December 2019


10th  PTO Meeting   6:30 PM
12th Gator Chorus Performs National Anthem @ Millbrook High  7:30 PM
17th 5th Grade Spelling Bee  1:30 PM
17th IHOP Gator Spirit Night 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

17th  Winter Concert   6:00 PM 

23rd  No School - Teacher Flex Workday

24th - Jan 2nd   Winter Break
Jan 3rd -  No School - Teacher Flex Workday
Jan 6th - Students Return



Finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way.


Ask a kid:

Think of a time that something didn’t go your way.  How did you react?

What are some ways you can show that you’re happy even when things don’t go your way?


Share examples of times when things haven’t gone your way as a child and now as an adult.

How have you handled these situations over time as you have gone from childhood to adulthood?


Be mindful this month about finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.  Consider how you used to react when things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. Now think of ways that you can find something positive in the outcome instead.  

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is growing by the day.  Please have your student check to see if any of their lost items are in the lost and found.  All items not claimed by the end of December, will be donated.
Gator Chorus

Gator Chorus Performs The National Anthem

Location: Millbrook High School Gymnasium (Varsity Basketball Game)

Date: December 12th

Chorus member arrival time: 7:10 pm

Performance time: 7:30 pm

Gator Chorus Winter Concert

Location: GMES Gymnasium

Date: December 17th

Chorus member arrival time: 5:30 pm

Performance time: 6:00 pm

GMES Running Club

Running Club December Dates:

December 4th- 2nd and 3rd grade runners

December 6th- 4th and 5th grade runners

December 11th- holiday run (2nd- 5th grade runners)


After the holiday run on December 11th, we will be taking a winter break from running club. There will be no running club in January. Running club will resume on February 5th for 2nd and 3rd grade runners and February 7th for 4th and 5th grade runners. We will send out spring dates for running club at that time. 

Special Education Corner

Special Education Corner

SEAC - Special Advisory Committee’s next meeting will be held February 10, 2019 @ 6:00PM at James Wood Middle School’s Library.  Not sure where to go with your questions or concerns related to Special Education? Please feel free to contact the Parent Resource Center.  Susan Gerometta 662-3888 ext:41471. 

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.

281 Channing Drive, Winchester, VA 22602

(540) 667-7863

Jennifer Muldowney, Principal

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