Special Days and Events

Gullett has many special events for parents to attend. Information, dates and times will be posted on the Gullett website, gullettgeckos.com, and will also be sent out via Gullett’s other communication vehicles: yahoo group, weekly folders and Twitter.

The Gecko Kickoff

Our newest annual tradition! This fun-filled family event will bring our community together to socialize, meet the teachers, and celebrate the beginning of an exciting year! Class lists will be posted around the school during the event. T-shirts are for sale and parents may sign up for volunteer opportunities, such as homeroom and class gardening parents.

Back to School Night

At Back-to-School Night, parents/guardians meet their child’s teacher and homeroom parents, see their child’s classroom and learn from the teacher what to expect throughout the school year. Parents should bring their checkbook for t-shirts and enrichment fees.

School Pictures

Student pictures are taken in the fall and spring. The photo taken in the fall is a headshot and is included in the yearbook that goes on sale in May. Fall photos are only ordered if they are paid for before they are taken. The spring photo is more casual and is a full body shot. Spring photos are sent home and parents can decide if they want to order and pay for them then. A class photo is also taken during the school year. Proceeds from pictures support the school’s operating budget.

Book Fairs

Every fall, Librarian Kay Gooch and her library committee transform the library into a bookstore. The Scholastic book fair is a weeklong event that invites students and their families to shop for books. Students attend the Book Fair with their class and make a “wish list” to show their parents. (No obligation to buy!) The Book Fair committee asks for volunteers to help plan, set-up and man the registers. This fundraiser pays for the author visits and supplemental programs in the library. Gullett also has a Back-to-School book fair and Half-Priced Book Fair at the end of the year.

Bookspring Read-a-thon

Each year, Bookspring, a local non-profit organization, sponsors a read-a-thon to raise funds to provide books to children in economically disadvantaged communities in Austin. Gullett has captured the citywide trophysix times (in the seven years that the contest has been held) for raising the most funds of any other participating school!

Sports Day

All sports, all day! Gullett’s Physical Education Department and its Sports Day committee plan and schedule Sports Day, usually just before Spring Break. Because of the large number of students, there is a day for K-2nd graders, and a second day for 3-5th graders. Parents are invited to watch and have fun with their kids. All funds raised at the snack bar, open the second day of the event, go to the Physical Education Department to help pay for new equipment. Parents are asked to volunteer or just to come and spend an hour or two with their child’s class.

Art Show

The Art show is an event to showcase Gullett students’ art. This event is on a Friday evening usually in late April. Art Teacher Nicki Leatherwood usually puts two pieces of art from each student in the show. Light refreshments and music are often part of the festivities.

Teacher Appreciation Day

Sometime near the end of the year, Gullett homeroom teachers schedule a Teacher Appreciation Day to focus on Gullett’s wonderful teachers! Notices are sent home about what is needed when. Students are usually asked to contribute to a book telling what they like best about their teacher, and bring a flower.

Author Visits

Gullett is fortunate to have nationally known authors visit our school each year. During these visits, the author makes a presentation and then signs book for the students. A few days before the author arrives, students bring home order forms giving them the option to purchase the books written by the soon-to-be visiting author.

Parent Education Nights

Parent Education Nights occur about four times a year and cover topics that are important to the school and our students’ education. Monthly calendars, weekly folders and the community email provide information on topics and times.