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• the lower school is buzzing with many visiting prospective families who are arriving in the morning to take tours and drop off their daughter for shadow days. Prospective families will continue to visit throughout the fall and in to the winter. We understand it can be tempting for you to park in an admissions spot during morning drop-off, but PLEASE save these spots for our visiting families. Often, we have several visitors arrive at the same time, and we need multiple spaces to be open. It can feel very stressful and unwelcoming for a visitor to not know where to park. Thank you for your gracious understanding and for helping us to ensure garrison forest is a welcoming place for our visitors. Remember, if you don’t have a handicap placard, please do not park in handicap parking. If you have something you need to drop off, please feel free to hand it to one of our carpool assistants or myself.

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• please have your daughters bring appropriate attire for the weather. The mornings will soon be chilly, but we still go outside for play. For inclement weather, raincoats with hoods are strongly recommended. Umbrellas tend to get lost, forgotten or damaged.

SECOND GRADE SERVICE PROJECT: please help support the second grade as we make lunches for our daily bread. For the past eleven years the lower school has come together as a community after the halloween parade to make nutritional and balanced lunches for those in need. It is a wonderful way for the girls at GFS to help those less fortunate and we need your support to make it a success! Last year we made over 500 lunches and we are hoping to make at least as many lunches this year. This year we are soliciting specific donations from each grade level. Please find your daughter’s grade level and specific food item on the list below. American public university login thank you for your donations!

GATE ENTRANCE CODE CHANGE: effective thursday, september 27, the garrison forest road entrance gate code will change. The new code is 1910. The gate procedures will remain the same in that the upper reisterstown road entrance will remain closed with the exception of carpool times, and the garrison forest road entrance will remain open during daytime hours. Thank you for your assistance as we continue to work together for a safe campus.

RACE FOR THE CURE 2018!: help support research to prevent and cure breast cancer by joining the garrison forest school team to race for the cure on saturday, october 13th at columbia gateway in howard county.You can participate in the 5K or the 1 mile family fun walk. Thanks to the parents’ association, bus transportation will be provided from GFS. It’s our 21st year participating as a school and a great way to show your grizzly spirit and compassion. Click on this link to our webpage where you can register for the race and for bus transportation. Be sure to use the discount code GFS21 to save $10 on your adult registration fee.

ALL-SCHOOL TAILGATE, TUESDAY 10/16, 3:30 PM, MS PARKING LOT: save the date for an all school tailgate on tuesday, october 16 in the middle school parking lot. All families in the GFS community are invited to come and cheer on our grizzlies! There are varsity and JV field hockey games, varsity and JV tennis matches and the varsity cross country team has a meet at irvine nature center. Complimentary beverages and popcorn will provided. Kooper’s chowhound burger wagon will be here for your convenience if you’d like to purchase food.

GFS MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK tuesday, october 23rd, 5:30-7:30 pm: please join us for the annual GFS multicultural potluck in alumnae dining hall. We will celebrate the rich diversity in the garrison community by sharing food from around the world, creating art, and enjoying dance, theater, and musical performances by our very own students! Please bring a dish to share from your culture or family, and feel free to dress in a way that represents where you are from. We are excited to see you there! Please RSVP here.

BACK TO SCHOOL DAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 8:00-11:45AM. Please mark your calendars as we welcome you to spend the morning in the lower school! Dismissal for our students will immediately follow the event, at 11:45AM. There will be no harford heights aftercare available. Top 30 universities in india schedules will be available shortly.

NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK 2018, NOV. 1-7: bonjour! As part of several events scheduled from nov. 1-7, GFS is hosting a french dinner on nov. 1st from 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm. Come enjoy food, music, and trivia from the francophone world, as well as practice your french in the company of french-speaking GFS students, staff, and faculty! RSVP here by oct. 26th. Merci!

This year we will have all 3 girl scout troops (daisy, brownie, and junior). All troops will meet on fridays from 3:30-5:00PM and the schedule varies based on the troop. LaTonya summerville will lead the daisies, nicole slater will lead the brownies, and von belton and melissa benford will co-lead the junior troop. We all have completed the certification training through girl scouts of central maryland. Parents of interested children in kindergarten and first grade should email latonya at latonya_felder@yahoo.Com. The brownies troop is currently rather large and available spots are limited. Please reach out to nicole slater if your daughter is interested. You can reach nicole at gscmtroop822@gmail.Com. American college cricket the junior troop is open and parents of interested girls in grades 4-5 may contact melissa benford at mabenford@verizon.Net . The girl scouts program year begins october 1st.

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION: if you have recently moved, changed your phone number or email address then this message is or YOU! Please contact your division assistant and ask to have your contact information updated in our database. If you are ready to update your contact information, please use the following list to contact the right person:

APPLIED MUSIC LESSONS: garrison forest offers extracurricular private lessons in piano, violin, viola, voice, flute, and guitar. Violin and viola students participate in the string ensemble, which rehearses weekly. Students of all levels study with artist teachers who perform with ensembles such as the baltimore chamber players, the national symphony orchestra and the master chorale of washington, DC. Applied music recitals occur in the winter and spring in each division. Applied music registration is now available online. Please follow this link for information and registration.

SIBLINGS AND OLDER STUDENTS who pick up lower school girls may only do so if they are on the official transportation form. Please email jenni glose or call her at 410-559-3251 to add someone to that form. Please do not have older children run up to collect students if you are in the carpool line. It is not safe, and it interferes with the flow of traffic.

GFS DIRECTORY: the GFS parent directory is available online through the parent portal. You may search by student, parent, address, graduation year and class. To ensure that this resource is as up-to-date as possible, please go to the "household updates" section of the parent portal and ensure that your contact information is correct. In mid-september, we will load a printable PDF of the directory and will have a limited number of printed directories for sale in the school store. You may also request a class list from your division assistant.

If you are a new parent or you have not opted in to receive text messages: on your cell phone as if you are sending a text message, enter 67587 in the "to" field and enter "yes" in the text field. You will receive a message confirming your opt-in within 10 minutes. Some plans (sprint and T-mobile) do not allow this "short code" automatically. You will need to contact them directly to have the service turned on. Contact robert ammons at 410-559-3215 or robertammons@gfs.Org if you have difficulty with your opt-in.

PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS: thanks to the many generous donations from GFS families, grizzly gear has a great selection of gently used uniform apparel. Information about hours of operation can be found here. For questions about grizzly gear or to volunteer at the store please contact jenna millman at jrmillman@verizon.Net.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: the safety and well-being of everyone in our community is of utmost importance to all of us. With the new school year, we remind every parent, guardian, babysitter, etc. To have a parking tag on their vehicle. Security hands these out in carpool, or you may ask for one from your division assistant. In the event of an emergency on campus, parents will receive communication from GFS via text message. Please look out for an email with instructions to opt-in to our emergency alerts system in the coming weeks. Please also take a moment now to put the GFS 24/7 security cell in your phone: 443-744-3708.

The reisterstown road gates at the traffic light are open from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM and from 2:30 – 3:30PM. At all other times, access will be restricted and the gate will only open when you enter the 1910 code. University of america the reisterstown road lower gate (near the barn) is only available to delivery vehicles. The security staff will no longer answer any requests to open the gates. All those without a code must use the garrison forest road entrance.

LOWER SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK: our lower school handbook is available online on the lower school page of our website. The handbook has all of the pertinent information relating to our program, rules, and logistics. Please ensure that you and your daughter familiarize yourself with our handbook to fully understand all of our community expectations.