Gratz Brown News

March 1, 2019

From the Principal's Desk

In like a Lion and out like a Lamb-- that is the description for March. I am hoping we do not get the winter weather we have foretasted for this upcoming weekend. We are all ready for the kids to be outside and enjoying the fresh air.

With the change of the seasons and ending of quarters in the school year, along come a variety of traditional academic check ins, parent communications and planning for Spring.

This month we have our Parent Teacher Conferences on March 12th and 14th. Teachers have sent home communication to sign up for conference times and/or come in for student led conferences.

If you prefer a traditional conference to a student led, do please let your child's teacher know your desire. We always want to be sure our parents are able to meet face to face and have those all too important conversations needed with their child's teacher.

The times for the conferences will be in our "Calendar" section of this newsletter. Be sure to save the date and time to attend that is communicated from your child's teacher. We view this as our time to partner again with our parents.

We also sent home our Major Saver Cards for the yearly fundraiser this week. Students brought those home on Thursday. Collection dates are March 6th through March 13th.

Last but not least, we will be participating in the State Assessment (MAP Test) beginning April 8th and finishing up on May 10th. We will send home some tips and reminders in April with students. We want this to be approached as any other set of days for our students. We also want students to be encouraged and will have tables and supplies available for you to write them a note of encouragement at Parent Teacher Conferences.

Look for other resources those evenings for Parents- we have invited in some other outside resources and information tables to be set up in the GBE School Square. Do take time to stop by and take a look! You may find a resource you see as valuable.

Angie Doss


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

PTO News

We will be meeting at 5:30 in the Library this month on March 18th. If you have an interest in being a part of PTO please attend! We would love to have more parents be a part of this team.

Title I News

Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner. They are scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 (4:00-7:00) and Thursday, March 14 (2:00-8:00). Your Title I teacher is looking forward to visiting with you! If you would like a separate conference with your child’s Title teacher please let them know.

Carrie Thompson (

Sarah Showalter (

Tessa Rivera (

Family Tips:

Books are an avenue to learning about how to handle various life situations and provide a view on different experiences. Every time you read a book, it should develop a reaction in you or cause you to think differently. When reading a book together as a family, consider thinking about and discussing: What is the author trying to teach me? Different perspectives can create great conversation. Enjoy reading with your child and the conversation that can occur. As you read, think about how the character handles different situations. Think and talk with your child about what he/she would do in the same situation. If the character asked you for advice, what would you say or suggest they do? Did you learn something new you could try when situations or experiences like that arise? Each can be a great prompt to elicit conversation.

Feathers and Fools by Mem Fox is a book about two flocks of birds that begin to fear each other because of differences. Search for a video of the book read aloud or find a copy of this book, then use this book as a means to conversation. As you view or read the book, you can pause throughout and consider discussing: ● What would you do as the character? ● Why is the character acting that way? ● After the video is complete, think: What is the author trying to teach me? ● Consider how you reacted or how the story may have changed your perspective in some way

Outside Recess and Coats


Please do send your child in a coat on these last days of wintry weather. We want them to get outside and when the temps are lower it is required for them to have a coat. We do our best to get kids outside and will send them out when the temps outside are 15 degrees or warmer.

News from the Library

Literature festival applications are being made available next week to all students in 4th and 5th grade and are due no later than March 18 to the Library.

This information has been shared with students during their Library time.

Character Trait for each Month:

August/September: Respect

October: Cooperation

November: Responsibility

December: Compassion

January: Perseverance

February: Honesty

March: Self-Discipline

April: Positive Attitude

May: Patience

February Character Trait Honesty Winners

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Wellness Week for Moberly School District Coming Soon!!! March 18th to 22nd

We will be celebrating and making wellness a focus this week for Students and Staff by observing the following Dress Up Days developed and connected to themes each day:

Monday PJ Day

Tuesday Crazy Mis Match Day

Wednesday Workout Clothing Day

Thursday Blue Day-- wear all blue

Friday Spartan Gear Day

Positive Office Referrals

In the last two months we had 582 positive referrals on our cocoa mugs. Next week, we will celebrate with the grade level with the most Positive Referrals by having hot cocoa available at lunch for these classes.

GBE Important Calendar Dates for February:

March Important Dates and Events:

4th -8th

Monday (4th) 4th grade Music Program from 6 to 6:30 PM

Friday (8th) End of 3rd Quarter

11th - 15th

Tuesday (12th) Parent Teacher Conferences from 4 to 7 pm; Board of Education Meeting 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Thursday (14th) Early Out Day at 1:00; Parent Teacher Conferences from 2 to 8 pm

Friday (15th) No School

18th - 22nd

Moberly School District Wellness Week!!

Monday (18th) GBE PTO mtg 5:30 pm; Last Day of Spartan Tutoring

Dress up days for Wellness week listed above in Newsletter)

25th - 29th

NO SCHOOL Spring Break

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