Wednesday Weekly for January 28th, 2015

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Dear Gambold Families,

Important this week!

-Goodwill Drive: This is the last week! We are now in 6th place in the Goodwill drive. If you haven’t already, please look around your home and ask your family and friends for clothes, toys, books and household items no longer used and donate to Goodwill. You can take your donation to any Goodwill Donation Center and tell them you are supporting Gambold High School for the Donation Drive. The deadline is February 1st.

– In an effort to improve system practices, Indianapolis Public Schools is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/4079131

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Please complete by Feb 13th. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

 
Parent Involvement Tips of the Week!

Consider helping your scholar find a paid job this summer. The lessons learned from holding a job and earning a paycheck are valuable life skills that will serve them well.

One great option is the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Youth Tree Team. Many Gambold Schlors have worked with this program and have learned and grown in unexpected ways. For more information click here http://www.kibi.org/youth_tree_team

Another great opportunity is Teen Works. This paid employment program gives teens the chance to earn a paycheck but the TeenWorks experience is so much more than a job. Participating teens build professional resumes, gain job skills for the future, participate in volunteer projects to give back to the community, and receive hands-on instruction to build key college and career readiness skills in areas like technology, finances, and leadership. To learn more and apply click http://teenworks.org/get-involved/teenworks-summer/

College Prep Tips of the Week!

– The Indianapolis Public Library and The Scholarship Advisor Program are sponsoring “College Scholarship & Financial Aid Series”, February 23, March 23, and April 27, 2015. The program will be held at the IMCPL 38th Street Branch at 5420 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218. Registration is required for this event. Call 275-4350 to get your spot.

-Scholars who took the PSAT received Score Reports before the Winter Break. We now have a guide for you to understanding and using that information. To access the presentation, go to http://www.gamboldprep.com. Click Guidance, testing, and PSAT. Click on the title and wait (maybe a long time) for the picture to pop up. Click on the picture to play the video. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Harris at harria@myips.org or 226-4108.

What’s happening!

– Prom news: Later this month, girls will have the chance to ‘shop’ for prom dresses that have been donated to Gambold Prep. There will be no cost for the dresses. Some minor alterations may also be available. Thank you to Mrs. Lowe and her friends and family for organizing this shop. Donations of suits, dress pants, jackets, dress shirts and ties are also needed for the boys. Volunteers and supplies are needed to make racks to hang the dresses on and create a dressing area. Please email or call if you have ideas

– Talk about our great school! You know your child’s school best. Help other parents find their great school too –rate and review our school at: http://www.greatschools.org/school/parentReview.page

– Recycling cans into cash! Gambold Prep is now recycling aluminum cans with The Can Lady Project. Please bring in any cans from soda or other beverages for processing. The more we gather, the more money we can earn for after school activities. If you have access to large quantities of cans from restaurants, concessions, etc. please contact Lori Armstrong at armstrlo@myips.org or 441-2457 for details on collection and donation.

– Science Bound Parent Meetings for this semester are Feb 3rd, March 3rd, and April 7th from 6pm to 8pm at Crispus Attucks High School. Parents are expected to attend at least one meeting during the semester.

– Drama and Costume Club is looking for donations. If you have craft and/or sewing supplies you no longer use, please bring them to Mrs. Nelson at the front desk. They need sewing pins, yarn, fabrics, sewing machine needles, machines, hot glue and glue guns, chalk, paint, anything people have laying about from past projects. If you have sewing or costuming skills and would like to volunteer with the club, please contact Lori Armstrong at armstrlo@myips.org.

Summer Opportunities!

– High school girls interested in Engineering and/or IT consider attending POWER Camp 2015. The camp starts on July 12th and ends on July 18th. Here is the link: http://www.engr.iupui.edu/infofor/community/summer-camps/power-camp.php

– Project SEED is a program to give high school students the opportunity to explore a career in the sciences and be involved in research at industries and universities. Applications are due in April but are extensive. Start now by clicking here http://indyprojectseed.org/application/
 

– The IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program (SRP) aims to increase the number of high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields. Deadline is in February but also extensive. Start on it now. This is a paid position and application is available here http://cancer.iu.edu/education/training/summer-research/how-to-apply.shtml

In the Community!

– Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Career Fair, Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9am – 2pm

– NoExit Performance is participating in Create 24, a fundraiser for IndyConvergence and their work in Haiti. For more info check this link

http://www.skybluewindow.org/indianapolis/create-24/Event?oid=2279052#.VL_6gcy-JNk.gmail

– Creativity Fest is a free, fun, creative event sponsored by Arts for Learning. Check it out. http://artsforlearningindiana.org/event/creativity-fest-2/

– 2015 free tax preparation season begins this month. This year, more than 200 certified volunteers will prepare current year tax returns for eligible taxpayers free of charge. Marion County residents who earned less than $60,000 in income in 2014 may qualify for the free tax preparation service. Free tax preparation will continue through April 15, 2015 at more than 25 sites throughout Marion County. For more information on locations and hours of operation, please visit www.indyfreetaxprep.com or call 2-1-1. Indianapolis residents who want to prepare their own federal and state tax returns for free, can access free tax preparation software at http://www.MyFreeTaxes.com.

– Remember – our website, http:// www.gamboldprep.com is a great place to keep up-to- date.

– Tip — look for the MyIPS App in Google Play and the App Store. Search – Indianapolis Public Schools. This is the best way to get alerts related to school delays and closings.

– For questions or concerns, email me at armstrlo@myips.org or call 226-4108 or 441-2457.

Have a Great Week,

Lori Armstrong

Partnership Coordinator