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I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready for spring.  This cold weather is difficult to deal with on a personal level and it creates unique problems for schools.  We have used three snow days so far this year and our calendar allows for two.  This means that we need to make up one day.  That day will be on February 14th.  This was scheduled for an in-service day for teachers and a day off for students, but instead it will be a regular school day for everyone.  Teachers and students will be off on Monday, February 17th.  If we have another snow day, we will need to use the Monday after spring break as a regular school day.  Please remember that when making plans. In bad weather, dismissal is always a struggle.  Parents want to get their children quickly and the school wants to do what is the best for all of us.  We tried a new dismissal procedure last week during our early dismissal which was successful.  Walkers and those taking a bus were dismissed normally and everyone else was dismissed from the gym.  We will be using this in the future for bad weather.  That means heavy rain, snow or extreme cold.  Dismissing from the gym keeps your children and the teachers safe from the effects of the bad weather. The office was swamped last week with people picking students up prior to dismissal.  We can’t prevent you from doing this but it does create a bit of chaos with crowds in the office and many phone calls to classrooms.  We encourage you to wait until normal dismissal time whenever possible.  Regular dismissal is three and early dismissal is 1:35.  There is one restriction, however, that we will follow.  Students will not be dismissed in the last 15 – 20 min before the scheduled time.  That means 2:45 on a normal day and 1:15 on an early dismissal day.  Teachers need that time to get their classes ready for dismissal and if we continually interrupt them it makes it very difficult. We ask that when students are dismissed from the gym parents make sure they speak with the teacher before taking their child. Thank you all for your help and cooperation on our last early dismissal day.  It was a stressful day for all.  I appreciated the cooperation and patience of parents and I appreciated the efforts of our teachers.  Teachers stayed around making sure that all students were safe before they left for home themselves.  For some, the ride home turned into a 3-5 hour adventure. Stay safe and warm through the remainder of this cold spell.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:15 PM
  
PROGRAM DESIGN The Dual Immersion Language Program services both Spanish speaking students who need to learn English and students who want to learn Spanish as a second language. The Design of the Dual Language Immersion Program reflects the most current research on second language acquisition. ? Classes are integrated to promote cultural and language exchanges among the students. ? Students learn both languages through content area instruction The 50/50 model is delivered at the elementary level for all core subjects. This year the program goes through 3rd grade and will eventually expand through 5th grade. At the Middle School level we are planning for students to participate in advanced level Spanish classes to support current ability, which will prepare them for higher levels of Spanish classes in high school. PHILOSOPHY The Dual Language Immersion Program is committed to preparing our children for success in the XXI century. Mastery of more than one language and understanding and appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity, greatly contributes to the success in our community. In a speech, President Barrack Obama spoke about Education Reform and said “We should be emphasizing foreign languages in our schools from an early age”. Furthermore research has shown that early childhood is an excellent level to begin second language learning and to develop cross-cultural appreciation. To this end, our Dual Immersion Language Program takes advantage of the diverse linguistic and cultural natural resources our children can bring to the classroom from their homes. GOALS ? To develop bilingual, bilateral and cognitive skills in English and Spanish ? To reach higher levels of achievement on standardized tests in both English and Spanish ? To promote positive cross-cultural understanding and appreciation by integrating culturally and linguistically diverse students in classrooms. ? To develop positive self-esteem through sharing family and cultural traditions. ? To develop a respect for multiculturalism through the use of a variety of literature and other materials. Learn more about Dual Language by reading the following articles: https://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/summer2013/Goldenberg_Hicks_Lit.pdf http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/results-show-programs-lead-to-greater-success/nRnjN/
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:15 PM
  
September Lunch Menu   GBCS 9-2014 Lunch Menu (2)
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:15 PM
  
Mark your calendars! Here at GBCS, we are getting super excited for our 3rd Annual Global Cardboard Challenge at Greater Brunswick Charter School. Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM        This event is part of the Imagination Foundation’s 3nd Annual Global Cardboard Challenge, a worldwide celebration of child creativity inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade.” It is a time to celebrate the creativity and imagination of kids everywhere!  Thousands of kids (and adults!) from all over the world design and build awesome creations using cardboard, reused materials, and imagination. Highlights from last year include an elaborate castle with knights in cardboard armor, luxury homes, a rocket ship, and an obstacle course! We hope you’ll join us!
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:14 PM
  
The beginning of the school year is such a great time to make a fresh start.  Here in the art room we are doing just that, with the help of some new equipment that has just arrived. Last year, thanks to an Arter Charter grant, funded generously by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, we were able to purchase equipment to grow our art and music program.  For visual art, our main goal was to create a ceramic program and make space for the display of student artwork. Our new wedging table has allowed us to recycle all the scrap clay we have collected from previous years.  We love sticking our hands in wet clay! Our shiny wheel will allow us to throw pots and teach us about physics.  Even our teachers are excited for some lessons! Here is Mr. Garcia helping to make large bulletin boards for our hallway by stretching some linen over large sheets of Homasote.   And finally, kiln posts stand at attention, ready for the day we will fire our kiln.
Posted by george.newton  On Jun 05, 2015 at 12:12 PM
  
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