Principal's Message


Dear Parents / Guardians:

March is here! As the saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Although we have had a mild winter, we are certainly looking forward to the temperatures to rise. The green of the grass and the colors of the landscape shall soon return along with the sounds of children screaming and playing at outdoor recess. On behalf of the Gilbert community, I would like to extend a “Thank You” to Mr. Warner at the high school for permitting the Gilbert students to use the high school football field (field turf) the last few months.

With the month of March upon us, the thoughts of spring are certainly in the air!

Allow me to extend a “thank you” to our GHSA for sponsoring our first Gilbert Avenue Fun Fair Carnival in February. Our students had a wonderful time and they hope that we can sponsor this event again next year.

I would like to congratulate all of the students who earned certificates at our first Academic Awards Assembly. The ceremony truly motivated our students to continue to excel in their studies. I encourage those students who did not receive a certificate that afternoon to work that much harder for the second marking period. With academics in mind, please be aware that report cards will be distributed and released on the parent portal on March 24. As always, you may always reach out to your child’s teacher or request a conference should you have any concerns.

The month of March also brings to us the third year of PARCC standardized testing. The PARCC Assessment will measure how well our students have mastered the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.  The PARCC will take place for grades three, four, and five from March 24 through May 19. Parents will be notified as to what specific dates their child will be taking the exam.

Gilbert teachers have prepared our students well for the PARCC, and I am confident that our students are “ready to shine!”

Please note some other important dates for the month of March:

February 27 – March 3                         Read Across America Week

March 1                                                 Wounded Warrior Wednesday

March 8                                                NAEP Testing (Grade 4)

March 24                                              Progress Reports Released

March 24                                              Paint Night (Grades 3 &$)

3/27 – 5/19                                          PARCC Testing

I hope to see you at upcoming events.



David Saper