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GALA Newsletter - August 2016
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GALA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
After more than four years of hard work and planning, GALA celebrated our grand opening of the school with a ribbon cutting ceremony!

The event was attended by GALA families, students, staff, board members, funders, community partners, elected officials, and friends. GALA also received a special honor from the City of Cleveland with a Resolution of Recognition for our opening.
                    
Thank you to everyone that has supported GALA throughout this journey! A special thank you to our funders, this would not have been possible without their support: The Good Community Foundation, Albert and Audrey Ratner, The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, The Drive to Succeed Fund, Bernie and Bridget Moreno, Richard W. Pogue, Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS), RPM International, The Eaton Charitable Fund, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, The Mangen Family Foundation, Margaret Wong & Associates, Sherwin Williams, Forest City, KeyBank, The Daniel LoPresti Philanthropic Fund, GALA Board of Directors, and our many individual donors. See more: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Photos


GALA on WKYC Channel 3 News
GALA was featured on WKYC Channel 3 News on July 23rd and on August 3rd! Click on images below to view each story.
    

GALA Summer Institute

GALA staff participated in two weeks of amazing professional development, including workshops on dual language immersion education, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme,  Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), literacy, safety, home visits, and culture.  

We were also fortunate to have guests from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Mansfield Public Schools, and Midview Local School District join us for four days of workshops on dual language immersion education presented by two leading national experts on language immersion - Dr. Tara Fortune of CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Shuhan Wang of CELIN (Chinese Early Language Immersion Network from the Asia Society in New York).
See more: Summer Institute Photos

First Day of School
The first day of school was August 3, 2016! We celebrated by having families and staff clap-in all of the students as they walked to class for the first time!  Click the image to view the video.



 
GALA Open Houses
Students, families, and interested community members are invited to attend an upcoming open house: Wednesday  August 10 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday August 13 at 11:00 a.m. Learn more about GALA, tour the school, and meet members of GALA's staff (*only enrolling K-1 this school year). RSVP to attend an Open House: http://GALAOpenHouse.eventbrite.com/ 

If you cannot make it to an Open House, appointments can also be made for a visit. To schedule your visit today, call (216) 315-7942 or email jeanette@gala-prek8.org.  
 
Staff Faces Around GALA
GALA is excited to introduce Jeanette Garcia, Administrative Assistant (and parent) at GALA!

Why are you excited about teaching at GALA?
I am excited to work at GALA because I will get to see the beautiful faces of our students, families and staff every day. 

Tell us about yourself
I have am finishing up my Associate's Degree next Spring and transferring to CSU in the Fall of 2017. I was born and raised in Cleveland. My general interests are couponing and spending time with my two kids. 

What do you like to do when you are not working?
When I am not working I like to stay home or go to the movies.

Share your favorite quote/proverb. 
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"-Gandhi

GALA Breakfast and Lunch Program!
GALA is excited to introduce our breakfast and lunch provider, Chef Stacey Stoudemire of Simply Elegance Catering.  Stacey has over 17 years of experience and an endless passion for healthy delicious food.
     








 

We feel very fortunate to have Stacey and her son Willie serving nutritious fresh cooked meals every day to our students at GALA!  Not only is Stacey an amazing cook, she is also 
passionate about reducing waste! Chef Stacey participates in GALA's recycling program, meals at GALA are served on reusable plastic trays, and plans are underway to begin composting!
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