From the Principal

Indoor Recess
Due to the wet, cold weather we had our first indoor recess on Friday, January 11th!  During indoor recess students engaged in a minimum of 10 minutes of physical activity. Teachers and students participated in fun workouts including Cosmic Yoga, Go Noodle, Indoor Recess and Just Dance (to name a few).   
In addition, “Indoor Recess Activity Boxes” were available for teachers to check out.  Each Indoor Recess Activity Box contained games, puzzles, cards and coloring pages that students could choose from.  
 
MAP Testing
MAP testing for all 1st - 7th grade students begins this week! Be sure to ask your student what their performance and growth goals are on their winter MAP assessments! Help your students be at their best by ensuring that they are well rested, have eaten a good breakfast and are on time to school every day!!!
 
New Staff
Mrs. Berenice Garibay Garibay  
Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Berenice Garibay Garibay to GVA-DC. She will be replacing Denisse Perez in the kindergarten Spanish classroom.
 
Berenice Garibay Garibay is a multilingual, multi-cultural educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience. She values building strong relationships with students, their families and staff.  Mrs. Garibay boasts an excellent track record as a Lead Teacher and a Foreign Language Teacher at schools with high standard of educational practices.
 
Ms. Bernice has been substituting at GVA-DC this year most recently in Miss Denisse’s classroom. She has enjoyed getting to know the students, staff and school community. She is looking forward to taking on Ms. Denisse’s Kindergarten Spanish Immersion classes full-time beginning Monday, January 14, 2019.
 
We will be hosting a “Meet the Teacher” event on Friday, January 18th from 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm in Room 110 for kindergarten Spanish students and their families.  
 
Ms. Jessica Birgenheier
Please join me in welcoming Jessica Birgenheier. Jessica is replacing Ms. Nicole Bowling as Innovation Learning Site Coordinator and Lunch Supervisor. Ms. Birgenheier brings to this position many years of experience in the fields of education and juvenile mental health.  
 
THE WEEK AHEAD
 
Monday, January 14, 2019        
  • MAP Testing Begins
 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019       
  • Principal's Coffee, GVA-DC Conference Room at 8:15 am
  • Volcano Spirit Night, 9632 E Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                             
Wednesday, January 16, 2019     
  • Board of Directors Meeting, GVA-DC Classateria at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
 
Thursday, January 17, 2019        
  • PIC Luncheon- Chili and Cornbread, Teacher's Lounge at 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
  • Basketball Games vs Compass Academy, 2285 S Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 8021 5:00 pm (Girls) & 7:00 pm (Boys)
                             
Friday, January 18, 2019         
  • TGIF
 
Monday, January 21, 2019       
  • MLK Day- NO SCHOOL!!!
 
 
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County