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GISD eNews | 11-11-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • EVHS Theatre Performance: Marvel Spotlight Double Feature is Tomorrow Night
  • GHS Football Playoff Game Tomorrow Night
  • Special Programs Event: Our Gift to You...Resources to connect with your student at home
  • Daily Lunch Menus: A Note from Food Service
  • Georgetown ISD Voters Approve Bond Propositions Totaling Nearly $350 million
  • GISD Launches a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff
  • FAFSA Deadlines and New ParentU Resource
  • GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals now open through Dec. 7
  • From the Georgetown Project: Parent Night for all GISD Families
  • From the Junior League of Austin: Coats for Kids
  • From the Georgetown Police Department: Applications for Blue Santa and Brown Santa
  • From The Rotary Club of Sun City: Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 11
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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EVHS Theatre Performance: Marvel Spotlight Double Feature is Tomorrow Night

The EVHS Theatre Students will perform their Marvel Spotlight Double Feature on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at East View High School.

The double feature includes Hammered - A Thor & Loki Play- and Squirrel Girl Goes to College -A Squirrel Girl Play. The double feature is for all ages. Join in and bring the entire family, including all Marvel fans and children! You can purchase tickets at https://www.evhstheater.com/tickets  

GHS Football Playoff Game Tomorrow Night

Georgetown Bi-District Football Playoff game vs. Dripping Spring @ Tiger Stadium on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 PM

Ticket prices - Adults $8/Students $5. Purchase tickets here.

Passes accepted are: THSCA, UIL District 11 and 12 5A, GISD Faculty badge (plus one) Dripping Springs has a Clear Bag Policy. Learn more about the policy here.

Special Programs Event: Our Gift to You… Resources to Connect With Your Student at Home

GISD Special Programs will be hosting an event Our Gift to You: Resources to Connect with Your Student at Home
December 2 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.
Hammerlun Center
507 E. University Ave


Parent Learning Community Event Flyer (English & Spanish)

Spanish Interpreters available.

We know the holidays can be stressful for many families. In an effort to help create structure for your child during the holidays, we are offering materials, time and resources to make the following:

• Using Visuals for Communication
• Sensory-based Strategies to share with your student
• Games and Gross Motor Activities to share with your student
• Social Stories and Emotional Scales
• Visual Charts and Structured Play Time
• Emotional Supports

The Parent Resource Hub opens at 6:00 PM and will have cocoa, coffee, cookies, community info, supplies, a Make-and-Take area, and crafts with Santa’s Elves for children. Take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! 

Daily Lunch Menus: A Note from Food Service

Child Nutrition Services is committed, first and foremost, to providing our students with a healthy and nutritious meal in all our cafeterias across the district. We are excited to see new faces each and every day eating in our cafeteria, and we are experiencing a massive increase in the number of students dining with us daily.  Working with our vendors, our main focus is on our students' dining experience. We continually strive to meet the highest standard of food quality, presentation and taste. 

Although we all are having to navigate the continuous changing environment of Covid-19, we have experienced supply chain shortages like never before. For these reasons, our menus are constantly being modified, and daily items changed, to meet with these shortages. While we have to make these changes to our daily menus, we want to assure you that we remain committed to providing our students with a healthy, nutritious and federally compliant meal. We have provided numerous ways to find our daily menus, through a paper copy, our Nutrislice app, and the GISD website. However, we are asking for your continued patience, as now more than ever, our menus are “subject to change.”

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve the students of GISD and provide them with a nutritionally balanced meal, which is an important part of their learning experience each and every day.

Georgetown ISD Voters Approve Bond Propositions Totaling $350 Million

Georgetown ISD voters approved two propositions on Election Day that will address future growth, academic programs and technology in the district. The $350 million bond is the largest in the district’s history. You can read more about the projects and the proposed timeline on our website.

GISD Launches a COVID Testing Site for Students and Staff

GISD is now offering Rapid Antigen COVID tests for non-symptomatic staff and students. This free service is provided for those who may have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual and are not experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please visit our website.

FAFSA Deadline - Find Money for College

The Texas state priority deadline for FAFSA submission is January 15, 2022. The federal deadline for FAFSA submission is June 30, 2022.

Visit https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/fafsa-deadlines for more information. Additionally, in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:

Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
Submit a signed opt-out form.

The deadline for this is May 27, 2022.

Visit our new ParentU resource Finding Money for College for an in-depth video on how to navigate applying for financial aid.

GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals is now open through Dec. 7

GISD's annual window for Gifted & Talented referrals is now open through December 7.

To find out what it means for a child to be considered Gifted & Talented, please check our website for articles, videos, and lists that can help you make an informed choice before you decide to refer a child to be assessed for Gifted & Talented.

If you would like to refer a child in grades 1-11, please:
1) Read the referral packet (English / Spanish),
2) Either submit the paper form in the referral packet to the student's campus or complete the eReferral form (Grades 1-5 use this form) (Grades 6-11 use this form). An online presentation about G/T Referrals in GISD will be offered on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30pm. If you are unable to join or want to know the information sooner, you can also view a video of the presentation.

From our Community Partners:

From the Georgetown Project: Parent Cafe for all GISD Families

Join us for coffee and casual conversation! GISD families are invited to come and connect with other parents, learn new parenting strategies, and share support. The Georgetown Project's Lexy Largent and a GISD Counseling staff member will facilitate discussion on parenting topics applicable to all families.

11/16 @ 9 AM: Communicating with Kids
11/30 @ 9 AM: Effective Discipline & Guidance

Register through eventbrite: http://georgetownparentcafe.eventbrite.com 

From the Junior League of Austin: Coats for Kids

With cooler weather approaching, The Junior League of Austin is busy preparing for another successful Coats for Kids event, and we need your help in identifying eligible children who need warm winter coats.

Distribution will take place at The Junior League of Austin Community Impact Center from Saturday, December 4 through Monday, December 6 during the following times:

December 4 & 5 10 am - 1 pm 2 pm - 5 pm
December 6 10 am - 1 pm 6 pm - 9 pm

Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coats ordered through the general coat order form available at www.jlaustin.org/coats will be distributed via curbside pickup, or through our Community Coats program. To protect the health and safety of our recipients and volunteers, we will not offer in-person coat fittings this year.

Eligibility requirements for coat recipients are as follows:
● Children must be 18 years of age or younger and live in the Central Texas area, and
● Have financial need (which may include free/reduced lunch qualification)

For more information about volunteer opportunities and to sign-up, or to request a coat for your child, please go to our website www.jlaustin.org/coats.

From the Georgetown Police Department: Applications for Blue Santa and Brown Santa

Blue Santa (for families living inside Georgetown city limits):

Families living inside the Georgetown city limits who need help providing holiday/Christmas toys, books, games and other items for their children (ages 0-17) may apply for assistance from Georgetown Police Department’s Blue Santa Program.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Dec. 3. Toy pickup will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 am–5 pm at the Public Safety Operations Center at 3500 DB Wood Rd.

Note: This year, applications are available online only. Click here to apply.

Not sure if your home is within the Georgetown city limits? Visit the website, scroll to the bottom, and enter your home address to determine if you are eligible. For more information, contact (512) 930-2747 or email bluesanta@georgetown.org. Brown Santa (for families living outside Georgetown city limits): GISD families who are not eligible for Blue Santa may apply for Williamson County’s Brown Santa program. The application deadline is also Friday, Dec. 3rd. Click here to apply. For questions, contact brownsantawilco@gmail.com.
 

From The Rotary Club of Sun City: Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 11

The 21st annual Breakfast with Santa event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sun City and the Georgetown Fire Department is returning to the Community Center in San Gabriel Park on Saturday, Dec. 11.  In the interest of safety, no breakfast will be served this year, but Santa will still be outside the Georgetown Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 - 11 am. Families are invited to drive by, take a picture and wave to Santa. 

Rotary Club members will be handing out “goodie bags” to the first 500 kids that include treats and certificates to local restaurants. 

There is no cost to attend the event this year.  Donations leading up to the event help the Club feed families for the holidays. 

For more information including a map of the event, visit:  www.sctrotary.com

San Gabriel Community Center (Drive-by ONLY)
445 East Morrow Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

Important Upcoming Dates

November 15 - School Board Meeting
November 22-26 - District Holiday/Thanksgiving Break

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