Gator Bites

April 18, 2018

Thank You!!!!

First, thank you to the parents, students, staff, and other friends of Gamble Montessori that helped make the AMS accreditation visit a success. Our visitors offered much praise for the work we are doing at Gamble to provide a nurturing Montessori environment in which students can learn to manage their own learning within appropriate boundaries. Now we wait. They send a written report to the American Montessori Society who reviews it and then makes a final determination regarding accreditation. You will know just as soon as we know whether we become only the second public school in the nation to earn this recognition. The journey so far has been challenging and rewarding. The committee did share 6 commendations and 6 recommendations that will be included in our social media posts this week - follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details.

State Testing

This week marks the start of state testing at Gamble Montessori. On Tuesday and Wednesday most of our students will be taking the AIR test for English Language Arts, one of the Ohio State test for grade level proficiency and graduation. These tests start promptly each morning, so it is important that your child gets a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and then to school on time and in class by 8:45. Students who arrive after testing has started will be required to make the test up on Thursday or Friday. The test cannot be administered after Friday, so attendance is crucial and may affect your child's graduation. As always, a nutritious breakfast will be available for our students each morning in the cafeteria.

Metal Detectors

After a trial run during intersession and some problem-solving with the district, regular searches will begin for all students starting Thursday, April 19th. Students will be asked to step through a metal detector each day, and bags will be checked. Students should carefully plan for passage through the detectors each morning, making sure that if they have items likely to set off the detectors they are easily removed from their pockets are they are already in their bookbags. Any items forbidden by district policy will be confiscated. This does not include student phones and electronic devices which students may have at school, but which must be off and away during the school day. Please help your child be ready for this each morning so we can work to make this flow smoothly and get everyone to class on time.

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert is on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 in the Gamble Auditorium.  Choir is to arrive at 6:15PM in the auditorium, Wind Band is to meet at 6:30PM in the Band Room and Steel Band is to be in their seats at 6:45PM 

Staff vs. Student Basketball Game

The annual staff vs student basketball game will be on Friday, April 20th at 4:30 in the gym.  Tickets are $3 a person and concessions and split the pot tickets will be sold.  Students in grades 9-12 who want to be on the student team should see senior Sakiyah Flanigan or Ms. Erin or sign up on the sheet on the gym door.

Foundation Friendraiser

This is the last week to get your tickets for the Foundation Friendraiser happening this Saturday from 7-11 PM at the Rawson Estate. Tickets are available in the office or from Tom Haid and are $15 each. The evening consists of fun, food, entertainment, silent auction items, beverages and conversation. Shuttle parking is being provided from Fairview-Clifton German Language School. Please come and join in fellowship as we raise friends and funds to support the scholarship fund.
Prom is Saturday, April 28th from 8pm - midnight at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.  Prom tickets go on sale Monday, April 9.  Tickets are $40 for singles and $70 for couples if purchased in advance.  Tickets will be sold at 11/12 lunch and any Gamble student MUST have a signed contract BEFORE they can purchase a ticket.  Students may bring a non-Gamble student as their guest, there is a special contract for them, so make sure you grab one if you need one.  Contracts are available from members of the prom committee, Ms Erin, or the office.

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!