Greystone News

August 10, 2018

Come and Have Fun at Bingo Night Tonight!

BINGO Night, Friday, August 10, 5:00 Food Trucks, 5:30 BINGO

Newcomer's Coffee

Tuesday, Aug. 14th, 9-10am

300 Village Street

Birmingham, AL

This is a wonderful opportunity for your Greystone Elementary School to personally welcome you and your family. You will have the opportunity to meet the PTA board, talk with Mrs. Stocks and share questions, concerns and ideas.

A Special Thank You to “FIRST WATCH” for generously donating the coffee and muffins.

From the Desk of Mrs. Stocks


We have had a fabulous start to the school year. You have exceeded our expectations for having your children to school on time and following all of our morning and afternoon carpool procedures. Thanks so much for sharing your sweet children with us.

We hope to see many of you tonight at our Back to School BINGO Night!

Stacey Stocks

Important Dates

August 14 - Newcomer's Breakfast - 9:00am

If you are new to Greystone, we would love to have you join us for a light breakfast and to learn all about our school and PTA.

Parent Meetings are an excellent opportunity for you to learn about your child's classroom, including expectations and curriculum. These meetings will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00 pm. Mrs. Stocks and Mrs. Williams will share some important information with parents and then parents will meet with their child's teacher from 6:15 - 7:15pm. These meetings are not appropriate for children and there is no childcare available.

August 14 - 2nd Grade Parent Meeting 6:15-7:15 p.m.

August 16 - 1st Grade Parent Meeting 6:15-7:15 p.m.

August 23 - 3rd Grade Parent Meeting 6:15-7:30 p.m. (Chromebooks will also be discussed at this meeting.)

August 28 - 4th Grade Parent Meeting 6:15-7:15 p.m.

August 30 - 5th Grade Parent Meeting 6:15-7:15 p.m.

September 3- Labor Day Holiday- Schools and Offices Closed

Click Here for the 2018-2019 Hoover City Schools Calendar

Important Changes for 2018-2019!

Attendance - Only 9 excused absences with parent notes are allowed for the YEAR! Absences beyond 9 require a doctor's excuse.

Excuses - Excuses MUST be received in the office within 3 days of your child's return to school. Excuses MUST include a parent signature. This can be a note sent in or a picture of a signed note emailed to the teacher and the office. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure notes are received in the office. You can do this by calling Mrs. Poarch or by checking your child's record in iNow.

Changes of Transportation - WILL NOT be accepted by email or phone for your child's safety - Any changes must be sent in writing the morning of the change. If an emergency arises, you must call and speak to an administrator for permission.

Sad News

Susan Morgan
Greystone lost a special member of our family this week. Retired teacher, Susan Morgan, lost her battle with cancer Monday morning. I know you will want to remember her family as they grieve the loss of this special lady. Arrangements are pending.

PTA Budget 2018-2019 NEWS

The 2018-2019 PTA Budget has been approved and is now posted on the PTA bulletin board, just outside the cafeteria. Any questions or objections can be submitted to the GSES PTA prior to September 15, 2018. After that time, the budget passes and is approved for this fiscal year.

Click here to view the budget.

Class Dojo Logo

We are using Class Dojo school wide to communicate positive behaviors of our students, to share photos and information about the school and your child's class, and possibly other ways. You should have received an email invitation to connect to the school and/or your child's teacher. You may need to check your spam/junk folder for the invite.

Once you have an account, you will receive notifications when your child earns PAW Points for showing positive behaviors, as well as notification when teachers add to their class story.

Click here for information about creating a parent account with Class Dojo.

Safety Patrol Opportunity!

Attention: Responsible Fifth Graders

Do you like volunteering for community service? Do you want to help keep the students at our school safe? How do you feel about parties and special field trips?

Consider joining safety patrol!

We are searching for students who are interested in serving on our Safety Patrol Team. Fifth grade students will serve on Safety Patrol during the 1st and 2nd nine weeks only. The first schedule will run from August 27-October 12, 2018. You should only apply for this position if you want to help keep Greystone safe and can commit to keeping up with this responsibility.

Morning patrols must be at their post by 7:15 a.m. Afternoon patrols should plan to be on duty until 3:05 p.m. Parents need to be sure their child will be at school by their designated time. We do not want patrols arriving late for their post or leaving early.

Being a part of safety patrol is a position of honor and leadership. We appreciate the work that the patrols do and the time they give to the school. Safety patrol members must realize that this is a commitment and they will be expected to be on post at their scheduled time.

Students who serve on the safety patrol team during the 1st and 2nd nine weeks will earn a special treat before we get out for winter break. There will also be extra incentives for students who volunteer for morning shifts.

If you would like to apply to be a part of safety patrol for the remainder of the first nine weeks, please submit an application through the following website:

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.


Mrs. Carns

Officer Katie


What is PBIS?

* Stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

* Emphasizes teaching expectations throughout the school

* Students are recognized for demonstrating their "PAWS"

* The Greystone "PAWS"pectations are:

P - Prepare and Plan

A - Accept Responsibility

W - Work Together

S - Show Respect

Watch the Greystone News for more information about PBIS!

Libraries Rock

Library News

If your child participated in the Summer Reading program at a public library, please send in the certificate or reading log, or you can email Mrs. Richey at for a special reward!

Please help your children remember to bring library books on their library day! For information on library procedures, click the following link to read about our library procedures.

If you would like to participate in the Birthday Book Club, please click the following link to download the flyer.

A Note from P.E.

The Greystone Physical Education program provides quality daily classes. Our overall goal is to assist each student to become a “physically educated person.” Skill development progresses from the introduction of fundamental motor skills and concepts in the early elementary grades to the refinement and combined use of these skills in the upper elementary grades.

  • All students are to wear TENNIS shoes for P.E. class. KEEN type shoes are acceptable, but Crocs and flip-flops are not. An alternate activity will be planned for students not wearing the correct shoes.
  • Girls should wear shorts under skirts and dresses.
  • All students participate in 30 minutes of P.E. every day. Please send a note when your child is not able to participate in P.E. that day.
  • Students are expected to abide by the P.E. Dept. rules posted in the gym. We will contact you by email or phone for any excessive behaviors from students not abiding by these rules.

Sportsmanship: We are committed to helping our students develop a sense of good sportsmanship. A child who practices good sportsmanship is likely to carry the respect and appreciation of other people into every other aspect of life.

We are excited about the school year and teaching these outstanding students!

Dates to Remember:

  • Jump Rope Club begins August 28th
  • Jump Rope Team begins August 30th
  • Jag Fit and Run Club begins Sept. 10th
  • Run @ School Day Sept. 21st during P.E. times
  • Turkey Trot Run Nov. 15th during P.E. times
  • Jingle Bell Run Dec. 17th during P.E. times

So, What Does PTA Do?

Please Join PTA to support the many projects they fund, such as playground turf, enrichment week, and teacher grants

CNP News

We have an excellent Child Nutrition Program (CNP). I encourage you to take advantage of the healthy and affordable breakfasts and lunches that are served each day. We discourage you from bringing outside food. This greatly impacts our breakfast and lunch sales which determine how many cafeteria workers we are allowed.

Meal costs are:

Breakfast - $1.55 for students, $2.50 for visitors

Elementary Lunch - $2.40 for students, $4.50 for visitors

Snacks - $1 per day for a pre-determined snack and water

A-La-Carte Items - range in price from $.75 - $1.75

Click here for information about CNP!

August Breakfast Menu: Click here

August Lunch Menu: Click here

Have you complete the online Free and Reduced Meal Application? Paper forms will be available when school starts, but take longer to process. We can provide these in any language, so let us know if that is needed. Click here for the online application.

Spain Park Mini Cheer Clinic

Come join us for a great clinic with the Spain Park cheerleaders and perform in the pre-game performance at the Spain Park Varsity game Sept.7th! See links for more details.

Elementary: Sept.6th 5:30-7:30
Middle School: Sept. 5th 3:45-6:00
All Perform at the Varsity game!!!
Sept.7th 5:15 check-in, 5:55 JAG WALK,
6:30 Performance

Register by Aug.26th to be sure your child gets a t-shirt!
Elementary Registration form link:
Middle School Registration form link:
$40 pay Myschoolfees
(Public items, SPHS Athletics, Cheer, $40 Cheer Clinic)
Contact with any questions

Sign-up at:
Elementary Students:
Middle School Students:
Cub Scout Meeting at Greystone Farms on Tuesday August 14th 6:30 pm
Unleash Strong! Be a Girl Scout! Recruitment Rally, Sunday, August 19 at Discovery UMC from 2 to 4 pm

Greystone Elementary has a high percentage of girls in Girl Scouts. You may have seen us developing our entrepreneur skills during cookie season, but do you know what ELSE your girl would get to do if she joined a troop this year?

* CAMPING in Fall & Spring at our beautiful Girl Scout properties nearby in Chelsea & Trussville (all levels including day camping, overnight camping in tents, & glamping in air-conditioned cabins)

* Learn about girls in other countries at our annual “Holidays Around the World” experience

* Mother-Daughter Tea

* Earn badges for learning new skills: everything from computers & engineering to first aid to animals & outdoor adventures

* Make the world a better place by identifying, planning, & executing community service projects

* Celebrate sisterhood, friendship & diversity through shared experiences & songs

... and so much MORE! Girl Scouts is Girl-led, so SHE gets to decide with her troop!

Come to our sign-up party on August 19th to learn more! She’ll thank you for it️

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Our Greystone Motto

Learn - Lead - Leave a Legacy

Our Greystone Mission

As a school community, we empower learners, inspire leaders, and encourage all children to reach their potential.

Our Greystone Vision

Empowering a generation of learners and leaders to leave a legacy.

Greystone Elementary

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EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES  (Board policy, 6.6) No student will be unlawfully excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the Board on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, disability, creed, national origin, sex, immigrant or migrant status, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. All career and technical education opportunities are offered to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. The district also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  Mrs. Claire Moore, IDEA Coordinator Mrs. Marley Stephens, Section 504 Coordinator Dr. Debra Smith, Title I Coordinator Dr. Cindy Adams, Title II Coordinator Mrs. Claire Moore, Title III Coordinator Dr. Tera Simmons, Title IX Coordinator Hoover City Schools 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 (205) 439-1000  EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY  (Board policy, 5.13.1) The Board is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel actions and decisions will be made without regard to factors or considerations prohibited by federal or state law (as such laws may from time to time be amended), including but not limited to race, gender, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, and religious preference. Subject to the limitations set forth in 4.6.2, the general complaint (grievance) policy (4.6.1) may be used to present any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance and complaint procedures can be directed to:  Mary Veal, Equal Opportunity Employment Coordinator  Hoover City Schools 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 (205) 439-1000