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January 17, 2012

Posted: January 19, 2012

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DINNER: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Garrison Forest Community is invited to a special annual dinner on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. The theme for this year’s dinner is “Cherish the Beautiful Within.” To make a reservation, please click on this link.

PARENT EDUCATION: “READING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN”: On Thursday, January 26, Faith Ward will share her expertise as a librarian and reading specialist. Her discussion will focus on children through age 8. Learn what’s new and why the classics and e-books are both valuable tools for encouraging the development of reading skills. You are welcome to bring friends and neighbors to the Livingston Library at 8:30 on the 26th.

PARENT EDUCATION: “CHILD DEVELOPMENT” In early February, each age level will have an exclusive opportunity to learn about and discuss the unique characteristics of that group. What are the typical social and emotional traits at that age and how do they translate to classroom behavior and learning? These developmental discussions will be led by Zibby, with the assistance of the classroom teachers your children will have next year. You are welcome to bring friends and neighbors to any of our Parent Education offerings. Individual sessions are listed below and on the GFS web calendar.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Garrison Forest holds an annual Blood Drive for the Red Cross. This year the drive will be held on February 9. Each donation can save up to three lives! Certain restrictions apply, but we encourage all our eligible parents to participate in this important community event. For more information on restrictions, go to www.redcrossblood.org and to register for the GFS Blood Drive, go to

CAMP GRIZZLY: Camp Grizzly registration has begun! Several age appropriate programs will be offered this summer such as American Doll Pastimes, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Glee Edition, Little Grizzlies, Grizzly Gazette, Babysitter Boot Camp, and Fairyland . You may also read about the magnificent programs being offered on our website by clicking on this link. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early and receive your early bird discount!

WEATHER-RELATED POLICIES: In the event of snow or ice, please check the website, call the switchboard (410-363-1500) after 6:00a.m., or listen to the radio. If no announcement is made, school will open on time. For a “9:00 Opening”, the doors will open at 8:45 and classes will begin at 9:15. For a “10:00 Opening”, the doors will open at 9:45 and classes will begin at 10:15. Early Birds will not be available if school opens late.

BOOTS VS SNEAKERS: Sneakers are required for gym. Even when they bring boots, the children must wear sneakers at school every day. For the Threes and Pre-K students, who have the most difficulty changing shoes, they should WEAR sneakers to school and BRING boots when necessary. They will (almost always) have PE before they have playground time.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Wednesday, January 18th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner in Alumnae Hall 6:00p.m.
Thursday, January 26th: Parent Education with Lower Division Librarian Faith Ward: “How to Read to Your Children”. 8:30am in the Livingston Library.
Thursday, February 2nd: Parent Education for current Kindergarten and Pre-First Parents: “The Development of a Six-Year-Old” with Zibby Andrews, Gail Hutton, and Amy Welling. 8:30am in the Livingston Library.
Tuesday, February 7th: Parent Education for current Pre-K parents: “The Development of a Five-Year-Old” with Zibby Andrews, Louise Moran, and Kathleen Pendergast. 8:30am in Moncrieffe.
Wednesday, February 8th: Parent Education for parents of 5-Day and 3-Day Threes: “The Development of a Four-Year-Old” with Zibby Andrews, Lisa Shapiro, and Valerie Marsh. 8:30am in Moncrieffe.