Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of August 5, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Welcome Back!! I am so excited to be returning to GGES and RSP as your Principal! I am looking forward to collaborating with you to make this year a success for everyone! We have a lot to do this year! Communication, school safety and PBIS will be our focus. I look forward to participating in our PTA community events and getting to know each of our families. I am here to support you, so please set up an appointment, send an email or pop in if I can do anything to help you and your family.

Let's make it the #bestyearyet

Campus Updates

Thank you all for your flexibility as we navigate opening school while under major construction. I know this is not ideal and I appreciate how patient you have all been. The roof project is still in progress, starting Monday August 12, roofers will be completing the work after school hours and on the weekends until the project is finished. The contracting team has done an excellent job keeping our campus clean and safe throughout the process, we will continue to up hold these standards when students are back on campus. We are loving our gorgeous new blacktop! Students will love the newly painted and we can't wait to get out there and enjoy it! We had some unfortunate events over the summer with our play-structures. New parts have been ordered and will be installed as soon as possible. Until then we will be working with students on safety expectations and responsible play on the structures.


It is important for all parents to have a HomeLink account set up during the first weeks of school. This is how the district office distributes information to families. Below please find detailed instructions on how to create your account. You can also Click here to begin!

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.In your Gator Day Packet you will find a 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 on Friday 8/9/19. If you have questions please do not hesitate to come to the office.

Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts Fifth Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference

I hope you will join me at this years BTS conference. Conference topics include learning styles and homework, social media and self-image, vape pens and teens . The event is featuring nearly two dozen educational workshops to provide families valuable resources and tools to help guide

their children to a successful school year.The event is free for all MDUSD families. Childcare will be available for children 3 – 10 years old. Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended. Lunch and school supplies, donated by John Muir Health, the Concord Moose Lodge, and Travelers Insurance, will be provided to registered participants while supplies last.

Families may register online at or by contacting the Parent Education Program at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, (925) 685-7340, ext. 6720, or

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Calendar

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary

No Shot, No Schedule, No School


School Site Council Nominations

We are looking for 3 new members to add to our School Site Council. 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 Katie Koontz 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.

We are tentatively planning to hold meetings on the last Monday of the month from 2:50-3:50pm

Student Drop Off

Please be sure to respect school drop off and pick up 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.

PTA Corner

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

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The More the Merrier

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.

Robert Shearer Preschool

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.

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Looking Ahead


August 9- Gator All in One Day - 3-7pm in the main courtyard

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

August 15- First Day of School 2019-2020

August 26- School Site Council Meeting


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

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