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

Gunpowder Elementary School Clubs for 2016-17


We are excited to announce that Gunpowder Elementary School will have the following clubs offered to students for the 2015-16 school year.  Some of the clubs are teacher sponsored, some are PTA sponsored (run by parent volunteers) and some are run by outside agencies, such as Bricks 4 Kidz and the Young Rembrandts.  The permission slip for participating in a club is also attached to this email.  Students will be selected on a “First come, first serve” basis.  Please email the club leader below at the email provided to let the club leader know that your child is interested in participating in the club and that a signed permission slip is on the way.  If you need a printed copy of the permission slip, please let the club leader know and one will be sent home.  We are proud to be offering these extracurricular activities for our students. 


GES Sponsored Clubs

Club Leader (s)

Meeting Dates and Times

Black Saga Club

Ms. Elliott Ms. Davis

Thursday Mornings 7:30 – 8:35

1st Meeting – 10/27/16

Fitness Club

Mrs. Donohoe

Tuesday Mornings – 7:50 – 8:35

1st Meeting – 1/10/16

Cup Stacking Club

Mr. Smith

Wednesdays Afternoon 3:35-4:30

1st Meeting – 10/26/16

Math 24 Club

Ms. Churchill

Tuesday Afternoons 3:35 – 4:30

1st Meeting – 10/25/16

Student Council

Ms. Snair Ms. Sosnowski

Wednesday Mornings 7:45 – 8:35

1st Meeting – 10/26/16


Ms. Johnson

Wednesday Afternoon 3:35 – 4:30

1st Meeting – 10/26/16

School Store

Coming Soon

Mrs. Cooper




Outside Agency Clubs

Club Leader (s)

Meeting Dates and Times

Bricks 4 Kidz *

Mr. Dan Ingham


Thursday Afternoons 3:35 – 4:30

1st Meeting – 10/27/16

6 week cycles throughout the year

Young Rembrandts**

Ms. Grace


Wednesday Afternoons 3:45 – 4:45

1st Meeting 10/26/17



*Bricks 4 Kidz – you will need to sign up on the company website online, complete registration form and pay registration fee –

** Young Rembrandts – you will need to sign up on the company website online, complete registration form and pay registration fee –


Below is the schedule for American Education Week Visitation.  Scheduled grade level visitation is each day from 9-11 am.  We look forward to sharing our school day with you. 

Monday, November 14th   Grade 5

Tuesday, November 15     Grades 3 & 4

Wednesday, November 16   Kindergarten

Thursday, November 17    Grades 1 & 2

Friday, November 18   Grandparents' Day



Our GES Adopted Stream Clean-Up for the Fall will be held on Saturday, November 19th as we continue our Green Partnership with the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Anyone interested in doing some "Green Good" should gather on the GES parking lot at 10:00AM and then we will walk together to our Adopted Stream. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for the weather and working in a wooded area. The date will be rescheduled in case of rain or other weather related issues. GES is looking forward to a wonderful day outdoors together on November 19th! 


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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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