Nov
20

Save the date- Family Science Night at GES

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Join us at Gunpowder Elementary School for:

Save the Date: January 14, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Conduct awesome science experiments with your family! Learn together and have some fun at the same time!

Hands On Science Experiments, Science Challenges, and Amazing Demos.

Click here for the full details:  FSN_2

Nov
12

Save the date for the Skateland event over Winter Break

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Save the Date for the GES Skateland event over Winter Break!

When: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Putty Hill Skateland (8019 Belair Road)
Admission: PTA Members – Free
Non-Members & Friends of Gunpowder Families are Welcome for $5
Skate Rentals: $2.00
All children must be accompanied by an adult, and each skater must have completed a waiver

View the flyer here:  WinterBreak_Skateland

Nov
10

American Education Week is Next Week- November 17-21st

We need your help!  Please consider donating a snack or baked good or your time as a greeter!
Please visit our VolunteerSpot page to sign-up. We appreciate any and all volunteers or donations!
Here’s how VolunteerSpot works in 3 easy steps:
1)  Go to  VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/kj5h3X
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.
An email reminder will be sent to you 2 days prior to your schedule sign-up, so long as you supply and email address.
Please contact Maria Morris or Karyn Polk at hospitality@gunpowderpta.org if you have any questions. Thank you!

Oct
29

Calling all Gunpowder Elementary families and friends!

Calling all Gunpowder Elementary families and friends!
Our Annual PTA Bingo Fundraiser is next Friday, November 7th at Tall Cedars in Parkville and we still have a lot of tickets available. Doors open at 6pm and games start at 7pm. The deadline for paper orders via school is next Wednesday, the 5th. You can also order on-line up until next Thursday, the 6th. This fundraiser is for a great cause so please consider taking a little time out to have some fun and support our event!
We are also looking for more volunteers. We have full night spots and partial night spots available. This is a huge undertaking so all help is greatly appreciated! Go to Volunteers on the PTA website to find the list of opportunities to sign up. We hope to see you there. Any questions, email us at bingo@gunpowderpta.org.
Thank you!

Oct
28

Northeast Community Forum Power-Point

While we are still waiting on the the compiled information from the Community Forum at PHHS regarding overcrowding, the Power-Point presentation from the evening has been passed on to us. Please see the link below. As soon as we have been given the compiled data from that evening we will be sure to share it with our GES community.

Thanks,

Jenn Holt
GES PTA President 14-15
President@gunpowderpta.org

NE Community Forum Meeting Power-Point 10/8/2014 

Oct
28

Spiritwear Orders

Update from our spiritwear company, Advertees: Spiritwear has shipped and we should get it by Thursday at the latest. We will post another update once everything arrives.

Thanks!

Oct
28

Northeast Area Educational Advisory Council meeting on Operating and Pre-Capital Budget Planning

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00pm there will be a Northeast Area Educational Advisory Council meeting on Operating and Pre-Capital Budget Planning.Baltimore County Public Schools’ Northeast Area Educational Advisory Council will host the annual Operating and Pre-Capital Budget meeting to solicit feedback from our community on the budgetary needs of our schools. Come out and be heard!

Please consider coming to advocate for Gunpowder! We are in desperate need of additional parking spaces, a SAFE drop-off point for our walkers, as well as a redesigned bus loop and parking lot. The GES community should have a voice in where money is being spent so I hope to see you there.

For more information regarding the meeting, contact Daya Chaney Webb at 443.388.6379 or bcps.neaac@gmail.com

Thanks, Jenn Holt

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Oct
16

Fall Event Volunteers & Donations are still needed…Can you help?

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Our Fall Event is scheduled for next Friday, October 24th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. We are still in need of lots of volunteers and donations. Please take a look at our VolunteerSpot page to see if you can help make this event a successful one!

 

Oct
16

5th Grade T-Shirt Orders….

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Flyers for our 5th grade “Class of 2015″ T-shirts were sent home this week. Ms. Levush personally hand delivered them to the classrooms and told the kids they needed to take them home so hopefully you all got it. In case you didn’t, you can find it below. We are missing a lot of children’s sizes. Please sign-up ASAP so we can get this order sent in time to get these shirts before the Bingo Fundraiser in early November. If parents want a shirt, you can order one too. Just send in your $8 or $10 to school no later than Monday. Thanks!!!

VolunteerSpot 5th Grade Shirt Size Sign-up

5th grade T-shirt flyer 2014-15

Oct
08

Newsletter

Check out our newsletter….please notice several dates have been corrected from our printed version.

Thanks!

Oct
05

PTA Updates 10/5/14

Good Afternoon Gunpowder Family,

A few updates and reminders:

Reminder Candy Fundraiser: Thank you to all our families who participated in our candy bar sale. Our fundraiser wrapped up this past Friday, October 3rd. If you have not yet returned your unsold candy or money, please return it this week. Our 2nd 5Ib candy bar winner is Gina V. (Ms. Freer’s class)!!!! Congratulations Gina!!!!! For any questions please contact Felicia Steele, Candy Chair at candybars@gunpowderpta.org

Reminder Community Forum: This Wednesday, October 8th, Baltimore County Public Schools will host a community forum at Perry Hall High School at 6:30 p.m. 4601 Ebenezer Road, Perry Hall 21236, to  solicit feedback from students, parents, stakeholders and others about school facilities across the school district. As BCPS continues examining long-term planning to accommodate growth, the school system is committed to incorporating stakeholder viewpoints in its planning process. To do so, five community forums have been scheduled to gather public priorities related to the needs of both existing and future physical facilities. http://www.bcps.org/news/articles/article6726.html

Movie Night: Thank you to everyone who attended and helped volunteer. We hope a fun night was held by all. Please join us again for our next Movie Night in February.

Fall Event: Please join us for our next PTA event, our Fall Event on Friday, October 24th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This will be a fun evening with trunk or treating, a DJ and more. We are looking for volunteers so please visit our Volunteerspot page to signup! For more information please check out our flyer or email our Fall Event Chairs at fallevent@gunpowderpta.org

School Clubs: Our school clubs will be starting later this month. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions or would like to help organize or run a before or afterschool club, please contact our School Clubs Committee Chair, Sandy Jones at schoolclubs@gunpowderpta.org

Child Care-Monthly PTA Meeting: Our next PTA board meeting will be held on next Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. If you are in need of child care to attend the meeting, please email me to reserve your space. President@gunpowderpta.org All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bingo: Our annual Bingo is coming up soon! You can purchase your tickets online or you may return your order form to school. We are still looking for donations. Please contact our Bingo Committee Chairs for more info. Bingo@gunpowderpta.org

Volunteer Needs: Check out the latest School & PTA volunteer needs on our GES VolunteerSpot page!  http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/706941586089

Remember The Date:
October 17th – Professional Development; School Closed
October 21st – PTA Board Meeting
October 24th – Fall Event
October 31st – School Closes 3 Hours Early
November 3rd - School Closes 3 Hours Early
November 4th – School Closed
November 7th – Bingo
November 14th – School Closed
November 17th – 21st – American Education Week & Canned Food Drive
November 18th – PTA Board Meeting
November 24th – December 12th – Adopt a Family Campaign
November 27th & 28th – School Closed: Thanksgiving Break

Have a great week!

Jenn Holt
GES PTA President 2014-2015
President@gunpowderpta.org

Sep
27

Volunteer Needs….Movie Night, Library Helpers, Reading Room Book Organizers….

Can you help in the library at GES during classes? Can you give a little time to help organize the GES reading book room? Can you help out or donate for Movie Night next Friday, Oct., 3rd from 6pm-9pm?

Check out the GES VolunteerSpot page and signup today!

http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/706941586089

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Sep
25

Final Few Days For Our Spiritwear Sale…..

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Dear Gunpowder Families, Friends, and Staff:

This is just a reminder that the Gunpowder Spiritwear sale will be wrapping up on Tuesday September 30. That means there is only one week left to place your spiritwear orders in the online store. You will find short and long sleeved tees, hoodies, sweats and sweatshirts in a variety of colors all with the Gunpowder beaver design. Prices start at only $7 for a short sleeved tee, with no shipping charges. Point your browser to http://adverteesva.com/gunpowder to place your order!

Tracey Mason
Amy Mantegna
Spiritwear Committee

spritwear@gunpowderpta.org

Sep
25

Candy Bar Sale Updates….

Hello GES Family,

A few updates and reminders about our candy bar sale:

All money is due by Friday, October 3rd. You are welcome to send it in sooner.

We are doing weekly drawings on Monday mornings for a 5Ib chocolate bar for all those who sold a case of chocolate during the previous week and turned in their money by Friday. So turn your money in tomorrow, 9/26 to be entered into the drawing on Monday, 9/29!

Our 1st winner was Emily L (Mrs. Rayner’s Class)!!!! Congratulations Emily!!!!!

For those who have requested additional candy, candy will be available for pickup or will be sent home with your child (per your request) tomorrow, Friday, 9/26.

We would like to sincerely thank all of our families who are participating in this fundraiser. It takes a huge effort for our community to come together and make this fundraiser successful. You have our gratitude. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to sell every last bar within you case, though if at all possible, we would greatly appreciate any effort to do so, as this candy cannot be returned to World’s Finest.

For any questions please contact Felicia Steele, Candy Chair at candybars@gunpowderpta.org

Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Jenn Holt
GES PTA President 2014-2015
President@gunpowderpta.org

Sep
18

Imagine the Possibilities at GES!

Find out the latest information on GES School Clubs

Updated School Club Flyer

Sep
15

Community forums scheduled to seek feedback about BCPS school facilities

Background: As BCPS continues examining long-term planning to accommodate growth, the school system is committed to incorporating stakeholder viewpoints in its planning process. To do so, five community forums have been scheduled to gather public priorities related to the needs of both existing and future physical facilities.
 Baltimore County Public Schools will host five community forums this fall that have
been scheduled to solicit feedback from students, parents, stakeholders and others about school facilities across the school district.

When & Where: Each of the five forums listed below is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Perry Hall High School, 4601 Ebenezer Road, Perry Hall 21236
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Chesapeake High School, 1801 Turkey Point Road, Essex 21221
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Towson 21286
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard, Owings Mills 21117

 

Sep
09

School Clubs…Child Care Sign Up….and More….

Good Afternoon GES Family,

Just a few quick announcements and reminders.

School Clubs: The PTA has recently added a new committee; School Clubs. We will be collaborating with the school this year to help organize school clubs. Last year we had several awesome clubs such as, chess, Communications, Gems, Student Council, Math, etc. This year we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help lead a school club before or after school. We are also requesting ideas for new clubs for this school year.  If you have an idea for a new club or would like to help organize or run a before or afterschool club, please contact our School Clubs Committee Chair, Sandy Jones at schoolclubs@gunpowderpta.org

Child Care-Monthly PTA Meeting: Our next PTA board meeting will be held on next Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30pm in the school library. If you are in need of child care to attend the meeting, please email me ASAP to reserve your space. President@gunpowderpta.org All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Hot Dog Night: If you are donating a baked good or case of soda you may drop of your donation in the main hallway of the school lobby anytime Friday. We would like to have all donations there by 4:30pm, if possible. To make other arrangements, please send me an email at President@gunpowderpta.org

Movie Night: We are looking for someone who would be willing to co-chair this event.  This event is NOT time consuming.  The first of two movie nights is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd from 6-8:30pm.  If you would like to hear more about the responsibilities of the movie chair, please contact me at President@gunpowderpta.org

Spiritwear: Our Spiritwear sale is in full swing, so don’t forget to check out the GES Spirtwear online store at www.adverteesva.com/gunpowder We will be extending our sale through September 30th due to the late opening of the online store.

Membership: Don’t forget to join the PTA! Every class and our teachers will be eligible for a pizza party if they have 100% membership participation. Check out the Join The PTA link above to join online!

World’s Finest Candy: Our candy fundraiser will begin on Tuesday, September 16th. All student carriers (one child per family) will be bringing home a variety box of candy bars to sell. You should be receiving information home this week regarding the sale. For any questions, please contact our candy fundraiser chair, Felicia Steele at candybars@gunpowderpta.org

I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday at Hot Dog Night…the weather outlook looks nice!

Thanks,

Jenn Holt
GES PTA President

Sep
04

ABC2 News is looking for nominees for the Teachers are Heroes Award

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ABC2 News is looking for teachers who have made a positive impact in your community.  Every month a new teacher will be chosen for the Teachers are Heroes Award.

http://www.abc2news.com/teachersareheroes

Sep
04

Date change: Spiritwear online store opening Monday September 8th

The Gunpowder Spiritwear online store opening has been delayed. Due to unforeseen circumstances from the vendor, the new opening of the site will be Monday September 8th and the sale will be extended to September 30th. The address will remain  http://www.adverteesva.com/gunpowder

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused and hope that you are still able to shop for your Spiritwear as planned. Delivery of all apparel will occur after the close of the online sale and will arrive home in your child’s backpack. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us a message: spiritwear@gunpowderpta.org

 Thank you for your patience,

Tracey Mason & Amy Mantegna, Spiritwear Committee

Aug
30

Weekly PTA Blast – 8/30/14

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Good Afternoon GES Family,

We have our first week of school already down. I hope that everyone has been adjusting well and is looking forward to another great week ahead.

Unlike last year, this year I will be doing my weekly “email” blast on our website by way of a post. You have the option to receive this post and any others we make on our website during the week by signing up for our email list (located in the bottom right hand corner of this page). Your weekly email will come on Sunday afternoon around 2pm and will include all the posts for the prior week and will list any upcoming events.

We are off to a great year and have many fun and exciting things planned for the GES community.  Below I have listed a few committee updates and upcoming PTA and School events/activities for the coming weeks. As always, feel free to contact myself or another PTA board member with any questions or concerns.

Thanks and have a great week GES Family!

Jenn Holt
GES PTA President
2014-2015 School Year
President@gunpowderpta.org

Back To School Night: Sept. 2nd
We hope you can make it to Back To School Night this Tuesday, Sept. 2nd starting at 6:30pm. The PTA will have our first general membership meeting of the year. We plan on approving the budget, introducing the executive officers for the year and mentioning a few highlights and events. We will also have a volunteer and information table, PTA memberships table, Spiritwear table with t-shirts available for sale, Bingo tickets, and a table for Watch Dogs signup. Please stop by the info table if you have any questions.

Spirit Wear Sale: Sept. 2 – Sept. 23
Spritwear will run from Tuesday, Sept. 2nd – Tuesday, Sept. 23th. We will also have a limited number of shirt available for Back To School Night, this Tuesday night. You can shop our Spiritwear sale HERE  starting Tuesday. For more information please contact our Spiritwear Chairs Amy Mantegna & Tracy Mason at spiritwear@gunpowderpta.org

Hot Dog Night: Friday, Sept. 12th
Our first PTA event of the year will take place on Friday, September 12th at Gunpowder Elementary School from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Please send your RSVP’s in so we know how many people to expect and can have your tickets available for pickup. Beef Brothers will be there to provide the hotdogs, Kona Ice will be on hand for those who would like to purchase a treat. The event is free for PTA members (and their minor children) and is $5 per person for non-PTA members (including children). We are also still in need of volunteers and donations. Please check our VolunteerSpot page to help.

World’s Finest Candy Sale: Starting Tuesday, Sept. 16th
Please be aware that our World’s Finest Candy Sale is set to begin on Tuesday, September 16th and will run through Friday, October 3rd. Candy will be sent home with carriers ONLY. If you would like a box to be sent home with all of your children or if you have any additional questions, please contact Felicia Steel our World’s Finest Candy Sale chair at candybars@gunpowderpta.org 

Monthly PTA Board Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 16th
Please join us for our monthly PTA Board Meeting. We will be meeting in the Library starting at 6:30pm. Open Door will be offering childcare during our PTA Board Meeting. Please email me if you would like to register for care. President@gunpowderpta.org

Remember The Date:
September 25th – Rosh Hashanah School Closed
October 3rd – 1st Movie Night of the year
October 17th – Professional Development; School Closed
October 21st – PTA Board Meeting
October 24th – Fall Event
October 31st – School Closes 3 Hours Early

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