Greystone Elementary News

Keeping our school community informed about GES!

May 2022

Hi and thanks for reading this newsletter!


I plan to keep it updated with information for our school community. I'll email our families on a weekly basis and then include those emails here, along with other information. Things will be arranged chronologically, in case you need to look for communications based on when they were originally sent. Take care!


Kevin Fagan

GES Principal

May 23, 2022

Good afternoon GES families,


We are winding down the school but still have lots going on. It’ll be a busy three weeks, with some really fun activities for the students.


  1. Remaining events this school year: Classroom teachers will continue to inform parents about events specific to your child’s class. For a snapshot of what we have going on school-wide, check out our spring calendar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kGuS0patbw3H6XEw8g5FPLywmIS_7aCWn9NTTRVP9eM/edit?usp=sharing.
  2. Teacher assignments for the fall: We’ll spend a good part of the summer working on student/teacher assignments for the fall. There are many factors that go into that decision making and our team works diligently to create the best possible classes, taking into account our staffing allotment and Board Policy regarding class size. Respectfully, parent requests/input for particular teachers and student pairings are not part of our process. I anticipate releasing class assignments around mid-August.
  3. Dressing for the weather: We’ll continue to get the students outside for recess and maybe for snack time or for lesson segments, making use of our courtyard and other areas. Please continue to keep an eye on the weather and consider sunscreen and hats for those hot, sunny days. We remind students often to stay hydrated, and they can refill at one our water stations throughout the building.
  4. Report Card timeline: Report Cards will be available in parent portal on June 10.
  5. Lost and Found: Our lost and found has grown (again!): Lost and found is in the lunchroom and I’ll remind students to look through it this week. Next week, we’ll send those items to Goodwill.


Thanks everyone.

Kevin Fagan

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022


Good Afternoon GES Families,

We are excited to share that our first annual Field Day is fast approaching! This day will be focused on competitive fun for all of our Grizzlies in grade level bands. In order to help make this day a success, we are looking for some parent volunteers (with clearances), as well cases of bottled water.


Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, with a rain date of May 27. Despite the recent weather trends, we are anticipating warmer weather, hence our request for cases of water. You may also want to consider hats and sunscreen for your student that day (see schedule below).


If you have your clearances and would like to sign up to help us out, here’s a Sign up Genius https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/yvy6Co20KMCDEXkQI1wUT6?domain=signupgenius.com.

Questions? You can reach out to our gym teacher, Mr. Miller RMILLER3@wcasd.k12.pa.us. You can also email Ms. Vanessa Cosme at vanessamcosme@gmail.com.


Parents are also welcome to just come and watch Field Day events. We’ll be at the lower softball field, adjacent to our campus.

Schedule for Field Day

Grades 2 and 3 9:10-10:40

Grades 4 and 5 10:40 to 12:10

Grades 1 and K 1:25 to 3:05


Thanks, everyone!

Kevin Fagan

April 29, 2022

Greetings GES Families,


I hope you are doing well and planning to enjoy some decent weather this weekend. I have several updates for you today.


PSSAs: This week we administered the mandatory state tests to our students in grades 3-5 and they did great! Next week, they’ll complete the math portion on Tuesday and Wednesday. Grade 4 (only) will also complete the science test on Thursday and Friday. We've emphasized the importance of a good night's sleep, solid breakfast, and taking their time on the test.


Lunch and recess volunteer opportunities: In case you are interested in coming to help out with lunch and recess now through the end of the school year, here’s the form https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/yMk4CwpA5XHvE3r7tVxH52?domain=signupgenius.com.


5th Grade parent volunteer opportunities (from our PTO): With little less than 1.5 months left, the end of the year is rapidly approaching us. Below are 2 links with an upcoming deadline. The first link is if you would like to purchase a graduating yard sign and the second is if you would like to signup to assist (with clearances) for the 5th grade picnic. The yard sign link expires May 1 and that will be the only opportunity to purchase one.


Purchase a yard sign for your grad: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/tqp9Cqxr5OU1gADlfZqBoO?domain=brothersscreen.tuosystems.com

Sign up to assist with events: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/PrFwCrkv5PIryKpoIzf0Mg?domain=signupgenius.com


Calendar of events: Classroom teachers will provide events specific to your student’s class, but here’s a calendar of school-wide events: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kGuS0patbw3H6XEw8g5FPLywmIS_7aCWn9NTTRVP9eM/edit?usp=sharing.


Square One Art project: Greystone is excited to partner with Square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the Art Department! The Square 1 Art art project provides the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's artwork! For more detailed information please see the flyer. Square 1 Art - Flyer 1.pdf Start getting creative now! Deadline to upload artwork is May 16! This is an optional project


Take care, everyone!

Kevin Fagan

Speaker Series

Each year WCASD partners with West Chester Communities That Care to bring expert speakers on timely topics to parents in our community. This local non-profit is already planning for next year's line up of speakers and would like to learn what topics the WCASD community would most like to see covered. Please take two minutes to complete this brief survey. Together we will improve outcomes for youth.

April 20, 2022

Good Afternoon Greystone ES Families,


I’ve always believed that once we return from Spring Break, the rest of the school year goes by “like a slip and slide,” with all the activities planned in the spring, and the weather finally improving, and everyone anxiously awaiting summer time. I have a few updates for you today.


  1. Yearbook: We are planning a terrific yearbook, but the time to order is winding down. Ordering is easy! You can merely click this link: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/5LpVCM82gRH2BolQhwa-ux?domain=barksdalestorefront.com. Or you can complete this form: Yearbook Order Form.pdf. But hurry! The sale ends Friday, April 22! Questions? Contact Melanie Olsen and/or Maia Skeete at greystoneptoyearbook@gmail.com.
  2. PSSA’s next week: Students in grades 3-5 will participate in the ELA PSSA next week (the remainder are the following week). We’ll be testing in the morning, immediately following announcements and will be wrapped up by 11:00 at the latest, then continue with our day. On your end, there are some important ways you can help ensure your student is ready to go: good night’s sleep, solid breakfast, and encouraging them to do their best.
  3. Spring Musical: Our chorus students have been working diligently, getting ready for our Spring Musical production of Go West! I’ve had the opportunity to see them rehearse and they are so excited! The performance is Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00 here at Greystone. All are welcome.
  4. For you planning purposes, there is no school for students on Tuesday, May 17.


Thanks everyone,


Kevin Fagan

April 6, 2022

Good Afternoon GES Families,


I hope you are doing well. I have several items for you today, including a special request at the conclusion.


Spring Break: There is no school for students April 14 through April 18.


Spirit Week: Our Student Council is organizing a Spirit Week next week, with a theme unique to each day. Spirit Week 4.11.22.jpeg


Language and Culture Club: Language and Culture Club is back for a spring session for students who did not have a chance to participate in February! Through music, movement, and games, we will explore various cultures and traditions around the world while also learning basic greetings. We will focus on Ecuador, China & Kenya this session. See the attached flier for more information for students in Grades 2-5! Language & Culture Club Flyer April 2022.pdf


Elmwood Zoo is coming to GES next week! We are hosting Elmwood Zoo next week for their traveling zoo exhibit. Each grade will have a chance to participate and it should be great!


Field Trips, etc.: We have special events planned for each grade, including Pennsylvania Day for our 4th graders on May 25th. As each event approaches, you’ll receive additional information from your student’s teacher. The funds raised by our PTO and contributed by GES families subsidize these endeavors, so on behalf of our students, thank you!


Dress for our Celebration of Learning (graduation): I anticipate that at this month’s School Board meeting, our school calendar will be officially revised to reflect the two unused snow days (4 had been built into our calendar). If that happens, our last student day would become Friday, June 10. Graduation for our 5th graders would be that day. We are working on a great plan for our students and families! We are going to ask our fifth graders to “dress up for the occasion,” so I wanted to give 5th grade parents some lead time on preparing for that. Tentatively, we are planning the event for 10:00 on June 10, but I’ll confirm and share more details in the coming weeks.


Disengaging from work for spring break: As we’ve done for other breaks this year, I’m going to ask my staff to step away from their work for the entirety of spring break. Specifically, I’m going to encourage them not to check email and instead, to focus their attention on personal interests, be it family, friends or otherwise. We are approaching a very exciting time of the year, and it’s also a time that requires much energy and patience, so I want them to have this time to rejuvenate. I’m asking for your assistance. If there’s a matter you need to address with your student’s teacher, please try to do that by April 13 or let it wait till April 19.


Thanks everyone,

Kevin Fagan

March 28, 2022

Good afternoon GES families,


Looks like March is going to do that whole “lion and lamb” thing again this year! I imagine we are all looking forward to the warmer weather forecasted later this week. I have a few notes for you today.


Yearbook: (A message from our PTO parents organizing the yearbook)


If you have taken pictures at Greystone events this year, please share in my Google drive: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/_r-XCBB2pDtDgmxnFNrnYm?domain=drive.google.com. If it is easier for you, you can also email your own share drive to http://mailto:greystoneptoyearbook@gmail.com. There is no guarantee but the pictures may be used for the yearbook or future graduation videos.


ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT for Yearbook Discount price!

The Greystone Yearbook is available for purchase online! To order online please visit the Barksdale Storefront. Visit https://barksdalephoto.com/.

  • School Access Code/Password: 0044899YB
  • Yearbooks are discounted at $20 until March 31st!
  • The price will increase on April 1st to $25.
  • Yearbook Sales end on Wednesday, April 20th! So get those orders in NOW!

The yearbook will include all grades and of course highlights our first class of graduating 5th grade Grizzlies!

Evacuation drill next Tuesday morning. We’ll hold our monthly emergency drill on the morning of Tuesday, April 5 (weather permitting). Our rain date is Thursday, April 7.


School store: Our PTO will again host a "school store" for the students, beginning Friday, April 1. Anyone interested in helping out can visit the GES PTO page: https://www.greystonepto.com/


PSSAs (for grades 3-5): Look for information coming out from the district in the next day or two.


Thanks everyone,
Kevin Fagan, Principal

March 24, 2022

Greetings Future Greystone Kindergarten Families!


Before we know it, it’ll be summer time and then the start of a new school year. I image that you are both excited and anxious about this monumental moment. I can totally relate! I too will have a kindergartner here at Greystone next year, and I have a son currently in first grade here now. As you’ll come to find out, we have a caring and student-centered staff. You’ll be in good hands with us!


We’ve had a terrific first year here at Greystone! If you’d like to learn more about what we’ve been up to, check out our newsletter GES Newsletter, our homepage GES Homepage and check us out on Twitter, @GreystoneES.


Some of you already have students with us, but some of you do not. Regardless, I’d like to invite you to a tour of Greystone ES on Thursday, April 7th 6:30 to 7:30 PM. At that time, you’ll have an opportunity to take a tour with us, hear about our school, meet some staff and PTO representatives, and just get a feel for things. This is a family event, and you are encouraged to bring your children. Please let me know if you plan on coming by completing this very quick form: RSVP for April 7 Tour.


If you have a friend or neighbor who lives in our school boundary and is considering enrolling with us next year, please feel free to share this information and invitation with them as well. Perhaps you are wondering what to expect next year? Access this link for some great information about our full-day Kindergarten program: WCASD K-12 Curriculum.

I hope you can make it on April 7 and I look forward to meeting our new Grizzlies!


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

March 22, 2022

Good afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


Happy Spring! I have several items for you today.


March is (still) Reading Month! This is our final week for our March is Reading bracket challenge. It’s not too late to join the fun. Check out the attached flyer for more info: Battle of the Books Parent Flyer (with links) (002).pdf


Report cards: Trimester two report cards will be available to families via Parent Portal on Thursday, March 24 sometime in the afternoon.


Clothing Drive this Saturday: Our local scout troupe is hosting a clothing and household goods drive this Saturday from 8:00 to 10:30 AM here at Greystone.


Spring Intramurals: Our final round of intramurals is beginning March 29. Fourth and Fifth grade girls and boys are welcome to join us. We can accommodate up to 25 students in each of the groups. Mr. Niedziejko sent permission slips home with the students yesterday. They need to be signed and returned ASAP.


Elmwood Zoo is coming to Greystone! We are scheduled to host a traveling zoo from Elmwood the week of April 11. Each grade will have a chance to take part. As the date gets closer, your student’s teacher will share specifics. The students are going to love this!


PSSA testing: Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will participate in the state-required Pennsylvania System of Schools Assessment this spring. Testing dates are as follows:


ELA (3-5) April 26-28

Math (3-5) May 3-4

Science (4) May 5-6

We will share more specifics with you as we approach, including information about parent opt-out procedures.


Calendar items: Spring Break is April 14-18, and we still have two snow days built into the calendar. If they go unutilized (yes, please) then our end-of-year calendar will slide back two days, effectively making the last student half day Friday, June 10th. The official notice on this will come from district office soon. Stay tuned!


Take care!

Kevin Fagan

March 14, 2022

Good Morning Greystone ES Families,


I know that many of you were here for our carnival on Saturday. Thanks again to our PTO for organizing that, and to the many families who put together raffle prizes – they were terrific!


Special schedule this week: Students are here for half days on Wednesday and Thursday and do not have school on Friday so that we can hold parent conferences. Student dismissal on Wednesday and Thursday is around 12:10. Parents may line up for pick-up line at 12:00. We adapted our Specials schedule so that our K-2 students don’t miss out:


Wednesday, March 16 (Day 1)

9:15 to 10:00 Grade 5 Special

10:05 to 10:50 Grade 4

10:55 to 11:40 Grade 3


Thursday, March 17 (Day 2)

9:15 to 10:00 Grade 2 Special

10:05 to 10:50 Grade 1

10:55 to 11:40 Grade K


Lost and Found: Our Lost and Found collection grows … We are asking students to look closely at the items this week and take what’s theirs. It’ll all be out for parent conferences as well. After that, the remaining will be donated to Goodwill.


Running Club this spring: Is your student in grades 3-5 and interested in joining our Running Club? Some of our parents are volunteering their time. This was a big success in the fall. Check out the attached flier: GREYSTONE RUNNING CLUB FLYER - Spring 2022.pdf


Intramural Boys Basketball, grades 3-5: This league will again be run by our WCASD coaching staff and student players, like in the Fall. The high school students will coach, referee, and run the clocks at intramural-type games. High school students from throughout the district will be role models for the younger players. Interested? Check out the flier: Spring '22 WEST CHESTER NATION BB.pdf


Pick-up Patrol (PuP): Thank you to the many families using PuP, as it’s really helping to streamline our pick up and absentee procedures. If you are not currently signed up for PuP and would like more information, please contact Ms. Jackie Mangasarian jmangasarian@wcasd.net.


It’s going to be around 70 later this week! Enjoy!

Kevin Fagan, Principal

March 7, 2022

Good Morning GES Families,


I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful, (very temporary) warm weather! I know we are all very much anticipating the spring time. Through the course of the school year, I’ve emailed our families at least weekly (sometimes twice weekly) in order to keep everyone up to speed on what’s happening at GES. I’ve attempted to keep those communications informative and concise and not flood your inbox. Again, if you ever need to find anything I may have previously sent, it’s all archived in our newsletter https://www.smore.com/jasvz. I have several news items for you today.


Intruder Drill on Tuesday, March 8: Each month, we practice an emergency drill. This will be our second intruder drill for the school year. I will talk the students through our procedures. I’ll be very deliberate with instructions. We do this so that in the event of a real emergency staff and students have a frame of reference for response.


Spring Carnival this Saturday. Come join the fun this Saturday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM here at GES. For more information, access this link: https://www.greystonepto.com/. I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to the many families who contributed to the raffle baskets, those volunteering their time to help run events, and of course to our PTO for making it possible!


March Parent Conferences: Parent conferences are coming up on March 16, 17, and 18. Here’s the sign-up link in case you need it: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/ZrNYC9ryBqtzo5RVUoW5Nc?domain=track.spe.schoolmessenger.com.

  1. The sign-up window will close March 11.
  2. Conferences will be limited to 20 minutes in length.
  3. Conferences will take place in person, unless you would prefer Zoom, which you can indicate when you sign up and/or email to the teacher directly.

If you have any difficulty signing up for a conference, please email your student’s homeroom teacher directly.

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Changes coming to our lunchroom: I’m excited to share that beginning Monday, March 14, we will be adjusting our lunchroom to a more traditional setting. It’ll be a return to “normalcy” that I think will excite the students and staff.


Report Cards: The end of the 2nd trimester is March 9th. Report cards will be viewable on Parent Portal on March 23. If you’d like to know more about our report cards, check out this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lOEvj7MPDQQUmW_fICEXM2VYYyVwZ4WIKkOZUNli7zI/edit?usp=sharing.


Spring Book Fair: The Spring Book Fair is coming to Greystone ES! Preview days will be held March 10th & 11th, and shopping days will be March 14th-March 17th. A flier was sent home with your student(s) last week. If you would like to volunteer at the book fair, you can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FA8AE28AAF49-greystone2.

  • Preview Days: Thursday, 3/10 and Friday, 3/11
  • Shopping Days: Monday, 3/14 through Thursday, 3/17
  • Parent Shopping Hours: Thursday, 3/17 from 5 to 8 pm

Look for a wish list coming home with your child this week!

Payment options: Cash, check made out to “Greystone Elementary PTO”, or eWallet. Please note that any balance remaining in your child’s eWallet will be converted to a Scholastic gift card for future use or may be donated to the school. Teacher wish lists will also be available if you would like to donate a book to your child’s classroom.


Yearbook info: Breaking News: The Greystone Yearbook is available for Purchase online! To order online please visit the Barksdale Storefront. School Access Code/Password: 0044899YB. Yearbooks are discounted at $20 until March 31st! The price will increase on April 1st to $25. Yearbook Sales end on Wednesday, April 20th so get those orders in! The yearbook will include all grades and highlights our first class of graduating 5th grade Grizzlies!


Playground: The students are loving their new playground! Our playground is typically used by the ACP program each day after school and will be closed off hours, including weekends. In order to keep our playground as safe and clean as possible, it is not open to the public. We are fortunate to have so many terrific playgrounds in our area, several within just a couple miles of here.


Philly Pretzel Factory: Order from there Monday through Thursday and mention Greystone, they’ll donate 5% to our PTO.


We are on Twitter @GreystoneES. Find us to see cool highlights and give us those “likes!”


Thanks for working with us!

Kevin Fagan, principal

Softball Clinic hosted by Henderson HS on March 27, must register ahead

March 1, 2022

Playground: Today was an especially exciting day at GES, as we opened our new playground. The students had a blast! Thank you again to Kristen Buckler and Kate Cipriano, who initiated the Power of Play campaign to help make our playground a reality, and to all the parents who came today to help out. It was truly awesome seeing our 500 Grizzlies get so excited about their new playground.


Spring Carnival comes to Greystone ES: Our terrific PTO is hosting a carnival here on Saturday, March 12. THANK YOU to the many parents who have volunteered to make this a reality. It's going to be great! Here's some info...

Please pre-order Wristbands & Raffle Tickets before 3/5! Save $$ and avoid the lines! Wristbands are $15 purchased in advance and $20 at the event. Order online at https://www.greystonepto.com/.

How can you help with the carnival? We're glad you asked...!


March is Reading! Together with our PTO, the Greystone staff is implementing something really cool for March is Reading, Battle of the Books! All families are encouraged to join in the fun. See the attached for more info: Battle of the Books Parent Flyer (with links) (002).pdf


Elmwood Zoo: I’m happy to announce that Elmwood Zoo will be coming here as part of their traveling zoo program! Each of our classes will have a chance to enjoy the show, April 11-13. I’ll share more specifics as the date draws nearer.


Winter and Spring Calendar of events: We may be new, but we got lots going on! I'll keep adding to this throughout the year, and of course our classroom teachers will continue to keep you posted on events specific to their classes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kGuS0patbw3H6XEw8g5FPLywmIS_7aCWn9NTTRVP9eM/edit?usp=sharing

Follow us on Twitter: @GreystoneES.


Thanks everyone!

Kevin Fagan, principal

February 23, 2022

Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Yesterday at school we celebrated “Super Tuesday” (2/22/2022). We also held a school spirit day to show our pride! Grizz stopped by and we got a class photo will all 22 classes! The students are looking forward to enjoying today’s warm weather.


Playground: I was informed yesterday that (weather permitting) installation should be completed in the next several days. In addition to completing the centerpiece, the cement will need time to cure. Once finished, our district will inspect and approve it for use, which I anticipate happening next week. Until I give notification, the playground is off limits. We are planning a small ribbon cutting ceremony for each of the grades next week so that all of our students can take part in the excitement of opening our playground!


Parent Conferences: As promised, here’s the link to sign up for a conference on March 16, 17, or 18.

  • The sign-up window will close March 11.
  • Conferences will be limited to 20 minutes in length.
  • Conferences will take place in person, unless you would prefer Zoom, which you can indicate when you sign up and/or email to the teacher directly.
  • If you have any difficulty signing up for a conference, please email your student’s homeroom teacher directly.

https://ptcfast.com/schools/Greystone_Elementary


Read across America: Our teachers and the PTO are planning an event in conjunction with Read Across America called MARCH IS READING. The intention is to strengthen our school reading community as a whole through a BATTLE OF THE BOOKS, March Madness Style! Our teachers will share more information with families soon.


Thanks everyone,


Kevin Fagan, principal

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February 22, 2022

Good afternoon Greystone ES families, here are some news items for you today.


March parent conferences: We are getting things set up for our families and on February 23, I’ll send detailed information about how to sign up. As a reminder, conferences are scheduled for March 16 (PM only), March 17 (PM and evening) and March 18 (AM only).


Dates to know

  • Monday, February 21: Presidents’ Day. No school for students
  • Wednesday, March 9: End of trimester 2
  • Wednesday, March 16: Half day for students, afternoon conferences
  • Thursday, March 17: Half day for students, afternoon and evening conferences
  • Friday, March 18: No school for elementary students, morning conferences
  • Wednesday, March 23: Report cards viewable in PowerSchool.

Greystone Apparel, last chance: Greystone apparel is now on sale! But don’t delay, the store will close on February 24. This will be our last swag sale this school year, so don't delay! (see attached) Spirit Wear Sale Last one of the year! Get your GES swag.png


WC Rotary Fruit Sale: The West Chester Rotary chose the GES Power of Play as this year’s Fruit Sale beneficiary! All proceeds will go toward more playground equipment for the Grizzlies. An order form was sent home yesterday (check that take-home folder) that you can complete and send to the GES office. You can also order online. There is an option to DONATE a fruit or vegetable basket to the WC Food Cupboard if you order online but not on the form (https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/mbJgCOY2kWsNlXxMFE2Gdm?domain=track.spe.schoolmessenger.com). Whether you purchase items for home or the food cupboard, we will still receive the proceeds. More sales = more equipment! Order deadline is February 21, 2022. Thank you for your continued support. Any questions, email http://gespowerofplay@gmail.com.


Family Night Out: We have two Family Day/Nights Out coming up:

Monday, February 21st 1:40-3:00

Power Play Rinks Ice Skating, Exton

Cost: $8 per skater including rentals ($3 to PTO-must mention GES) Power Play Rinks flyer.png

&

Thursday, February 24th 4:00-8:00

Panera Bread, 1115 West Chester Pike

20% of sales donated to PTO (must show digital or printed flyer) Panera flyer.pdf


Super Tuesday 2/22/2022 is School Spirit Day! We’ll celebrate by encouraging everyone to wear their GES spirit wear and/or grey and white. Who knows …? We may even have a visit from our mascot, Grizz!


I hope you find these weekly newsletters helpful. If you ever want to find something I’ve previously published, it will likely be in our S’mores newsletter https://www.smore.com/jasvz. If there is anything else you have questions about or think I can help with, please don’t hesitate to let me know directly krfagan@wcasd.net.


Thanks for your continued support of our school!

Kevin Fagan, principal

Update for our 5th grade families

February 10, 2022



Greetings GES 5th Grade Families,


It’s school day 102 and things are moving right along, especially for our 5th graders, who are winding up their elementary experience and getting ready for middle school. Collectively, they are doing a great job and have really come together as Grizzlies! I have a couple of additional items today that pertain primarily to our 5th grade families.


Course Recommendations for 6th grade: As you know, Greystone elementary splits off to both Fugett and Pierce. (This year, the vast majority of our students are headed to PMS. Soon, our teachers will reach out directly to the few families headed to FMS). As part of our transition process, the 5th grade team has been working together with the teachers of the middle schools on making course level recommendations for next year. Parents will have an opportunity to see those recommendations in the coming weeks, and I’ll keep you updated.

Wondering what to expect at middle school? The school district is hosting the Middle School 101 event on February 22 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. There’s a lot of information on this link: https://www.wcasd.net/Domain/6142. I encourage you to attend, especially if this is your first experience with a middle schooler.


Upcoming events this winter and spring: One of our goals this year has been to help ensure a fulfilling school year for our students, and I think that collectively, we’re doing that! For more information about what our fifth graders can expect over the coming months, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kGuS0patbw3H6XEw8g5FPLywmIS_7aCWn9NTTRVP9eM/edit?usp=sharing. Some of the events, such as the Spring Fling, will be hosted by our PTO and will need parent support. The GES PTO page is a great place to see how you can get involved: https://www.greystonepto.com/.

You’ll see that for the last couple events, we don’t have dates picked yet, as the school calendar can still adjust (weather events) but my plan for our end-of-year Celebration of Learning is to focus on the students, families, and making good memories. More info to follow later.


Thanks everyone,

Kevin Fagan

February 10, 2022

Good Afternoon GES Families,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying some of this much-needed sunshine! I have several items for you today.


  1. Playground update: We are expecting the final few pieces to be shipped this week and if all goes well, we’ll open in the next week or so. We are going to take a day to do some teaching with our younger students about how to use the playground safely. Together with our Power of Play campaign coordinators, Ms. Cipriano and Ms. Buckler, we are also planning on a small ribbon cutting ceremony for each grade, date is TBD. The students are super excited.
  1. Spring Carnival: Our first annual Spring Carnival is coming up on March 12 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Avoid the lines and save by purchasing early - $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Each wristband includes unlimited games, prizes, 1 Cake Walk Win, 1 Sand Art, 1 Face Painting, 1 Book Walk and 1 Fish Bowl win! https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/pZ7QCDk2rGIorrkJtW2PxF?domain=greystonepto.com. Spring Carnival Flyer.pdf


We have Raffle Baskets! Save time and buy your Raffle Basket tickets in advance. Six tickets for $5 or $1 per ticket. Raffle Baskets will be on display from March 7th-11th and students can use their tickets to pick their favorites during lunch or at the event. Additional raffle tickets will be available on the day. The deadline for purchase of advance wristbands and tickets is March 3rd. Purchase online using this link or use the attached flyer. ​​​​​​​https://www.greystonepto.com/form/m/175543. Wristbands and tickets will be sent home with your child the week of the event.

Interested in helping? We need GAMES for our Spring Carnival. Please sign up below to create a game for us! Donors will receive 2 child wristbands as a token of our appreciation! https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/B9bvCR60nZCG84D9c9HCGm?domain=m.signupgenius.com.

Are you creative? Calling all savvy shopping, creative parents! The PTO needs coordinators to create Class Raffle Baskets for our Spring Carnival on 3/12! Coordinators will receive 2 child wristbands and their class will have a chance to win Best Raffle Basket and receive a Class Pizza Party! https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/iu6TCVOkr4i21qnrhzaqgJ?domain=m.signupgenius.com.

  1. March parent conferences will take place March 16 (PM only); March 17 (PM and evening) and March 18 (AM only). In the coming weeks, I’ll share additional information about how parents can sign up for conferences. It’ll be very similar to how we did this in the fall.
  1. Grizzlies of the week: Starting next week, we are going to recognize Grizzlies of the Week! Homeroom teachers will weekly submit names of two students who best exemplify the qualities of our four pillars: Responsibility, Respect, Kindness, and Safety. The students will be acknowledged each week. Our focus for the coming week will be Kindness.
  1. Afternoon pick up: If you have not had a chance to read my email from earlier today about afternoon pick-up, please take a moment to do so.


Thanks, everyone.

Kevin Fagan, principal

February 3, 2022

Good afternoon GES families! I hope this letter finds you well. I have several updates for you today.


  1. Playground: Things are moving right along. The weather this week has not helped, however, and we are told that we can anticipate opening around the middle of February, give or take. I’ll continue to keep you posted.
  2. Car pick-up line at the end of the day: I know you’re anxious to see the kids at the end of the day! I get it, but, please do not come to campus for the pick-up line prior to 3:15. We need to keep the driveway open for as long as possible in the event of an emergency. We begin dismissing students around 3:25-3:30. The pick-up line has been wrapped up by 3:50 consistently for some time now. We appreciate your help with this.
  3. Global Day of Play: Yesterday, our teachers set time aside solely for some fun and play. Students engaged in board games, playdough, fidgets, you name it! This was an opportunity for everyone to take a mental break and just have some fun together the classroom, and the students really enjoyed it.
  4. Tuesday is the 100th day of school! Believe it or not, this coming Tuesday will be the 100th day of the school year!
  5. Pinot Palette Fundraiser: Family Night Out on February 18: Pinot Palette Fundraiser (002).pdf
  6. New student teacher in physical education: We have a new intern with us. Click here to learn more about Ms. Kate Ott. Kate Ott Intro.png
  7. Little Mermaid at EHS: WC East's terrific Performing Arts department is hosting The Little Mermaid February 24-26, Great family show! For ticket info: https://www.wcasd.net/easttheatre.
  8. Parent Conferences: We will host parent conferences March 16-18. I’ll share more information as the date draws nearer.


Thanks everyone,

Kevin Fagan

January 27, 2022

Good afternoon Greystone ES families,


I hope this letter finds you well. I have several items for you today.


  1. Playground: The crew is working away and making lots of progress every day. We anticipate full installation within a week or two (we are keeping an eye on that potential storm this weekend), and we’ll have a “ribbon cutting ceremony” with each class. Our Grizzlies are growing increasingly excited about their new playground!
  2. WC Rotary Fruit Sale: The West Chester Rotary chose the GES Power of Play as this year’s Fruit Sale beneficiary! All proceeds will go toward more playground equipment for the Grizzlies. An order form was sent home yesterday (check that take-home folder) that you can complete and send to the GES office. You can also order online. There is an option to DONATE a fruit or vegetable basket to the WC Food Cupboard if you order online but not on the form (https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/WeXTClYmLJs1mNyDCGTSC6?domain=freshfruitorder.org). Whether you purchase items for home or the food cupboard, we will still receive the proceeds. More sales = more equipment! Order deadline is February 21, 2022. Thank you for your continued support. Any questions, email http://mailto:gespowerofplay@gmail.com.
  1. Lunch and recess volunteers: Sign up to help with lunch and recess. Instructions are on the form: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/oJudCER2vJUlO377fNMcQr?domain=signupgenius.com.
  1. PSSA Dates: The PSSA’s will take place on the following dates for the assigned grades. Classroom teachers will communicate with students and parents as the testing dates approach so that everyone knows what to expect. Students will have a regular school day on all testing days.
    1. ELA (Grades 3-5): April 26-28
    2. Math (Grades 3-5) May 3 and 4
    3. Science (Grade 4) May 5 and 6
  1. Rite Aid Rewards. Associate your Rite Aid account with Greystone Elementary School, and we’ll get a kick-back from Rite Aid that will benefit our programs here. It’s easy to set up. https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/C4qPC4xqwlUzELQ2Uxs4ES?domain=app.salesforceiq.com.
  1. Camera access to lessons ending January 28: Tomorrow, Friday, January 28, is the final day that temporary access to classroom instruction will be offered. I want to thank you and our teachers for your patience and resilience over the last few weeks as we worked together to maintain in-person instruction and keep students connected to the classroom. We have seen COVID cases decline steadily in our school and throughout the WCASD in recent weeks and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students. If you have any remaining questions about this instruction option, please see the FAQ document. In an effort to provide clarity and information to our families regarding COVID cases, WCASD has updated its COVID dashboard to include additional data. The dashboard is now being updated twice each week and is available on our website at all times.


Thanks everyone!

Kevin Fagan, principal

January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Good morning Greystone ES Families,


I have a few items for you today, including good news about our playground …


  1. Playground: I’m happy to report that work is underway on our playground! We anticipate installation will take about 3 weeks, barring any unforeseen issues. For now, the students appear very interested in watching the workers do their thing, and once completed, they are going to have a terrific playground to enjoy! I appreciate everyone’s patience and want to again extend thanks to our many donors who helped make this a reality.
  2. Language & Culture Club: Calling all students in Grades 2-5, come join us for global fun as we visit a different country each week! Through music, movement, and games, we will explore various cultures and traditions around the world and learn basic greetings. See the attached flier for more information GES Language and Culture Club.pdf .
  3. Follow our newsletter: Here you can find many of my emails to families and other pertinent information. https://www.smore.com/jasvz.


Thanks for your support of Greystone ES!

Kevin Fagan, principal

January 11, 2022

Good Afternoon Greystone ES Community,


I hope you are doing well. I have several items for you today.


  1. Remote access to lessons January 18-28: By now, you’ve likely seen the email from Dr. Sokolowski about the next couple of weeks and the fact that Friday is a half day. On Friday, our parents will receive a correspondence from Greystone classroom teachers clarifying instructional procedures for absent students between January 18 and 28.
  2. Half-day Friday 1/14: Friday’s dismissal time is 12:05. Our teachers will spend the afternoon as outlined in today’s letter from the superintendent.
  3. Playground: I’m happy to report that our installation date has held steady since November, and we are still anticipating a late January install!
  4. Recess: With temps in the low to mid-teens these past couple days, I’ve kept the kids inside for recess. The forecast for the rest of the week is friendlier toward going outside and we plan to do so.
  5. Evacuation drill. We were scheduled for a monthly evacuation drill today, but I moved it because of the temps. Our drill will now take place on Thursday, when it’s forecasted to be a balmy 40 degrees.
  6. Pick up patrol (PuP): Thank you to the many families utilizing pick-up patrol to inform us of your pick-up plans, as well as early dismissal and absences. The system we have in place with PuP is really helping to streamline things for our front office and for the teachers. I think you are also finding it to be less work on your end.


The student energy in the building is elevated this week, but very positive! This school year has certainly presented its challenges, but I truly believe that our students are having a great experience. If we continue to work together – school and home – we will look back on this school year with tremendous pride. Thanks for all you are doing at home to support your school!

Best,

Kevin Fagan

January 3, 2022

Good afternoon GES Families and Happy New Year! I have a few items for you today.


  1. New COVID procedures: By now, you’ve likely seen the correspondence from the Superintendent’s office about new CCHD COVID procedures https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/65538/COVID-19-Updated-Quarantine-Isolation-Tool-for-Schools_Final_12-30-2021. Of particular note is that the required quarantine time has been reduced in most cases, provided the student has been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours. Students coming to school should be symptom-free without the assistance of any cold/fever medicines. Families can help us by completing the daily home screening tool: https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/6199/DailyHomeScreeningforStudents%2082221%20FINAL.pdf.
  2. Notifying us that your child is absent: The most efficient way to inform us of a student absence is via the Pick-up Patrol app. Each of our families has a unique log-in, and most of you are experts by this time! If you need any assistance with your account, please contact our secretary, Mrs. Jackie Mangasarian at jmangasarian@wcasd.net. It’s also a good idea to email your child’s teacher directly about absences and school work.
  3. Steps we are taking at school to help ensure health and safety: Our staff is doing all it can to ensure everyone’s health and wellness, including the following:
    1. Sitting in rows, facing the same direction, and spaced out at least 3 feet in the classrooms, if not more.
    2. Reminding students to wear their face masks properly.
    3. Regularly washing hands.
    4. Taking snack time outside, weather permitting, and keeping snack time to about 10 minutes when inside.
    5. Spacing students between 3 and 6 feet during lunch, in assigned seats, in case we need to contact trace.
  4. Dressing for the weather: We’ll continue to get the kids outside for recess whenever possible so they can get some exercise and fresh air. Winter coats, hats, and gloves are strongly suggested. I’d also advise labeling them with your child’s name.
  5. Young Rembrandt club: They’ll start the winter session on January 24. If you are interested, here’s the flier. WCASD-Greystone color Winter 22 (2).pdf .


Thanks everyone!

Kevin Fagan

December 21, 2021

Greetings Greystone Elementary School Families,


We have a shortened week this week, as school is closed don Friday. I have a few items for you today:


I know that everyone is anticipating a much-needed break for the holidays. I’ve asked my staff to “unplug” and enjoy this time away to re-energize and connect with family and friends. If you have a matter you need to address with your child’s teacher or someone at the school, please try to do that by Thursday or let it wait till the new year.


When and why do schools conduct close contact tracing? As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we take COVID contact tracing very seriously, as we know that quarantining your child can have a real impact to the family. According to the Chester County Health Department guidelines, we will conduct contact tracing for the 48 hours immediately preceding one of two criteria: A positive COVID test or the onset of COVID symptoms that subsequently tests positive. When those criteria are not met, we will not contact trace. In the event your child attends a social event and afterward, you learn of a positive COVID case present at that event, please contact your pediatrician and our school nurse, Ms. Jennifer McCulloch if you have concerns. Please note that fully vaccinated children do not have to quarantine after exposure if they are asymptomatic. We need to work together and follow the guidelines set forth in our WCASD Health and Safety plan, including the home check that should be conducted prior to school each morning https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/6199/DailyHomeScreeningforStudents%2082221%20FINAL.pdf.


Young Rembrandts winter session: WCASD-Greystone color Winter 22.pdf


I want to wish you and your family the Happiest of Holidays!


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

4th and 5th grade track meet this spring

December 17, 2021


Good morning families of 4th and 5th grade Grizzlies,


We are excited to share that the 4th and 5th District-Wide Track Meet is back! Our students will enjoy a day at the WCU track in a friendly competition against other WCASD elementary schools. WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP! The success of the track meet rests heavily on the parent volunteers. YOU WILL NEED YOUR CLEARANCES. You can visit this link on the district website for information for information about obtaining your clearances. We suggest you put in for your clearances now, as they do sometimes take a bit of time to process.


Save the Date to attend as a parent volunteer. More information will come later with specific times.

May 18, 2022 (rain date – 5/20): East Goshen, Hillsdale, Penn Wood, Glen Acres, and Westtown-Thornbury


May 19, 2022 (rain date – 5/23): East Bradford, Greystone, Starkweather, Exton, Fern Hill, Mary C. Howse


Thanks!

Kevin Fagan

December 17, 2021

Good Morning Greystone ES Families,


I’m writing to ask for everyone’s assistance with something.


It is important that students are kept home when they demonstrate COVID symptoms. Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen an increase in the number of students coming to school with symptoms. In the event those students subsequently test positive for COVID, contact tracing and quarantine are required, as per the Chester County Health Department. Quarantining students is no small matter. It means a loss of in-school time and can impact those families in significant ways. We need to work together to diminish close contacts, and we can better do that if we are conducting the student health screening each day at home prior to sending students to school. I’ve attached that screening here again in case you need it. https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/6199/DailyHomeScreeningforStudents%2082221%20FINAL.pdf.


As a reminder: all families are allotted 15 parent absences, but doctor’s note-absences do not count against that allotment. If you need to keep your child home because he/she is exhibiting COVID symptoms, you can inform us via the Pickup Patrol app. If you like, you can also email your child’s teacher and our nurse, Ms. McCulloch.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. Thank you for your help in this endeavor.


Trimester One report cards will be available today on Parent Portal. I imagine by now you are familiar with accessing parent portal, but if you are not, here’s a link to the instructions: https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/1035/ParentPortal.pdf. If you forgot your password, please access the “forgot password” link. Once you have accessed the portal, see the left-hand side for the icon titled “Reports.” That’s where you’ll find the report card.


I hope everyone has a great weekend. We have a shortened week next week, as we head into winter break!


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

December 14, 2021

Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families! I hope that you are and your family are doing well. I have several items for you today, including: a health reminder from our nurse, winter after school sports information, and report card reminder.


December evacuation drill today: We’ll hold our monthly evacuation drill today.


Update from our nurse, Ms. McCulloch: Parents – Please continue to keep your child home when they are sick. Please keep them home until they are fever free and symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. A negative COVID test (Rapid or PCR) or a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis will be required before they return. If you have any questions, please contact our School Nurse, Jenn McCulloch at jmcculloch@wcasd.net.


Winter After School Sports: “My name is Mr. Altland, and I am currently a 5th grade teacher at Greystone. I am excited to let you know that the Winter After School Sports program will be starting in January. This winter, students participating in the after-school sports club will be learning how to play volleyball. If your child is interested in playing please complete this google form ( https://forms.gle/rouVXJZTfcJX9zn88 ) by Friday, December 31. Space is limited. Parents of students participating in our Winter Volley Ball league will be contacted by Friday, January 7th. If you have questions please send me an email at paltland@wcasd.net.Winter After School Sports.pdf


Report cards will be accessible in Parent Portal this Friday afternoon. If you have specific questions about your student’s grades, please contact his/her teacher directly.

Winter break is nearly here and keep in mind that there is no school on Friday, December 24.


Best,

Kevin Fagan

December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope this email finds you well. I have several items for you today, including information about reports cards, holiday gifts for Greystone families, GES spirit wear, and Grizzly Bucks.


  1. Report cards: Please look for a separate correspondence from me soon that will help clarify our report card process.
  2. Holiday gifts for GES Families: If you participated in our holiday Giving Tree, please deliver your unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the main office by Monday. Thank you to everyone who participated in this!
  3. GES Spirit wear: Orders are in! If you ordered spirit wear recently, it’ll be sent home with your child, unless you identified that order as a gift, in which case you’ll need to come to school to pick it up. Any questions, email Gina at gina.whittle@gmail.com.
  4. Grizzly Bucks: At home, you may hear talk of “Grizzly Bucks.” Greystone is in the midst of becoming a Pennsylvania PBIS-certified school. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. Since the summer, our staff has been working on implementing this program and beginning our three-year journey toward full program implementation. Our overall focus is building a sense of belonging for all students at Greystone ES. Recently, we implemented the incentives element of our plan. That phase is based on a Matrix of behavior expectations that we have for all students. Those students whose actions demonstrate Safe, Respectful, Responsible, or Kind behavior can earn Grizzly Bucks, which are then accumulated as a classroom to earn rewards. The students get really into it!


That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing our orchestra and chorus families at next week’s Winter Concert!


Be well,

Kevin Fagan

December 2, 2021

December 2, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break. In just a few weeks, we’ll have winter break (the winter weather sure was anxious to get here!). I have several items for you today.


  1. Parent conferences last week were a big success! We had a great turnout and the teachers appreciated the opportunity to talk with so many parents.
  2. End of the first trimester is this Friday and parents will be able to see grades in Parent Portal on December 17. I previously shared information about report cards and that can be found on our newsletter, along with lots of other helpful information: https://www.smore.com/jasvz.
  3. Greystone ES is on Twitter. Check our highlights and follow us if you like: @GreystoneES.
  4. Our Winter Music Concert is December 15th at 7:00 PM. Those students performing in the concert will invite their families to come enjoy, and we are creating an opportunity for all of our students to see a preview during the school day as well.
  5. Holiday parties are December 23. HR teachers will reach out to HR parents for support as needed.
  6. Gaga Pit: Mr. Miller has been providing a tutorial to each class this week so that everyone is on the same page with respect to the rules. We anticipate opening the Pit to students on Friday.
  7. Monkey Fish Toys fundraiser: If you are still looking for holiday gift ideas, shop Monkey Fish Toys Dec 4-10th and families will get a 10% discount and Greystone PTO will earn 10% on all purchases. You must mention Greystone or show the flyer in store and use the code listed for online purchases. 10 10 FLYER 2021 GREYSTONE ELEMENTARY .pdf.
  8. Interested in volunteering for lunch or recess? There are plenty of openings. Access this link to sign up: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/5xYeCYEnxjIDDjPVT0Oh5Y?domain=signupgenius.com.
  9. Aunt Annie’s pretzels: Interested in ordering Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels, sponsored through our PTO? There’s still time, but orders are due Friday. To place an order, use this link: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/HOl7CAD2oBHZZG01H8ZJ4x?domain=url4609.membershiptoolkit.com. Questions, email mythreewhy@yahoo.com.
  10. Family night out: Help support Greystone Elementary and enjoy a delicious meal during out next Family Night Out Event!

Join us at Meatball U on December 8th!

15% of ALL food sales for the ENTIRE DAY (11am-9pm) will be donated to Greystone, including sales not generated by our school community!

Includes eat in or take-out orders.

This will be a great fundraiser for our school!

Located at 30 S High Street

11. Playground update: As of today, we are still expecting a winter installation of our playground. I'll continue to keep everyone posted.

12. Greystone is closed on Friday, December 24 till January 3 for winter break.


That's all for now.

Take care, Kevin Fagan

November 22, 2021

Good Morning GES Families,


This week, we will close our schools for a few days in recognition of Thanksgiving. This is a time of reflection and giving thanks for all that we have. Personally, I am thankful to be the principal of such a terrific school, working with a wonderful group of students, staff, and families. Thank You for your ongoing support of GES! I hope that you find some time this week to relax and enjoy.


Personal time is a valuable commodity, and sometimes in order to truly appreciate it, we need to “unplug” from our work lives, something that over the past two years has proven challenging, as work/home/school have often felt like one in the same. But some separation between work and home is healthy. As such, I’ve asked the staff to step away from email over the Thanksgiving Break so that they can more genuinely enjoy time with family and friends and come back feeling refreshed! If there is a matter on which you need to connect with your child’s teacher, please try to do so by Wednesday morning, or let it wait till we return on Monday, November 29.


Our Giving Tree is now set up in our main entryway. Parents coming in for conferences this week and interested in helping another Greystone family in need will have the opportunity to select a tag. Any gifts not selected during conferences will be available after conference week through a Sign-up Genius that will be sent soon.


Lastly, we’ll dismiss around 12:05 today and tomorrow. We do not serve lunch on half days. There is no school for students on Wednesday this week.


All my best,

Kevin Fagan

Info about student pictures

November 17, 2021


Good afternoon GES families,


Student pictures were delivered to the school this afternoon and were placed in teacher mailboxes for teachers to distribute. Pictures should be coming home to you via your student in the next day or so (check those backpacks!).


If you pre-ordered your pics, you'll receive them in the folder coming home. If you like them, you have the opportunity to order more via the individualized code inside the folder. If you don't like the pics, just send them in with your student on December 2nd. Your student can give them to the photographer and have retakes that day. It might also be good to email your child's teacher and let them know your student is getting a retake. There is no charge for retakes.


If you did not pre-order your pics, you'll receive a proof this week. If you like the proof, you too can use the individualized code to order what you like. If you don't like the proof, send it in with your student December 2nd, and he or she can give that to the photographer and get a re-take. There is no charge for retakes.


If you have any questions about your pictures or the process, please call Barksdale Photography directly at 1-800-220-7667.


Thanks!

Kevin Fagan

November 16, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone ES families,


I hope you are doing well and gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have several items for you today, but I promise it’s worth reading over!


  1. Parent/Teacher conferences are fast approaching. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    1. Conferences will take place either in person or via Zoom. You should have received something from your child’s teacher to this effect.
    2. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes, and it’s important that we abide that time.
    3. Parents are asked to please be prompt, as our conference schedule is tight.
    4. Questions ahead of time should be directed to your teacher.
  2. Schedule for November 22 and 23: Both November 22 and November 23 are half days, and student dismissal is 12:05.
    1. Monday, November 22 is a Day 3 on our cycle calendar and grades 3, 4, and 5 will have specials.
    2. Tuesday, November 23 is a Day 4 on the cycle calendar and Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 will have specials.
  3. Giving tree: Starting next week, a Giving Tree for our Greystone families will be displayed by the office for the holidays. If you are interested in helping these families, please visit the tree during conferences and select an ornament. For the parents who are participating in conferences virtually, any ornaments that remain after conferences will be posted online after Thanksgiving. For any questions, please email Ms. Briana Latta at Briana.latta@gmail.com.
  4. Dressing for the weather: We will go out for recess whenever we can and the weather is certainly getting chillier. Please be sure to send your students to school dressed for outside recess. Coats, hats, gloves might be warranted!
  5. Gaga Pit being installed: As you may have heard when the kids got home yesterday … we are having a Gaga Pit installed! Utilizing the funds raised in the class coin jar collections during the Greystone Games, and in conjunction with our PTO, we were able to purchase the pit and have it installed. Students love Gaga Pits and we want to make sure we are playing safely. We’ll provide a tutorial for the staff and students prior to opening it for use and that should happen in the coming days. Very exciting! Curious what a Gaga pit is? Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7AHiuScP54.
  6. Picture retake day is December 2. The photographers will be here for retakes from 9:00 to 11:30 that day. There are two primary reasons students would need retakes: 1. You are not happy with the original pics and (2) Your child was absent on the original picture day. https://www.barksdalestorefront.com/shop/login/?ac=0044899AR.
  7. Lunch and Recess volunteer opportunities: Interested in volunteering for lunch or recess here at Greystone? Check out this Sign-up Genius where you can register for days through January. https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/Unl5CDk2rGIB8oyEHWTOqI?domain=signupgenius.com.
  8. Busing: There are times when even at the building level, we don’t anticipate the buses running late. When they are late, typically a couple of staff members and I are out there with the students, keeping an eye on them, and then helping them to board safely. If you try calling the main office after 4:00 PM, you may or may not get someone on the phone (because we are outside). In the event you are attempting to get information about a bus that’s late, you can call Krapf directly at 610-594-2664 ext. 2 for school bus division.
  9. Book fair update: The Follett Fall Book Fair is wrapping up! Wednesday, November 17 is the last day to purchase books both in school and online. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped throughout the fair. Your help was much appreciated! Did you know that reading for 6 minutes a day reduces stress? If you read for 20 minutes a day, you’ll read 1,800,000 words per year? If you read just 1 book a day, you will have read 1,825 books in 5 years? Keep reading with your children!
  10. Greystone has teamed up with Rite Aid. If you are interested in linking your Rite Aid account, a portion of sales will come back to our school. RXF_Keys_to_Success_Flyer (1).pdf


Whew …! That was lot, but hopefully worthwhile. My next update will precede the Thanksgiving holiday.

Be well,

Kevin Fagan

November 5, 2021

Happy Friday Greystone Elementary School Families!


Here are a few items for today. I hope you have a great weekend.


Fifth grade school store: Our Fifth grade class will be running a school store November 8-19. Access this PDF for more information: Fifth Grade Store.png


Trunk or Treat refunds: Originally, the PTO planned to use the money raised from Trunk or Treat registrations to buy Thanksgiving entrées (Turkey/Ham/etc.) for our Greystone families in need. Unfortunately, the weather hampered our ability to hold the event this year. Thank you again to all of our families that were prepared to participate! If you do *not* want your donation going to the Thanksgiving baskets and would prefer a refund, please email the greystoneptotreasurer@gmail.com by the end of the week. For those who want refunds, please note that it’ll take a little bit because Venmo makes processing refunds time consuming. (Thank you from our PTO!)


Greystone Thanksgiving Food Drive: Our PTO is organizing a food drive for families in need. For more information about how you can help, access this flier: Greystone Food Drive.pdf.


Family Night Out: Our next Family Night Out is Tuesday, November 9th from 11am-9pm at America's Pie. They are donating 10% of all food sales (dine in or take out) to the GES PTO. Families must mention Greystone Elementary when ordering. America's Pie flyer (2).pdf.


Veteran’s Day is next Thursday, November 11, and our teachers will be communicating with our families about a project we’re putting together for our students.


Report cards: The end of the trimester is December 3rd. Report cards will be visible on the Parent Portal on December 17th. Report cards are intended as measurements of progress. Parent conferences will offer a more wholistic perspective of your child’s performance thus far. If you’ve not yet had a chance to register for Parent Portal, here is the link: https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/1035/ParentPortal.pdf. The following information is intended to help parents understand student report cards.


Grades K-2 - WCASD utilizes standards-based reporting. Each child will receive a 1, 2, 2+, 3, or 4 for each standard addressed this trimester. N/A means that the standard has not yet been assessed.

This year, your child may also receive N/A if we do not have enough data/information to accurately assess your child. Please remember the goals relate to end-of-year standards/expectations. In December, you may see many 2’s and some 1’s, which is appropriate for this time of year. The goal is for students to meet the standards with a 3 by the third and final report card in June. In addition, please know that 4’s are relatively rare, even at the end of the school year. For a child to reach that level, he/she is performing significantly and consistently above the standard expectations.


Grades 3-5 - WCASD utilizes numeric grades (55-100) that correspond to letter grades (A, B, C, F) for core subjects. Please know that standard grading (1, 2, 3, 4) does not correlate to a letter grade. Teachers utilize various assessments and assignments to determine an overall trimester grade. Parents are encouraged to stay abreast of progress via Parent Portal.

Special education students and reading support students will receive progress reports at the same time that report cards go live on Parent Portal in December.


LRBS- Learning Related Behaviors are assessed for all students: (NI) needs improvement, (P) progressing, or (DC) demonstrates consistently (DC). This year, your child may receive N/A if there is not enough data/information to accurately assess the LRB. Special Area Subjects - For grades K-5, we utilize standards-based reporting as noted above for K-2.


Kevin Fagan, Principal

November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Community,


I hope everyone enjoyed the Halloween Weekend! I have a few items for you today


  1. Parent Conferences: Last week, I sent information about the upcoming parent conferences. You can find that information in my email from Friday or on the newsletter: https://www.smore.com/jasvz.
  2. Apparel sale? Thinking about gifts for the holidays…? Who wouldn’t love some Greystone ES apparel? On sale now but the sale won’t last long! Greystone Elementary Holiday Store - Store (tuttlemarketing.com). Spirit Wear Sale.pdf
  3. Volunteer opportunity: Interested in helping with the upcoming Book Fair? Access this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054FA8AE28AAF49-greystone1.
  4. Dressing for the weather: Fall is officially here! We’ll get the kids outside whenever we can for recess. Please help ensure they are dressed for the weather.
  5. Playground Update: Like so many other industry sectors, Playworld is experiencing supplies and worker shortages. We were anticipating an October installation, but were then pushed to November. As I write this, I do not yet have a solid installation date, so I am not anticipating November. We are staying on top of things as much as possible and I’ll continue to update our community. Believe me, I’m as anxious as anyone to get our playground installed for the students. Thank you again to all of our generous donors and to our families at large for your patience.
  6. Upcoming PTO general membership meeting: Our next general membership meeting is on Wednesday, October 10th 7:00 to 8:00 PM here at Greystone in the lunchroom.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021


Well, our first annual Halloween Parade was a BIG success! Thank you everyone for coming and making this a memorable experience! The kids (and staff) had a blast and are enjoying their fall parties this afternoon.


Unfortunately, due to the forecasted weather, we will be canceling the Trunk or Treat event tonight. Our PTO will share more information next week about refunds, etc.

As promised, here are updates on some other items.


  1. Parent conferences will occur on during the following windows of time:
  • Monday, November 22 1:00 to 4:00 PM (Half day for students, 12:10 dismissal)
  • Tuesday, November 23 1:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Half day for students)
  • Wednesday, November 24 8:00 to 11:00 AM (no school for students)

Conferences are 20 minutes in length. Teachers will be here at Greystone. Parents may choose to either come in person or Zoom.


Here is the link to sign up for a conference: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Greystone_Elementary. If you have any questions, please email your child’s teacher directly.


Your child’s teacher will be sending you an email with further instructions, including the opportunity to indicate whether you plan to come in person or Zoom.


  1. Funds raised by classroom coin collections: During our PTO classroom coin drive a couple of weeks ago, our students collectively raised over $3600! This morning, I had the pleasure of announcing our classroom winners, and they are as follows:

Kindergarten Ms. Patton’s class

First Grade Ms. Stonewall’s class

Second Grade Ms. Wright’s class

Third Grade Ms. Mullen’s class

Fourth Grade Ms. Vanegas’ class

Fifth Grade Mr. Altland’s class

Overall winner, having raised $381 was Ms. Brooks’ class! Great job, Grizzlies!


  1. Upcoming book fair: The Fall Follett Book Fair is almost here! Preview days will be Nov. 8-11. Buying days will be Nov. 12-17. Students may buy books online at home or in person at school. To view or purchase books online scan the QR code. All books purchased online will be delivered to Greystone. All proceeds go towards purchasing new books for Greystone’s library! For easy at-home purchases, just scan this QR code: book fair qr code (003).PNG.
  1. Math club information: Calling all 4th and 5th grade problem solvers! GES will be hosting a math club on Tuesday mornings at 8:00, beginning 11/9 and running through 12/21. During math club, students will play math games, code with Dash and Dot, and work on logical reasoning puzzles. Space is limited to 24 students. Interested? Fill out this google form by Thursday 11/4. Parents will be contacted via email on November 5th. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Bushnell at ebushnell@wcasd.net
  1. November dates to know:
    • November 2 No school for students
    • November 4 No school for students
    • November 10 7:00 to 8:00 PM PTO General Membership Meeting
    • November 12-17 Book Fair buying days
    • November 22-24 Parent/Teacher conferences (half day for students Nov 22 and 23; No school on Nov 24)
    • November 25-26 No school, Thanksgiving Break
  1. Next general membership PTO Meeting: The next PTO general membership meeting is Wednesday, November 10 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Greystone in the lunchroom.


I hope everyone has a terrific Halloween Weekend. See you in November!

Kevin Fagan

October 27, 2021

October 27, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope you are doing well.


  1. Halloween Parade: Friday’s weather is looking iffy, but at this time, we are still planning on holding our parade as long as the rain and/or wind does not prove too much. As I write this, the morning weather looks decent enough. I will email all of our families around 8:30 AM Friday confirming whether we are holding our parade. If the weather is too inclement, we will not hold an outdoor parade. There is no rain date. We’d have a student-only internal parade.
    1. If you have not yet had a chance to read over my email last week providing instructions for the parade (and the video) please look at that information. It’s important that we are all on the same page. You can also find this information in our newsletter. https://www.smore.com/jasvz.
    2. Please send the kids to school in their costumes if possible. This will really help the teachers get the class ready. It might be good for the students to have a change of clothes too.
    3. Friday temps look cooler, around 45-50 degrees. Students should be dressed accordingly.
    4. If you have an umbrella you can send in with your student, please do.
  1. From our PTO: Student prize winners from our Greystone Games and Family Fun Run have been notified. Parents, if you think your child raised funds sufficient for a prize and you did not hear from Petra Rose, feel free to email her directly: rosefamilywc@gmail.com.
  1. No school for students on Tuesday, November 2 or Thursday, November 4.
  1. On Friday, I will send families information about the following topics:
    1. Math club
    2. Parent/Teacher conferences in November
    3. November calendar dates to keep in mind


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

  1. Halloween costumes next Friday. On Friday, October 29th, the students may wear school-appropriate costumes. They should not bring accessories in and no replica weapons are permitted. I’m asking that everyone keep in mind that we have some young 6-year-olds in the building, so we want to make sure that costumes are appropriate for that age group and family-friendly for our parade. Given that our parade is in the morning, it might be good for students to wear their costumes to school, if possible. This will help the teachers get "parade-ready!"
  2. Halloween parade: Our parade is scheduled for Friday, October 29 at around 10:00 AM. We are giving this our best shot and asking everyone to pull together to make it work. We look forward to seeing our Greystone ES families! Here are some important notes about the parade.
    1. I put together a 5-minute video that reviews our parade plans. https://youtu.be/8dml1YdMnmA.
    2. It’ll be rain or shine, but if the weather is too bad, we will cancel the parade. There is no rain date.
    3. Parking: Parents may park at the school on campus in available spots and at the lower field parking lots. We cannot have parking in the driveway loop itself, as that is our parade route. No parking on any asphalt driving lanes, please. The lower lot is available to us.
    4. Carpool if you can please. Parking is going to be tight. Carpooling will really help us out.
    5. We’ll do a large loop around the parking area. Families should station themselves on the walkways and the area around the front parking lot. On the attached document, the highlighted areas indicate where parents should stand. Halloween Route 2021 (2).pdf
  3. Rite Aid fundraiser: We’ve partnered with Rite Aid for fundraising. If you have a few minutes, you can access this link. Rite Aid will donate a portion of sales back to Greystone. https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/w8MdCQW2mYF6G9lvcPUrYA?domain=app.salesforceiq.com


Thanks and I hope you have a great weekend!

Kevin Fagan

October 19, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone ES Families,


I hope you are enjoying this terrific fall weather. I have a few items for you today.


1. Soft Pretzels: Our PTO is connecting with the Pretzel Factory to provide pretzels to our students. The pretzels meet the requirements of our WCASD “healthy snack” guidelines. If you interested, act fast, as the first order registration is due tomorrow, October 20. https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/nLlaC4xqwlUJ1ljOsOuUnZ?domain=greystonepto.com.


2. Student pictures: Leading up to picture day was a prepay sale, not a proof sale, but anyone who didn't order before initial picture day will still have the opportunity to purchase pictures. Every student was photographed, so every student will either receive the packages of pictures they ordered OR a booklet with their image. Every student will have their own specific code for ordering. If by chance parents do not like the image, we have a retake/absent day set for December 2nd. The student can bring back their booklet and hand to the photographer for a retake picture. Parents with questions about their orders can feel free to call the Barksdale customer service line at 1-800-220-7667.


3. Jackets and such: Speaking of the beautiful fall weather … It’s certainly chillier than it was just a week ago, especially in the morning. We do often have gym class outside and we’ll be outside for recess whenever possible, so the kids should dress accordingly.


Thanks everyone!

Kevin Fagan, Principal

October 15, 2021

Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


  1. West Goshen Trunk or Treat tonight, October 15th: The West Goshen Police Department is hosting a Trunk or Treat tonight at 6:30 PM at 915 Old Fern Hill Road. This event is open to the public.
  2. GES Halloween Parade: Our first annual Halloween Parade will take place around 10:00 on Friday, October 29th in the front of the school. It’ll likely be 20-30 minutes in length. Parents should consider having the kids come to school already dressed in costume if feasible. In order to pull this off, we'll need everyone’s help, so I’ll follow up soon with some instructions.
  3. Greystone Families Trunk or Treat Event. Our PTO is hosting a Spooktacular Trunk or Treat event for us on Friday, October 29th at 5:30 PM here at Greystone. This event is open only to our Greystone Family and is not a public event. Check out the attached flier, and I’ll see you there! GES Trunk or Treat 2021.pdf
  4. Fifth Grade Safeties: We are rolling out a leadership opportunity for our fifth graders. The teachers will talk with them about this next week. If your fifth grader has expressed interest in serving as a Safety, now’s their chance!
  5. Naming our mascot: A couple of weeks ago, our students met our mascot for the first time at the Greystone Games. This coming week, they will work together within their classes to come up with name suggestions, then we’ll vote.


I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Kevin Fagan

October 13, 2021

October 13, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,

Somehow, we are in week seven of the school year. Overall, things are going really well, as the students re-acclimate to being in school full time and we re-acquaint ourselves with all of the many things that make a school high-functioning. The students, staff and parents are working together as one unit! Yesterday was picture day and the students looked great! We are going to have one terrific yearbook! I have a few items for you today.


Evacuation drill. We’ll hold our state-mandated October evacuation drill tomorrow around 9:10 AM.


Absences: Per WCASD Attendance Policy, families are allowed 10 parent note absences and 5 vacation day absences. Doctor’s note absences are not counted against that allotment. Parents can alert us of an absence via Pick up Patrol and this will suffice for a parent note absence. If the absence is due to a doctor's appointment, we'd still need that note. Parents can simply take a pic of the doctor's note and email to Ms. Mangasarian at jmangasarian@wcasd.net.


Halloween Parade: We are putting the final touches on planning our parade on Friday, October 29th and will communicate those plans soon.


The Halloween Trunk or Treat will be hosted by our PTO and take place at 5:30 on Friday, October 29th. It will be a great event! More information will be forthcoming soon.


Volunteer Opportunities. Thank you to our volunteers who’ve been in so far to help us with lunch and recess. You’ve been terrific! If any of our parents would like to help us out, here’s the link and Sign up Genius: https://forms.gle/btZ2C4L7VKyZ2Kkz9


Naming our mascot: A couple of weeks ago, our students met our new mascot during the Greystone Games. This morning, I asked for their help in naming our Grizzly mascot. Next week, teachers will collect their ideas and we’ll vote.


That’s it for today. Don’t forget … I post all of our emails in our newsletter, so if there’s ever a time that you’re looking for something that I sent out, you’ll be able to find it there. https://www.smore.com/jasvz.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

October 11, 2021

Monday, October 11

Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


1. Picture Day is tomorrow! In case you'd like to order pictures, here's the link: https://www.barksdalestorefront.com/shop/login/?ac=0044899IN. Picture re-takes are on Thursday, December 2.


2. Buses and bringing home friends: We are getting inquiries about whether students can ride home on the bus with friends. Unfortunately, our current COVID protocols do not allow for this. Bus seats are are assigned, in the event of contact tracing, it's important that we know who sat where and when. As such, every seat on each bus is spoken for. Please do not email or send notes into school expecting your child to ride home with another student. We can't accommodate that right now.


3. Homeroom volunteers: The following is a message from our PTO moms helping facilitate Homeroom Volunteers.


Dear GES Families,

We are excited to partner our teachers with homeroom volunteers! If you are interested please visit this link.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054FA9A82DA6F58-2122

There are two volunteer slots available for each class. More information will be provided to you once the sign up has been completed for all grades. Any volunteers coming to Greystone must comply with the WCASD Health and Safety Guidelines. The school district is highly recommending that all volunteers be vaccinated against COVID 19. Volunteers must have up-to-date clearances. For more information about clearances, access this link: https://www.wcasd.net/Domain/1039.
Any questions please contact Danaotto2@gmail.com or Stephanie.piccini@gmail.com


Thank you very much!

Dana Otto & Stephanie Piccini

October 8, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,

We’ve had a good week this week. Thanks so much to our volunteers who came in to assist us with lunch and recess. You were a tremendous help to us!


  1. Pick up Patrol: By now, parents have received an invitation and instructions for setting up Pick up Patrol (PuP). Many of you have already completed set-up. If you’ve not yet had the opportunity, please find that email from your child’s teacher. PuP is going to help streamline attendance and afternoon pick-up. If you have any questions about PuP set up, contact Ms. Jackie Mangasarian in our main office: jmangasarian@wcasd.net.
  2. Picture day is Tuesday, October 12. Families interested in ordering pics can access this link: https://www.barksdalestorefront.com/shop/login/?ac=0044899IN. PDF: GES Picture Day info 2021.pdf
  3. Updating parent contact information: Parents, when you get a chance, please ensure that your contact information is updated in Parent Portal. https://www.wcasd.net/Domain/1035
  4. Science explorers club is coming: Interested parents can check out this flier. Science Explorers Club Flyer - Greystone Elem_ (002).pdf .
  5. Family Night Out: Our next Family Night Out is Thursday, October 14th from 5-9 PM at Buddy's of West Chester. They are donating 15% of all food sales (dine in or take out) to the GES PTO. Families must mention Greystone Elementary or show the attached flyer when ordering. Buddy's updated flyer (1).pdf


Dates to know for this month

  • Tuesday, October 12th: Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 13th at 9:30 AM here at Greystone. PTO meeting. Attendees will need to sign in at the front office.
  • Friday, October 29th: Halloween Parade. More details forthcoming.
  • Friday, October 29th at 5:00 PM: Trunk or Treat. More info on this will be forthcoming from our PTO.


I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

October 1, 2021

Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


We had a great week here at Greystone, as we did something fun with the students each day, culminating with our Greystone Games yesterday. Thank you to our PTO and our many volunteers who helped organize and carry out this this week, especially Petra Rose, Meredith Wright and our mystery mascot! Our PTO was able to raise funds that will go right back to benefiting our students and staff. The students had a blast and the Games achieved exactly what we were after: building school spirit and pride through competitive fun.


  1. Volunteer opportunities: The other day, I shared a Google Form that outlined lunch and recess volunteer opportunities. Parents interested in volunteering need to complete that Google Form. At the end of the form is a Sign-up-Genius to select two dates you’ll come in to volunteer. If you signed up to volunteer but did not complete the Google form, please go back and do that. For now, parents have been asked to limit their lunch/recess volunteer appearances to no more than two so that other parents have a fair chance to sign up. If after October 15, you’d like to visit the sign-up genius form and sign up for two more, that’s OK. Thanks for your help with this. https://forms.gle/hCUbGJmNYmp9GFeK7.
  1. Pick up Patrol (PuP): For the past two weeks, we’ve been testing PuP with four of our teachers, and it’s been very successful. This program will help us to even further streamline our end-of-day procedures and attendance. Next week, we will roll this program out to all of our families. You will receive instructions and it’s straightforward. In anticipation of that rollout, families can watch this 3-minute video to get familiar with the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAVjL53ys24.
  1. Picture Day is October 12: Time to get some pics of our Grizzlies! Each and every student will have his/her picture taken (for our yearbook). If you are interested in ordering any pics, access this link: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/kQ3ZC5yrxmC0JqgAtzoJ6L?domain=barksdalestorefront.com and there’s a PDF version attached here as well. Picture make-up day is Thursday, December 2. GES Picture Day info 2021.pdf
  1. Halloween and costumes: We are planning a costume parade for Friday, October 29th and a Trunk or Treat event that evening (both are optional). We are working on the logistics and I’ll communicate more in the coming weeks. Between now and then, parents can work with their children to select costumes that are OK for school, just keeping in mind that we have lots of little ones here! Costumes cannot include replica weapons or other accessories and should not be offensive to others. If we work together, we can make this event fun for everyone!


Many of our families are taking part in the evening’s Family Fun Run and I look forward to seeing you then. I hope everyone has a terrific weekend.

Best,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

September 27, 2021

Good afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


Here are some updates for today.


  1. Volunteers: The school district is going to begin allowing volunteers on October 4. I know that something previously went out from our PTO requesting sign-ups, but that was several weeks ago and under different circumstances. If you are interested in serving in a lunch and recess volunteer capacity at Greystone, access https://forms.gle/ccstV6DKPcCcCWkm6. Please note that you'll be accessing a Google Form, at the end of which is a Sign-up-Genius. Our librarian is handling library volunteers, and we continue to work on procedures for Homeroom Parent volunteers; we’ll communicate something soon about that.
    1. Please note: To limit the need to contact-trace our volunteers and visitors, we ask volunteers and visitors to be fully vaccinated. If a volunteer is considered to be in close contact with someone who tested positive, volunteers will not have to quarantine if they provide up-to-date vaccination documentation to office staff.
  1. Spirit Week and Greystone Games are here! Here is some information about what’s happening:
    1. Flier about Spirit Week: GG Spirit Week 9.27.21.pdf
    2. Volunteer Sign up form: Greystone games: https://www.greystonepto.com/volunteer/81323
    3. Make a contribution to the PTO: greystonepto.com/greystonegames.
  1. Our PTO Family Fun Run is also on Friday, October 1st in the evening.
    1. Volunteer Sign up form: https://www.greystonepto.com/volunteer/81249.
    2. Register for the Fun Run: greystonepto.com/funrun.
  1. Have you signed up with Membership Toolkit yet? Our Greystone PTO WEBSITE is up and running! Visit greystonepto.com to see everything your PTO has to offer this year. On our site, you can see upcoming calendar events, purchase spirit wear, sign up to volunteer and much more. You will need to create an account or log in with an existing Membership Toolkit account. GES_MTK_Instructions_for_Parents.pdf
  1. Clubs coming soon. We are in the midst of setting up two clubs here at Greystone: Science Explorers and Young Rembrandts.
    1. Science Explorers: I’ll have more information about Science Explorers soon.
    2. Young Rembrandts. See the attached flier. WCASD-Greystone color English.pdf To register, here’s the link: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/9FzwCDk2rGIBzXMkSWiSbP?domain=amilia.com and if you have any questions about the program, please contact Christina Hartley at 610-864-0018.

Thanks everyone,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

Fire Prevention Night

OPEN HOUSE

Friday October 8, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

1320 Park Avenue, West Chester, PA 19380 Station 54

The Goshen Fire Company invites you to come and enjoy an evening of fun and fire safety education for the entire family!

Live demonstrations will be performed, including: vehicle rescues, car fire, simulated house fire, and a “hands-on” use of fire extinguishers with real fire.

Fire trucks, police vehicles, antique fire trucks, and ambulances from surrounding companies will be on display. Simulated smoke-filled inflatable house to practice “staying low” for kids.

COVID 19 Protocols in EFFECT.

Free literature, fire hats, stickers and other give-a-ways! Hot Dogs, chips and drinks……..

September 17, 2021

Friday, September 16, 2021


Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Well … another week behind us! Now we head into a rather long stretch of uninterrupted weeks. The next break for the students is Tuesday, November 2 and then Thursday, November 4. Between now and then, our students and staff will need endurance! It’ll be extra important that the kids are getting good rest, eating well, and taking care of themselves.


Our students are doing great! They’ve had a lot thrown at them, and this school year has been one of transition. But they have had such great attitudes and I’ve seen lots of smiles (yes, even behind those masks…). I tell them often how proud I am of them. They are adjusting to a new school, new friends, new everything and they are doing it so well. Like any school year, we’ll have our bumps in the road, but I feel very good about this group and thank you to our parents for all of your support, especially our terrific PTO. I have to also give a shout out to our staff. Our custodians, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and of course, our teachers … they have worked tirelessly this past month to get school off the ground.


Today’s emergency drill: The students did excellent! I conducted the drill via our p.a. system, while within each classroom space, the teachers provided direct supervision and help. We focused on the essentials of an intruder drill. Following that, we conducted our monthly evacuation drill. The students were attentive and followed instructions to the letter!


Worker shortages in education: As you likely know from the various news media outlets, we are facing some national and local challenges with regard to worker shortages, specifically with respect to bus drivers, classrooms aides, and substitute teachers. In WCASD, we are not immune to these challenges. Our staff is really pulling together to cover our bases. If you know anyone who might interested in serving in one of these capacities, please have them access our HR homepage: https://www.wcasd.net/Domain/29.


Pick-up Patrol: This is a program intended to assist schools and families with end-of-day pick-up procedures. In the coming weeks, we will be rolling it out to our families. For now, we are doing a test-run with four of our teachers (and their families) to get some insights and feedback prior to sharing it with the whole school. We think that it’s really going to help streamline communications even further. Here’s a brief video on what it’s about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAVjL53ys24.


Need to let us know your child will be late, absent or picked up early? Pick-up Patrol will help with this once up and running. For now, let your child's teacher know via email. Also email Ms. Jackie Mangasarian at jmangasarian@wcasd.net and here's the number you can call: 484-0266-2310.


Have a great weekend, everyone.

Kevin Fagan, Principal

September 15, 2021

Greetings Greystone Families,


I have several items for you today.


  1. No school on Thursday, September 16th.
  2. Afternoon pick-up. Things seem to be going smoothly in the afternoons. Thank You for not arriving prior to 3:15 and for having signs clearly displayed in your windows. There are a few other areas in which I’m going to ask for your help:
    1. We need to get students into the car and off as efficiently as possible. I want everyone to be safe, of course, but the quicker we can get the students seated and moving the better. Please keep your greetings brief, get the kids in their seats, and be on your way ASAP.
    2. Please be patient driving on campus. Slow down and do not pull around other buses/cars, please. We have students walking home and need to use caution, especially at the driveway coming off of Aram.
    3. Dogs: If you have your dog with you for either morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up, he/she needs to be under your control for the duration. For those families walking to and from school, please keep some distance from the car line and the building ingress/egress. Not all students are comfortable with dogs and we don’t want to stress students unnecessarily. We also don’t want any mishaps.
  3. Emergency Drills: This Friday morning we will practice our internal lock-down/intruder procedures with the entire school. We’ll commence around 9:15 and the drill will last about 15 minutes.

Our staff is prepared to manage the students within the classroom during the drill, and I will be on the pa system, very deliberately walking everyone through our procedures. WGPD will be on-hand to assist us. Weather permitting, we will conduct our lock-down drill first, followed by an evacuation drill. If we have inclement weather Friday, our evacuation drill segment will be Monday.

How can parents help us in regard to emergency drills? Please emphasize with your child that these drills are important and that it’s critical they listen to their teacher and follow instructions.

  1. Two upcoming fun events for students and families:
    1. The Greystone Games on September 30th during the school day (October 7 Rain Date)
    2. Family Fun Run on Friday, October 1 at 5:00 PM.

I will send a separate email with information about these events. We are excited to have some competitive fun with our students and families!

  1. I thought it might help for you to know our "Specials schedule," especially for PE, so here it is. GES Specials Schedule.


Thanks!

Kevin Fagan
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September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope you had a chance to enjoy this long weekend. Here are some updates for today.


  1. Student Dismissal: Last week, we backed up our internal dismissal procedures so that our staff and students could get accustomed to the logistics of dismissal. By Friday, we had a pretty smooth operation going. Beginning tomorrow, we are going to adjust our dismissal time closer to what we can expect for the long-run. Parents picking up can plan on seeing the first students closer to 3:35.
    1. How can parents help us at dismissal time? If you are picking up your child for dismissal, please don’t come to campus before 3:20 unless I alert our families of an unusual circumstance (like last Wednesday). Among other concerns, I want to ensure that in the event of an emergency, service vehicles could get up our driveway and to the school. The signs that most of you have in your windows are a big help, too. Thank you!
  2. Change in your end of day plans? If you are changing your routine bus or pick up plans for your child, please alert your child’s teacher and Ms. Mangasarian (secretary) ASAP jmangasarian@wcasd.net.
  1. Face masks: The students did a tremendous job wearing their masks last week. We have plenty of extras, but if you want to send a backup along with your child for after lunch, that’s great too. Teachers are providing routine breaks and when the weather allows, taking the classes out to our courtyard. Per the current WCASD Health and Safety Plan, masks are optional when we are outside.
  1. Please keep your child home if he/she is not feeling well or if someone in the home is presumed to have COVID. Here is the daily home screening tool that all families are asked to complete. This was originally shared by the Superintendent prior to the start of the school year. The GES absence or late arrival number is 484-266-2310: WCASD Home Screening Tool. If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please contact our nurse ASAP: Ms. Jennifer McCulloch at jmcculloch@wcasd.net.
  1. Volunteers: The elementary principals throughout the district were informed this morning that with rising COVID case counts in Chester County, we are not hosting volunteers in our buildings for the time being. I’ll keep you posted for any changes.
  1. Meetings at school: As an additional precaution and at this time, we will hold parent meetings virtually when possible. This includes the PTO meeting that is scheduled for tomorrow, September 8th at 9:30, which was originally booked as an in-person meeting. Our PTO president will be sending a Zoom link later today.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

September 6, 2021

September 6, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


I know that some of our families have not yet had a chance to see the inside of Greystone. Maybe you couldn't make the tour we held a couple of weeks ago, and then last week didn’t get a chance to see the school because Back to School Night events had to be held virtually.


I’d like to offer our families an opportunity to see the building in case you’ve not yet been able to. To that end, I plan to open up Greystone on Wednesday, September 8th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. That way our families planning to attend the middle school Back to School Night at 7:00 can come to Greystone first for a visit, then still make it to Pierce or Fugett in time.


Teachers won’t necessarily be present Wednesday evening, but in a brief visit, you’ll have a chance to walk the building and get a “lay of the land,” see the library, the lunchroom, courtyard, and gym. You can also see where your child’s classroom is located. All guests need to wear a face mask, please.


I’ll be there to greet you in the main lobby and look forward to seeing you if you can fit it into your calendar. I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Well… this has been and interesting week to say the least! But we made it, and overall, I think this was a great week for our students. We are the Grizzlies, and if I were asked to describe a Grizzly based on how our students and staff conducted themselves this week, I’d say that Grizzlies are resilient, smart, positive, and moving forward! Your kids are great, and we've loved getting to know them this week. Here are some updates for us as we head into a (much-needed) long weekend.


Homework: At Greystone, we aim to be conservative with homework. We will not assign homework over weekends and holidays and routinely, we will work to ensure that we not simply assigning busy work for homework, but that our homework serves a real purpose for the students. In part, our effort is to create some separation between school and home, which is healthy and needed, especially these days. If you have any questions about your child's hw assignment, please feel free to contact the teacher.


Volunteers: I know that some of our parents are anxious to volunteer in the building. Thank you for that! I am going to work with our staff over the next few weeks to determine our needs and we’ll reach out later this month.


Afternoon pick up: I realize that on Monday the wait time for parent pick up was long. In part, that was the result of the volume of pick-ups, combined with the layout of our campus. We made some adjustments on Tuesday to siphon the buses from the afternoon pick-up and that seemed to really make a difference. Wednesday through us another curve ball, but the adaptation we made with having pick-up parents pull all the way around front seemed to help get traffic off Aram. We will be doing that for the short term to see if it works. Parents picking up, please pull all the way around to the front (and not turn into the ‘drop-off’ circle).


Communication with the school: Opening a brand-new school is a complicated task for everyone involved, including the students, teachers, parents and me. It will be a work in progress. I will make mistakes. I will beat myself up about those mistakes, but I will also work my tail off to make things better. Fortunately, I have an awesome staff and 500 great kids with supportive parents. We’ll be fine. We’ll get there. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns about anything, please reach out directly to the appropriate person. If it’s a classroom concern, contact the teacher; medical concern, the nurse, and a school-wide concern, me. We are here to help.


Busing: The first week of school always presents challenges with busing, especially with a district this size and when drivers are not as easy to come by. In the coming weeks, we’ll see some of the issues from this week ironed out. In the meantime, if you have concerns, you can email our Transportation department directly transportation@wcasd.net and/or me.


9/11: Somehow, we will soon mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our nation. I’m sure that like many of you, I recall that terrible day vividly – where I was, what I was doing, even what I was wearing. We promised then that we would not forget, and so we can’t. For the past several years, WCASD teachers have delivered age-appropriate lessons to our students (except in K, where we don’t initiate the conversation). Next week, our teachers will email parents information about those lessons.


I hope you have a chance to enjoy the weekend. We’ve all earned it!

Sincerely, Kevin Fagan

September 2, 2021

A message from Dr. Sara Missett:


Good Morning Elementary School Parents,


I'm not sure I can recall a time when we had to deal with school closures due to weather this early in the school year. I hope that all of you are safe and made it through the storm okay.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of traveling around the elementary buildings. I am so happy to hear all the excited voices in the classrooms.


Due to the amount of storm damage from Tropical Storm Ida, all fourth and fifth-grade teachers will be conducting this evening's Open Houses over Zoom. Your teacher will send a Zoom link as soon as it is ready. If your classroom teacher cannot Zoom this evening due to power outages, he or she will contact you.


We are not postponing fourth and fifth-grade Open Houses due to the many upcoming events on our school calendar, including Middle and High School Open Houses. Delaying tonight's Open Houses is likely to create too many scheduling conflicts for our families.


I understand this may be disappointing, as many of you were excited to visit classrooms and meet your child's teacher in person. However, this will help ensure the safety of our staff and families since the region is cleaning up the aftermath of last night's storm. The safety of our families and staff is of utmost importance. I know our teachers will provide you with all the information you need for a successful school year.


Thank you for your support of our schools.


Sara M. Missett, Ed.D.

Director of Elementary and Gifted Education

Spellman Administration Building

484-266-1009

September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary Families,


Because we are expecting such heavy rains today, the school district is asking elementary schools to prepare early parent pick ups. We'll begin parent pick up today around 3:20. Please don't arrive too much earlier than that.


IMPORTANT: We are making one other adjustment to help the flow of traffic on Aram. So far, we've had pick up parents come up the driveway and make a left into the "circle" at the end of the day. Today, we are going to have you come around to the front of the building (at the main entrance).


Do not make the sharp left to come into the circle, as you've been doing. Keep going and follow the driveway around to the front of the building. I'll have cones out there too. When you pull around to the front, please pull all the way up to the next cone so we can fit as many cars as possible. And PLEASE have a visible sign in your window with your child's first and last name in big letters. It really helps.


Bus dismissal time/procedure is unchanged.


On any given day, if you are changing plans for the end of the day, please make sure your child is as clear as possible about those plans and email your child's teacher.


Thanks for your patience this week. Following Monday's pick up, we made an adjustment for Tuesday that separated our buses from the parent line and that really seemed to help on Tuesday. We'll continue to monitor and adjust as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me directly and I'll try to help: krfagan@wcasd.net.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

August 31, 2021 Email

August 31, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Overall, our first day of school was a big success, and we’ll try to do it again today!

As expected, there are some logistical things we need to work out. Opening a brand-new building with so many moving parts presents challenges, for sure. Specifically, we need to make some adjustments to lunch time and pick up at the end of the day. We are implementing some new measures today that we think will help and we’ll evaluate those issues continually. It'll take a little time. Each school building and campus is unique and we are working to do what’s best at Greystone. Thank you for your patience on this!


Back to School Night is this week. We kick it off tonight with Kindergarten and First grade and we are looking forward to it. Here’s the schedule for the week:

  • Tuesday, August 31 7:00-8:00 PM Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Wednesday, September 1 7:00-8:00 PM Second and Third Grade
  • Thursday, September 2 7:00-8:00 PM Fourth and Fifth Grade


We’ll conclude each evening at 8:00 PM sharp. Per the communication that went out from Dr. Missett’s office a couple of weeks ago, one parent is invited to attend these evening meetings for each classroom, and all guests must wear a face covering.


For further information about the WCASD Heath and Safety Plan: https://www.wcasd.net/Page/13452.

Our classroom teachers look forward to seeing you tonight to talk about their plans for the school year. BTSN does not lend itself well to one-on-one meetings or to discussing individual issues/concerns. If that’s the case, you are better off scheduling a separate time to talk with your child’s teacher. See you soon.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


Here are a few quick notes about the end-of-the school day procedures:


1. Non-bus students: Our student school day officially ends at 3:40, but internally, we'll start getting students where they need to be a little earlier than that. Non-bus students will be called from class to the large group room, where staff will supervise and dismiss students appropriately when their ride arrives. Specifically, staff outside the building will radio to staff inside the building, letting them know which parents are here for pick-up. This is where those signs with your child's name and grade, clearly displayed in the vehicle window would really help us out.


2. When can parents begin coming to campus for pick-up? Our school day ends at 3:40, so you'll want to be there before that. If you come early, there will be a line up the driveway, just remember to keep the opposite lane clear, as we'll have buses and other traffic. The pick-up route is the same as the morning drop-off route, in case you watched the video I sent last week. Unless medically necessary (or walking your child home), parents will not come into the building to pick up students. They'll come to you!


3. Bus students: Students taking the bus home will remain in the classroom when the non-bus students are called to the large group room. We'll use the pa system to announce when buses are ready for students. In case you have not already done so, please be sure to complete the Google Form your child's teacher sent on Thursday. Having that information about end-of-day plans is very helpful. I sent a note yesterday informing families that we are anticipating some busing delays this week.


4. Walker/bikers: If you are going to allow your student to walk or bike home, please indicate that on the Google Form from your teacher, and it might also be a good idea to send your child's teacher a quick email to that effect, just so we are as clear as possible.


5. Child going to be late or absent? Let us know at 484-266-2310.


These are the procedures for now and we feel good about them, but as time goes on, we may refine them to further improve efficiency. I'll keep you posted.


Sincerely,
Kevin Fagan

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021


Good Morning Greystone ES Families!


It's almost time! I put this 7 minute video together that touches on some items you might find helpful, especially for Monday and the coming week: https://www.loom.com/share/f31c9485d8764abea4b08d5b70491376?sharedAppSource=personal_library


Here's the 90 second video I sent last week that describes morning drop off: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kLrtLLAvb10isB7lDf3a-QRvPwuOk1fi/view?usp=sharing


Link to our newsletter. I try to post all of my emails to this letter as a backup in case you need to locate something I sent: https://www.smore.com/jasvz


Twitter: @GreystoneES.


The staff at Greystone cannot wait to see all of our Grizzlies on Monday!


Best,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

August 26, 2021

Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Here are a few items I think you’ll find helpful.


Kindergarten Orientation Today between 1:00 and 3:00 PM: Our kindergarten families are invited to stop by today for a visit sometime between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Our Kindergarten teachers will be here to meet you, show you the classrooms and answer any questions. Our PTO will also be here and is arranging for cool treats and fun for kids out front. If you can't make it today, Kindergarten families, don't stress, Back to School Night is this coming Tuesday at 7:00 PM.


Tour of Greystone: This evening, we are hosting an informal, self-guided tour of Greystone from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. You may bring your family if you like. By this time, you should have your child’s teacher assignment via Parent Portal. If you are having any Parent Portal issues, please contact: ParentPortal_Support@wcasd.k12.pa.us. We can share teacher room locations with you when you arrive tonight.


Staff are not expected to attend this informal tour, but you will see them next week at Open House (Back to School Night). We are not opening all of our classrooms because doing so would mean that our custodial crew would then need to clean and sanitize all spaces prior to Monday and I don't want to burden them with that. They've been working really hard getting the building in order, and doing a fantastic job. Instead, we will have a classroom for each grade level open, plus the art room, library, and large group room. The goal is to give you a feel for the layout and the space, and I think we can do that in a 20-30 minute visit. I think you'll leave tonight feeling very comfortable with the building. All guests need to wear a face mask, please. I look forward to seeing you tonight.


Recess: We plan to take the kids out for recess after lunch next week, weather permitting. There’s no shade in the playground area, so parents might want to consider sunscreen and hats for the students.


Open House (Back to School Night) is next week. Each evening will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. This event is intended for parents/guardians only, and as you saw in Dr. Missett’s email the other day, one parent may attend. All guests need to wear a face mask, please. This evening is intended for parents to meet their child’s teacher and hear about the goals of the class and get general information, and does not lend itself well to individual meetings with teachers. Parents who have particular items they need to discuss with the teacher are encouraged to make direct contact and set up a time to talk. Here’s the schedule:


  • Tuesday, August 31: Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Wednesday, September 1: Second and Third Grade
  • Thursday, September 2: Fourth and Fifth Grade

FAQ: If you haven’t had a chance to check out the FAQs I’ve sent a couple of times, you may find them helpful. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EW3IAEoyYn_KYkmRN_8Zrw-JhZQSoJ6Vd-rmm0wXVUY/edit?usp=sharing.


That's it for today. See you soon!

Kevin Fagan, Principal

August 24 Letter From Dr. Missett about Open House

Tuesday, August 24, 2021


Dear West Chester Area School District Families,

I am writing to inform you about the precautions the District is taking for our Parent Open House Nights in August and September. To reduce the number of visitors in our elementary schools on the designated night and time, we ask that only one adult family member attend their child's Open House Night.


Teachers have designed their classrooms to maintain social distancing at three feet when possible. We invite you to sit at your child's desk or sitting area. Please remember that masks are required in all of our school buildings.


Your child's classroom teacher will also use Zoom during Parent Open House Nights to connect with additional family members who wish to view their presentation remotely. Teachers will send out Zoom links prior to Open House Nights.


Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. On behalf of the West Chester Area School District, I wish you a successful school year.


Sincerely,

Sara M. Missett, Ed.D.

Director of Elementary and Gifted Education


Open House Nights 2021

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

2nd and 3rd Grades: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

4th and 5th Grades: Thursday, September 2, 2021

6th Grade: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

7th and 8thGrades: Thursday, September 9, 2021

9th through 12th Grades: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

** Your child’s teacher will communicate the time and zoom information **

August 24, 2021 Email From Dr. Fagan

August 24, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


Here are some updates for the week:


Parent Portal access: This afternoon the Technology Department will contact the newly (and fully) registered families with access information. Teacher assignments should be there. Bus assignments will be finalized Thursday afternoon. Families that have not fully completed the registration process may not see this information displayed.


Newly-added Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes: As I mentioned in my communication last week, our enrollment increased to the point where we met the threshold to add another Kindergarten and First grade class. We are in the midst of filling those positions with quality teachers ASAP. Thanks for your patience on this. It was a circumstance that only just arose late last week.


Tour on Thursday evening: We are scheduled for our final inspection on Wednesday afternoon and anticipate passing and attaining our Use and Occupancy Certificate. With that in mind, I’m happy to invite our families to come to Greystone Thursday evening between 6:00 and 7:30 PM for a brief, self-guided tour of the building. You can locate your child’s classroom and have a look around. Staff is not expected to be here that evening, but they look forward to meeting you the following week at Open House. Anyone visiting the building Thursday evening is required to wear a face mask. In the off chance we cannot host a tour, I'll let everyone know. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you Thursday.


FAQ Document: In case you did not get a chance to access this before, it should answer a lot of your questions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EW3IAEoyYn_KYkmRN_8Zrw-JhZQSoJ6Vd-rmm0wXVUY/edit?usp=sharing.


Parent drop off: I put together a (quick and amateur) video intended to help those parents planning on dropping off their students. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kLrtLLAvb10isB7lDf3a-QRvPwuOk1fi/view?usp=sharing.


We need to keep the following in mind for morning drop off:

  1. Drop off opens at 8:30 and closes at 9:00.
  2. After 9:00, all students will need to enter through the front door.
  3. Parents will not be escorting students into the building. Staff will be there to greet students and get them where they need to be.
  4. Posting a visible sign in the window with your child’s name and grade is a big help to us.
  5. We need to be careful to stay in the right lane of the driveway, as we’ll have cars and buses coming through the left lane.


Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for this Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. This informal visit is intended to give our Kindergarten families a chance to meet the teacher and ask any questions that might be on your mind. If you are available, feel free to stop by for a brief visit during that two-hour window of time (you do not need to be here for the whole two hours). The PTO will be hosting a Kindergarten Social during the orientation, outside and to front right of the building. Stop by and socialize with other Kindergarten families. They will be handing out swag bags filled with donations from local businesses and organizations. First come, first serve while supplies last! All guests will need to wear a face mask.


Teachers contacting you this week: Teachers will reach out to you by Thursday afternoon with an introductory letter. The letter will include (a) a list of which school supplies need to come to school on the first day, (b) contact information, and (c) a link that we are asking parents to complete indicating your pick-up plans for the end of the school day. Thanks for your help with that!


From our Nurse: If your child has a medical condition we need to know about, please contact the school nurse. If your child has an emergency medication or a daily medication that is given during the school day, please drop it off ASAP in the original container with the doctor’s order and forms completed. All pertinent information regarding medication in school can be found here: https://www.wcasd.net/Page/6878. Parents may email the school nurse directly at jmcculloch@wcasd.net with any questions.


School Apparel: Our School apparel store is open again. Orders can be placed till September 8 and sizing up one size might be a good idea. Orders take about 2.5 weeks to deliver. https://tuttlemarketing.com/store/products/greystone-elementary-1642.


That’s it for today. Thanks for your time,

Kevin Fagan

August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021


Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Parent portal is now open for families of students who were enrolled at WCASD last year. This would include, for example, a second grader who attended Fern Hill Elementary last year and is at Greystone this year.


Parent portal may not yet be populated for newly-registered students. This includes our Kindergarten families, and it also means that for those families with say, a third grader and a Kindergarten student, information for the third grader is view-able, but not for the Kindergartener.


Updating parent portal is a multi-faceted task and we are working through it. We anticipate that all of our families will have access and the ability to view information in parent portal within the next 24 to 48 hours. Thank you for your patience on this.


Kevin Fagan, Principal

August 20, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families,


We are in the process of uploading teacher assignments to Parent Portal.


A great deal of time and effort were put into building the classes, including consulting with our colleagues at FHE and MCH regarding students who came to us from one of those schools. All of our teachers are excited to work with your children! Staff officially return to work on Monday, though most have been in school during these past two weeks getting prepared.


If you are having any issues accessing Parent Portal, please contact them directly at ParentPortal_Support@wcasd.k12.pa.us. It’s my understanding that bus assignments are still being finalized, so if you don’t see them today, you will soon.


Early this coming week, I’ll send an update about our informal tour planned for Thursday evening.


Have a good weekend, Kevin Fagan

August 19, 2021 email from Dr. Fagan

August 19, 2021


Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary School Families!


I have several items for you today, and the first one I’m sharing on behalf of the PTO. They are hosting a “Chalk the Lot” event here in the staff parking area (left side of the building) this Sunday, August 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Kona Ice will be on site for a cool refreshing treat! A percentage of proceeds will benefit the school. Their goal is to create inspiring messages to welcome our staff back on Monday, August 23 for in-service. They’d love for you to join them!


Parent portal: We are finalizing teacher assignments and anticipate sharing them soon via parent portal. As you might recall from my email last week, families that have been in the district and are coming to Greystone from one of our sister schools already have access to parent portal to see bus assignments. New families will soon have access too. Our data processing department is working to get this set up (we had been awaiting information from Pennsylvania Department of Education).


Teacher Assignments: I know you’re anxious for your child’s teacher assignment. We are almost there! In the past week, our enrollment has increased. In fact, enrollment in Kindergarten and First grade have increased to the point where we’ve met the threshold to add another section of each. This is great news because it means that we’ll be in position to have smaller classes than we otherwise would have had. Obviously, it also means we’ll be bringing in a new teacher, and that process is underway. I’m sharing this because inevitably some of our Kindergarten and First Grade parents will see the teacher assignment as “Staff” until we identify that teacher. We are working diligently to get a teacher in place ASAP. Our Kindergarten and First Grade teachers will work together to make sure our bases are covered, and I will keep families updated.


FAQ Document: I promised a quick resource for families that focused on some of the more frequent questions I’m getting, so here it is! GES FAQ August 2021. If I missed anything, feel free to reach out to me via email: krfagan@wcasd.net.


How parents can help with drop off and pick-up

  • Students may be dropped off as early as 8:30. Please don’t drop off students earlier than that.
  • There is one driveway to campus, so we have to be careful not to block traffic and we need to enable buses to get to and from school.
  • Having a visible sign in your car window that clearly indicates your child’s first and last name and grade will really help for both the morning and afternoon.
  • School lets out at 3:40. For those parents picking up, please be sure not to block the driveway so that traffic can get to and from school.

What to expect next week:


  • One more video from me about final back-to-school items
  • A video illustrating morning drop-off


Thanks for your time,

Kevin Fagan

Do you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader interested in playing basketball?

Please see the attached brochure for our NEW WCASD Boys Basketball League (WEST CHESTER NATION). The purpose of this fall basketball league is to give our students more opportunities to play. This league will be run by our WCASD coaching staff and student players. The high school students will coach, referee, and run the clocks at these games.

This is a great way to unify and connect our students across the many schools, and learn some basketball! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uAhJYSX7GUoTs53q0azbsFLKBKjrCl85/view?usp=sharing.

Sign up with Rite Aide RXfundraising and benefit Greystone Elementary School

Signing up takes just a couple of minutes and Greystone will benefit. Here's the link in case you are interested: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/QavqC2korjIk56Ari1SWMk?domain=app.salesforceiq.com.

Email from August 16, 2021

August 16, 2021


Good Evening Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope you are doing well. I have a few updates for you tonight:


1. The votes are in and thank you to the more than 300 students who voted. We are now officially the Greystone Grizzlies!


2. I had communicated a couple of weeks ago that we were awaiting a designated school ID number from the PA Department of Education, and we received that a few days ago. The data processing department is busily preparing our system, including Parent Portal. I am expecting that within the next week, we will be able to share teacher assignments and bus assignments.


3. Greystone is scheduled for township inspection on August 25th. We are anticipating passing that inspection, and as such, I'd like to invite our families to an informal, self-guided tour of the building on the evening of August 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. You can feel free to drop in for a 20 or 30 minute visit during that time frame. I'll be here and may have a few staff members with me, along with members of our PTO. By that time, you'd have teacher assignments and could locate your child's classroom, just get a feel for the building. Hopefully, you've found my videos helpful, but I promise it's even better in person! And of course we have Open House the following week, in case you can't make it on the 26th.


4. Later this week, I aim to share with you an updated FAQ document, based on things that I anticipate you might be wondering about and things that some parents have asked. I hope that you find it helpful, but if you are wondering about anything particular, please don't hesitate to reach out at krfagan@wcasd.net.


5. Prior to the start of school, I'll do another video update specifically geared toward student drop-off and pick-up so that everyone is comfortable with those procedures.


I feel very good about how things are coming together for Greystone. As a staff, our focus for the first two weeks will be familiarizing our students with the building and its procedures and making sure they feel safe and supported. Next week, our staff will be spending considerable time ensuring we are on the same page so that we can deliver on that goal. We can't wait to welcome our 500 new Grizzlies!


Thanks for all of your patience this summer.

See you soon,

Kevin Fagan

August 16th email about Kindergarten Orientation

August 16, 2021


Dear Greystone Elementary School Kindergarten Families,


I'm hopeful that within the next week, we'll be in a position to share your child's teacher assignment. I know you are anxious to learn that information and see the classroom. To that end, I'd like to invite you to attend an informal orientation on Thursday, August 26th between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Families can simply stop into school sometime during that window of time, see their child’s classroom, meet their teacher, and get information about the class. This might be just a 20 to 30 minute visit. Parents should accompany their child for the duration. Our PTO will be on hand as well to provide information and support.


If you are not able to make it on the 26th, don’t worry. There will be another opportunity to meet your child’s teacher during Open House, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 PM.


See you soon,


Kevin Fagan, Principal

Letter from Assistant Superintendent about Updated Health Guidelines

Dear WCASD Families,


I hope you and your families are enjoying a happy and restful summer. The district has been very busy preparing for the upcoming school year and we are excited to welcome students back to school on Monday, August 30th.


I am writing to inform you that the administration will be recommending to our School Board that the district follow guidelines for masking that will be dependent upon transmission levels in Chester County. We are now hovering just below the “substantial” level in Chester County. Please access the Chester County Health Department Weekly Data Report to review the most recent information.


This plan will serve to keep our students safe and greatly limit having to quarantine students in close contact situations. I certainly recognize there are concerns about students wearing masks, but if we elect not to mask during elevated transmission levels, we will undoubtedly jeopardize in-person instruction.


Chester County Health Department updates county transmission levels each Friday, and we will communicate with our families at that time about whether masks will be required for the following week.


In addition to these masking guidelines, we will also update our Health and Safety Plan to include the following mitigation strategies:


  • 3 feet of social distancing will be maintained to the extent possible in classrooms and in lunchrooms.
  • On-site COVID testing will be available for symptomatic students and teachers. (Students will not be tested without parent permission.)
  • Per the Chester County Health Department, Contact tracing is still required in the event of a positive case, with the following exceptions:

· Proof of vaccination

OR

· If both the infected student and the close contact(s) were wearing masks.

We will continue with mitigation efforts including increased sanitation, handwashing before lunches, etc. All updates to our plan will be communicated throughout the school year, as it is likely our health and safety plan will be fluid and continue to evolve. We are extremely hopeful that we can offer full, in-person instruction throughout the entire school year. Thank you for your patience and support as we work to safely welcome WCASD students for the start of the 2021-22 school year. If you would like to consider a full-time Cyber Program option we are accepting enrollment through August 24th. Please email WCCyber@wcasd.k12.pa.us for more information about the K-12 West Chester Cyber Program.


I will officially begin as Superintendent in the West Chester Area School District on August 14th. I’m very much looking forward to working with our students, staff, and parents this school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Bob Sokolowski
Assistant Superintendent

August 10, 2021 email to GES Families

Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


I’m writing with a few updates for you today:


  1. A couple of weeks ago, the school district sent a communication to families district-wide about Parent Portal and accessing that system for student information, such as teacher assignment. I sent a follow up email clarifying that until we at Greystone receive an official school ID number from the PA Department of Education (PDE), we cannot complete our system set up. As I write this, we are still awaiting that ID number from PDE. I know you are anxious to get teacher assignments and bus assignments. We are hopeful that we'll be in a position to share those soon, perhaps as early as next week. It’ll all work out. Thanks for your patience on this.
  2. Here is the latest video installment of our progress at Greystone. Our school is looking great!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYVweZuYO7o
  3. Check out our newsletter, which I update every week or so. Among other things, it includes helpful information from our PTO, including two events that are coming up in August. https://www.smore.com/jasvz
  4. As the first day of school approaches, I’ll send a video and some information about student drop off and pick up.
  5. School supplies: Our school supplies list is on hour homepage, https://www.wcasd.net/Domain/6353. Our PTO has worked to make ordering easy and you can order directly through them if you like. It’s up to you! https://greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com/
    1. What else might you need for your student? Backpack, refillable water bottle, snack, lunch, but the cafeteria will be providing free lunch for any and all students. Also, it might be good for students to wear sneakers to school, safer for recess!
  6. Here again are some important upcoming dates:
    1. Week of August 23: Staff in-service week
    2. Monday, August 30: First student day! Drop off may begin at 8:30. The student day concludes at 3:40 PM.
    3. Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 PM: Parent Open House for Kindergarten and First grade
    4. Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM: Parent Open House for Grades 2 and 3
    5. Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 PM: Parent Open House for Grades 4 and 5
    6. Monday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 7: No School for Students.


I'll be sure to keep our families posted as we approach the school year. I look forward to seeing you in person very soon.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

Dr. Fagan's email from August 6, 2021

August 6, 2021


Good Morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Our newsletter has been updated: https://www.smore.com/jasvz.

I'll have additional updates for you next week, including a video installment highlighting recent progress at our school and information about school opening.


I'm sharing the following message on behalf of our PTO, and the August meeting minutes and budget report can be found in our newsletter (see link above):


Hello Everyone,


Thank you to everyone that joined our call last night! I appreciate everyone’s patience with my technical difficulties. As promised with the notes, I have included the treasurers report, our approved budget for 2021-2022, and the rendering of the pieces we are purchasing for the playground this Fall.


It’s going to be an amazing year! Please email any budget questions to greystoneptotreasurer@gmail.com and any general questions to greystonepto@gmail.com.

Also checkout our amazing website at:

https://greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com/


To see out calendar of events, committee descriptions, volunteer opportunities, and much more!


Kind regards,

The Greystone PTO

July 27 note about sneak-a-peek

July 27, 2021

Dear Greystone Elementary School Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family well and enjoying the last weeks of summer.

I am writing to let you know that the school district will not be holding Sneak-A-Peek in our elementary schools this year due to pandemic safety concerns. If you’ve attended Sneak-A-Peek in the past, you know that it can be a very busy and crowded time, as both parents and students come into our schools to see their classrooms (and often meet their teachers) for the coming school year.

At Greystone, our situation is unique among the district’s elementary schools. As I’ve mentioned previously, we cannot host staff or families here until we receive state and township certification, which we anticipate in August. My goal over the past several months has been to offer tours for all of our families, but at this point, it’s looking more and more likely that families will have to wait to see our building till Open House (see schedule below), as our construction crews work diligently to get the school ready in time for staff and students. If this circumstance should change and we are allotted more time for tours, I’ll be sure to communicate that information with you. Our staff is eagerly awaiting your child on the first day of school and will do all they can to make each student feel comfortable in the classroom.

Please hold the following dates for parent Open House

  • Tuesday, August 31st: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Open House at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 1st: 2nd and 3rd Grade Open House at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 2nd: 4th and 5th Grade Open House at 7:00 pm

Thank you and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly,

Kevin Fagan

Principal

Summer Social hosted by our PTO

July 27, 2021


Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


I'm sharing the following on behalf of our PTO, which is hosting a Summer Social for our Greystone Elementary School families on Saturday, August 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at ACAC. This will be a great opportunity for our families to connect and I'm looking forward to seeing you in person! For planning purposes, families planning to attend will need to pre-register by August 1st.


Summer Social event flier: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xtjkerGDcO1DeTkthOMetim5GYYkKugv/view?usp=sharing


To register for the event, please access this link (by August 1): https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/j9gPC0Rmp5U2XOK5uwNkyK?domain=greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com/


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan

Dr. Fagan's email from July 20th, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary Families,


I hope your week is off to a great start! I am following up on my email from last Friday, and I have two items for you today:


  1. If your student has not yet had a chance to vote on our school mascot, please click here to vote. This link will close on Monday, July 26.
  2. Please read Dr. Scanlon's letter regarding the playground at Greystone.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

Greystone ES Playground 72021.pdf

Connect with our PTO

At Greystone ES, we have a wonderful and very supportive PTO. To connect directly with them, access this link: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/LGEmCkRlKGUnMj4YH2C0aF?domain=greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com.

Dr. Fagan's Email July 20, 2021

Good Afternoon Greystone Elementary Families,


I hope your week is off to a great start! I am following up on my email from last Friday, and I have two items for you today:


  1. If your student has not yet had a chance to vote on our school mascot, please click here to vote. This link will close on Monday, July 26.
  2. Please read Dr. Scanlon's letter regarding the playground at Greystone.


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

Greystone ES Playground 72021.pdf

Dr. Fagan's email from July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021


Greetings Greystone Elementary School Families,


I hope this email finds you well! I have a few items for you today

1. Here is the sixth and final video tour of our school. There's an important message at the end! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7soV1S1pGgA.


2. I'd like student input on our school mascot. If you watch the video I sent, you'll have more context for this: https://forms.gle/8g3WS7aUqRecw2GF8.


3. Construction at Greystone ES is basically on track, and I am still hopeful that in August, we'll be able to host tours of the building. I'll keep you posted.


4. Here are some dates you might want to take note of for your planning purposes:


First day of school: Monday, August 30

Open House dates. Open House will take place in the evening. I'll share more info as the dates draw nearer:

Kindergarten and Grade 1: Tuesday, August 31

Grades 2 and 3: Wednesday, September 1

Grades 4 and 5: Thursday, September 2


The first week of school is a full five days. There is no school for students September 6th, 7th, and 16th.


Please reach out if you have any questions.


Best, Kevin Fagan

Dr. Fagan's email June 11, 2021

(1) First, a message from our PTO about The Power of Play campaign we are launching:


Dear Greystone Families,

Ask any child what their favorite part of school is, and they are likely to say, “Recess!”


As we all come together and eagerly await the opening of the brand new Greystone Elementary School (GES) this fall, one of the primary areas of focus is the playground. As many of you already know, in our school district, the PTO is largely responsible for raising funds for the playground area.


The GES Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is proud to announce our multi-phase fund raising campaign, “The Power of Play.” We invite you to join us to reach our goal of $150,000 to cover the cost of playground equipment and installation.


We enter this campaign with the support of Greystone’s principal, Dr. Kevin Fagan, and the WCASD administration. Studies have shown that outdoor play has a significant positive impact on students by reducing anxiety, regulating moods, and improving focus. This fall, GES will welcome over 460 students and will host the district’s Emotional and Autistic Support programs. The year after next, we anticipate a student population of about 600. Our playground will be inclusive so that children of all abilities can experience the power of play! Lots of students and families will benefit from a fun, safe, inclusive playground.


Together with Dr. Fagan, we've created a three-year development plan, with year one targeted for this fall. If you are interested in seeing a rendering of what we envision for the playground area, access this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J2UBKX9mpICEKumTIpmo4y8sP9xduq9A/view?usp=sharing.


The West Chester community is strong, our Greystone ES Community is strong, and we thank you in advance for your consideration and support of this important project for our children at GES. Let’s come together and make the “Power of Play” a success!


Please visit greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com/playground for more information and donate today!

Sincerely,

Kate Cipriano and Kristen Buckler

Co-Chairs of the Power of Play Playground Campaign


I want to offer my sincere thanks to Kate, Kristen and the rest of the PTO for their dedication to this project thus far. And thank you to anyone willing to contribute! Your commitment to our school is much-appreciated! --K. Fagan


(2) Membership toolkit: Our NEW WEBSITE is up and running! Visit to see everything our PTO has to offer this year. Easily register your family with an existing Membership Toolkit account or create a new account if you haven’t had one in the past. By registering now, the PTO will be able to contact you over the summer about Greystone news and events! https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/LGEmCkRlKGUnMj4YH2C0aF?domain=greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com.

On our site, you can see upcoming calendar events, buy spirit wear, sign up to volunteer, receive important communications from the PTO and much, much more.

Thanks and let us know if you have any questions, GES PTO: http://greystonepto@gmail.com.


(3) Staying in touch this summer: I'll keep our families posted with developments at Greystone. As I write this, we are anticipating opening on time and welcoming more than 460 pupils in late August. I hope that you and your families have a terrific summer! I can't wait to see everyone soon!


Sincerely,

Kevin Fagan, Principal

iPads over the summer

All elementary students have the opportunity to take their devices home over the summer. Here are some key points:

  • Your child is able to take his or her iPad home this summer.
  • Please use the charger that was already issued during first iPad distribution.
  • District Tech Support is available over the summer. If you have any questions, please click this link https://www.wcasd.net/Page/13033 to locate the correct support email address.
  • You will be required to bring your iPad and charger back on the first day school for the 2021-2022 school year.
If you are transferring to another district, please coordinate with the building to return both the iPad and the iPad charger.

Greystone Staff Visits the Building for the First Time!

On Tuesday, May 18, the newly-assembled Greystone Elementary Staff had the opportunity to visit the site together for the first time. We had a tour of the building and took a quick pic together. The staff at Greystone is unique, consisting of staff from all 16 schools in our district. That construct was intentional, and their experience and perspective will be an asset for our students. We are very excited to kick off our first school year in August!
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How do parents register for school at Greystone?

If you already live in the WCASD School District, you know that last year we went through a redistricting process that will take effect for the start of the 2021-2022 School year. To learn more about the redistricting process and whether your family is impacted, click here: https://www.wcasd.net/domain/1056.


Families new to Greystone Elementary may have questions about how to register a child for school. Here are some steps for you:

1. Visit the WCASD homepage and access "Register a new student." https://www.wcasd.net/Page/12419.

2. Contact Ms. Hilda Matos at hmatosperez@wcasd.k12.pa.us and she will guide you through the registration process.

3. Part of the registration process for incoming Kindergarteners consists of a screening assessment. In April, we will provide instructions for our families on completing this final step.

Summer learning opportunities for students

Wondering what summer learning opportunities the district plans to offer this year? Check out this flier to learn more. https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/7Ke6ClYmLJso2NrAuGbtLf?domain=track.spe.schoolmessenger.com.
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From our GES PTO

PTO-Sponsored Chalk the Lot Event

Let’s welcome our teachers and staff to our new school!! Please join us this Sunday, August 22nd from 2-4 at GES to Chalk the Lot! Help draw inspiring messages and pictures for our teachers to see. Kona Ice will also be onsite for a cool refreshing treat! A percentage of proceeds will benefit the school.

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Greystone Elementary School Spirit Night at Rita's, August 26

Follow up to our August 4th PTO meeting

Hello Everyone,


Thank you to everyone that joined our call last night! I appreciate everyone’s patience with my technical difficulties. As promised with the notes, I have included the treasurers report, our approved budget for 2021-2022, and the rendering of the pieces we are purchasing for the playground this Fall.


PTO Budget update: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vl6g1u8D-q2xnNMawtYf18nn_j9Adq9A/view?usp=sharing.


PTO Monthly Carryover: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gLlkIjzpMUZFx6COA-2gMfQ30FAvizWQ/view?usp=sharing.


PTO August Meeting Minutes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HBQMK8JS7oDrsg_X98MISvKwngB7bezu/view?usp=sharing


It’s going to be an amazing year! Please email any budget questions to greystoneptotreasurer@gmail.com and any general questions to greystonepto@gmail.com.


Also checkout our amazing website at:

https://greystonepto.membershiptoolkit.com/

To see out calendar of events, committee descriptions, volunteer opportunities, and much more!


Kind regards,

The Greystone PTO

Go Grizzlies!

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August 4, 2021 PTO meeting

Join us at our next GES PTO meeting in August! Be prepared and in the know for this Fall. Use the Zoom link attached.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4927104900?pwd=Y2N5SDdWdy8vTWo2TmtMRnBiQys4QT09
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GES School Supplies

We may be just settling into summer, but get your kids all set for the fall with all your school supply shopping at your finger tips.

🎉 SCHOOL TOOL BOX IS HERE! 🎉

Ordering is VERY easy - simply go to schooltoolbox.com, search for Greystone Elementary, West Chester, PA and start shopping! Choose to order the full box or just the items your child needs to be ready to get started this fall.

If you have any questions or problems, please reach out to Petra Rose at rosefamilywc@gmail.com

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GES PTO

Hello Greystone Elementary Families,


Thank you for attending last month's meeting. It was a pleasure seeing all of your faces! We look forward to embarking on our adventure at our new school with all of you. Attached are the April meeting minutes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AT196Cpt_HCzOK2AAuQEBj8Q7OuT_ZW0/view?usp=sharing


We have over 35 potential committee opportunities for you to make an impact. Please refer to the committee descriptions and sign up on the Google form today.

Committee Descriptions

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAMBxlTNtiBMyLYwVGLQLoCKz61P2yDb/view?usp=sharing


Greystone Elementary PTO Executive Board Descriptions

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-USMlX22QoNXntEkveWwnoXILBn0zt6W/view?usp=sharing


Google Committee Form:

https://forms.gle/7pUPv8HppAoSqkgc8

If you are interested in becoming a member of our board please fill out the application below. Elections will take place at our May 4th meeting.


Google Board Application Form:

https://forms.gle/urV4Md3EejTzQeXd6


Don’t forget to join our FB page!

Greystone Elementary PTO

We look forward to working with all of you!


LET’S ROCK THIS!

The Greystone PTO

GES Online Apparel Store

Interested in some GES swag? Check out our online store:https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/cerLCQW2mYF6opXwCxBNXz?domain=tuttlemarketing.com

Greystone Elementary in the news!

Greystone Elementary made the news on March 2, 2021. Check out the article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ahsxWIaum9Pm3U2ivjfl1IKJp6eEvIF-/view?usp=sharing.

GES Construction Video Archive

I'll update you once a month so that you can see the progress of our new school. The videos are arranged chronologically, with the most recent first.
WCASD - Greystone Elementary School August Update
Greystone Elementary School June-July Update
Greystone Elementary School May Update
Greystone Elementary School April Update
WCASD - Greystone March Construction Update
Welcome to Greystone Elementary School!
WCASD - Greystone Elementary School February Update

August 26, 2021

Good morning Greystone Elementary School Families,


Here are a few items I think you’ll find helpful.


Kindergarten Orientation Today between 1:00 and 3:00 PM: Our kindergarten families are invited to stop by today for a visit sometime between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Our Kindergarten teachers will be here to meet you, show you the classrooms and answer any questions. Our PTO will also be here and is arranging for cool treats and fun for kids out front. If you can't make it today, Kindergarten families, don't stress, Back to School Night is this coming Tuesday at 7:00 PM.


Tour of Greystone: This evening, we are hosting an informal, self-guided tour of Greystone from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. You may bring your family if you like. By this time, you should have your child’s teacher assignment via Parent Portal. If you are having any Parent Portal issues, please contact: ParentPortal_Support@wcasd.k12.pa.us. We can share teacher room locations with you when you arrive tonight.


Staff are not expected to attend this informal tour, but you will see them next week at Open House (Back to School Night). We are not opening all of our classrooms because doing so would mean that our custodial crew would then need to clean and sanitize all spaces prior to Monday and I don't want to burden them with that. They've been working really hard getting the building in order, and doing a fantastic job. Instead, we will have a classroom for each grade level open, plus the art room, library, and large group room. The goal is to give you a feel for the layout and the space, and I think we can do that in a 20-30 minute visit. I think you'll leave tonight feeling very comfortable with the building. All guests need to wear a face mask, please. I look forward to seeing you tonight.


Recess: We plan to take the kids out for recess after lunch next week, weather permitting. There’s no shade in the playground area, so parents might want to consider sunscreen and hats for the students.


Open House (Back to School Night) is next week. Each evening will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. This event is intended for parents/guardians only, and as you saw in Dr. Missett’s email the other day, one parent may attend. All guests need to wear a face mask, please. This evening is intended for parents to meet their child’s teacher and hear about the goals of the class and get general information, and does not lend itself well to individual meetings with teachers. Parents who have particular items they need to discuss with the teacher are encouraged to make direct contact and set up a time to talk. Here’s the schedule:


  • Tuesday, August 31: Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Wednesday, September 1: Second and Third Grade
  • Thursday, September 2: Fourth and Fifth Grade


FAQ: If you haven’t had a chance to check out the FAQs I’ve sent a couple of times, you may find them helpful. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EW3IAEoyYn_KYkmRN_8Zrw-JhZQSoJ6Vd-rmm0wXVUY/edit?usp=sharing.


That's it for today. See you soon!

Kevin Fagan, Principal

Softball Clinic Hosted by Henderson HS