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  • Galway Chronicle

    The Galway Pledge : We pledge to respect one

    another, to be trustworthy and fair. We will care about each other, and be good citizens. Above all else, I will take responsibility for my actions, in a quest to build a better you…and a better me.

    Volume 8 Issue 10 February 2, 2018

    Dorothea Fuller, Principal

    Nichola Wallen, Assistant Principal

    Our Vision: Galway Elementary School will empower students to be valued, productive members of a global society.

    Principally Speaking: “Closed for Inclement Weather?” I want to provide you with an update on the school calendar for the remainder of the school year. As you know, recent inclement weather forced Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to close schools on two days (January 4 and January 17). The 2017-2018 MCPS school calendar includes 182 instruction days, two above the mini- mum required in the state of Maryland. Therefore, our two weather closures can be absorbed without a modification to the calendar. However, any additional school closures for emergency weather will result in the need to use one or all of the designated make-up days in the MCPS school calendar to ensure we meet the State-required number of days. Below is the order in which days will be used:

     If there is one more emergency weather closure, then the school year will be extended by one day on June 13, 2018.

     If there are two more emergency weather closures, then the school year will be extended to June 14, 2018.

     If there are three more emergency weather closures, then the school year will be extended to June 15, 2018. (Note: By State law, MCPS cannot extend the school year past June 15).

     If there are four more emergency weather closures, then March 26, 2018 will be used as a make-up day (the first day of Spring Break).

     If there are five more emergency weather closures, then March 27, 2018 will be used as a make-up day (the second day of Spring Break).

     f the school year extends beyond June 12, then June 12 will become a full day of instruction and the new last day of school will be an early release day for stu- dents.

    Inclement weather conditions have caused Montgomery County to issue several hy- pothermia alerts this year due to the extremely cold weather. I have to give a special salute to Mr. VanDemark who volunteers everyday at arrival and dismissal. He helps with the buses despite the freezing temperatures and is always here for late open- ings, early closings or just a regular days. Mr. VanDemark no longer has children at Galway, but continues to serve our school as if he was a parent. Many people think he is a staff member, but he is even more. He is a committed community member who makes our job easier each day. When you see him out front, thank him for his service of love. He is another example of why Galway Elementary is a wonderful place to work.

    “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut


    Galway Chronicle 10


    February 5-9 -National School Counseling Week February 6 -Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting Briggs Chaney Middle 7:00-8:30 pm February 8 -1st & 2nd grade FT-Port Discovery -Report Cards Distributed -Family Math Night 6:30-8:00 pm February 12-16 -Jump Rope for Heart February 14 -Valentine Celebrations 2:45-3:30 February 15 -Blake Children’s Theater-1st & 2nd February 16 -Black History Literacy Day February 19 -School’s Closed-Presidents’ Day February 20 -PTA Chef’s Night Out February 22 -5th Grade FT-United States Capitol February 27 -HardWork Café February 28 -African American Quiz Bowl 9:45 am

  • Galway Chronicle 10


    Math Games Jeopardy Games Estimation Jars Coding Photo Booth Engineering Room

    Join us for a night of fun and math. PTA will be selling pizza and refreshments National School Counseling Week February 5-9 “School Counseling: Helping Students Reach for the Stars” Thank our counselors, Dr. Ham and Ms. Cruz for all they do to support our students through classroom guidance lessons, small group and individual counseling.

    Jump Rope for Heart-February 12-February 16 Jump Rope For Heart will be taking place this week during your child’s Physical Education class. We are thrilled to be supporting The American Heart Association to help teach our students how to take care of their hearts and raise funds to help support the heart association's research and education initiatives that save lives in our community.

    Valentine’s Day Celebration Our Valentine’s Day celebrations will begin at 2:45p.m. on Wednesday, February 14. Individual teachers will share grade level specifics in their weekly newsletters. As a reminder, only store bought food items made in NUT FREE facto- ries/bakeries may be served in classrooms.

    Foreign Language Classes-Session II Spanish-Wednesday, February 14

    French-Thursday, February 15 Register Now!

    Briggs Chaney Middle School’s Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. BCMS Cafeteria

  • Art In visual arts will be focusing our

    attention on simple perspective in

    Kindergarten through 2nd grade using

    size and placement to create the

    illusion of space.

    In 3rd through 5th grade we will

    experiment with perspective by

    incorporating overlapping shapes,

    value studies of color and linear

    perspective as we study different

    artists for inspiration.

    Media Center During the month of February, we

    will be hosting a book cafe in the

    library. Students will be invited to

    “taste” books from different genres.

    We will also look at book reviews

    and book trailers, as a way to learn

    about books we might want to read.

    Physical Education We are excited to announce that Galway will be participating in Jump Rope

    for Heart the week of February 12th – February 16th. Students will learn

    how to take care of their hearts through physical activity while making a

    difference in the lives of others. More information will be sent home

    with students in their Friday Folders on February 2nd.

    Music Kindergarten music students are busy listening and moving to songs to

    discover the melodic direction, or the way the notes are moving up and


    1st graders will be reading simple pitch and rhythm patterns on so-mi and

    quarter and beamed eighth notes.

    2nd Grade students are improvising short melodic and rhythmic phrases on

    classroom instruments like xylophones, triangles, drums and maracas.

    3rd Grade students are reading and performing melodies on the notes G, A

    and B.

    4th Graders are notating short rhythmic phrases from dictation.

    5th graders are working on identifying differences in two performances of

    the same selection of music.


  • Kindergarten News Reading



    Kindergarten Teachers Ms. Feeney [email protected] Mrs. Prejean [email protected] Mrs. Walsh [email protected] Mr. Fenton [email protected] Mr. Helfgott Matth[email protected] Ms. Gordon [email protected] Ms. Lohr [email protected] Mrs. Jackson-Hobbs [email protected]


    Science and Social

    Studies In science, we will learn about types of animals and their habitats. We will learn more about external features of animals and how their external features help different animals survive. Do you think a polar bear would survive in the desert? In Social Studies, we will explore resources used to make products. We will also identify jobs in the community and the special skills needed to perform the jobs. Did you know that being a student is a job? Ask your child about why being a student is an important job in school.

    The new year is starting off wonderfully. Our winter testing windows are coming to a close and we just entered the last half of the school year! Let’s get to work and achieve our goal! In reading, the students are reading and analyzing stories. The students are retelling stories by identifying the key details. The students will also be comparing experiences or actions of characters. We will get back into informational text at the end of the third marking period and focus on asking and answering questions and making real life connections between words and their use.


    In math, the student’s will be working on geometry. We will be describing and comparing 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will continue to work on counting by ones and tens to 100 and decomposing numbers. The students will also learn how to analyze a word story problem in order to develop an understanding of that they need to do to solve the problem.

    Writing In writing, the students just started a new unit. The students are writing how-to books. They are going to become experts on how to complete a certain task, and teach someone how to complete the task through writing. The students are very excited and eager to write how-to books. Ask your child w

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