Gator Gazette Volume 1 Issue 5

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!


The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. I love looking at the Christmas lights and watching Christmas movies. Our television is always set on the Hallmark channel as we are constantly watching Christmas movies. My family tries to figure out the plot of the movie at the very beginning; we try to connect the dots. The meaning behind every Hallmark movie is hope. Hope is one of my favorite words. The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. The month of December is about hope. I once had a mentor that would constantly tell me, “You always have a chance of being successful if you have hope”. I replay those words in my mind every day.

Each month at GES, we have a character word we share with the students. This month’s character word is generosity. As we leave the month of gratitude (November) and enter the month of generosity (December), please be mindful of helping others that you come in contact with during the Christmas season. A little generosity might be all some people need to find hope. During the month of December, my goal is to show others generosity and hopefully show them there is hope in the world. I want to help others that are in need and searching for hope in their life. At times, the world we live in can be a painful place and some will feel hopeless. Let’s be an example for our students so they may see us being a bright light in a dark world.

We hope each student and guardian will have a wonderful Christmas break. Thank you for your support during the first half of the school year.

Serving Gilbert Students,

Beth and Troy

Christmas Concerts

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!

Chattanooga Times Free Press Teacher of the Month - Karen Neal

Congratulations to Mrs. Karen Neal! She was chosen as Teacher of the Month by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Mrs. Neal is a role model for others through her love of reading and her love of students.

Reindeer Run 2019 Fun

Gilbert staff had a blast at the Reindeer Run!

November Gators of the Month

Congratulations to our November Gators of the Month for showing empathy! Our overall winner for Gator of the Month and winner of the prize pack was Grayson Thomas. Way to go, gators!

  • Charlie Garrison - Pre-K
  • Jazlynn Williams - Kindergarten
  • Grayson Thomas - 1st Grade
  • Melody Hudson - 2nd Grade
  • Molly McHugh - 3rd Grade
  • Isaac Stoner - 4th Grade
  • Melody Nelson - 5th Grade
  • Kaja Flegal - CBE

Pucker Up, Pelham

Backpack Blessings Fundraiser - Kiss the Goat Campaign

Thank you to everyone for donating money to the YMCA Backpack Blessings program that serves Walker County students. It's a great program that benefits students right here at Gilbert Elementary! Kudos, to Mrs. Pelham for being such a good sport in having to "kiss the goat". We think she definitely made a new friend in Sweetie!

November Attendance Winners

Congratulations to Mrs. Scott's third grade class. They were our attendance streak winners for October! Way to go, Gators! Chomp! Chomp!

Club Spotlight: GES Chorus

Christmas Concert

Teacher Sponsors: Charity Burnette & Lori Hunter

Gilbert is blessed to have a group of students who love to sing. Our chorus group begins each year by learning to blend and control our voices with patriotic songs . They are then excited to begin practicing Christmas music which is sung at our school's Christmas concert, on a field trip around the neighborhood, and at other festivals in town. They love spreading Christmas cheer to others through upbeat Christmas music. The chorus ends the year with popular songs that they will perform at the talent show and school's art show. Our hope is that students will use music and singing to enrich their lives. Chorus is open to 2-5 grade students. If you have never joined chorus and you love to sing, you will have another opportunity to join spring chorus in late February.

Kindness @ Gilbert

On November 13th, Gilbert Elementary School celebrated World Kindness Day. It was a day to highlight good deeds in our school, focusing on the positive power and common thread of kindness that bind us together. Mrs. Brown and some helpers created a unique poster for us to use as a backdrop for photographs throughout the month. During November, Miss Marshall shared writing ideas with teachers to use with students in the classroom. It gave us all a challenge to work a little more kindness into our daily lives to help make the world a better place for us all.

Thanksgiving Lunch 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Thanksgiving Lunch! We are extremely grateful for all of our Gator Families! We look forward to seeing our Kindergarten, First Grade, and Fifth Grade families on December 12th for our Christmas Lunch!

Jr. Beta Club Induction Ceremony

Newly Inducted and Current Jr. Beta Club Members

On Thursday, November 21st Gilbert Elementary School hosted its annual induction ceremony for the Jr. Beta Club. To become a member of the Jr. Beta Club, a student must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, exemplify worthy character, and maintain a commendable attitude throughout the school term. The Gilbert Chapter of the Jr. Beta Club inducted 14 new members. Congratulations to the new members and their families!

  • Michaelah Brock
  • Jack Edwards
  • Liv Flegal
  • Levi Guthrie
  • Stephen Haskett
  • Vincent Hill
  • Gregory Hobbs
  • Lexie Jackson
  • Brooklynn Myers
  • Alixander Pauley
  • Rachel Peace
  • Abigail Schrimpsher
  • Corey Steele
  • Olivia Treadaway

Important Dates

  • Dec 2 Art Club & Chorus
  • Dec 3 Pre-K - 2nd Grades Christmas Concert
  • Dec 5 3rd - 5th Grades Christmas Concert
  • Dec 6 Christmas Parade @ 6 p.m.
  • Dec 9 Art Club & Chorus
  • Dec 16 Art Club & Chorus
  • Dec 19 Jr. Beta Club Meeting
  • Dec 20 Classroom Holiday Celebrations
  • Dec 23-27 Holiday Break
  • Dec 30 - Jan 3 Holiday Break
  • Jan 6-7 In-Service Days - No School
  • Jan 8 Return to School
Created By
Elisa Richardson


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