From the Principal
I hope that everyone has had a fantastic Spring Break and Easter long weekend with your family and friends. April has been a month full of wonderful events and our school, GSTS, has continued to be as busy and buzzing as ever!
May is shaping up to be another busy time. Our Spring Book Fair and Education Week kicks off the beginning of the month with tons of events following: Go Girls, Grow Boys, LTCHS Amazing Race, Grade 6 ELA (Written) PAT, Grade 6 Orientation, Green Deer School & Community Clean-Up, Grade 6 Locked Rooms, Spring Fling Family and Middle School Dance, Smilestones Kindergarten & Grade 8 Photo Shoots, Family Spring Photo Shoot, and Grade 7/8 MS Option Registration, just to name a few!
Our students are also busy with their coursework as they move into the last 8 weeks of the term. As the weather begins to become more beautiful, there will be temptation for our students, your children, to lose their focus. I would encourage all of our parents to keep an eye, keep them working hard and engaged in their schooling. We will even have some of our Grade 6 students writing the Part A of the PAT in May!
In exciting school-wide Science celebration, the GSTS Science Olympics will be occurring at GSTS on the afternoon of May 24. Each grade will be given a task/challenge to complete. Students will be required to use their problem solving, creativity, construction skills and critical thinking to work though these challenges and come up with the best design, create it, and then test it! This is our last school wide Science celebration (Caine’s Cardboard Challenge in October, Science Fair in February) and I know we’ll see some great stuff from our Gladiators! Let the challenges begin!
Back for another year, is the Lifetouch family photo night. Spring is a great time to get your family photos done by a professional photographer. They will be done in our learning commons in the evening 5pm-9pm, so book quickly! Lastly, we will be continuing with a family dance and middle school dance, with our GSTS Spring Fling, on May 17. From 6pm-7pm all students can come with their family members and enjoy the family dance - from 7pm to 8:30pm this changes into a $5 admission Middle School only dance for our older students! Fun times ahead!
Lastly, a reminder to all parents, that RDPSD has gone online and this is a great thing for our district, parents and students. All parents should have a registered PowerSchool Parent Account and this month you’ll be registering your child for next school year online. This will eventually lead to parents being able to also pay any school fees online. This will definitely keep parents better informed, be more family friendly and convenient. You’ll be able to access all of your child’s school information from the comforts of your home, 24/7. If you don’t have a Parent Account - I’d ask that you contact the office ASAP - so your child is registered properly for next year! This system is also connected with our school emergency procedures & alerts, sharing your email, text, or both, allows us to keep you informed should any emergency, occur.
Many thanks and looking forward to a great month ahead!