Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of October 6, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Happy Sunday Families! October is upon us! Take a bite out of absences and tardies. Be here, every day, on time!

Halloween 2019

This year students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Halloween, Thursday October 31st. We will continue to reserve the parade for our youngest Gators- preschool, TK and Kindergarten friends. In the coming weeks a flyer will be sent home regarding school appropriate costumes. We are excited to bring back an old Gregory Gardens Tradition.

Label belongings

We are doing our best at helping students keep track of their belongings. Please remember to label all reusable containers, water bottles, sweatshirts and jackets. Our lost and found is already filling up :( We will be making a donation run at the beginning of November..... please be sure to come find your items.

Lost & Found

All lost items are displayed for those looking for missed items along the picket fence at the front hall of the school. There is a second picket fence just outside of the playground bathrooms.

Intruder Drill

Wednesday will be our first school wide intruder drill. While we never anticipate a lock down at school, it is important to practice. Teachers will support students through this drill. These types of drills can bring about different feelings for students and staff. Prior to the drill, please find the time to talk with your children so they are comfortable and know what to expect. We will also hold community circles to talk with students and minimize stress.

MDUSD Transfer Window:

The MDUSD Transfer window will be open October 15, 2019 - November 15, 2019

(for students who are currently enrolled in Grades 5-11) For more information click here

Campus Updates

We are so close to completing our roofing project. Once complete, I will be working with M&O to get our blacktop fixed and work on other repairs. We should be hearing about our slide and steps replacements in the next few days.

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Campus Climate

We continue to make progress on creating a safe and inviting environment for students and families. Each week classrooms are participating in community circles to build relationships and foster empathy. During lunch I am on the playground supporting students through conflicts and ensuring interactions are respectful. We are struggling with inappropriate and derogatory language at school. Please work with your students at home and remind them that offensive words can hurt and do not support the climate we are building at GG.

*Walking home- Students are not being responsible on their walks home. We have had several neighbor and parent calls regarding student safety after school. We have had reports of playing in the street, pushing peers into cars, language concerns and trespassing. My priority is student safety, I have been joining students on their walks home all week. We recommend all students get picked up in the bus circle where they are supervised by school staff. If your child walks home- remind them of their responsibilities.

Back Gate

For the safety of our students and staff the back gate will be locked at 8:15am and unlocked between 2:00-2:15 pm each afternoon. (12:15 on Wednesday). We appreciate your cooperation and flexibility as we keep our campus safe.

Gator Time and Academies

Beginning tomorrow students will participate in two rotations to support student achievement.

Gator Time- 1st and 2nd grade, 9:40-10:10 and Academies- 3rd-5th grade, 8:00-8:30. Students will receive support in areas of language, reading or math.

Garden Education

We are thrilled to bring Sheila Hill to GG as our new Garden Education teacher. Sheila will be working with students to plant, harvest and learn healthy cooking habits. Garden rotations begin this week and last 4 weeks. Tk-2nd grade students will start and 3-5th graders will begin in November. Sheila will be with us until May.

Please refrain from picking any vegetables from our garden.... students will need these during class time.


Beginning this week, students in grades Tk-2 will turn in Gator bites each week, grades 3-5 will now turn them in every other Friday. Our PBIS team met last week to discuss routines and procedures on campus. We have made some changes to our yard duty schedule to better support students before school. Teachers reported seeing positive change in the classrooms due to weekly community circles. Our team will be attending our Cohort meeting this Tuesday to work with our district Equity Team.

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

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

This week, preschoolers will have their pictures taken on Monday and Tuesday. We can't wait to see their smiling faces all dressed up. We have also given the pod a facelift, come by and see student artwork that decorates our space.

Fall Festival

Join SEED for a ever-popular Fall Family Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 12-3 p.m. at Lafayette’s Sienna Ranch!

A barbecue lunch, tractor rides, pony rides, visits with the goats and chickens on the ranch, hikes to the fort, pumpkin crafts and more! Cost is $10 per family. This is a very popular event so be sure to register today by clicking here.

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Looking Ahead


October 7 & 8- RSP Picture Day

October 11- Dads and Donuts- 7am

October 15- General PTA Meeting

October 16 Chipotle Dining Fundraiser 4-8pm, Cresent drive location

October 21-25- Red and Blue Ribbon Week

October 25- GatorWeen- 5:30-8:30pm

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 25- 29: Thanksgiving Break


December 2- See's Candy Orders Due

December 9-20- Parent Teacher Conferences

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

What is a Community Circle?

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