Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of June 2, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Hey Gators,

Boy last week was busy and filled with oh so many memories. Our week kicked off with Field Day 2019. What an awesome way to end the year. It was hard to tell who was having more fun.... the parents, the kids or the teachers :) Thank you families for coming together so quickly to pull off this long running school tradition. On Wednesday we honored our incredible GGES volunteers with lunch and cake. It was great to chat about the year's successes and show our appreciation for all of your hard work. We truly are better together. Thank you PTA for organizing our High Five celebration. Students from GGES and RSP as well as staff loved the BMX presentation and we especially loved the message about taking care of our bodies, our peers and our world! Friday our 5th graders headed to the pool for a bbq and lots of splashing..... judging by the smiles, kids were having a blast. Friday night's EOY picnic was a great success...who doesn't love face paint, water balloons and tacos! Thanks for coming out!

We have wrapped up all of our state and district testing! WOOHOO- Students have been presenting projects to their peers and everyone is gearing for next year :) Preschoolers have also had a great week. Students worked on numbers, letters and facial expressions. Everyone is getting ready for summer school at Sequoia. School starts Monday June 10.

We are looking forward to a short week full of learning and laughter. Please join us tomorrow between 2:00-4:00pm to celebrate Mrs. Kolano's retirement. All are welcome to attend, so please spread the word. Wednesday is the last day of the 2018-2019 school year. Dismissal times have changed. TK/K- 11:15, 1st-5th- 12pm.


*We are getting a new roof and new blacktop this summer! Kidstop will remain open during construction but the rest of campus will be closed.

* School offices will be open until June 28

If we can support you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cheryl Kolano

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Summer Math Challenge

Be on the look out Monday or Tuesday for information regarding a summer math challenge for students. Kids will be able to earn a reward in August for completing the challenge!

Student Drop Off

As the year comes to a close please be sure to respect school drop off procedures. Parents should pull to the end of the drop off circle to say goodbye to students. If you would like to park, please find a spot along the bushes or in the church parking lot. Staff parking lots are reserved for school employees.

To keep our campus safe we ask all families to enter campus through our main hallway. Please refrain from using the gate in front of the assessment center or the gate in front of the 4th/5th grade wing.

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Library Update

We still have 80 books that have not been returned to our school library. At an average of $20 per book, that puts us at a loss of about $1,600. Students may bring books/payment to the office the rest of this week.

Here are the over dues by grade level:

1st: 4
2nd: 13
3rd: 31
4th: 17
5th: 14

It's not too late

We are still desperately trying to fill 2 Noon Supervisors for the 2019-2020 school year! Come join our team or share this application with friends. We need your help to 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. click here to see our job posting on or come into the office to fill out a paper copy!

Noon Supervisor Hours

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

Wed 11-12:30

Volunteer Opportunities

You've heard the saying....."It takes a village to raise a child" We are looking for volunteers to support students during lunch recess. If you love basketball, have epic four square skills or just love our Gators- please swing by the office to find out how you can help!

Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.

PTA Corner

Mrs. Kolano's Retirement Celebration

Monday June 3, 2:00-4:00pm

Come one, come ALL and join us for cake and coffee as we celebrate Principal Cheryl Kolano on her retirement. Students please write a note sharing their thoughts on how Mrs. Kolano should be spending her time in her retirement. To make this extra special, we are looking for donations of baked good or purchased decor.. please click the link below for more details!

Adopt the Garden

It's that time of year again! We need some of our loving families to "Adopt" the School garden for 1 week each over summer break.

When you adopt the garden over summer we need help with watering, maintenance and the best part... Harvesting!

To sign up click here:

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

Robert Shearer Preschool

Extended School Year

Due to our summer roofing project, RSP will not be hosting Extended School Year. All students who are eligible to receive ESY services will attend Sequoia Elementary with Nadia Visaya as the Principal. Stay tuned for more information about dates and transportation.

Drop Off/ Pick Up Procedures

We need your help to reinstate best practices for preschool drop off and pick up. Parents may not park or pull into the bus circle between 8:00am-2:30pm. Parents should park in a designated parking stall and walk their student to the preschool. If your child starts at 8:30 please bring them to the playground gate where your teachers will be waiting to receive them. 10:40 students should come into the pod and enter the playground from the back double doors. Teachers will be there to greet students. At dismissal, please park and walk to meet your child outside the pod at the appropriate time. Thank you for helping us streamline our procedures. We appreciate your flexibility.

Looking Ahead


June 3- Mrs. Kolano Retirement Party 2:00-4:00pm

June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- All Together Day for TK and Kinder classes

June 5- Last Day of School- Tk/K- 11:15am dismissal, 1st-5th- 12pm dismissal


August 9- Gator All in One Day - Time TBD

August 12, 13 & 14 – All Teacher In-Service Day

August 15- First Day of School 2019-2020


September 2: Labor Day- No School


November 8: End 1st Trimester

November 11: Veterans Day

November 25- 29: Thanksgiving Break


December 23 -January 6: Winter Break

Happenings around campus

Field Day 2019

Are you missing a sweatshirt, lunch box or water bottle?!?!?! We may have found it!
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