Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Sunday September 12, 2021

Dear Gators,

We have started our social justice units and this month we are focusing on Identity. Students are reading Let's Talk about Race by Julius Lester and engaging in powerful conversations about their identity and the identity of those around them. I encourage you to ask your students about their classroom discussions and the activities they have participated in around this topic.

As we start week 5 students continue to love eating outdoors, learning in their classrooms, and building new relationships with friends.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community safe during the pandemic. Please keep your child home if they are sick for any reason and get tested at one of the many MDUSD testing locations.

Chipotle Fundraiser

Support your students by eating out! Roll on over to Chipotle on Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill for our first Dine-and-Donate event this year. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or use code JCV84HB in promo field when ordering online.


Gator Time and Academies

Beginning tomorrow students will participate in two rotations to support student achievement. During this time students will receive targeted academic support in their specific area of need. Each session will be 6 weeks with a growth monitoring assessment at the end of the session to assess progress.

Gator Time- 1st and 2nd grade, 9:45-10:15

Academies- 3rd-5th grade, 8:00-8:30

Gator Spirit Wear

Check out our new Gator Merch. Items come in child and adult sizes.

*sweatshirts ( hoody and zip-up)

*Tank tops

* Tshirts (Spanish and English, purple tie-dye)



*Water bottles

*Polo shirts (men and women cuts available)


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” The theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope

September 15 is set as the starting date for the month as it is important for many reasons. It is the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. From here onwards, the independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Dia de la Raza or Columbus Day also falls within this month, on October 12.

Hispanic Americans have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. Their contributions to the nation are immeasurable, and they embody the best of American values. The Hispanic-American community has left an indelible mark on the U.S. culture and economy.

Picture Day 2021

Picture day 2021 is here- be sure to dress to impress!

To ensure you have a seamless experience, student and staff data is required for Picture Day.

Your password-protected Lifetouch Portal is where you securely upload and provide your data to Lifetouch.

Lifetouch Account Login

School Name: Gregory Gardens Elem Sch

Picture Day Date: Friday, September 17

Picture Day ID: EVTS92F6Z

School Dress Code

Our school dress code is as follows. It was voted on by our School Site Council in January 2020. We will update our school website to reflect this. My apologies for any confusion.

Clothing should allow for all members of the school community to play and learn in a safe and inclusive environment.

Tops and Bottoms must be worn to school. They must cover undergarments completely and be appropriate for playing safely on the playground.

Shoes should be flat and have appropriate straps and/or laces to ensure they will not come off. Shoes should be safe for playing on cement or in grass. No shoe skates or wheeled shoes allowed due to falling risks.

Hats may be worn on the playground but will be removed when indoors. All religious headwear is exempt.

Make-up - is not to be worn at school.

Not acceptable on school grounds

-Violent language or images

-Images or language depicting gangs, drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)

-Hate speech, profanity, pornography

-Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on gender, racial, cultural or religious values or which advocate gender, racial, cultural or religious prejudices.

If there is a question regarding the appropriateness of any student’s attire, and/or how the apparel is impacting student behavior or student safety (either physically or emotionally), the judgment of the school personnel will prevail.

Parents will be called to replace clothing when it is inappropriate, presents a potential hazard, or is a distraction to the educational program. If necessary, a neutral replacement garment will be provided by the school.

Student Attendance

We ask that you phone the office when your student is absent from school on the day they are out and any subsequent days. There are some symptoms that will require a negative covid test. The office number is 925-827-3770. You may also email Lisa at

Independent Study Contract/Attendance when travelling

Families while we understand you may have a pre-planned trip or life throws a curve a student might miss school due to being away. If your student is needing to travel from school for a minimum of five days, we ask you contact the office in advance to request an independent study packet. We need a weeks' notice to prep this. Contact Lisa or Kimberly in the office to get started 925-827-3770.

School Pick Up & Drop Off Line

PICK UP AND DROP OFF LINE - We are doing our best to be good neighbors but we need your help. Please do not line up for pick up before 2:30 (12:20 on Wednesdays) This is causing a frustrating and dangerous situation on our neighborhood streets.
Gator Families may not drop off their children before 7:40 each day. We do not have adult supervision and cannot keep your students safe. We appreciate your support.

September Elementary Menus

MEAL ACCOMMODATIONS for students from Food & Nutrition Services:

*If your student has an allergy, please complete this form and send it to our main office or email it to

*If your student has dietary (ie., vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.) or religious restrictions please email Include your student's school, name, teacher, and requested accommodation.

Volunteers on Campus

Starting September 1, 2021, all volunteers on campus will need to wear a mask as well as complete the volunteer requirements through our Human Resources Department In addition to completing the required tasks to volunteer, every volunteer will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

We are happy to hear what days you want to assist on our campus, please email your student's teacher for class help and/or reach out to the office staff for assistance during lunch recess.

However, for the safety of everyone, we can no longer allow non-Gregory Gardens children on campus during volunteering, unless they can be carried in a baby carrier.

Thank you for helping support our positive and safe campus climate.

Gregory Gardens Volunteer Cheat Sheet~ The Do's and Don'ts

Bullying vs. Conflict

Continue to talk to your students about the difference between Bullying and Conflict. Attached are two videos to help you start the conversation with children. We take bullying very seriously at Gregory Gardens and we will continue to support students with productive language and conflict resolution skills to help them work through challenging situations. Thank you for helping us build a community of respect and compassion on our campus.

How to Tell the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying

In the Community

Community Service Day 2021 @ Gregory Gardens

9:00 am –12:00 pm

(Come for a few hours or for the whole time.)

Sign up online at:

There are a few child-friendly projects, but mostly we need adults to help with gardening and


Can’t make it on the 25 th , but want to help out? Please reach out to help with prep jobs or to

lend gardening tools. We need wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and painting supplies. Contact the

CSD coordinator, Karen Ruff, at or 617-276-5930.

¡Muestre su amor por Gregory Gardens!

Venga a ayudar con proyectos al aire libre en el campus.

Día de servicio comunitario de Pleasant Hill

Sábado, 25 de septiembre de 2021

9 am - mediodía

(Ven por unas horas o todo el tiempo).

Regístrese en línea en:

Hay algunos proyectos para niños, pero sobre todo necesitamos adultos para ayudar con la

jardinería y la pintura.

¿No puedes hacerlo el día 25, pero quieres ayudar? Comuníquese para ayudar con los trabajos

de preparación o para prestar herramientas de jardinería. Necesitamos carretillas, palas,

rastrillos y materiales para pintar. Comuníquese con la coordinadora de CSD, Karen Ruff, en o al 617-276-5930.

Tutoring by College Park High School Students

Each One Teach One is a free tutoring program for elementary students. We connect you with responsible and committed High School students who can provide extra support for your child. Tutoring sessions can be in person or online. If you are interested please fill out this google form:

You can also email us at

Tinkers & Thinkers Virtual Innovation Faire! FREE!

Saturday, September 18 | 8:00 am

Online at

Gather with your social pod on Tinkers & Thinkers (T&T) Saturday and participate together in this wildly popular community-wide virtual innovation faire! Each participant picks up a special Tinkers & Thinkers maker box the week before the event. The maker box is filled with all the components and materials needed to build S.T.E.M.-tastic projects! Pssst...Don’t open box until event day! On day of event, go to website at to watch our pre-recorded instructions and more with your pod pals. Open your boxes (surprise!) and start building cool stuff together! Show off your amazing creations with the community by sharing a photo of your pod mates and all your completed projects for a chance to win S.T.E.M. prizes! Submit photos on event website. Pre-registration for all participants required by 9/3.

Maker Box Pick Up:
Monday-Friday, 9/13-9/17, 9:00-5:00 pm
PH Community Center, 320 Civic Drive

2021 Fire Prevention Week Art Contest

Fire Prevention Week” is October 3-9. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. In observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting an Art Show and Contest during the month of September, with winners being announced on our CCCFPD website the week of October 3-9.

Submissions Due September 24, 2021-

See the Attachment for more details about themes and requirements.

Looking Ahead


September 15-October 15- Hispanic Heritage Month

September 16-Independence Day (Mexico)

September 17- Picture Day

September 20- Book Fair


LGBTQIA+ History Month

Bullying Prevention Month

September 15-October 15-Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11-Teacher In-service-No School

October 31-Halloween


November 1-Dia de los Muertos

November 11-Veteran's Day

November 22-26-Thanksgiving Break-No School


December 20-January 4-Winter Recess-No School

December 25-Christmas

December 26-Kwanzaa


January 17-Martin Luther King jr. Day-No School

January 27-UN Holocaust Memorial Day


African American and Black History Month

February 1-Chinese New Year

February 14-Valentine’s Day/Kindness Day

February 18-No School

February 21-President's Day-No School


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Women’s History Month

March 7-Teacher In-service-No School

March 29-Holi Festival of Colors


April 1-Ceasar Chavez Day-No School

April 4-8 Spring Break-No School

April 2-May 2-Ramadan

April 15-23 Passover

April 17-Easter

April 22-Earth Day


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 2-3 Eid al Fitr

May 8-Mother’s Day

May 10-Mexican Mother’s Day

May 30-Labor Day-No School


Pride Month

June 2-Last Day of School

June 19-Juneteenth

June 19-Father’s Day

A Day in the Life of a Gator

What's Happening Around MDUSD

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

2021- 2022 Lunch Menus

Friday Letters

Friday Letter 9/10/21

Friday Letter 9/3/21

Friday Letter 8/27/21

Friday Letter 8/20/21

Friday Letter 8/13/21

Friday Letter 8/6/21

Board Meetings

September 22

October 13

October 27

November 10

December 8

How is MDUSD spending COVID one-time funds? Read more HERE

DELAC-District English Learner Advisory Committee

First meeting is on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.


5:30-7:00 p.m.

Project to Inspire:

Project 2 Inspire Series for parents on English Learners. This is a 12-week session. The first session is scheduled for September 15, 2021. We invite elementary or secondary parents. Some of the topics to be covered are: Communication with the school building student success, Building a Bridge between home and School, Education in the digital era, The Educational system in the United States to mention a few. The sessions will be conducted in Spanish. If interested contact Patricia Coronado coronadop@mdusd.


5:45 pm

Covid- 19 Protocols

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MDUSD COVID-19 Response Plan

Click here for an all in one resource and procedure guide for MDUSD

COVID Testing in MDUSD

Monday- Friday, at various school campuses around MDUSD. Click the link for times and locations

Check out how we spend our days!

School Accounts

Twitter - @gregory_gators, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram - @gregory_gardens

PTA Accounts

Facebook- @gregory.gardens.elementary, GGES PTA Facebook Page



Campus closed

Our Campuses are closed to the public from 7:00 am- 6:00 pm daily. To keep everyone safe (school students and Kidstop) we will be locking our back schoolyard gate (Evelyn Drive) daily during school hours 7:00 am- 6:00 pm. PLEASE share this info with your neighbors. Our community will be able to use the grounds after hours and on the weekends. We appreciate your support and understanding! If you have questions please contact me.

The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, facilities and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identify, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (Governing Board Policy 0410).

Contact Us / How to File a Complaint

For questions, concerns or complaints regarding student harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Chief of Educational Services, at or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4016.

For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact Dr. John Rubio, Chief of Human Resources, at or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4136.

Uniform Complaint Procedures