Reminder: Attendance Matters at GCCS!


Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. Anytime away from academic instruction matters!

School Attendance Tips


Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!! Clearly going to school regularly matters! We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to schoResources to help your child attend school every dayol every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Anytime away from academic instruction matters, so let us know how we can best support you and your children for prompt arrival to school everyday.

NetSmartz | Internet Safety Presentations by NCMEC


Image result for net smartzYesterday, our annual internet safety presentations were provided to students in grades two(2), four(4), six(6), and eight(8) yesterday. The program is called NetSmartz and is an an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. Click the links below to discover more about your child’s NetSmartz presentation.

Next Wednesday, September 30, 2015, before our annual Open House, GCCS will be providing the NetSmartz parent workshop and will cover topics such as, cyberbullying, sexting, and guidelines for social networking, among many others. Additionally, the NCMEC has made available NetSmartz resources for parents and guardians to help guide your children through this ever changing information age. Click HERE to be connected with this wealth of information.

Grade Two(2)

Grade Four(4)

Grade Six(6)

Grade Eight(8)

School Attendance Facts


Did you know:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade?
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school?
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores?

Anytime away from academic instruction matters, so let us know how we can best support you and your children for prompt arrival to school everyday.

Buffalo State College Summer 2015 Reading Programs


Buffalo State College is offering reading skills and speed reading programs this summer for children and adults. School aged children, PreK-12, and adults can take advantage of these programs being offered at four (4) locations: On Campus, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, and Getzville, NY. For more information or to register, call 1-800-978-9596. Class size is limited so inquire and register early!

Buffalo Science Museum Discovery Summer Camps 2015



Our Discovery Camp program at the Museum and Tifft Nature Preserve offer quality counselors, a variety of educational themes and most of all – fun! All of our head counselors hold teaching certificates or have an advanced education in science, and many of our assistant counselors are pursuing education degrees.

With competitive prices, extended care options and unique, easily accessible locations, we make your summer camp experience easy, affordable, and “edu-taining.” And remember, engaging, educational new experiences expand your child’s capacity to learn and helps to maintain learning achieved during the school year over the summer months. So come on and join the fun!