Well, I Think That Went Very Well…


Happy Labor Day!

September 2 – Labor Day (No School)
September 3 – School Pictures and Vision and Hearing Screenings
September 3 – GMS Open House 6:00 – 7:00 pm
September 4 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 in GMS Library
September 10 – 6th Grade Parent Meeting GMS Library 6:00 pm
September 16 & 17 – MLTI Parent meetings in the GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
September 19 – PIE Meeting, GMS Library 6:00 pm
September 20 – School Dance in the GMS Gymnasium 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 23 – 7th Grade Parent Meeting, GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
October 1 – 8th Grade Parent, GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm

Great Opening of School

On the last day of school, each June (and I’m speaking only for me), I personify our wonderful school building and begin to hear it say, in a whisper, “what am I going to do for the next two and a half months without my kids?”

OK, please don’t think I’ve gone mad, I really haven’t! The school definitely takes on a totally different feel when the kids aren’t present. The doors seem to open with the echo of emptiness, and each footfall walking in the halls resonates that emptiness. But when the kids come back, the life of the building returns, and the hum of life takes over the entire building the way a Big Papi homerun envelopes Fenway (had to get the Red Sox in here somehow!).

Usually, the first day of school is quite traumatic several of our 6th graders (and some 7th and 8th graders as well!), some tears and some children even refusing to leave their cars or get on buses. This year, while we had a few tears, the actual number of students outwardly demonstrating their anxiety was considerably less. So, can I extend a huge thank you to all of you parents and guardians for getting these kids ready for school?

I also want to thank all of our 7th and 8th grade teachers for being “so present” during the 6th grade only day. I really think that their presence in helping the new members of our community with tasks like successfully working the combinations on the new locks and guiding tours around the building, as well as helping out in the cafeteria really made the 6th graders feel very comfortable in their large, strange new surroundings.

Here’s hoping that we can go forward in this positive direction for the whole year!

Thank You for Following

I am hoping that we can use this blog as a vehicle to convey information and other resources that will be helpful during the course of the year. Knowing what we know about adolescents, some of the information (OK, maybe more than “some”) that we send home in backpacks never quite make it into your hands, this should be a resource to answer any questions.

I plan to update this at least weekly, more if there is information I think you may need, so please check back regularly. If you are already following, great. If not, it is very each to do and, when you do, you will receive an email letting you know about a new post.

GMS Open House

Tuesday evening, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, all GMS teachers and many of the staff will be available for a “Meet and Greet”. Teachers will be in their classrooms and we have asked each of our students to introduce you to their teachers and then conduct a tour of their new “digs”, classrooms and other places of interest that will e their world for the next 10 months.

We will have two banks of computers set up in the main foyer of the school. One bank will be dedicated to help parents complete the volunteer verification process so that we can have plenty of volunteers ready for things like working in the classroom, going on field trips and chaperoning dances. The second bank of computers will be to help parents sign in to the Infinite Campus System with their user name and password. The Infinite Campus system allows parents and guardians to remain current with your child’s progress in grades and homework during the school year.

I promise that we will have people at each bank of computers to help you with the process!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday night.

Give to GMS with Target.com

I will be keeping this entry in the blog until the last possible day of the promotion because this can be some real money for our school. I will try to keep this kind of commercialism to a minimum in this blog.

This is clearly filed under the category of shameless pandering by a Principal seeking funds to do our work, but this appears to be something that can really help us fund some activities that we could not cover in our very austere budget. So here goes…Target

Visit http://givewith.target.com/school/5098 GiveWith.Target.com to vote for our school.
This year, Target will give money to schools all over the country for one simple act: a vote. Our school needs just 25 votes to earn a $25 donation from Target. But that’s only the beginning. For each additional vote, our school will get $1 more. So please remember that, although the gesture is small, the rewards are potentially huge. Go to http://givewith.target.com/school/5098 to vote for Gorham Middle School once a week through September 21 or until Target has given away all $5 million. And please forward this email to your friends. Vote and see rules at  http://GiveWith.Target.com.

You can only vote once a week, but you can vote multiple time on different devices.

Tuesday, September 3rd is Picture Day

On Thursday, your child should have in his/her backpack an order form from Lifetouch Pictures. All students will be having photograph taken.framepic_home It is important for you to know that you have no obligation to purchase any of these packages. We have devised a schedule for these pictures to be taken with a minimum amount of disruption to classes.

We chose to have the good folks at Lifetouch do our pictures this year based upon some photograps they took a couple of springs ago that were well received by those who chose to buy the packages offered. Lifetouch also offered several other features which enhance our safety plans for the school and provide us instant assistance in case of an emergency.

As always, I would welcome your comments about their service and product.

Tooth Fairies

ToothIn the packets that your child brought home on Thursday was an informational sheet about dental care that we can provide through a non profit organization called “The Tooth Fairies”. The Tooth Fairies offer preventative dental care through cleaning to students whose families may not be able to afford such care. The Tooth Fairies are all volunteer Dental Hygienists who volunteer their services to our community.

In order to take advantage of this service, you must return the sheet to our school nurse by the end of this coming week. Teresa Merrill, School Nurse, will be scheduling students for visits by the end of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Merrill at school.

Coming Attractions in Next Post

What is the Common Core State Standards. We will try to explain what all of this will meant to our students and our teachers.

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