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Jan 10 – School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm Municipal Center
Jan 11 – Fund raiser for the Gorham Backpack Program UNO’s Pizzeria
Jan 12 – School Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm GMS Gymnasium
Jan 12 – Grade Level Assemblies during WIN Time
Jan 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No School
Jan 17 – PIE Meeting with Gorham School Committee 6:00 pm GMS Library
Jan 23 – GMS Talent Show – GMS Auditorium 6:00 pm
Jan 24 – Early Release Day – Students dismissed at 11:10 am
Jan 24 – School Committee Workshop 7:00 pm Municipal Center

School Dance Sponsored by the GMS Student Council

Our next dance is this Friday, January 12 beginning at 6:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm. This dance is for the benefit of the GMS Student Council who do so many  wonderful things for our school and our community.

Over the past year, the Student Council has raised funds for the Animal Welfare League of Greater Portland, as well as collected food and toys for the shelter to use with their “guests”. The students have lead a school-wide collection of food and holiday presents for more than 20 families so as to provide some holiday cheer for some of our families who have struggled during the school year.

For our school community, the students of the Student Council have organized Spirit Week Activities to increase the spirit of our school, Teacher Appreciation activities as well as placed notes of encouragement in lockers for their fellow students.

The funds from this dance will help the Student Council continue to be able to provide our school and community with all sorts of resources and fun for the balance of the school year.

As with all dances, we could always use chaperones. Now, I know that many of your children say that you cannot chaperone the dance! Remember, the kids are using reverse psychology on you, what they are really saying is that they want you to chaperone the dance. I hope to see you there!

PIE Meeting with the School Committee

Our annual PIE Meeting with select School Committee members will be Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm in the GMS Library. Please come and meet the members of our School Committee and ask some questions as to the direction of the schools in Gorham.

Fundraiser for the Gorham Backpack Program

There will be a fundraiser for the Gorham Backpack Program at UNO’s in South Portland on Thursday, January 11. UNO will donate up to 20% of your check to the Backpack Program, whether you eat in our takeout.

The Backpack Program was started this year by Gorham Middle School Teacher Heather Whitaker, GMS Social Worker Thom Courtney and Village School Social Worker Jen Baker. The program provides students in need with healthy food choices to tide them over the weekends and school vacations.

The program received initial funding from the Gorham Educational Foundation. It is estimated that it costs about $225 per year to provide food for each student. These fundraisers are integral in helping to keep the program viable and working for our students. Please consider going out for dinner on Thursday, January 11 at UNO’s in South Portland.

Early Release Day 

Students will be dismissed at 11:10 am on Wednesday, January 24.

At this time, we are working to organize some sort of after school activity, although, as of now, we have nothing planned. It is always our hope that we can reduce the number of students who go “downtown” to roam the streets and do what adolescent do when they get a free afternoon.

Please stay tuned and as soon as we know what we may be doing, we will get the information out to you.

The Gift of Failure

Over the past few years I have mentioned a book written by Jessica Lahey, a teacher of adolescents and a mom of adolescents called the Gift of Failure. I would again recommend this book to parents and teachers who deal with adolescent students.

Jessica is now bringing her book to Youtube, and to date she has 4 episodes up. Each episode covers a different topic and is about 15 minutes in length. These short videos are filled with some great insights and ideas on how to deal with kids of all stripes!

You can subscribe to Jessica’s Youtube stream yourself, but I thought I’d include her first video as a teaser. I hope you enjoy!