Come out and support the Drama Club as they present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from December 5-8!
Jingle and Mingle
Christmas At The Academy
All current parents are invited to Christmas at the Academy. Don't miss this annual favorite!
Once again this year, Our Lady Chapel will have to opportunity to help families from St. Adalbert School for Christmas. We will be given a list of families identified as being in particular need this year. You may select a family, and purchase gifts for each member. You are also asked to donate non-perishable grocery items, or grocery store gift cards, in order to help the family prepare a Christmas dinner! For more information, or to "adopt" a family, please contact Patty in the Chapel office at (440) 473-3560 or email@example.com.
Thursday, December 5, 5:30p.m., Our Lady Chapel
All men of the Our Lady Chapel and Gilmour communities are invited to attend our annual Fall Retreat. The evening begins with Mass and is followed by dinner and discussion in the Lennon Board Room. The cost is $20. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Chapel office at (440) 473-3560.
November Memorial Mass
Sunday, November 17, 10 a.m.
Every November we celebrate a special Mass in which we remember all of our deceased loved ones. Please join us with your friends and family members.
Please feel free to post the names of your loved ones on our "Memorial Wall," which is located in the Chapel lobby. Your loved ones will be remembered at all of our Masses throughout November.
Progress Reports Available
Progress reports for the second grading period for all divisions have been published and are available online. To access, select the Progress tab on your student's portal page, click on "Report Cards" under "Performance." and select "Progress 2 19-20." If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Gutowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 473-8138.
Ways to Support the 2019 Br. Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive
Br. Richard Keller, CSC, served at Gilmour from 1977-2014 as the dorm director, food service director, chapel assistant and library assistant. An executive chef and a champion for the poor, Br. Richard spent his life nourishing others and is the perfect namesake for our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Following in his footsteps, the Gilmour community has responded to the call to feed the hungry through the 2019 Br. Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive. Food is due to advisories by November 21, but baskets and volunteer opportunities are already filling up. We have filled our volunteer spots to deliver at St. Patrick's Hunger Center, and have limited driving routes remaining. Donate or sign up now to be a part of this amazing event!
We would like to once again offer Ski Club this year for Grades 4-12. In order to do this, we are looking for a few parent volunteers to supervise and chaperone the students on the bus to and from Brandywine Ski Resort in Peninsula, Ohio. Ski Club season begins in January. Please contact Club Moderator Jeanne Tippen at (440) 473-8000 x1401 with any questions regarding volunteering.
Sign up for Gilmour Host Family Program
At Gilmour, we have the unique privilege of opening our doors to students from across the United States and the world! Our dorm houses 70 students from 14 different states and 10 countries. We are looking to expand our hospitality by encouraging our families to host a boarding student throughout the year, whether for monthly dinners or a place to stay for a long holiday weekend.
Sunday, December 1, 11:30 a.m., Commons All are welcome to join us for our popular Advent Wreath construction event. You may sign up to purchase a wreath kit for $25 - all supplies will be provided, including greens and candles. We need to collect RSVP's, so please contact the Chapel office at email@example.com, or 440-473-3650. This is a great family event!
Kids Film It Festival
The Kids Film It Festival is a great opportunity for your little (or big) filmmakers, art students, after-school or club kids to participate in a kids' film festival.
Submissions continue to roll in for The Kids Film It Festival and we want to make sure you make your students aware of the opportunity to send in their films.
The 4th Annual Kids Film It Festival will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio the weekend of the Oscars. Submission deadline is December 31, 2019.
This Festival has grown into a highly regarded worldwide opportunity for students to have a platform for their creativity in filmmaking with highly respected judges (The Russo Brothers and Todd Lieberman are two), along with fantastic prizes. The festival has also raised more than $150,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation. There are three age categories and three genres (short film, animation and music; 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18).
Gilmour Hosting Learn to Judge Night for Parents Interested in Judging S&D Competitions
Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m., SC07
Interested in serving as a judge for upcoming speech and debate competitions? Gilmour will be hosting a “Learn to Judge Night” and all are welcome. The Cleveland District will also host other “Learn to Judge” events. Contact Mrs. Janis at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of both judging and “Learn to Judge” opportunities.
Going Global @ The Greenhouse
Sunday, November 3, 4-7 p.m., Greenhouse Tavern, East 4th Street
Gilmour has a longstanding partnership with CISV, the non-profit children’s organization founded to give young people educational opportunities for greater cultural awareness and understanding. Several GA students and alumni - Abby Bartlett ’19, Michael Holleran ’19, Andre Lacroix ’23, Nathan Nootbaar ’22 and former student Catcher Sawyer - have participated in CISV’s global peace education programs. Gilmour has hosted CISV’s international camp on campus and will once again this summer.
On Sunday, November 3, the organization will host Going Global @ The Greenhouse. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the CISV youth ambassadors and learn about the unique experiences offered through CISV. All proceeds go toward hosting this summer’s three-week international camp for teens from nine countries on Gilmour’s campus. Head down to Greenhouse Tavern, sample food at international food stations, learn more about CISV, hear the annual “Travel Reveal” announcing CISV’s 2020 offerings and support this incredible organization.
Do you have a relative, friend or neighbor looking for Grades 7-12 next year? Encourage them to join us for our Fall Open House! The endorsement of our current families is better than any marketing campaign we can run. So, thanks in advance for helping us spread the word! You can encourage people to register at gilmour.org/openhouse
Women's Fall Retreat
Tuesday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.
Women in the Chapel and Gilmour communities, and their friends, are invited to come to our annual Women's Fall Retreat. The evening will begin with Mass in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and discussion led by Fr. John in the Lennon Board Room. The cost for the evening is $20. For more information or to sign up, contact the Chapel Office at (440) 473-3560.
Canopy Creates Conversation
Our work on the Inclusiveness Canopy was featured in both the News-Herald and FreshWater Cleveland. Check out the most recent article that appeared in FreshWater Cleveland on Wednesday!
Dr. Mae Jemison, Leading STEM Expert, To Present at Baldwin-Wallace
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m., Ursprung Gymnasium, Lou Higgins Center
Ms. Kay shared the following information about an exciting opportunity at Baldwin-Wallace tomorrow night.
Dr. Mae Jemison, an engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator, as well as the first woman of color in the world to go into space, is delivering a presentation at BW. Her appearance is the culminating event at BW's symposium, "Solving for XX: Promoting Gender Parity in STEM Leadership and Research."
Monday, September 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Our Lady Chapel
Interested in learning how to help your child effectively manage executive functions so they can have a successful year? Join us for an evening with Joyce A. Kubik, an internationally recognized ADHD coach, certified master coach and skills trainer, presented by the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools.
This event is free and open to all parents and guests of CCIS schools. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Founder’s Day All-School Mass
Thursday, September 19, 10:40 a.m., Weber Stadium
September 15 has traditionally been the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patron saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross. We will celebrate Founder’s Week at Gilmour the week of September 16-20. Click here to read Ms. Daly's email detailing all the week's events. On that Thursday, we will celebrate with an outdoor all-school Mass in Weber Stadium. Please feel free to join us! (In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be moved into the Athletic Center.)
Learning About Vocations
We were excited to welcome Fr. Dennis Strach, C.S.C., the new Associate Director of Vocations for the Congregation of Holy Cross, to Gilmour! Fr. Dennis spent Tuesday and Wednesday on campus speaking to theology classes, visiting clubs during community block, and answering countless questions from students grades 5-12. His zeal was contagious and we look forward to reconnecting with him during the Freshman Retreat at Notre Dame later this fall.
Head Of School Coffees
Alumni Spotlights Now Live
In each issue of Gilmour Magazine, we feature alumni from a variety of decades who are doing interesting things. Additionally, in our monthly alumni enewsletter, we highlight a recent alumnus. Over the summer, we gathered all the spotlights and created an Alumni Spotlights page on our website to feature them. We hope you enjoy reading about all these interesting members of Lancer Nation!
Summer Honduras Trip!
There is still space available for our August 2019 alumni trip to Honduras! Please contact Martha Ligas or Eileen Pryatel for more information. We are also in need of donations to bring with us for the children of Nuevo Paraiso, particularly children's clothes, shoes, and vitamins. Any and all donations are appreciated! Please contact Martha or Eileen to arrange a drop-off/pick-up.
COYO Concert At Severance Hall
Come out to see two Gilmour students - Angeline Monitello '19 and Ania Lewis '21 - before they head off on tour!
Attention Gilmour Families! A summer construction project that Cuyahoga County is undertaking will impact the way some of you enter/exit campus. From Monday, June 3 – early October, Cedar Road will be closed (local access only) for widening and repairs. Prior to the start of school in August, the traffic pattern will be re-assessed.
As a result, allaccess to Gilmour Academy over the summer months (starting Monday, June 3) will be via our SOM Center Road entrance (2045 SOM Center Road). Our Cedar Road entrances (Lower School entrance and Tudor House entrance) will be closed for the duration of the project. We are pleased to announce that, next week, our IntraCampus Loop (the back road, in red on the map below) will be finished and can be utilized to access the Lower School. Drivers will enter campus from SOM and head back toward the baseball field to reach this new roadway.
Please inform any guests coming to campus to enter through the SOM Center Road entrance. For GPS purposes, they should use the 2045 SOM Center Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 address. All summer camp patrons will utilize this SOM Center Road entrance as well.
With the change in traffic patterns on campus, please remember to drive slowly and to watch for children and construction vehicles. When parking on campus, please use the Athletic Center parking lot.
Arts At The Academy Spring Recital
On Saturday, May 18, Arts at the Academy celebrated with their second recital this year. Arts at the Academy is a partnership with Cleveland International Piano Competition's Arts Direct program and offers music lessons to Gilmour students after school. Sixteen students and their teachers presented their pieces for family and friends.
In its inaugural year we offered three sessions - fall, spring and summer. Sessions are 14 weeks in length. If you are interested in the summer session that begins on June 3 and runs through August 30, or lesson for next school year please complete this survey.
Current Parent and Dermatologist Shares Her Expertise During Convocation
Last week during Convocation, Dr. Allison Moosally, mother of Luke ’28, Isabella ’30 and Sophia ’31 Woodhouse, delivered a powerful presentation on the dangers of sun exposure and its connection to skin cancer. Dr. Moosally and her husband, Dr. Justin Woodhouse, are dermatologists at Allied Dermatology and Skin Surgery, which has offices in Akron/Fairlawn, Mayfield Heights (Landerbrook) and Mentor.
During her talk, Dr. Moosally shared photos of real patients who have developed skin cancer as a result of the collective sun damage done to their skin throughout their lives. She reminded them that any tan (not just burns) results in DNA damage and can lead to skin cancer. She talked about how to prevent sun damage through protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
At the end of the presentation, Dr. Moosally fielded questions from students and faculty and everybody was treated to a gift bag. One lucky winner even took home a basket filled with skincare products! Many thanks to Dr. Moosally (and Dr. Woodhouse, who brought their children up from the Lower School to see their mom's presentation!) for sharing her expertise and helping students understand that they need to start actively protecting themselves from the sun now!
Announcements From The Prom Committee
Dear Parents and Students,
We have been hard at work planning the Junior/Senior Prom. We could use everyone’s help to make it a great night for our students.
How you can help:
1. Volunteer - There are many volunteer opportunities available at Prom and After Prom. Please review our Signup Genius for a list of all the volunteer opportunities and the time commitments for each. Some are as little as 90 minutes!
2. Donate - Want to help, but cannot donate your time? How about making a monetary donation or donating prizes for the After Prom raffle? You can make monetary donations on the Prom website at GA Prom web page and you can send in donations of prizes to the school office.
3. Register Online - We would love to have all our Juniors and Seniors attend Prom. Please encourage your students to register early. Students who register by this Friday - May 3 - will receive an extra After Prom raffle ticket and are guaranteed an official Prom t-shirt in the size of their choosing.
Don’t miss your chance to see “Into the Woods” next weekend! It promises to be a great show. There will be three performances: -Thursday, May 9 - Gates Mills Community Center, 8 p.m. -Friday, May 10 - Gates Mills Community Center, 8 p.m. -Saturday, May 11 - Gates Mills Community Center, 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. See you there!
Women’s Spring Retreat
Tuesday, May 7, Chapel & Lennon Boardroom, 5:30– 9 p.m.
There is still time to RSVP for our very popular Women’s Spring Retreat! We are taking reservations through Monday, May 6.
Fr. John will facilitate this evening of reflection. It will begin with Mass in Our Lady Chapel at 5:30 p.m., followed by a refreshing dinner that you don’t have to cook! The cost for the evening is $20. If you can’t make it for Mass, or even for dinner, come whenever you can! It will be a wonderful night of spiritual renewal.
Please RSVP by signing up on the easel in the Chapel lobby or by contacting Patty in the Chapel Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 473-3560.
Bourbon Tasting and Cigar Party - May 2
Men's Club's Annual Spring Social Bourbon Tasting and Cigar Party
Thursday, May 2, 6-9 p.m.
StoneWater Golf Club
We invite all Gilmour dads and male guardians to this evening of fun and fellowship. There is no charge for this event, but it is limited to 30 participants so please RSVP below.
Prior to this evening event, Gilmour men can also golf—tee times start at 1 p.m.—for a reduced rate of $49/person for 18 holes and a cart.
We are looking to update our database to include all siblings of current students so we can keep your family updated on special events and opportunities for prospective students.
One such opportunity is coming up on Friday, April 26! We are hosting Lil’ Sibs Preview Day for any sixth- and seventh-grade siblings of current students in Grades 9-12. This is a special opportunity for our current Upper School students’ younger siblings to get a sneak peek at the school since Shadow Days don’t begin until eighth grade.
This fun-filled day will start at 11 a.m. The sibs will join their older brother or sister for a class, lunch, skating in our ice arena and other fun activities. Again, this is a special day designed only for the younger siblings of current Upper School Lancers.
Please complete this form indicating your student’s sibling(s)’ name(s) and age(s), regardless of what grade they are currently in and to RSVP for Lil’ Sibs Preview Day if the sibling is in sixth or seventh grade.
We look forward to learning more about your family and welcoming our students’ siblings to campus!
Renowned internet safety expert Jesse Weinberger is coming to Gilmour Academy!
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., Our Lady Chapel
Sponsored by Gilmour's Lower School Parent Organization (LSPO) together with Gilmour's Men's and Women's Clubs, this event is free and open to the public.
Jesse Weinberger—a nationally recognized Internet Safety presenter, TEDx speaker, and author—will deliver a presentation to parents, alumni and guests to provide guidance on how to manage and improve the digital lives of our children.
Weinberger's particular passion is in speaking directly to tweens, teens, and their parents, who may not understand how best to keep their children safe. Jesse is able to effectively move her audiences with the perfect combination of humor and deep expertise regarding the digital world.
Weinberger's presentation, for adults only, will cover the following topics:
-understanding social media and media literacy -cyberbullying -sexting -sexual predation