On April 5, author/illustrator Julie Olsen visited both Gilbert Elementary and Intermediate. She shared how she decided to become an author and illustrator, as well as the process involved in creating a book. Olsen illustrated such titles as Herd of Cattle, Flock of Sheep and Hip , Hip Hooray! for Annie MacRae. She wrote and illustrated Tickle, Tickle, Itch, Twitch and Discover America. The children enjoyed learning about writing and illustrating books, and they were also able to help her create our very own “Gilbert the Tiger” character.
On Friday, February 8, the Elementary Staff and Students celebrated the Global School Play Day. Students had the opportunity to engage in many hands-on activities including Legos, puzzles, playing card games and so much more! Some students even had fun in the cafeteria building cardboard structures! Research is overwhelming that our children need to play to develop their creativity, social relationships, and problem solving skills. Elementary Principal, Staci Edwards, said “While we continue to work to infuse play into daily school activities, this day was intended to be a celebration of children and play. There has been so much positive feedback on the event from staff, parents, and students that our goal is to make this an annual event”.
Kindergarten teacher, Angie Bonthuis, submitted a blog post about the Day of Play to Dr. Jean’s website sharing her own experiences of this fun event! To view her post, click here.
Sign-up has opened for the 2019-2020 kindergarten class. A child must be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2019 to be eligible for kindergarten. Below is a link to a form to sign your child up.
Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be on April 15th at 6:00pm. Kindergarten Round-Up will be on April 19th. There will be no school for our current kindergarten or preschool students on April 19th.