Gator Gazette Volume 1 Issue 6

Thoughts for a New Year

As we enter a new year and decade, I would like to take a moment to let you know my thoughts on why I love to celebrate January 1st. In my life, New Year’s Day is not just any ordinary day. January 1st is a brand new beginning. It is a day we can start fresh. I look at New Year’s Day as a clean sheet and a mulligan (golf term for a do-over).

I have never been a person that has set a New Year’s resolution. I am a person that believes in setting and meeting goals, but not changing the person that I am. January 1st, 2020 was no different. I started my day with intentional wellness (I ran). When I run, I think about everything that is going on with my life. I think about family, friends, and my career. I always look at how I can be a better person.

My goal for 2020 is to encourage more people that they are a worthy part of our community and society in general. I want to encourage more people by showing them that a new year is a new beginning for them. The new year can be a clean sheet that you can write your story. My goal for 2020 is to help more people look at their life, and show them they are the author of their story and it’s up to them how the story ends.

If I could encourage students to do one thing in 2020, I would encourage students to dream big and not fear failure. I will remind students that every successful goal begins with a dream. Big dreams will build a passion that can not be stopped. I want to teach students that failure is not reaching your dreams, but failure is not attempting your dreams.

In 2020, I want to celebrate more victories. I want our students to celebrate accomplishments regardless of how small. Like anything new, we must walk before we run. We must train to celebrate small successes before we can celebrate big accomplishments. I recently read an article about a football coach that took over a losing team, he practiced celebrating at the end of each practice. Why? His new team did not know how to celebrate winning and being successful.

I hope 2020 will be a great year for you and your family. I am confident 2020 is going to be a great year for Gilbert Elementary School. I encourage you to continue partnering with the staff at GES so your children can dream and meet those dreams in 2020.

Serving Your Student, Beth and Troy

We need your help!

It's time for our annual School Climate Survey and we need your help! The survey consists of 24 questions. It may be completed using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please visit the following link and complete the survey at a time that is convenient for you. We appreciate your help!

Club Spotlight: Art Club

Every Monday a group of about 30 eager students meet in Mrs. Brown’s room for Art Club. These students are given the time and opportunity to enhance and develop their art skills in a smaller group setting with Mrs. Brown. They explore topics such as still life drawings, canvas paintings, clay sculptures, and recycled material art. Their goal being to create one masterpiece to show at this year’s art show in the spring. We are looking forward to getting a glimpse of their work!

Data Nights - January 21 & 23, 2020

It's that time once again!

Family data nights are happening next week. We hope you are making plans to join us. You’ll find out how much progress your child has made towards his or her goal. You’ll also learn another neat activity to do with your child to help him/her succeed. While you are learning how to help your child, students will be enjoying a movie and a snack in the gym.

January 21 - Kindergarten - 2nd Grades

January 23 - 3rd -5th Grades

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Hoodies are on sale now!

Gilbert hoodies are on sale now! What a great way to show off your Gator Pride! These are blue long sleeved hoodie sweatshirts with a Gilbert Gators logo on the chest. The prices are $22 (YS-AXL), $25 (2XL), and $28 (3XL-5XL). Order forms were sent home earlier in the week. If you need another one, contact the office or let your child’s teacher know.

Dates to Know

  • Jan 20 - MLK Holiday - No School
  • Jan 21 - K-2 Family Data Night from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Jan 22 - 100th Day of School
  • Jan 23 - Gilbert Spelling Bee
  • Jan 23 - Beta Club Meeting
  • Jan 23 - 3rd-5th Grades Family Data Night from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Jan 27 - Art Club
  • Jan 28 - Happy Birthday, Mrs. Pelham!
  • Jan 31 - Last day to order Gilbert hoodie sweatshirts.
Created By
Dianne Richardson


Created with images by Kelly Sikkema - "Happy New Year strand laying over eucalyptus branch" • Annie Spratt - "untitled image" • so flow - "Blurred art supplies" • Lukas Blazek - "Notebook work with statistics on sofa business"