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





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!



5th Grade T-Shirt Orders….


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



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



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


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!





Final Few Days For Our Spiritwear Sale…..

Gunpowder ES 2014

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



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!


Jenn Holt
GES PTA President 2014-2015


Imagine the Possibilities at GES!

Find out the latest information on GES School Clubs

Updated School Club Flyer


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



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!


Jenn Holt
GES PTA President


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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


Weekly PTA Blast – 8/30/14




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

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


Hot Dog Night is fast approaching….

and we really need your help!

Please consider volunteering for a short period of time to help make our 20th annual Hot Dog Night a success! You can view our volunteer and donation needs on our VolunteerSpot page HERE

Kona Ice


Kona Ice will be there and Mr. Alex Wancowicz (GES’s personal DJ) will be entertaining us from the tennis courts.

Didn’t get the Hot Dog Night Flyer? Check it out HERE








Why Join?  PTA membership provides an opportunity to become involved in your child’s education and help shape the direction of our School. No matter how much- or little – time you have to offer, the PTA welcomes, encourages and needs your participation.

Support School and Student Activities and Events-Your financial support of the PTA through membership enables the PTA to provide funds for:

-School Assemblies     -Teacher Reimbursements    – Academic Priorities     – Lakeshore Learning Supplements    – Field Trip Subsidies     – Hospitality     – PE equipment/Instruments    – Hot Dog Night           – Fall Holiday Event    – Breakfast with Santa      – Spring Dance      -Movie Nights     – Skateland                         – Scoop & Swap    – Teacher Appreciation     – Watch Dogs and more…

Member Perks- FREE entry for each member and their children to Gunpowder PTA activities (A Savings of $5.00 Per Person/Per Event!)

Stay In the Know- You’ll get to meet and talk with teachers and school administrators about what is going on in the school.  You will also receive informative emails, save the dates and PTA newsletter.

Do I have to volunteer if I join the PTA?  No, you are not required to volunteer if you join the PTA. We need your membership for the reasons listed above. If you want to volunteer, we’d love to have you!

 Do I have to attend the PTA meetings? No, you do not need to attend the PTA meetings if you join the PTA. Of course, you are always welcome to attend and we encourage you to attend to learn more about what is going on within the school.

 How do I join the PTA?  It’s Easy!  Join & Pay Online today at:  http://www.gunpowderpta.org/join-now/ or you can fill out this form and return to school.  Memberships are $10.00/ Adult Member.


 This organization and its materials are not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by BCPS, the Superintendent, or this BCPS or office.   


8/21/14 Kindergarten Playdate Venue and Time Changes….

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Our kindergarten playdate that was scheduled for this evening from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Gunpowder Elementary has be relocated and there has been a change in time due to potential rain in the forecast. We will now be meeting from 6:15pm – 7:45pm at Perry Hall Baptist Church located at 3919 Schroeder Avenue, Perry Hall, MD 21128. We will be meeting in the gym.

The church has agreed to allow us to use the gym and will be supplying us with the use of their bounce house, a wavier will need to be signed prior to your child using the bounce house. Children will be broken up into groups based on their class assignments and will travel by station with their class to the different activities scheduled.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. President@gunpowderpta.org

Thank you,

Jenn Holt
Gunpowder PTA President 2014-2015 School Year


Welcome to the Gunpowder Elementary PTA Website!


You have arrived at the “new”  home of the Gunpowder Elementary PTA. We hope you will find the NEW design and format of our NEW website to be both user-friendly and informative. We invite you to check out each of the above tabs. Our “Info” tab has links to school forms, event flyers, information about Gunpowder PTA committees, and more. The “Contact Us” tab offers the ability for you to get in touch with your PTA Executive Officers, PTA Committee Chairs and the Teachers and Staff at GES. Our “Events Calendar” page tells you everything going on at the school this month and in the months ahead. “Fundraising”  gives you an overview of what our fundraisers will be this year as well as link you to all the Rebate Programs that the school and PTA participate in. Our “Join the PTA” page is new this year with our brand new website. We will now be able to have members join and pay for their annual PTA memberships through Square. So make sure you check this new feature out and join today!  “Volunteer” tab, which can direct you to the BCPS volunteer online training and instructions, the school and PTA volunteer needs through VolunteerSpot, and our volunteer hour tracking system. Another new feature this year is our “PTA Store”. This page will link you directly to our Square online Market Place that will show our current items for sale, whether it be Bingo tickets, PTA Memberships or PTA Spiritwear merchandise you can find all that through this link. Finally, there is our “Newsletter” link. Here you will find our collaborative Newsletter with the school. Look for some BIG changes to our newsletter this fall!

We are off to a great start this school year with lots of new and positive changes. So stay in the loop with the PTA and school and be sure to register for our email list. You can expect to receive weekly automated messages on Sunday summarizing the latest website posts and upcoming events.

We hope you enjoy the new site. If you come across an issue, please let us know and we will look into it. Please send an email to Jaime Elwood, our webmaster at webmaster@gunpowderpta.org

Thank you,

Jenn Holt
Gunpowder Elementary
PTA President


Stay in the know! Important Information for the 2014/2015 School Year



Do you want to learn how to Stay in the Know about the latest news and information on PTA events, fundraisers and more?  Click the link below to review how to Stay in the Know!

stay in the know 2014



VolunteerSpot….NEW this year….a one stop Volunteer Shop; School & PTA needs!

Please check out our new combined School & PTA VolunteerSpot page. Here you can sign up to volunteer for School & PTA activities and events. Teachers and room parents will be able to list classroom volunteer needs, donations needs and more. Special area teachers will be able to recruit volunteers for their classes as well. So check back often or book mark the page to gain access to the many volunteer and donation opportunities within our school and PTA!



PTA Calendar Downloads

calendar-150x150The PTA calendar on the website will download directly into your smart phone or computer. Click “Calendar” on the top menu bar or click “View Calendar” on the left sidebar. Once you are on the calendar page you can input which grades your children are in by clicking the “Category” button at the top left side of the calendar view. Then click on “Subscribe to filtered calendar” in the bottom left corner and select the appropriate calendar application. The calendar information will then be downloaded to your smart phone or computer.

Most dates have been entered, but as always, dates are subject to change. Please check back prior to events for any possible changes.

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