The beginning of another school year creates a lot of excitement for the students and a lot of joy for the parents. Tuesday, I saw many nervous and excited children and even more parents with smiles on their faces.

The first day went very smoothly for us at Grand Avenue, and that is in large part of the hard work of our tremendous staff. There were very few days this summer where you could drive by our school and not see someone working in their classroom, developing their curriculum, or attending a professional development opportunity.

I also want to thank all of you for helping your child be prepared for the start of the school year as well. We could never do what we do and have the success we have doing it, if it wasn’t for everything you do to send your child prepared to learn. Thank you!

Just a few reminders:

-Start Time: We are beginning our school day each day with the first bell ringing at 8:00 and the second bell ringing at 8:05. This is five minutes earlier than in previous years. These additional five minutes allow us to still be able to get the students out of school at a relatively early date in June.

-Drop off time: Please do not drop your child off any earlier than 7:30. We do not have any supervision of students until that time.

-Drop off location: Just a reminder that when dropping off your child and/or picking them up, please do so on Grand Avenue. We reserve the parking lot for the school buses to drop off and pick up students. You might find it helpful to work out a meeting place with your child in Marion Park at the end of the day to help avoid the congestion at dismissal.

-Absences: We understand that there will be times where your son or daughter needs to leave school for an appointment. It helps immensely with our paperwork if you could bring in a note from the clinic, dentist, etc… in which your child was seen. It gives us more flexibility in contacting you regarding your child’s attendance when we have documentation of those appointments.

Finally, we look forward to having another great school year. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. The best way for us to help your child is by forming a strong partnership with each and every one of you.

Look forward to seeing everyone at our Open House on October 15th.



Counselor Connection

Every year, many children start school with excitement of moving onto a new classroom, but for some children it can be a scary time. The beginning of the school year is a time marked with many new experiences. For example, a new teacher, new classmates, a new schedule/routine, a new school, new expectations, and possibly a new set of friends will need to be made.

During this adjustment time, children can display their feelings of being nervous, scared or worried by having physical symptoms, such as a stomachache, headache, irritability, crying and loss of sleep. However, some children will ask their parents, teacher, school counselor, or multiple adults in their lives for ideas about dealing with their feelings. In any case, it is important for those adults to listen to the child’s concerns. Even though the concerns may seem minimal to adults, any concern a child has is a big deal to the child at the time.

The counselor’s mailbox is available in all classrooms at Grand Avenue Elementary School and gives the students an opportunity to ask for help privately. If a student puts his/her name in the mailbox, the school counselor will meet with the student in a timely manner. The school counselor will listen to the student and teach him/her some problem solving techniques so he/she can use these skills in the future for other difficult situations. If these concerns are more serious than situational/developmental changes, she will contact the student’s guardians.

All classrooms will have guidance lessons in September: 3rd graders will review how to make and keep friends, 4th graders will practice cooperation skills, and 5th graders will learn assertiveness skills in decision making with peers.

In the past couple of years, we have added a “Ponder Parenting” section in the newsletter that asks a question or makes a statement about parenting from the book The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation by William Martin. This section is meant for parents to reflect on their own parenting and ask some good questions about raising children. After reading this section, you are welcome to e-mail Miss Sadie your thoughts and have a discussion. We hope you enjoy it!

“Miss Sadie” (Sadie Sutter)

Grand Avenue School Counselor

(608) 643-1954

Ponder Parenting

  • If you expect to have perfect children you will be constantly disappointed and your children constantly frustrated. Your child’s behavior may displease you. It may be destructive. But it is what it is. It is up to you to understand it and use it for good for your child and for you.

(Martin, William; The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation, 1999)

E-mail Miss Sadie if you have thoughts or questions about how to accomplish this task.


5th Grade students enjoy lunch during the 1st week of school.
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District School Board Mtg

September 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Merrimac Community Charter School

September 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Tower Rock Elementary

Picture Retake Day

September 17, 2015 - 7:30 am - Commons

Early Release

September 23, 2015 - 1:30 pm & 1:35 pm

Grand Avenue Open House

Thursday, October 15 - 5:00-6:00 pm



Lunch times at Grand Ave are: 3rd grade-11:15 am, 4th grade-11:40 am and 5th grade-12:00 pm. If there is a day that you would like to join your child for hot lunch, please phone the office by 9:00 am that day (643-1900) to reserve a hot lunch. You will need to stop at the office to pick up a visitor badge. The cost is $3.55 for a visitor lunch, which comes off your family account. Also, if you send in lunch money that is cash, in an envelope to be dropped off at the office, could you please make sure that the student’s name is either on the outside of the envelope or a note inside the envelope with the student’s name. Please click on link below to view this month's lunch menu.

Breakfast - Student - $1.50, Adult - $2.45

Lunch - Student - $2.40, Adult - $3.55

Milk - 35 cents


The Grand Avenue and Bridges parent group meets the third Monday of every other month. They alternate their meetings between the two schools and the meetings are held at 6:15 pm every other month. The first meeting is scheduled for September 21st at Grand Avenue in the IMC. Daycare is provided for these meetings if needed. For more information, please click on the link below for an overview of what the organization does to help our students, teachers and schools.