Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of February 16, 2020

Greetings from Administration

No school day Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of President's Day

Healthy Kids Survey

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF 80% participation!!!!

We still need over 150 families to complete our survey. Please share your opinions on our campus life, student affairs and academic success. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. Please let the office, your child's teacher, or email Ms. Koontz and let them know when you take the survey.

Students will receive 10 GATOR BITES

MDUSD Cell Phone Policy

Taken from the Parent Information Packet (pg 47) which can be found on our GGE website and adapted for our use:

We recognize that cell phones have become a common tool for communication. However, they have also become a major distraction to the learning environment and are vulnerable to theft. We ask that you allow your child to carry a cell phone only if absolutely necessary. Students are allowed to carry cell phones to school. However, phones must be turned off and stored out of sight during school hours. Phones may not be used to talk, take pictures, play games, record or text during school hours, including recesses. The office will be keeping a log of phones taken by student.

First Infraction - Students will have their cell phone taken away and returned at the end of the day.

Second Infraction - Students will have their cell phone taken and locked up in the office until a parent can come to school to retrieve it.

Third Infraction - Students will no longer be allowed to bring a cell phone to school until a parent conference with the principal is held.

Please know in the event of an emergency parents or guardians can always call the office and we will gladly get the information to your child.

MDUSD Academic Calendar 2020/2021

The District has posted the approved calendar for the 2020/2021 School Year. The link below:

Coronavirus Update

Our district and school sites are continuously monitoring the status of this virus, and we will send follow-up information if there is any increase in risk to our community. While the risk for our community is very low, preventative measures like limiting contact with those who are sick, washing hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes are always best practice.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education has maintained a coronavirus webpage for those who wish to learn more or share information with others.

Visitors on Campus

ALL visitors on campus must first go through the office to sign in for a badge/visitor pass. Whether you are helping in a classroom or at a school event and/or bringing something to a classroom for a party, you need to check into the office before going any further. This is for the safety of all at school. Thank you.

Do you have a GGE Visitor Lanyard/Badge?

We are missing quite a few of our purple lanyard GGE visitor badges. If you happen to wear it home by mistake, please send it back to school with your student or return on your next visit to our office. Thank you.

Dress Code - Heely's Shoes

Heelys are the original skate shoes with wheels. Gregory Gardens does not allow students to wear these as they are a safety hazard with the wheels and students skating in hallways and the blacktop.

MDUSD Budget

It is important for us all to recognize that this budget reconciliation process will be difficult. This is our opportunity as a community to pull together as a collective team to keep our focus on students at the center of every decision. Now more than ever before, we need to adopt an innovative mindset to identify novel solutions that keep us moving forward as an organization, remain fiscally solvent and operate as good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and the model educational excellence and innovation that all of our students so richly deserve.

The community and our staff are invited to the following meetings:

Tuesday, February 18th – 7:00 PM Ygnacio Valley High School Multi Use Room

Thursday, February 20th - 5:30 PM Riverview Middle School Multi Use Room

Thursday, February 20th – 7:00 PM Pleasant Hill Middle School Multi Use Room

Noon Supervisor Opening

We have 1 opening for a Noon Supervisor!! Come join our team to help 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. Inquire in our elementary office.

Noon Supervisor Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 11:20-12:50

Wed 11-12:30

Volunteer Opportunities

*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.

*Adults will be verified using our online database.

*Make yourself available to support and interact with all students.

*Please no cellphones during volunteering.

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.


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.

Superintendent Friday Letter

The Superintendent's Friday Letter has been posted.

PTA Corner

**Dine and Donate - 2/19-2/20 - Roundtable Pizza 716 Contra Costa Blvd, PH. 11-10:00 pm

20% donation from your total order to GGE

**4th annual Gator Gala on March 20 from 6-11pm! The Gala team is looking for donations of any kind for the silent auction. If you own a business, or know anyone that may be able to contribute to this super fun event, please email Robin Greenslade at Ticket sales for Gala will be announced soon.

**Visit the GGES/RSP 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.

Follow Us

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Twitter @gregory_gators, @GGESgarden, @RSP_MDUSD, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram @gregory_gardens

What's Happening Around MDUSD

Academic Calendar (2019-20)

Academic Calendar (2020-21)

2/10-7pm- Board Meeting, Board Room @ DENT CENTER

2/18 – 7:00 PM Budget input meeting, YVHS MUR

2/20- 5:30pm- DELAC Meeting, @ WILLOW CREEK CENTER

2/20 – 7:00 PM Budget input meeting, Pleasant Hill Middle School MUR

2/24- 7pm- Board Meeting, Board Room @ DENT CENTER

Looking Ahead


February 17- No School- President's Day

February 21- PTA Spring Fling Family Dance, 6pm


March 13- Report Cards go home

March 16- Teacher In Service Day- No students

March 20- Gator Gala, 6pm


April 3-10- Spring Break


May 25- Memorial Day- No school


June 3- Last day of school

Conversations to Have at Home

Happenings around campus

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