Gratz Brown News

March 3. 2017

A Memo from Mrs. Doss

March is here! We are trucking along with the school year, and are approaching the end of 3rd Quarter. Exciting things are on the the forefront for our students.

First wanted to thank each of you that were able to attend our Parent University on February 21st. We were excited about having feedback from our parents and plan to offer this each year. We did have winners from that evening with our door prizes ranging from board games to a Samsung tablet that was made possible by assistance from our PTO. Thank you as well to our amazing GBE PTO members that make the extras we do possible!

We have begun our Major Saver Fundraiser this week, and students are pumped up to reach certain levels of sales to be awarded a variety of prizes, even a pizza party and limo ride! Do know that this fundraiser is optional. The funds from this fundraiser assists in supporting The Moberly Public Schools Foundation, Inc.. This foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation created to assist in raising money to benefit programs and educational opportunities for our students in the district.

As the month progresses we will be holding our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences. These will vary from grade to grade with some being student led this quarter.

We will have more information as well later this month in regards to Summer School. This summer all grades will be housed at Gratz Brown for the elementary level. Due to some size constraints we will not be offering enrichment, and it will be an invite only program. This will be discussed with parents at our March conferences on the 14th and the 16th.

Look this week for information to come home and in our newsletter about our Spring McTeacher Night and cookies sales coming up. These forms will be in your children's Friday folders of this week.

Lastly, on the horizon in April we will begin our MAP testing. This will start on April 4th for Third and Fourth Grade. Fifth grade will begin later in the week on the 7th. We ask that you partner with us in assuring our students can do their absolute best on this assessment. Please make sure that they are getting enough rest, as well as a breakfast if they do not eat here at school.

We will be working to make sure if a student is absent that they make up the test, but ask that if possible please have any absences can be avoided during this time

Thank you for all you do as partners, and Happy Spring Approaching!

Angie Doss

Moberly Public Schools Mission Statement:

To ensure all students have a quality education and a sense of direction.

GBE's Vision Statement created by our Student Advisory Team and Staff:

GBE Students want to be a Champion in:

  1. Attitude

  2. Action

  3. Academics

GBE Partners in Education

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

Arts Appliances and Furniture

Central Bank of Moberly

Character Trait/Terrific Kid for March is Self-Discipline

GBE's Attendance for the Month: Let's Celebrate our Success!! 94.34%!!

Make sure to check out our attendance race bulletin board by the gym doors. Our classrooms are competing in the Great Attendance Race challenge. Each Mid Quarter and Quarter, Mrs. David will review attendance percentages by class to see who is in the lead!

Additional Parent and Family Information:

Scholastic Reading Counts Spring Challenge!!

The classrooms this month with the highest percentage of students meeting their Reading Counts Goal will be the room that Mr. Samuel hast to camp out in overnight!

IF GBE as a whole building hits 3.000 Reading Counts points for the month, Mrs. Doss will wear roller skates an entire school day!!

Memo from Mrs. St. Clair: In Honor or Read Across America Day

District librarians kicked off their annual bookmark contest today! When classes come to the library during the next week, students will learn how to enter and receive a bookmark template.

These will be judged later in the month with winners announced and honored for their creativity and encouragement of Reading!!

Save the Date:

Feel free to detach the bottom portion of this newsletter to keep on the fridge as reminder to all of the events we have coming up this school year. Others will be added as the year progresses, but these are the events already set on the calendar at this time.


March 3rd Flyers about the PTO Talent Show go home

March 6th McTeacher Night Cookie Order forms due to GBE

March 7th McTeacher's Night from 4 to 8 pm

March 8th End of 3rd Quarter

March 8th to the 14th Major Saver Collection for Fundraiser Daily

March 13th to the 16th PBS Success Days

March 14th 4:30 to 7 pm Parent Teacher Conferences

March 16th Response To Intervention time Ends; MAP practice on Chromebooks begins in classrooms

March 16th Early Out; 2 to 8 pm Parent Teacher Conferences

March 17th & 20th No School

March 24th DARE Graduation for 5th grade 9 to 9:45

March 31st Spring Picture Day


April 4th to April 14th MAP Testing at GBE

Parent University Door Prize Winners!!

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