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 a special time of year with the holidays coming upon us, and the opportunity to spend time with our family and friends in celebrating the season. It is definitely the time of year to stop and remember our personal blessings and hopefully enjoy a calm and peaceful holiday season.
Along that line of thought, I would like to share an activity with you that our Elementary Student Council, under the auspices of our staff member Mrs. Alessio is facilitating. This time of year, the Student Council Students in Grades 5 and 6 collect food for needy families that is donated to the Ruthorford Food Pantry. They are a group of students who look to serve the community through their efforts in helping people who are in need. The students learn to care for others who may not be as well off as they are and learn kindness and empathy in making some families' lives a little better during the holiday season. Anyone who would like to help the Student Council in their efforts can drop off food items to Gavlak School between December 2nd through December 17th. Thank you for helping with this worthwhile student project.
Other great student participatory events include our Winter Concert on December 5th at 7:00 pm in the Gavlak School Multi-Purpose Room and the Wallington Community Tree Lighting on December 6th at the Community Center at 6:00 pm. Gavlak students who are members of the Music Department will be showing off their musical talents at these events. These fun events bring the school and community together for the holidays.
In giving the students a chance to shop for some holiday gifts for family and friends, our Elementary P.T.A. is sponsoring our annual "P.T.A. Holiday Shop" on December 12th and 13th. Students can purchase small gifts during the school day at Gavlak School. This fun activity gives children the chance to experience the joy of giving to others.
On December 17th, our primary students in Grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 will have an opportunity to attend Movie Night at Gavlak School from 6:30-8:30pm. The children will be able to enjoy viewing the "Polar Express", a fun movie for this up-coming holiday season.
On behalf of the staff and students at the F.W.Gavlak School, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.
(For additional Gavlak News, please see the "Gavlak Gazette" under News and Events)