Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of April 21, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Happy Sunday families,

Last week was wonderful! Gators enjoyed the sunshine and the rain didn't interfere with our recess and lunch schedule- which we all loved! Thank you parents and students for your flexibility while we make adjustments to our drop off procedures. When pulling into the bus circle between 7:30am-7:53am please remember to pull around and drop students in front of the preschool. This allows for multiple cars to drop students, ensuring everyone gets to class on time. As we continue to keep student safety a top priority, we are no longer using the gate leading to the 4th grade wing. Students and families are asked to use the main breezeway when arriving at school.

The bus circle should not have any cars parking or dropping students off between 8:00am-2:30pm. It must be reserved for busses only- Thank you for helping us

I popped into our preschool classrooms and loved the learning I saw. Students in K-3 were listening to a story called, Jump, Frog, Jump! Kids loved playing with the jumping frog toy which helped them strengthen their hand muscles, practice asking for a turn and waiting patiently. Next door in K-4 students were playing with puzzles, cooking in the kitchen and using communication cards. Everyone was having a great day.

Fourth graders loved their on campus field trip Walk Through California! The presentation allowed our students to actively participate in a lively retelling of California’s rich history. They participated in games, music, storytelling ,listening skills, vocabulary development, history and geography standards to help our history come alive! The program focused on major events that shaped our great state of California. Thank you to the parents who volunteered during the presentations.

We are looking forward to a great week! If we can support you in anyway, please swing by the office. Below please check out upcoming events and must know information!

Cheryl Kolano

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary


Students loved having the MUR transformed into our very own planetarium. Students were treated to a 45-minute journey through the universe. Students learned about planets, constellations, astronauts and so much more! Can you believe almost 100 4/5th graders can fit inside the dome?!?! ⭐️ Thank you PTA and Mrs. Novello for bringing this to our Gators.

School Site Council Nominations

The School Site Council (SSC) is a school community’s representative body, made up of school staff, parents/community members, and at the secondary level, students. The primary responsibility of the SSC is to participate in the development and monitoring of the LCAP (Local Control & Accountability Plan), evaluate the effectiveness of programs, monitor the use of supplemental funding available to the school, seek input from school advisory committees, and reaffirm or revise school goals.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted! The term of office will be 1 or 2, years (based on the availability of the member). If you are a parent or community member interested in sitting on the School Site Council please contact Cheryl Kolano at You may also fill out the attached nomination form and return it to the school office. Nominations are due no later than Friday April 26, 2019. Official ballots will be sent home in a few weeks.


State testing for 3rd-5th graders begins tomorrow April 22. To help prepare students for testing please encourage students to get a good nights sleep, have something to eat before school and arrive to school on time. Good Luck Gators! We believe in you. Attached please find our child's CAASPP Testing Schedule.

While our older kids are using the lab for testing, Tk-2 students will be using Chromebooks in room 29 to ensure they are able to complete their iready minutes.


We have 2 openings for Noon Supervisors!! Come join our team to help support student success during lunch. The position is 5 days a week for a total of 7.5 hours. If you are unable to commit to 5 days, please consider signing up as a Sub Supervisor. click here to see our job posting on or come into the office to fill out a paper copy!

Noon Supervisor Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 11:20-12:50

Wed 11-12:30

Volunteer Opportunities

You've heard the saying....."It takes a village to raise a child" We are looking for volunteers to support students during lunch recess. If you love basketball, have epic four square skills or just love our Gators- please swing by the office to find out how you can help! Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.

Principal Input

Assistant Superintendent Jose Espinoza will host the Principal Input Session on Thursday April 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the MUR. Parents are welcome to attend the event to provide input on next year's Principal.

PBIS/Soul Shoppe at GGES

On Friday students will participate in the second of four Soul Shoppe assemblies. Students will gather with their grade levels, teachers and a trained instructor for assembly #2 entitled " Stop and Breathe". Stop and breathe is designed to help students "tame their inner dragon". Students will learn techniques to express anger and frustration appropriately. Talk with your students about the strategies they are learning at our assemblies and how they can implement them both at school and at home.

PlayWorks- Recess Reboot

Our GGES PTA has recently voted to bring Playworks to Gregory Gardens. Playworks has a staff of experts skilled in structuring school recess to ensure all students have the tools to choose appropriate games and resolve conflicts. Our 6 week contract begins Wednesday 4/24. Company representatives will be on campus to audit our current morning and lunch recess routines. In the afternoon they will train staff, noon supervisors and parent volunteers on the programs 6 guiding principals. On Monday 4/29 Playworks coaches will be on campus to help our school incorporate play and student leadership into our day. We know this will be a wonderful addition to campus life.

GGPTA Presents 3rd Annual Gator Gala!

Purchase tickets & access our online auction at

Gator Gala Auction

Where: Zio Fraedo's

611 Gregory Lane

When: Friday, May 3rd


Silent Auction 6-8P

Funds raised from the evening will support our students.

Teacher appreciation is celebrated May 6-10, parents will be gathering at school Sunday May 5, 9-11am.

Robert Shearer Preschool

Bus Driver Appreciation

April 23rd is Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Join us in honoring our amazing District Bus Drivers. If your child rides the bus to RSPS, now is a wonderful time to show your appreciation for all their hard work.

Drop Off/ Pick Up Procedures

We need your help to reinstate best practices for preschool drop off and pick up. Parents may not park or pull into the bus circle between 8:00am-2:30pm. Parents should park in a designated parking stall and walk their student to the preschool. If your child starts at 8:30 please bring them to the playground gate where your teachers will be waiting to receive them. 10:40 students should come into the pod and enter the playground from the back double doors. Teachers will be there to greet students. At dismissal, please park and walk to meet your child outside the pod at the appropriate time. Thank you for helping us streamline our procedures. We appreciate your flexibility.

Signing Students Out Early

We understand that life happens and students may need to go home early. To keep our students and campus safe , parents please sign out your child in the office. Parents may not walk to the classroom to get their child without checking into the RSPS office first. Maureen will then work with you and your child's teacher to get you to your student. As a curtesy please let your teacher know if you need to come pick up early.

Principal Input

Assistant Superintendent Jose Espinoza will host the Principal Input Session on Thursday April 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the MUR. Parents are welcome to attend the event to provide input on next year's Principal.

Looking Ahead


April 23- Bus Driver Appreciation

April 23- TK Lesher Center Field Trip

April 23- 2nd Grade Recycling Center Field Trip

April 25- Principal Input Session- 5:30pm

April 26- Soul Shoppe Presentations

April 30- Safety Day


May 3- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 3- Gator Gala PTA Fundraiser 6:00-11:00pm

May 7- Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 6-10- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

May 10- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 14- RSP Open House 6:00-7:00pm

May 14- GGES Open House 6:30-7:30pm

May 17-Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 21- General PTA Meeting

May 22– LCAP/Speaker Series – LCAP & Budget - Dent, Board Room 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 23- Bus Driver Appreciation

May 23- Tk/Kinder Orientation 6:30-7:30pm

May 27- No School

May 29- Volunteer Luncheon 12:00pm

May 31- 5th Grade Swim Party


June 3- High 5 Assembly

June 4- Field Day

June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- Last Day of School- 12pm dismissal

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