiting JAMS as part of the transition practices we do to help students become comfortable as they move from Elementary School into Middle School. We do this walking trip together on Thursday, December 11. Please prepare a sack lunch for your child to carry. We will eat while we are there. BOARD MEETING: ALL Please be advised that the Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, December 11, at 5:30pm at the district office: 1651 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. A copy of the agenda will be available on the district web site later today, or Monday at the latest. http://www.smmusd.org/board/index.html SPIRIT DAY:ALL Take some time to get your Grant spirit wear out so you can wear it on Spirit Day Friday, December 12. If you have not yet purchased your Grant wear, you can wear a green tshirt. SMMUSD FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: ALL The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) is seeking qualified candidates who will bring a depth of business and/or financial expertise to the committee. Application forms are available through the Superintendent’s Office or via the website: http://www.smmusd.org/fiscal/financialDAC.html. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 12. They can be mailed to the district office (1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404), faxed (310.581.1138), or scanned and emailed [email protected] FOC meetings are currently scheduled once a month at the District Office at 7:30 p.m. in the Testing Room. NEXT WEEK AT GRANT FIELDTRIP: HYNDING AND CORDES Hynding and Cordes’ 4th graders go to Ballona Wetlands on Tuesday, Dec 16. ENRICHMENT CHORUS CONCERT: CHORUS MEMBERS Our holiday concert for the chorus students is on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:00. HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG: ALL On Thursday, December 18, we will have our annual holiday sing-a-long. Join us at the following times for the varied grade levels: 10:00 grades 4 and 5 singing and our ballroom dance finalists will perform. 1:00 grades K and 1 singing and 2:10 grades 2 and 3 will be singing. Thank you to a Grant parent alum, Jane Docter, who has volunteered to accompany our students on the piano. BALLROOM DANCE COMPETITION: 5TH GRADE All 5th graders will be going to Barnum Hall at Samohi on Friday, December 19 leaving school at 8:15 to arrive on time. Students need to report to their classrooms by 8:00 that day. Finalists need to be at Samohi by 8:30 so parents will need to drive the children there. Any parent is welcome to attend, but be aware that all parents need to park at the Civic Center so please account for that time when driving. The performance begins at 9:30. DARE GRADUATION: 5TH GRADE The culmination of the 5th grade DARE program will be on Friday, December 19 at 1:30(CHANGE OF TIME) in the auditorium. Fifth graders are to wear their DARE t-shirts. SPIRIT DAY: ALL On Friday, December 19, wear your spirit wear Grant t-shirts and if you don’t have one yet, wear green. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2 WEEKS: ALL Friday, December 19, is the last day of school until Monday, January 5. Have a safe and beautiful winter break and a happy and healthy new year! DATES TO REMEMBER PTA/ELAC JOINT MEETING: ALL IMPORTANT Join us in the auditorium on Wednesday, January 7th at 8:30 a.m. to have a joint meeting with our largest parent groups on campus. We hope to have either our Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources with us to gather information from our community regarding our new principal search or, if not, our Literacy Coaches will talk about their positions and how they are benefitting our school. If HR cannot be here that morning, we will reschedule this effort for another day and time during January. I will publicize this more once we have a confirmed date. Mark your calendars in the meantime. A GIRL'S VOICE: 5TH GRADE GIRLS On Friday, January 9, our 5th grade girls and two 5th grade teachers will attend a day long SM City/YMCA program focused on the goals of empowering girls’ confidence, voice and self-esteem. Boys will have a focus on sustaining a green school and community, participating in a school project and research. GRADES OF GREEN ASSEMBLY: ALL On Friday, January 9, students will learn the importance of being a “green” school campus and community through an active assembly. We will use our typical assembly times: 10:00 for grades 4/5, 1:00 for grades K/1 and 2:10 for grades 2/3. SPIRIT DAY: ALL Wear your Grant wear or green to be a part of spirit day at Grant on Friday, January 9. PTA SPONSORED ENRICHMENT CLASSES:ALL Enrichment classes begin on January 12 after school. Be sure to sign up. COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPALS: ALL Join Wendy Wax Gellis and MaryAnna Noveck on Friday, January 16 at 10:00 in the Teacher’s Lounge for an informal chat, ask questions, discuss ideas and have a relaxing conversation. REMINDERS READING MENTORS AT FAIRVIEW LIBRARY: ALL Fairview Branch Library is piloting a new program, Reading Mentors, on Saturdays, 11/8 – 12/13, 10 – 11 a.m. Student volunteers from SMC will facilitate small read-aloud circles for ages 4 – 12. Children will practice pronunciation, build vocabulary, and develop reading comprehension skills by reading grade-appropriate books. The program is drop-in; no registration required. MATH CLASS AT SAMOHI FOR PARENTS: ALL If you need some help doing computation, navigating websites, using word processing and you need access to Spanish, join other parents on Saturdays from 9-1 in room T110. Just go when you can until June.
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