Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

June 23, 2020

A Note from Ms. Koontz

Happy Summer Families,

A few exciting things are happening on campus while students are home. Tally and Bobby are hard at work cleaning and sanitizing our school to ensure students and staff return to a healthy environment. Our preschool courtyard behind rooms 5 and 6 is being resurfaced. It is gorgeous! We can't wait for student to have a safe place to play outside. Our garden is absolutely thriving. Mrs. Sheila and Mrs. Hagstrom have done a great job keeping it happy while we wait for students to return. I have also enjoyed working in the sunshine and harvesting some delicious veggies. Mrs. Kolano has been seen on campus hanging hooks outside of classrooms! By the time students arrive all classrooms, computer lab and library will have backpack hooks. HOORAY! Painting starts in July! Thank you to everyone who shared their input on color choices. The majority vote went to gray walls, white trim and Black Dahlia for the doors and support poles. It has been fun to see another summer of campus updates for our students. We are looking forward to welcoming students in some form in August.

I will continue to send out newsletters when I have new information regarding reopening in the Fall. At this time we do not have a date scheduled for Gator Day. Continue to check emails, dojo, facebook, instagram and robo calls for information.

2020-2021 Update

Below is the message posted on our district website concerning return in the Fall. For more information please click here.

The 2020-21 school year will begin on August 13th, and we look forward to reopening, with safety, community, equity, and quality instruction at the forefront of our collective minds. This web page will be our communication and participation platform for staff, students, and our community to keep up-to-date on the progress we are making in our Roadmap to Reopen. You will find that our Roadmap to Reopen is a structured timeline that revolves around our three task force groups:

1) Health and Safety Task Force
2) School Operations Task Force
3) Technology, Teaching, and Learning Task Force

The purpose of our Task Forces is to provide input to the Board of Education on multiple school reopening scenarios that comply with applicable public health orders. The Board of Education will have the final responsibility to decide how Mt. Diablo Unified Schools will reopen. Going forward, you can expect that we will continue with our Friday Letters, that we will regularly update our Roadmap to Reopen, and that we will utilize a variety of communication methods to keep you informed.

Superintendent's Friday Letter

Happy Friday! I have published our Friday Letter here.

Summer is here but so am I If I can support you in anyway- provide a listening ear, answer a question or talk to your student...please don't hesitate to call or email, I am available to you this summer.

We are in this together.



First Year Feedback Opportunities

THERE IS STILL TIME- Please help me reach 150 families!!!!

As I reflect back on my first year as principal of Gregory Gardens Elementary and Robert Shearer Preschool, I am filled with pride and excitement for all we have accomplished as a community. I set out to reestablish a unified community which supports students, families and staff. My goals were to create a safe and emotionally rich environment through PBIS principals, ensure communication was timely and effective and align site initiatives and curriculum to enhance student success. I am deeply committed to our site. Please help me improve and serve our community by completing this 10 question survey.

I will use survey responses along with my district evaluation to set leadership goals for myself and improve as the principal for our campus.

Reopening Feedback Needed

Please help MDUSD create the best scenario for returning to school in the Fall.

Robert Shearer Preschool

Please join me in welcoming Lorien Quirk our new Program Specialist overseeing the preschool program. Lorien has worked in MDUSD for 13.5 years as a behavior analyst and the Behaviorist Program Manager. She is happy to continue serving the district in her new capacity overseeing Robert Shearer Preschool and the Preschool Assessment Center. She is especially looking forward to spending more time with students.

MDUSD Takes a Stand for Black Equity

The Board of Education and Mount Diablo Unified School District leaders have collaborated to write Resolution 19/20-68 to be declared aloud at its public meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020.
In formal language, this resolution condemns violence, intolerance, and injustice, and reaffirms equity and humanity as core guiding principles for the district. We would encourage you to take the time to read this resolution to understand the district’s perspective and commitment.
English Version and Spanish Version
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2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Thank you to all of our families who called, emailed, met with me privately, and attended coffee chats and PTA meetings to share your voice and provide feedback on our GGES bell schedule. I appreciate our candid conversations and used the information along with staff conversations throughout the school year to create a schedule that would provide the highest academic support for students.

We are excited to announce our new schedule. Please note..... This schedule will apply when we return to school full time and does not reflect any Covid-19 accommodations.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

TK/K Early Friends 7:50-1:40

TK/K Late Friends 8:50-2:40

1st-3rd- 7:50-2:40

4th-5th- 7:50-2:42


TK/K All together- 7:50-12:30

1st- 5th 7:50-12:30


Food Service to Continue through Summer:

We continue to be ever so proud of our Food and Nutrition Department staff, community partners, and volunteers who are on the front lines serving meals to our families. These basic needs are so vitally important, and when our scale is now approaching close to 50,000 meals each week, it takes a tremendous amount of creativity and logistical expertise to make it happen. Our hats are off to them, and our hands are across our hearts, acknowledging and grateful for the great,

Check out how we spend our days!

Twitter - @gregory_gators, @RSP_MDUSD, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram - @gregory_gardens

Facebook- @gregory.gardens.elementary

What's Happening Around MDUSD

June 22- Board meeting via ZOOM closed session 3:30pm, open session 6:00pm

June 29- Board meeting via ZOOM

Academic Calendar (2019-20)

Academic Calendar (2020-21)

Looking Ahead

As soon as information about the 2020-2021 school year becomes available I will share it with you.

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX student issues, please contact the Title IX Compliance Officer, Michael A. Jimenez, Assistant Superintendent High School, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact the Executive Director of Personnel, Lisa Murphy Oates, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at Questions, concerns or complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact the Equity Compliance Officer, Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, by phone (925) 682-8000, or email at