JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 3, 2017
GROUND HOG DAY
February 2, 2017
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: GROUND HOG DAY: Groundhog Day (Canadian French: Jour de la Marmotte; Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a traditional holiday originating in the United States that is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.
Modern customs of the holiday involve early morning celebrations to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, by Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris: “Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”
In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge, social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g’spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime, or quarter per word spoken, with the money put into a bowl in the center of the table.
Groundhog Day was adopted in the U.S. in 1887. Clymer H. Freas was the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit at the time, and he began promoting the town’s groundhog as the official “Groundhog Day meteorologist”.
The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES: Please email bulletin notices to: email@example.com. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am. Mrs. Grinnell
SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM: The Substitute System’s phone number: 345-0064. The on-line system remains the same. If you have any questions please let me know.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION: Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late. See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $25–checks or cash welcome! Social Committee
PARKING COURTESY: Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots. If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car. If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office. Mrs. Grinnell
ASB CARD STICKERS: are sold at ASB office (room 150) @ $5.00. Discount for dances, sweatshirts, lanyards, & other school spirit items.
ASB STUDENT STORE: in room 150 is selling healthy drinks, snacks, hand towels, mugs, poms poms, and other school spirit items.
STUDENT ID CARDS: Our Student ID Card software has been updated with the latest student pictures and is now up and running. If you know any current students or new/transfer students in need of an ID card, please direct them to Ms. Rivera in the Counseling office (258E), where our ID printer is located.
For any new/transfer students, first ID card is free of charge. All replacement ID cards will cost $2.
VARSITY BASEBALL NEEDS GIRL MANAGERS: To keep book and help with team functions. Please see Coach Papa in Room 263.
COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS 1/30 – 2/5/17
For 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th:
La Petite is hiring swimming instructors for children: You don’t have to have prior experience working with children; training will be provided. Hourly pay is between $16-$28. For more details or to apply: http://www.swimlpb.com/
2/4 Pathways to Law: Getting A Law Degree & Beyond @ 9am-4pm @ UCB Hastings College of the Law @ 200 McAllister Street: This is an annual free event for any students who might be curious about studying law in college. For more details: www.legallyasianlaw.com To register: http://aaba-bay.com/event-2404962
2/25 & 2/26 Get Your Life Workshop @ 12pm-6pm @ 127 Collingwood St.: an empowerment workshop for Latino gay, bi, queer men aged 16-19. The workshop will be a space to build community, make friends, and develop skills to navigate relationship. Each participant will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card after completing the workshop. Snacks, lunch, and dinner provided on both days. To sign-up email Mr. Gustavo Banuelos:firstname.lastname@example.org
4/6-4/9 Vietnamese Student Association’s (VSA) VISION Program @ UC Berkeley: This is a college student run FREE annual program for HS students. They create different workshop themes every year. The theme for this year is Tenacity. Workshops will explore how you can use your cultural roots to achieve goals. You will network with other HS students. Room & board at UC Berkeley and BART tickets to Berkeley will be included. For any HS students with any GPA. Application deadline: 2/24.
To apply on: http://tinyurl.com/VISION2017mentee
Digital Arts, Film, & Animation Competition for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students: Enter your artwork and win a cash prize of $250. Award categories are: Web Design, Graphic Media, Film, 3D animation, Interactive Media, & Photo Imaging. For more details or to enter for the competition:www.rit.edu/NTID/DAFAC Competition deadline is 3/1
Pathways Career Ahead: Would you like to be prepared for a paid internship or part-time job for the summer or during the school year? If so, check out this program: https://enterpriseforyouth.formstack.com/forms/pathways_info_session_signup or to apply: https://enterpriseforyouth.formstack.com/forms/pathways_application
For 11th & 12th:
1/31 College Ambassador Meeting @ 12:20pm @ RM 104: This is your weekly meeting.
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: This is a nation-wide math competition for high school juniors and seniors. You create your team of 3-5 students with 1 teacher-coach. The teams that make it to the finalist can win between $5,000 to $20,000 as a prize and in addition be invited to apply for a 10-week summer internship at the Moody Corporation in a few big cities in the nation. For more details: https://m3challenge.siam.org/challenge/prizes
For 11th & 10th:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a world-wide leadership training program for teens & young adults. It recognizes young people for their services to their communities and gives them opportunity to gain insights into their personal development. They offer a FREE 3-day leadership camp to students who live in Marin, SF, and San Mateo counties. You will do fun, interactive activities at this camp. Application deadline is 1/31. To apply: www.ryla5150.org
2/1 Genesys Works Info. & Application @ 11:45am-12:25pm @ RM 104: Are you interested in earning up to $10,000 during your senior year, get support with the college applications, FAFSA and scholarships during your senior year? Come learn more about GENESYS WORKS! The deadline to apply is 2/24! Click following link to apply and/or learn more: http://www.genesysworks.org/bayarea. If you have questions feel free to email us at email@example.com
2/1 & 2/2 City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Info. & Application Workshop @ 2:15pm @ RM 104: Learn about what classes you can take at CCSF and apply to the school. You can also sign-up for placement exams and individual counseling appt. If you have a social security number, bring it with you. If you don’t have one, don’t worry about it.
uAspire can help you with financial aid related questions, please see Michael in room 209 if you have any questions.
Scholarships: A current list is sent via SchoolLoop. A hard copy will be posted in the Counseling Center. If you’re interested, please check out the details in the attached list ASAP. See examples below:
TACT Scholarship: Up to $2,000. To qualify: include Community volunteer service, 2.5 minimum GPA, Participation in extracurricular activities, Demonstrated leadership in school, & Unusual circumstances. For more details: http://www.tactsf.org/ or you can pick up an application from Ms. Chan in room 258 or Michael in room 209. Application deadline: 2/15/2017
Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf Scholarship: $2,000. To qualify: graduating senior of Galileo HS, a US citizen, min. GPA of 3.0, and actively participated in at least 3 community service projects while in HS. For more details, pick up an application form from either Ms. Chan in room 258 or Michael in room 209. Application deadline: 3/8/2017
LATA Scholarship: Between $1,000 to $5,000. To qualify: graduating Latino seniors attending SF public HS. Dreamers welcomed to apply! You can complete application in either English or Spanish. For more details: www.latasf.org You can pick up an application from Ms. Chan in room 258 or Michael in room 209. Application deadline: 3/17/2017.
Supporting you every step of the way for the college application process, just ask for help!
Ms. S. Chan
College & Career Counselor