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November/December 2019
11/1     SCA Spirit Day - Camo Day
11/1     PTO Spirit Night, Chucky Cheese, 5-9pm
11/4     No School, Teacher Flexible Workday
11/5     No School, Professional Development Day
11/11-15     SCA United Way Spirit Week
                   Monday-Veteran's Day, Wear Red, White and/or Blue
                   Tuesday-Tye Dye Tuesday      
                   Wednesday-Disney Day 
                   Thursday-Jersey Day
                   Friday-Gainesboro Day and Crazy Hair Day
11/13     Fall Picture Retakes
11/13     Book Order For Author David Biedrzycki Due
11/15     Animal Ambassadors Assemblies
11/15     PTO Paint Night Ornaments at GES, 6-8pm
11/20    SCA Food Drive Pick Up
11/21    PTO Meeting, in Library, 5:30-6:30pm
11/25    PTO Spirit Night, Leo's Pizza, 4-9pm
11/26    SCA Spirit Wear Twin Day or Wear Slippers Day - Vote to Take Place on 11/6/19
11/27-11/29     No School - Thanksgiving
12/3     Author David Biedrzycki's Visit
12/3     Girls Who Code, in Library, 3:30-4:45pm
12/5     Third Grade Field Trip to Ballentine Farms, 9-2pm (2 Classes)
12/6     SCA Spirit Day, Wear Crazy Socks
12/6     Third Grade Field Trip to Ballentine Farms, 9-2pm (2 Classes)
12/7     Polar Express, GES, 1:00-3:30p
12/9-12/13     PTO Holiday House
12/12    Winter Concert, 5-8:30p
12/13    Dare Graduation, 2-3pm
12/19    PTO Meeting, in Library, 5:30-6:30pm
12/20    SCA Pajama Day
12/20    Holiday Sing Along (Students Only), 2-3pm
12/23-1/3     No School, Winter Break
1/5/2020     End of 2nd Nine Weeks
1/6/2020     School Reopens
1/7/2020     Girls Who Code, 3:30-4:45pm

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Beginning in November, GES will be a personal electronic free zone for students.  Cellphones, tablets, gaming devices, etc.should be turned off and remain in the students’ backpacks during the school day.  We believe making this a school-wide practice will support our division goals of our young learners developing face to face communication and collaboration with their peers.   We encourage families to continue to monitor their child’s electronic activity. Resources are available to assist you in the process at

 GES welcomes family members to join us for lunch!  Due to our increased enrollment, families visiting for lunch will be required to sit with their son/daughter at designated overflow tables. As a reminder, families may only eat with their child during this time unless prearranged with written permission by both families.  We strongly encourage families to participate in our school lunch program.  If you plan to join us, please contact the front office and we will be happy to place your lunch order for you!

The second session of the Gifted Education Information Series will be held January 13, 2020, from 7-8 p.m. in the James Wood Middle School library.  It will address "Transitions for Gifted Students from Middle School to High School." The session is open to the public, but will be specifically geared toward the parents of FCPS students in 8th grade that are eligible for gifted services.

With flu and cold season just around the corner I thought I would send a friendly reminder.  If your child is sick please keep them home.  If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher they can not be in school.  Your child must be below 100 degrees without tylenol or ibuprofen for 24 hours before they can return to school.  If your child is vomiting please keep them home.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 540-888-4550.
Lisa Lloyd, BSN, RN

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

4651 North Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603

(540) 888-4550

Patricia Black, Principal

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