Good morning from GMS: It`s a long update today. Please take the
Good morning from GMS: It's a long update today. Please take the time to
take it all in as there's a lot of great information and celebrations ahead!
Thank you to all our students and parents who were able to attend our fall
conferences. At first glance, more than 95% of our students and parents
were able to attend their conference this week. Thank you for your
dedication to this process and making school an important to your middle
Thank you to our GMS PTO board members and volunteers for their
facilitation of our fall book fair and teacher dinner on Thursday night. We
appreciate everyone’s willingness to help out and make our fall conference
nights a great experience.
A Couple of Reflections About Our First 29 Days of School This Year:
Student Attendance: This is a topic that you will continue to hear about
from us this year. At this point in the school year, we have a higher than
expected number of students missing 3 or more days of school already
(10% of our school year). We understand that students get do get sick and
sometimes cannot be at school due to family emergencies or religious
holidays. Those are not the absences that we're talking about today. We
are talking about student absences because of other reasons that should
not take our students away from their learning such as over sleeping or "I
just didn't want to go to school today". If your child is struggling with his/her
attendance, please know that we will be contacting you and offering any
help that we may provide. Attendance at school is incredibly important to
your child's ability to be successful in his/her job (meaning school). We
need your child to be here every day.
Student In Class Focus and Behavior: We have begun to see a higher
rate of student misbehavior and disrespect in the past couple of weeks in
both grade levels at GMS. As you know, our students have been given
multiple opportunities to learn our building expectations already this school
year. We do have high behavioral expectations and responsibilities and
expect our students to move from acting like a "kid" to begin acting like a
"young adult" while in our GMS classrooms. We have continued to see an
increase in "friendly" (as it is always described to us) physical contact and
inappropriate words or names being used around our building. Next week,
Mrs. Wiesner and Mr. Smith will be visiting all SSR classes to restate our
building expectations, with a focus on the two concerns listed above. It is
our hope that you will help us in affecting needed change in our students
behaviors by restating your expectations this weekend for your child while
he/she is at school.
It is easy for middle school students to get caught up in the "fun" of a group
of students and think that the things that are being said and done are not a
big deal to others around them. We do expect that our students are always
thinking about their actions and verbalizations and are taking the
responsibility and respect needed to celebrate everyone’s differences
within our building instead of using those differences to make fun of others.
Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for having
this discussion with your child.
Basketball Try-outs are next week:
Boys' basketball try-outs are next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We do have three days of try-outs, although attendance is not mandatory
at all three. However, the more he joins in, the more our evaluators have
to see your child's skills.
We are adding a second team to both the 7th and 8th grade teams this
year. This has been an idea that we've been working on for the past
couple of years and are now able to get more students involved in this
great activity. We do have a high number of students signed up to try-out
and we will be taking 12 - 13 players per team. Our GMS Blue Teams will
play a full conference schedule with practice 5 days a week and multiple
games per week. Our GMS Gold Teams will play basketball three days
per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with one game and two
practice days per week. The fees associated with the two teams vary as
well, the Blue Team fee will be $275 with the Gold Team fee being $175.
Teams will be selected after the third try-out day, Thursday night, and the
students' "try-out" number will be posted on the school athletic website.
All students trying out must have a current and updated physical on file to
try out. Students without an updated physical will not be able to
We're excited to be able to get more students involved in our activities.
We love the excitement and participation from our students thus far and
look forward to a great try-out session. Good luck to all!
Congratulations to the GMS Soccer Team!
Yesterday afternoon, the GMS Soccer Team played in their conference
championship game. Although our team went out and played a great
game, we were on the second place side of a 2 - 1 score. Our team had a
great season having fun, coming together as a team and being very
successful. Congratulations on a great season. We're very proud of you!
GMS Cross Country...If you didn't know, the GMS/Frederick Cross
Country Team had more than 110 members this school year. Not only did
we travel in style, we also participated that way too! As we've reflected on
the season, both our girls' and boys' cross country teams placed high,
many times first, in all of their conference meets with our 7th grade girls'
team placing 2nd in the conference meet. Congratulations to all for their
success, but we're most proud of the way that our students handled
themselves throughout the season as it was always noticed that our GMS
students were smiling, cheering one another on and always showing great
sportsmanship within our team and with the teams that we competed
Both our girls' and boys' teams are participating at their sectional meet
tomorrow. Good luck GMS Cross Country!
Girls' Basketball: Our girls' basketball teams are playing in their
conference tournaments next week. Both teams have been having a lot of
fun and success, we wish them well going into their last games of their
seasons. Good luck ladies!
Congratulations to our GMS Dance Team: Although their season has
been over for more than a week, we wanted to congratulate our
participating students on their hard work and dedication to making our
basketball halftimes fun and entertaining. Way to go ladies!
GMS Gives Back! You'll notice throughout the school year that we have a
great number of community service activities that our students have an
opportunity to participate in. We know the importance of and work hard to
ensure that our students are afforded a well-rounded opportunity to learn
high level academics, social-emotional and community service skills. We
hope that you continue to support our efforts by supporting your child's
involvement in these activities throughout the school year.
GMS Student Council:
This year the GMS Student Council is working on a food drive to help out
the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Non-perishable food items (in non-glass
containers) and money can be donated by team. Whichever team brings
in the most food and/or money will receive a special prize. There will be
boxes in each homeroom for collecting food and each team will have a
collection jar for money donations. Students who donate will receive a
panther paw for each item donated or for every $1.00 donated. There will
also be a special prize for the team that collects the most of each during
conference week. The food drive will run from October 7th to October 27th.
St. Baldrick's is Coming...
Please see the attachment below. The Grayslake Community raised over
$17,000 last year. We're looking to add to that for this year's total. How
can you and/or your family help?
GMS PTO Reminders: You will be receiving another PTO newsletter
soon, but please remember to keep collecting those boxtops and pop
tabs. We put all of those to great use here at GMS!
Please see the attachment below about our Foundation's upcoming event
to watch the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, October 25th. Proceeds from
the sale of these tickets will come back to our district's foundation to help
all of our students. Take a look!
Have a great weekend ahead! We're back to work Tuesday morning.
Marcus and Karen
Grayslake Community Third Annual
Cut & Shave
For St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Last year Grayslake Middle School
had more than 100 students and
community members cut or shave. We
raised $17, 345 for the St. Baldrick’s
Foundation and donated 14 individual bags of hair.
The GMS student assembly starts
in the morning, but the Grayslake
community can feel free to support all
afternoon and evening!
Come out this spring and help us help others!
Visit our event page to sign up or make a donation:
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DISTRICT 46 FAMILY DAY WITH THE WOLVES
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015 AT 3PM
VS CHARLOTTE CHECKERS
Free Wolves hat with each ticket purchased through this
A portion of the ticket proceeds will go back to support
the District 46 Foundation.
HOW TO ORDER:
BY PHONE: Stefanie Evans (847) 832-1939
tickets at $20.75 =
(lower level side non-center or upper seating)
hot dog &soda’s at $6.00 = $ _______
Attn: Stefanie Evans
2301 Ravine Way, Glenview, IL 60025
All payments must be received by Friday, October 23, at NOON.
Tickets are subject to availability and all sales are final.
This flyer cannot be used in conjunction with any other ticket offer.
Tickets will be mailed to the address the customer provides in this
order form. However, orders received within seven (7) days of the
game will be held at Will Call one hour prior to game time at the
Allstate Arena Box Office. Schedule dates and start times are
subject to change. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
Please make all checks payable to Chicago Wolves.
BY FAX: (847) 724-1652, Attn: Stefanie Evans
Contact Stefanie Evans for more information:
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Dear Parent or Guardian,
We know that many students and their families depend on the Internet, whether at school or at home,
so they can do homework, search for jobs, access financial or government services and much more.
As an educator, I know that having the Internet at home is critical to ensuring that your child can stay
connected to online assignments, classmates and teachers.
That is why we want to make sure you to know about a low-cost home Internet service called Internet
EssentialsSM from Comcast. If you have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School
Lunch Program, your family may qualify.*
Features of Internet Essentials include:
• $9.95 per month + applicable taxes with no term contract or credit checks
• No activation or equipment fees
• WiFi router included
• Access to an affordable desktop or laptop computer for just $149.99
• Free in-person and online web classes
Call 855-846-8376 or apply online at InternetEssentials.com. We want all our students to have the
opportunity to do their homework at home, and we are excited to tell you about programs like Internet
Essentials from Comcast that may be helpful to your family.
Your school administration
*To qualify for Internet Essentials, your household must be located where Comcast offers Internet service, have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the
last 90 days and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment in the past year. Pre-approval for the program is limited to families of students whose
schools have a 50% or higher number of students are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Internet Essentials from Comcast is a program to
provide home Internet service for families. It is not a school program, and is not required by your school. Your school is not responsible for Internet Essentials accounts.
No school funds were used for this notice.
LEARNING AT SCHOOL
SHOULDN’T END ONCE
The Internet belongs in the home and can help provide knowledge and opportunities for
your family. Internet EssentialsSM from Comcast brings affordable high-speed Internet
home. You may qualify if your child is eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
No contract needed
No credit check
No installation fee
WiFi router included
Apply now at
or call 1-855-8-INTERNET
Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Limited to Internet Essentials service for new residential customers meeting certain eligibility criteria. Advertised price
applies to a single outlet. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. After initial participation, if a customer is determined to be no longer eligible for the program
but continues to receive Comcast service, regular rates will apply. Subject to Internet Essentials program terms and conditions. Call 1-855-846-8376 for restrictions and
complete details, or visit InternetEssentials.com. ©2015 Comcast. All rights reserved. Internet Essentials is a program to provide home Internet service for families. It is
not a school program, and is not endorsed or required by your school. Your school is not responsible for Internet Essentials accounts.
Estimado padre o encargado,
Sabemos que muchos estudiantes y sus familias dependen del Internet, tanto en la escuela como
en el hogar, para hacer la tarea escolar, buscar trabajo, tener acceso a servicios financieros o
gubernamentales y mucho más. Como educador, sé que tener Internet en el hogar es fundamental
para que su hijo pueda permanecer conectado con su tarea escolar en línea y con sus compañeros
Por eso queremos asegurarnos de que conozca un servicio de Internet de bajo costo llamado
Internet EssentialsSM de Comcast. Si tiene al menos un niño elegible para participar en el Programa
Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares, su familia puede calificar.*
Las funciones de Internet Essentials incluyen:
• $9.95 al mes más impuestos aplicables sin contrato ni revisión de crédito.
• No hay cargos por activación ni por equipo.
• El router de WiFi se incluye en el costo mensual.
• Podrá disponer de una computadora desktop o laptop de bajo costo por solo $149.99.
• Clases en línea o en persona gratuitas.
Llame al 855-765-6995 o solicítelo en línea en es.InternetEssentials.com. Queremos que todos
nuestros estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de hacer su tarea escolar en el hogar y estamos muy
contentos de poder informarle sobre programas como Internet Essentials de Comcast que pueden
resultar de ayuda para su familia.
El equipo administrativo de su escuela
* Para calificar en Internet Essentials de Comcast, su hogar debe estar situado donde se ofrezca el servicio de Internet de Comcast, no haber estado suscrito al servicio
de Internet de Comcast durante los últimos 90 días y no tener una factura sin pagar, ni equipos sin devolver en el último año. La pre-aprobación para el programa se
limita a las familias de estudiantes cuyas escuelas cuenten con 50% o más de estudiantes que sean elegibles para participar en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos
Escolares. Internet Essentials de Comcast es un programa que proporciona servicio de Internet a familias. No es un programa escolar y su escuela no lo requiere. Su
escuela no es responsable de las cuentas de Internet Essentials. No se usaron fondos escolares para realizar este aviso.
EL APRENDIZAJE ESCOLAR
NO DEBERÍA TERMINAR
CUANDO LLEGAS A CASA
El Internet debe formar parte del hogar y ayudarte a obtener información y
oportunidades para tu familia Internet EssentialsSM de Comcast ofrece un Internet
de alta velocidad asequible para el hogar. Puedes calificar si tu hijo es elegible
para participar en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares.
Sin revisión de crédito
Sin cargo por instalación
Sin contrato de plazo fijo
Router WiFi incluido
Solicítalo ahora en
o llama al 1-855-SOLO-995
Se aplican restricciones. No está disponible en todas las áreas. Limitado a Internet Essentials de Comcast para nuevos clientes residenciales que satisfagan ciertos requisitos
de elegibilidad. El precio anunciado se aplica a una sola conexión. Las velocidades actuales pueden variar y no están garantizadas. Tras la participación inicial, si se determina
que un cliente ya no es elegible para el programa, pero continúa recibiendo el servicio de Comcast, se aplicarán las tarifas regulares. Sujeto a los términos y condiciones del
programa Internet Essentials de Comcast. Llame al 1-855-765-6995 para obtener las restricciones y detalles completos o visite es.InternetEssentials.com. ©2015 Comcast.
Derechos Reservados. Internet Essentials es un programa que proporciona escolar y no lo patrocina ni lo requiere su escuela. Su escuela no es responsable de las cuentas.