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GWMS e*news - December 13th

Dear Parents, Guardians and GW Staff:

HSA Notices

Friends of GW/Holiday Boutique Thank you to everyone who helps plan, volunteered at and attended this year’s Holiday Boutique. All funds raised will go towards this year’s Friends of GW fundraiser which is raising funds to purchase and upgrade equipment in the fitness center. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in order to make these purchases this year. The GW HSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Donations are also eligible for employer matching. Donations can be made using this link or via check to GW HSA.

Kelly Yang Author Visit We are honored to announce that Kelly Yang will visit virtually with students in Grades 6 & 7 at GW on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Author visits are a wonderful opportunity for young readers, writers, and artists to meet the creators of the books they read. Consider extending this learning experience through the purchase of one of her books. An autographed bookplate will be placed in each book and a percentage of the sales will benefit our school. Order your copy here!

INSPIRE THE FUTURE! GW's second annual Career Day will be taking place March 9, 2023. Due to last year's overwhelming success, we are encouraging volunteer presenters to register now. Please sign up here: Inspire The Future Presenter Volunteer. Any questions- please email

Wizards Game - Federated HSA is pleased to announce that the Wizards games will be held at RHS on Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday January 3rd at 7pm (details on how to buy your tickets online will be distributed on January 2nd). Games have historically sold out within minutes so please make sure to log in and secure your tickets right away. Ticket prices will be $25 each and each sale will have a 6 ticket maximum. Thank you so much for your interest in the Wizards games and we hope to see you there!

GWMS Notices & Reminders

ATTENTION 8th Grade Parents: BABY PICTURE NEEDED- YEARBOOK This year's yearbook will display a Who's Who baby page. I need one picture of your eighth grade child as a baby to include in the yearbook. Please add the picture to the google drive folder below. MAKE SURE TO TITLE THE PICTURE WITH YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND LAST NAME! DEADLINE: JANUARY 31st!


Email Mrs. Stephanie Dodd with any questions

Students should not be dropped off or picked up in front of the school in the morning or at dismissal! Dropping off on Washington Pl. is dangerous to both children and drivers.

If your student can walk or bike to school that is a great option! If not, the safest place to drop off your child is a couple of blocks from school. They can walk to the corner and cross with the crossing guard.


If your student needs to be dismissed before the end of the school day, you must give them a signed note indicating the reason for the request. This must be brought to the Main Office by the student at the start of the school day. The student will receive an Early Dismissal pass. At the start of the designated period, they will show the teacher the pass so they can leave the class at the designated time and report to the Main Office to await pick up.


Classes begin at 8 am. Students are expected to be in their classroom when the 8:00 bell has rung. If your child will be tardy for any reason, you must call the Absence line at 201-670-2784 prior to 8:45 am. All reasons for tardiness require a phone call. If a student does not make it to class by 8 am, he/she will be marked tardy. After 8 am, your child should go directly to the Main office to obtain a late pass. Ongoing tardiness may be dealt with at the discretion of the Administrators.

Mark your calendar for these important dates in December & January:


12/14 - 6th Grade Concert - Ensembles 1:30pm

12/16 - HSA Holiday Breakfast

12/23 - Minimum Day, 12:15pm dismissal

12/26 - 12/30 - December Recess, SCHOOLS CLOSED


1/1 - New Year's Day, SCHOOLS CLOSED

1/3 - Wizards tickets on sale at 7pm

1/16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, SCHOOLS CLOSED

1/18 - HSA Meeting

1/25 & 1/26 - Wizards Game


Mini New Players Friday, December 16th 4-7pm, grades K-5

Ridgewood Youth Ice Hockey Info & Q&A virtual session, Tuesday 12/13 8:30 - 9:30pm. - especially for those who want their children to get started with hockey or looking for teams, clinics, lessons, or really for any information you would like to obtain. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions to our hockey coaches and parents. Google Meet joining info Video call link: See flier for more details.

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