GCVS Newsletter Issue 7

Mar 29, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

I’m pleased to share that GCVS has had its certificate renewed for three more years, and our probationary status had been removed! This is a testimony to how hard you and your students have worked alongside GCVS teachers and staff. I’m very proud to be a part of this school community. Congratulations to the entire school!

I wanted to remind you that there are many ways that students can be involved in the school community. In addition to meet-ups and virtual events, the high school offers several very active online clubs, and Mrs. Oliveira has regular Wednesday night storytimes for elementary school students. We’re also open to ideas students may have for clubs and activities they may be interested in. We want all of our students to have the opportunity to shape their school experience.

Over the next two weeks, students will be taking the MCAS. Our teachers and Family Engagement Coordinators are here to help you prepare for these important exams with advice and practice tests. If your students are nervous about the exam, we know it’s because they want to do their best. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance.

And last but not least, we’ve launched the new version of our website. Please take a look, let us know what you think, and share it with families you think would benefit from a virtual education. They can learn a lot from the website, and then sign up for the next open houses to get their questions answered: https://www.gcvs.org/virtual-open-houses/

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

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14

On 3/14, middle school and high school students celebrated Pi Day virtually with the number pi as part of nearly every lesson. Students participated in activities on Kahoot, studied the significance of pi in the natural work, took part in a Pi-ku/Pi-word challenge, and graphed pi-lines.

All students who participated were able to vote for the GCVS staff members they wanted to see “get pi’ed” at the end of the day. Once the votes were tallied, it was Family Engagement Coordinators Nathan Hand and Susan Powers who were selected for a pie in the face!

Keep your eyes open for the next virtual event!

High School
Clubs and Activities

We have several student clubs that middle and high school students can take part in, and we’re always looking to add more. The current clubs are:

  • GSA Club – Grades 9-12
  • Yearbook  – Grades 9-12
  • Anxiety Club – Grades 6-12
  • Virtual Cafe – Grades 9-12

If you’re not sure how to get involved, you can ask a classmate or your Family Engagement Coordinator. And if you have an idea for a club, let us know!

Grades K-5

Book and Blanket Storytime with Mrs. O

Wednesday night Book and Blanket Storytime with Mrs. Oliveira has been fantastic, and we’ll have another two next week, one at 7 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. Mrs. O is still deciding which books you’ll be able to vote for, so stay tuned! And, as always, you can follow along on the discussions and activities in Canvas.

MCAS Test
Reminder

MCAS test dates coming up in next two weeks are:

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

Make sure you bring your fully-charged Chromebook or laptop, your power cord, and 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