Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of October 27, 2019

Greetings from Administration

I hope you all had a lovely weekend with your friends and families. The weather was certainly strange and a bit scary. We will keep you posted on how we are prepping to greet students if the power is out on Monday. We will also take necessary precautions if the air quality is a concern. Please continue to check our district website and social media pages for up to date information.

Last week, we celebrated Red Ribbon Week. I loved the positive conversations about ways to keep our bodies and minds healthy. It was also a blast to dress up with students...we all take spirit days very seriously. Thank you parents for helping your kids get ready. We ended the week with our oh so anticipated Gatorween...WOW what a blast! it was wonderful to see so many GGES and RSP families out enjoying games, snacks and lots of dancing!

What's Happening Around School

GGES/RSP Community

We are creating an inclusive and respectful climate on our campus. We support all types of learners from diverse backgrounds on our site. It is imperative that parents, students and staff conduct themselves in a tolerant and respectful manner at all times. Please be aware of your surroundings when talking to members of our GGES/RSP community and be mindful that all students regardless of race, religion, abilities (e.g. physical, social/emotional development, cognition), socio-economic status, language, gender identity, race or family structure are welcome and important members to our school family.

Halloween 2019

Students may wear costumes to school on Thursday 10/31. Students must wear school appropriate shoes. Please no accessories that need to be carried (wands, swords, light sabers), masks, toy weapons or excessively scary costumes.

TK/Kinder Parade - 9:30-9:50a in the bus circle

Preschool Parades- 9:50a and 1:00p

Lost & Found

November 1 is donation day!!!!! Please be sure to come find your items. All lost items are displayed along the picket fence in the front hall of the school and on the picket fence just outside of the playground bathrooms.

Campus Updates

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar

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Student Attendance

Attendance is a school and district focus. We are continuing to track attendance to assist our community focus on attendance. Starting with October we will be recognizing a class with the best reduction in Tardiness with a popcorn party and a ten minute extra Friday recess. Our first celebration will be on Friday, November 1st. Please continue to communicate to your students the importance of their attendance and arriving on time!

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Volunteer Opportunities

*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.

*Adults will be verified using our online database.

*Make yourself available to all students.

Thank you for helping support our positive and safe campus climate.

Volunteers are always encouraged, any day of the week - just come in when you can. However, for the safety of everyone, we can no longer allow non Gregory Gardens children on campus during volunteering, unless they can be carried in a baby carrier.

Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.

PTA Corner

Visit the PTA Facebook page for more information.

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


If you think your student will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at (925) 682-8000 ext. 7042. Please include your student's name, teacher, and reason for absence. Please be sure to call before 9:30 am. Thank you.

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Robert Shearer Preschool

What's Happening around Preschool

Our Autism classes have been working on ABA patterns and social skills. Last week I joined classes in as they enjoyed music in room 28! It was great fun to sing Halloween songs and bond with students. Our DHH students continue to work on counting, number and letter recognition and acting out familiar stories. Preschoolers and 5th graders continue to build relationships and have fun together on the playground. Recently our PTA funded supplies, toys and building materials for our new STEAM Lab, as soon as it is ready all students will be able to enjoy the space.

Halloween 2019

Preschoolers will have two parades this year. 9:50a and 1:00p, both in the bus circle. Immediately following the parade students will trick or treat in various areas around campus. Bring your costumes and your smiles, it's going to be a great day.

Looking Ahead


October 31- Halloween


November 8: End 1st Trimester

November 11: Veterans Day- No School

November 12- See's Candy Fundraiser begins

November 15- Lunch on the Green

November 22- Report cards sent home

November 25- 29: Thanksgiving Break


December 2- See's Candy Orders Due

December 9-20- Parent Teacher Conferences

December 13- GGES Winter Concert 6:00pm

December 23-January 6- WINTER BREAK



January 17- Family Movie Night- 6pm

January 20- Martin Luther King - No School

January 27-31- Multicultural Week

January 27-31- Book Fair #2

January 31- Multicultural Week Potluck

Conversations to Have at Home

Happenings around campus

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX student issues, please contact the Title IX Compliance Officer, Michael A. Jimenez, Assistant Superintendent High School, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact the Executive Director of Personnel, Lisa Murphy Oates, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact the Equity Compliance Officer, Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at