Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of May 19, 2019

Greetings from Administration

It was a wet weekend, but we hope you found some time to get outside and enjoy your days off. Last week was great! We kicked things off with our wonderful Open House. Thank you families for coming by and enjoying root beer floats with us. We loved seeing student work on display in the classrooms.

Ms. Andino and Mrs. Phillips each have 3 new feathered friends in their classrooms. The kids are learning all about the chicken life cycle and caring for their new classmates. Fifth graders have been preparing for promotion, I am really looking forward to being apart of this year's festivities with all of you. Our Gator Garden continues to flourish, we now have strawberries, tomatoes, corn and herbs planted. Have you popped by to see the new benches and brand new storage shed? Thank you to our parents and classrooms who work so hard to keep our garden thriving.

This week, MDUSD will be hosting the final LCAP Speaker Series at the District Office. We hope you will join us on Wednesday 5/22, to discuss the LCAP and How it Impacts the MDUSD Budget.

We are looking forward to our last full week of the school year. With only 12 school days left please continue to arrive at school on time and ready to learn. We continue to work towards supporting student success by setting high expectations for student behavior and academics.

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

Cheryl Kolano

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Field Day 2019

On Tuesday May 28th GGES and the PTA will be hosting the Annual Field Day event. We are so excited to continue this Gregory Gardens tradition. We encourage volunteers to come by between 9:00-11:00am to help support teachers and students in the activities. If you are interested in setting up, cleaning up or prepping for the big day please reach out to our PTA leaders.

It's not too late

We are still desperately trying to fill 2 Noon Supervisors!openings! 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

General PTA Meeting

Please join us at 7:50am on Tuesday May 21 for our monthly PTA meeting. We will meet in the multi-use room to discuss upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and what’s been going on at the executive board meetings. We need your vote on next year's board members! Every voice counts! See you there!

Field Day 2019

We are looking for volunteers to man the numerous activity stations at Field Day. What is Field Day you ask? It's a super fun morning with many activity stations, such as an egg toss, hula hoops, bubbles, and possible water ballon toss. Each class will visit every station to learn these different activities while having FUN. But WE NEED HELP! Hint: This is a fun event for fingerprinted grandparents or fun uncles - ask them!

Adopt the Garden

It's that time of year again and we need some of our loving families to "Adopt" the School garden. Feel free to make the school garden your own! Add to it, feed it, clean it, or harvest from it! Some of our families might pick weeks that are too early in the season for harvesting but we assure you, as veggies become ready to harvest--everyone will be notified to come to harvest in return for your hard work.

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

Robert Shearer Preschool

Preschool Happenings

This week, RSP hosted open house. Room K4 had a slide show of photos featuring students engaged in daily activities throughout the year. It was great to share with families from our class as well as other families who stopped in to see the classroom. We are proud of the community we have at RSP.
We are continuing our Spring Unit by singing 2 different versions of 5 Little Ducks (Super Simple Songs and Raffi versions). Singing the same song in different ways promotes flexibility. We shared both versions of the songs with parents to sing with their student at home. Singing school songs at home promotes generalization across settings.

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


May 21- General Election PTA Meeting 7:50-8:50am

May 22– 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

May 29- Volunteer Luncheon 12:00pm

May 29- Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day

May 28- Field Day 9-11am

May 30-High 5 Party 1st-5th grade 1:00pm

May 30- Healthy Kids Festival- Fair Oaks Elementary 5:30-7pm

May 31- 5th Grade Swim Party

May 31- End of Year Family Picnic 6:00-8:00pm


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 15- First Day of School 2019-2020

Happenings around campus

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