A Note from the Assistant Principals

Fundraiser update: A big “thank you” to those who have supported our recent Fall fundraiser!! Money from the fundraiser is used to support field trips and incentives in recognition of student achievements.  We expect the products and prizes to be delivered at the end of October or beginning of November and will send home a notice with the exact pick-up date and time.  Those students who sold 15 items or more will get to participate in our party bus to lunch (permission forms will be sent home) and those who sold 3 or more items will get to participate in a courtyard celebration.  

Opportunities to Support Gust this Month:  This year we are working with local businesses in order to provide additional fundraising support to Gust.  This month we have two fun events at local businesses that will also help us raise some money.  On Friday October 13th, from 5pm-8pm, please join us at The Doghouse Tavern, 3100 S. Sheridan Blvd.  The Doghouse will be giving 20% of all food sales for the entire day back to Gust.  As it’s Friday the 13th, they’ll also be having a scary costume party (with prizes!!).  On Wednesday October 17th, from 4pm-9pm, please join us at Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway. Pizzeria Locale will be donating 50% of every dollar spent by a Gust supporter back to our school.

Entering the building: After our morning bell rings at 8:45, our official point of entry is the office entrance located off of Yale Avenue. Please do not knock on the outside doors to be let in as this disrupts the learning that has begun in the classrooms and compromises building security.  At the end of the school day, ECE parents will not be let into the building until 3:15 and parents of students in all other grades will not be let into the building until 3:30, unless they are picking up their students early from the main office.

Safety drills:  Just a reminder that schools are required to hold monthly fire drills in addition to regular lockdown and shelter-in-place drills. These drills are an important part of practicing what to do in case of a real school or neighborhood emergency.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts and for keeping our Gust children safe!

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal

Gust Assistant Principals

De parte de los subdirectores:

Lo más actual sobre la recaudación de fondos: “Muchísimas gracias” a todos los que nos han apoyado en nuestra más reciente recaudación de fondos del otoño. El dinero recaudado es usado para apoyar con las excursiones e incentivos para reconocer los logros académicos de nuestros alumnos. Esperamos que los productos y premios sean entregados a finales de octubre o principios de noviembre y enviaremos un aviso con la fecha y hora exacta de la entrega. Aquellos alumnos que hayan vendido 15 productos o más llegarán a participar en nuestro autobús de fiesta para ir a almorzar (las hojas del permiso serán enviadas a casa) y aquellos que vendieron 3 o más artículos tendrán la oportunidad de participar en una celebración en el patio escolar.

Oportunidades para apoyar a Gust este mes: Este año estamos trabajando con negocios locales para proveer apoyo adicional para recaudar fondos para Gust. Este mes tenemos dos eventos divertidos en las empresas locales que también nos ayudarán a recaudar algo de dinero. El viernes 13 de octubre, de 5 pm-8pm, únase a nosotros en The Doghouse Tavern, 3100 S. Sheridan Blvd. The Doghouse estará dando Gusto el donativo del 20% de todas las ventas de alimentos. Como es viernes 13, también van a tener una fiesta de disfraces(con premios). El miércoles 17 de octubre, de 4pm-9pm, únase a nosotros en Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway. Pizzeria Locale donará el 50% de cada dólar gastado por un partidario de Gust a nuestra escuela.

Entrada al edificio: Después de que el timbre suene a las 8:45am, nuestro punto oficial de entrada es por la oficina, el cual se encuentra por la avenida Yale. Por favor, no toque las otras puertas para entrar porque interrumpe el aprendizaje que ya ha empezado en los salones de clase y compromete la seguridad del edificio. Al final del día escolar, los padres de ECE no serán admitidos en el plantel hasta las 3:15 y los padres de los alumnos en los demás grados no serán admitidos al edificio hasta las 3:30, a menos que estén recogiendo a sus hijos temprano en la dirección.

Simulacros de seguridad: Se requiere que todas las escuelas tengan simulacros mensuales sobre incendios, además de refugio en el lugar y cierre de emergencia. Estos simulacros son una parte importante para practicar qué hacer en caso de una emergencia real tanto en la escuela como en el vecindario.

Muchas gracias por apoyar nuestras recaudaciones de fondos y por mantener seguros a los niños de Gust.

Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal

 

Sub-directores de Gust

A Note from the Principal

The month of October brings a great deal of excitement at Gust! Students are immersed in the rituals and routines of school and the excitement of learning can be felt throughout the building. Together we are learning different ideas in math, reading, science, and art as well as the character strengths of self-control, zest, curiosity, grit, gratitude, and social/emotional intelligence.

Attendance is an important part of your child’s academic experience, and vital to our School Performance Framework. The Student Engagement portion of the SPF measures attendance and student satisfaction. Regular school attendance is critical for academic success. Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on time. Attending school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understanding why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health issues, but we also know that when students miss too much school—excused or unexcused—they can fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Research shows that children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade (US Department of Education).

Denver Public Schools requires schools to have at least 94% attendance during the school year to meet expectations. During the 2016-2017 school year, Gust was just short of our attendance goal with 93.6%. So, over the last year we have slipped slightly, and we can’t meet our goal without your help. Please help Gust meet the district’s attendance goal by bringing your child to school on-time and ready to learn!

The newly formed Gust Community Partnership has their second meeting of the year on October 4 at 9:00 A.M. in the cafeteria and 3:30 P.M. in the library. Content of the meetings will be the same so you only need to attend either the 9:00 A.M or 3:30 P.M. meeting. Child care will be provided for the 3:30 P.M. meeting. Please join the Gust Community Partnership as they begin to plan exciting events for the year. We need YOU!

On October 25 from 5:00-6:30, we will have our second annual Family Fall Festival that will include free pizza and many wonderful activities such as music, rockets, face painting, science fun, arts and crafts and more! This will be the only Gust opportunity for students to wear their costumes at school.

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education,

Joanne Lander

 

Nota de la Directora:

El mes de octubre trae una gran cantidad de emoción en Gust. Los alumnos están sumergidos en las rutinas de la escuela y la emoción de aprender se puede sentir en todo el plantel. Gust  tiene muchas cosas que celebrar este otoño.  Los alumnos están aprendiendo mucho en matemáticas, lectura, ciencia y en arte, también la fortaleza de carácter de autocontrol, entusiasmo, curiosidad, perseverancia, gratitud e inteligencia emocional y social.

La asistencia es una parte primordial de la experiencia académica de su hijo además vital para nuestro Marco de Desempeño Escolar. La porción de Participación Estudiantil del SPF mide la asistencia y la satisfacción del alumno. La asistencia regular a la escuela es fundamental para el éxito académico. Nuestra meta es asegurar que cada alumno asista a la escuela regularmente y a tiempo. Asistir a la escuela tiene un gran impacto en el éxito académico de un alumno, a partir de kinder y continuando a través de la escuela preparatoria. Incluso cuando los niños crecen y son más independientes, las familias juegan un papel clave en hacer que los alumnos lleguen a la escuela seguros todos los días y comprendiendo por qué la asistencia es tan importante para el éxito en la escuela y en la vida. Nos damos cuenta de algunas ausencias son inevitables debido a problemas de salud, pero también sabemos que cuando los alumnos faltan mucho a la escuela-justificada o injustificada-pueden atrasarse académicamente. Su hijo tiene menos probabilidades de tener éxito si las ausencias de él o ella son crónicas. Las investigaciones muestran que los niños que están crónicamente ausentes en el kinder y 1º grado son mucho menos propensos a leer al nivel del grado al final del tercer grado (Departamento de Educación de EU).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Denver requiere que las escuelas tengan por lo menos el 94% de asistencia durante el año escolar para cumplir con las expectativas. Durante el año escolar , Gust estuvo un poco abajo de nuestra meta de asistencia con un 93,6%. Por lo tanto, en el último año hemos disminuido ligeramente, y no podemos cumplir nuestro objetivo sin su ayuda. ¡Por favor, ayude a Gust a cumplir con la meta de asistencia del distrito llevando a su hijo a la escuela a tiempo y ¡listo para aprender!

La Asociación Comunitaria de Gust tendrá su segunda reunión del año el 4 de octubre a las 9:00 A.M. en la cafetería y a las 3:30 p.m. en la biblioteca. El contenido de las reuniones será el mismo, por lo que sólo tendrá que asistir a una de las sesiones, ya se a las 9:00 A.M o 3:30 P.M. Se proveerá cuidado de niños para la reunión de las 3:30 pm. Únase a la Asociación Comunitaria de Gust; a medida que comienzan a planear eventos emocionantes para el año. ¡Te necesitamos!

El 25 de octubre de 5:00 a 6: 30, tendremos nuestro segundo evento familiar de otoño que incluirá pizza gratis y muchas actividades maravillosas, como música, cohetes, pintura facial, diversión de la ciencia, artes, artesanías y ¡mucho más! Esta será la única oportunidad para que los alumnos usen sus disfraces en  la escuela.

Gracias por su compromiso con la educación de su hijo,

Joanne Lander

Directora

From the Assistant Principals…

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  We welcome Keith Roybal to Gust.  Keith joins Brent Westrop and Kathleen McLaughlin Marucheau as Assistant Principals.  We’re all excited to be here and we all look forward to working with you and your students!  Here is some beginning of the year info:

Morning Supervision & Child Care- Just a reminder that our morning supervision hours have been updated. Supervision will begin at 8:30.  Students are not to be at school or on school grounds prior to 8:30 in the morning, unless accompanied by an adult. If you need childcare before 8:30, please contact Kids Smart Inc., our on-site childcare provider at 720.550.6728.  Kids Smart provides childcare before school from 6:30-8:40 am and after school from 3:45-6:00 pm

Entrance & Dismissal Procedures –  We all want to work together to keep all of our students safe.  This year, we would like to see all students lining up with their classes in the morning prior to entering school.  If your student arrives prior to the 8:40am bell, he or she will be directed to the courtyard to line up with their class.  You are welcome to wait with them in that line.  If you would like to escort your student to class, you must pick up a visitor pass from the main office.  During the school day, visitors should only be entering the school from the front door or the door at Linvale and should report to the main office for a visitor pass.  

Fundraiser Coming Soon! – Our fall fundraiser sponsored by Believe Kids kicks off on September 7th.  Look for catalogs coming home with students that day.  Families can also sell on www.shopbelive.com.  We encourage you to create an account online and start selling right away!  In addition to many food items, there is an assortment of wrapping paper, kitchen items, totes, jewelry, and more!  Take a look at the front lobby showcase to check out some of the items that we will be selling, as well as some of the prizes that students can earn. The sale will end on September 25th and product delivery will likely occur in early November. We have many fun prizes for the top sellers and top selling classrooms. Funds earned from the fundraiser help pay for field trips, incentives and recognitions of academic achievements, and our popular Tiger Trait program.

Safety – Our DPS Safety officers and the Denver Police want to remind all families to be extra careful when dropping students off and picking them up, as traffic around the school can be heavy.  Please observe the posted speed limits and watch for children crossing the road.  Also, families are reminded to not block driveways and to observe the no parking/no stopping areas as they relate to bus loading zones. These areas are clearly marked with signs and with yellow curbs.  When buses are arriving or departing Gust, we cannot have cars blocking the loading zone.

We really look forward to seeing you throughout the school year at the many upcoming activities and events.

Thank you in advance for all of your support this year

 

Kathleen McLaughlin

Brent Westrop

Keith Roybal

Gust Assistant Principals

Kid Smart – before and after-school care now offered at Gust

Kids-SmART, Inc. is a company founded on the vision that every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. They deserve an environment where they are encouraged to discover themselves and are able to develop to their full potential. Kids-SmART also believes in a holistic approach where we feel open communication is important between the Kids-SmART staff, the child’s parents, their teachers, and the school administration to ensure the common goal of each child’s success in their educational growth. Kids-SmART provides these first-rate programs at a fee that is extremely affordable, and offers various discounts and payment programs for those who cannot otherwise afford it.

For more information visit:  http://www.kids-smart.com/home.html

A Note From the Principal

Dear Gust Community,

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I want to welcome all new and returning families to our Gust Community! We are home of the proud Gust Tigers!

Gust is a wonderful school with a great culture of learning and a commitment to supporting the whole child; focusing on character and academic growth. Gust is staffed with highly effective teachers that joyfully work with our eager and talented students and our actively engaged parents/families.

My journey to Principal of Gust began as a young student of the Denver Public Schools and a proud graduate of George Washington High School. I completed my multiple degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and began my teaching career in DPS. I have taught at both the elementary and middle school levels which has afforded me varied experiences that have helped shape my beliefs about education. As I begin my 32nd year in DPS, I can say that I am a leader who deeply values relationships and collaboration and that school should be a place of joy, personalization, and rigor. We are charged with preparing our students for the future and the dreams they wish to pursue.

I am a native of Denver and a proud mother of two. My husband, children, and I enjoy our beautiful Colorado state by spending time in the mountains going hiking and snowshoeing. When we have the opportunity, my family also enjoys traveling and always looks forward to experiencing different areas of the country and world.

This year there will be new ways in which families may become involved at Gust and I look forward to spending time with all of the Gust families. Please watch for flyers with upcoming parent engagement opportunities!

With Best Regards,

Joanne P. Lander