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Creating the LEADERS of Tomorrow -- Leaders, Example-Setters, Achievers, Dreamers --
Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
School Start Time Survey for Teachers, Students and Staff
December 8, 2016
 
​Please help us gather information on School Start Times by completing the survey below.  The survey window closes on Dec. 22.
District Survey on School Start Times is ready for responses from Monroe County School District Parents
December 2, 2016

In answer to parents’ concerns School Board members have proposed that the district conduct a survey to get input on school start times.  The survey response period begins on December 1st; it is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  It is very important that parents complete the survey at the link below to express their thoughts on this important topic. You need to fill out only one survey even if you have children in more than one school. The survey will direct you to questions regarding both schools. The preferred method is to take the survey online; however, paper and pencil versions of the survey will be available at your child’s school as well. As a convenience, if you are unable to complete the survey at home, you may go to the Parent Education Center at each school to complete the survey on a computer or you can complete a paper and pencil version as stated above. School staff will advise you how to complete the paper and pencil version. We would like to get as many parents to participate in the survey as possible, so that we will have the best information to use for planning any changes which may be in order. You will assist us in responding to your needs by completing the survey today. The survey link is below. The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 22nd. Thank you.
 
School Announcements
GAE Celebrates Literacy!
March 3, 2017
Gerald Adams would like to thank everyone who helped make Read Across America Day such a great success!

Read Across America Day
February 22, 2017
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY:  It is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!  On Thursday, March 2nd students at Gerald Adams will join millions of other students across the country to celebrate Read Across America Day! We will have school wide Drop Everything and Read times. We will also have guest readers come in to read to classes. If you would like to be a guest reader please let your child’s teacher or Mr. Taylor know.
 
PAKER Night!: What better way to end Read Across America Day?  We will have a Dr. Seuss themed evening (Thursday, March 2nd) that the students will be talking about for a long time.  Please plan to attend!  The fun begins at 5:30.
THANK YOU, DIONS!
February 17, 2017

Gerald Adams Elementary would like to extend a very special thank you to Dion's Quick Mart #3 in Summerland Key for donating $500 to support math and science education. 

Florida Department of Education - Exceptional Student Education
February 9, 2017
Let the Florida Department of Education know about how Gerald Adams Elementary School partners with you, the parent, to promote parent involvement in your child’s education.  A paper survey will come home in the Tuesday envelope of children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)If you prefer to complete the survey electronically, click the link below
Please take the time to complete this brief survey to help us at Gerald Adams School to continue to meet your family’s needs.
Garden
January 17, 2017
Green Thumbs!


4th Grade students participating in Century 21 planted and enjoyed the harvest from their garden!
Light the Torch - Publix
January 17, 2017
Light the Torch
The Light the Torch campaign is a fundraiser to raise money for the Special Olympics in order to support teams with uniforms, equipment, travel expenses, snacks, etc. Each torch is a $1.00 donation to Special Olympics.   Torches will be displayed in Publix stores.  It is being held at the New and the Old Publix stores until January 22nd.
Congratulations, James!
January 17, 2017
Hoop Shoot Contest Winner - James Osborne

Our GAE Family is proud to announce that third grade student, James Osborne won the Hoop Shoot Contest in Miami.  James will be representing Gerald Adams Elementary at Regionals.  Good luck, James!
 
Important Message
December 7, 2016
District Survey on School Start Times is ready for responses from Monroe County School District


Parents,
               In answer to parents’ concerns School Board members have proposed that the district conduct a survey to get input on school start times.  The survey response period begins today; it is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  It is very important that parents complete the survey at the link below to express their thoughts on this important topic.  You need to fill out only one survey even if you have children in more than one school. The survey will direct you to questions regarding both schools.   The preferred method is to take the survey online; however, paper and pencil versions of the survey will be available at your child’s school as well.   As a convenience, if you are unable to complete the survey at home, you may go to the Parent Education Center at each school to complete the survey on a computer or you can complete a paper and pencil version as stated above. School staff will advise you how to complete the paper and pencil version.   We would like to get as many parents to participate in the survey as possible, so that we will have the best information to use for planning any changes which may be in order.  You will assist us in responding to your needs by completing the survey today. The survey link is below.  The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 22nd.   Thank you.

http://surveys.hanoverresearch.com/s3/School-Start-Times-Survey





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THANK YOU!
November 29, 2016
Thank you to the Masonic Lodge and Old Stone Church for their donation of Holiday Baskets!

 
1st Quarter Awards Ceremony
October 27, 2016
Awards Ceremony

The Gerald Adams Family is proud the hardworking students who were awarded at today's ceremonies.  Congratulations on a job well done!


 
Unity Day
October 21, 2016
Unity Day
Gerald Adams Elementary was a sea of orange as they celebrated Unity Day this week to spread a message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  A whole school assembly that used linked paperchains was conducted to symbolize our connection as one unit at GAE.  Upper grades prepared readings on peace and acceptance that the whole school could enjoy and expand on in their classrooms. Each student received a Unity Day bracelet to serve as a reminder to use kindness each day with everyone they meet.  Unity Day is celebrated in October as part of Anti-Bullying month in support to support positive treatment of all people.

Make Your Voice Heard!
October 12, 2016
Please click the link to view Gerald Adams Elementary's Parent Involvement Plan and School Improvement Plan.  We would love to hear feedback from our families.  Please review and share your thoughts with us. 

School Improvement Plan

Parent Involvement Plan




 
Lunch Program News
October 4, 2016
The quick easy way to prepay for meals is available online at

www.mealpayplus.com 
Quick Links
September 7, 2015

               
        

2nd Annual Art Extravaganza
April 27, 2016

The 2nd Annual Gerald Adams Elementary School Art Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, May 4th from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. All students will have art work on display. There will also be a lot of great activities to enjoy with your family: Pizza Dinner Fundraiser, Steel Your Heart steel pan show, Artist of the Year Show, watercolor painting with Mrs. Smith, and guest artists! Come support the arts, you will have a blast!
SURA AWARD CEREMONY
May 3, 2016
Please join us on Monday, May 9th in celebrating all the wonder readers we have at Gerald Adams Elementary. Please see the schedule below for grade level times. Hope to see everyone there!


Kindergarten Round-Up
April 22, 2016
Kindergarten Orientation, Friday May 27 at 9:00 a.m. 
For children that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016 and will be starting Kindergarten in August. In order to register, you must live in our school district and show proof of this (parents license, utility bill, lease, etc). You must also bring the child's birth certificate, complete shot record ,and  Florida physical. You must also complete a registration packet which we provide.

If you can not attend the orientation, please call the office to set up an appointment time, after May 27, for registration. You must have all items listed above.
 
21st Century End of the Year Parent Surveys
April 26, 2016
End of the year Stakeholder surveys will be in Tuesday Envelopes.  Please take time to fill out this survey in order for Gerald Adams to continue to serve your children after school.  A paper copy is in Tuesday envelope, however parents are welcome to visit :
 
Online Surveys:
The following surveys are located at http://florida21stcclc.usf.edu/surveys/:

• 21st CCLC Teacher Survey of Student Improvement
• 21st CCLC Student Satisfaction Survey
• 21st CCLC Family Member Satisfaction Survey
• Encuesta de Satisfacción de Padres de 21st CCLC (Spanish Family Member Survey)
• 21ièm Sondaj CCLC pou Satisfaktyon Paran (Creole Family Member Survey)

 
FSA Testing Begins This Week
March 29, 2016


Students in grades 3 and 4 will begin taking the FSA on Wednesday March 30th. 5th grade students will begin testing later in April. Please see our school calendar for testing days for a particular grade level and make sure that your child arrives to school on time and well rested. 
 
2nd Annual Finstastic 5K
January 17, 2016


Registration is now open for our 2nd annual Fintastic 5K taking place on February 27th at 8 am! This year's theme "Colors of the Sea" will splash all participants with colors all along the course. Don't miss this wonderful event benefiting our PBS program.
Click on the medal below for more information and to register!

 

 

 
This Week's Honor Roll Celebrations Postponed
January 28, 2016
Honor Roll Celebrations that were scheduled to take place this morning and on Friday have been postponed until next week. We apologize for the late notice. Please stay tuned for more information. 
 
GAE Celebrates Literacy Week
January 25, 2016
 

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers celebrate the tremendous success of Florida's students over the past decade.

Below are a few exciting events taking place at our school. We hope that you will take this opportunity to support reading in your homes and participate in school‐wide and classroom activities.

Monday, January 25th - Professional Day-No School
Tuesday, January 26th - Million Minute Marathon!  As a class, students record the total number of minutes that they read for the whole day.  There will be a prize for the most minutes!
Tuesday is also “Sock it to Books Day”!  Students can wear crazy socks to school in order to raise awareness to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!.
Wednesday, January 27th - “Be the Story Day”-Students can dress as their favorite character in a book. 
Thursday, January 28th ‐ “Hats Off to Books Day”- Students can wear hats to school in order to raise awareness to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!.
Friday, January 29th – “Score With Books Day”- Students can wear their favorite team’s gear to show support for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!.
Please encourage your student to participate in these fun events throughout the week!

 
 
 
 
GAE Writing Camp Goes High Tech!
February 25, 2016

4th and 5th grade students participated in their annual writing camp; Thursday, February 25th. Mrs. Herrin opened writing camp with writing awards in which each student was recognized for all their hard work and effort preparing for the FSA. This year's camp though went completely student directed ad high tech! Student’s created their own scripts, skits, songs and for the first time ever played a digital Writing Olympics Game using Kahoot! with Ipads and Chromebooks. This friendly competition between 4th and 5th grade was for bragging rights on which grade level was best prepared for the FSA Writing Test next Tuesday! Students had a great time and are reading to ROCK the test!

Important Information about Flu Season
February 13, 2016

Please click here for an important letter to parents from Dr. Mark Whiteside, Mornoe County Department of Health Medical Director, regarding influenza in the Florida Keys.

 
Thank You Mrs. Star Norris!
January 20, 2016

The Gerald Adams Family would like to send out a huge thank you to Mrs. Star Norris for taking such great care of our students and staff. Mrs. Star Norris received a GEMS Award at the January 12th School Board workshop meeting in recognition of her 28 years of service to GAE students and the students of the Monroe County School District. Mrs. Norris will be retiring at the end of January. Congratulations Mrs. Star, WE LOVE YOU and know you will be greatly missed!
 

GAE Recycling Club GEM Award
January 19, 2016
Students from GAE's Recycling Club were recognized at the January 12th School Board workshop meeting by receiving a GEM Award. These students led by Mrs. Madok are in charge of GAE's recycling program. We are very proud of all their hard work and dedication to this wonderful cause.
 

 
Mrs. Madok Presents at FETC Conference
January 17, 2016


Mrs. Madok presented an Aspire session on coding and robotics this past week and the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Mrs. Madok's presentation was chosen from a pool of educators that submitted presentation proposals from around the world. During her presentation she demonstrated to a room full of educators and administrators how students in her classes are learning how to code can be applied to robotics by the use of Bee Bots. Congratulations Mrs. Madok on a job well done!
 
Computer Science Education Week
December 3, 2015

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Gerald Adams Elementary  is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

This is a chance to change the future of education in Monroe County.

See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.

 


Very Important SAC Meeting November 12th
November 3, 2015
We invite all Gerald Adams families to attend a very important SAC meeting on Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 pm. Superintendent Mr. Mark Porter will be on campus to obtain parental input regarding the building of the new Gerald Adams Elementary School.
MCSD Parental Email Registration Link
January 8, 2016
Our school district is transitioning into a new communication platform to increase communication with parents. Below is a link to register your email with the school district to receive district to home and school to home communication. 

MCSD Parent Email Registration
 
Follow us on Facebook
November 17, 2015
GAE families can now follow us on Facebook and see all of the great things happening at our school. Just like our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/GAEDolphins/



 
Follow us on Twitter
October 22, 2015
 
GAE families can now follow us on twitter to get up to the minute information on all the great things happening at our school. Look for @GaeDolphins.
GAE ROCKS READING!
November 20, 2014


Parents and students can now follow how many books and words our GAE students have read this school year.
 
4th Grade High-Tech Learning
November 2, 2015
4th grade is currently learning how to upload documents and work collaboratively on Google Classroom on their IPad devices.


 
Scholastic Book Fair is Here!
September 4, 2015
Our fall Scholastic Monster Book Fair will run from September 14th through September 18th. Our online sales will open on September 8th and close September 22nd. To preview the books that will be on sale in our media center or buy books online please click on the link below. See you at the book fair we know you'll have a goulishly good time! 


 
GAE Open House
September 9, 2015


You are cordially invited to our Parent Open House next Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Student Advisory Council sign up will be in the cafeteria from 5:30-6:15. Our Scholastic Monster Book Fair will be open in the media center from 5:30-7:00. Classrooms will be open for visits from 6:00-7:15.Title I Orientation will be held during classroom visits. To learn more about Title I please click on the link below. We hope to see you all next Tuesday!
 
Cherrydale Fundraiser Starting Soon!
September 16, 2015
Our annual Cherrydale fundraiser will begin the week of September 28th. Fundraiser packets will be going home in the next few Tuesday envelopes. Orders can now be placed online! Simply click on the image below and you will be directed to the Cherrydale site. Remember to include our school code: GERKF


 
GAE United Against Bullying
November 3, 2015
On Wednesday, October 21st GAE students and teachers wore orange for Unity Day. GAE students each had one link where they wrote about how they will stop bullying. This chain is now posted in the main hallway of the school. All of our teachers and students also participated in an anti-bullying pledge on our school field during that morning. 
2015-2016 Meet the Teacher
August 14, 2015
Our meet the teacher day will be Friday, August 21st at 1:00 p.m. for all students. 


 

2015-2016 GAE Bus Routes (updated 8-27-15)
August 21, 2015
 2015-2016 Gerald Adams Bus Routes

Please click on the link below to find the morning and afternoon bus routes for our Gerald Students. All students riding the bus must have a bus pass on the first day of school.


 
Students Can Do Reflex Math At Home
October 7, 2014
 Reflex Math is now available on the IPAD. Students can log onto Reflex Math at home and practice their math fact fluency. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Ask you child to show you about Reflex Math today!
 
Dad's Take your Child to School Day
October 14, 2015
On Wednesday, September 30th several of our GAE dads, step-dads and significant male role models participated in "Dad Take Your Child to School Day". Breakfast was provided and then a strong father march took place. We would like to thank all of our participants for everything you do on a daily basis to make sure our GAE students become successful life long learners. 


We need your BOXTOPS!
October 2, 2014




Want to help our school raise funds? WE NEED YOUR BOXTOPS! Please clip and save BOXTOPS and send them in to school. Our school receives $1.00 for every 10 BOXTOPS and every little bit helps. Unsure of what everyday products earn BOXTOPS? Click here to see the participating products. Sign up and earn BOXTOPS for our school online; support Gerald Adams at www.boxtops4education.com.
 
iBElieve Program
September 14, 2015
Click on the image for more information about Monroe County School District's iBElieve program.

 

 
Student Accident Insurance
August 21, 2015

Our school/district has selected the Student Insurance Plan from Health Special Risk, Inc. (HSR) to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don't have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have the other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive "gaps" caused
by deductibles and co-pays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year by visiting 
Free School and Sports Physicals for Monroe County Students
August 19, 2015
Any incoming student needing a School Health or Sports Physical may access one at no cost via the AHEC Clinics starting August 17th.  Appointments are requested as we will be limited to seeing approximately 25 to 30 students per day at each site.

Please click on the links below for further information:
1.    Clinic Announcement and Schedule
2.    Patient Packet English
3.    Patient Packet Spanish
4.    Sports Physical Form
5.    School Health Physical Form
 
Head Start Open Enrollment
April 8, 2015

Will your child be 3 or 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2015?

Head Start Program Open Enrollment

April 1, 2015 thru June 1, 2015 for the 2015-16 school year.

Applications are available on-line at:  

www.Keysschools.com (under school tab, go to Centers and then click on Head Start)

Or applications may be picked up from a Head Start Site Coordinator at: 
   Horace O'Bryant School
   Gerald Adams Elementary School
   Stanley Switlik Elementary School
   Key Largo School

There is NO COST to Parents!

Families must meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Transportation is available, ask a Site Coordinator for more details.

Head Start programs promote ‘school readiness’ by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning.

Give your child a HEAD START!
CALL TODAY!
(Se habla español)

In Key Largo
Key Largo School, call Isabel Campanioni (305) 453-1255 x 57354

In Marathon
Stanley Switlik Elementary, call Isabel Vargas (305) 289-2490 x 59309

In Key West
Horace O'Bryant School, call Elizabeth Alvarez (305) 296-5628 x 65392 Or Toni Rodriguez x 65393

Gerald Adams, call Jessica Delgado (305) 293-1609 X51329



 
First Annual FINtastic 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day!
February 20, 2015

Calling all sea creatures!

Please join us on February 28th, 2015 for Key West's newest themed run. This nautical themed 5K walk/run will take place on College Rd, at Gerald Adams Elementary School. You'll be sure to have a FINtastic time as you help raise money for the school.
 

The race will culminate with fun-filled family day that will allow you to stretch out your tentacles, relax your fins and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

 

Awards will be given out to best themed costume, as well as top finishers in various age categories. Also, we will giving out Theme Runs specially designed puzzle piece medals to the first 125 participant that register and complete the race.

 

Don’t miss out on this great event!

 

Online Registration ends 2/27/15 12pm. Registration goes up $5 in person.
Register in person/packet pickup at Gerald Adams School:
Friday 2/27/15 4-6pm OR Saturday 2/28/15 between 7:30am - 9am

Come for the run, stay for the fun!

From 10:00-12:00

Food, Drinks & a Bounce House

Games & Activities

Silent Auction

Live Music featuring Gerald Adams Steel Pan Band

 

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the door.

Tickets cost: $0.50 each. (covers the cost of activities, food, etc..)

Items will cost 1-3 tickets

 

All money raised goes to support Positive Behavior Support program at Gerald Adams.

For more information on the 5K or to register for the event please visit:
http://www.themeruns.com/home/fintastic-5k/

 


 

Florida Standards Assessment Testing Dates
February 20, 2015
Gerald Adams Student's will begin taking the Florida Standards Assessment from March 3 through May 6. The assessment schedule for our students is listed below. To help your child prepare for the FSA, please visit http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-parents. 

FSA Writing Grades 4-5  March 3rd             Make-ups March 4 & 5
FSA Reading Grades 3-4  April 1 & 2         
FSA Math Grades 3-4       April 7 & 8         
Grade 3-4 Make-ups April 6, 9, and 10
 
FSA Reading CBT Grade 5               April 21 & 22
FCAT Science Grade 5                     April 28 & 29
FSA Math CBT                                 May 4-5                Make ups May 6, 7 & 8 

 

 
Charting the Course to Excellence-With Gratitude
January 13, 2015
As we approach the heart of the Holiday Season there is a great deal to be thankful and grateful 
for in our communities and in our schools.  

Let me begin with a somewhat overdue "thank you" to the voters of Monroe County who overwhelmingly approved an extension of the ½ cent sales tax for capital improvements. Your support is greatly appreciated by our students and by our staff. I can assure you that your trust in our ability to properly invest these resources as promised; to enhance and improve our buildings, to assure safety and security for students and staff, and to deploy student technology in a way that improves student learning, will be kept, measured and well communicated. Again, thank you on behalf of our students and our staff. 

I also want to express my personal appreciation for the time and effort put forth by many in our communities who volunteered to participate in an annual review of our Strategic Plan-Charting the Course to Excellence in the Monroe County Schools. Gathering over fifty people together, including staff and community members, to review accomplishments in year 1 and set forth targets for continued progress and improvement in year 2 was a valuable and informative experience. Time was taken to celebrate successes of the past year, but a greater focus was placed on planning for future next steps toward our ultimate goals and strategic objectives. I am grateful that we have such an engaged and generous community when it comes to important efforts such as this. I also know this is just one example of the kind of community involvement and support that takes place each and every day in our schools. Thank you for your support of time and effort. 

Finally, I want to give a big "shout out" to the dedicated staff of the Monroe County Schools. No organization is more dependent on their human capital than a school system. It will always be true that we will only be as good as the people who work here. Many of our staff have persevered and endured through difficult times, yet have remained focused and dedicated to their students and families. We have been fortunate this past year to be able to provide a modest increase in compensation for all of our employees and in addition have provided a "premium holiday" from their health insurance contributions for one pay period this month due to the improved financial health of our self-insured fund. Our employees truly deserve all we can do to recognize and support them. On behalf of the School Board and myself I want to say thank you for making the first half of the 2014-15 school year such a positive step forward for everyone. 
 
Community engagement is a critical part of our Strategic Plan and saying thank you is simply not enough. Truly effective engagement with our community means that both sides are contributing to the benefit of the other. We are grateful for what our communities do for us, but also want to continue to expand upon what we can do for our communities. In 2015 I will be announcing details of the "Superintendent’s Community Service Challenge", an organized opportunity for all Monroe County School employees to give back to their respective communities while at the same time building camaraderie and rapport within our organization. Details will be announced shortly after the first of the year. 

I know we all have a great deal to be grateful for at this time of year. I just wanted you to know how grateful we are in the Monroe County Schools for your continued support that is demonstrated in so many different ways. We are indeed Charting the Course to Excellence -with gratitude for all you do.  

Thank you and Happy Holidays. 

Mark T. Porter, Superintendent 
 

 
Thank You Finstastic 5k Sponsors/Participants!
April 8, 2015
This February Gerald Adams held their first FINtastic 5k to support PBS.  The fundraiser was wildly successful.  The community support was amazing and far exceeded the PBS team's expectations.  Platinum donors ($500+) were Dade Lodge #14, Comcast, Local artist Kimberly Lyn Williams, Hurricane Hole, and Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Gold donors ($300-$499) were Little Palm Island, Clinic of Alternative Medicine, and Parrot Key Resort.  Silver donors ($200-$299) were Key West Pro Guides, All Animal Clinic, Monroe County Teacher’s Credit Union, Reef Relief, KW Golf Course, and Waste Management.  Bronze donors were Mr. Z, Fury, Bed and Chair Depot, Keys Pest Control, Goldman’s Deli, Publix, Marquesa, Chicago’s, KMK Tinting, Lazy Dog, Tavern N Town, Key West Hammock, Alan Maltz, Mel Fisher, and Chicos.  Additional donors were Sloppy Joes, Signs Unlimited, Turtle Kraals, Hogfish, Key Accents, Help Yourself, Michaels, Dante’s, Pepe’s, Kermits, Island Dog Grooming, RH Fitness, Bagatelle, Butterfly Yoga, Good Year Banner Tire, Erica Tommy Hunter, Twist of Paradise, Camille’s, We Cycle, Flow Spa, Salute’s, Island Dog Bar, Margaretville, Mark Hacker Pottery, and Graig Berube-Grey.  Gerald Adams staff and students are overwhelmed by the vast and varied community support that was provided.  We are extraordinarily grateful.  The run would not have been a success without all this generous support and we thank you.

 
District Behavior Survey
January 7, 2015
Please take a couple of minutes to let us know what you think about our district behavioral program- IBelieve

Teacher Feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iBElieveTeacher
Student Feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iBElieveStudent
Parent Feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iBElieveParent​

 Your feedback is so important- it helps us to improve our efforts.
 
We appreciate your time.
 
Sincerely,
 
The District Action Planning and Problem Solving Team for Monroe County Schools
 
GAE 4th Grade Students Enter National Writing Contest
December 5, 2014

Six students from our 4th grade class have entered Scholastic's "This Is How I Shake It Off!" Contest sponsored by Taylor Swift. The grand-prize winner of the contest will win a trip to see Taylor Swift in Concert and have a personal meet and greet with her! GAE wishes Gianna Cervantes, Jocelyn Lopez, Ashley Castro, Rachel Owens, Roosney Joseph and Christ Jolis the best of luck! We are Dolphin Proud!
 


 
Thank You Dion's and ExxonMobil
December 13, 2014
The ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program awarded $1,500 in grants to three schools in the lower keys schools. Gerald Adams Elementary, Key West High, and Poinciana Elementary School each received a $500 grant from ExxonMobil. Dion Oil representatives Gilda Niles and Kristie Hernandez presented the grants to the recipients during a presentation at the Dion Oil Company Office on December 9, 2014.  The grants will be used to help support and enhance programs with emphasis on Math and Science in the schools.

ExxonMobil Education Alliance grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Gilda Niles of Dion Oil works with ExxonMobil to secure the Education Alliance Grants for schools throughout the company’s marketing area. This year ExxonMobil awarded four thousand $500 grants to schools throughout the country for a total of $2 million.

This program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil Retailers, as well as Distributors like Dion Oil Company, with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.  ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local Retailers and Distributors are best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support.  ExxonMobil is pleased to fund this very important program at a time when budgets for our schools do not always provide for some of the most critical needs.
2015-2016 School Supply Lists
June 8, 2015
Take a Picture with Mr. Turkey
November 19, 2014
Our PBS Committee will be taking pictures with Mr. Turkey as a fundraiser Wednesday-Friday this week at lunch.  Photos are $5.  Send in money if you want an awesome photo of your child.

 
November 19, 2014
There will be no school for students from Monday, November 24th through Friday, November 28th. 
GAE Chorus and Steel Pan Perform at Schooner Warf
December 14, 2014
Our steel pan band and chorus performed a wonderful holiday show at the Schooner Warf, this past Saturday. We would like to congratulate all of our student performers as well as Mr. Smith for a phenomenal performance. Congratulations!​ To view a video of thier performance please click on the Photos and Fun link on the left hand side. 

Student Council Pennies for Patients
November 21, 2014
Pennies for Patients, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser has started. The school is collecting spare change to go in your child’s classroom collection boxes. The fundraiser runs from Nov. 18th until Dec. 13th.
GAE Students Bring Home Hoop Shoot Trophies
November 21, 2014


GAE students participated in the 2014 Key West Elk's Club Hoop Shoot Competition on Saturday, November 15th. Jeremiah Osborne won first place in the 10-11 age group. Hunter White won first place in the 8-9 age group and Bailey Utt won second place in the 8-9 age group. Congratulations to all the participants and winners!
 

 
FKCC President Visits GAE
November 9, 2014
Dr. Gueverra, the President of FKCC, went to Gerald Adams School on Halloween to tell Mrs. Davila's first grade class a scary story.  The class also wrote him thank you letters for allowing them to go to the College the day before to make pinch pots and learn all about making ceramics and Roku.
 

 
Health Insurance Marketplace
November 6, 2014
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (eagle) logo, Administration for Children and Families logo and Early Childhood Development logo. Below logos are 9 photos of children
 
 
Count Down to Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace
 
The Affordable Care Act is working to deliver affordability, access, and quality to millions of Americans across the country.
 
Looking for health insurance that fits your needs and your budget? Look no further than the Health Insurance Marketplace. All plans in the Marketplace cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, recommended preventive care and more. Open enrollment begins November 15. Enroll by December 15, 2014 for coverage that starts January 1, 2015. To find the latest, most accurate, information about the Marketplace visit HealthCare.gov.
 
If you have health coverage through the Marketplace, it’s time to review your plan and decide if you need to make changes for 2015. Every fall, your health insurance company sends you a letter explaining changes to premiums and benefits for the coming year. You can choose to stay in your current plan (as long as it’s still offered) or make changes. If you don’t take action by December 15, 2014, you could miss out on better deals and cost savings.
 
It’s easy to renew. There are 5 steps to stay covered:
 
  1. Review: Plans change, people change. Every year insurance companies can make changes to premiums, cost sharing or benefits and services they provide. Review your plan’s 2015 coverage to make sure it still meets your needs and you’re getting the best plan for you.
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  1. Update:  Starting November 15, visit HealthCare.gov and log into your Marketplace account. Answer a few questions to get to your 2015 application – it will be pre-filled with your latest information from 2014. Step through each page of your application and make changes if you need to. This is important – even if none of your information has changed, you might be eligible for lower costs than last year! You also can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 to review or make updates over the phone.
 
  1. Compare:  Log into your Marketplace account and follow the “Enroll To Do List” on HealthCare.gov to compare 2015 plan costs and benefits. New and more affordable plans may be available in your area this year. If you decide to stay in your current plan, follow the directions to search by that plan’s 14-digit ID – you can find the ID on the letter from your plan. Or, call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 for help.
 
  1. Choose:  Choose a health plan for 2015. You can keep the same plan (as long as it’s still offered) or select a new one that better fits your needs. If you want to stay enrolled in your 2014 plan, use the plan ID in the letter you get from your health plan.
 
  1. Enroll: The Marketplace open enrolment period begins on November 15. Make sure to review, update, compare and choose by December 15 to have any changes take effect on January 1.  Stay covered for 2015! Contact your plan to confirm your enrollment. Make sure to pay your premium.
 
If you don’t finish all of the steps by December 15, we’ll try to enroll you automatically so you stay covered. But this coverage might not be your best option for 2015 and you could miss out on cost savings.

If you have questions or need to find someone who can help you in person, we can help. Find local help at: www.Localhelp.healthcare.gov/
Or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855- 889-4325. The call is free.
Donations Needed for Children's Day Booth!
October 7, 2014
  Gerald Adams will be hosting a booth at Children's Day, and we need your help! If you can bring in a box of juice pouches, you can earn a ticket worth $10 dolphin dollars! This is something we are asking, not requiring. So if you can, please bring in juice pouches, not boxes. Think, Capri-Sun, Kool-Aid or Minute Maid. This will help raise funds for our PBS program. 
 

 
Thank You United Way!
September 26, 2014

Representatives from the United Way's "Stuff The Bus" campaign visited Gerald Adams this week bringing much needed supplies to our students. We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU, on behalf of the students and faculty.

Early Release Day
September 17, 2014
Tomorrow Thursday, September 18th, is an early release day. School will dismiss at 12:00.
 
Grandparents Luncheon
September 3, 2014
 Gerald Adams cordially invites our grandparents to join their grandchildren for a special luncheon on Friday, September 5,2014. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00p.m.. Hope to see all our wonderful GAE grandparents there!
 
College Color Day
August 26, 2014
 Friday, August 29th is College Color Day. Students are encouraged to wear the colors or fan fare of their favorite college teams. 
 
United Way
August 20, 2014
 United Way Childcare Survey 
The United Way is conducting an online survey through the month of September.
The purpose of the survey gather data from parents on the kind of childcare they were able to find for their children this summer and how affordable it was. We hope to use this data to help create additional affordable childcare options for Keys families in the summer of 2015 and beyond.  Please click on the links below to complete this brief survey. 

 English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RZ958MR 
 Spanish here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/veranochildcare
 





 
Stay Connected with GAE!
September 9, 2013


 
Stay connected. Make sure your child’s teacher has your email address and current telephone number. Our Adam's Topics are now posted online, go to the newsletter tab weekly.


 
Food Bank Resources for GAE Families
June 8, 2015
The link below is a list of food bank resources open all throughout the Keys. If you know of a family in need or need these resources please visit any one of the centers listed on the link below. Have a great summer!
 
First Annual Art Extravaganza Huge Success
May 13, 2015

On Thursday, May 7th Gerald Adams held it's first annual "Art Extravaganza" coordinated by our new art teacher Ms. Ali Heinz. GAE families were welcomed with a pizza dinner, followed by several student created art exhibits, visiting artist and art activities. The highlight of the evening was the "Artist of the Year" presentation in which Ms. Heinz presented Neftalie Cajuste and Jonathon Graves with this award, followed by a wonderful performance by our Steel Pan Band and Chorus. These young artist will have their work displayed in our new student art gallery. 

“The goal of having the Art Extravaganza is to bring in the community and to have a night where the students are immersed in all different types of art. The students worked  hard throughout the year on their art projects, this gives them the opportunity to have their artwork on display for all to admire and to be proud of what they accomplished. The Art Extravaganza gives the students a feeling of being in a live art gallery, they even have the opportunity to create art alongside professional artists from the community. I wanted the students to have a chance to see different types of professional artists at work, this year we were honored to have watercolor artists, an acrylic artist, a driftwood artist, a technology artist, a clay artist and quilting artists. A special feature of the art show was the Under the Sea black light installation, where each students made a neon ocean project and it was displayed on stage where the students walked through and experience an aquatic scene around them glowing in the black lights. I am so excited to continue this wonderful event in hopes to make a difference in a child’s life through art.”- Ms. Ali Heinz


2014-2015 Title I Brochure
July 30, 2014
The 2014-2015 Title I Brochure is now available for viewing. Please Click on the link below or go to the Our School side link and click on the 2014-2015 Title I Brochure link.

2014-2015 Title I Parent Brochure


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School Supply Lists
July 17, 2014
Supply Lists for 2014-2015 School Year
 




 



 


 
Summer Reading Resources
May 29, 2014
  Parents please help us prevent the summer slide and encourage your child to read this summer. Students who complete the Summer Reading Journals will be invited to a "Summer Beach Party" at the FKCC pool in August when school resumes. Below are links to the summer reading lists, reading journals and other resources to keep our students sharp.Have a great summer everyone, HAPPY READING!

Summer Reading Adventure 2014
Parent help with Summer Reading
Summer reading list
Summer Reading Journal Kindergarten
Summer Reading Journal Grades 1-2
Summer Reading Journal Grades 3,4,5
 

 
Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Week
March 4, 2014
  Students and staff kicked off  Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Week with a visit from Superintendent Mark Porter and school board member Mr. John Dick. Students will take a reading oath and also participate in various activites throughout the week.

Monday-Reader's Oath & Classroom Door Contest
Tuesday- Crazy Sock Day
Wednesday-Pajama Day
Thursday- College Shirt Day
Friday- Dr. Seuss Day-Hat Day

Click on the link below to see the Reader's Oath
www.youtube.com/watch







AdvancED /SACS Accreditation Parent Survey
March 4, 2014

Today's Tuesday envelopes included our AdvancED/SACS Accreditaion parent surveys. Your feedback is very important to us. Below please find the survey and answer sheets in case another one is needed. Please feel free to download, print and return it  to school with your child no later than Friday, March 7th.

Thank You!

English Survey Questions

English Survey Answer Sheet

Spanish Survey Questions

Spanish Survey Answer Sheet

Hatian-Creole Survey Questions

Hatian-Creole Survey Answer Sheet




GAE Celebrates School's Top Readers
May 12, 2014
This morning Superintendent Mr. Mark T. Porter presented several of our GAE Students with their "Superintendent Young Reader Awards" for the 2013-2014 school year. The faculty and staff is very proud of the hard work and effort put forth by these students all year.

We are especially proud of 4th grade student Woodson Benjamin for winning the Most Improved Reader of the Year Award and a brand new Kindle with gift card. Woodson, who also received the Super award and is a member of the Million Word Club, has accumulated over 165 AR points and has shown a +4.5 grade level learning gain due to all his reading. 

WAY TO GO WOODSON! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!

MCSD Parent Survey
January 8, 2014
In an effort to improve system practices, Monroe County School District is conducting a Parent Survey.
We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.
 
In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/3316714
 
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.  All data is collected through AdvancEd and only the collective summary data is used in the final report.
 
GAE Celebrates Literacy Week!
January 7, 2014
Students at Gerald Adams Elementary will participate in the 6th Annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida January 13-17, 2014!  
 
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida, is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers celebrate the tremendous success of Florida's students over the past decade. With this year’s theme, "Reading Accelerates Success," students are encouraged to read every day while making a connection between literacy and career options in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 
On Monday, January 13th - students will participate in the annual Million Minute Marathon. There is a goal of 33 million minutes statewide. Students at Gerald Adams will read more than normal on Monday in order to help achieve this goal.


Gingerbread Holiday Event
December 6, 2013


Our yearly Gingerbread Holiday Event will be held Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00-7:15pm. To make this project a success, we need your help! Please donate the following items below and send them to your child's teacher as soon as possible. We also need adult helpers in the classroom. If you are willing to help out, please contact your child's teacher.

Grades 4-5                                                  PK-5                                              
Boxes of graham crackers                                Bag(s) of jelly beans
Cans of white frosting                                       Bag(s) of peppermint candies
Box of plastic knifes                                         Bag(s) of chocolate kisses
Bag(s) of red shoe string licorice                        Box of plastic knifes
Box of ice cream cones                                    Tubes of colored icing
Bag(s) small drinking cups                                Bag(s) of M&M's
Bag(s) small pretzels                                        Bag(s) of gummy bears
Bag(s) of small Santas (the ones in foil)              Bag(s) of gumdrops
Bag(s) of small candy canes                              Bag(s) of miniature marshmallows
Paper Plates                                                     Bag(s) of chocolate chips
Bag(s) of shredded coconut                                Boxes of aluminum foil


Scholastic Book Fair December 9th-13th
December 6, 2013
Our Scholastic Book Fair is Here! Come visit our "Reading Oasis: A Cool Place To Discover Hot Books!" Decmeber 9th through December 13th. 

GAE PreK Visits the North Pole
December 6, 2013


Gerald’s Adams preschool visited Key West Airport to go visit the North Pole. Thank you to the Silver Liners for sponsoring the trip for us. It was a fun day for all, they got to see Santa and each child received a gift.


2013-2014 GAE School Improvement Plan
December 6, 2013
The 2013-2014 Gerald Adams School Improvement Plan is available in the front office and on this web site. Please click on the “our school” tab on the left and then click on School Improvement Plan to view and print the plan.
 
Pennies for Patients
November 18, 2013
Student Council will be starting Pennies for Patients, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser.  The school is collecting spare change to go in your child’s classroom collection boxes.  The fundraiser runs from Nov. 18th until Dec. 13th.  The classroom with the most change collected will earn a pizza party!  Your child will also have their own collection box and a letter explaining the fundraiser in their Tuesday Envelope.  Please help by bringing in spare change and helping cancer patients.

GAE Fall Carnival
October 18, 2013


GERALD ADAMS CARNIVAL: The Gerald Adams Carnival is October 25. Tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday, October 22nd. Tickets are 50 cents each. We will allow each child to purchase a maximum of $10.00 worth of tickets in advance. Additional tickets will be on sale during the carnival. The carnival starts at 1:15 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.   Parents are welcome to attend this event!


Red Ribbon Week
October 18, 2013
Gerald Adams Staff & Students will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 22nd through October 25th. We have several activities throughout the week and encourage everyone's participation!

Students are encouraged to dress the following ways:

Monday: Professional Day (No School)

Tuesday: Pajama Day (Picture money due tomorrow.)

Wednesday: Twin Day

Thursday: Dress-up Day (pictures)

Friday: Hat Day (students may wear hats to school)

Friday is also the Fall Festival.  Tickets go sale Tuesday .50 cents each, $10.00 limit.


GAE Odyssey of the Mind Wins First Place!
March 12, 2014
 


Gerald Adam’s Odyssey of the Mind team placed first in their division in the regional competition last Saturday.  The students performed a long-term problem called Not-So Haunted House, as well as a spontaneous challenge.  This year’s team members are McKenzie Falls, Amy Guzman, Arwyn Leslie, Yanessa Camejo, Brielle Stokes, Kevin Bec, and coach Mrs. Katrina Madok.  We are so proud of our team and their wonderful performance.


No Tutoring October 2nd & October 3rd
September 30, 2013
There will be no tutoring Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday October 3rd. Please make sure that your child is given instructions on how they are getting home on those days.



Common Core for Parents
January 28, 2014
 

Parents the following page is a great resource to help you understand and support the new Common Core Implementation.

http://ccss.keysschools.schoolfusion.us



GAE ELL OPEN HOUSE!
September 19, 2013





YOU ARE INVITED TO AN OPEN HOUSE
EXCLUSIVELY FOR ELL STUDENTS AND PARENTS ON
Tuesday September 24 AT 6:00 PM IN THE LIBRARY.
 
· STUDENTS THAT ATTEND WITH THEIR PARENTS WILL BE REWARDED
· IMPORTANT INFORMATION WILL BE DISCUSSED
· APPETIZERS WILL BE OFFERED —PLEASE DON’T MISS IT!


 
Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser coming to an end!
September 27, 2013



Our Cherrydale Farms Fall Fundraiser is coming to an end. Please submitt all orders by Wednesday, October 2nd.

GAE Student Council Ready for an Exciting Year!
September 17, 2013

Student Council is meeting on Tuesdays 7:45-8:15 for 3rd, 4th,and 5th grades. Those 4th and 5th graders interested in running for an office (President, Vice President, Historian, Secretary and Treasurer) should be at the meeting September 24th to find out the procedure.  Our first fundraiser will be “Tabathon” for the Ronald McDonald House.  Please save soda can tabs and bring to our next meeting.  Any questions call Mrs. Shanle 293-1609 X51362 or email christine.shanle@keysschools.com


 
Gerald Adams Blood Drive
September 17, 2013

Gerald Adams is hosting a blood drive today, September 17th from 12:00pm-7:00pm. Free movie tickets will be issued to all blood donors. A supplies basket will be awarded to the teacher of the winning class. Our school will earn $10 for every donation.
Scholastic Book Fair Week
September 9, 2013
 
The SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be here September 16—20! Stop by the Media Center to see the great selection of books for sale. We will be open between 7:30—8:30 in the morning, after school until 3:30 or stop by at our Open House on September 17. 
 






GAE Open House Night
September 9, 2013


Our annual open house will be Tuesday, September 17th.

The open house schedule will be as follows:
 
Title One Meeting-5:30p.m. in the cafeteria
Book Fair- 6:00-7:00p.m. in the media center
SAC Parent Sign Up- 6:00-7:00p.m. in the cafeteria
Class Visitations -6:00-7:00p.m.
 
 

Thank You Office Max!
October 3, 2013


Gerald Adams Elementary is the lucky recipient of the Key West Office Max “A Day Made Better” donation.  We were all completely surprised by the friendly Office Max team that arrived at the school with two huge boxes full to the top with generous donations for our school.  We were told that we are the lucky school this year chosen to receive the donation.  We thank Store manager Dwight Guillen and Office Max for supporting public education.



August 31, 2013




GAE Families Celebrate Our Grandparents!

 
We’d like to invite all grandparents to join their grandchildren for lunch on Friday, September 6 in honor of Grandparents Day. 


Schools Award Top Employees
May 10, 2013
 http://keysnews.com/node/47478

The Monroe County School District has announced its employees of the year.

The winners will be feted at the Employee Recognition Banquet, on May 17 at the Marathon Yacht Club.

"I commend all of these employees for their outstanding effort," said Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter. "However, in reality, they are representative of the outstanding work that so many of our employees perform every day on behalf of children and families."

This year's crop of noteworthy employees includes Teacher of the Year Stacey Milchman of Plantation Key School; Inclusion Teacher of the Year Jane McGill of Key West High School; Principal of the Year Fran Herrin of Gerald Adams Elementary; Assistant Principal of the Year Wendy McPherson of Sugarloaf School; Guidance Counselor of the Year Vicky Cooper of Key West High School; Management Employee of the Year Pansy Wang, the staff accountant; and Instructional Employee of the Year Christina McPherson.

School Related Personnel of the Year include Teacher Support Group Employee of the Year Janet Atkin, a lab manager at Key Largo School; Clerical/Office Group Employee of the Year Becky Davila of Key West High School; Food Service Group Employee of the Year Veronica Dixon of Marathon High School; Maintenance Group Employee of the Year Dan Martin, who works in Lower Keys Maintenance; and Transportation Group Employee of the Year Angela Davis, who works in Upper Keys Transportation.

"I just think what is truly remarkable are the continued efforts of these employees and other to go above and beyond, despite the challenging circumstance we have endured as an organization," Porter said. "This simply adds to my admiration for what they do each and every day."

Porter's views were echoed by District Director of Teaching and Learning Theresa Axford.

"These are all peer nominations, which specify individual accomplishments," Axford said. "It's an opportunity for all district employees to recognize the outstanding work of their colleagues."

For more information about the Employee Recognition Banquet, call 305-293-1400, ext. 53379.

tschmida@keysnews.com

March 15, 2013
                    

Parent Climate Surveys!  

The District wants your input! 

PARENTS:  If you have two or more children in the district, you may either submit one survey for each child or you may submit just one survey for multiple schools/children.

Students, faculty/staff, and parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the on-line survey by April 12, 2013. Results of this survey will help in planning for next year.  Thank you.

March 20, 2013
Thank you, Dion's! Your $500 Donation is Greatly Appreciated!
March 16, 2013
Writing Camp 2013
February 20, 2013
Thank You, Ms. Dillion!
September 30, 2012
Thank you so much Mrs. Dillon for sharing your love of golf with our class!!!  This week’s News-2-You story was about the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament.  Mrs. Dillon gave each student a golf ball and a chance to put with her putter!  Thank you Mrs. Dillon for your enthusiastic visit! 
~Jeni Anderson
PAKER Night
September 18, 2012
September 24, 2012
At Gerald Adams, students work together

Third grade math isn't for the squeamish.

Jeremiah Osborne, an 8-year-old who is tall for his age, and whose eyes seem incapable of concealing a single emotion, proved this on Thursday morning inside his classroom at Gerald Adams Elementary.

Here, the kids mostly work in teams. They listen to one another and work together.

But Jeremiah now sat alone at his desk after huddling with a group of four classmates and their teacher, Meghan Taylor. He put down his pencil and silently rested his head in his hands over his math book.

Page 54 wanted him to write a question for a story problem, using a series of five-digit numbers. The point was to teach the kids that certain words go with subtraction, like "difference," while words such as "sum" and "altogether" are clues that the problem requires addition.

Can't, Jeremiah's expression read.

He stood up and leaned forward over his desk, pulling a red satin sports team jacket over him.

In an hour or so, he'd find success during science, measuring pictures with a ruler and then using a magnifying glass.

But today's math was a different story.

From the back of the classroom, Taylor's teacher-radar picked up Jeremiah's quiet frustration, even though she was huddled up with a second group of 8- and 9-year-olds.

She gently coached Jeremiah back into the academic starting blocks.

"Sit in your chair and take a deep breath," said Taylor, looking up from the blue half-moon shaped table, where five children sat, chewing over the same problem as Jeremiah.

"Look at the chart before you read the question and before you give up," Taylor told him gently.

As the new five-kid huddle worked it out, listening to one another's attempts, Jeremiah sat down and picked up the pencil, eyes back on the page.

Trying, his face clearly said.

This is the type of team learning that goes on daily inside Gerald Adams, which as of Friday, had 73 children in three separate third-grade classes, and which last year, rose an entire letter grade on the state's rating system to earn an "A," after a prior year at a B. For a few years prior to the B, Gerald Adams had remained an "A" rated school.

In the 14 years that Florida has used the letter grade system to rate schools, Gerald Adams has received five Cs, four Bs, and five As.

The elementary, which has pre-kindergarten through Grade 5, and is located on Stock Island, celebrated the A rating like an underdog football team marvels in its newfound glory on the field.

Then-superintendent, Jesus Jara, name checked the school in an announcement and proudly singled out the achievement to the School Board.

In a district of 12 public schools, Gerald Adams became the ninth to carry an A rating last year.

One of three traditional public elementaries in Key West, Gerald Adams reflects the district's academic prowess for Florida's tests and rating criteria, it does not reflect Monroe County's overall public school demographics.

At Gerald Adams, 48 percent of students are Hispanic, 25 percent are black and 24 percent are white.

The district's combined 8,300 students are 52 percent white, 34 percent Hispanic and 10 percent black.

Poorer kids make up the majority of Adams' student roster, as 73 percent of the children qualify for and receive free and reduced lunches -- the national barometer for measuring low-income families.

Throughout Monroe County schools, the majority of students can afford to buy lunches, while 48 percent qualify for free and reduced meals.

Last year, Principal Frannie Herrin went before the School Board to inform them that some of her students were new to the U.S. and, until arriving, had never before seen a working faucet or toilet. Many do not speak English, she told them.

Florida changed its grading formula on the standardized FCAT test to include scores from special needs students and students who speak English as a second language, which previously hadn't counted.

The FCAT, required to pass in order to move on from third grade and then, in 10th grade, to graduate, looms large over schools such as Gerald Adams.

At the mention of the acronym "FCAT," 8- and 9-year-old eyes widen in Taylor's classroom. They know it's serious business.

"It's hard," Jeremiah said.

The district's new superintendent found Gerald Adams an engaging school.

"It's a great school because of the diversity," said Superintendent Mark Porter, who is in his first school year. "They're doing a great job. There is something to be said about the 'open classrooms' there. It creates a kind of collegial feel."

Porter, a veteran educator from Minnesota, spent the first day of the school year visiting Gerald Adams. The air-conditioning went out, but students and teachers pressed on in the heat.

Porter said he likes an elementary school that makes him feel over-sized.

"I've always been a little biased toward the older buildings," he said. "The architectural scale is a little smaller, more kid-friendly."

Taylor's classroom, which has partitions as walls separating it from other classes, is a tight-knit space. Taylor worries about the noise level often.

But the learning goes on.

Like that math problem: There was an election of some sort between Jacob and Martin, the math book advised. Martin won 16,888 votes, while the total ballot box take was 18,736.

Taylor told him, and the rest of her 25 students that spend the day learning reading, math, writing and science with her.

Jeremiah wasn't alone with his mental wrestling over Jacob and Martin and this election, and Taylor could sense it.

"You know why it's hard? Because it's taking you to a different place," Taylor said. "We're just trying to look at it from a different perspective."

Soon, there was P.E. and then lunch, two periods that the students aren't with Taylor, whose planning period is included in that space in the daily routine.

Taylor's class is just over the Florida class-size mandate, which allows for a teacher-to-student ratio of 1-to-18, plus three students.

Of the three third-grade classes last week, one held 22 students and the other 23. The numbers fluctuate throughout the district at the start of every school year.

By Oct. 1, the district must report its enrollment, which on Friday was 8,300, in order to receive Florida's per-student allocation.

Porter said the district is fine-tuning its class sizes and teacher roster, and will abide by the law.

"We are committed to being compliant with class-size mandates," said Porter. "We'd like to say we could have it all done sooner and quicker."

The class numbers don't faze parent Gerald Fisher, whose son Joseph attended Gerald Adams for seven years before moving on to Horace O'Bryant Middle School.

Joseph, 12, is autistic. Fisher's daughter, 10-year-old Deshawn, is in fourth grade at Adams.

"The teachers kept me informed about things that I needed and whenever Joseph had a problem, the teacher made me aware of it," said Fisher. "We kept in communication."

Fisher, 61, is a Vietnam veteran battling throat cancer and raising his two children alone, as his wife is serving a prison sentence.

Gerald Adams is close to his Stock Island home, and his kids can catch the school bus, said Fisher.

Adams has been a longtime part of the Fisher family, through tough times.

"As far as students in the classroom, there is just enough to a class for one teacher," said Fisher, praising the school for helping his children. "I think it's very nice."

gfilosa@keysnews.com

September 11, 2012
September 10, 2012

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL TONIGHT

Parents please join us for an introduction to our SAC meetings. The orientation meeting at 6:00 p.m. tonight in the cafeteria during PAKER NIGHT.

THANK YOU GRANDPARENTS

We would like to thank all of parents and grandparents who join us for lunch last Friday. We all enjoyed the family feast.

TESTING

Progress Monitoring Testing for grades K-5 will begin September 24th and continue throughout the week. All students are tested in the areas of math and reading. Fifth grade students will also be tested in science; and fourth graders are tested in writing.

LUNCH FORMS:

The last day for free lunch from last year is Oct 2. If there is not a new lunch form submitted for approval then lunch will need to be paid for. Please see the office staff if you need assistance with completing the form.

IOU POLICY

IOU charge limits: Dollar limit is equal to 3 IOU’s for breakfast and 3 IOU’s for lunch. Students with a negative balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items. No child will go without eating. Cafeteria managers will provide an alternate meal to those students who still do not bring in the money owed or who do not have a lunch with them without an IOU being issued. Alternate Meal Breakfast: Toast & Milk Lunch: Cheese Sandwich & Milk.

21st CENTURY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:

We are still awaiting word on the acceptance of our grant. Please follow this weekly newsletter for up-dates and registration information.

EARLY RELEASE DAYS

We will have Early Release from school on September 13th and 26th. We dismiss at noon. You must pay for daycare in order for your child to stay.

SAC MEETING

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS: To qualify for the beach party—ALL summer reading needs to be turned in by Friday, September 14th.

Our first regular School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on September 18 at 7:00 p.m. following Open House. We will review our State Grade & Curriculum changes. Please join us!

CONSTITUTION DAY:

is Friday September 14th. To pay tribute to our GREAT country everyone should were red, white and blue!

PAKER NIGHT—TONIGHT

Our first PAKER night of the school year is tonight from 5:30-7:00 p.m. PAKER stands for Parents and Kids-Everyone Reads and is a special night for you to celebrate reading with your child. You can read with your child, learn about our Accelerated Reader program and watch your child work with the program. Your child will get to make a craft. A slice of pizza and a drink will be available. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this fun evening with your child!

The

LIBRARY BOOKS:

Open House Schedule-SEPTEMBER 18TH

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR will be here September 17—21! Stop by the Media Center to see the great selec-tion of books for sale. We will be open between 7:45—8:30 in the morning, after school until 3:30 or stop by at our Open House. All classes come to the media center once a week to check out books. Students are allowed to keep their books for one week; if they need longer to fin-ish a book they can renew it by bringing it in. Please help your child remember to bring their books to school as they will not be able to check out new books if they have overdue books. Parents are welcome to come in with their children to help them choose books first thing in the morning or right after school.

Class Visitations from 6-7 p.m.

SES Registration—bring your ticket to the SES Booths in front hallway

Book Fair - in the media center from 5:30-7:00

TITLE ONE ORIENTATION AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE CAFETERIA

SAC ORIENTATION AND PARENT SIGN UP: IN THE CAFETERIA AT 6:30 P.M.

Student Insurance
August 7, 2012
   
Click on any link below for more information regarding
Health Inurance for your child.

Student Health Insurance Information

Health Insurance Rate Sheet

www.k12StudentInsurance.com



Getting Ready for 2012-2013 School Year!
June 26, 2012
Fifth Annual Talent Show!
May 30, 2012
April 24, 2012
April 24, 2012
DOLPHIN DAYS SCHEDULE REVISED: Coach Roosa would like to extend an invite to parents the week May 1-May 3.  Come cheer on your child during Dolphin Days.   She is also accepting donations of cups (8oz. or less) and powdered Gatorade.
 
Tuesday, May 1st –Kindergarten 8:45 and 1st grade 10:15
Wednesday, May 2nd-grade 8:45 and
3rd grade 10:15
Thursday, May 3rd- 4th Grade 8:45 and
5th grade 10:15
Come watch the competition and the fun ! Parents are welcome!!
 
ACCELERATED READER: Congratulations to the top Accelerated Reader Points Performers at Gerald Adams!  To date, by grade level, the highest point earners are: 5th grade: William Horn (220.1) and Maria Sica (162.2); 4th grade:  Gabriel Rodriguez (148.5) and Chase Floyd (124.9); 3rd grade:  Brielle Stokes (151.6) and Brian Urbay (133.2); 2nd grade:  Mary Elizabeth Parks (76.6) and Joey Delva (68.6);
1st grade:  Eva Jackel (80.2) and Brian Criado (67)
Kindergarten: Temuer Fakhriddin (37.8) and Zandre Font (36.4); Extra congratulations go out to William Horn who has read 1,430,839 words so far this year!
Read at least 20 minutes per day! The more you read, the more you know!
 
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-12. If you would like to volunteer in honoring our wonderful teachers, please contact Mrs. Jocelyn Cabrera in our front office.
 
FCAT TESTING: April 24 & 25—
Grade 5 FCAT Science
FCAT: Focus, Courage, Achieve and Triumph!
We are ready!
 
SPRING PICTURES: We will be taking spring pictures April 30th, Look for the flyer in the Tuesday envelope. These glamour shots are different than the class photos and will make great family gifts!
 
Take control of your child’s screen time!
 
The time kids spend staring at a screen—watching TV, playing video games, surfing the Internet—affects their grades. Kids who have the highest use of media are also the most likely to be the poorest readers.
 
But a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Foundation found that there are simple ways parents can reduce their child’s screen time. Here are five things you can do that will have a big impact:
 
1. Figure out how much time your child spends “plugged in.” Do you really know how long your child spends on the computer each night? Are you sure she only watches “a couple of TV shows” each evening?
 
2. Set rules. Most kids say there are no rules about screen time at their house. Setting limits—when kids can watch TV, how long they can play video games—is an easy and effective way to make sure there’s also time for reading and play.
 
3. Keep the TV out of the bedroom. Kids with sets in their bedrooms spend nearly three more hours a day watching TV.
 
4. Turn off the TV if no one is watching. You’ll reduce your child’s TV time by an average of an hour. And you may save money on your electric bill!
 
5. Offer alternatives. Go biking together. Play board games. Learn a new craft. Show your child that there are plenty of ways to have fun—and engage your brain— without sitting in front of a TV or computer screen.
 
April 18, 2012
April 18, 2012
 
DOLPHIN DAYS SCHEDULE REVISED: Coach Roosa would like to extend an invite to parents the week May 1-May 3.  Come cheer on your child during Dolphin Days.   She is also accepting donations of cups (8oz. or less) and powdered Gatorade.
 
Tuesday, May 1st –Kindergarten 8:45 and 1st grade 10:15
Wednesday, May 2nd-grade 8:45 and
3rd grade 10:15
Thursday, May 3rd- 4th Grade 8:45 and
5th grade 10:15
Come watch the competition and the fun ! Parents are welcome!!
 
 
ROOSEVELT CONSTRUCTION AND CENTURY 21 AND DAYCARE PICK-UPS: The North Roosevelt Boulevard Reconstruction Project duration is estimated to be from April 16, 2012 thru June 2014, so you will need to plan for travel delays, especially coming to school in the a.m.  Please start leaving earlier than usual in mid April so you won’t be late for school.  You can also expect delays returning home in the evening, so please make necessary arrangements for child pick-ups, etc. Late fees will be applied as usual for late pick-ups. REMEMBER FCAT STARTS MONDAY—-PLEASE BE ON TIME!
 
Title I Forms —PLEASE PROVIDE INPUT:
Parents and caregivers, your input is needed! As a Title I school, we are focused on parent input when developing our district and school level Parent Involvement Plans. You will find the plans linked to our school and district web pages. We also have copies at the school.   Please review the plans and provide written input on the Parent Survey – Title I Program form. Title I parent involvement funding allocation preferences are also included on this form. On the other side of the Survey is the PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER COMPACT. Please take a moment to provide feedback (at the bottom of the form) for any changes. Your input is valued and necessary for constant improvement to occur!
  
SPRING PICTURES: We will be taking spring pictures April 30th, Look for the flyer in the Tuesday envelope. These glamour shots are different than the class photos and will make great family gifts!
 
CENTURY 21 PROGRAM SURVEYS: We are reapplying for our Century 21 Grant for the 2012-2013 school year. Your input our survey is vital to receiving this grant again for next year. You can take the survey on our website at Keysschools.com or receive a paper version at pick up. Thank you for helping us keep such a wonderful program for our students.
 
 
FCAT TESTING: Mark your calendars with these important testing dates.
April 16-19—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math April 24 & 25—Grade 5 FCAT Science
 
Please do not take your children out of school during this time as we do not have make-up times outside of the testing window. These assessments determine promotion to the next grade—Make them a priority!  
  
FCAT: Focus, Courage, Achieve and Triumph!
We are ready!
 
 
Safety Day 2012!
April 8, 2012
March 27, 2012
March 27, 2012
FKAA DROP SAVER POSTER CONTEST WINNERS: Congratulations to the following Gerald Adams winners. Their artwork won in the county contest: Division 1: Samuel Avilucea; Division 2: Skylar Larmel; and Division 3: William Horn.
 
KEYS KIDS PRESENTS ROBIN HOOD: Keys Kids present Robin Hood at Key West High School on Thursday, March 29th,  Friday, March 30th, Saturday, March 31st at 7:30 and one matinee on Saturday at 2:00.  You’ll find lots of Gerald Adams students on the Thursday evening and Saturday matinee performances and our very own Anthony Cabrera stars as Robin Hood.  Tickets start at $10 with a discounted family ticket for $40.00.  Tickets are available at Mac Arthurs Music 293-9327 or one hour prior to curtain.  For information contact nora.revelin@keysschools.com.
 
KINDERGARTEN GRADE PLAY: Congratulations to all of our Kindergarten classes. Their Play, How Does Your Garden Groove?, was awesome. A special thanks to all the parents and family members who attended and to Mrs. Nora Revelin for producing the show.
 
FIRST GRADE NEWS: All the first grade classes went to the Botanical Gardens last week and practiced  scientific observation skills by using their five senses.  The teachers from the Gardens also came to the school for pre and post visits.  The students loved being outside surrounded by native plants and animals, and even made edible soil for a snack.
 
2013 HEADSTART AND VPK REGISTRATION: Head Start open enrollment begins April 25 – Call Jessica Delgado to make an appointment 293-1609 ext 51329. VPK sign up begins March 28th from 10-6 and Saturday the 31st from 9-1 in Key West at the Wesley House Family Services, 1304 Truman Ave. On-going registration for the School Year Program will be conducted at all Wesley House office locations beginning Monday, April 16th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Call Jessica with any questions.
 
SPRING PICTURES: We will be taking spring pictures April 30th, Look for the flyer in the Tuesday envelope. These glamour shots are different than the class photos and will make great family gifts!
 
EARLY RELEASE DAY: April 2nd is a district Early Release Day. Students are dismissed at 12:00. Our Century 21 Program is canceled that day; but we do have paid daycare.
 
PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL CELEBRATION: We will be celebrating the students’ 3rd 9-week’s accomplishments at our quarterly honor roll celebration. The schedule is as follows: April 5th, K-8:45; Gr. 1-9:15; Gr. 2— 9:45. April 6th, Gr. 3- 8:45; Gr. 4-9:15; and Gr. 5—9:45. We are very proud of our great students!
 
Encourage your child to read: Good reading skills help in every school subject. But experts say that to build reading abilities, children must want to read. To encourage your child to develop a love of reading:
· Enjoy wordy games. From Scrabble® to Boggle®, there’s no end to the “literary” games you can play. Even the game 20 Questions will boost your child’s vocabulary skills by encouraging her to come up with creative questions.
· Make reading a part of everyday life. If you’re cooking dinner, ask your child to read you a recipe. If you’re folding laundry, suggest that she read you a magazine article.
· Tie reading into the things she/he loves. If your child is obsessed with dinosaurs, search out some titles on the Jurassic period. If she can’t get enough of fashion, go to the library and ask the librarian to help you locate some books on fashion.
· Put books before movies. Lots of popular stories have leapt to the big screen. If your child wants to see one, encourage her to read the book first.
· Read together. All kids, even high schoolers, benefit from reading aloud with their parents. You can even take turns—you read a chapter to her, then she reads one to you.
 
March 13, 2012
March 14, 2012
CENTURY 21 PROGRAM:  This is just a reminder that our Century 21 Program ends at 4:45 on Monday-Thursday and Friday at 4:00.  If you are late, you will be charged a fee of $15. 

FLORIDA AQUEDUCT AUTHORITY DROP SAVERS POSTER CONTEST: Congratulations to the winners at Gerald Adams.

They were: K-1- Samuel Avilucea; 2-3-Skylar Larmel; 4-5-William Horn.

Our runner-ups were

K-1:
Madison Atoche  Eva Jackel
Brian Criado        Julia Nurkiewicz

2-3:
Arwyn Leslie     Yanessa Camejo
Brielle Stokes   Zjayden Wallace

4-5:
Alex Sanchez       Ashley Gonzalez
Sydney Bennett   Davon Battle        Jordan Figuroa

The winners’ entries will go on to compete at the County Level in their grade categories.

MRS. MARSTON’S CLASS NEWS:  Mrs. Marston’s Class would like to thank Mrs. Joyce Milelli and Mrs. Beth Oropeza for teaching them about Dental Health Care. Also, thank you to the Children’s Healthy Smile Project for the very nice “Smile Kits”.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAMS:  Gerald Adams’ Odyssey of
the mind teams took first and second at the county competitions! Great work team and coaches Katrina and Marc Hacker! Our teams will travel to Orlando to compete in the state competition.

SPRING BREAK:    Begins March 19th and runs through March 23rd.  Classes reconvene March
26th.  Our 21 Century Program is also closed during that time.  If you need  child care during that time, please contact Poinciana School.  Our students are eligible to attend their paid daycare program during that week.

KINDERGARTEN GRADE PLAY:  The KindergartenPlay, How Does Your Garden Groove?, will be Thursday, March 15th. Dinner will be at 5:00 and the show will be at 6:00. All Kindergarten students will be in this musical. Dinner is Pasta with tomato sauce and fresh vegetables (From our groovy garden) $4.00
Students, $5.00 Adults and $20.00 for a family of 6.

TITLE ONE PARENT NIGHT:  We will have a special Title One meeting for parents on March 13th.  The New FCAT Cut Scores, Budgeting and important issues  regarding our Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Plan will be discussed.  Please come and be a part of updating and revising our Title One Plans and Procedures.  5th grade parents will also have an opportunity to view students’ movie maker projects.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012
CENTURY 21 PROGRAM: This is just a reminder that our Century 21 Program ends at 4:45 on Monday-Thursday and Friday at 4:00. If you are late, you will be charged a fee of $15. 
 
CELLA TESTING FOR ALL ELL STUDENTS: All of our ELL students will be taking the CELLA Test. Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. Parents of ELL students will receive more specific information via the Tuesday envelope. Students in grade 3-5 will take the test March 5-15. Students in grades K-2 will be testing March 15-April 3.
 
MOTHER’S DAY CAKES: If you are ordering a Mother’s Day Cake, the money is due no later than Friday, March 17. The cost is $6.50. Orders and money can be turned into the front office or to your child’s teacher. We thank Publix for sponsoring this wonderful event for children.
 
MRS DAVILA’S CLASS NEWS: Mrs. Davila’s first grade class went over to FKCC to learn all about ceramics.  All the students made their own pinch pot and as a special treat, Mr. Hacker made pizza for lunch.  The class would like to thank Mr. Hacker, Mr. Jay and Dr. Tyree from the college.
 
BOTANICAL GARDENS FIELD TRIP: The second grade classes would like to thank the Key West Botanical Gardens for an amazing experience learning about Key West habitats. We especially enjoyed exploring the Hardwood Hammock’s micro-habitats! We were able to use many scientific tools such as rulers, thermometers and hand lenses while we explored. We were then able to record and compare our results. We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs. Salter and Mrs. Grobarek for coming on our field trip and joining in our fun!
  
SPRING BREAK:   Begins March 19th and runs through March 23rd. Classes reconvene March 26th. Our 21 Century Program is also closed during that time. If you need child care during that time, please contact Poinciana School. Our students are eligible to attend their paid daycare program during that week.
 
FIRST GRADE PLAY: The First Grade Play, How Does Your Garden Groove, will be Thursday, March 15th.  Dinner will be at 5:00 and the show will be at 6:00.  All Kindergarten students will be in this musical.  Dinner is Pasta with tomato sauce and fresh vegetables (From our groovy garden)  $4.00 Students, $5.00 Adults and $20.00 for a family of 6.
 
TIME CHANGE/DAYLIGHT SAVINGS:   Just a reminder that daylight savings time begins March 11th. It is wise to start preparing your children for this time change now. It helps if they start going to be about 15 minutes earlier for a few days and then adjust it again by 15 minutes. This will help them acclimate slowly. 
 
TITLE ONE PARENT NIGHT: We will have a special Title One meeting for parents on March 13th. The New FCAT Cut Scores, Budgeting and important issues regarding our Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Plan will be discussed. Please come and be a part of updating and revising our Title One Plans and Procedures. 5th grade parents will also have an opportunity to view students’ movie maker projects.
 
Mrs. Ribadenyra’s Class would like to thank Ms. Judith Dieker who read a favorite Dr. Seuss book to Ms. Ribadeneyra’s 3rd grade class to celebrate Read Across America Day.
 
 
February 28, 2012
February 29, 2012
CENTURY 21 PROGRAM: This is just a reminder that our Century 21 Program ends at 4:45 on Monday-Thursday and Friday at 4:00. If you are late, you will be charged a fee of $15. 
 
CELLA TESTING FOR ALL ELL STUDENTS: All of our ELL students will be taking the CELLA Test. Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. Parents of ELL students will receive more specific information via the Tuesday envelope. Students in grade 3-5 will take the test March 5-15. Students in grades K-2 will be testing March 15-April 3.
 
MOTHER’S DAY CAKES: If you are ordering a Mother’s Day Cake, the money is due no later than Friday, March 17. The cost is $6.50. Orders and money can be turned into the front office or to your child’s teacher. We thank Publix for sponsoring this wonderful event for children.
 
WRITING CAMP: I would like to extend a HUGE congratulations to all fourth grade students for a wonderful, fun-filled first day at writing camp.. A special thank you to all the teachers in fourth grade for coordinating this wonderful event. 
 
AUDITIONS FOR ROBIN HOOD: Auditions for Keys Kids upcoming production of Robin Hood will be this Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 4:00 for students in grades 1-5 and Thursday, March 1 at 4:00  in the Gerald Adams Music Room.  The production will take place March 29th – 31st.  For more information contact nora.revelin@keysschools.com 
 
MRS. RICHICHI’S CLASS NEWS: Mrs. Richichi’s class is working very hard on their Civil War movie.  Each student is designing and producing  a Civil War historical documentary using MovieMaker.  They are working very hard researching information, analyzing primary sources, and directing a movie.  Stay tune for more details. 
 
  
KEYS KIDS SHOW: Keys Kids FOOTLOOSE was amazing! Thank you to Mrs. Revelin for producing such a great community event and for bringing out our stars!
 
SPRING BREAK: SPRING BREAK: Begins March 19th and runs through March 23rd. Classes reconvene March 26th. Our 21 Century Program is also closed during that time. If you need child care during that time, please contact Poinciana School. Our students are eligible to attend their paid daycare program during that week.
 
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY: On Friday, March 2nd students at Gerald Adams will join millions of other students across the country to celebrate Read Across America Day! We will have school wide Drop Everything and Read times. We will also have guest readers come in to read to classes. If you would like to be a guest reader please let your child’s teacher or Ms. Brown know.
 
Morning announcements on Friday, March 2nd will feature the READER’S OATH.  Students will be signing their names to the pledge in the hallway. We will have a RIF Book give away.
 
Pajama Day ~ March 2nd
We will all wear pajamas just like the kids in the Dr Seuss book “I am not going to get up today!” Students must wear regular shoes appropriate for P.E. and bring their slippers in.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 14, 2012
February 14, 2012
CLASSROOM DONATIONS APPRECIATED: 
Mr. Benson and Ms. Madok would like to thank everyone who donated items to Odyssey of the Mind and the art club. THANK YOU FOR HELPING!!!
 
FIRST GRADE PLAY: TIME CHANGE First Grade Classes present the musical, Animal Tales, on  Thursday, February 16th.   A taco salad dinner is at 5:15 - $4 Students, $5 Adults and $20 for a family of 6.  The show is at 6:00 and all students should arrive no later than 5:30. 
 
CENTURY 21 PROGRAM: This is just a reminder that our Century 21 Program ends at 4:45 on Monday-Thursday and Friday at 4:00. If you are late, you will be charged a fee of $15. 
 
FCAT TESTING: Mark your calendars with these important testing dates. CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR!
Feb. 28-March 1—FCAT Writes for 4th graders
April 16-19—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 24 & 25—Grade 5 FCAT Science
Please do not take your children out of school during this time as we do not have make-up times outside of the testing window. These assessments determine promotion to the next grade—Make them a priority!   See the full testing schedule on the back page.
  
Valentine PAKER Night: A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the following people who helped make our paker night a huge success: Mrs. Brown, our Meida specialist
Christine Smith made beautiful puppets; Mrs. Madok helped grow a wonderful valentine tree; Anne Stokes cut and paste a whole bunch of box tops for education. The door was manned (by the Taylors and Carol.
Ms. Adams and Ms. Pepper made pizza happen.
We could not do it without you!
 
ABSENCES AND TARDIES: Help your child succeed in school and in life. Please limit absences and tardies to illness or emergencies. They miss valuable learning. Show our students by your example just how important school is. Thank you for your cooperation and your support in creating healthy life habits.
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S YOUNG READER AWARDS: The District-wide Superintendent’s Young Readers’ Award runs from August, 2011 to April, 2012. The Superintendent will award SILVER, GOLD, and SUPER READER certificates at a ceremony.  For the SUPER award for all grades the books must be read independently. We want EVERY GAE reader to get an award—so parents please encourage students to READ, READ, READ! We want every student to earn a medal.
 
February 7, 2012
February 12, 2012
FIFTH GRADE PLAY: The 5th grade play , FIT was a huge hit! Congratulations to our amazing students and teachers. A SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Revelin for always creating stars and bringing us great shows. Also, to Ms. Jocelyn for making the taco dinner a success.
 
CLASSROOM DONATIONS NEEDED
Odyssey of the Mind is looking for donations of used bubble wrap (any type, size and color) and magnets of any size, type, and strength.  These items will be used in our team skits and are needed asap. Please take to Ms. Madok’s room. Mrs. Madok is lalso looking for donations of colored lids from water bottles and small jars for a class project.  Drop off any clean lid(s) in Room 61.
 
Mr. Benson is looking for donations of large brown paper bags from the market and colored comics from the Sunday newspaper.  Please bring any donation to the art classroom. 
THANK YOU FOR HELPING!!!
 
FCAT TESTING: Mark your calendars with these important testing dates. CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR!
Feb. 28-March 1—FCAT Writes for 4th graders
April 16-19—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 24 & 25—Grade 5 FCAT Science
Please do not take your children out of school during this time as we do not have make-up times outside of the testing window. These assessments determine promotion to the next grade—Make them a priority!   See the full testing schedule on the back page.
 
FIRST GRADE PLAY
Animal Tales
Thursday February 16
Dinner at 6pm Play at 7pm
 
Valentine PAKER Night: TONIGHT from 5:30 until 7:00 is our Valentine PAKER Night! You can read with your child and make valentines. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale.
 
SAC MEETING: Our February SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria during PAKER NIGHT. The agenda will be: the new testing calendar, Parent Input for use of Parent Involvement Dollars, input on after school program and review of student discipline plan. 
 
ABSENCES AND TARDIES: Help your child succeed in school and in life. Please limit absences and tardies to illness or emergencies. They miss valuable learning. Show our students by your example just how important school is. Thank you for your cooperation and your support in creating healthy life habits.
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S YOUNG READER AWARDS: The District-wide Superintendent’s Young Readers’ Award runs from August, 2011 to April, 2012. The Superintendent will award SILVER, GOLD, and SUPER READER certificates at a ceremony.  For the SUPER award for all grades the books must be read independently. We want EVERY GAE reader to get an award—so parents please encourage students to READ, READ, READ! We want every student to earn a medal
 
Dion’s and ExxonMobil Give Grants to Local Schools
January 16, 2012
The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Programs and Dion Oil Company have once again worked together to award 4 Monroe County schools with $500 grants. The total amount of the grant this year is $3,500 which will include schools from Dade County as well.
 
On hand to accept the grant checks for Monroe County schools were Principals of area schools, including Horace O’ Bryant Middle School’s Mike Henriquez, Gerald Adams Elementary School’s Frannie Herrin, Dion Oil Company’s Gilda Niles, Dion Oil Company’s CEO Suzanne Dion Banks, Key West High School’s Amber Bosco and Poinciana Elementary School’s Steve Vinson.
 
The ExxonMobil Education Alliance program is designed to provide ExxonMobil retailers such as Dion Oil Company with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.
 
Thank you for your participation and Have a Merry Christmas!!!
January 17, 2012
January 16, 2012
SAC MEETING: Our January SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting will be held TUESDAY, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The agenda will be: Discussion of Mid Year Data and interventions to support instruction; and the new FCAT testing and scoring policies from the state. 
 
PRE-K NEWS: Parents-please do not drop Pre-K children off without an adult. Parents must sign their child in. Failure to follow this rule can jeopardize your child’s spot in our Pre-K Programs as it is a serious safety hazard.
 
PROFESSIONAL DAY: There will be a professional day January 20th—These are non-school days for students and Century 21 and daycare are closed. If you need daycare, please contact Poinciana School’s daycare department.
 
SAC MEETING/PARENT FCAT PRESENTATION: There are changes to the FCAT Test and Score Scales that could affect your child—please come to this important meeting to stay abreast of these changes and discover ways to ensure your child’s success. Fifth grade parents will also see the new schedule and meet the new 5th grade teacher. Refreshments will be served.
 
STEEL PAN BAND: Thank you to the steel band for playing at the Martin Luther King prayer breakfast for the Inter Faith Ministries at Beachside on MLK’s birthday.
 
Congratulations to the top Accelerated Reader Points Performers at Gerald Adams!  To date, by grade level, the highest point earners are:
5th grade:  Jessie Tripp (192.9) and William Horn (164.1)
4th grade:  Chase Floyd (75.6) and Gabriel Rodriguez (75)
3rd grade:  Brielle Stokes (72.4) and Brian Urbay (66.9)
2nd grade:  Daniel Rodriguez (37.2) and Adam Goelz (31.7)
1st grade:  Eva Jackel (39) and Julia Nurkiewicz (28.1)
Kindergarten: Zandre Font (10.2) and Yanais Nodal (8.3)
 
Extra congratulations go out to Jessie Tripp who has read 1,289,544 words so far this year!
Read at least 20 minutes per day!
The more you read, the more you know!

 
Celebrate Literacy Week:   The Florida Education Foundation and the Just Read, Florida! Office have partnered together to provide individual community members, educational partners, parents, grandparents and friends an opportunity to show support for their state public schools. Through the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Take the Lead and Read Book Donation site, individuals can select an elementary, middle or high school, and purchase the number of books they would like to donate to the school they have chosen. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals, at your schools or in the community, to help build classroom libraries as well as school media center resources.
 
Research shows that students who read just 20 minutes extra per day are more likely to excel and be successful in school. The goal of this donation site is to increase the number of books in schools so that all students have access to more text, providing them the opportunity to expand and advance their literacy skills. Please visit the book donation website at http://data.fldoe.org/register/JustReadFlorida/
Students in Florida have made advancements in literacy skills and our goal as educators and citizens is to continue to support and motivate all students to read and write every day.  Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is just around the corner, January 23-27, 2012,  and the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office would like to extend an invitation to volunteers all across our state to participate in the celebration of literacy and the achievements of our students.  Please make an effort to come to the school and read a book to your student’s class during this week. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 13, 2011
December 14, 2011

THIRD GRADE PLAY:

What a spectacular per-formance! "The Green Machine was a hit! A special thank you to third grade teachers, Ms. Revelin and Ms. Madok for a job well done. Thank you to our parents who attended.

HOLIDAY NIGHT/PAKER NIGHT IS TO-NIGHT

: A fun filled evening is planned for all. We will be having a steel pan band/Chorus con-cert, PAKER Night, Century 21 Craft Making event and the book fair in the media center and students will have the opportunity to build their own gingerbread houses. The event will run from 6:00-7:30. The Band performance is at 6:00 and house building at 6:30 p.m.

NO SCHOOL

: There will be no school during the winter holiday break from December 23rd- January 9th. Classes will reconvene on January 10th. Our daycare program is also closed. If you need child care during this break, please contact Poinciana School at 293-1630 and make arrangements IN ADVANCE so they have ade-quate staff. Spots do fill up quickly, so call now if you need child care.

PRE-K Students to visit the North Pole:

We would like to recognize and thank the Silverlin-ers for a fun-filled event. All of our Pre-K stu-dents got to visit the North Pole and see Santa. They loved it!

SAFETY NOTICE FROM COACH ROOSA:

ALL students must wear tennis shoes on the days they have PE. Without proper shoes, they cannot participate in the class activity and they are required to walk laps as 30 min-utes of physical fitness is required for all. So please ensure that your child get the most from PE —and that they have their shoes. (For safety reasons, Crocs, sandals, dress shoes, and boots are not permitted!)

STEEL PAN BAND

: Thank you to the Steel Pan Band and parent, Greg Shanle, for playing at the Schooner Wharf during the lighted boat parade. They jammed at this great event!

EARLY RELEASE TOMORROW:

There will be a dis-trict early release tomorrow. All students will be dis-missed at 12:00 p.m. Our Century 21 program is closed. If you need daycare, please make arrangements with Aleida Valle, our daycare director.

CENTURY 21 ANNOUNCEMENT

—WE WILL GIVE ONE LATE PICK-UP. AFTER THAT YOU WILL BE CHARGED A $15 DAYCARE FEE. YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN TO OUR PROGRAM UNTIL THE MONEY IS PAID. NO EXCPETIONS. PICK UP TIME IS MONDAY—THURSDAY BY 4:45 AND FRIDAY BY 4:00.
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November 26, 2011
November 8, 2011
November 8, 2011

CENTURY 21 REMINDERS:

Our C 21 Program is offered Monday—Thursday until 4:45 and we do have a late bus. However, on Fridays, the program ends at 4:15 and we do not have a late bus. Parents will be charged a late fee from daycare if they are repetitively late. Addition-ally, chronic late pick ups will sacrifice your child’s spot in our program.

NO SCHOOL: November 11th is Veteran’s Day.

Our school is closed. Please make arrangements for your chil-dren on that day.

SECOND GRADE PLAY:

Parents, Mark your calendars. The 2nd Grade Play, "Arf" is tomorrow night. We hope to see all second graders and parents at this great event! Pasta dinner is at 6:00; the play begins at 7:00. Students must be here by 6:40.

STEEL PAN BAND:

A special thank you to the Steel Pan Band who performed for the residents of the conva-lescent center.

PRE-K FALL FESTIVAL:

Thank you to all the parents that came and helped out at our pre k fall festival. We would also like to thank Ms. Madox and her challenge class for helping us. It was a great event for kids and families!

RECYCLING UPDATE:

Please save these at home and return to school the empty containers to help us raise money for our stu-dents. Thank you!

Our recycle rangers decided to donate some of their earnings—they chose the following organizations: Provid-ing clean water to a family for a year, meals to the hun-gry and square feet to protect wildlife lands in the US. We are proud of the proactive, civically minded choices.

Please help! Gerald Adams is now participating in an ongoing recycling project turning trash into cash! Visit our website for a recent list of items: http://gae.keysschools.schoolfusion.us

SCHOOL HOUSE:

STUDENT COUNCIL CANNED FOOD DRIVE: WE WILL BE RUNNING A CANNED FOOD DRIVE TO ASSIST NEEDY FAMILIES. IF YOU CAN DONATE ANY CANNED FOOD OR BOXED FOOD ITEMS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED, IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. The collection boxes are in the main hallway just drop your cans in there. We are having a competition to see what grade collects the most cans. Thank you!

Please be on the lookout for the Parent Involvement Scorecard and Concept Placemat from School House to Your House in your student’s Tuesday Envelope. This program is designed to be a strong link between home and school. Each week for the next 20 weeks your student will bring home a new concept placemat. The concept is discussed at school and then the job of everyone at home is to continue the discussion. The concepts are positive and important to talk about. The first one is Attitude. Enjoy the discussions with your students!

November 8, 2011

NOVEMBER IS PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION MONTH

Some ideas to get more involved this week:

  • Play a favorite board game or card game together as a family
  • Consider volunteering at your child’s school
  • Join the SAC or a parent involvement committee at your child’s school
  • Check out your school’s website to keep up with school news

(From the Florida Parental Information and Resource Center)

SUPERINTENDENT’S YOUNG READER AWARDS

—will run from August 24, 2009 to April 16, 2010. Please make sure your child is eligible for one of our reader awards at the award’s ceremony. Students must meet the following criteria:

Kindergarten—

1

2

3

4

STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS

Congratulations to our new student council officers:

President: Anthony Cabrera

Vice President: Hanley Marrero

Recording Secretary: Alonzo Ridgeway

Corresponding Secretary: Chase Floyd

Treasurer: Haley Castleman

Historian: Samantha Barrabeitg

Silver— 30 Gold—40 Super 50 read by the student st Grade—Silver— 35 Gold—45 Super 55 read by the student nd Grade —Silver— 40 Gold—50 Super 60 read by the student rd Grade—Silver— 25 Gold—35 Super 45 read by the student th – 5th Grade—Silver— 22 Gold—28 Super 35 read by the student
Upcycling
April 19, 2011
Make Everyday Earth Day by Helping GAE get cash for our trash!
 
Gerald Adams has teamed up with Terracycle, a company that makes new products from items typically tossed in the waste can.  They provide free waste collection programs and pay us about two cents per item.  Click here to learn more about Terracycle and see some products made from the waste.  www.terracycle.net
November 1, 2011
October 30, 2011

CLINIC NEWS:

The clinic is in need of donations of underwear and T-shirts. If you can, bring donations to Ms. Starr or Ms. Beth.

FEDERAL CARDS:

Federal cards went home last week. Please fill out ALL information and send back to school as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please con-tact Jocelyn Cabrera at x 51300. These forms can have an affect on federal aid to our school and ARE VERY IM-PORTANT! Thank you.

CENTURY 21 REMINDERS:

Our C 21 Program is of-fered Monday—Thursday until 4:45 and we do have a late bus. However, on Fridays, the program ends at 4:15 and we do not have a late bus. Parents will be charged a late fee from daycare if they are repetitively late. Addition-ally, chronic late pick ups will sacrifice your child’s spot in our program.

NO SCHOOL: November 11th is Veteran’s Day.

Our school is closed. Please make arrangements for your chil-dren on that day.

SECOND GRADE PLAY:

Parents, Mark your calendars. The 2nd Grade Play is November 9th. We hope to see all second graders and parents at this great event!

4th GRADE EXPOSITORY WRITING CAMP:

Thank you to fourth grade teacher and students, along with Mr. Taylor, our Reading Coach for creating a wonderful camp for our students!

PAKER Night and MATH PARTY

: A special thank you to all the parents and students who attended PAKER and Math Party! Kudos to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Revelin who coordinate these wonderful events.

HONOR ROLL BREAKFAST:

Congratulations to all our students who made the honor roll. THANK YOU to Mr. Taylor, Ms. Hannah and Ms. Schmidlin for coordinating the celebration.

CONGRATULATIONS GAE CHORUS:

They did a great job performing at Children’s Day and representing our wonderful school.

MRS. ELLIS’ CLASS:

This class making quilt blocks to enter in a national contest. They design and make a 12 inch block with three special fabrics . They can add other fabrics if they choose. This project was sponsored in part by the Flor-ida Keys Council for the Arts, the State of Florida, Depart-ment of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Art Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and private do-nations.

MRS. ADAMS’ CLASS:

The third graders in Ms. Adams's class have been excitedly using their class pumpkin to expand their math estimation skills. The top excellent estimators were: Darien Lopez, who exactly estimated the pumpkin's cir-cumference; Arwyn Leslie and Kenderline Sillon, who tied in their estimation of the weight and Zjayden Wallace, whose estimate was closest to the number of seeds inside the pump-kin. Arwyn also had her design selected by her classmates as the face that changed the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

SCHOOL HOUSE:

Please be on the lookout for the Parent Involvement Scorecard and Concept Placemat from School House to Your House in your student’s Tuesday Enve-lope. This program is designed to be a strong link between home and school. Each week for the next 20 weeks your stu-dent will bring home a new concept placemat. The concept is discussed at school and then the job of everyone at home is to continue the discussion. The concepts are positive and im-portant to talk about. The first one is Attitude. Enjoy the discussions with your students!
Meteorologist Visits GAE 5th Graders
October 26, 2011
October 25, 2011
October 24, 2011
MAKE-UP PAKER NIGHT: Plan to attend our PAKER Night/Math Party tonight. Our (PAKER) Night will run from 5:30 until 6:45 in the Media Center. At PAKER Night your child can take AR tests, and make a special Halloween craft. The Math Party will follow PAKER Night at 6:00 in the cafeteria. At the math party students perform the math songs they have learned in class. There will be pizza and drinks will be for sale so don’t miss this fun evening for the entire family!
 
SAC MEETING:   Please join us October 25 for our SAC meeting at 6:20 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items on the agenda include Approval of the A+ plan; DA Checklist final review; update on SIP and Title 1 SINI grant; and Math strategies to meet AYP. Your involvement is a vital part of our school’s continued success. 
 
CLINIC NEWS: The clinic is in need of donations of underwear and T-shirts. If you can, bring donations to Ms. Starr or Ms. Beth.
 
FEDERAL CARDS: Federal cards went home last week. Please fill out ALL information and send back to school as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Cabrera at x 51300.   These forms can have an affect on federal aid to our school and ARE VERY IMPORTANT! Thank you.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO RAY PIERRE: Ray Pierre won 2nd place for the Children’s day poster contest! Way to go to an amazing artist.
 
STEEL PAN BAND: Our Steel Pan Band did an awesome job performing at Goombay. We are very proud of their contribution and high level of performance.
  
RED RIBBON WEEK/SPIRIT WEEK: The week of October 24-28th, Gerald Adams’ students will take part in Red Ribbon week—the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the U.S. Our focus for Red Ribbon Week is “Be a Hero—Stay Drug Free”. The schedule of events for Red Ribbon/Spirit Week is:
 
Monday 10/24: Stick to a healthy life—sticker day.
Tuesday 10/25: Follow Your Dreams…Wear pajamas.
Wednesday 10/26: Write off Drugs—Pencils Stop/Drop/Write Activity.
Thursday 10/27: Hats off to a Drug-free life
All students wear their favorite hat. 
Friday 10/28: Follow good role models-Twin Day! Dress like your twin.
  
CENTURY 21 REMINDERS: Our C 21 Program is offered Monday—Thursday until 4:45 and we do have a late bus. However, on Fridays, the program ends at 4:15 and we do not have a late bus. Parents will be charged a late fee from daycare if they are repetitively late. Additionally, chronic late pick ups will sacrifice your child’s spot in our program.
 
NO SCHOOL: November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Our school is closed. Please make arrangements for your children on that day.
 
HALLOWEEN PARTIES — All classes will celebrate Halloween on October 31st. Please look for a notice from your child’s teacher regarding individual class activities. Costumes must be school appropriate. Reminder: only sealed, store-bought foods are allowed—we prefer healthy snacks! See note on back!
  
 
 
4th Grade Play
October 16, 2011
October 18, 2011
October 16, 2011
PAKER NIGHT: Plan to attend our PAKER Night/Math Party tomorrow. Our (PAKER) Night will run from 5:30 until 6:45 in the Media Center. At PAKER Night your child can take AR tests, and make a special Halloween craft. The Math Party will follow PAKER Night at 6:00 in the cafeteria. At the math party students perform the math songs they have learned in class. There will be pizza and drinks will be for sale so don’t miss this fun evening for the entire family!
 
SAC MEETING:   Please join us October 19 for our SAC meeting at 6:20 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items on the agenda include Approval of the A+ plan; DA Checklist final review; update on SIP and Title 1 SINI grant; and Math strategies to meet AYP. Your involvement is a vital part of our school’s continued success. 
 
EARLY RELEASE/PARENT CONFERENCES: The first nine week grading period ends on Friday, October 21. There will be an early release the following week on Monday, October 24. Students will be released at 12:00 that day. 21 Century is cancelled that day-but we do have paid daycare. Teachers will be sending home information on times and dates for parent conferences. Evening conferences are being held October 25th.
 
KEYS KIDS AUDITIONS: Auditions for Keys Kids Holiday Show, “Santa’s Holiday Hoedown”, will be on Tuesday, October 18th at Gerald Adams Music Room from  4:15 – 5:15  for students in grades 1-2-3 and 5:15 – 6:00 for students in grades 4 & 5.  Auditions for students in grades 6.7.8 or anyone who could not make the other audition will be at HOB cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 20th from 4:00 – 5:00. This production is Dec. 1st – 4th and is directed by Mimi McDonald, choreography by Penny Leto & Marc Crow and musical direction by Nancy 3. Hoffman and Nora Revelin.  For more information contact nora.revelin@keysschools.com or 509-1370.
  
RED RIBBON WEEK/SPIRIT WEEK: The week of October 24-28th, Gerald Adams’ students will take part in Red Ribbon week—the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the U.S. Our focus for Red Ribbon Week is “Be a Hero—Stay Drug Free”. The schedule of events for Red Ribbon/Spirit Week is:
 
Monday 10/24: Stick to a healthy life—sticker day.
Tuesday 10/25: Follow Your Dreams…Wear pajamas.
Wednesday 10/26: Write off Drugs—Pencils Stop/Drop/Write Activity.
Thursday 10/27: Hats off to a Drug-free life. All students wear their favorite hat. 
Friday 10/28: Follow good role models-Twin Day! Dress like your twin.
 
4th GRADE PLAY: A VERY special thank you goes out to our 4th grade teachers, parents and students for another great play! Mrs. Revelin was awesome at leading our “Mighty Minds!”
 
PRE-K TRUCK DAY: Thanks to Key West Fire Dept for coming to GAE and visiting with the PRE-K classrooms. The firemen demonstrated how they use their equipment when there is a fire. They showed the kids how the truck works , they got to see the lights flash and turn on. They even got to see the fire hose. The fireman talked about the importance of fire safety. October is Fire safety month we appreciate their visit!
 
CLINIC NEWS: The clinic is in need of donations of underwear and T-shirts. If you can, bring donations to Ms. Starr or Ms. Beth.
PAKER Night
September 22, 2011
 
September 20, 2011
September 22, 2011
 
LUNCH FORMS: The last day for free lunch from last year is Oct 3. If there is not a new lunch form submitted for approval then lunch will need to be paid for. Please see the office staff if you need assistance with completing the form.
 
IOU POLICY:  IOU charge limits: Dollar limit is equal to 3 IOU’s for breakfast and 3 IOU’s for lunch. Students with a negative balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items. No child will go without eating. Cafeteria managers will provide an alternate meal to those students who still do not bring in the money owed or who do not have a lunch with them without an IOU being issued. Alternate Meal Breakfast: Toast & Milk    Lunch: Cheese Sandwich & Milk.
 
21st CENTURY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:
Just a reminder—THERE IS NOT A LATE BUS ON FRIDAYS. Please let the school know the plan for your child if you have not done so, yet.
 
TRUANCY: Just a reminder, to excuse an absence, you need to call or send in a note. 9 or more unexcused absences will result in truancy proceedings.
 
EARLY RELEASE DAY: Wednesday, September 28 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. If your child is currently enrolled in daycare, we will provide this service for you beginning at 12:00 If you need daycare from 12:00—3:00 please sign up with our daycare director. We do not have Century 21 on early release days.
 
SAFETY CONCERN: We need your help! For the safety of our children, please refrain from parking in the grass areas, in the bus zones in front of the school and in the teacher parking lot. We ask that you use the college parking lot if you want to park and walk your child in.
  
SAC MEETING: Our first regular School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. following PAKER Night. We will review our State Grade & AYP scores. We will also review the 2012 School Improvement Plan via a movie presentation. Please join us!
 
PAKER NIGHT—TONIGHT: Our first PAKER night of the school year is tonight from 5:30-6:45 p.m. PAKER stands for Parents and Kids-Everyone Reads and is a special night for you to celebrate reading with your child. You can read with your child, learn about our Accelerated Reader program and watch your child work with the program. Your child will get to make a craft. A slice of pizza and a drink will be available for only $1.50 too. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this fun evening with your child! 
 
SAFETY NOTICE FROM COACH ROOSA: ALL students must wear tennis shoes on the days they have PE. Without proper shoes, they cannot participate in the class activity They will also not be allowed to use playground equipment on recess days.
 
TEACHER PHONE CALLS: Please remember that teachers are only able to answer phone calls when the day ends or during their planning periods. Leave a message and they will return your call.
 
CLASS SPONSOR: A special thank you to the Ryan Family who have adopted Ms. Adams class ! What a difference you make!
 
September 13, 2011
September 13, 2011
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SOCIAL: Parents please join us for a social and an introduction to our SAC meetings. The orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the cafeteria just prior to Open House.  
 
THANK YOU GRANDPARENTS: We would like to thank all of parents and grandparents who join us for lunch last Friday. We all enjoyed the family feast.
 
TESTING: Progress Monitoring Testing for grades K-5 began yesterday and continues throughout the week. All students are tested in the areas of math, writing and reading. Fifth grade students will also be tested in science.
 
LUNCH FORMS: The last day for free lunch from last year is Oct 3. If there is not a new lunch form submitted for approval then lunch will need to be paid for. Please see the office staff if you need assistance with completing the form.
 
IOU POLICY:  IOU charge limits: Dollar limit is equal to 3 IOU’s for breakfast and 3 IOU’s for lunch. Students with a negative balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items. No child will go without eating. Cafeteria managers will provide an alternate meal to those students who still do not bring in the money owed or who do not have a lunch with them without an IOU being issued. Alternate Meal Breakfast: Toast & Milk    Lunch: Cheese Sandwich & Milk.
 
21st CENTURY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:
21st CCLC begins Monday, September 12th. The program meets Daily Monday –Thursday from 3:00-4:45 and Fridays until 4:00. Busses are available Monday-Thursday only. If you need daycare following 4:45pm contact Aleida Valle. There will be no 21st CCLC on our early dismissal September 28th.
 
  
OPEN HOUSE: Our annual Open House is tonight from 6-7:00 p.m. See the back of this newsletter for schedule of events.
 
SAC MEETING: Our first regular School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on September 20 at 6:00 p.m. following PAKER Night. We will review our State Grade & AYP scores. We will also review the 2012 School Improvement Plan via a movie presentation. Please join us!
 
CLASS SPONSORSHIP THANK YOU:   We want to send a big thank you to the business, Curves.  The owner Kathleen Gillis and her customers donated  much needed school supplies to our class.  We will also be sending student made thank you notes to her.  What a great group of giving ladies!  Christine Shanle and Margo Ellis’s class
 
TRUANCY: Just a reminder, to excuse an absence, you need to call or send in a note. 9 or more unexcused absences will result in truancy proceedings.
 
CONSTITUTION DAY: is Friday September 16th. To pay tribute to our GREAT country everyone should were red, white and blue! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 4, 2011
October 3, 2011
EARLY RELEASE: The will be early release on Friday, October 7th and Monday October 24th. A reminder our Century 21 program WILL NOT run on early release days. We do have paid daycare.
 
NO SCHOOL: There will be no school on Monday, October 10. 
 
PAKER NIGHT: Our PAKER Night/Math Party is Wednesday, October 19! Stop by the Media Center anytime between 5:30 and 6:45 to read with your child and watch them work with our Accelerated Reading program. They will get to make a craft too! Then stay for the Math Party from 6:30—7:00 p.m.! 
 
SPECIAL SAC MEETING:   Our next meeting will be October 19 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items on the agenda include update on SIP and Title 1 grant; DA Checklist discussion, Parent Involvement Plan and Math strategies to meet AYP. Please be involved in this important part of Gerald Adams school.
 
SCHOOL PICTURES: Student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 12.   Money for pictures are due on Tuesday, October 11. Flyers are in today’s Tuesday envelope.
 
21st CENTURY PROGRAM REMINDER:
Parents, If your child is signed up for a 21st Century program they will not be allowed to go home at dismissal time unless you send in a note. We will no longer accept the verbal request from the child that they are not to attend 21st Century. We hope you understand that we are only interested in the safety of your child in the
implementation of this policy. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to
 contact Coach Roosa at 293-1609 ext. 51361. 
  
PE Reminders from Coach Roosa:
· Please have your child wear sneakers on their scheduled P.E. days.
· Gerald Adams Athletic shirts are for sale in Coach Roosa’s office! 
 
4th Grade Play MIGHTY MINDS: is This Thursday, Oct. 6th with a pasta dinner at 6:00 followed by the play at 7:00.  All 4th graders are in the play!  For more information contact nora.revelin@keysschools.com
 
STUDENT COUNCIL: Calling all 3rd-5th graders-Ms. Rodriguez our Student Council Sponsor  would like to thank all the students that attended our 1st Student Council meeting.  She would also like to remind students to turn in applications by Tuesday, October 4th to her in Room 65.  Remember the next meeting is on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:45  in room 65.  Please don’t be late!  Nominations for officers will take place.  Only 4th and 5th graders can be nominated to run for office. 

  
CHERRYDALE FUNDRAISER: The seller packets went home today. This is fundraiser supports our many field trips, award programs and student body needs. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Look inside the packet for great prize opportunities. The more items you sell, the greater the prizes. Top sellers go to lunch at Fridays in a limo!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get Ready for 2011 - 2012!
June 1, 2011
May 17, 2011
May 16, 2011
BOOK FAIR:   The Buy One, Get One Free, Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Media Center from Thursday, May 26th  through Wednesday, June 1st.  For every book you buy you get another of equal or lesser value for free. This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for summer reading!
 
FIFTH GRADE EVENTS: 
5TH Grade Field Trip Reminder: 
Mrs. Richichi’s class will be going to the Little White House on Thursday, May 19th.
Fifth Grade Rocket Exhibit
June 2nd, parents are welcome to attend the fifth grade rocket museum.  This amazing event will take place after the awards ceremony.  After the rocket exhibit, students will be blasting off their very own rocket that they designed.  Family and friends are welcome to attend. 
 
The 2011 science expo is coming!
It will be held on Tuesday, May 24 from 6—7:30 p.m. The entire school is participating with wonderful examples of experimentation. All 4th & 5th grade students will be displaying amazing scientific projects. All kindergarten through third grade classes will also be displaying group science projects, demonstrations and earth day activities. We hope you take time to visit and meet some budding scientists and see their scientific projects!
 
5th GRADE PROMOTION EVENT: Wednesday, June 8th is a very important day to celebrate your child’s years of hard work as a student at Gerald Adams Elementary. We invite you to join us for this special occasion, as the Promotion Ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. (Slide show at 10:30)
Schedule of Events June 3rd:
8:00-9:30 Movie   (5th Graders, only)
9:30-10:00 Brunch   (5th Graders, only)
10:00-10:30 Autograph Books (5th Graders, only)
11:00 Promotion Ceremony— Families are welcome!
1:00-2:00 Dance (5th Graders, only)
 
PRE-K Awards are June 1st at 9:30 a.m.
  
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP: Saddle up our Kindergarten roundup will be May 27th at 9am. Registration for Kindergarten will start on Tuesday May 31st.   Please have all of your documents to complete registration. Call Jocelyn Cabrera if you have any questions. 305-293-1609 x 51300.
 
FOURTH GRADE PLAY: The 4th grade play Galileo will be Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00.  All students in 4th grade are participating in this production.  There will be a spaghetti dinner at 6:00 and anyone not having dinner should arrive at 6:30.  The play will run for approximately 30 minutes, so come and enjoy a great performance!
 
CENTURY 21 SUMMER ENROLLMENT: Registration for 21st CCLC Summer Program will begin Tuesday, May 17th.   The first round of registration is for students who are being referred by their teachers. Selected student registrations are due by the 24th. The second phase of registration is an Open Registration for all interested. Those forms will go home on the 24th. All forms will be sent home in the Tuesday envelopes with students and need to be returned as soon as possible. Open enrollment is a first come served basis. and should be returned promptly to ensure your child’s slot for the summer.   Enrollment is limited.
 
SCHOOL LUNCH——NO IOU’S: During the last two weeks of school, the cafeteria does not permit ANY IOU’s. Please check your child’s account to ensure they have money to cover lunch.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Mrs. Davila’s first grade class participated in this weekend’s Relay for Life by painting the carousel horses used by the Marriott Beachside team.  The team was thrilled and want to thank the students for their hard work.
 
 
 
 
 
GAE Carnival 2011
May 10, 2011
May 3, 2011
May 3, 2011
Reminder: May 10th is the Invitation Only PAKER Night. 
 
GERALD ADAMS CARNIVAL: The Gerald Adams Carnival is May 6. Tickets will be on sale starting Wednesday, April 28th. Tickets are 50 cents each. We will allow each child to purchase a maximum of $10.00 worth of tickets in advance. Additional tickets will be on sale during the carnival. The carnival starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.   Parents are welcome to attend this event!
 
2012 HEADSTART AND VPK REGISTRATION: Head Start open enrollment continues this week – Call Jessica Delgado to make an appointment 293-1609 ext 51329.  
 
UP-CYCLING UPDATE: Gerald Adams has added a few new groups of items to collect for cash.  We receive two cents per item.  Please help us earn money by bringing the following empty containers: Health and Beauty products – any size/brand; Tortilla and tostada wrappers – exterior bag of any size/brand; Paper Wrap – exterior plastic wrap from paper products, any brand, name/size; and Solo Cups – all plastic cups with #6 on bottom (no foam cups); any brand name/size. Thank you for your help!
         
BOOK FAIR:   The Buy One, Get One Free, Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Media Center from Thursday, May 26th  through Wednesday, June 1st.  For every book you buy you get another of equal or lesser value for free. This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for summer reading!
 
CHALLENGE CLASSES: Classes have participated in our Annual Egg Drop Contest at FKCC.  Students were design a protective covering for their raw egg using only selected materials like tissues and straws.  Each student then release their creation from the second story building.  We were surprised and delighted to have many surviving eggs this year!  Congratulations to all students for their positive participation and creative designing.  A special thank you to all students who also created unique designs at home using unusual materials and creative designing of their egg protection.
 
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP: Saddle up our Kindergarten roundup will be May 27th at 9am. Registration for Kindergarten will start on Tuesday May 31st.   Please have all of your documents to complete registration. Call Jocelyn Cabrera if you have any questions. 305-293-1609 x 51300.
 
INTENT TO REMAIN FORMS: Please complete your child’s intent to remain form so we can accurately plan for the 2012 school year. Return the form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. 
 
HEAD START NEWS:  Both Head Start classes went to the Key West Aquarium to learn more about ocean animals! We had a wonderful time making meaningful connections with the great literature we have been reading in our classrooms. The highlights of our trip included seeing sea turtles like Carolina in our story, holding starfish and sea cucumbers and touching a shark! Miss Maggie and Miss Mauriah would like to thank Miss Jessica for coordinating this great trip. We would also like to thank the parents that volunteered to attend the field trip: Miss Toyanna Pla, Ms. Mery Pucuhuaranga, and Ms. Nicole Watson.
 
MUSIC NEWS: Thank your third grade classes for a wonderful production of “Bones!” It was quite the dig!
 
FIFTH GRADE PLAY: The 5th grade play, “Tom Sawyer” is Tuesday, May 3rd.  A spaghetti dinner begins at 6:00 and the play is at 7:00.  All 5th graders are in this play. Please join us for this Classic production!
 
IMPACT CLASS NEWS: During special project our classes made giant bubble wands to take home.  We are also finishing up our class quilt about inventions we wouldn’t want to live without. 
 

April 26, 2011
April 26, 2011
GERALD ADAMS CARNIVAL: The Gerald Adams Carnival is May 6. Tickets will be on sale starting Wednesday, April 28th. Tickets are 50 cents each. We will allow each child to purchase a maximum of $10.00 worth of tickets in advance. Additional tickets will be on sale during the carnival. The carnival starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.   Parents are welcome to attend this event!
 
2012 HEADSTART AND VPK REGISTRATION: Head Start open enrollment continues this week – Call Jessica Delgado to make an appointment 293-1609 ext 51329.  
 
DOLPHIN DAYS SCHEDULE: Parents are welcome!!
Wednesday April 27th-Kinder 8:00 & 1st grade 9:30
Come watch the competition and the fun! 
 
UP-CYCLING UPDATE: Gerald Adams has added a few new groups of items to collect for cash.  We receive two cents per item.  Please help us earn money by bringing the following empty containers: Health and Beauty products – including shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, hair gel, hand and body lotion,  makeup containers, mascara, liquid soap, body wash, lipstick/lip gloss, and similar containers – any size/brand; Tortilla and tostada wrappers – exterior bag of any size/brand; Paper Wrap – exterior plastic wrap from toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and other paper products, any brand, name/size;
Solo Cups – all plastic cups with #6 on bottom (no foam cups); any brand name/size; and Soap refill – refill bag for dish soap and hand soap, any brand name/size. Please continue to save items mentioned in previous Adams Topics.  
Click here for a list of all items will be posted on our school webpage.
Thank you for your help!
         
YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! They are on sale now for $16.00. There is a limited supply so get yours today. You can purchase them at the front office. 
 
TALENT SHOW TRY-OUTS: Calling all entertainers!  Singers, dancers, rappers, baton twirlers, cheerleaders, comedians! The Talent Show Tryouts will be April 28 & 29th.  Start practicing now and maybe you can be in the Talent Show. Permission forms will go home today in the Tuesday envelope.  Make sure to get yours in and come try out!
 
THIRD GRADE PLAY: Our third grade classes will present, “Bones,” on Wednesday, April 27th. All students have a role in the play and should attend. Dinner is at 6:00 and the Play begins at 7:00.
 
Superintendent’s Young Readers’ Awards:
Join us on Monday, May 2th when Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke will be here to present reading awards to Gerald Adams students. Times are as follows:
Kindergarten—8:15
First Grade—8:40
Second Grade—9:05
Third Grade—9:30
Fourth Grade—10:00
Fifth Grade—10:25
 
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP: Saddle up our Kindergarten roundup will be May 27th at 9am. Registration for Kindergarten will start on Tuesday May 31st.   Please have all of your documents to complete registration. Call Jocelyn Cabrera if you have any questions. 305-293-1609 x 51300.
 
INTENT TO REMAIN FORMS: Please complete your child’s intent to remain form so we can accurately plan for the 2012 school year. Return the form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Also, if you have a fifth grader, please let your child’s teacher know if they are attending Sugarloaf or Horace O’Bryant Middle School.
April 12, 2011
April 13, 2011
PAKER Night is April 12th:   Join us tonight in the media center anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 to celebrate Earth Day. There will be reading, crafts, raffles and fun. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale and your child will receive a free paperback book. This is the last regular PAKER Night of the school year as our May event is invitation only for students who have attended more than half of the PAKER Nights.
 
Reminder: May 10th is the Invitation Only PAKER Night. 
 
Top Accelerated Readers: Congratulations to our students with the most Accelerated Reader points for the 3rd quarter!
First Grade: Daniel Rodriguez with 40 points; Laury Foucal and Emma Morris with 36 points each.
Second Grade: Solyse Stehly with 24 points and Jessica Braschos with 23 points.
Third Grade: Chase Floyd with 90 points and Gabriel Rodriguez with 41 points.
Fourth Grade: Nathan Miller with 82 points and Maria Sica with 55 points.
Fifth Grade: Michael Cassidy with 79 points and Tyler Meyer with 67 points.
 
BAND FAIR FOR 2011-2012 6TH GRADERS AT HOB: The HOB Band will be hosting a “Band Fair” on Thursday, May 5th from 5pm-7pm in the HOB Cafeteria for incoming 5th graders. If you are interested in your child joining HOB’s band next year, look for sign up papers in the Tuesday envelope. Any students who are not able to attend the fair, but would like to sign up for the band should call the band room at 296-5628 X65384 or email donna.deforrest@keysschools.com.
 
2012 HEADSTART AND VPK REGISTRATION: Head Start open enrollment begins April 25 – Call Jessica Delgado to make an appointment 293-1609 ext 51329. VPK sign up begins April 11, kick off date getting a voucher is Saturday April 9, call Jessica for further information.
 
DOLPHIN DAYS DONATIONS: Parents, Coach Roosa needs your help with Dolphin Days. If possible, please donate powdered Gatorade or cups to ensure that everyone stays well hydrated. THANK YOU!!!
See the back of this sheet for Dolphin Days Schedule.
 
TALENT SHOW TRY-OUTS: Calling all entertainers!  Singers, dancers, rappers, baton twirlers, cheerleaders, comedians! The Talent Show Tryouts will be April 28 & 29th.  Start practicing now and maybe you can be in the Talent Show. Permission forms will go home the week of April 18th.  Make sure to get yours in and come try out!
 
FCAT TESTING: FCAT Testing is off to a good start! Keep up the great work!
 
April 11-14—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 19th & 20th—Grade 5 FCAT Science. 
It is important for student to be on time—-see the back of this Adams topics for ways to help your child succeed!
 
FCAT: Focus, Courage, Achieve and Triumph!
We are ready!
 
YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! They are on sale now for $16.00. There is a limited supply so get yours today. You can purchase them at the front office or during PAKER Night.
 
SAC MEETING: Please join us at PAKER for our monthly SAC Meeting. Agenda Items are 2012 Budget and Title One Summer Purchases. The meeting will begin at 6:00 in the Media Center.
 
April 5, 2011
April 5, 2011
PAKER Night is April 12th:   Join us in the media center anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 to celebrate Earth Day. There will be reading, crafts, raffles and fun. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale and your child will receive a free paperback book. This is the last regular PAKER Night of the school year as our May event is invitation only for students who have attended more than half of the PAKER Nights.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PICK UPS PLANS: Parents we will no longer accept a phone call to change pick up plans. You must a write a note if your end of day plans change. We have experienced too many issues surrounding voice mails and phone calls at dismissal.
 
BAND FAIR FOR 2011-2012 6TH GRADERS AT HOB: The HOB Band will be hosting a “Band Fair” on Thursday, May 5th from 5pm-7pm in the HOB Cafeteria for incoming 5th graders. If you are interested in your child joining HOB’s band next year, look for sign up papers in the Tuesday envelope. Any students who are not able to attend the fair, but would like to sign up for the band should call the band room at 296-5628 X65384 or email donna.deforrest@keysschools.com.
 
5TH GRADE SEA CAMP TRIP: Just a reminder to 5th grade students attending Sea Camp Trip. Make sure to wear sneakers or water shoes …bring a reusable water bottle and change of clothes for the bus ride home. You may also wish to bring a hat, sunscreen and towel. Please be at school by 7:30 am and we will not be leaving Sea Camp until 5:00pm. Parents if you need to contact Sea Camp for an emergency …the number is 305- 872-2331.
 
2012 HEADSTART AND VPK REGISTRATION: Head Start open enrollment begins April 25 – Call Jessica Delgado to make an appointment 293-1609 ext 51329. VPK sign up begins April 11, kick off date getting a voucher is Saturday April 9, call Jessica for further information.
 
MUSIC NEWS: Steel Your Heart Band was awesome as they performed at the Willie Wonka Festival. Congratulations to Leland Hurd, Rachael Kiperman, Taneisha Rowe, Kaylee Norris, Trinity Burgohy for their great performance in Keys Kids “THE NIGHTINGALE”.

DOLPHIN DAYS DONATIONS: Parents, Coach Roosa needs your help with Dolphin Days. If possible, please donate powdered Gatorade or cups to ensure that everyone stays well hydrated. THANK YOU!!!
See the back of this sheet for Dolphin Days Schedule.
 
PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL CELEBRATION: We will be celebrating the students’ 3rd 9-week’s accomplishments at our quarterly honor roll celebration. The schedule is as follows: April 7th, Gr. 3- 8:30; Gr. 4-9:30; and Gr. 5—10:00. April 8th, K-8:30; Gr. 1-9:00; Gr. 2— 9:30. We are very proud of our great students!
 
TALENT SHOW TRY-OUTS: Try-outs for the annual talent show are April 28th and 29th. Polish up your amazing acts and be ready to audition!
 
FCAT TESTING: FCAT Testing starts MONDAY!
Mark your calendars with these important testing dates.
 
April 11-14—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 19th & 20th—Grade 5 FCAT Science. 
It is important for student to be on time—-see the back of this Adams topics for ways to help your child succeed!
 
FCAT: Focus, Courage, Achieve and Triumph!
We are ready!
Torch Run
April 4, 2011
March 7, 2011
Congratulations to our Conch Blowers!
March 8, 2011
March 7, 2011
MOTHER’S DAY CAKES:  If you are ordering a Mother’s Day Cake, the money is due no later than Friday, March 11. The cost is $6.50. Orders and money can be turned into the front office or to your child’s teacher. We thank Publix for sponsoring this wonderful event for children.
 
CELLA TESTING FOR ALL ELL STUDENTS: All of our ELL students will be taking the CELLA Test. Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. Parents of ELL students will receive more specific information via the Tuesday envelope. Students in grade 3-5 will take the test March 7-11. Students in grades K-2 will be testing March 21-25.
 
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY: Gerald Adams students celebrated Read Across America day on Wednesday by being read to by guest readers and doing Dr. Seuss story activities, lessons and crafts. A special thank you to our guest readers,  Mr. Hacker, Mrs. Dudley, Mrs. Grobarek and A.J. Davila.
 
POSTER CONTEST WINNERS: A special congratulations to our poster contest winners: Kindergarten: Ella Hall; 1st Grade: Skye White; 2nd Grade: Arwyn Leslie; 3rd Grade: Azra Gomez; 4th Grade: Omaris Millet
5th Grade: Thalia Conde; Honorable Mention for each grade is: Kindergarten: Daniela Blanco; 1st Grade: Allison Presnell; 2nd Grade: Darien Lopez;; 3rd Grade: Leland Hurd ; 4th Grade: Jennelle Palomino ; and 5th Grade:  Gabriela Sonzogni-Miles.
There were so many great posters it was very hard to choose the winners. Thank you to Mrs. Schmidlin, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Benson for judging and thank you to all of our students who participated.
 
CLASS NEWS: Mrs. Russell and Ms. Rodriguez would like to thank Dempsey Ballard, III and Dylan Cox from Aramark for the donation of ham used in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2, 2001.  Students enjoyed green eggs, biscuits, green juice and baked ham!
  
SEA CAMP TRIP-GRADE 5:  Parents are reminded to turn in your child’s intent to go to Sea Camp this week. We can collect the money later, but we need to know if your child is planning on going. We do have some financial support available for any family who needs assistance to allow their fifth grader to take advantage of this great opportunity! Call your child’s teacher for more information.
 
SPRING BREAK: SPRING BREAK: Begins March 14 and runs through March 18th. Classes reconvene March 21st. Our 21 Century Program is also closed during that time. If you need child care during that time, please contact Poinciana School. Our students are eligible to attend their paid daycare program during that week.
 
SPRING PICTURES: We will be taking spring pictures March 31st, Look for the flyer in the Tuesday envelope. These glamour shots are different than the class photos and will make great family gifts!
 
TIME CHANGE/DAYLIGHT SAVINGS:   Just a reminder that daylight savings time begins March 13th. It is wise to start preparing your children for this time change now. It helps if they start going to be about 15 minutes earlier for a few days and then adjust it again by 15 minutes. This will help them acclimate slowly. 
 
WILLY WONKA’S CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: The 9th annual Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Festival will be held Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at the Southernmost House from 11 am –3 pm. There will be entertainment and chocolate of all kinds. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys and local cancer patients in need of help. ALL THE MONEY STAYS IN THE KEYS TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY! Join in the fun. Donations of candy, baked goods...anything chocolate is greatly appreciated—we will be collecting items for this great event. Just bring them to the front office!
 
Grade 4 Writing Camp
February 24, 2011
March 1, 2011
February 28, 2011
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY: On Wednesday, March 2nd students at Gerald Adams will join millions of other students across the country to celebrate Read Across America Day! We will have school wide Drop Everything and Read times. We will also have guest readers come in to read to classes. 
 
Morning announcements on Wednesday, March 2nd will feature the READER’S OATH.  Students will be signing their names to the pledge in the hallway.
 
 Pajama Day ~ March 2nd (Tomorrow)
We will all wear pajamas just like the kids in the Dr Seuss book “I am not going to get up today!” Students must wear regular shoes appropriate for P.E. and bring their slippers in.
 
MOTHER’S DAY CAKES: If you are ordering a Mother’s Day Cake, the money is due no later than Friday, March 11. The cost is $6.50. Orders and money can be turned into the front office or to your child’s teacher. We thank Publix for sponsoring this wonderful event for children.
 
CELLA TESTING FOR ALL ELL STUDENTS: All of our ELL students will be taking the CELLA Test. Florida uses the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA) as a tool to measure the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. Parents of ELL students will receive more specific information via the Tuesday envelope. Students in grade 3-5 will take the test March 7-11. Students in grades K-2 will be testing March 21-25.
 
CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE: All the fifth graders and Project Impact students had a great time at Civil War days at Fort Zachary Taylor Park thanks to the support of Ms. Sanford, Social Studies Coordinator.  We saw how soldiers lived during the Civil War.  We learned how they make candles out of beeswax.  We saw the blacksmith making nails.  We even had the opportunity to sing along and play the dulcimer.  It made history come alive for us.  Our thanks for Ms. Sanford for arranging the trips for us. 
 
 THIRD GRADE PLAY: The date of the 3rd Grade Play has been changed to April 27th. Details will be forth-coming.
 
  
SEA CAMP TRIP-GRADE 5: Parents are reminded to turn in your child’s intent to go to Sea Camp this week. We can collect the money later, but we need to know if your child is planning on going. We do have some financial support available for any family who needs assistance to allow their fifth grader to take advantage of this great opportunity! Call your child’s teacher for more information.
 
SPRING BREAK: SPRING BREAK: Begins March 14 and runs through March 18th. Classes reconvene March 21st. Our 21 Century Program is also closed during that time. If you need child care during that time, please contact Poinciana School. Our students are eligible to attend their paid daycare program during that week.
 
SPRING PICTURES: We will be taking spring pictures March 31st, Look for the flyer in the Tuesday envelope. These glamour shots are different than the class photos and will make great family gifts!
 
TIME CHANGE/DAYLIGHT SAVINGS :
Just a reminder that daylight savings time begins March 13th. It is wise to start preparing your children for this time change now. It helps if they start going to be about 15 minutes earlier for a few days and then adjust it again by 15 minutes. This will help them acclimate slowly. 
 
WRITING CAMP: I would like to extend a HUGE congratulations to all fourth grade students for a wonderful, fun-filled first day at writing camp.. A special thank you to all the teachers in fourth grade for coordinating a wonderful event. 
 
 
 
February 15, 2011
February 14, 2011
SUPERINTENDENT’S YOUNG READER AWARDS: The District-wide Superintendent’s Young Readers’ Award runs from August, 2010 to April, 2011. The Superintendent will award SILVER, GOLD, and SUPER READER certificates at a ceremony.  For the SUPER award for all grades the books must be read independently. We want EVERY GAE reader to get an award—so parents please encourage students to READ, READ, READ!
 
Kindergarten
Silver               30
Gold                40
Super               50 read by the student
 
1st Grade
Silver               35
Gold                45
Super               55 read by the student
 
2nd Grade         
Silver               40
Gold                50
Super               60  read by the student
 
3rd Grade
Silver              25
Gold               35
Super              45 read by the student
 
4th – 5th Grade
Silver               22
Gold                28
Super               35 read by the student
 
KEYS KIDS SHOW: Keys Kids presents the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at KWHS Auditorium this weekend on Thursday, Feb. 17th, Friday, Feb.18th and Saturday, Feb. 19th at 7:30 and one matinee on Sunday at 4:00.  Tickets are available at the door, Mac Arthur Music or on line at keystix.com.  For more information e mail nora.revelin@keysschools.com
  
STUDENT COUNCIL CANDY GRAM SALE: SHOW THE LOVE! By supporting Student Council’s ‘Candy Grams’ Sale that is starting Monday, Feb. 7 through Valentine’s day Feb. 14th. They cost $1.00.  How sweet it is!
 
FCAT TESTING: Mark your calendars with these important testing dates. CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR!
March 1-3—FCAT Writes for 4th graders
April 11-15—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 19 & 20—Grade 5 FCAT Science
Please do not take your children out of school during this time as we do not have make-up times outside of the testing window. These assessments determine promotion to the next grade—Make them a priority!
 
Mrs. Richichi’s Class News: Mrs. Richichi’s students are working hard on their Civil War MovieMaker project.  Each group has been analyzing historical Civil War documents and finding facts about each picture.  They are then creating a historical movie on the Civil War photos.  I am very proud of each any everyone and all the hard work that they are doing. 
 
CHALLENGE CLASS NEWS: The third grade class was very proud to have Ms. Anna Stange, a musician,  visit our class.  She taught us about music around the world, using a variety of ethnic musical instruments while singing to our class.  Many of the songs had foreign words in them, and we learned their meaning as well as the history behind the music.  We were very inspired by the beautiful melodies and enjoyed singing along and making up a class rhyming song. 
February 8, 2011
February 10, 2011
NEW DAYCARE DIRECTOR: Gerald Adams Schools is pleased to welcome our new Daycare Director, Mrs. Yessica Gomez who has relocated from Fort Lauderdale. She brings a wealth of experience in working with children and her experiences at Wesley House. 
 
EARLY RELEASE DAY-February 9th: Wednesday, February 9 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. Daycare will provided from 11:15—2:15 as well as the regular times from 2:15-5:15. Any parent needing to add their child to daycare for early release days only should complete the enclosed form and return it to Yessica Gomez, our new daycare director. If your child is already registered for daycare—you do not need to complete this form as they already have a spot. 
 
Valentine PAKER Night: Tuesday, February 8th from 5:00 until 6:30 is our Valentine PAKER Night! You can check out the latest new books at the Scholastic Book Fair, read with your child and make valentines. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale.
SAC MEETING: Our February SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria during PAKER NIGHT. The agenda will be: the new testing calendar, Parent Input for use of Parent Involvement Dollars, input on after school program and review of student discipline plan. 
 
Scholastic Book Fair: The book fair will be here from February 4th through the 11th.  Times to shop are in the mornings until 8:15 and in the afternoon from 1:45 until 3:30. We will also be open on Tuesday February 8th from 4:30 until 6:30. Give your child the gift of a book for Valentine’s Day!
 
KEYS KIDS AUDITIONS: Auditions for Keys Kids upcoming show “The Nightingale” will be the following dates and times. Gerald Adams Elementary – Thursday, Feb. 10th at 4:00 at Gerald Adams for girls in grades 1 – 5 and 5:00 at Gerald Adams for boys in grades 1 – 5. If they cannot make this audition they should come to Gerald Adams on Tuesday, Feb. 15th at 3:30 in the music room. For information contact nora.revelin@keysschools.com or call 509-1370.
 
 
CANNED FOOD DRIVE: Student Council will have another food drive to help our needy families.  We will start collecting Monday, Jan 31 through Friday, Feb 11.  Please bring in canned foods, dry foods, cake mixes, pastas, peanut butter, etc. All items collected will be distributed to local food banks. Thank you for your donations!
 
STUDENT COUNCIL CANDY GRAM SALE: SHOW THE LOVE! By supporting Student Council’s ‘Candy Grams’ Sale that is starting Monday, Feb. 7 through Valentine’s day Feb. 14th. They cost $1.00.  How sweet it is!
 
EARLY DROP OFFS IN THE MORNING: Our staff is not here prior to 7:20 in the morning. We ask that children not be dropped off early as this is a safety concern. Thank you for your consideration in the serious matter.
 
FCAT TESTING: Mark your calendars with these important testing dates. CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR!
March 1-3—FCAT Writes for 4th graders
April 11-15—Grades 3-5 FCAT Reading & Math
April 19 & 20—Grade 5 FCAT Science
Please do not take your children out of school during this time as we do not have make-up times outside of the testing window. These assessments determine promotion to the next grade—Make them a priority!
 

February 1, 2011
February 6, 2011
Valentine PAKER Night: Tuesday, February 8th from 5:00 until 6:30 is our Valentine PAKER Night! You can check out the latest new books at the Scholastic Book Fair, read with your child and make valentines. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale.

SAC MEETING: Our February SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria during PAKER NIGHT. The agenda will be: the new testing calendar, Parent Input for use of Parent Involvement Dollars, input on after school program and review of student discipline plan. 
 
Scholastic Book Fair: The book fair will be here from February 4th through the 11th.  Times to shop are in the mornings until 8:15 and in the afternoon from 1:45 until 3:30. We will also be open on Tuesday February 8th from 4:30 until 6:30. Give your child the gift of a book for Valentine’s Day!
 
Congratulations to this year’s Odyssey of the Mind Team!  This year’s team is Jamour Burton, Jordan Catala, Brianna Delph, Damon Jones, Emily Hernandez, Gabriela Sonzogni-Miles and Ethan Strickling.  Our team has been working very hard on our long-term problem called Full Circle and teamwork skills for this competition since October.   We will be competing at the regional tournament at Coral  Shores High School on Saturday, March 5th.  Please wish our team good luck in their upcoming competition. 
 
KINDERGARTEN PLAY: Thank you to ALL of the families and teachers of Kindergarten students, especially Mrs. Revelin  for such hard work on a great play, “Tikki Tikki Tembo” Tuesday night. We ate Chinese food and traveled back in time to China to hear the legend of a short boy with a long name!   Lead characters were: Angelina Foster, Joseph Beeman, Montrell Trimmings, Brian Criado, Anthony Lopez, and Ella Hall.
 
Jump Rope for Heart:   Envelopes are due on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4
 
21st CENTURY PARENTS: If you need to make any changes for your child’s pick-up or bus routing,
a note is required.
 
MILLION MINUTES OF READING: Students participated in the State-wide Million Minutes of Reading on Tuesday, January 25th. Each class in the school tallied their extra reading minutes for the day and submitted them.   The school total was over 11,000 minutes in one day! The total was added to the State total to help Florida reach 10 Million Minutes of Reading in one day. All students should be proud. We had a gentle competition within our school and Ms. Welsh’s third grade class won with the most minutes of extra reading time for the day. The more you read, the more you know!
CANNED FOOD DRIVE: Student Council will have another food drive to help our needy families.  We will start collecting Monday, Jan 31 through Friday, Feb 11.  Please bring in canned foods, dry foods, cake mixes, pastas, peanut butter, etc. All items collected will be distributed to local food banks. Thank you for your donations!
 
Student Council NEWS: Our Pennies for Patients campaign was a total success! Thank you to all for your generous contributions. The final total has been calculated and verified by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We raised a total of $1,930.23! A special thanks to the classrooms that raised over $100: Bronze Pennant Winners: $100 -199-Ms. Davila – Ms. Gardi – Ms. Adams – Ms. Toledo  Silver Pennant winner ($200-299)—Mr. Dudley’s class. They will also receive a pizza party compliments of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
 
Thank you all!     GAE is the BEST!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 25, 2011
January 25, 2011
Valentine PAKER Night: Tuesday, February 8th from 5:00 until 6:30 is our Valentine PAKER Night! You can check out the latest new books at the Scholastic Book Fair, read with your child and make valentines. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale.
 
Scholastic Book Fair: The book fair will be here from February 4th through the 11th.  Times to shop are in the mornings until 8:15 and in the afternoon from 1:45 until 3:30. We will also be open on Tuesday February 8th from 4:30 until 6:30. Give your child the gift of a book for Valentine’s Day!
 
SAC MEETING: Our January SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting has been rescheduled for tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the media center. The agenda will be: Discussion of Mid Year Data and interventions to support instruction; and the new testing calendar. 
 
ABSENCES AND TARDIES: Help your child succeed in school and in life. Please limit absences and tardies to illness or emergencies. They miss valuable learning. Show our students by your example just how important school is. Thank you for your cooperation and your support in creating healthy life habits.
 
FEVER—SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS: Parents, please do not send your child to school when they are ill. Your child must be symptom free and fever free for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. This will prevent the spread of infection and the possibility of your child being re-infected. 
 
Superintendent’s Young Reader Awards—will run to April 15, 2011. Please make sure your child is eligible for one of our reader awards at the award’s ceremony. Students must meet the following criteria: 
Kindergarten: Silver—30 Gold—40 Super 50
1st Grade Silver— 35 Gold—45 Super 55
2nd Grade Silver— 40 Gold—50 Super 60
3rd Grade Silver— 25 Gold—35 Super 45
4th–5th Grade Silver— 22 Gold—28 Super 35
 (THIS IS BOOKS READ BY THE STUDENT!)
  
SIGNATURE FUNDRAISER: The seller packets went home last week. This is fundraiser supports our many field trips, award programs and student body needs. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Look inside the packet for great prize opportunities. The more items you sell, the greater the prizes. The sale price of items is the lower of the prices—but buyers are welcome to make a higher donation if they choose.
 
MAGIC SHOW: Parents, are you looking for an entertaining family event? The “Vince Carmen Magic Show” is coming to Gerald Adams. Come out and witness a magical night! This is a general school fundraiser to support our student recognition programs. The event will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 pm in the Gerald Adams cafeteria.  Each student will receive one (1) ticket for free entry when accompanied by a parent. Parents can purchase tickets in advance at the school.
 
PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL BREAKFAST: We will be celebrating the students’ 2nd 9-week’s accomplishments at our quarterly honor roll breakfast. The schedule is as follows: January 28th, K-8:30; Gr. 1-9:00; Gr. 2— 9:30. January 31st, Gr. 3- 8:30; Gr. 4-9:30; and Gr. 5—10:00. We are very proud of our great students!
 
21st CENTURY PARENTS: If you need to make any changes for your child’s pick-up or bus routing,
a note is required.
 
 
Mrs. Adams - KFCC Pottery Trip
January 25, 2011
January 18, 2011
January 16, 2011
 
SAC MEETING: Our January SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting has been rescheduled for January 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the media center. The agenda will be: Discussion of Mid Year Data and interventions to support instruction; and the new testing calendar. 
 
JUMP FOR YOUR HEART: Jump Rope for Heart donation envelopes have been sent out and are provided to make donations to the American Heart Association.  The donation envelopes are due to Coach Roosa by January 28th.  We will be doing our Jump Rope for Heart activity day during the week of Feb. 14-18.  The student that raises the most money will get to be “COACH FOR THE DAY” and the class that raises the most money will get a pizza and ice cream party!
 
EARLY PICK UPS: Parents-please do not pick children up early unless they have an appointment or they are ill. It is a disruption and they miss valuable learning. Show our students by your example just how important school is. Thank you for your cooperation and your support in creating healthy life habits.
 
FEVER—SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS: Parents, please do not send your child to school when they are ill. Your child must be symptom free and fever free for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. This will prevent the spread of infection and the possibility of your child being re-infected. 
 
 
GERALD ADAMS VISION STATEMENT 
We are a school of LEADers!
Be a believer!
L—Learners
E—Example Setters
A—Achievers
D—Dreamers
 
HOLIDAY AND PROFESSIONAL DAY: There will be a professional day January 21st—These are none school days for students and Century 21 and daycare are closed. If you need daycare, please contact Poinciana School’s daycare department.
 
SIGNATURE FUNDRAISER: The seller packets went home lat week. This is fundraiser supports our many field trips, award programs and student body needs. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Look inside the packet for great prize opportunities. The more items you sell, the greater the prizes. The sale price of items is the lower of the prices—but buyers are welcome to make a higher donation if they choose.
 
MAGIC SHOW: Parents, are you looking for an entertaining family event? The “Vince Carmen Magic Show” is coming to Gerald Adams. Come out and witness a magical night! This is a general school fundraiser to support our student recognition programs. The event will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 pm in the Gerald Adams cafeteria.  Each student will receive one (1) ticket for free entry when accompanied by a parent. Parents can purchase tickets in advance at the school.
 

Gingerbread Night 2010
December 10, 2010
December 7, 2010
December 7, 2010
HOLIDAY NIGHT/PAKER NIGHT: A fun filled evening is planned for Thursday, December 9. We will be having a steel pan band/Chorus concert, Zumba performance, PAKER Night, Century 21 Craft Making event in the media center and students will have the opportunity to build their own gingerbread houses. See the back of this Adams Topics for more details! The event will run from 5:00-7:00. (NOTE: TIME CHANGE)
PAKER & CRAFTS in Media Center from 5:00-6:30 p.m.; Musical Performance in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.; Gingerbread Decorating in selected classrooms from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You must arrive before 6:30 to complete a Gingerbread cookie or house as the event will end at 7:00 p.m.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP: If you are interested in enrolling for the Washington D.C trip the enrollment deadline has been extended to December 10th.  If you enroll by December 10th - a $45.00 will be deducted off the price.  There will be a meeting about the Washington D.C trip on Wednesday, December 8th at 5:30 PM in the Media Center.  If you have any questions about the trip please contact Mrs. Richichi.
 
CLASS NEWS FROM MRS. RICHICHI’S CLASS:
The postcards from South Africa have arrived to the fifth grade students at Gerald Adams.  The students are amazed with the pictures on the postcards and what their pen pal wrote. 
 
FIRST GRADE PLAY: The First Graders will perform, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” All students are involved in the play on Tuesday, Dec. 14th at  7:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Chicken, Yellow Rice, Black Beans, Cuban Bread $3.00 Kids, $4.00 Adults, $10 Family of Four.
 
MID TERM REPORTS: Mid term reports will go home with all students today, Tuesday, December 7. 

NO SCHOOL: There will be no school December 20-January 3rd. School will reconvene on TUESDAY, January 4th, 2011.  The school office and all daycare programs are also closed. Poinciana School will offer daycare during the holiday break. Please contact their office for information.   January 17th and 21st are also non-school days. Please mark your calendars.
 
GIFT AVENUE SHOPPING PROGRAM: Teach our child the “Joy of Giving,” during this holiday season by allowing them the opportunity to holiday shop for special family members. Gift prices range from $0.25-$20.00, with most items costing $5 or less. Our Gift Shop will be open December 6-10 before school, after school and during our PAKER Gingerbread Event.
 
BIRTHDAY PARTIES: In order to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, you must pre-arrange the date, time and menu with your child’s teacher. We are trying to reinforce healthy eating and want to limit the amount of sugar and junk food. We also have children with allergies and dietary restrictions and we need to respect their feelings. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
NON-PROFIT DAY is an event showcasing non profits and organizations throughout the Keys. It will be held by local girl scouts earning their gold award on January 8th from 11 am—4 pm at Bayview Park in Key West. Local musicians will provide entertainment. It will be a fun event for the whole community. If you are interested in sponsoring a booth, email Dora DeMarie at dcd294@aol.com.
 
 
Thanksgiving 2010
November 23, 2010
November 16, 2010
November 21, 2010
 
CLINIC REMINDER: If your child is running a fever, they must stay home from school until the fever is gone for two days.
 
STUDENT COUNCIL CANNED FOOD DRIVE
 
WHAT TO BRING:  CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, PACKAGED COOKIES, SNACKS,  HOT COCOA MIXES, RICE, MACARONI PRODUCTS
WHERE: BOXES LOCATED IN EACH  CLASSROOM
WHEN:  WE ARE COLLECTING ITEMS THROUGH, NOVEMBER 22ND.
 
Help our needy families at Thanksgiving!
 
PENNIES FOR PATIENTS: This is it:  Only one week to go with our Pennies for Patients campaign, and every coin makes a difference!  So far, we have collected $637.  Let’s see if we can reach our goal of $1500.  And let’s not forget, that the top fundraising class has a chance to win a celebration pizza party!
 
CONGRATULATIONS: Angel Font has completed a block to enter in the School Block Challenge contest at the American Quilt Museum.  Angel has been in the after school quilting class that Ms. Ellis is teaching as part of the Artists in Schools sponsored by the Florida Keys Council for the Arts.
 
21ST CENTURY PARENT NIGHT—DECEMBER 9TH IN CONJUNCTION WITH PAKER NIGHT
Please plan to attend our 21st Century Parent Night being held in conjunction with PAKER Night. We will have an art and craft station, a musical performance and modeled guided reading practice. Please join us and see a sample of the wonderful activities our children are doing in our program. We will begin the stations at 5:00 p.m.
 
November 9, 2010
November 8, 2010
PAKER NIGHT:  Plan to attend our Science and Writing PAKER Night on Tuesday, November 16th. Our Parents and Kids Everyone Reads (PAKER) Night will run from 5:00 until 6:30 in the Media Center. At PAKER Night your child can take AR tests, make a craft and select a free paperback book to take home.  There will be a raffle and pizza and drinks will be for sale so don’t miss this fun evening for the entire family!

SAC MEETING: After PAKER Night please join us for our SAC (School Advisory Council)   meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. The agenda will be: Approving the A+ Plan, SIP Update (Writing), Progress Monitoring Data and the Gingerbread House Activity in December. 

SECOND GRADE PLAY: Second grade students will present A Race to the Finish on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. This play is based on the classic Aesop Fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.  All students in second grade are in this production. A Piccadillo-Rice-Black Bean dinner starts at 6:00.  Dinner will be $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids.

ACCELERATED READERS: Congratulations to the top Accelerated Reader Points Performers at Gerald Adams! To date, by grade level, the highest point earners are: 5th grade: Michael Cassidy and Tyler Meyer; 4th grade: Tatyana Deras and Julianna Gonzalez; 3rd grade: Chase Floyd and Azra Gomez; 2nd grade: Solyse Stehly and Arwyn Leslie; 1st grade: Adam Goelz and Nathan Norris. Extra congratulations go out to Chase Floyd who has the most AR points at Gerald Adams with 118! The more you read, the more you know!
Superintendent’s Young Reader Awards—will run to April 15, 2011. Please make sure your child is eligible for one of our reader awards at the award’s ceremony. Students must meet the following criteria: 
Kindergarten: Silver—30 Gold—40 Super 50
1st Grade Silver— 35 Gold—45 Super 55
2nd Grade Silver— 40 Gold—50 Super 60
3rd Grade Silver— 25 Gold—35 Super 45
4th–5th Grade Silver— 22 Gold—28 Super 35
 (THIS IS BOOKS READ BY THE STUDENT!)

NO SCHOOL: There will be no school Thursday November 11th. This is Veteran’s Day.   Daycare and 21 Century are also closed that day.
 
21 CENTURY PROGRAM:  Parents we need your help. Children are not permitted to bring toys to school. This includes 21 Century. We also need to ask that you do not park in the bus loading zone at anytime after school. Your child’s participation in this program is at risk if these are not followed. These are safety issues.
 
EARLY RELEASE DAY: Wednesday, November 17 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. If your child is currently enrolled in daycare, we will provide this service for you beginning at 11:15. If you need daycare from 11:15—2:15 please sign up with our daycare director. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 26, 2010
October 28, 2010
 
HALLOWEEN SAFETY REMINDER: Students are not to bring any accessories to school with their Halloween costumes on Thursday. Examples of what not to bring include swords, hatchets, baseball bats, etc… Students should also wear safe shoes.
 
NO DAYCARE: on OCTOBER 29th as this is a professional day.
 
NO CENTURY 21: Just a reminder that our Century 21 Program is canceled on early release days. We will have paid daycare—but we will not run our C 21 Program on November 3rd.
 
CENTURY 21 REMINDERS: Our C 21 Program is offered Monday—Thursday until 4:45 and we do have a late bus. However, on Fridays, the program ends at 4:15 and we do not have a late bus. Parents will be charged a late fee from daycare if they are repetitively late. Additionally, chronic late pick ups will sacrifice your child’s spot in our program.
 
4TH GRADE EXPOSITORY WRITING CAMP: Our 4th grade students are going on a camping adventure explore the expository writing process. They will travel tent to tent and review the necessary equipment in an expository essay and then they will have a chance to demonstrate their skills with a STOP, DROP and WRITE! A special thank you to fourth grade teachers for making this great event happen.
 
SECOND GRADE PLAY: Parents, Mark your calendars. The 2nd Grade Play is November 18th. We hope to see all second graders and parents at this great event!

 
BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPAL: Students who earned the honor roll for the first nine weeks will be having breakfast with the principal next week! In addition to breakfast students will receive their Honor Roll pins and certificates. The schedule will be:
Wednesday, November 3—Kindergarten     8:30; 1st grade 9:00 and 2nd grade 9:30
Thursday, November 4– 3rd grade 8:30;
       4th grade 9:00 and 5th grade 9:30. 
 
EARLY RELEASE/PARENT CONFERENCES:
The first nine week grading period ends on Tuesday, October 26. There will be a professional day on Friday, October 29 (NO SCHOOL) and an early release day on Wednesday, November 3. Students will be released at 11:15. Teachers will be sending home information on times and dates for parent conferences. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 5, 2010
October 11, 2010
 
PAKER NIGHT: Our PAKER Night/Math Party is Thursday, October 21! Stop by the Media Center anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 to read with your child and watch them work with our Accelerated Reading program. They will get to make a craft, enter a raffle and choose a free paperback to take home too! Then stay for the Math Party from 6:30—7:00 p.m.! 
 
SPECIAL SAC MEETING:   Our next meeting will be October 19 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. This is a change due to our combination PAKER Night/Math Party. Items on the agenda include update on SIP and Title 1 grant; DA Checklist discussion, Parent Involvement Plan and Math strategies to meet AYP. Please be involved in this important part of Gerald Adams school.
 
SCHOOL PICTURES: Student pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 15.   Money for pictures are due on Tuesday, October 13. Flyer are in today’s Tuesday envelope.
 
21st CENTURY PROGRAM REMINDER:
Parents, If your child is signed up for a 21st Century program they will not be allowed to go home at dismissal time unless you send in a note. We will no longer accept the verbal request from the child that they are not to attend 21st Century. We hope you
understand that we are only interested in the safety of your child in the
implementation of this policy. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Taylor at 293-1609 ext. 51357. 

PE Reminders from Coach Roosa:
· Please have your child wear sneakers on their scheduled P.E. days.
· Gerald Adams Athletic shirts are for sale in Coach Roosa’s office! 
 
CONGRATULATIONS SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES:
Congratulations to our Gerald Adams Special Olympic Athletes, Alysia Lopez, Amber Russell and Emily Russell for their outstanding effort in Miami this past weekend, Saturday, September 25th.  Alysia placed 2nd, Amber placed 3rd and Emily placed 1st in bowling.  Way to go!
 
 
PAKER Night
September 26, 2010
September 21, 2010
September 19, 2010
EARLY RELEASE DAY: Tuesday, September 29 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. If your child is currently enrolled in daycare, we will provide this service for you beginning at 11:15. If you need daycare from 11:15—2:15 please sign up with our daycare director. 
 
21st CENTURY CCLC NEWS: 21st Century CCLC is cancelled for Tuesday, September 29. If you would like for your child to attend daycare please contact Heather Kessler for information. 
Also, a reminder that the program ends at 4:15 p.m. on Fridays. There is no bus on Fridays and all
children must be picked up at 4:15 p.m. If your child cannot be picked up at that time, please make arrangements with daycare. Thank you for your anticipated support. 
 
SAFETY CONCERN: We need your help! For the safety of our children, please refrain from parking in the grass areas, in the bus zones in front of the school and in the teacher parking lot. We ask that you use the college parking lot if you want to park and walk your child in.
 
TEACHER PHONE CALLS: Please remember that teachers are only able to answer phone calls when the day ends or during their planning periods. Leave a message and they will return your call.
 
September 1, 2010
September 4, 2010
 
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SOCIAL: Parents please join us for a social and an introduction to our SAC meetings. It is imperative that parents get involved and attend these meetings. We meet once a month in the cafeteria at the end of PAKER Night activities. Your feedback is vital to our school improvement efforts. Please join us for an orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m. on September 14 in the media center.   We will review our SIP objectives and elect 2011 officers.

OPEN HOUSE: Our annual Open House will be held on September 14 from 6-7:15 p.m. Please make plans to join us! We will also have our 2nd SES Provider Fair in the cafeteria.
 
GRANDPARENTS TO LUNCH: We’d like to invite all grandparents to join their grandchildren for lunch on Friday, September 10 in honor of Grandparents Day. If you can join us please fill out the RSVP at the bottom of this sheet and return it to your child’s teacher. Lunch times are: kindergarten—11; 1st-11:10; 2nd-11:20; 3rd-11:30; 4th-12; 5th-12:10.
 
TESTING: Students will be taking progress monitoring tests over the next few weeks. These exams provide teachers with valuable information on your child’s readiness for learning and assist us in designing a curriculum targeted to meet each child’s needs. 
The Grade 3-5 schedule is as follows:   September 7-15 in the areas of reading, writing, math and science.
Grades K-2 student will take Think Gate exams in reading, math and science as well as begin FAIR Testing.

SAC MEETING: Our first regular School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on September 21 at 6:15 p.m. following PAKER Night. We will review our State Grade & AYP scores. We will also review the 2011 School Improvement Plan. Please join us!
 
EARLY RELEASE DAYS: Wednesday, September 9 and 29th are early release days. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. Daycare will provided from 11:15—2:15 as well as the regular times from 2:15-5:15. Any parent needing to add their child to daycare for early release days only should complete the enclosed form and return it to Heather Kessler. If your child is already registered for daycare—you do not need to complete this form as
 
June 5, 2010
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