GES Vision Statement:

We believe our students at Gunpowder Elementary should learn in a rigorous, responsive, and safe learning environment where culture and diversity are recognized, accommodated, valued, and respected.  Our teaching staff will demonstrate high expectations for all learners.  We will promote a learning environment that is driven by interest, ability, and learning style to meet the strengths and needs of our learners.  Families are recognized as partners in the learning process.  We embrace communication between and among staff and community as we work to create the best learning opportunities for all students. 


GES Mission Statement:

Our mission is to inspire students to be lifelong learners in an environment of high expectations, striving to maximize student potential by providing rigorous academic programs and fostering responsible citizenship.

What's Happening



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In our efforts to keep all Gunpowder families and community members informed about school initiatives and events, please take a moment and read the below information.  Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Together We Build, Together We Grow, Together We Are Great!


Early Dismissal:  Friday, May 31, 2017

  • Third Quarter Ends- School Dismisses at 12:15 PM (3 hours early)

  • The Student council will be sponsoring a spirit day this Friday, March 31st! We are asking that students wear red, white and blue or superwomen/superhero shirts in honor of Women's History Month.

  • GENTS will meet until 2 PM.Please pick up students participating at 2 PM in the school lobby.

Grade 3 Recorder Concert:  Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

Grade 3 parents are invited to the Gunpowder cafeteria for the recorder concert. Please be sure to bring your picture ID to show when signing in at the office.    

Grade 5 Panoramic Picture:  Friday, April 7th at 9 am. 

Grade 5 students are asked to wear their “official” 5th grade shirt (super hero) next Friday for the panoramic picture.

GENTS Meeting Cancelled:  No GENTS meeting on Monday, April 7th, 2017





Attention Parents that purchased Hershey Park Tickets

Hershey Park needs a breakdown of Junior and Senior Tickets. This is a change from last year and we were just notified of the change.


The breakdown is as follows:       Junior Ticket is ages 3-8   //   Senior Ticket is ages 55-69


If you ordered a Jr/Sr Ticket please email Megan Power at to let her know the breakdown of tickets that you need.


Please email no later than Thursday, March 30th.



 Your application packet must include:

Completed application / Essay of 500 words or less / At least one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor.

A copy of your 2016-2017 PTSA Membership Card /  A student whose high school does not have PTSA must join Gunpowder Elementary PTA in order to apply.


Email for questions or for an Application


PTA Officer Nominations Now Being Accepted!!!


Gunpowder PTA is looking for someone to step into the position of Treasurer for the 2017-18 School Year!!!! 
Individuals who are interested in working with a great group of people and being part of an awesome team should
email our Nominating Committee Chair - Nicole Jantz at


The deadline to apply is April 21, 2017

Volunteers for Teacher Appreciation Week

 Join us for a casual evening to discuss our 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week!!!
We will be discussing many ideas and sharing suggestions on how we can make this the best week ever for our AWESOME Teachers!!!



Thursday, March 30th at 7:30pm  ~ Basta Pasta in Perry Hall
The meeting will last approximately one hour.


Volunteer Training

The Baltimore County School System requires that all volunteers must complete the volunteer application and participate in an online orientation/training session once every year.

The BCPS Application for Volunteer Services and Training sessions and are now available online!

Step 1: Complete the BCPS Application for Volunteer Services. This can be completed on line by going to under Parents, then click “Application for Volunteer Services” along the side panel.   

Step 2: Complete the ONLINE volunteer orientation at  

Or you can get to this orientation through under Parents, click either “Volunteer with BCPS” or “BCPS Online Volunteer Orientation” along the side panel.  You will receive a certificate to print out once you successfully complete the online orientation training.    

Step 3:  Print and Submit both the application and the valid training certificate to the school in which you intend to volunteer.  Both documents must be submitted at the same time to be accepted and reviewed by the school staff.

Once the application is reviewed and training has been verified by our GES secretary, Pat Thal (, you are ready to volunteer!  If you have any questions or need any further assistance with the completing the volunteer application/orientation, please feel free to contact Lisa DeIaco, School Counselor (410-887-5121 or     

Thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering in Baltimore County Public Schools!!  Volunteers are valued members of our GES Team!!

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