Spring Trip Announced

Mr. Giesler announced our 5th-grade trip via CTLS. It will be a science-focused field trip on Tybee Island, also run by Georgia 4-H, at the Burton 4-H Center. This will be a 3-day, 2- night field trip leaving on Monday, April 10, 2023, and returning Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (these are the first 3 days after Spring Break). The cost of the field trip will be closer to $300. This site is physically closer to Garrison Mill, thus cutting our transportation costs. Even with this lower cost, the 5th Grade Committee is working with the admin to organize a spirit night or two (read below to find out more) with local businesses to help lower the overall cost. More details about spirit nights will be coming. After Winter break in January, the cost will be finalized, a parent meeting with more details will be planned, and payments will begin being accepted for the trip.


Coming home today is your child’s official 5th Grade T-shirt, voted on and signed by all the kids in our Greyhound class of 2023! The Garrison Mill PTA has been able to pay for these shirts from your generous donations, so there is no payment due.

Thank you to GMPTA!

X-drenaline Spirit Night

Join us on the Monday of Thanksgiving break for a fun spirit day! This is our first opportunity to support the 5th-grade trip cost for all students! November 21st 10am – close.


November is National Homeless Awareness Month. Our service projects for this semester will help bring assistance to those in need. Clean the Closet donation drive to benefit Simple Needs. Simple Needs is a non-profit organization that helps families transition out of homelessness, by providing goods to establish a new home. We are collecting the following items in gently used or new condition: DVD players (with remotes and cords), irons, toasters, and crockpots. Drop off your donation during the morning carpool, Thursday, November 3rd or leave it on the table under the covered play area on November 1st – 4th.

Friends and Family Bake Sale

The entire school community is very excited about the upcoming Friends and Family luncheon. We are excited to bring back the traditional 5th Grade bake sale to help raise funds for the end-of-the-year celebration and the legacy gift to be given to the school! 5th-grade families are invited to volunteer to send in desserts to sell. Send in Monday, November 14th - Wednesday, November 16th It can be a large single-item dessert or 2-3 dozen individual wrapped desserts. Both homemade and store-bought items are welcome to be donated! Sign Up Here.

CCYA Pajama Pants Challenge

The Center for Children & Young Adults provides housing for at-risk youth in our area. With your $1 (or more!) donation, you can roll out of bed after a late night and wear your pajamas on Tuesday, November 1st! All donations go directly to this organization! More info to follow.

5th Yearbook Ads

5th-grade yearbook ads are now available to purchase! Visit the Herff Jones website and enter in the school code #16667 to purchase page. You must add a student name, create an account, choose a template, and upload your photos all at once. You can save your ad but it's first come first serve and there are only 32 spaces for ads available. The cost is $25 for an eighth-page ad and the profits support the 5th grade!

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