Gratz Brown News

January 3, 2018

From the Principal's Desk

Welcome Back GBE Families! I hope everyone had a safe, fun-filled and well rested holiday break. I know that the cold weather has had us cooped up most of the break, but it has been a beautiful start for the winter.

With the cold weather and lower temperatures, please do remember to have your student wear appropriate winter clothing each day to school. We are limited at times on what we have to offer students and want all to be able to go outside when the weather permits.

This next month we have dates in our calendar set for Professional Development for teachers, as well as days off for noted observed holidays. Please do read over the attached calendar at the end of this newsletter to mark these dates ahead of time. We will dismiss on our early dismissal days at 1:00.

Also, please check your student's backpack each Friday for items we send home and newsletters from teachers. We will be sending home grade cards, and Star reports for parents this month. As well as updates in regards to grades, teachers will be reaching out if there are concerns to go over specifics with parents to help your students be successful.

We are at our mid year point in the year, it has been an exciting and eventful first half. Each of us look forward to finishing our year out on a strong note, and giving your children only the best! Happy 2018!

Angie Doss

Gratz Brown Elementary Principal

Moberly Public School 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 for January: Perseverance

Other Resources and District Items:

Inclement Weather

When considering school cancellations, the safety of all students in the district is the first consideration. School district personnel drive bus routes to check local conditions firsthand. District personnel then hold conversations with the bus transportation company to gain their perspective. Again, safety is always our top priority. We also consider whether conditions will be changing throughout the day.

In the event of a school cancellation, notice will be provided as soon as a decision is made. Local radio and television stations will be notified, and a notice will be posted on the school district’s web page, Facebook, and Twitter (@MoberlyDistrict). Notification will be sent via TextCaster Spartan Alerts as well.

Early Dismissal: An early dismissal will be used when conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day. This option will be used sparingly and avoided whenever possible. If early dismissal becomes necessary, the district will announce and post dismissal times. The standard early dismissal schedule will be used when possible.

Late Start: A late start option will also be used sparingly and in cases in which conditions are expected to improve fairly quickly in the morning. If late start is utilized, the district will announce the length of the delay. For example, if there will be a 2 hour late start, you would add 2 hours to the typical school start time. In the example of a 2 hour late start, if your child has a 7:30 bus stop time, the new bus stop time would be 9:30. The standard late start schedule will be used when possible.

Spartan Alerts

Please sign up for Spartan Alerts to get texts and information about our school. Through this system text messages are sent directly to your phone, wireless PDA or pager!


Emergency Information

School Closings

Early Dismissal Times

School Event Reminders

Bus times running behind

Please check out our school website to sign up! It is located under Parent Tab!

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.


4th First Day back after Christmas Break- B day schedule

8th DRA Testing Window Opens for GBE runs to February 2nd

9th BOE mtg at CO 5:30 pm

10th Spartan Tutoring Make Up Day

12th Grade Cards and Parent Star Reports go home; STAR popcorn parties day for students that reached their STAR Goal for Winter Benchmark.

15th No School Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

17th Spartan Tutoring Resumes

23rd Math RtI Session starts for GBE

24th Early Out day for Students Dismiss at 1:00

26th Spartan Spirit Assembly 8:35 Gymnasium


2nd Mid Quarter

9th Progress Reports Go Home

19th No School - President's Day

28th Early Out Day for the District/ 1/2 day

A separate "Save the Date" flyer will be sent home electronically and in hard copy for those that do not have email. This will include dates from January to the end of the year.

Contact Information for GBE Office Staff and Administration:

Principal, Angie Doss

Principal's Secretary, Melissa Slater

Assistant Principal, David Samuel

Assistant Principal's Secretary, Dee Noel

Office # 660-269-2670

Address: 1320 Gratz Brown Road, Moberly MO 65270