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Principal’s Message

Principal’s Principles, June 2021

Dear Gayton Families:

It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of school.  One very long year ago, school was closed due to the pandemic.  Teachers and staff paraded through every Gayton neighborhood with tears of sadness and uncertainty.  Who knew that we would have all students learning virtually in September, or that we would later have a “hybrid” of in person and virtual learning?  As a community, we should be proud of our collective ability to adapt and achieve together.  We have met unprecedented challenges and lived up to our school theme: Gators have heart for the journey!  Thanks to every Gator for your love of learning and each other.

Below are a few items to tie up this most successful year.

Kirk Eggleston, Principal 🙂

 

Important Dates

May 31.  Memorial Day (no school).

June 1,2,3,4, 7.  Field day activities during physical education class are here!!  Please check Schoology and/or an email from your child’s classroom teacher this weekend that will have more information.  If your child is virtual, there are 3 plastic cups available in front of the school in a crate now through June 7 if needed. 

June 2  Wellness Wednesday on June 2 will be an asynchronous field day afternoon The students will be able to access the asynchronous activities the same way they have been accessing the Active Learning with AL Wellness Wednesday lessons for the past couple of months.  Wear your Gator gear and take some pictures of your children participating on June 2 at home.  Please send any pictures to Mrs. Reeves at ckreeves@henrico.k12.va.us and she will place them on the Gayton Facebook page.

June 8.  Election Day. This will be a virtual day, 8:00 am-1:00 pm for all students, K-5.

June 15.  5th grade graduation ceremonies and movie night.

June 17.  Last day of school (full day).

June 18. School is closed (Juneteenth).

Technology Return

  • In person students must return all digital devices (Ipads/Chromebooks) to their teacher the week of June 14, unless attending summer school.
  • Virtual students must return all digital devices (Ipads/Chromebooks) to POCAHONTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL the week of June 21-24, unless attending summer school.
  • If on vacation June 21-24, virtual students may  return their devices to Gayton Elementary, June 28-July 1.
  • Students attending summer school may keep their devices until the end of summer school.

Looking Ahead

This month and through the summer we are planning for the 2021-22 school year.  We are very excited to have hired a second full time counselor, Ms. Emily Carroll.  Ms. Carroll knows Gayton well; she previously served here as an instructional assistant. She also worked closely with Ms. Fisher while working on her Masters in counseling.  Ms. Carroll and Ms. Fisher will be working as a team to teach whole group lessons once per week to every classroom, meet with small groups, and work with individual students as needed. They will also coordinate with administration on parent outreach (eg. Principal Coffees), gifted identification, special education identification, and faculty/staff wellness.

As we return to a more “normal” school year, we have selected a school theme that speaks to belonging, inclusion, school readiness, personal growth and responsibility, academic achievement, and social-emotional learning and wellness.

Gators Grow from the Inside Out!

In the fall, PTA will be showing the Pixar film, Inside Out, as an outdoor family kickoff event.  Click on the link to see a trailer from the film. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/yRUAzGQ3nSY

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