Greystone News

August 10, 2018

Greystone T-Shirts and Socks Ready for Ordering

It is time to stock up on your Greystone t-shirts and socks. The PTA will be selling these for a limited time. Click the following link to download and print the order form and send it in with your child in an envelope marked for PTA. The shirts and socks they have in stock will be delivered to your child. Those that are out of stock will be ordered and given to them when they come in.

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.


Congratulations to Liz Whidden and our wonderful cafeteria staff. They received a 99 on their surprise health inspection today! We love our cafeteria and are thankful for the high quality of service they provide to our students and staff every day.

Snack Program Beginning

The Child Nutrition Program will be offering a “Snack Program” for students to purchase for classroom snack time.

Snack of the day + 8oz bottled water

Cost: $1.25

Charges are made through the student’s CNP account

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Snacks are ordered by roster in the morning and then delivered to the classroom.

Monday Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks

Tuesday Baked Nacho Cheese Dorito Chips

Wednesday Whole Grain Rice Krispy Treat

Thursday Baked Cool Ranch Dorito Chips

Friday Fruit Roll-Up

Snack options may change periodically.

Want to Celebrate Your Child's Birthday?

The cafeteria now offers two products that reflect Birthday celebrations! Parents can purchase these from the cafeteria for their special someone's birthday. These are Smart Snack approved and only 75 cents each.
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Fall Assessment Information


We are in the middle of fall assessments. These assessments help our teachers plan instruction that will meet your child where he/she is and move your child forward. Students in grades 2 - 5 will be taking Scantron Global Scholar. The initial testing sessions for reading, math, and science(5th only) will be set at 60 minutes. Students who do not finish in that time will be allowed additional opportunities to finish their tests. Not finishing in 60 minutes just means your child is being very diligent and may be getting harder questions that take more thought and time.

You can help by making sure your students are here and on time on their assigned testing day (and every other day, too). They will need earphones/earbuds for the math portion of the test, so make sure to send those. Students will use their Chromebooks, so these need to be brought to school fully charged each day.

Testing Schedule:

K - 1st - ongoing assessments in their classrooms

5th Grade: August 21 - 23

4th Grade: August 28 - 29

3rd Grade: August 28-29

2nd Grade: September 4 - 5

Thanks for your part in helping us gather this important data as we start the school year.

Stacey Stocks

Important Dates

August 23 - 3rd Grade Parent Meeting 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Chromebooks will also be discussed at this meeting.)

August 28 - 4th Grade Parent Meeting 6:00-7:15 p.m.

August 30 - 5th Grade Parent Meeting 6:00-7:15 p.m.

September 3- Labor Day Holiday- Schools and Offices Closed

Click Here for the 2018-2019 Hoover City Schools Calendar

Chromebook Update

Third graders and new students should receive their Chromebooks Monday or Tuesday. We will keep the third grade devices at school until after testing.

REMEMBER - No student is allowed to take the Chromebook home without a case.

Mrs. Williams will be providing information about the size of the device so you can purchase the best case. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sherita Williams, or 439-3212.

Memorial Gift Opportunity for Ms. Morgan

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

If you would like to make a memorial gift in her memory, the PTA has opened a special account at the Greystone Branch of Regions Bank. The account is called the "Teacher Memorial Account - Greystone" The last four digits of the account will be needed at the time of donation: 8491. The Greystone Faculty and Staff, as well as the Greystone PTA, will work together to determine how to use these funds to leave a lasting memory of Mrs. Morgan at Greystone.

A Note From Your PTA President!

We are looking forward to a fantastic year here at Greystone Elementary School!

My name is Tabitha Frazier, and my third child is in first grade this year in Mrs. Coston’s class. I also have a seventh grader at Berry Middle School (who attended GSES) and a sophomore at Spain Park High School.

As the President of Greystone PTA this year, I want you to know that we are committed to enhancing the lives of our students and teachers. We do this through various events, grants, and programs. Our main fundraiser for 2018-19 will be our annual Leave A Legacy campaign, which will be held the first week of October, beginning October 2, 2018. You will receive detailed information about this as our school year progresses. The best thing about this fundraiser is that Greystone Elementary keeps absolutely 100% of the proceeds!

Along with our fundraising, volunteers are essential in keeping our PTA active and influential. We are blessed with many great volunteers at Greystone, and we always need more as we continually develop new ways to enrich our school. I encourage you to let us help you find a way you can volunteer that suits your interests and schedule. Whether it is for just one hour this year or for regularly-occurring volunteering, we welcome you to join us however you can to continue to support our school! Our coordinators this year are Whitney Wilson ( and Ashley Hibbard ( They would love to chat with you about volunteer opportunities!

Our monthly meetings are scheduled for the last Thursday of most months at 10:30 a.m., and they are open for all to attend. (December and May will vary.) Also, please find, like, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Greystone Elementary PTA. That is a great way to keep up with all the exciting and fun things we have planned for this year! Thank you for supporting Greystone Elementary School. I look forward to a wonderful year serving with you!


Tabitha Frazier


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.

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.

Help Our School Win $30,000

The Ben’s Beginners™ Contest launches on August 13, 2018 and five winning families will each receive $15,000 for themselves and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their child’s school. So spread the word! The more families from your school that enter, the better your school’s chance of winning. Share the contest for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize for your school. One Grand Prize Foodservice Winner will also win a menu consultation at their school. Click the following link to share the contest:
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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:
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.

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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