Gecko Gazette

Principal Weekly Update (10/25/20) - Edition 7

Message from Principal Cain

Greetings, Gecko Families!

Fall is in the air! I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend with this cooler weather. Having a special Halloween themed newsletter this week just felt right. ;)

Update on the recently announced reopening plans...since the district divulged its reopening plans, I want you to know that I am working with our district team to advocate for our systemic needs as a TK-8. I have felt encouraged as they have been responsive thus far. I hope there will be more to share soon, and I will keep you updated as always.

One glance at our weekly calendar below will indicate that there's a lot happening this week as we transition into our second quarter for middle school.

Please stay safe this week...lots of fun awaits us this weekend with Halloween falling on a Saturday! Don't miss events this week are the Halloween Flash Mob and Spirit Day on Friday as it's a great chance to dress up in your costumes and zoom.


Michele Cain

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Walk-up Materials Distributions This Week (Thurs. & Fri. 9-11am & 5-7pm)

In order to prepare for Quarter Two, Grant's next materials distribution will be taking place on Thurs., 10/29 and Fri., 10/30. The distribution will be walk up (not drive-through). It will take place in the Main Office entryway, and it will be based out of the rock wall room for PE. This is very important because on 10/30/20, the auditorium area will be closed off to all staff in order to prepare for the presidential election polling (Grant has been identified as a polling place...this should not interfere with our distribution)>

Parent/family distribution dates and times will be the following:

  • THURS. 10/29/20: 9am - 11am; 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • FRI. 10/30/20: 9am - 11am; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

if your student has a teacher who needs to distribute materials to him or her, your teacher will have either contacted you already or will be doing so very soon via phone call or email in the near future.

If you filled out the PE Equipment Needs Form, you should come arrive during these times to pick up the equipment.

When you are coming to pick up your learner's materials, you may want to plan additional time to park your vehicle. Please wear a mask and observe the 6ft of physical distancing should a line form. We will post as many distancing markers as we can.

Before you leave your house, please write your student's first and last name as well as his or her grade level and quarter two teachers on a piece of paper. This will be very helpful to the staff members who receive you and will help us to expedite retrieving your materials (remember, textbooks must be checked out to each student, so these items require a bit more time).

Pick up will be at the front doors to the main office at Grant during the times above.

We appreciate your patience if a line forms and will do everything possible we can to move things along quickly and safely.

We have worked diligently to plan multiple times in order to accommodate busy schedules. Please do try your hardest to make it to one of these times if you have materials that need to be picked up. In the case of extenuating circumstances, please contact Vice Principal Julia Martinez to coordinate an alternative time by emailing

Thank you!

Student Representatives Needed for ICOC (Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee on Racial Justice & Equity)

The district is calling for student representatives to serve on the ICOC Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee on Racial Justice and Equity.

Here is the FLYER with information.

How to Reach Grant Counselors

Now that our year is solidly underway, you or your learner might be wondering how to access social emotional support and/or academic supports from one of our counselors. To do so, please complete this counselor request form.

This form is also now linked on the Grant Website as well.

Meet Our Counseling Team!

Flash Mob Zoom Information

Join the fun! Here's the zoom link! Please connect with your classroom teacher for more information or email Coach K (Amy Krusinski) at

Meeting ID: 861 4684 7990

Password: Thriller

Upcoming Spirit Day Themes!

October 30th- Halloween! Dress up for Halloween and participate in the Virtual Flash Mob Thriller Dance at 3:00.

November 6th- Hawaiian Day. Let's wear flowers to show our Grant Ohana Spirit!

November 13th- Tie/Scarf Day- Maybe even both? Why not?

November 20th- 70's Day- Put on your tie dye shirts and hippie attire or dress for the disco!

December 4th- 80's Day- Neon, big hair, jelly bracelets and jogging suits! What a great decade! The possibilities are endless.

December 11th- Pajama Day- Stay comfy all day in your p.j.'s

December 18th- Winter Wear Day- Put out your hats and scarves and dress for a winter wonderland!

Imagine Campaign Extended to Wednesday!

From our PTA:

Congratulations Ms. Brandt’s, Ms. Jimenez’s and Ms. Wilson’s classes! You have exceeded the 75% participation goal, and all students will receive ice cream prizes!

Some classes are SO CLOSE to hitting 75% class participation! We’ve decided to extend our deadline to Wednesday 10/28 so more classes can earn ice cream prizes!

Remember, donations are easy online! Your contribution of any amount makes a difference. Thank you so much!

We rely on your critical donations to help keep the Grant STEAM programs we consider vital for our kids' education. Money raised by the Imagine Campaign pays the salaries of our science coordinator, Elena Banks and art instructor, Sarah Ekedal. The school district does not pay their salaries - WE do!

Weekly Optional Principal Zooms

This is an opportunity to pop in and chat with agenda...just a time when I'm available to chat, find out what's important to you, and share any potential updates.


Wednesday, 10/28/20

7pm - 7:45pm

Meeting ID: 886 5027 8314

Password: Gecko