Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of December 1, 2019

Greetings from Administration

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE! I hope you all enjoyed your week off with family and friends. It was lovely to sleep in a little longer, decorate for the holidays and make memories with my family. I can't wait to hear how our students spent their week. I am looking forward to a great couple of weeks with our kids enjoying festivities, celebrating traditions and honoring other cultures. This week we will have our 5th fire drill, ideally we are looking at Monday 12/2, weather permitting. Our STEAM lab is open for business! GGES and RSP students will have the opportunity to use the lab once a week. Ask your students what their favorite activity is. Students will be rehearsing for upcoming winter performances. Our fifth graders are over the moon about their field trip to St. Mary's College this Thursday. Be sure to get your permission slips in. Parents, Please remember to turn in all See's Candy order forms to your teacher or to the office. Thank you for supporting of our classrooms!

PTA Corner

PTA has announced their Auction/Dinner! It will be hosted on March 20, 2020! More details to follow.

Visit the GGES/RSP PTA Facebook page for more information.

For more information and ways you can help, please connect with your PTA room parent or check us out on Facebook.

If you need anything, please don't hesitate to call.

Let's have a great week!


What's Happening Around School

GGES/RSP Community

We are creating an inclusive and respectful climate on our campus. We support all types of learners from diverse backgrounds on our site. It is imperative that parents, students and staff conduct themselves in a tolerant and respectful manner at all times. Please be aware of your surroundings when talking to members of our GGES/RSP community and be mindful that all students regardless of race, religion, abilities (e.g. physical, social/emotional development, cognition), socio-economic status, language, gender identity, race or family structure are welcome and important members to our school family.

Student Pick Up/Drop Off

The church has asked that we do not use their parking lot entrance. We have a sign following that request. We are allowed to park but must enter through the Gregory Gardens parking lot.

The City of Pleasant Hill has re-striped the double yellow lines on Harriet Drive. By law thess are not to be passed over.

We realize traffic backs up onto Harriet Drive, however, we need everyone to be safe and not pass other cars over the double yellow lines. This is a neighborhood and we must respect the people and rules as we have students walking home, etc,

Please remember that we cannot have cars parked in the traffic circle at any time, this includes TK/Kinder pick up and drop off.

Please use the 15 min spots or another parking stall to pick up your students before 2:30. The circle is used for buses for students attending the Preschool. Parking is available in the school lot or if needed in the church parking lot next door.

Thank you for helping us get buses and students to and from school safely.

Campus Updates

Thank you MDUSD M&O for putting in security fencing to keep our preschoolers safe!

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar

Student Attendance

It is important to be on time. Arriving late disrupts the classroom flow and effects the classroom climate. As a reminder here is the Gregory Gardens Bell Schedule:

7: 40 AM 4th and 5th graders bell

7:50 AM TK/K 3rd grade

Congratulations to Mrs. Hagstrom's class for earning the Tardy Party for the month of November! Students will enjoy a popcorn party and extra recess this week! Who's next??!?!

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Gregory Gardens Elementary

Kaiser BEST ME Presentation

We are excited to host Kaiser's Educational Theatre Program on December 5th A fun-filled musical experience, The Best Me follows 4 elementary school friends as they learn to be the best they can be while trying to save their school’s big talent show from cancellation. Along the way, with help from the audience and some fantastical friends, they realize the importance of healthy eating, active living, and working together.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to seeing all of our parents at our upcoming parent teacher conferences. Please arrive on time and reschedule as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend. Bring your questions, ideas and plans to help support your student. We are excited to share all of your child's successes with you.

Conference Schedule

Conference meetings are scheduled for Monday, December 9th- Friday, December 20th. School hours adjust for this as follows:

Grades 1-5 will be released M. T, Th, Fri 1:10 pm

Grades 1-5 will be released Wednesdays 12:30 pm


Early Friends remain on their regular schedule 7:50-11:11 am

Starting Monday, December 16th through Thursday, December 19 late friends school hours adjust as follows:

Late friends 9:16-1:30 pm

December 20th is an ALL TOGETHER DAY both early and late friends

will be at school 7:50-11:11 am

Volunteer Opportunities

*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.

*Adults will be verified using our online database.

*Make yourself available to all students.

Thank you for helping support our positive and safe campus climate.

Volunteers are always encouraged, any day of the week - just come in when you can. However, for the safety of everyone, we can no longer allow non Gregory Gardens children on campus during volunteering, unless they can be carried in a baby carrier.

Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.


If you think your student will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at (925) 682-8000 ext. 7042. Please include your student's name, teacher, and reason for absence. Please be sure to call before 9:30 am. Thank you.

To avoid a Truancy for your student, please call the office within 72 hours for any absence. Without a verification for a day(s) missed of school after that time it becomes a truancy.

See MDUSD website for more details on truancy and absenteeism:

Follow Us

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Twitter @gregory_gators, @GGESgarden, @RSP_MDUSD, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram @gregory_gatorsMDUSD

Robert Shearer Preschool

What's Happening around Preschool

We are excited to welcome our Program Specialist Lisa Tom to Robert Shearer Preschool. She comes with 7 years of experience serving preschool and elementary school special education students. She is excited to join our team at Robert Shearer and Gregory Gardens!

Looking Ahead


December 2- See's Candy Orders Due

December 5- 5th grade field trip to SMC

December 9-20- Parent Teacher Conferences

December 13- GGES Winter Concert 6:00pm- grades 1 & 2, Choir 4 & 5

December 17- Instrumental Winter Concert - grades 4/5 7:00pm

December 23-January 6- WINTER BREAK



January 17- Family Movie Night- 6pm

January 20- Martin Luther King - No School

January 27-31- Multicultural Week

January 27-31- Book Fair #2

January 31- Multicultural Week Potluck






Conversations to Have at Home

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Happenings around campus

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