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Author admin Posted Date 4/29/2013 4:01 AM
 From the Managing Director’s Desk Greetings to all GSS Stakeholders!  It is important for all of us to follow our dreams and set our goals high. I hope all GSS students will follow this pattern throughout their lives. This is important to discuss with students at home during the Character Counts Program trait of INNOVATION. I believe that Gibson School Systems students will build, create, solve problems, and introduce the world to new and better ideas and strategies in the future. Thank you all again for your support and we look forward to the rest of a great school year! Dr. Leea Gibson, Ed. D.
 Important Reminders
1. For grades 1 to 12, please check the exercise books every day and sign on all tests and quizzes.
 2. Please read  all letters sent to your email accounts. We are trying to keep you informed of all school events and procedures.
 3. Please bring the ID card with you when you enter the campus to take your child and also remember to tell your drivers or other family members who take your children home.
 4. During the day, if you need to take you child early for any reason, report to the site director who will follow the sign out procedure. 
5. It is not allowed to have Gibson School Systems staff from any campus tutoring your children at home.
 6. Please follow up the students who travel alone to home. Some are stopping in negative places. 
7. Please encourage your child to speak English and practice their language skills!

 PO Box 15564 Addis Ababa Gibson School Systems Links Follow us on Twitter: Get updates and announcements daily: @GibsonLeea Email: gibsonschoolsystems@gmail.com Website: www.gyaschool.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Gibson- Youth-AcademyGibson-Preparatory-College- Addis-Ababa-Ethiopia/101145989940369

 ELECTRONICS ARE THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF FAILURE AND LACK OF EFFORT IN LEARNING AMONG STUDENTS ! 1) DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD A MOBILE PHONE OR TABLET 2) MONITOR AND SUPERVISE ALL GAMES, TV AND COMPUTER USE 3) LIMIT SCREEN TIMES TO FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING AND NIGHTS 4) ENGAGE YOUR CHILDREN IN HOBBIES, SPORTS, AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 

 The Cycle of Success in Gibson School Systems Gibson School Systems firmly believes in the Cycle of Success, so we give our students many chances throughout the school year to experience the cycle of success. We are proud of our students who have won contests inside and outside the campuses levels. We are also proud of those who gave their best efforts and tried their best. We encourage parents to keep involving students in the cycle of success and helping them to feel pride and recognition whether they win or just do a good job of trying. TRY! TRY AGAIN! TRY HARDER! TRY ANOTHER WAY! NEVER GIVEUP! The Cycle of Success Effort Pride Achievement Recognition Success (It all starts with effort!) School Success: Getting Kids to Relate to Their Teacher Is the Best Strategy Establishing a connection between your child and his or her teachers is key to success in school and throughout life. Regardless of a child’s scholastic abilities, parents can show him or her how to get along with teachers. Before your kids start school, give them a powerful advantage over other children by teaching them the following practical, easy-to-learn skills:

 Tip 1: Smile and say “hello” to your teacher every day. Kids who greet their teachers with a smile and a warm “hello” every morning usually have fewer problems with their teachers throughout the day. It is important, however, for parents to help their kids understand it is necessary to not overdo it. Try practicing with your child. 

Tip 2: Pay attention to your teacher. While your teacher is talking, look him or her in the eyes, smile, and nod. Parents have to know that helping their child relate to teachers will increase the child’s interest in what is being taught. One parent I know had a daughter who experienced difficulty paying attention in class. After the parent suggested looking at the teacher, smiling, and nodding, she became more engaged in her learning and was better prepared to ask questions about the lessons. Teachers enjoy working with children who are interested in learning. Students who are attentive and “encourage” their teachers during the lesson have an advantage over those who do not. In addition, these children will be more comfortable approaching a teacher with any concerns they may have. 

Tip 3: Raise your hand periodically to ask a question about the lesson. A child who asks questions shows the teacher that he or she is paying attention to the lesson being taught. 

Tip 4: Say “please” and “thank you.” It is important for parents to model good manners. At the Love and Logic Institute, we’ve found that children learn much more from our actions than from our words. What we say in front of our kids is more important than what we say to them. For example, when your child is nearby, you might say to your spouse, “I sure do appreciate all of your help today around the house. Thank you so much.” Kids who use these skills in school will have an advantage over kids who do not. These skills also will carry over to the workforce, which will give children an advantage over others throughout their professional lives. One student I know suffered from significant learning problems. Many people thought he would not be successful in his professional life. Much to their surprise, however, he went on to have a wonderful career and did better than kids who were much “brighter,” because his parents taught and reinforced good relationship skills over and over again. Don’t wait! Start using these techniques and join the thousands of parents who are raising successful, responsible kids. 

QUOTATIONS by ABRAHAM LINCOLN Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States during its most difficult times, the American Civil War. He was instrumental in the abolishment of slavery in the United States. He was also a very wise man. Please enjoy these famous quotations from this noteworthy person. 
1. Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character – give him power. –Abraham Lincoln 
2. I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. -Abraham Lincoln 
3. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. -Abraham Lincoln 
4. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. -Abraham Lincoln 
5. Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln 
6. If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax. – Abraham Lincoln 
7. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln 
 
Some Ways to Encourage Reading at Home
 1. Scout around for books, magazines, or comics you think your child might like to read. Present it as a gift. “I know how much you like airplanes. I found this book about WWII bombers, and I thought you might like to look at it.” Don’t mention the word “read”; “look at it” will produce the same result! 
2. Ask older children to read with their younger siblings. “Would you read a story to Beniam and let him read it back to you? He needs a good reader to listen to him.”
 3. Play games that are reading related: spelling games, trivia games, board games that require reading cards or board spaces, and card games with directions. 
4. Find models or other crafts that require reading directions for assembly. This is great for teaching sequencing, prediction, and following directions.*Nmb381
 5. Let your child see you reading, and then share your thoughts about your book or magazine. “I was reading this article about Michael Jordan. Did you know that in school, he didn’t make the basketball team three years in a row? I’ll give you the magazine when I finish. It’s a great article.”
 6. Set aside quiet times for reading. This could be a few minutes after dinner, after a bath and before bed, etc.
 7. Take advantage of reading and discussing road signs, menus, labels, or even lyrics to music. 8. Limit TV to make time for reading, but never use TV or video games as a reward for reading or as a punishment for not reading.
 9. If your child is reading a book or magazine, allow an extra few minutes to finish a chapter or an article before bed. 
10. Extend reading experiences by visiting the museum or art gallery, attending sporting events, or seeing a movie based upon a book your child has read at school or at home. 
11. Have a family book club night! Everyone gathers and brings a book, magazine, comic, or newspaper and shares a passage, a bit of trivia, a human interest story, an interesting fact, or even a joke that they like. Inspire your child to read more by saying, “That’s very interesting! I’d like to hear more about that when you finish reading...I didn’t know that; tell me more...Those are very funny jokes! Read some more.” 
12. Don’t force your child to finish a book he or she doesn’t like. There are millions of other choices. 
13. Read to and with your child. As you read, your child will pick up important literacy skills in the process: vocabulary, fluency, inflection (changes in pitch or tone of the voice), comprehension, and more. Ask questions as you read; “What do you think will happen next? How do you think the story will end? What was your favorite part of the story? Which character is your favorite; why? 

Gibson School Systems School Rules Please review these Gibson School Systems rules at home with your child in order for him or her to reach his or her highest potential in character development as well as academics. 
1. Never bring a toy or real gun, knife, or weapon to school. This includes sharp and dangerous items. 
2. Never beat or engage in physical conflict with another student.
 3. Never, in words or actions, disrespect teachers or any member of the school staff. 
4. Never use foul or vulgar language. 
5. Never leave the campus without a gate pass from the office. 
6. Never play in the water or toilet areas. Do not waste water.
 7. Never go to the classroom during break times or without a teacher.
 8. Never bring money, electronics or mobile phones to school. Electronics found at school will be confiscated by the administration. ELECTRONICS WILL NOT BE RETURNED!
 9. Never cheat; be honest. 
10. Never touch or disturb the property of others. 
11. Never throw sharp objects or other items in the classroom. 
12. Never disrespect another person’s culture or religion. 
13. Never touch or disturb the property of others. 
14. Never give gifts or money to any GSS staff member for any reason. 
15. Never write on tables, walls or other school property. 
16. Never damage or destroy school property. 
17. Never bring gum or candy to school or use gum or candy at school. 
18. Never play on the stairs or areas that are not play areas. 
19. Never be absent from school without good cause. A medical certificate must be produced. In case of illness.
 20. Never come late to school.
 21. Always wear your uniform with shirt tucked in, socks, and closed sport shoes. 
22. Always keep your hair and body well groomed. 
23. Always raise your hand to speak in class. 
24. Always use English in the school campus. 
25. Always write the date and instructions before you write anything else.
 26. Always complete your class work and homework on time.
 27. Always put your trash in the waste basket. 
28. Always do your best in all things! . Be helpful. Be caring. Be generous. Be honest. Be responsible. Please use the yearly calendar to help your child complete this activity at home. This will give you a great chance to talk about good character and how important it is and how good character affects our relationships with others. 

Ode to Ethiopia The poem below is about Ethiopia that Paul Lawrence Dunbar wrote in 1896 because he was proud of how Ethiopia stood up for itself against outside aggressors. Be proud, my race in mind and soul; Your name is written on glory’s scroll In characters of fire. High amid the clouds of fame’s bright sky Your banner’s blazoned folds now fly, And truth shall lift them higher. 
HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD STUDY AT HOME
 1. READ THE COMMUNICATION BOOK EVERY DAY. 
2. CHECK THE HOMEWORK CAREFULLY.
3. USE THE PORTIONS FOR EACH QUARTER TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD.
 4. REPORT ANY ERRORS OR PROBLEMS TO THE SITE DIRECTOR IMMEDIATELY. 
5. READY AHEAD WITH YOUR CHILD USING THE PORTION ASSIGNMENTS 
6. MAKE SURE ALL TESTS AND QUIZZES ARE SIGNED BY YOU. 
7. USE QUIZZES, WORKSHEETS, AND TESTS TO PREPARE FOR BIGGER EXAMS. 
8. DO QUESTION AND ANSWER FROM THE BOOKS.
 9. MAKE PRACTICE TESTS OF YOUR OWN AT HOME. Language Development Games You Can Play with Your Child in the Car (or anytime you have time together!) • Categories: To play this game, one player chooses a category, such as “animals.” Every player takes a turn naming an item in the category. If a player repeats a word or is unable to name a word in the category, he/she is out. Play continues until one player remains and wins the game. To make this task more complex, have the child add more descriptive words to the category (e.g., animals with tails, animals that live in the zoo) or name animals alphabetically (eg., aardvark, bear, cat, dog, etc.). 
• Rhyme Time: To practice phonological awareness skills, children can practice creating rhymes for things they see from the car window or in the environment around them. For example, if a child chooses the word “tree,” other players must name some rhyming words (e.g., knee, see, me). The player who gives the most rhymes is the winner! As an added bonus, players can create rhymes using nonsense words (e.g., slee, dree). Other players take turns identifying whether the rhyming word is a real word or a nonsense word. 

• Guess It: Players take turns describing familiar items or objects (e.g., car, apple, baby). The first player chooses an object and gives three clues to describe it. All of the other players take turns guessing what the first player is describing (e.g., it is a fruit; it can be red or green; it grows on a tree). If no players guess correctly, the first player provides another clue about the object. The player who correctly identifies the mystery object earns a point and chooses the next word to describe.

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