GCVS Newsletter Issue 6

Mar 15, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

I hope you’re having a great week. We’re on the edge of springtime, and everyone at GCVS is ready for it to get here. Longer days and warmer weather means we’ll all be able to get outside more – including the rescheduled Sturbridge Village trip. There are more details on that later in this newsletter. 

Spring is also the time for MCAS, and we have a few tests coming up for elementary, middle, and high school students. These are important tests for all of our students and the school, and our teachers and Family Engagement Coordinators are here to help you prepare for them with advice and practice tests. While I know some of you might be anxious about how you perform on these exams, I also know it’s because you want to do your best.

In this issue’s Student Spotlight, we’re introducing you to a GCVS high school student who competes in Poetry Out Loud. This is her second year competing in the national poetry recitation competition, and we’re very proud of everything she is accomplishing. If you know of any students who are doing interesting things in or outside of school, please get in touch with us. We would love to share their story with the GCVS community.

In the coming weeks, you’ll also see a big change to our website with more valuable information about what we offer to our students and families. There are also ongoing virtual open houses, so if you know of anyone who might be interested in an online education, please let them know. They can sign up for the next open houses here: https://www.gcvs.org/virtual-open-houses/

As always, f you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us or email!

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Student Spotlight: Brooke Naylor

Brooke Naylor, a GCVS high school student, competed in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Semi-Finals on March 3, 2019. Poetry Out Loud is a national competition in which students memorize and perform the poetry on stage.

Grades K-5

Book and Blanket Storytime with Mrs. O

We’ve had tremendous response to Mrs. Oliveira’s Wednesday night storytimes, so she’s going to have another one next week! There will be two storytimes, and you can help choose which book Mrs. O will read. YOu can vote for “My Mouth is a Volcano” by Julia Cook or “Louder, Lili” by Gennifer Choldenko,

High School MCAS Test Reminder! Grade 10 English is March 26 and 27

Other MCAS test dates coming up next month are:

  • Grades 3, 4, 5 English – April 1
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 English – April 9

Make sure you bring a lunch on testing days. Your time at testing will count towards your school attendance each testing day.

Students can benefit from practicing their test taking before the date of the test. It’s important for students to become familiar with computer-based testing and the reference sheets available to them.

The practice site is here: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/

Please spend some time with your students helping them to feel comfortable before testing.

Old Sturbridge Village Trip – April 26, 2019

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

The day begins at 10 am, with activities and events scheduled through 2 pm. There will be plenty of time to explore on your own, and there will also 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!

End-of-Year Picnic – Last Day of School

GCVS Grades K-12 will celebrate the end of the year on the last day of school with the annual End-of-Year Picnic at Dean Park in Shrewsbury!

This is a great time to meet up with your friends and your teachers, and take part in fun activities like volleyball, a kickball game, or bubblemaking. This is a relaxed meet-up, and we will share more information about it soon.

Don’t Forget

Setting up Canvas

If you have not yet set up an account for yourself in Canvas, please do so! We use Canvas as one of the primary ways we communicate with our families.

If you need help, the steps to help get your account up and running are here: https://gcvs.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/33000231269-how-to-pair-your-observer-a