Gratz Brown News

February 9, 2018

From the Principal's Desk

February snuck up on us at GBE! We have been fast at work with a few days thrown in putting us out of school for Snow and City Water Issues. Then, before we knew it the first week is down.

This week we have been celebrating our Counselors and the ways they support our students in the district. I will include some fun pics of today's combo wacky hair and favorite boots day! We were creative and combined our days to make up for a missed dress up day. :)

Students will be bringing home Progress Reports today for Mid Quarter updates. Always feel free to reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions. I know many of our teachers use a variety of ways to communicate with parents. Several are using Class Dojo for quick communication, as well as Remind. These are both technology based and can be easily accessed with a cell phone. Our teachers do send Friday Folders home with information, along with their weekly newsletters. If you are not receiving any of these forms of communication please make the teacher aware. We value your input and believe in a team effort to do what is best for your child. Hope everyone stays warm and have a "Happy Valentine's Day"!

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 February- Honesty

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.


2nd Mid Quarter

9th Progress Reports Sent Home

14th Valentine's Day- Parties will be in the afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30; Teachers will send details out for individual classroom needs and plans.

19th No School President's Day

21st GBE's Annual Parent Night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm; Activities, Food and Door Prizes- students and parents attend

22nd Six Flags Read to Succeed forms are due to Mrs. Rivera

26th GBE PTO meeting in Library @ 5:30

28th Early Out for Teacher Professional Development


2nd Read Across America Day

5th Spartan Tutoring Make Up Day

9th End of 3rd Quarter

11th Daylight Savings Time Begins

13th Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30 to 7:00 pm; BOE mtg at Central Office 5:30 pm

15th Early Release Day Dismiss @ 1:00; Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 to 8:00 pm

16th No School

26th to April 2nd Spring Break No School


MAP testing begins at GBE

1st Easter Sunday

3rd Return from Spring Break; MAP testing window opens - specific testing dates will be sent prior to this month

10th BOE mtg at Central Office 5:30 pm

11th Mid Quarter

20th No School

30th Spring Scholastic BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Book Fair begins; 4th Grade Fine Arts Program 6:00 to 7:00 pm


4th Skype at GBE with Author Chris Grabenstein- link to his website

4th 5th Grade DARE Graduation; School Carnival at MACC

8th BOE mtg at Central Office 5:30

20th High School Commencement

21st GBE Field Day; 5th Grade Recognition 5:30 to 7:00 pm

22nd Rain Date for Field Day

23rd End of 4th Quarter; Last Day of School - Early Out Dismiss at 1:00

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

Wowza Look at our Wacky Hair!! #schoolspirit #LearningAndFunForOurKids

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