Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Students,

As we enter the month of November, I would like to reflect on some of the special things that happened during the month of October at Gilbert. Throughout the district, we recognized Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness, and Red Ribbon Week. The students participated in various anti-violence and character education lessons and were given the opportunity to enhance their conflict resolution skills through a variety of activities. The teachers, staff, and school counselors did a tremendous job preparing and executing these lessons for the students.

Halloween highlighted the month of October with many activities and celebrations for our students. Our Halloween Parade and classroom parties showcased our students’ spirit for such a fun-filled holiday. In addition, the GHSA ran its first Trunk or Treat and Halloween Fun Fair. The Halloween Fun Fair included music, refreshments, and several contests for the students. The students looked great in their costumes and demonstrated exemplary behavior over the course of the evening.

We also had the privilege of having the Grand Falloons from the Elmwood Park Clean Communities Program visit us. The program provided meaningful information on recycling and the importance of taking care of our global environment. The children absolutely loved the show, and we hope that the Grand Falloons can visit Gilbert Avenue once again next year.

The month of November brings us many important and exciting events. American Education Week is here and we are sponsoring Parent’s Day on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. I encourage all of our parents to visit us that day so we can showcase our school and provide you with the opportunity to see your child engaged in rigorous, student-centered learning.

Please be reminded of the following important dates for the month of November:

November 7                          No School – Election Day / Teacher In–Service

November 9 & 10                 No School – Teacher Convention

November 14                       GHSA meeting – 7 p.m.

November 17                       Father / Daughter Dance

November 21                       Picture Re-Take Day

November 22                       1 p.m. Dismissal

November 23 & 24              Thanksgiving Recess – No School

On behalf of the staff, I wish everyone a wonderful, peaceful, and relaxing Thanksgiving Recess with family and friends.




David Saper