Great Lakes Academy
The Wave Newsletter
May 2015
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The Wave
May 2015
The Wave is here to keep you tuned in on the most up-to-date information, events and general news about Great Lakes Academy. Please be on the lookout for this newsletter every month to stay in the loop on all things GLA!
Latest News
Here Comes JiJi!
At the beginning of May, scholars got a very special visit from a distinguished penguin. Last month, we shared the incredible accomplishments our scholars have hit in ST Math. We are number two in the state of Illinois, number one in Chicago and top ten in the Northeast region for growth in ST Math.

To personally congratulate our scholars on a job well done, ST Math’s beloved penguin, JiJi, stopped by Great Lakes Academy!
The moment JiJi came into our cafenasium!
As JiJi waddle into our cafenasium, our scholars couldn’t believe their eyes!

“I felt a little nervous because I was so excited to see JiJi,” said first grade scholar, LaMarcus. “But it was good because we could ask questions about JiJi’s life.”

During the visit, scholars got to ask JiJi some very important questions like, "What is your favorite place to visit?" and "Where is your home?"

With some nodding and help from ST Math representatives, JiJi answered all the questions for our scholars. As an added bonus, JiJi gave us an official certificate to show that we're number two for growth in Illinois! It now hangs proudly in the front office.

Our scholars truly deserved and earned this special visit!
It's JiJi!
The Final Stretch
This week, our scholars have been completing their Spring NWEA MAP testing! The NWEA test is a nationally normed test that measures growth in reading and math. It gives us a great picture of where students are at academically and provides a wealth of data.
University of Chicago scholars hard at work during their NWEA test.
Our school gave the mid-year NWEA in December, just 66 days into school. In December, kindergarten and first grade scholars nearly doubled the national average growth in math. Kindergarteners also achieved this in reading, while first graders matched the national growth average in reading.

With this year’s results being so promising thus far, we can’t wait to share with you our end of year NWEA scores.
I Scream for Ice Cream
Scholars can still earn an ice cream party! If we have 100 percent attendance at our school, we will have a school-wide ice cream party! Who doesn’t love a good frozen treat? So bring your scholar to school and help the whole school win this very special, sweet prize.
Upcoming Events
No After-School Art in June
On Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 12, students will dismiss at 2 p.m.

Backyard Barbeque
Founding Families, please join us for a barbeque to celebrate the end of a fantastic year! On Saturday, June 13, we’ll kick off a fantastic day with a Sneakers on the Street at 10:30 a.m. It will promptly be followed up by an End of Year Family BBQ on our school grounds at 12:30 p.m.

Kindergarten and First Grade Moving Up Ceremony
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, we will have our Kindergarten and First Grade Moving Up Ceremony! Uniforms are optional, but everyone must be dressed up (think Sunday best!). As well, there will be a photographer present. Let’s celebrate scholars and their hard work in completing our inaugural year together as a team!

Final Report Card Pick Up and End of Year Wrap Up
Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16 are report card pick up days for our families.
We will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15, and you can pick up your child’s report card from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
We will dismiss at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, and you can pick up your child’s report card from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is not a parent-teacher conference, and you do not need to schedule a time to pick up your child’s report card. It is mandatory that you pick up your child’s report card. If you are enrolled for next year, you will also be required to pick up our GLA Family Handbook and to sign the parent contract therein. You will also have the chance to pay outstanding fees, pick up your one uniform polo for next year, and update addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts.
The newest member of the GLA team, Ms. Mosier!
Get to Know... Ms. Mosier!
Name: Hillary Mosier

Title: Student Support Services

Before I came to Great Lakes Academy... I was teaching classes and researching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I love what I do because… I get to learn something new and exciting every day along with the scholars.

As the year comes to a close, I’m most excited to see… how much more confident and enthusiastic the scholars are about learning.

When I come home after a long day, I relax by… taking my dog for walk.
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