Greystone Elementary News
Keeping our school community informed about GES!
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.
February 15, 2024
Good afternoon GES families,
Well, the groundhog got it wrong again! Raise your hand if you’re ready for spring! It’ll get here, for sure, but first we have to get through the longest, shortest month of the year. As we all know, this can be a challenging time for students. The cold, dark days can take a toll on our moods, especially when we are young, and that can lead to moodiness and irritability, poor decisions. This is the time that schools determine to “hold tight” and keep the train on the tracks toward spring. We’ll get there …
Student illness: As we all know, there is a lot going around. We are sending multiple kids home every day, but if they come into school sick, they’ve spread their germs to others. Parents, please help by keeping the kids home when they are sick and contagious. Student and staff absences due to illness have been very high recently and we must work together. If your child has had a fever or thrown up/diarrhea in the prior 24 hours, they should not come to school, even with medicine. Families have 10 parent note absences to use and unlimited doctors' notes. You can simply email Jackie Mangasarian.
School Apparel: The school store is open again. Here’s the link in case you’d like to check it out.
GES Building Tour: If you know of any families planning to attend Greystone for the first time in the fall and you think they’d like to visit the building, feel free to share this link.
February Evacuation Drill: We will hold our required monthly drill tomorrow. I will address the students and staff via the pa system as usual.
For our Fifth Grade Families: There will be a Middle School 101 Zoom this coming Wednesday evening. Once I have more information, I will share it.
March parent conferences: In the coming weeks, we’ll share conference sign-up information with you.
I’m sharing here our calendar of events. I keep this updated throughout the school year.
Reminder that tomorrow is a half day with dismissal beginning at 12:05 and there is no school Monday.
January 26, 2024
Good morning GES Families,
I am reaching out today with some club and camp information. In most cases, spots fill up quickly, so if you are interested, I’d recommend not stalling.
- Upcoming Science Explores Club: Greystone Elementary Blinded By The Light.png
- President’s Day Basketball Clinic: Presidents Day Basketball 24.pdf
- March Basketball Clinics: Nation Flyer.pdf
- Non-contact June Football Camp at Henderson: 2024 Youth Camp Advertisement .pdf
January 9, 2024
Good morning GES Families,
Looks like we are in for some serious rain and wind today. As I write this, the rain has begun and we are holding recess inside. Our Transportation Department is watching the weather closely, as it could impact the afternoon commute.
MLK Day is coming up Monday and in the spirit of Dr. King, we are holding a clothing drive, aimed at benefiting local families. I’m including a flier here with details. GES Clothing Drive.pdf
Our First Bingo Night is coming up next week, and I hope to see our families there. You’ll need to register. I’m looking forward to serving as emcee for the first session! GES 2024 Bingo Flyer.pdf
We’ll hold an Eagles spirit Day this Friday (They could certainly use all the help they can get). Students and staff may wear their Eagles gear, green and white (or not – totally optional of course).
Reminder that this Friday is a full day (not a half day, as indicated on the district calendar) and there is no school Monday, January 15.
Stay safe in this pending storm,
January 5, 2024
Good afternoon GES families,
I have two information items specific to 4th and 5th grade families.
Math club: Greystone’s math club is beginning on January 26th. Math club is for any 4th and 5th grade student who loves math; it will run on Friday mornings from 8:00 – 8:40, January 26th through mid-May. If your child is interested, please fill out this form by January 17th. Space is limited to 30 students. For more information, please reach out to Mrs. Bushnell (email@example.com).
Intramural Sports: If your fourth or fifth grader is interested in this round of intramural sports, here's the sign-up form.
Have a good weekend,
January 3, 2024
Good afternoon GES Families,
I have some informational items for you today.
I’m including here a flier about the district’s upcoming Kindergarten 101 event. This is a great way for families to learn about our kindergarten program for the 2024-2025 school year. Attendees need to register. To do so and to learn more about Kindergarten 101, access this site. Feel free to share this with neighbors and friends who might be interested. JPG 2024 K101 (1).jpg and JPG K101 2024 Spanish Translation (1).jpg
Please welcome our new nurse, Ms. Sarah Mattern, who most recently served at Fugett Middle School. Prior to her experience at FMS, Ms. Mattern was a nurse with the Downingtown School District, and prior to that, a registered nurse at Pennsylvania Hospital. Ms. Mattern earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing at PSU and completed her clinical hours at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and PSU. She has been with us now for a couple of weeks and has jumped right in. Ms. Mattern is thrilled to be here at GES! If you need to get in touch with her, her district email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 33 years of service to the school district, Mr. Niedziejko is retiring at the end of February. We thank Joe for his dedication to our students and wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavors, especially in his role as a new Pop Pop! I’m happy to share that coming on board as our Art teacher is Ms. Gillian Sam. Ms. Sam is a homegrown product, having lived in West Chester and attended our schools. She comes from a family of educators. Most recently, Ms. Sam has served as a building substitute in the district. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and is a practicing artist in her free time. Ms. Sam will officially join us in early March and take over for Mr. N. She is extremely excited to be at GES!
Lastly, if you have friends or neighbors who will be first-time Greystone parents next year and might like to take a tour of the building this winter, feel free to share this Google Form with them.
January 2, 2024
Happy New Year!
I sent this information previously but thought I'd send a reminder that there was a correction to the district-printed calendar, which had indicated that January 12 is half day for students. January 12 is now a full day of school for elementary school students.
The other correction is March 27, which was indicated as a half day for elementary students. March 27 is now a full day teacher in-service, no school for elementary students.
Reminder: All schools are closed on Monday, January 15.
December 22, 2023
Good afternoon GES families,
This past week was many things. We focused on learning, community building, and having fun (and food)! There was lots of energy in the building and we are ALL ready for a break! On behalf of the staff at Greystone Elementary, I'd like to wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Next time we see our students it'll be 2024 -- hard to believe how fast the years go by.
Our teachers will be stepping away from email for the duration of the break. If you are looking to give them a gift, not emailing them over the break would be a wonderful gesture! Our teachers and staff work very hard for their students and have earned some time to themselves and their loved ones.
Thanks for your support of Greystone!
December 13, 2023
Good morning GES families,
Hard to believe, but it's almost time for winter break, and we are all looking forward to it! There's lots of energy in the building right now, as students anticipate the holidays. I have a few items for you today:
1. Our winter concert is tonight at 6:30 and it promises to be great again! Mrs. Grello and Mr. Sullivan have been working very hard to put on a great show for you. Our student body will get a preview this afternoon.
2. Classroom winter parties will take place on Thursday, December 21. Our teachers are organizing these, along with homeroom parents.
3. Next Friday, December 22 is a half day for students and we'll begin dismissal at 12:05.
4. Report cards should be viewable in the Parent Portal this Friday.
5. Two district calendar changes you'll want to know: January 12 is a full day for all students, not a half day as indicated on the printed district calendar. March 27 is no school for elementary students, and not a half day as previously indicated on the district calendar.
That's it for now!