On November 7th, our Principal and Assistant Principal raced monkey bikes through the halls of our school. The students set a goal for October’s Feed the Need Fundraiser. Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Bergsma-Glenn agreed to race monkey bikes if students donated 1,000 items. Our students donated 1,821 items for the fundraiser, so the race was on!! We want to thank all the students and parents for the donations. This was a great cause and like always our community gave great support.
Radon testing is scheduled to start this week and will be conducted at all schools by the end of January.
Radon tests in schools are required by the state to ensure that air quality is safe for students. Radon is a gas found in soil caused by natural deposits of uranium. It is more common in some geographic areas, but it can be found anywhere. If it is present and moves through the soil into a building, it can disperse into the air and release damaging particles that can lead to lung cancer after prolonged exposure.
The following is the anticipated schedule for this round of testing:
|School||Approximate Test Dates|
|Timber Ridge School||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|Clover Ridge Elementary||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|South Shore Elementary||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|Waverly Elementary School||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|North Albany Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|North Albany Middle School||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Fir Grove Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Oak Grove Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Fairmount||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Memorial Middle School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Liberty Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Takena Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Oak Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Central Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Calapooia Middle School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Periwinkle Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Tangent Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Albany Options School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|Sunrise Elementary School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|Lafayette Elementary School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|South Albany High School||January 8 – 12, 2018|
|West Albany High School||January 22 – 26, 2018|
This week, schools are celebrating National School Lunch Week. GAPS joins schools around the country in recognizing the hard work and dedication of school food service staff members who work hard to prepare healthy and appealing meals for students.
Here are a few facts about nutrition services in our schools from Nutrition Services General Manager Kathy Pitzer:
We serve an average of 7,700 meals per day. That is broken down by 2,500 breakfasts, 4,500 lunches, 700 other (after school suppers, ala carte purchases, etc.).
There are around 90 food service employees in the 21 schools plus four support staff at the Nutrition Services Department.
We buy locally grown/produced food where/when we can. Currently there are about seven local vendors we work with, including Lochmead Dairy for milk, Truitt Family Farms for beans and Bob’s Red Mills for granola.
The transportation department will work with all elementary and middle schools in October and November to practice emergency evacuations. The emergency plans for all of GAPS schools include the option to evacuate students and staff to the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.
This is a required training at all Oregon schools in the first eight weeks of the school year. A second training will be in spring.
In the event of an emergency, students and their teachers would be bused to the Expo Center and stay there until they could be picked up by their families. The school would provide supervision for the students and supervise the release of students to families. Parents would use the Expo Center parking lot when picking up their student/s.
If a school evacuation to the Fair and Expo Center is necessary, families will be notified. If the situation at the school is such that the building is to be evacuated, law enforcement personnel will likely close off the surrounding neighborhood and prevent anyone from accessing the school campus. Emergency responders will instead direct family members to pick up their child at the Fair and Expo Center.
The drill will help students who are non-bus riders become familiar with buses and reduce potential anxiety about transportation during an actual emergency.
During the training, students will load the buses and be taught bus safety by the drivers. The buses will not take the students anywhere during this drill, but the idea of the training is to practice loading for the same reason students practice leaving the building for a fire drill.