From the Principal

Because the Jewish calendar follows a lunar cycle and the Gregorian calendar follows a solar cycle, the date on commonly used calendars changes each year.
This year, Hanukkah will begin on the evening of Sunday, December 2, and end on the evening of Monday, December 10. Hanukkah is aptly referred to as the “festival of lights,” a nickname intended to remind people of the miracle that occurred.
Around 200 B.C., Judea, known today as Israel, was under the rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered Jews to worship Greek gods. In 168 B.C., according to the History channel, his soldiers went into Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple. Judah Maccabee led a revolt and drove the Syrians out of Jerusalem. He then called for the temple to be rebuilt and the menorah to be lit.
However, there was a wrench in his plan to light the menorah—after the revolt, there was only enough untainted oil to keep the menorah lit for one day. They lit the menorah anyway but instead of burning out, the oil kept the menorah flickering for eight days, in what the Jewish people saw as a miracle. 
Each year, observers of the Jewish faith light their menorahs for eight nights, traditionally in a space where people can see it burning, such as a window, to remind themselves and others of God’s miracle.
While family traditions vary, most people observing Hanukkah feast on potato pancakes called latkes. Frying the latkes in oil is reminiscent of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days. Some like to dip their latkes in either sour cream or applesauce.
For festivities involving children, it’s customary for family and friends to gather around and play a game of dreidel.
Hanukkah Mini-International Day
On Monday, December 3, 2018 during specials time, all students will begin in the PE Room to watch an introductory video about Hanukkah.  Students will then rotate through three activities including:
  • Hanukkah coloring (STEM Room)
  • Latke making and eating (PE Room)
  • Dreidel game (ART Room)
GVA-DC Basketball
December 6th is our first basketball game of the season! 
  • GVA-DC will take on GVA- Northglenn at Vantage Point High School (10900 Huron St. Northglenn, Co 80234). 
  • The girls game will begin at 5:00 pm with the boys playing immediately after (approximately 6:00 pm). 
  • Come out and support our Dragon Ballers.
The Week Ahead
Monday, December 3
  • Hanukkah Mini-International Day
Tuesday, December 4
  • Colorado Gives Day- Remember, all donations to GVA-DC are tax deductible and can count towards volunteer hours!
  • School Accountability Committee Meeting @ 6:00 pm (STEM Room)
Thursday, December 6
  • Staff Luncheon Courtesy of PIC-Soups and Salads
  • Basketball Game vs Northglenn @ 5:00 pm (girls), 6:00 pm (boys) – both at Vantage Point High School
Friday, December 7
  • TGIF
Have an awesome week!!
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County