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GRMS ANNOUNCEMENTS
END OF TRIMESTER – GRADES
If you were unable to attend the Parent-Teacher Conferences last week, you were unable to get the grades that your student earned during the 1st Trimester. We will be mailing these on Thursday, December 3rd, so expect to receive those no later than Monday, December 5th.
CHOIR CONCERT DECEMBER 6th @ BARLOW
Our Winter Choir Concert will be on Tuesday December 6th, at 7:00 PM in the Sam Barlow High School Auditorium. We hope to see you there.
EBETSU FUNDRAISER DANCE
The six Gordon Russell students will be boarding a plane and heading to Japan for the second half of our school exchange program. These students will spend a total of 10 days in Japan, attend school, see some sites, and enjoy an international travel experience. To help offset some of the costs, we will be hosting a fundraiser dance on Wednesday, December 7th, from 4:00-5:30 in our gym. The cost of the dance is $5.00 dollars with an additional cost for concessions. Russell staff will supervise the dance, it will be a safe place for kids, and an excellent opportunity for everyone to have fun while supporting their peers. Students will need to make arrangements for pickup for the dance. Busses will not be available. Only Gordon Russell students will be permitted to attend this dance. No guests will be admitted.
EBETSU STUDENT EXCHANGE
Konichiwa! This is the traditional Japanese greeting. We will be using that greeting often between December 9th through 15th as we host six students and a teacher from Ebetsu, Japan. Each year, a Gresham-Barlow middle school has the honor of participating in an exchange with students from Ebetsu, Gresham’s sister city. Gordon Russell hosted students last December, and will do so again this year. We then get to exchange, sending a group of our students and a teacher the following February. 
GREAT DINNER IDEA WHILE HELPING GRMS FAMILIES!
Our AVID students will be volunteering at Burgerville (2975 NE Hogan Dr.) on Tuesday December 13th from 5pm-8pm. 10% of all sales during that time will go towards family holiday support within the GRMS community. Join us and treat your family to dinner while helping those in need! 
BAND CONCERT DECEMBER 15th @ BARLOW
Our Winter Band Concert will be on Thursday, December 15th, at 7:00 PM in the Sam Barlow High School Auditorium. We have performances planned for four groups this year: 6th Grade Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band and the Russell Jazz Band. We hope to see you there.
CONTACTING A TEACHER
If you would like to contact a teacher, the best and timeliest way is through email. Most questions or concerns can be taken care of this way. If you still feel that you need to meet, please arrange an appointment time with the teacher. This way they can make sure they have adequate time to spend with you. On the day of your visit, please make sure to sign in the front office and get a visitors badge. 
MEDICATION REMINDER!
School personnel may not give children medication without written permission from the parent/guardian and doctor. Parents must bring the medication to the school office and complete the required district form before the medication can be given. Students may never transport medication. Prescription medication must be prepared and labeled by a pharmacist at the direction of a physician. The district requires a signed permission form and instructions from the student’s parent, which includes: name of student, name of medication, route, dosage and frequency of administration will be needed. Prescription medication must remain in the original container from the pharmacy or doctor’s office. Nonprescription medication must be brought to school in original container or packaging and must follow recommended guidelines for dosage. Nonprescription medication means only commercially prepared, non-alcohol based medication to be taken during school hours that is necessary for the student to remain in school.
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