Gators Go Pink!! for Eleanor

Gators Go Pink!! for Eleanor

Our 4th grader, Eleanor Brooks, was admitted to the hospital on Wed., Oct. 4th to begin the pre-transplant preparations for her Wednesday October 11 Harvest and Transplant Day.  Eleanor’s 3-year old sister, Marianna, is providing the bone marrow. The harvest surgery will be first thing in the morning. Marianna will recover in Eleanor’s room in the bone marrow unit. They will prepare the marrow and then give it to Eleanor later that afternoon.

In order to show our support for Eleanor, and the entire Brooks family, we are declaring Wed., Oct. 11th “Gators Go Pink” for Eleanor!

Gators raise $10,803.66 for LLS!

Gators raise $10,803.66 for LLS!

I am so proud of our Gayton Gators for raising $10,803.66 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!! Students had bake sales, sold pizza, washed cars, sold tomatoes, and did so many other things to raise money for such a worthy cause. I am so blown away by the empathy and generosity shown. Below are pictures from our SCA sponsored Hat Day which raised awareness of the effects of the treatments sometimes used when battling cancer. Pictures of our kiddos hard at work raising money are also below. I hope you enjoy!

Gifted Screening Window! Grades 3,4,5

Gifted Screening Window! Grades 3,4,5

If you are interested in referring your child for a gifted identification screening, the referral window for students in grades 3, 4, 5 begins October 9, 2017 and ends on October 27, 2017.

A parent/guardian, professional educator, community member, self, or peer may refer a student. Referrals MUST be received in writing by the schools Gifted Identification Coordinator (emails are acceptable.) If you wish to refer your child, please email Amy Rostan, Gayton’s Gifted Identification Coordinator, at by October 27, 2017. Referrals received after October 27, 2017 will be screened during the next screening window. If you have questions about the gifted identification process, please contact Mrs. Rostan at 804-360-0820 or

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!!!

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!!!

Welcome back Gayton Gators!!! I am so excited for the 2017-2018 school year to get under way! Thank you so much to everyone for all the lovely wishes during my maternity leave. Cole (new baby boy!) and Carter (4 year old girl!) are doing so well.

This year, we will again have a “word of the month” each month. Our monthly classroom guidance lessons will focus on this word. September’s word of the month will be Individuality!

I will be running several groups throughout the year on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, divorce, anxiety, and friendships. I will also be running a book club with certain 5th grade girls. We will be reading the book Speak Up and Get Along by Scott Cooper.

Career Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018. This year, we will also be having “Touch a Truck” day for students in grades K&1. Further information regarding both of these events will be sent home closer to the date.

Lastly, parents, please remember that I am always available to meet individually with students. If you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am looking forward to a great year!! Best,

Mrs. Rostan



2017 Career Day!

2017 Career Day!

Career Day 2017 was a huge hit! Thank you to all our presenters for volunteering their time to teach our kiddos about their careers! We heard from a ophthalmologist, engineer, psychologist, chef, latent print examiner, fire chief, and many more! A special thank you to all the students and teachers who dressed up! I hope you enjoy the pictures below!


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Attention 5th graders! Hawk Hill Camp!

Attention 5th graders! Hawk Hill Camp!

Rising 6th graders

Plan to attend  Pocahontas Middle School’s Hawk Hill Camp! Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:00 AM -12:00 P

 Have more questions about middle school?

Want to visit “Hawk Hill” early?

Like to get the locker jitters settled?

Curious how lunch works?

Ever wondered about gym & the locker room?

  • Pocahontas will provide a snack, let them know if you have a food allergy.
  • Dress is school-appropriate casual wear
    • Shorts must be at least finger-tip length, no tank tops or cami straps
    • Please email Joan Ozolins at if you have any questions – early registration is NOT necessary.



K-2 Gifted Referral Window!

K-2 Gifted Referral Window!

Parents of students in grades K-2 can refer students to the gifted identification screening window starting on January 2, 2017 and ending on January 27, 2017 (please note this is a change.) To refer a student, parents must email Amy Rostan at with their child’s name, grade level, teacher, and the area they wish to have their child referred for (math, language arts, or intellectual aptitude). All referrals MUST be received by January 27, 2017.

Attention Rising 6th Graders!!!!

Attention Rising 6th Graders!!!!

Pocahontas MS is offering two information sessions for parents of rising 6th grade students.  Both sessions will cover the same information.  Whether this is your first child who will be entering middle school in the fall or your 5th child, we hope you will join us as much has changed!  During these meetings, termed the “Planning Guide meetings,” we will discuss:

  • the transition from elementary to middle school;
  • the importance of selecting the appropriate core classes for your rising 6th grader, as several have implications and/or restrictions for future middle school classes and specialty centers;
  • how many accelerated classes is too many;
  • typical course paths for the middle school years AND viewing the projected courses for the high school years.Plan to attend the session that fits best with your schedule. 


  • Thursday, Jan. 12 @ 7 p.m. – Pocahontas MS Auditorium
  •  Thursday, Jan. 19 @ 7 p.m. – Pocahontas MS Auditorium (immediately following our Curriculum Carnival)

January’s Word of the Month: Kindness!

January’s Word of the Month: Kindness!

During the month of January, students will be studying the word Kindness and engaging in random acts of kindness. Doing acts of kindness is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family, a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service.

Any act of kindness no matter how big or small can make a difference–especially when done intentionally. Here are 100 acts of kindness for kids that you and your family can do together:

1. Put change in a vending machine.

2. Hold the door open for someone.

3. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.

4. Tell a joke.

5. Return someone’s cart at the store.

6. Give candy to your bank teller.

7. Leave a letter in a library book.

8. Feed the birds.

9. Leave happy notes around town.

10. Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.

11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their


12. Pick up litter.

13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.

14. Compliment a friend.

15. Wash someone’s car.

16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.

17. Plant something.

18. Bake dessert for a neighbor

19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.

20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.

21. Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.

22. Send a card to a service member.

23. Bury treasure at the playground.

24. Set the table for dinner.

25. Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.

26. Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill.

27. Tell someone why they are special to you.

28. Donate outgrown clothes.

29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.

30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.

31. Talk to someone new at school.

32. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.

33. Weed or shovel for a neighbor.

34. Donate food to the food pantry.

35. Bring flowers to your teacher.

36. Tell a manager how good your service was.

37. Tape change to a parking meter.

38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.

39. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.

40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.

41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front


42. Take treats to the fire station.

43. Read a book to someone.

44. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.

45. Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.

46. Tell someone how much you love them.

47. Say hello to everyone you see.

48. Make someone else’s bed.

49. Hold the door open for someone.

50. Wave at kids on school buses.

51. Sing songs at a nursing home.

52. Invite someone to play on the playground.

53. Tell the principal how great your teacher is.

54. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.

55. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

56. Say thank you when you see service members.

57. Fill a kindness jar with candy for another family.

58. Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.

59. Make a busy bag for a family with young children.

60. Bring cookies to the custodian.

61. Help make dinner.

62. Donate new pajamas for foster kids.

63. Make a get well card for someone.

64. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.

65. Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.

66. Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD rental machine.

67. Share a special toy with a friend.

68. Clean up your room without being asked.

69. Tape a video message for faraway friends.

70. Leave kindness stones at the park.

71. Give a candy bar to the bus driver.

72. Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.

73. Give spare change to the food pantry.

74. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.

75. Make muffins for your pharmacist.

76. Teach someone something new.

77. Reuse paper when you are drawing.

78. Pay for someone’s toll.

79. Give someone a hug coupon.

80. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

81. Write a note for someone’s lunch.

82. Collect money or items for your favorite charity.

83. Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s


84. Write a poem for a friend.

85. Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.

86. Help someone unload groceries at the store.

87. Make a candy gram for the police department.

88. Collect books for the library.

89. Adopt an animal online.

90. Decorate tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for nursing


91. Make a homemade gift for someone.

92. Clean up your toys without being asked.

93. Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.

94. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.

95. Give high fives to a friend.

96. Make a thank you card for your librarian.

97. Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.

98. Make play dough for a preschool class.

99. Send a postcard to a friend.

100. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.