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Gibson Weekly Wire 10/28/2020


Tomorrow will be such an exciting day - for many of us it will be our first Virtual Halloween Celebration!  This is normally such an exciting time of year for elementary students, we’d like to thank our teachers and PTO for creating new and innovative ways to celebrate the season!   Children and Staff are encouraged to wear their costumes during the school day.  Please remember that costumes must align with CCSD Dress Code.  In addition, masks, graphic face paint, and weapons are not permitted.  All classes will have a virtual Halloween party on this day from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

This Thursday also marks our annual Pumpkin Run. This year, we are working with our Gibson PTO to use the Pumpkin Run as a kick off for our community food drive.  Please see the attached flyers for more information.

As a reminder there is no school on Friday, October 30th in celebration of Nevada Day.  Also, there is no school on Tuesday, November 4th due to Election Day.

We are excited to share our Birthday Book Club program will continue this year, with the support of Ms. Burton, Ms. Cowen, PTO and a generous donation from Vin Sauvage.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The City of Henderson is excited to announce the Henderson Homework Help tutoring program in partnership with the Andson Foundation.  This program offers free tutoring and homework helps sessions in person at our Valley View Recreation Center and the Multigenerational Recreation Center on Saturdays for FREE!  (See attached flyer)  We hope this resource can help students who are struggling to have the opportunity to safely meet with Andson’s tutors to get that extra help they need.

Saturdays: October 24 | November 7, 14 & 21 | December 5, 12 & 19

Henderson Multigenerational Center - activity code 194355

Valley View Recreation Center - activity code 194354

Grade 1-3: 9:30am-10:15am

Grade 4-5: 10:30am-11:15am

Grade 6-8: 11:30am-12:30pm

Program is free but registration in advance is required.

Each week, we will bring you a topic that will assist you in making Distance Education work for your child. Most of what we share with you is from “The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your child’s Academic, Social, and Emotional Development in Any Setting” by Wiseman, Fisher, Frey and Hattie. This week we will focus on Learning Management Systems.

In Clark County, Canvas is our Learning Management System (LMS).  This platform “houses” all learning programs, Google Meets, and Google Classrooms. Students log on through Clever and simply select “buttons” to navigate to the various activities.  The LMS is the primary way that your child will access content and tasks.  It is a good idea to have a general understanding of how it works.

Most of our students have mastered logging in and accessing materials, Meets and instructional programs (Khan, Smarty Ants, Accelerated Reader, etc.).  It is important to note that the expectation for Gibson students is to spend 30 minutes during the instructional day and 30 minutes of nightly reading for homework.  In addition children should spend 20 minutes a day on Khan Math and 20 minutes a day on either Kahn Literacy (3-5) or Smarty Ants (K-2). Teachers track the minutes spent and the number of leveling up events occur on these activities weekly.  You can also view reports of time spent on these activities. Have your child show you or contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

One concern we do have at this time is that we  are noticing some students are not turning in assignments, or they click “submit” on assignments, with having no work completed. Please have your child walk you through how they submit work for their teacher.  At this point in the year, students should be fluent with online submission in the intermediate grades.  Many of the primary teachers have work returned during deployments.  Again, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

We realize that learning a new system can be a highly stressful situation for both your and your children.  A few simple tips will ensure the remainder of the school year runs smoothly;

Find out how to log on to the Learning Management System

Know your child’s passwords and usernames. Make sure they are secure, and talk with your child about the importance of not sharing passwords

Learn the features of the LMS so that you can help your child as needed

Find out procedures for submitting assignments.  The Infinite Campus can be modified to alert you each time an assignment is submitted to the grade book.  If there is a missing assignment, you will be notified immediately.  Please see our website for links to the Parent Education videos that walk you through setting this system up on your mobile device.

It is hard to believe that we just finished our first quarter of the 2020-21 school year.  In partners in education, we are once again seeking some feedback from our families.  Please take a few minutes to provide some feedback to us.  The survey attached should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. Please use this link or copy and paste it in the browser. 

Distance Education Family Survey:

Together we are creating the most technologically developed generation!

The Gibson Team



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