100 Yard Walk with Darren Cooper
Frank W. Gavlak School is a grade K-6 building. It currently has an approximate enrollment of 449 students with one full day kindergarten, one grade one, one grade two, two grade threes, four grade fours, four grade fives and four grade sixes. Various programs are offered to meet the needs of students. Amongthem are: basic skills remediation, speech, special education services, bi-lingual/ESL education, gifted and talented and guidance services.
This is one of my favorite seasons of the year, with the autumn colors brightening up our landscape and holiday time quickly approaching. We have some activities planned for the students this month and I would like to highlight a special event that will take place at Gavlak School. As you know, November 11th is Veteran's Day and it is a time to stop and remember the men and women who have served our country, with their service allowing us to have the very freedoms that we enjoy every day. The staff and students will be conducting a tribute to our Wallington Veterans on that day, with a special flag salute, a luncheon and presentations made by the students to our Vets in appreciation for their service to our country.
November 11th will also be the last day of the 1st marking period for the students; with the first Progress Report being made available on the Parent Portal the week of November 18th. The Progress Reports reflect the latest information on the academic progress your child has made so far this school-year and helps to keep you informed and involved in their educational process. Your engagement and on-going communication with the school and your child's teacher is very important in helping them do well.
The Genesis Parent Portal allows you to monitor student progress on-line, during the course of the school year. The access gives you information and the opportunity to talk to your child about how they feel about their school experience. There are many things you can do as a parent that can help your child do their best; offering encouragement, having a place for them to study at home, and making sure that you maintain high expectations for their success. Research has shown that parental expectations are one of the strongest predictors of student achievement.
When appropriate, offer praise for a job well done and minimize distractions such as cell phones, video games and TV during homework time. Communication with your child's teacher is also very important. I encourage you to maintain contact with the teacher, who is available to offer suggestions and support should you have any questions about the child's program. You can also contact Gavlak School's Elementary Counselor, Ms. Radan who can offer additional information or answer any questions you may have. Be your child's best advocate and support by getting involved in their education.
Please note that school will be closed on November 7th and 8th for N.J.E.A. Convention. Additionally, there will be an early dismissal at 2:55 on November 13th for Professional Staff Development, and an early dismissal on November 27th. School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28 and 29th.
On behalf of the staff and administration at the F.W.Gavlak School, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends.
(For additional Gavlak News, please see the "Gavlak Gazette" under News and Events)