Please note that any monies now submitted to Gulf Beaches for payment can only be in the form of cash or money order.
School Advisory Council 2016 - 2017
Parents and Community Members,
If you are interested in joining our School Advisory Council (SAC) next year, please send an e-mail to Traci Messer. Thank you!
Parents and Students,
All student iPads, charging blocks, and charging cables are to be returned to us by Thursday, May 19th.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
Many parents do not recognize the early signs of a critical health issue: communication disorders. Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. This month, during the national observance of Better Hearing and Speech Month, I encourage parents to take stock of their child’s communication health. Sometimes, problems achieving academically, or social or behavioral issues in school, may be the result of an undiagnosed speech or hearing disorder. It is important for parents to be attuned to the early warning signs of these conditions.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), through its Identify the Signs campaign, offers many resources to help parents learn about these disorders. Visit http://identifythesigns.org to learn more about what to watch for and treatment options.
Prevention, especially when it comes to noise-induced hearing loss, is of growing importance with skyrocketing use of personal audio technology among kids. Many children have access to smartphones, tablets, and other devices—and use these with accompanying headphones or ear buds at high volumes (and for long periods of time). One in 5 kids ages 12–19 is suffering from hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the late 1980s/early 1990s. Year-round, but especially as we move into the summer months with increased leisure time, it is important to impart safe listening habits to your children. These include listening at half volume and taking listening breaks. It is also key to demonstrate this behavior—practice what you preach. You can find helpful resources from another ASHA initiative, the Listen To Your Buds campaign, at www.facebook.com/listentoyourbuds.
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or hearing, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 727-893-2139 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Vargas, M.S.,CCC-SLP
(information courtesy of Sublime Speech)
Update: Spring Music Performances
Please note that our Spring Music Performances have been cancelled. Thank you.
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*Click here to view our student uniform options
Check out GLAM! It is our new, year-long, after-school program for girls!
*Safety Concern: Our campus is not open to students until 8:05 am, unless your child attends a pre-approved morning club or meeting. The YMCA is available, on-site, at a cost. Students are not to be dropped off for school in the front parking lot. Students who arrive after 8:35 am must be walked into the front office by an adult and signed in.
*In order to preserve student learning time, breakfast will not be served after 8:25 am. Students are expected to be present in classes no later than 8:35 am.
Corey Causeway Bridge Opening Schedule:
8 am. to 7 pm. On the hour and at every 20 minutes past the hour
Please adhere to all posted speed and STOP signs especially at peak arrival and dismissal times.
*The GBEMS School Advisory Council has created the Magnet Agreement that will begin next school year, 2015-2016. This agreement will be signed by all students and families and the specified terms will be upheld. Please visit the SAC page for more information and the forms.
*Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School Car Magnets are on sale through the PTA in the Front Office. They are $3.00 each and look exactly like the circular logo at the top of this page. If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit the office. Please pay using cash and exact change only as we cannot make change. Thank you.
*Please send in Box Tops, Campbell's Soup Labels and Coke Rewards with your students as you collect them. These are a great way for us to earn money for our school!
The mission of Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School is to educate and prepare each student for college, career, and life.