GCVS Newsletter, Issue 4

Feb 15, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

Winter break is here! I want to wish all of you a safe and relaxing vacation, and I hope you take this time to recharge, so that we can all come back energized! I hope you all have a chance to do something you want to do – whether it’s reading a book, enjoying some winter fun, or getting away from the cold for a little while. 

This break also offers us an opportunity to reset ourselves for school. It’s not what we like to think about, but it’s a good time to catch up on work (especially with the MCAS testing period just around the corner), and a good time to check over your Chromebooks to make sure they’re in good shape. If there are any problems, make sure to report them immediately so that we can get them fixed before the MCAS.

This is also a good time to get involved in the new PTO, in whatever capacity you want. This is your opportunity to help shape it (and the school) into what you want it to be, and we want to hear from you. If you’d like to be a part of this, email Family Engagement Coordinator Nancy Oliviera at to find out how you can help.

In this newsletter, you’ll also find sign up information for our Sturbridge Village trip on April 26. Make sure you go to the form and let us know you’re coming!

In the meantime, enjoy your vacation (you’ve earned it), stay warm and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us or email!

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

PTO News

Our PTO is off to a great start! We are pleased to announce our PTO’s volunteer leaders:

  • Jenny Reynolds- President
  • Mara Laflamme- Vice President
  • Shannon Lau- Treasurer
  • Jamie Horgan- Secretary
  • Dawn Arruda and Sheetal Jain- Donation Sponsorship Chairs

These women have stepped up and volunteered their time for the benefit of this school and we are so pleased to have them! Please welcome them when you can! If you would like to get a hold of the PTO just email and that message will be seen by all members. We will be working diligently over the next several months on teachers’ requests, planning Meet-Ups, acquiring funds, and whatever else comes our way.

We are always looking for more volunteers- please reach out if you would be wiling to help out in any way.

Old Sturbridge Village Trip – April 26, 2019

We’re meeting at Old Sturbridge Village on April 26th and we hope you can join us!

We will begin our day at 10 am, with activities and events scheduled through 2 pm. There will be plenty of time to expore on your own, and there will aslo be teacher-led educational activities and lessons throughout the day. Lunch will be on your own. The cost for GCVS students in grades K-8 is FREE, and each chaperone will be expected to pay $15.00. Admission for non-GCVS siblings is $10.00. Please submit a check to GCVS by Friday April 12th.

We hope to see you there! In-person attendance is not mandatory, however it is counted. If you do not plan on joining us in-person, students will need to be present virtually. A link will be provided closer to the day of the trip.

Please fill out the form here to indicate if you are going to join us!

High School MCAS Retest Reminder! The retest will be March 4-8, and students testing have been notified.

Tips for Winter Break

Catching Up

In addition to taking this time to relax and recharge, winter vacation can also be a good time for resetting yourself for school. Here are a few things you can do that will help you when you come back on February 25:

  • Make a list of outstanding assignments and work a little bit every day to get caught up
  • Prioritize! Put assignments that are worth more toward your grades at the top of the list.
  • Use your time wisely. Outline what days and times you plan on completing specific assignments.
  • Take time for yourself. It’s important to get caught up, but you also need to reset and recharge so you feel good about all of the hard work you do.

These little things can help set you up for success when we return from vacation.