GCVS 2019 Newsletter Issue 4

Nov 8, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

The second quarter started this week, and we all have a lot to look forward to. A new quarter is a fresh start – an opportunity to learn new things and grow. It’s something everyone can all benefit from, and we hope you make the most of every opportunity.

We encourage you to take advantage of the health screenings out school nurse is conducting across the state. The next one is this coming week in Springfield.  We also have our next Special Education Advisory Committee meeting coming up in a few weeks. This is an open invitation to all of our parents and learning coaches, and you will learn about the committee’s goals and plans by attending this virtual meeting. 

We have several meetups for both all of our students in November. High school students will be going to watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet, while elementary and middle school students will learn about early American history at Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village. And some high school students are taking Math MCAS re-tests this month. Students and learning coaches who are taking part will have received notification in your email.

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Important Dates to Remember

November 11 – Veterans Day/No School

November 13-14  – High School MCAS Re-Test. Click here for more info.

November 13 – High School Meet-up to see Romeo & Juliet

November 20 – K-8 Meet-up at Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation

November 20 – SEPAC Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

November 27, 28, 29 – No School/Thanksgiving


Math MCAS Re-Test for High School from November 13-14

Students who are participating in the re-test have been notified by email. Please check your email and confirm your attendance.

Not all high school students are participating in this re-test. Only students who have been notified are taking part. 

Next SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) Meeting

Wednesday, November 20th at 4:00 PM

Open to all parents interested

We’ll be discussing our goals for the 2019-2020 school year

  • Assist parents and learning coaches of students with special needs with information and support.
  • Promote networking among the families in our school. 
  • Provide a forum for discussion and presentations relevant to your needs as a GCVS family. 
  • Maintaining a monthly newsletter with announcements/articles of interest/sharing of ideas from the GCVS Special Education Department and parent community


Link to meeting:

Have You Heard About School Health Screenings Near You?

Our School Nurse, Bill Marrapese, RN, MSN, is traveling the state to provide free health screenings to our students. These hearing, vision, and postural screenings are required by state law and can be conducted by the school nurse or your pediatrician.

Mr. Marrapese will be in Springfield on November 12 to conduct screenings.

For more information and translations of school health screening details in Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish, click on the link below. 

Reminder About Upcoming Meet-Ups

Romeo and Juliet for High School

November 13, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Performed by the Unity House Players in Springfield
245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield

Experience this classic tale and then join a “talk back” session with actors, where you’ll be able to ask questions about the play itself and about performing it.

K-8 Meet-up at Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation

November 20, 2019 from 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore how the earliest European settlers lived in America with your friends, classmates, and teachers. Join us at Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village for day of walking, discovery, and learning.


Plimoth Plantation: GCVS Student- $6.30; Non GCVS Student (in K-8)- $12.60; Adult- $22.50

Old Sturbridge Village: GCVS Student $5.00 per student; Non GCVS student (in K-12)- $10.00; Adults- $15.00

RSVP forms and Payment must be received in the GCVS office by no later than November 11th. Payments are non-refundable.

Download an RSVP From for Sturbridge and Plimouth



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