Gator Bites

April 10, 2017

End of Year Testing
End of year testing is upon us. Most students will be taking the AIR test for English Language Arts Monday and Tuesday of this week. At Gamble we will be maintaining silent time, turning off the bells each day until the last student has finished, and not passing bells in the morning until after 3rd bell to create the best possible environment for concentration. At home, you can help by making sure your child gets a good night's sleep and a good breakfast, or that he or she gets here in time to eat breakfast for free in our cafeteria. You can also pack fresh fruits or vegetables as a snack during the test. Students who arrive after 9:05 will not be allowed to enter the testing area and will be held in a separate space until after 3rd bell. They will make up the test on a different day this week.

AP Blended Learning
Parents of college-bound students: On Thursday, April 20th we will be holding an information session to inform families of the AP Blended Learning opportunities that will be offered at Gamble next year. If you are interested in hearing more about APBL, please joining us at 6 PM in the Community Space before the Spring Concert.

Poetry Slam
Congratulations to the Gamble "Louder Than A Bomb" poetry slam team for a successful second season, and to Tyrese Gilliam for making it into the LTaB poetry slam finals.

Gamble Talent Show
Congratulations to Zakhyra Whitehead for winning this year's Gamble Talent Show
, and to the many performers who put their talents on display Friday night. We see you, and we celebrate your unique gifts!

Kroger Community Rewards
Greetings to all of Gamble Montessori's Kroger Community Rewards program participants! We have a couple of brief announcements regarding the program.

1) Kroger announced that the Community Rewards program has gotten rid of the requirement that all participants re-register or re-confirm their participation in the program every year. Your participation should now continue without any action by you, making it easier for everyone to continue to fundraise via this program. Thanks, Kroger!

2) The 4th quarter of last year's program ended on March 31, 2017. Remember that Kroger takes a few weeks to update Community Rewards amounts on everyone's Account Summary pages. After the amounts are updated, print your account summary page and submit it to Mr. Haid at school in order to credit your student. A reminder email should come to you in the next 3-4 weeks. Unclaimed funds still go to the Foundation for us to use for scholarships and more.

Gamble Friendraiser
The Gamble Montessori Foundation invites you to our first annual Gamble Friendraiser - a social event and fundraiser on Wednesday, April 19, from 5:30p until 7p at Switch on 4th. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP is required. You can find more details by following the link on the email version of this message: http://evite.me/CjVqyJA1e6

Upcoming Meetings
-The LSDMC meets Monday at 5:30 in the community space.
-The PTO meets Tuesday at 6:00 in the community space. All parents are welcome to join us as we plan for teacher appreciation week coming up soon.

Work and Advancement Opportunities
1) Youth Conservation Teams (YCT) program is inviting high school students to submit applications for paid work this summer in Clermont County. Work sites will be in Clermont County Park District properties. Wage is $10/hr for 3 weeks from June 5th to June 23rd. There is the possibility of an optional 2 week extension to 5 weeks. Further information and application information can be found at http://www.ohioriverfdn.org/stewardship/ecosystem_restoration/Youth_Conservation_Teams.html. The application deadline is April 12th. Hard copies of the application can be found in the counseling office. Please ask Miss Korengel for a copy today!

2) The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. This board consists of high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, and charter schools throughout Ohio. Board members serve a one-year term and have the opportunity to meet with Attorney General DeWine and visit the Columbus office. They will also be invited to attend events around the state throughout the year, will learn about important issues facing our state and its families, and hear from other officials. For more information about the Board, please visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/State-and-Local-Government/Schools/Teen-Ambassador-Board. Hard copy applications can also be found in the counseling office. The deadline for this application is May 31, 2017.

3) Calling all families who have a sophomore or junior at home! The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual Program will be held in Washington, D.C., each March. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. In Ohio, the United States Senate Youth Program makes its student selections from among participants who attend Buckeye Boys, Buckeye Girls State or the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program in Ohio. These programs occur in June before the students' junior and senior years. The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary will select nominees for the U.S. Senate Youth Program from those seniors-to-be attending Buckeye Boys and Girls State. HOBY will do the same from juniors-to-be at their summer programs held around the state. The nominated students will compete further in the fall to be one of the two students awarded to participate in the program. For more information about these programs to be in the running, please have your student stop by the counseling office and Miss Korengel would be happy to assist them.

4) The KING program was designed specifically for Black, Latino, and Asian-American males who are incoming high school juniors and seniors. Participants will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, team-building, financial literacy, and personal branding skills and network with Business Leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area. This program will run from June 12- 16th at the University of Cincinnati. The cost to attend this program is $50 and scholarships are available. To see is you are eligible to participate in the KING program, and to find out more about the registration process, please see Miss Korengel in the counseling office. Registration and payment is due by May 22nd and the first 50 students who meet the requirements will be accepted into the program. Spots fill up quickly so please act fast!

Westwood Community Cleanup
Finally, thank you to those who were able to help in the Westwood Community Cleanup or the semi-annual honeysuckle abatement and cleanup at Gamble. Today you made the world look a little better, and that is no small thing!

As always, there are lots of ways to get involved at Gamble Montessori, where we make a commitment to learning every day, and we will see you there!

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