GALA Newsletter - January 2016
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GALA Location
GALA is excited to announce that we will be located in a beautiful school building, in a safe neighborhood, on the west side of Cleveland at: 13442 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44111, formerly the St. Vincent de Paul Parish School. 

Upcoming Events
GALA Open House - Thursday, February 25th & Saturday, February 27th
Students and families are invited to GALA's upcoming open houses to learn more about attending the 2016 - 2017 school year, tour the school, and meet members of GALA. Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP:
Thursday, February 25, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

School Quality Fair - Saturday, March 5th 
GALA will have an informational table at the School Quality Fair, hosted by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and parents and caregivers will be able to begin registration onsite.
The event will also offer an array of services and opportunities free of charge, including: food, give-a-ways, educational workshops, children’s activities, as well as physicals and immunizations. Free parking will be provided.

Where: Public Auditorium, Downtown500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016

GALA Now Accepting Student Applications
GALA is now accepting Kindergarten and First grade student applications for the 2016/2017 academic school year!

Applications can be completed online at: www.
The application packet is also available to download at:
  • Lottery Deadline: 5:00 pm on March 15, 2016
  • Tuition-free enrollment, open to all residents of Ohio
  • For the 2016-2017 school year, GALA will enroll students in Kindergarten and First Grade only
  • Students must be 5 years old by September 30 to enroll in Kindergarten, unless otherwise determined by the GALA Student Acceleration Policy
Employment Opportunities
GALA is seeking highly-motivated professionals dedicated to innovative and life changing education for students in the city of Cleveland to join our founding team. GALA is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 
  • Family Support Liaison
  • Literacy Coach, Bilingual: Mandarin & English
  • Assistant Principal, Bilingual: Mandarin & English
  • K-1 Teachers (*Must be elementary certified)
To apply, and for more information, visit: 
Faces Around GALA

Fran DiDonato is a GALA Board Member and chair of the governance committee. She is also the publisher of Fresh Water Cleveland, an online magazine highlighting what's next for Cleveland. Originally from the Boston area, Fran lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood with her husband and two kids, dog, backyard chickens and bees. She's a graduate of Boston University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Why did you join the GALA Board or Directors?
I became fluent in Spanish by learning it in school. It was a passion of mine but I didn't have the chance to start learning until my middle school days. I always say if you know another language you can make more friends. In a global world, I want the kids of Cleveland to have every advantage they can to become a global citizen.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I'm very active in my community and sit on several boards. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling.
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