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Weekly Announcements

Nov 20, 2022

  • Thank you to to members of the GEMS community for your donations towards Thanksgiving baskets. If you  still would like to sign up for a basket, please do so using the links that were shared, before 9:00am tomorrow (Monday 11/21) morning. There are a few baskets still available and will be given on a first come first serve basis based on sign ups received. 

  • Save the date for the first GEMS Family Mingle Jingle Dance. It will take place on December 14th at GEMS from 6pm to 8pm. Join us for music, dancing , and desserts.  Dress to impress- whatever that means for you and your family. We hope you will join us as we come together as a community before the start of winter break.

  • Just as a reminder, there is no school this week for students. Student led conferences will be held on Monday and Tuesday of this week, but there is no school for students. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28th 

  • As always, thank you for being a part of the GEMS family and have an amazing week!

Nov 13, 2022

  • Report  cards have been mailed, if you have not received your students over the next few days, please reach out to us.

  • Student led conferences will take place November 21st and November 22nd- Please note that for student led conferences, please bring your student with you. This is an opportunity for you to hear from your student about their progress. In addition, there is no school for students the week of November 21st.  But please plan to attend your student led conference 

  • We are currently accepting donations for Thanksgiving baskets. Donations will continued to be accepted throughout the week. Donations can be dropped off to the front office or the Elemntary Peace Room. If you are in need of a basket for your family but have not signed up via the link, please do so as soon as possible as we are getting close to our maxim number of families we will be able to support.

  • Just as a reminder We have made changes to  dismissal  to ensure a smooth process .  The front office will be closed from 3:00pm to 3:35pm. Families will not be able to enter the building during this time. Dismissal will begin at 3:15pm. As a reminder k-4 pick up is in the back of the building and 5-8 and K-4 students with 5-8 siblings will be dismissed out of the gym doors. Please use the two car lines.  Student will not be dismissed out of the front doors Traffic is a bit heavier around 3:15pm butt begins to decrease closer to 3:30pm. Thank you for your patience as we ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

  • As always, thank you for being a part of the GEMS family!  Have  a great week!


November 6, 2022

  • We have made changes to  dismissal  to ensure smooth process .  The front office will be closed from 3:00pm to 3:35pm. Families will not be able to enter the building during this time. Dismissal will begin at 3:15pm. As a reminder K-4 pick up is in the back of the building and 5-8 and K-4 students with 5-8 siblings will be dismissed out of the gym doors. Please use the two car lines. Beginning at 3:35pm students will be dismissed from the front doors. Traffic is a bit heavier around 3:15pm but but begins to decrease closer to 3:30pm. Thank you for your patience as we ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

  • Report  cards will be mailed out early next week- please be on the lookout for them.

  • The Graham Family of Schools will host College Access Night Wednesday, November 9 - 5:30-7:30pm at

The Graham School, 3950 Indianola Ave.  43214. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade families are encouraged and welcome to attend! Come learn about  College Credit Plus (CCP), Grad Pathways, Career Technical programs (CTE), Ohio Dominican University, and financial aid.

  • Student Led Conferences will take place on November 21st and November 22nd- Please note that for student led conferences, please bring your student with you. This is an opportunity for you to hear from your student about their progress

October 30, 2022

  • Picture retake day will take place this week  on November 4th, Please plan for your student to have pictures taken if they are in need of a retake or did not have pictures taken during the original date.

  • As a reminder, the front office will be closed between 3:00- 3:15pm. This will provide a smoother and quicker dismissal process. 

  • Also, please do not text your students and ask them to exit the building prior to dismissal. Safety is our number 1 priority. Thank you for your continuous patience and understanding.

  • Student Led Conferences will take place on November 21st and November 22nd please be on the lookout for sign ups.

October 23, 2022
  • Thank you so much for all the families who joined us for movie night this past Friday. Please look for additional family engagement opportunities coming your way!

  • Picture retake day will take place on November 4th, Please mark your calendar if you are in need of retakes or did not have pictures taken during the original date.

  • As a reminder, the front office will be closed between 3:00- 3:15pm. This will provide a smoother and quicker dismissal process. Please utilize the car lines to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal

  • This week, there will be no school for students on Thursday October 27, or Friday October 28th as these are Professional development days for staff- in addition the end of Quarter 1 is this Wednesday

  • Thank you for being a member of the GEMS family. Have a great week

October 16, 2022

  • Families, Please join us this Friday October 21st, from 6:00-8:00pm for GEMS Movie Night and the showing of Hocus Pocus 2. This is one of many family engagement opportunities that will occur throughout the school year.  We hope to see you there

  • Picture retake day will take place on November 4th, Please mark you calendar if you are in need to retakes or did not have pictures taken during the original date.

  • As a reminder please do not drop off students prior to 8am- supervision from staff is not available prior to then. In addition the front office will be closed between 3:00-3:15. This will provide a smoother and quicker dismissal process, as this time can become chaotic as we transition students to dismissal spaces . The car lines are now moving quickly and efficiently with all cars  getting through the lines in 15 minutes or less. K-4 students are picked up in the back of the building and 5-8 students and 5-8 students with K-4 siblings are picked up in the front.

  • As always thank you so much for patience and collaboration. We know that you have a number of choices of where to send your students for their education but we thank you for choosing to be part of the GEMS family. Have a great week!

October  9, 2022

  • Invited Conferences will take place on October 11, 12, 13. Invitations to these conference should have been sent via your childs teacher

  • As a reminder please do not drop off students prior to 8am- supervision from staff is not available prior to then. In addition, beginning this week, the front office will be closed between 3:00- 3:15. This will provide a smoother and quicker dismissal process, as this time can become chaotic as we transition students to dismissal spaces . The car lines are now moving quickly and efficiently with all cars  getting through the lines in 15 minutes or less.. 

  • K-4 students are picked up in the back of the building and 5-8 students and 5-8 students with K-4 siblings are picked up in the front.

  • Thank you so much your patience and collaboration.

  • Thank you for being a part of the GEMS family, have a great week!

October  2,2022

  • We will be back in school tomorrow with doors opening at 8:00am. Just as a reminder the school day starts officially at 8:30am

  • Please join us October 5th at GEMS for Curriculum Night on Wednesday from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.  Hear more about what your student is learning and engage with GEMS staff members. We hope to see you there!

  • Invited Conferences will take place on October 11, 12, 13- invitations to these conference should have been sent via your childs teacher

  • Students who are in need of Picture Retakes, retake day will take place on November 4th 

  • We are continuing to work on resolving  our transportation issues as soon as possible. We continue to be in contact with Columbus City Schools, the Ohio Department of Education, our sponsor and our attorney- we will continue to update you as the updates become available. GEMS staff members are continuing to provide rides to students as it is possible for us to do so. We will  contact you if we can provide additional rides.

  • This past week, our sponsor informed us that ODE was incorrect in allowing us to provide a remote learning option during this time. We will be in touch with the families with who we have been communicating about this option to develop a different plan. 

  • Thank all for your patience and just  being a part of the GEMS family- have a great week!


September 25,2022

  • Picture day will take place on Wednesday September 28th - if you have not received a form and would like one, please reach out to your childs teacher

  • There will be No school for students on Thursday September 29th and Friday September 30th- these are professional development days for staff. Again there will be no school for students on Thursday and Friday of this week

  • We have been granted permission to offer a remote learning option as a short-term solution for a limited number of students due to the transportation issues we are facing. In addition, we are coordinating plans to align students interested in carpooling with staff members.  If you are interested in being considered to participate in the remote learning option or staff carpools until our busing issues are resolved please complete the form that was sent via email.

  • Thank all for being a part of the GEMS family- have a great week!

September 18,2022

  • This week MAP Testing will continue  for students in K-4 on Monday and Tuesday and grades 5-8 on Tuesday and Wednesday 

  • Picture day will take place on September 28th 

  • Also please be on the lookout for a number of family engagement activities coming your way- more details to come

  •  As a reminder Drop off in the morning is no earlier than 8:00m. Please do not drop off students earlier than 8:00am as doors will  not yet be opened. 

  • Thank you so much for your patience with both our arrival and  dismissal process

  • We continue to work with our school’s sponsor, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO), who continues to advocate on our school’s behalf on a variety of fronts to address our need for consistent student transportation. We have also been actively interacting with our school’s attorney to develop a plan to ensure student transportation. As more information becomes available, we will share with you. 

  • Thank all for being a part of the GEMS family- have a great week!


September 11, 2022

  • Sept 13-14: K-4 ELA MAP Test will take place  and on September 14-15  we will have 5-8 ELA MAP Testing- please ensure your students have a good nights sleep to be ready to do their very best

  • Drop off in the morning is no earlier than 8:00m. Please do not drop off students earlier than 8:00am as doors will  not yet be opened.

  • As a reminder for dismissal If you have students in grades K-4, they are picked up in the back of the building. 

  • If you have students in grades 5-8 or both K-4 and 5-8, please pick up in the front of the building.

  • Again, to be able to process dismissal quickly, we are asking that you to stay in your car and not walk up to the pick up spot. Thank you so much for your patience as we continue to smooth out dismissal

  • For bus riders, we diligently working with Columbus City Schools surrounding the issues with transportation. We have been made aware of an official transportation form that can be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education when efforts to resolve a transportation issue have been unsuccessful. If you did not receive an email with information to submit this form, please connect with the front office.

  • Thank all for being a part of the GEMS family- have a great week!

September 4, 2022 

  • We enjoyed seeing so many families at Back to School night this past Wednesday and are so excited to welcome  all of our K-8 student to the building on Tuesday September 6th 

  • Tuesday is the first day of school for everyone, 8:30am - 3:15pm. Student may arrive no earlier than 8:00am as doors will remain closed until that point

  • If you need support with arranging bussing, please call or email the front desk.

  • For students in grades K-4, car drop-off and pick-up is in the back of the building, accessible from our Driveway on Indianola Ave.  For students in grades 5-8 or with siblings in grades 5-8, drop-off and pick up is by our gym in the front of the building. 

  • Please be patient the first few days as we get used to the traffic flow. I encourage you to come a few minutes after 3:15 to pick up your student to help with annual first week traffic issues. 

  • We are excited for the week ahead and look forward to seeing you all very soon!


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