Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Raise The Roof For PTO's Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser Success

Mr. Cappas and I spent the day on our school's roof as a result of our students exceeding the PTO's fundraising goals for our annual Walk-A-Thon.  In total, over $30,000 in donations were collected, which meant that I had to conquer my fear of getting onto the roof.  I found no better way than to get into character as a magical unicorn accompanied by my trusty side-kick, Spider-Man!  Together, we spent the day on the roof and had a blast interacting with the students and staff.  A huge thanks to our PTO for providing items such as frisbees for us to throw out to our super fans.  Mr. Cappas and I are so proud to be a part of such an amazing school community!  Way to go, Wildcats!






Friday, October 13, 2017

PTO Grandparents Day

Today, GDW students invited their grandparents to school as part of our PTO's Grandparents Day.    We were honored to be able to spend the day with our special guests and treated them to some musical selections, special projects, photos, and snacks.




PTO Dads & Donuts

Many of our Wildcat Dads were up late on Thursday evening as they watched the Cubs earn another "W", however, that didn't stop them from waking up early to come to school and enjoy the morning with their kids!  This morning, our fabulous PTO treated GDW students and their dads to dozens of donuts as part of their annual Dads & Donuts event.  In total, nearly 65 dozen donuts were served, and judging by the smiles below (and a few messy faces), a good time was had by all. 






Monday, October 2, 2017

GDW Goes Blue

Today, Gary D. Wright Elementary School students and staff participated in Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™.  A huge thank you to Mrs. Neitzel for her efforts in creating staff shirts for the occasion and for taking the staff picture featured below.



Friday, September 29, 2017

PTO's 8th Annual Walk-a-thon

Today we enjoyed the beautiful weather as we gathered on the Hampshire High School track for our PTO's 8th Annual Walk-a-thon.  A huge thank you to the PTO and all of our volunteers for planning, organizing, and implementing this event.  Also, thank you to everyone who supported the event through generous contributions.  The PTO received over $29,000 in donations, which exceeded their fundraising goal.  As a result, it looks like Mr. Cappas and I will be spending a day on the school's roof in the near future...yikes!  For participating in the Walk-a-thon, students earned a new charm to add to their collection, which is pictured below.




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dr. Scarpino Visits GDW

Today, Gary D. Wright Elementary School welcomed a special guest - D300 School Board Member, Dr. Scarpino.  Dr. Scarpino spent the afternoon visiting classrooms and seeing firsthand all of the wonderful things going on at our school.  He even recognized some familiar faces of students and staff who were once at Hampshire Elementary School, where he previously served as Principal!  It is always a treat to have members of our community spend time with us.  On behalf of the students and staff at Gary D. Wright Elementary School, I would like to thank Dr. Scarpino for taking time out of his schedule to spend the afternoon with us.  We look forward to future visits!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Family Math Night

Tonight, GDW families gathered for Family Math Night.  Families spent the evening together playing a wide variety of interactive math games that incorporated the use of dice and cards.  A huge thank you to our PTO for providing the funds in support of this event as well as to the GDW Staff who volunteered their time to coordinate such a fun-filled and educational opportunity for our Wildcat families!  As evidenced by the smiles below, a good time was had by all!