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GWMS e*news - March 14th

Dear Parents, Guardians and GW Staff:

HSA Notices

Spring Spirit Wear Sale - Spring is just around the corner! Stock up on t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, umbrellas, flannel pants and more. Click here to view the store and purchase! Deadline to Order is Friday 3/17

Veera Hiranandani is the award-winning author of several books for young people. Veera grew up inConnecticut, the daughter of a Jewish-American mother and a Hindu father. Her stories explore the intersection of cultures and characters who have to navigate multiple identities. Her book, The Night Diary, was a Newbery Honor book in 2019. She teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, helping students to develop their voices as writers and understand how to use the craft to tell their stories. Books can be purchased at, order deadline is March 20th. See flier for more details!

GW’s Think Spring Food Drive 3/6 - 3/17 - There are so many families in need of help. Let’s be generous and do what we “can” to help. Please bring in canned or packaged non-perishable items and drop them off in your homeroom. Click here for list of needed items. Grocery store gift cards are also welcome. Please drop off your donations in your homeroom. The homeroom with the highest number of items will receive a sweet snack!

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 who are not able to attend the evening presentation to attend the 12:30 GW presentation. Any parent who wants to attend can sign-in the Main Office and attend in the Auditorium.

*Attention 8th Grade Parents * End of Year Slideshow

We are collecting photos of your child(ren) for the end-of-year GW 8th grade slideshow, which will be shown during the Promotion Ceremony in June. Please send 3-4 photos, via email, of your 8th grader(s) to Remember to use the following guidelines when choosing your pictures:

  • Solo, pairs and small group photos work best

  • Keep them to GW years (no baby pics, etc)

  • Photos at school events or on GW grounds appreciated

  • Photos of children in their GW gear

  • Encourage your kids to take selfies with their friends

  • Avoid pictures that contain other family members or friends from outside GW

  • Title each photo with the 8th grader's name and any other 8th grader appearing in the photo (this will help ensure we include everyone)

  • Email the "actual" side image

  • Please send photos by Friday, April 14

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 March and April:


3/14 - Timothy Shoemaker Presentation

3/22 - HSA Meeting @ 1:30 pm


4/3 - 4/7 - SCHOOLS CLOSED

4/14 - 8th Grade Dance

4/19 - HSA Meeting @ 1:30 pm

4/21 - Eid

4/25 - 4/27 - Book Fair


Ridgewood Community School Spring Brochure Programs for Kids and Teens

Leap Chef Training Learning and Exploring through Adaptive Programming. Tuesdays, April 11th, 18th and 25th, instructed by The Health Barn

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