From the conversations I have had with parents, teachers, administrators, and stakeholders in our community I can appreciate and understand the frustration many of us are feeling with the ever-changing information and guidance we are receiving on school plans for reopening.
The district reopening plan is document subject to ongoing revision. As such, the
Frank W. Gavlak School is a grade 1-6 building. It currently has an approximate enrollment of 400 students with 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. Among them are: basic skills remediation, speech, special education services, bi-lingual/ESL education, gifted and talented and guidance services.
4th Grade Science with Mrs. O'Shea
Gavlak rocks with "Gratitude"
Gavlak Peace Parade
We'll never forget.
The Gavlak Staff welcomes all of our students to the 2020-2021 School Year.
Thanks to our PTA for all they do!
As part of our school tradition of caring for others in our community who may not be as fortunate as we are, our Gavlak Student Council under the auspices of Mrs. Nicole Alessio will again collect food for needy families. Our Student Council will donate the food to the Rutherford Food Pantry in our efforts to help people in need. Our students learn a valuable lesson in helping to serve our community by caring for others, while learning about kindness and empathy toward others during this holiday season. Anyone interested in helping the Student Council can drop off non-perishable food items at Gavlak School betweeen December 1 through December 21st. Boxes will be located by the front door of the school.
We are continuing with another of our special annual holiday events, though facilitated in a safe and different modality this year. Our Winter Concert will take place on December 3rd. This year our student performances will be conducted "virtually", with students still presenting their musical talents on video clips that will be available on computers at home through our Google Classrooms. This has been planned and orchestrated by our music teachers: Mr. Giglio and Mr. Raquet.
Student Progress Reports can be found on the Genesis Parent Portal. Parents can log in to obtain pertinent, academic progress information for their child. As a support, you can reach out to our School Counselor, Mrs. Radan should you need additional information. With the end of the 1st Marking Period, it is a good time now to assess what academic help your child may need, and work with our staff to make sure that your child benefits from the school program.
I would also like to remind all parents of other additional supports that are available. Teachers hold Extra Help Sessions on-line through Google Meets on a daily basis from 1:45-3:15 P.M. Please check with your child's teacher about their specific help schedule. You can also contact our school nurse, Mrs. Heuer should you have any school related health questions.
It is a good time of year to remind everyone that our Gavlak School theme for December continues to be"Kindness". I have included a link below entitled "31 Purposeful Acts of Kindness" that may provide some inspiration for everyone during this holiday season
https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/purposeful-acts-of-kindness On behalf of the staff, and students at the F.W.Gavlak School. I would like to wish everyone a very happy, peaceful and safe holiday season. .
Nancy J. Giambrone, Principal, Frank W. Gavlak School
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