Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Sunday November 15, 2020

Updates from Katie

Dear Gators,

Happy Diwali to our Gator Families. Each year, The festival of light is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, & Jains around the world. The festival symbolizes new beginnings & the triumph of good over evil, & light over darkness. We hope you are able to connect & celebrate with your families near & far.

Only one more week before a much deserved Thanksgiving Break. We know everyone is tired but let's end strong~ All students should be logging into all of their Zoom sessions (cameras on if possible) and completing assignments in Google Classroom or Seesaw.

Have a great week


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Grateful Gator Grams- EXTENDED

Send some love to your Gator classmates and support our Gregory Gardens PTA! There are no limits to how many you can send! You can even send them to teachers or staff. Each Gram you send is $2. Please download additional forms and make payments at: ~or~ complete the below and mail with your payment to the school at 1 Corritone Court no later than November 13th. (Please make all checks payable to Gregory Gardens PTA). Candy grams will be available for pickup at the school with your November 20 materials pick up.

Material Pick up 11/20

WE MISS OUR GATORS! Friday 11/20, 7:30-3:30 is material pick up day. Many teachers will be out in the bus circle for a socially distanced hello between 1:30-3 pm! We will have music and you may even see a couple of "turkeys running around"

Wear your mask and remain 6 feet apart at all times! Please note: Teachers are not required to be on-site and may have personal or health reasons for not being present.

See you there!

Thank You Teachers

We have a lot to be thankful for this year! you may consider printing, completing, and returning the attached card for teachers.

All cards returned by Friday 11/20 will be mailed to teachers over Thanksgiving break!

Food Distribution This Week For Thanksgiving Break

Food will not be distributed during Thanksgiving Break, however, you can pick up a meal kit with up to 5 days of meals the week before.

The pick up days will be Nov. 16, 18 and Nov. 20th.

Go to the website for more information:

Parent Square

We are very excited to adopt a new form of communication at Gregory Gardens and in MDUSD. ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to:

  • Send and receive school and class information

  • Share pictures and files

  • See calendar items

  • Sign up to volunteer

  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

ParentSquare Parent Videos

You will be receiving an invite through email or text to join ParentSquare next week (if you do not receive one please call the office). You do not have to sign up for an account to receive notifications but you will need to sign up if you would like to message school staff, teachers, etc. Additionally, you can set how you would like to receive messages from the school and teachers to either email, text or through the app. All schools will be using ParentSquare if you have students at other schools all messages will be in one place. If you have any questions please let us know. There are also videos available (see link above) to support parents and families.

HOPE Program for MDUSD Holiday Giving

Mt. Diablo Unified School District is committed to making sure that all students arrive at school ready and able to learn. To supplement our services, our Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) is requesting (tax-deductible) donations (gift cards, cash/checks, AND Venmo accepted - see below) for our holiday program to support homeless students in the School District.

They are asking for gift cards from the following types of places where kids can purchase something just for themselves: Target • Walmart • 99 Cents/Dollar Tree * Old Navy • GAP • Chuck E. Cheese Generic prepaid credit cards • Fast Food & Other Restaurants. They are requesting card denominations of $25 or $50, with the amounts clearly marked on the cards with a Sharpie. Gift cards can be mailed or delivered to: Mt. Diablo HOPE 2730 Salvio Street, Room 24 Concord, CA 94519

A tax-deductible cash donation can also be made by sending a check to the above address,
or by utilizing the phone app Venmo and sending funds to MDUSD HOPE. Cash donations will be used to purchase holiday gift cards, and if there is cash remaining after gift cards have been provided for every HOPE student, then the money will be used to support HOPE students throughout the year (i.e. food, gas to get to school, senior activities/pictures, fines, clothing for interviews, prom, yearbooks, brief emergency shelter, and other needs as they may arise).

Please call or e-mail the HOPE program with questions at (925) 682-8000 x3054 and Please make donations by December 4, 2020.
Thank you for sharing HOPE!

Homelink Aeries Parent Portal

We still have families who have not yet set up their Homelink account. Instructions with codes were included in the letter sent home on October 15, 2020. If you did not receive a letter in the US mail, you likely have already set up and accessed your Homelink account. Please double check you are able to log in.

For those families who have not created this account, we ask for you to log-on into Homelink and create a Parent/Guardian account through the website using the Student ID and Verification Passcode from the letter : Please call the office if you are experiencing any trouble creating your account.

These accounts need to be set up before November 20, 2020.

Click These Buttons for Links to Useful Resources

Free Printing, Scanning & WiFi at Select CCC Libraries

Antioch, Bay Point, Hercules, Pittsburg, San Pablo

MDUSD Elementary Parent Info Page

Click here for resources for parents.

Looking Ahead


November 20- Materials Pick Up Day 7:30- 3:30

November 20- Report Cards

November 23-27- Fall Break-NO SCHOOL

November 23-27- GG Chalk Walk sponsored by PTA


December 18- Materials Pick up Day 7:30- 3:30

December 21- January 4- Winter Break

December 21- January 4-GG Neighborhood Rock hunt, Sponsered by PTA

January 29- Materials Pick Up Day 7:30-3:30

NEW Gator Spirit Wear

Our new spirit store is up!

Hoodies, Zip ups, t-shirts, tanks, and baseball tees! GET YOURS NOW


Orders will be available for delivery starting December 21st!

What's Happening in 2020

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Amazon Wishlists

Mrs. Miller is looking for new books to add to her 4th grade library

Mrs. Hagstrom would like to add these titles to her classroom library


Hey Gators! The PTA is hard at work for the school and we wanted to share upcoming events with you. Like what you see here? Follow us on Facebook for updates and info, and to join the fun.

  • Our Charleston Wrap fundraiser is here! With over 2,500 gift ideas there is something for everyone on your holiday gift list! Be sure to register for our fundraiser online with our organization ID: 20887. Additional details will be included in the packet pick up October 30th. Happy Shopping!!

  • Keep an eye out for our upcoming Grateful Gator Grams, just in time for Thanksgiving. Tell someone how thankful you are for them this Thanksgiving, and help raise money for our school at the same time. Details to come!

PTA Google Drive

Your one stop shop for all things PTA.... Be in the KNOW!

Superintendent Friday Letter 11/13

Good Afternoon MDUSD Staff and Community,
I want you to know I have written this week's with the following headlines:

  • What You Care About, We Care About -Our Reopening Plan Considerations
  • Red-Tier Safety Requirements Return -How this Autumn COVID-19 Spike Affects Us
  • How Do Pandemic Tier Ratings Affect MDUSD Reopening Plans?
  • Positively Feeding STEM Curiosity -"Girls 4 STEM" Webinar Series Launches Soon
  • Excitement Builds for "High School Notes" Vocal Concert Premiering Online
  • For Your Review: Our District Organizational Update
  • COVID-19 Testing and Free Flu Shots

What's Happening Around MDUSD

2020-21 Academic Calendar

November 19- Parent Advisory Committee, 3pm

November 19- DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm

December 1- Community Advisory Committee, 7pm

December 10- MDUSD BOARD MEETING, 6pm via zoom,

Check out how we spend our days!

Twitter - @gregory_gators, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram - @gregory_gardens

Facebook- @gregory.gardens.elementary

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