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. Among them are: basic skills remediation, speech, special education services, bi-lingual/ESL education, gifted and talented and guidance services.
October is an exciting month with the start of Fall and many important student -oriented activities taking place. Gavlak School will start the month with the "Week of Respect" on October 7th, with students pledging to stick together against Bullying and participating in lessons all designed to emphasize the importance of respecting yourself and others as part of the daily routine. Student activities include ; learning why showing respect is important to each of us through the creation of songs, charting examples of acts of kindness, the creation of "Respect Posters" and even sharing acts of kindness with everyone on Google Feed. All in all, a very important lesson to be learned by all students.
"Fire Prevention Week" is also celebrated starting on October 7th with students learning about life saving techniques in the event of a fire emergency. The Wallington Fire Department will visit the school this month as well as sponsor a Fire Fighter Phil Program for all of our Kindergarten through Grade 3 students.
The exciting S.T.E.A.M. Trips will continue to take place in October for our students in Grades K-5 that are presented at the South Bergen Jointure Commission's "Discover Lab". S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for "Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics" with activities that emphasize hands on learning in areas such as scientific method and engineering design through tasks presented in learning centers. Students are allowed to investigate ideas by exploring science themes focusing on Earth and Space, Life Science and Physical Science activities. The field trips help to support the NJ Standards: https://sites.google.com/southbergenjointure.org/steam/steam/discovery-lab
One of my favorite school events; our annual "Peace Parade" will take place during "Violence Awareness Week" starting October 21st through October 25th. The focus for our students will be to develop skills that include critical thinking, effective communication, conflict resolution, anti-bullying and tolerance toward others. These skills will be supported through lessons and discussions in our grade level classrooms.
I would like to emphasize the importance of "Red Ribbon Week" starting on October 28th to all of our student and parents. The focus is upon preventing drug and alcohol abuse, an important topic in helping to keep our children safe by preventing harmful activities that could impact their health and well-being.
Halloween activites I am sure will be on the minds of our students toward the end of the month. Our P.T.A. will be sponsoring a Halloween Party at Gavlak School on October 29th from 6:30-8:30. And finally, we will have our annual Gavlak School Halloween Parade for all of our students to show off their costumes on October 31st. A very , very busy month ahead for all of us!