Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of April 14, 2019

Greetings from Administration

We have finally had some much anticipated warm weather! We hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend enjoying the sunshine, sporting events and relaxing time together. We are recharged and ready to tackle week 33 at Gregory Gardens!

Thank you PTA for organizing a fun filled Family Movie Night on Friday! It was great to see families come out to support our GGES community. Students and families enjoyed eating popcorn, munching on pizza and watching Ralph Breaks the Internet. Thank you families and friends who were able to attend! We hope to see you at our next PTA sponsored event.

Preschool students had no complaints about the beautiful weather! They could be heard across campus giggling and playing on their play structure! We especially love watching them ride around and around on their bikes!

Last week Mrs. Phillips introduced 7 new chicken eggs to her classroom family! Second graders will spend the next 21 days anxiously waiting for the arrival of their new feathery classmates! Students are eager to observe and record activities of their new friends.

Second graders in Mrs. Hagstrom's class have been working on letter writing, comparing data in math and focusing on the spelling pattern /ur/. Perhaps they can use their new skills to write letters to their teacher this week!

Fifth graders had a very busy week. With two middle school tour trips and a day at the Lawerence Hall of Science in Berkeley, we have no doubt there was a lot to talk about at the dinner table.

Below please check out upcoming events and must know information!

Gregory Gardens Elementary

School Site Council Nominations

The School Site Council (SSC) is a school community’s representative body, made up of school staff, parents/community members, and at the secondary level, students. The primary responsibility of the SSC is to participate in the development and monitoring of the LCAP (Local Control & Accountability Plan), evaluate the effectiveness of programs, monitor the use of supplemental funding available to the school, seek input from school advisory committees, and reaffirm or revise school goals.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted! The term of office will be 1 or 2, years (based on the availability of the member). If you are a parent or community member interested in sitting on the School Site Council please contact Cheryl Kolano at You may also fill out the attached nomination form and return it to the school office. Nominations are due no later than Friday April 26, 2019. Official ballots will be sent home in a few weeks.

Photo Release Forms

We are proud of the work our students are doing in and out of the classroom and we want to share it with our community. We are excited to join other MDUSD schools and district personnel in showcasing our students success' through our school website, weekly newsletter and various social media accounts. Privacy is a priority, student and teacher names and classroom numbers will never be shared in posts.Tomorrow you may receive a YELLOW district approved photo release form. If you wish to see your child highlighted on one of our outlets, please complete the form accordingly. If you do not wish to have your student participate please check the appropriate boxes. ALL forms should be filled out completely and returned to the teacher. If you have questions please do not hesitate to come to the office.


State testing for 3rd-5th graders begins Monday April 22. All students will take English and Math, and 5th graders also take Science. To help prepare students for testing please encourage students to get a good nights sleep, have something to eat before school and arrive to school on time. Good Luck Gators! We believe in you. Attached please find our CAASPP Testing Schedule.


We have 2 openings for Noon Supervisors!! 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. Check out our posting on or come into the office to fill out a paper copy!

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.

Principal Input

Assistant Superintendent Jose Espinoza will host the Principal Input Session on Thursday April 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the MUR. Parents are welcome to attend the event to provide input on next year's Principal.

PBIS/Soul Shoppe at GGES

Last week's Spring Back to Success presentations were a hit. The lessons included a review of school norms- Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, be considerate of cafeteria systems, and use appropriate language on the playground. Below are photos of posters Ms. Chrissy used in your presentations. Students got a lot of out of the conversations and we have noticed a huge change on the playground this week. Students engaged in positive interactions, worked together as teams and solved conflicts respectfully.

Our PBIS team met this week to review school wide culture. Our team consists of one teacher from each grade, counselor, resource teacher, District Equity Administrator, Jorge Melgozaey, and MDUSD Behaviorist Sean Taylor. The team is moving forward to create school wide systems and norms that reflect the PBIS guiding principals which include implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The purpose of PBIS at Gregory Gardens is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity at our school. With continued support from the equity department our PBIS journey will take us into the 2019-2020 school year.

On Tuesday we kick off our first of four Soul Shoppe assemblies for students. Students will gather with their grade levels, teachers and a trained instructor for assembly #1 entitled " The Check In". "The Check In" is designed to help students give words to their feelings and emotions and ask for help and express themselves accordingly. They will learn phrases like, "Right now I need..." and "Will you please...." Talk with your students about the strategies they are learning at our assemblies and how they can implement them both at school and at home.

Robert Shearer Preschool

Last week students in P3 had fun sharing their Spring Break memories with their friends and teachers. They also practiced ABAB patterns, final letter sounds /k/ and /g/, and preposition words.

A highlight of their week was learning that chickens aren't the only animal that hatches from an egg. After reading a few stories students learned that birds, amphibians, dinosaurs, owls and insects are among a few animals born in an egg. Did you know the seahorse and the octopus are born from an egg too?!?!?

We recommend the following books to continue to conversation about animals born in eggs.

*Big Eggs by Molly Cax

*Charlie Chick by Maurice Pledger

*Here a Chick, There a Chick by Bruce McMillan

Principal Input

Assistant Superintendent Jose Espinoza will host the Principal Input Session on Thursday April 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the MUR. Parents are welcome to attend the event to provide input on next year's Principal.

Looking Ahead


April 15- Skydome Assembly

April 16- Soul Shoppe Presentations

April 16- General PTA Meeting

April 25- Principal Input Session- 5:30pm

April 26- Soul Shoppe Presentations


May 3- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 3- Gator Gala PTA Fundraiser 6:00-11:00pm

May 7- Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 6-10- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

May 10- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 14- RSP Open House 6:00-7:00pm

May 14- GGES Open House 6:30-7:30pm

May 17-Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 21- General PTA Meeting

May 22nd – LCAP/Speaker Series – LCAP & Budget - Dent, Board Room 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 23- Tk/Kinder Orientation 6:30-7:30pm

May 27- No School


June 4- Field Day

June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- Last Day of School- 12pm dismissal

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