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A - Accepting Responsibility is one of our 4 school-wide expectations.

With this expectation we encourage our students to take 100% responsibility for each of their actions. Whether the actions were positive, negative, accidental or purposeful we want our students to understand they are fully responsible for what choices they make during their day and for the response they choose to make after each and every action.

January 14, 2022

Potter Gray Elementary staff and families are committed to providing a caring, productive, learning environment in which all children can develop their abilities and talents to the maximum.

School Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm

STAR Leaders for December

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Calendar of Events


January 17-21

Monday 1/17

No school - Martin Luther Kind Day

Tuesday 1/18

No school for students - Teacher PD Day

Wednesday 1/19

Pouncing Panthers - 3:15-4:30pm

Community Education Enrichment Class - 6:00-7:00pm

Parks & Rec. Basketball Practice - 5:30-9:30

Thursday 1/20

Spread the Red WKU Women's Basketball Game 3rd-5th Grade - 11:00am

Academic Team Practice - 3:15-4:30pm

After School Tutoring / Open Computer Lab - 3:15-4:30pm

Friday 1/21

Christmas/Winter Parties - 1:45-2:30pm

Spread the Red @ WKU

Each year the WKU Women's Basketball team sets aside one game for the students from schools in the surrounding region to attend a day game. This years game is on Thursday, January 20th at 11:00am. All students in grades 3-5 from all BGISD elementary schools will be attending the game. Students will load buses at 10:15 on game day and will be taken to EA Diddle Arena for the game. Students will be provided with lunch while there, however students may also take money with them to buy concessions while at the game. If you have any questions about this please contact your teacher or administrator.

Jr. Beta Club State Convention

In Potter Gray's inaugural Jr. Beta Club year our students and staff sponsors rocked it out at state convention. 39 students attended this years convention and competed in 25 different competition categories. All of our students did a great job in their categories and each learned a lot about Jr. Beta, convention, and how to prepare for next years events.

Our students did a fantastic job and 5 different groups placed top 5 in the categories listed below. These students/groups have qualified for the National Jr. Beta Club Convention in Nashville, TN. We are so proud and congratulate all of these students for their accomplishments and we are proud of our students for representing theirselves and Potter Gray very well at convention.

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Good Morning Potter Gray Leaders

The following students have been selected to lead the pledge, mission, birthdays and annoucements each day during Good Morning Potter Gray.

  • Pledge - Jackson Finley
  • PAWS Mission - Julia Bond
  • Birthdays - Vivian Kilgore
  • Announcements - Emmie Coffey

WKU Super Saturdays

The Center for Gifted Studies will offer Winter Super Saturdays on February 5, 12, and 19. Super Saturdays is planned for children in grades 1-6 with a high interest in learning; and classes are located at Western Kentucky University. Registration is open at

Kid Catering

We need parent support during lunch!!! Do you have time during the school day to come spend time helping in our lunch room? You have the opportunity to volunteer during the day and help take care of our students at lunch. If you have an hour or two to help during the day, please see our sign-up form a this link:

After School Tutoring / Open Computer Lab

We have opened our Library for after school tutoring / open computer lab time. If your child needs help with their academic progress or maybe just needs a place to complete or catch up on their homework a teacher will be with them from 3:15-4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday each week. Mrs. Payne (Tuesday) and Mrs. Russell (Thursday) will be tutoring and supporting students who are in need of a little assistance with their academics. If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact the front office and ask for Mr. Brown.

Supper Meals available to all Families on Tuesday & Thursday

Because we have open tutoring/computer lab we are able to offer supper meals to our students. If you would like your child to receive a supper meal please fill out this Supper Meal Form. Meals will begin on Tuesday, November 2nd. Again, meals are available on Tuesday's & Thursday's.

Weather and Student Clothing

As the weather changes and we add layers of clothes, we would like to remind parents to put either the initials or names of their child inside each jacket, sweatshirt, hat, coat, etc. We know that students will leave clothing items around campus on a daily basis. It is a HUGE help for the staff to be able to get the clothing items back to the students in a timely manner if we know who they belong to. Thank you for your help with this!

Potter Gray & BGISD Attendance Policy

Below is an outline of our school and district's attendance policy. Instructional hours at Potter Gray are from 8:00am-3:00pm. If your child gets to school late (after 8:00am) they are considered tardy.

To excuse absences or tardies we must receive a written note (examples: doctors note, hand written parent note, or an email). Once the note is received by the front office, the attendance code is changed within Infinite Campus from an unexcused absence/tardy to an excused absence/tardy. If a child is quarantined due to Covid, once the quarantine or positive case is confirmed, those absences are automatically adjusted and do not require a written note.

At weeks end, Mr. Brown prints attendance letters and mails them to the parents of students who have either 3, 5 or 7 unexcused absences/tardies. If you receive one of these letters please communicate with the front office to provide proper paperwork for the absences on record.


  1. Death or severe illness in the student’s immediate family;
  2. Illness of the student;
  3. Documented military leave/return of a parent or guardian;
  4. Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities.


A student is allowed 5 days excused with parent notes and 7 days with doctor notes per school year. After 7 doctor notes have been used, the district medical excuse form must be submitted for excused absences and/or tardies. Parent and doctor notes must be turned in to the school within 72 hours of the student’s absence.

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM: Missing more than 10% of the school year, or 17 days, for any reason, excused or unexcused. TRUANCY: A student who has been absent or tardy without a valid excuse for three or more days is considered truant. A student reported as a truant two or more times is a habitual truant. Students reaching the status of habitual truant can expect a home visit from a school district official. Continuing absences or tardies will result in referral to the court system.

Ident-a-Kid Visitor Sign-in

We ask all adults who would like to come in to our building at any point during the day to walk their child to their rooms or eat with them in the cafeteria to sign-in using the Ident-a-Kid system in the front office. Thank you for your understanding.
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PTO Information

Click the Picture Below for the PG PTO Site

Lunch Room Volunteers

If you have time during your day to see wonderful, beautiful and hungry smiling faces at lunch then this opportunity is for you. Click the link here to sign-up to be a lunch volunteer this school year. It would be wonderful if our students could have two volunteers each day to help out during the busy lunch time.
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Potter Gray has a lot of different styles and designs of apparel for sale this year. Please click the picture above or the link here to see the styles available for purchase!

Community Events & Information (click the pictures below)

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With schools back in session, it’s more important than ever for all students to have health care

coverage. KCHIP can help. The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program provides free health insurance for anyone under 19 in low-to-moderately-low-income households. So, if your child (or a child you know) needs health care coverage, please look into KCHIP. It covers practically everything. And it’s free. To learn about qualifications and how to apply, simply go to or call (877) 524-4718.