2015-16 GCCS Parent-Teacher Conference Dates

Here are the dates for parent-teacher conferences this 2015-16 school year. And remember…we’re in this together! 😉
Quarter One(1)
Thursday, Nov 12th 5:00-7:00
Friday, Nov 13th 1:00-4:00
Quarter Two(2)
Wednesday, Feb 3rd 5:00-7:00
Thursday, Feb 4th 1:00-4:00
Quarter Three(3)
Monday, April 25th 1:00-4:00

2015 K-8 GCCS Open House and Food Truck Night


Dear Families,

You are invited to attend our annual Open House, next Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. The hours this year have been extended to afford time for families to enjoy dinner, as we are hosting a few of Buffalo’s premier food trucks to bring additional spice to the evening.

We have prepared what we hope is an enjoyable and informative evening for everyone. There will be two(2) pre-presentations, notably the 5:30pm internet safety presentation, provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, called Net Smartz.

These will be followed by two(2) identical Open House Sessions, to accommodate the work schedules of parent’s and guardian’s and those who have multiple children attending the school.

Image result for food trucksThe food trucks will be open concurrently throughout the entire evening, with seating in the school cafeteria provided for your convenience. Click HERE for more details about the plans for the evening.

UB Gateway to Health | Saturday, March 7, 2015


“UB Gateway to Health” is a free, family-friendly event focusing on health and wellness, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, March 7th, in the UB Gateway/EOC Atrium, 77 Goodell St., Buffalo NY 14203.  Comprehensive health checks will be provided by UB, Kaleida Health and Allied Health.

Health checks include

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Glucose
  • Bone Density
  • BMI
  • Dental
  • Visual Acuity

…and more!

Registration is not required, so stop in anytime and enjoy a free massage, free snacks, educational activities for children, and raffle prizes every hour!

For the full list of participating organizations or more information contact: Jennifer Cristina at jevankur@buffalo.edu, or call UB Community Relations at (716) 829-3099.

A Generous Global Update


Over the past few months our GCCS family has demonstrated extraordinary generosity. In October our middle school students raised over $500 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. In November GCCS raised over $1,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project that was presented to their organization during our annual Veterans Day Ceremony. For the holiday season that spans November and December, our annual Food Drive collected over 3,100 pounds of food for over 36,000 households in need. Also, in December, our National Elementary and Junior Honor Societies assembled and donated a plethora of warm blankets to Friends of the Night People, while our music department’s Superstar Violinists brought holiday cheer to residents of a local nursing home and patients at Roswell.

Community service opportunities are an integral, supplementary projects to our GCCS curriculum that supports our mission to “provide a top-quality educational program wherein students become responsible, caring family and community members.” I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of you – our generous students, parents, faculty, and staff members who helped to make all of this possible. You have brought so much warmth and love to many of our WNY community. I hope your heart was by warmed by this update as you bring in a happy new year!

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4th Grade Bucket Filler Challenge!


To wrap up the Bully Prevention unit, fourth graders are partaking in a bucket filling challenge, based upon the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, by Carol McCloud and David Messing. They have learned that people, as well as animals, have invisible buckets that hold good thoughts and feelings about themselves. Over the next few weeks, they will be practicing being bucket fillers by showing kindness to others and learning that this is also a great way to fill their own buckets too! This is opposed to being bucket dippers, or bullies, who dip into others’ buckets in order to make themselves feel better (which never works).

Check out the book below and consider purchasing it for your child’s home library by clicking on the books title above.

GCCS School Store


Here at GCCS, we want every student to feeling confident and ready for success, and we believe that this starts with being prepared. Therefore, every K-8 student has access to the School Store, Monday – Thursday, from 7:45am – 7:55am. The School Store is also a great learning tool for reinforcing responsibility and accountability within your child toward their own educational success. As a result, birthday and allowance money is welcomed, as well as the cash relatives give them for just being so adorable. 😉   (Those were the days…)


School Store Items

Pencils   $.10 Notebooks  $1 Ruler             $.50
Pens       $.25 Paper            $1 Protractor   $1
Folders         $.75