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Together We Build, Together We Grow, Together We Are Greatest!

Individually we are Rock Stars!

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.

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 and partnership. ~With appreciation, Wendy Cunningham, Proud Principal

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MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress):   All students will be participating in MAP testing for math and reading during the months of January and February.  The purpose will be to determine student growth and whether students are performing at grade level, according to the assessment standards.  Students determined to be meeting grade level expectations should be at or above the 50th percentile on the assessment report.  Parent reports will be sent home again at the conclusion of the assessment window.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email or to email Mrs. Kahan at ckahan@bcps.org
Black History Month:   Students will once again be celebrating Black History Month through participation in a Black History Living Museum (grades 4 and 5) and engaging in a school assembly that will be scheduled for students toward the end of February.  We look forward to this school wide celebration!   
Virtues:  Team Gunpowder is continuing to learn about and recognize in each other Virtues (inner qualities) each month.  The virtue this month has been Self-Discipline. 
Self-discipline is defined as “To make yourself do things that should be done.  To speak and act calmly when you are hurt or angry.  Create and practice routines that bring peace and order to your day.  Practice self-moderation.  Do things on time.”  We teach and reinforce the virtue by using the virtue in a sentence, along with the specific behavior or choice that demonstrated the virtue.  For example, “Wow!  You really showed self-discipline when you kept working to finish your homework, even though your favorite television show had begun.” 
You can learn more about the Virtues project by visiting: https://www.virtuesproject.com/Pdf/RKK.pdf
 
REMINDERS FROM YOUR PTA ~
BOX TOPS
 KEEP COLLECTING THOSE BOX TOPS!!! 
To print out submission sheets, go here:  
https://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets
The next Deadline to submit Box Tops is Friday, February 23rd
Gunpowder Elementary Scholarship 
Each Spring, Gunpowder Elementary offers a $1,000 Scholarship to a former Gunpowder Elementary School Student who is on track to graduate from High School this current School Year.  If you know a High School Senior who may qualify for this Scholarship they will need to complete this application.  Applicants need to submit the completed form; as well as a written essay, for the chance to win.  The First Place Award is a $1,000 Scholarship; the Second Place Award is a $500 Scholarship.  For more information and for any questions, please email scholarship@gunpowderpta.org.
Please visit the Gunpowder Elementary PTA Facebook Page to print the Application!
 
LOOKING AHEAD……
PTA Meeting
Tuesday, February 6th / 6:30pm
 
Spirit Week / Read Across America
February 26th through March 2nd