Activities
Six students in red t-shirts holding up their trophy.

Don’t underestimate the importance of having fun participating in school activities. Some of the best times and memories students have are the experiences of belonging to a club or participating in an after school activity. Clubs and activities are important to join just for the enjoyment that they will bring to most students, but they also allow the students to more easily make friends because the groups are small and they get to be themselves!

Clubs and activities provide students with many positive experiences that help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for college or the workplace. It helps students to become active in their school and to feel a connection to the school and to others. It provides a sense of pride and school spirit and it is a positive influence on our youth today.

There is something for everyone! Get involved!

The local Cub Scout troop leaders will visit Gordon this fall to talk to students about joining. Look for information soon!

Questions? Contact Tracey Portillo at (804) 337-3083 or tfportillo(at)gmail.com.

Book Buddies
Fifth graders have the special opportunity to work with our Kindergarten students by reading with them on a weekly basis. This privilege starts after our Kindergarteners become more acclimated to “big school” and will run throughout the rest of the school year.

Chorus
Do you love to sing and perform? Fifth grade students have the option to join Mrs. Nicely with our Fifth Grade Chorus. These students will meet before school starting thrid quarter and prepare for the Fine Arts Festival in the Spring. All ability levels are invited to join.

Safety Patrol
Each morning and afternoon, our Safety Patrol assists with bus loop and indoor safety for all our students. Fifth graders are allowed the opportunity to apply for the Safetry Patrol. A short essay is the students application for Safety Patrol consideration. Students will need to write about why they want to be apart of Gordon’s Safety Patrol.  More information will be available soon!

Winter Program
Do you want to be a star? All fifth graders are invited to perform in the Winter Program. Whether the student wants to sing or have a speaking role, there is a part everyone. Our younger students love to see our fifth graders shine!

Girl Scouts is a “girl-led” organization where girls take charge, in partnership with committed volunteers, to make decisions and discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls teaming together in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Through an amazing array of enriching experiences, girls are encouraged to express themselves freely, try new things, and experiment in various leadership roles. The process of leading, learning by doing, and collaborating develops character, strong values, social conscience, confidence in one’s potential and self-worth, as well as skills for success in the real world – qualities that will serve girls all their lives.

Every Girl Scout is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 145 countries. Today, there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts in the U.S., 2.7 million girl members and 928,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. More than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States.

Join Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and meet membership requirements.Anyone who meets or can meet membership requirements shall not be denied admission or access to the Girl Scout program because of race, color, ethnicity, creed, national origin, socioeconomic status or disability.The Girl Scout membership year is October 1 through September 30.The annual membership fee to be a member of Girl Scouts of the USA is $18. This includes accident insurance to cover participants in Girl Scout activities. Lifetime membership is also available for adults. For more information, contact 1-800 4-SCOUT-4 or e-mail gshelper@comgirlscouts.org.

Visit the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia website!
https://www.comgirlscouts.org/

Honors Chorus

The Honors Chorus’s purpose is to promote sixth grade music skills in a choral setting. They will perform on their own and with other elementary choruses in the Chesterfield County Fine Arts Festival.

Honors Chorus is for fifth grade students and begins in January. We meet in the Music Room every Monday from 8:30 am – 9:10 am. These rehearsals continue through the Fine Arts Festival in April.

Students will be asked to audition in music class. If the student does well in audition, a note will be sent home asking the parents it the child will be able to attend rehearsals and the Festival.

Drumming Ensemble

The Drumming Ensemble’s purpose is to promote sixth grade music skills in a percussion setting. Our Drumming Ensemble will perform in the Chesterfield County Fine Arts Festival.

Drumming Ensemble begins in January and we meet in the Music Room every Wednesday from 8:30 am – 9:10 am. These rehearsals continue through the Fine Arts Festival in April.

Students will be asked to audition in music class. If the student does well in audition, a note will be sent home asking the parents it the child will be able to attend rehearsals and the Festival.

For more information, contact Mrs. Nicely.

We will run, jog or walk on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS. Running Club will begin each morning at 8:40 am and will go to 9:15 am. Please read the information below and send the signed portion of the form and return to the school office or bring to running club.

1.) Running will begin promptly at 8:40 am with a warm up on the black top. Children should be dropped off earlier than 8:30 a.m. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD WALK ACROSS THE ROAD UNACCOMPANIED. We will have a parent/teacher helping the children unload. Drop off is by the curb at the end of parent pickup near the baseball field.
2.) Running Club will meet every designated day unless cancelled due to weather. We will not run if the weather is 35
degrees or below, or due to wet field conditions (usually no running club December-February). All communication will take place through the MemberHub. Please make sure you sign up HERE. Once you have signed up for MemberHub you will need to join the Running Club Hub. We will notify via MemberHub by 7:50 a.m. if Running Club is cancelled.
3.) All grades K-5th will run, jog or walk 1 mile around the football field. They will get credit for each mile they complete. Their miles accumulate through the entire time while at Gordon. Members earn ribbons at these mile markers: 15, 25, 50, 75 then trophies at 100, 125, 150 etc!
Running Club is open to the entire school and is a PTA run program, relying on parent support. We would like a minimum of 4 parent volunteers each day to make the club run smoothly. These volunteers will mainly be needed to check in the runners and monitor drop-off and the run. We appreciate the help and support for our students.
PTA Running Club
Mark Junkermann
markjunkermann@hotmail.com
Erin Batts
erinalisha@gmail.com
Two boys in matching steam logo t-shirts pose for a photo.

STEAM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) will start to meet in late January or early February.  Gordon sends teams to compete in Chesterfield County’s Annual STEAM competitions. Every year our teams perform very well! We are very proud of how our students have represented Gordon while showing everyone that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math rock!

For more information, contact Mrs. Blaylock or Mrs. Brown.

Look for updates coming soon!

In January each year, PTA oversees a Winter Enrichment program for students. For six weeks, students are given the opportunity to explore something new and exciting after school; such as, Clay, Chess, Cake Decorating, Juggling, Creative Writing, Mad Science, Maymont, and Fashion Design.

Detailed information will be released in December.

Gordon is excited to begin a K-Kid club!
K-Kids is a “student-led” community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body, grades K-5. A Kiwanis Club in Midlothian, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.  Teachers and Administration will serve as the coordinators.
K-Kids Club develops caring leaders.  K-Kids objectives are:
  • To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.
  • To develop leadership potential.
  • To foster the development of strong moral character.
  • To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.
Students who choose to join K-Kids may serve as an officer if elected.  Members of the club will vote to elect: Sergeant-at-Arms (K-5) Treasurer (K-5), Secretary (K-5), Vice President (4th grader), and President (5th grader).
Meetings will take place once a month before school on the third Monday of the month.  We will meet from 8:15 a.m. until 9:10a.m. The dates for meetings are: October 21,2019; November 18, 2019; December 16, 2019; January 27, 2020 (not 3rd Monday due to holiday); February 24, 2020 (not 3rd Monday due to holiday); March 23, 2020; April 20, 2020; and May 18, 2020.  Members are expected to attend each meeting.
If you are interested in possibly becoming a member of K-Kids, please fill out the application that was sent home and return to your teacher on or before October 1, 2019.