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The Compass


From the Head of School

What a quick week with only 3 days on campus, but there was still time to accomplish a lot. I saw PK and JK enjoying PE with Coach B while reinforcing concepts they were learning in class, Students in art creating straight line animals drawings, students of all ages enjoying their Tot Pot lunches, and those students interested in running for student council busy making posters and writing speeches. The candidates for office will share their speeches at the next all school assembly on September 24th.


We are just over 2 weeks into the school year and already we’re hearing the words “I can’t find …...”. This weekend would be an excellent time for you to check in with your student to see how it’s going. Are they feeling frustrated because they can’t find things or is it going well? Are they using the tools provided – planners, Managebac(LS) or Renweb(MS) to check their assignments? Are they remembering to bring their computer charger? Are they getting to bed on time so that they can make it to school on time? Are they eating a healthy breakfast so their bodies have the fuel they need to function efficiently? Order and structure are extremely important for people of all ages, particularly children. No matter how young, having structure provides security because students know what to expect. Having routines makes it much easier for your student to accomplish what they need to in a timely manner. Starting strong sets the tone for the year. Let’s strive for excellence.


Want to Volunteer?

As we continue to take steps towards normalcy on our campus, we are looking to re-start the PTO, Room Parent and Parent Volunteer Programs. Fliers will be handed out at Back-to-School night as well as sent home in back packs on September 23rd. The fliers will list the opportunities available to get involved. You are welcome to sign up for as many as you wish. Once we know who is interested, we will contact you with additional information.


Please note – to be a volunteer on campus, you must be fully vaccinated and provide a copy of your vaccination card to the office. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask and will have to check in at the office to be screened before coming on to campus.

Parking Lot Reminders


Please remember:

  • The speed limit is 10 mph.

  • Be cautious of younger students and older visitors when backing out of your parking space.

  • Parents dropping off in the morning are asked to stay with their student until they have been cleared by the GPS staff to come on to campus .

  • Preschool parents must walk their student to their classroom in the morning.

  • Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade may use carpool drop off.

  • All parents must park and pick up their student in person at the designated area or classroom.

Help us keep the parking area safe for all of the GPS community.


Meet Claudia Rivera


We welcome a new staff member to our Preschool faculty, Claudia Rivera. Miss Claudia brings a wealth of experience to create a loving and safe environment for our youngest learners in the Blue Room.

My name is Claudia Rivera. This is my first year at GPS and I am excited to get to know all of you and your children better throughout the school year. My own daughter actually attended First Pres. Weekday School many years ago, having Ms. Mary as a science teacher, before it recently merged with GPS. As a parent, I know first-hand the value and dedication this school adds to a child’s most precious early childhood school years. As a teacher, I have over 20 years of experience teaching children in the San Fernando Valley. I earned my Child Development Associate Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In addition, I maintain a current Pediatric First Aid & CPR training certificate as well as an Associate Teacher, Infant Care Teacher, and Preschool certificates from Pierce College. I stay current in early childhood education by being a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC). I am well versed in Outdoor and Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood Development. My philosophy is to install joy and rigor into every child’s heart for the love of learning in a fun way. I like to conduct hands-on projects so the children can experience learning by using all of their senses. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I can’t wait to have a great school year caring for your child and teaching them to play, learn and grow together!


We are happy to have Miss Claudia at GPS.



From the Head of School

We have completed our first full week of on-campus instruction and it was a great success. The students continue to settle in and practice their new routines. They enjoyed meeting our new music teacher, Tyler Graves, and learned how to position their bodies and breathe properly to get the best sound. I had the pleasure of watching her work with a group of sixth grade boys and they were all totally engaged and having fun while learning. All students in preschool through middle school have music with Ms. Graves.

It is so nice that the K – 8th students have the chance to interact with one-another on the yard at lunch this year. They eat with their classroom pods but are allowed to play together on the yard afterwards. Some of our 6th grade boys have been doing a nice job of showing leadership in the soccer games that are played daily. They demonstrate our Tribes agreements by making sure the teams are fair and that everyone who wants to gets a chance to participate in a meaningful way. Some of our younger students have excellent skills.


Totpot - Hot Lunch Program


Our hot lunch program began this week and many students were excited to try it. The portions are substantial and the food is well prepared and tasty. Everything is individually packaged and labeled with the student’s name. Information can be found below if you are interested in ordering lunch for your student.

You can read the information here and register for the program online. First time users must create an account using "Valley17" as the school's password.


Cooking with Coach B


Speaking of food, the Middle School cooking elective prepared their first meal this week. Coach B., who is a former chef and excellent cook, is teaching the class. He taught them proper handling of a knife, the difference between Kosher and regular salt, and different techniques for chopping ingredients that go into their pasta sauces.



Back-To-School Night Thank you to all the preschool parents who joined us for Back-to-School Night last night. The partnership between school and home is extremely important as we support your child’s growth and learning. Back-to-School night for grades K-8 will be on September 23rd.

Chapel and Bible Study at GPS Many of you have asked when Chapel and the optional Bible Study classes will begin. Chapel will be held on the second Wednesday of the month starting in October. Parents are welcome to attend. Preschool chapel will be in the morning at 8:45 and chapel for K-8 will be from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. More information will follow in the coming weeks and Pastor Jim will be available at the K-8 Back-to-School night to answer any questions you may have. Weekly Bible study classes will most likely begin in October as well. The person who was going to teach the classes is no longer able to do so and Pastor Jim is looking for a replacement. Once that person is in place, we will meet with him/her to discuss plans for the class. Families will be provided with a syllabus for the class before being asked if they would like their student to attend.

High School Admissions Information The 2022-2023 High School admissions season is underway. Middle School students that are interested in either of these schools should visit the school's website for more information. The 8th grade visit day slots fill up quickly. Notre Dame

  • Visit days start Sept. 10, 2021

  • Open House - 11/14/21 10am - 1pm

  • HSPT workshops start 10/01/21

Louisville

  • 8th grade visit day - 11/5/2021

  • Open House - 12/5/2021 Contact Mrs. Shibel for more information.

Announcements

Parking Lot Reminders


Please remember:

  • The speed limit is 10 mph.

  • Be cautious of younger students and older visitors when backing out of your parking space.

  • Parents dropping off in the morning are asked to stay with their student until they have been cleared by the GPS staff to come on to campus .

  • Preschool parents must walk their student to their classroom in the morning.

  • Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade may use carpool drop off.

  • All parents must park and pick up their student in person at the designated area or classroom.

Help us keep the parking area safe for all of the GPS community.


GPS Clothing Store


Order your GPS clothing from our school store. Share your school spirit with polo shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Refer to the 2021-2022 dress code requirements for information.


Orders are being filled as inventory becomes available and should be completed in the next 2 weeks. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade should dress in solid color polo shirts if they are waiting for an order.


Dress code will be enforced once all orders have been filled.



Staff Spotlight

Meet Angela Goree


Angela provides support in the Kindergarten through grade 3 classrooms three days a week. She has only been here for a week and everyone loves her already. Let's get to know Mrs. Goree.


Hello my name is Angela and I have been teaching for 2 decades. In that time, I have worked with children and young adults of all ages. I began my teaching career in college working at a children’s fitness center. Since then I have been a tutor, taught after school enrichment classes, taught child development classes, and created and taught my own virtual classes via Outschool. I am excited to get to connect with students in person again at GPS!


In school I majored in Drama, and the arts have been a big part of my life. I love to find ways to use the arts to engage learners when introducing or reinforcing concepts. My goal as a teacher is to help children build self confidence as well as mutual care and respect for others and our world. I enjoy finding outside of the box ways to make what they’re learning more tangible and accessible.


On a personal note, I have been married to my husband Lester for 7 years. We have 2 young children who keep us very busy. For fun, I like to visit theme parks, in fact I used to be a Tour Guide at Universal Studios Hollywood! I enjoy going to the beach or getting outside as well.


Welcome to GPS Angela!



Quick Links

  • Order Totpot Lunch

  • GPS Clothing Store

  • Shop with Amazon Smile (Choose "Chatsworth Hills Academy")


From the Head of School


Welcome Back! It was wonderful to see so many of you at the picnic on Monday. I met many new families and welcomed returning families to our campus.



Wednesday was an exciting day as it marked the first in-person opening day on this campus for GPS. The day was filled with excited students meeting new classmates, learning new routines, engaging in team building activities, and having fun. Middle School had a day-long retreat with many Tribes activities interspersed with information sessions and ending with Root Beer Floats. This helped them be prepared for their first academic day on Thursday.


The week ended with our first in-person assembly in a year and a half. We gathered outdoors on the sport court where we celebrated summer birthdays, heard announcements about upcoming events and were treated to a skit by our 7th grade students about being an Inquirer, our learner profile trait for September. At the end of the month, students who exemplify that trait will be recognized.


Assemblies happen on the last Friday of the month and are on the school calendar on FACTS. They will start at about 8:35 a.m. and will last approximately 20 – 30 minutes. Parents are welcome to attend.

Early Childhood Back to School Night, September 2 at 6:30 p.m.


Preschool, PreKindergarten and Junior Kindergarten families are invited to attend an information night on Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. in your student's classroom. Hear from your child's teacher, ask questions and meet other parents. This is a parents-only event. Childcare is not available. Attendance is limited to one parent/guardian per student to allow for space in the classroom. Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you.


Save the Date


Back to School Night for Kindergarten through 8th Grade will take place on Thursday, September 23. Look for details in an upcoming Compass Newsletter.

Extended Day Care (EDC) at GPSDC is available before and after school, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Make sure you have signed your student up for EDC if you are planning to use it on a regular basis. EDC forms are located on FACTS under "Web Forms". Monthly and hourly options are available. Drop ins are available and will be charged the hourly rate.


Families that have signed up for EDC on a regular basis will be issued a key fob that will open the Preschool or Main School gate before the school office opens and after the school office closes. Key fobs will be distributed to those families in the next few weeks. Until then, please refer to the procedures below.


Drop Off:


Come to the office and ring the call button. A staff member will come to the gate and instruct you where to go. Lower School students will go to Ms. Green's room in E-7. Middle School students must sign-in with Ms. Green before going to their lockers.

Pick Up:

Come to the office and ring the call button. A staff member will come to the gate and direct you to the pick up area. Students must be signed out of EDC before leaving campus.Hot Lunch Program

Hot Lunch Program


Tot Pot is back! We are excited to be able to offer a nutritious & delicious hot lunch program for students in Preschool through 8th grade. Information will be emailed to all families. You can read the information here and register for the program online. First time users must create an account using "Valley17" as the school's password. CHA families can use their previous account. Lunch program begins on September 1st.


Bon Appetit!


Interested in being a part of this year's Student Council?

Have great ideas to share or just want to help?

Want information on running for office?

Students (Grades 3 - 8):

Come to the Informational Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 1st.

Room E7 at lunchtime


GPS Clothing Store


Order your GPS clothing from our school store. Share your school spirit with polo shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Refer to the 2021-2022 dress code requirements for information.


Some items may be on back order and will be filled as soon as possible. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade should dress in solid color polo shirts if they are waiting for an order.


Dress code will be enforced once all orders have been filled.


Shop with Amazon Smile


Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for books, school supplies and clothing, at no extra cost to you?


Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/95-3257811 to confirm "Chatsworth Hills Academy Inc" (our parent company) as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.


Staff Spotlight


We are excited to welcome new faculty and staff to the GPS community this year. Over the next few weeks we will introduce them to you. Make sure to stop and say hello when you see them on campus.



Meet Stephanie Reyes


Miss Stephanie is new to our Preschool family working as the Aide in the Yellow Room with Miss Jennifer. Stephanie is also a student at CSUN. She loves to travel to new places and discover new things to do, as well as ride motorcycles. "I am a huge adrenaline junkie and enjoy doing things out of my comfort zone. I enjoy going to the beach to watch the sunset, wakeboard, and ride skateboards. My all time favorite food to eat is Thai food. Finally, I am a huge fan of Country music. I am excited to be a new member of GPS. :)"


Miss Stephanie is a wonderful addition to our preschool staff and the GPS family.

Weekly Reminders

  1. Make sure you have completed the forms found on FACTS.

  2. Send an extra mask, or 2, to school with your student.

  3. Make sure your child has a hat and water bottle everyday.

  4. Write your child's name in all jackets, sweaters, hats etc.

  5. Sign up for the Totpot hot lunch program if you require lunch for your child.

  6. Send a good snack for morning recess.

  7. Early Childhood families attend Back to School night on Thursday.