Grizzly Newsletter

November 2021


Dear Grant Families,

As we end the month of October, I am amazed at how fast the year is going by. We have already completed our big fundraiser (Jog-A-Thon) and completed all of our fall classroom assessments. Additionally, fall conferences have taken place and given you a chance to connect with the teacher to learn more about what learning has occurred and how we can partner to help your child be successful. If you did not have opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher, please reach out to plan a virtual conference over the next couple weeks.

Additionally, please work hard to have your children arrive to school on time each day. Tardiness has become a problem at our school and result in a major loss of instructional time for our students. Also, late arriving students tend to disrupt classes when they enter after the final bell has rung. Just as a reminder, we open the doors at 7:30 for breakfast and general entry at 7:35. Then, school begins promptly at 7:50. All students enter off of Winter Street unless it is after 7:50, then students come in through the main office doors on Market Street.


Marc Morris



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Volunteer Fridays

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The first resolution of its kind was developed through collaboration with district staff, leadership, community feedback and engagement.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4-2 to approve a resolution recognizing the board and district’s commitment to equity and anti-racism. One board director was absent. It is the first time a resolution of its kind was introduced in SKPS.

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With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.

It’s a new school year and a good time to share a few reminders about traffic around the school.

Students, parents, buses, staff and school neighbors all share the same travel routes through the neighborhood to and from the school. Peak travel times can create congestion and increase the need for safe and courteous travel practices.

Here are a few ways parents can help us create a safe, respectful and positive environment when driving near the school:

  • Please drive slowly. Remember, the speed limit in a school zone when lights are flashing is 20 miles per hour.
  • Please don’t park in neighbors’ driveways at any time, even if the driveway is open.
  • Don’t block streets, stop in intersections or crosswalks, and please obey crossing guards’ instructions.
  • Remind children to stop and look both ways before crossing streets, and to respect neighbors’ property – for example, don’t make shortcuts through neighbors’ yards.
  • When lining up to pick-up or drop-off students, leave at least three feet of space between your car and the nearest driveway opening.
  • Avoid lining up early for pick-up or drop-off to help minimize congestion.
  • Don’t drive in bus lanes, even if no buses are present.
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Join us in celebrating American Indian Alaskan Native Month in November at the American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration 2021.


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