Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of January 26, 2020

Greetings from Administration

We had a wonderful turn out at Friday's movie night! I love hearing our students and families giggle through movie scenes and reconnect with friends. Thank you for supporting our GGES PTA.

Family Heritage Potluck

Please join us to celebrate the many heritages our school community is made with. We ask that you bring a dish to share that celebrates your family heritage! Please note ingredients on a card so those with food allergies can try items safely.

WHEN: Friday, January 31, 2020

WHERE: GGE Multi-purpose room

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Follow Us

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Twitter @gregory_gators, @GGESgarden, @RSP_MDUSD, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram @gregory_gatorsMDUSD

Family Photo Project

Family and community is what makes GGES and RSP so special. We are working on a special project that features each and every family in our community. Please send a 4x6 family photo or drawing of your family to school. Photos are due to the office by Monday, February 3, 2020. Please leave with Lisa or Kimberly. Thank you.

TK-Kinder Enrollment for 2020/2021

Incoming students who will reach 5 years of age between September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020 are eligible to enroll in TK. Students who will reach 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2020, are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. In person registration will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Details to follow. See district link below to being the enrollment process.

TK birth date range 9/2/2015-12/2/2015

Kinder birth date student turns 5 before 9/2/2015

For those students currently enrolled at GGE in TK they will automatically roll into Kinder and will not need to register again.

Extra Clothes for Office Needs

We are accepting donations of jeans and bottoms in TK-3rd grades sizes. Prefer unisex for students who may have bathroom accidents.

Superintendent Friday Letter

The Superintendent’s Friday Letter has been published here!

PTA Corner

GG PTA would like to invite Robert Schearer PS and Gregory Gardens Elementary parents to our 4th annual Gator Gala on March 20 from 6-11pm! The Gala team is looking for donations of any kind for the silent auction. If you own a business, or know anyone that may be able to contribute to this super fun event, please email Robin Greenslade at Ticket sales for Gala will be announced soon.

Visit the GGES/RSP PTA Facebook page for more information.

For more information and ways you can help, please connect with your PTA room parent or check us out on Facebook.

What's Happening Around MDUSD

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Healthy Kids Survey

Please complete this online survey and share your opinions on our campus life, student affairs and academic success. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. Please let the office, your child's teacher, or email Ms. Koontz and let them know when you take the survey.

Students will receive 10 GATOR BITES

Student Appointments outside of School

If your student is late to school due to an appointment, we ask that the parent/guardian comes into the office with the student. It is also recommended that the student get a pass from the office that they visited for missing school as that will be part of the late slip excuse.

Noon Supervisor Opening

We have 1 opening for a Noon Supervisor!! Come join our team to help support student success during lunch. The position is 5 days a week for a total of 7.5 hours. If you are unable to commit to 5 days, please consider signing up as a Sub Supervisor. Inquire in our elementary office.

Noon Supervisor Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 11:20-12:50

Wed 11-12:30

Homelink Parent Portal

HomeLink Parent Portal is available for all MDUSD students and legal guardians. This is a secure and private online resource that will provide access to your student's attendance, state test score reports (CAASP, ELPAC) and allow you to update demographic information. Gregory Gardens is rolling out the use of this system for our students.

We are re-sending the letter home that has your student's info and verification code this week. Please look for it in their backpack When you receive your letter, we strongly encourage you to set up your parent/guardian portal for your student (s) as this is how you will now need to update the demographic sheet for Gator Day in August.

Here is the link to the parent portal:

Elementary Student Lunch Accounts

Students attending GGES are all given a lunch card with their name and student ID whether they ever buy lunch or not. Each student has access to these cards at meal service to pick up and use at their will.

Payment for student meal accounts can be made in cash or check. If writing a check, please make your check payable to “MDUSD Cafeteria Fund”. Our front office has envelopes just for this and they will get your cash or check payment to the cafeteria. If you wish to pay by credit card, please use the district Titan service to pay onto your student's account

If you receive a bill or call regarding money due, please contact food & nutrition services at

Volunteer Opportunities

*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.

*Adults will be verified using our online database.

*Make yourself available to support and interact with all students.

*Please no cellphones during volunteering.

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

Volunteers are always encouraged, any day of the week - just come in when you can. 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.

Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.


If your student will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at (925) 682-8000 ext. 7042. Please include your student's name, teacher, and reason for absence. Please be sure to call before 9:30 am. Thank you.

To avoid a Truancy for your student, please call the office within 72 hours for any absence. Without a verification for a day(s) missed of school after that time it becomes a truancy.

See MDUSD website for more details on truancy and absenteeism:

Robert Shearer Preschool

What's Happening around Preschool

All students must be picked up on time. Late pickups cause assistants to be away from their classrooms and teachers to miss important meetings. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Please note that drop off and pick up should not happen in front of the Robert Shearer preschool building. All guardians are asked to park and walk to the preschool to get your student. If you need to come into the preschool for any reason, make sure you sign in at the office and have an adult escort you to class. Thank you so much for helping us keep everyone safe!

Looking Ahead


January 27-31- Multicultural Week

January 27-31- Book Fair #2

January 31- Multicultural Week Potluck 5:30-7pm


February 7-Parents and Pastries

February 10- Teacher In Service Day- No students

February 14- No School

February 17- President's Day- No school


March 16- Teacher In Service Day- No students

March 20- Gator Gala


April 3-10- Spring Break


May 25- Memorial Day- No school


June 3- Last day of school

Conversations to Have at Home

Happenings around campus

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, 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. Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX student issues, please contact the Title IX Compliance Officer, Michael A. Jimenez, Assistant Superintendent High School, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact the Executive Director of Personnel, Lisa Murphy Oates, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact the Equity Compliance Officer, Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at