From the Principal

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re talking to your child about school.
  • Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going. If you ask your child questions that can be answered with one word (yes, no, a name), then you’ll probably get a one-word response.
  • Often kids are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
  • Starting with factual questions is a great way to ease into conversation. (“I know your immersion class is completely in French/Mandarin/Spanish. What’s that like?”)
  • Avoiding emotion-packed words (happy, sad, mean) can help the conversation go on longer.
  • Asking positive questions gives your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions tend to stop a conversation.
After School Conversation Starters
Avoid These
  • How was school?
  • Did you have fun at school?
  • Who did you sit with?
  • Was your teacher nice?
  • Did your teacher go over the daily schedule with the class?
  • Did you have everything you needed for school?
  • Were the kids in your class nice?
  • Are your friends in your classes?
  • Was the work hard?
Try These Instead
  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • What was the best thing you did at school?
  • Tell me the names of the four kids who sat closest to you.
  • What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
  • What class rules did your teacher say are important?
  • What did your teacher say she likes to do?
  • What’s the best thing about your daily schedule?
  • Was there anything you wish you had at school that you didn’t have today?
  • Who did you enjoy talking with the most?
  • Did anyone have anything fun or interesting to talk about?
  • Tell me two kids you remember from each class.
  • What was the best thing your teacher asked you to do in ____ today?
If, after discussing your child(ren)’s  day at school you have concerns, please contact their teacher!!
Susan Patel, a multi-cultural teacher with more than 14 years of experience, will be taking on the role of Kindergarten Immersion Spanish teacher for Sonia Bruestedt. For the first week, Miss Sonia and Mrs. Patel will co-teach the Kindergarten class to ease the transition for students. Following the transition week, Miss Sonia will remain on staff full-time as an Instructional Assistant in kindergarten classrooms as well as continuing as the Middle School Spanish Immersion teacher. 
Students are bringing a variety of items from home that are distracting to the school environment including:
  • Toys: Students should not bring toys to school. Toys are not allowed in the classroom nor are students allowed to play with them at recess.
  • Backpack “bling”: Many students are decorating their backpacks with decorative items and key chains. To reduce the likelihood of these items being lost or stolen, please remove them from backpacks. GVA-DC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Hand sanitizer containing alcohol: Hand sanitizer containing alcohol is not permitted at GVA-DC. Please check backpacks and lunchboxes for personal-sized hand sanitizer and remove any that are not alcohol-free. 
  • T-shirts and polos must have the GVA Logo on them. 
  • T-shirts and Polos need to be long enough to be tucked in.
  • Students may wear long sleeve Polos or they may wear a long sleeve shirt underneath their GVA Logo T-Shirts and Polos on colder days.
  • Sweatshirts worn inside the building must have a GVA Logo on them.
  • All students may wear shorts or pants. Female students may also wear skirts, skorts and jumpers. All of which must abide by the ‘finger-tip length rule.’ All bottoms must be Navy Blue or Khaki colored and must be Khaki or dress pant material. Denim jeans and sweat pants are unacceptable. Pants and shorts cannot have designs.
  • Leggings or tights may be worn under skirts, skorts and jumpers. Leggings cannot be worn as pants. Tights and leggings can be any solid color, design or print.
  • Students must wear shoes that are closed toe to school every day. Please no shoes with wheels.
  • Fall ENCORE classes begin this week! Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes ranging from taekwondo to drama. Classes begin August 20-October 5, 2018
  • The deadline to register and pay for Quarter 1 Encore classes has been EXTENDED TO AUGUST 19 for any open classes! (No refunds will be issued after August 27, 2018)
  • For more information click here.
Middle School Cross Country
Ms. Erickson is hosting two free “Interest Practices” for middle school students who would like to explore cross county running. 
  • The Interest Practices will be held after school on both Monday August 20th and Wednesday August 22nd. 
  • Practice will be from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm on both days. 
  • The athletes will meet with Coach Erickson in the PE Room. 
  • All athletes should come with proper attire for running activities. 
The registration deadline for Middle School Cross Country is Wednesday September 5. For more information click here.
Back to School Night
  • Join us at on Thursday, August 23rd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Back to School Night. More information will be forthcoming.
Thank you for a great first week of school. We are off to a fantastic start of the school year!!
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA DC