GCVS Newsletter, Issue 2

Jan 18, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

Time has really flown by this year. On Friday, January 18, we completed our second quarter and our third quarter starts this Tuesday. I hope everyone is able to relax during this three-day weekend. Rest well, enjoy the Pats game (if you’re a football fan), and get outside if you like snow. Stay warm and healthy!

Mr. Nathan Hand, one of our Family Engagement Coordinators, shared this about this weekend: “Just a reminder that Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there is no school. Take the day to be nice, help a friend, do something for your community, and dream a dream of positive change”.

In other news, last week we had a great time at the Museum of Science, and we are looking forward to another exciting meetup on January 25. We hope to see many of you there! Details are further down in this newsletter.

We also have two new teachers joining the GCVS family this week. Please welcome Jon Nelson, our new ELL teacher, and Susan McGinn, our new special education teacher. Both Jon and Susan have a great deal of experience teaching in their respective fields and we are delighted to have them join us with their vast expertise to support our GCVS students.

During the month of January, we are running Virtual Open Houses every Wednesday at 7 PM. We have conducted three open houses so far. We’ve had several families join in and I am pleased to see the high level of interest in our school. Many thanks go to Greg Runyan for preparing and presenting at the open houses, to Sue Powers and Nancy Olivera for assisting Greg, and to everyone working behind the scenes to support these events. If you know of anyone who might want to know more about GCVS, they can sign up for an open house here.

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Updates about MCAS

We’re in the process of finalizing locations for MCAS and we will share those as soon as we have the. We have determined the dates of the tests and wanted to give them to you as soon as possible to plan ahead:

  • Grade 10 English – March 26, 27
  • Grades 3, 4, 5 English – April 1
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 English – April 9
  • Grades 3, 4, 5 Math and Grade 5 Science – May 1, 2
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 Math and Grade 8 Science – May 7, 8
  • Grade 10 Math – May 21, 22
  • Grade 10 Biology – June 4, 5

Please mark these dates on your calendars, as it is a very important event and is required by the state.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Boston Museum of Science trip included learning and fun

We were happy to see so many of you at the Boston Museum of Science on Friday! We can say for certain that we all learned a lot and it was a great opportunity for classmates to see each other in person. From exploring physics and learning about the universe to playing Dino Bingo with friends and teachers, students were able to apply principles learned in their classes and socialize in person with their peers.

The next meet-up will be on Friday, January 25 for the Family Fun Day in Fall River! Details are below.

Upcoming Meet-ups

Family Fun Day in Bristol

See You in Fall River on Friday 1-25-19

We’re excited about GCVS’s first Family Fun Day coming up on Friday, January 25th, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at Bristol Community College (H Building) in Fall River! We hope to see you there. This event will be the first of its kind, with lots of community partners on hand to offer free goodies and a lot of resources! We’ll be having a “Bring-a-book, Take-a-book” table where students will be able to share the books they’ve already read and pick up a new one to continue to build their libraries.

The day’s program will include:

  • Free lunch provided by Domino’s Pizza on South Main Street in Fall River – a big thank you to Domino’s and Spindle City Glass for sponsoring lunch!
  • Music
  • Community resources
  • Lots of giveaways, door prizes, and fun!

If you are a member of the GCVS family and you’re planning on joining us, you must RSVP here:

It is extremely important that you RSVP so that we can plan lunch and transportation. We hope to see you there!

GCVS Internet Tips


In today’s day and age, it’s absolutely critical that children learn about internet safety early. Family Engagement Coordinator Nancy Oliviera shared a few thing children should know about privacy and what not to share online:

  • Never share personal information online ( including their name, age,  phone number, e-mail address, password, postal address, school, or picture) without your permission
  • Never open e-mail from people they don’t know
  • Never respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
  • Never meet with anyone they become “friends” with online

But most importantly, make sure your children know they can talk to you – should – about what they hear, sea, and encounter online.