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GWMS e*news - February 21st

ATTENTION 8th Grade Parents:

Washington DC Trip Registration : Check your skyward email for the Washington DC Trip Registration that was sent out on Tuesday of last week! Please register as early as possible. We still need ONE volunteer parent chaperone. Chaperones will be assigned on a first “confirmed” basis (first to confirm, not first to express interest) Please reach out to Lauren DiMaulo at for more info about being a part of this great experience!!

Yearbook Ad Deadline - This is a congratulatory ad that will be in the back of the book. You can include pictures as well as images for your ad. Please use the link below. Jostens- Yearbook Ads DEADLINE- FEBRUARY 28th Deadline to order Yearbook is March 1st! Any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Dodd.

HSA Notices

HSA Meeting - Please join us this Wednesday 2/22 at 1:30pm in the Auditorium for the February HSA Meeting. All are welcome to attend. January Meeting Minutes February Meeting Agenda

Student and Parents Assemblies with Tim Shoemaker - On Tuesday, March 14th, Tim Shoemaker will speak to all the students about their "Digital Dilemma." In addition, there will be a parent presentation that evening at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Parents can feel free to attend the morning presentation with the students or the evening session. The assembly will delve into the topic of how the kids are being manipulated by their screens. He will talk about the physiology and neurology that is being changed in the process. Sensitive topics like anxiety, depression, identity outlook will be cautiously presented as well as the fear we all have about the industry selling our kids’ data to the highest bidder. Mr. Shoemaker will also review best hygienic practices for digital devices, personal privacy issues, limits and other settings to use, alternatives to screen time, online predators and more. Mr. Shoemaker has been on TV and radio news. Mr. Shoemaker is an award-winning presenter and public servant, recognized by the National Titles and honored by the US Congress. He has enriched hundreds of thousands of students of all ages across the country. We hope you will attend this powerful presentation. These assemblies are funded by the GWHSA using funds collected through annual dues and fundraisers.

Friends of GW - 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.

Turkey Earthquake Relief Fundraiser - GWMS 8th grade student Demir Akar has started an emergency fundraiser for this earthquake in Turkey using the Turkish Philanthropy Funds and he wants to deliver donations to the affected people through the following voluntary, non-governmental organization involved in searching, assisting, and rescuing. Given the current state of the Turkish economy and currency, even a little contribution of $1 to $5 would go a long way toward helping those in need. 100 % of your contributions will go to TPF grantee partners who are directly involved in the aid of earthquake relief efforts.

GWMS Notices & Reminders


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 February, March and April:


2/22 - HSA Meeting @ 1:30 pm


3/4 - Super Science Saturday @ RHS

3/9 - Career Day

3/13 - Professional Development Day - SCHOOLS CLOSED

3/14 - Timothy Shoemaker Presentation

3/22 - HSA Meeting @ 1:30 pm


4/3 - 4/7 - SCHOOLS CLOSED

4/14 - 8th Grade Dance

4/25 - 4/27 - Book Fair

4/19 - HSA Meeting @ 1:30 pm


Super Science Saturday March 4th, 2023 9:00am-1:30pm, at Ridgewood High School

RBSA Opening Day Vendors Needed! Calling all vendors- RBSA will be hosting the 72 th Opening Day Parade and Family Fun Day to kick off the start of Ridgewood Baseball and Softball season at Vets Field on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9 am to 1pm.

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