Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of April 28, 2019

Greetings from Administration

We hope you enjoyed your much deserved weekend! We are excited to welcome students back to school tomorrow, it's hard to believe we only have 6 weeks of school left (27 days!!!) While we celebrate the end of the year with various activities and events, we are keeping academics a priority. Teachers are working hard in the classroom using instructional minutes to the fullest. Ask your students what they are learning in class this week.

We had a big week of field trips. TK kiddos headed to the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek on Monday. Students explored artwork and even created their own sculptures out of clay and everyday materials. Second graders visited the Mt. Diablo Recycling Center in Pittsburg. They learned all about the process of recycling and especially loved watching the trucks dump recycle into huge mounds which will eventually be sorted and repurposed. On Friday, first graders went to the Clayton Valley Farm. Students saw chickens, bunnies and planted their own sunflower seeds. They also made memories digging for worms and riding the farm's train.

Preschoolers had a great week too! They helped Mrs. Kolano celebrate her birthday on Monday. Kids enjoyed the treats she brought to celebrate and everyone enjoyed singing Happy Birthday to her. On Friday students participated in the Frog Parade around the preschool playground. We think they were the cutest frogs in town.

Thank you parents and students for your flexibility while we make adjustments to our drop off procedures. When pulling into the bus circle between 7:30-7:53 please remember to pull around and drop students in front of the preschool. This allows 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

Photo Release Forms

Please continue returning your yellow photo release forms. We are collecting and keeping a list in the office to best support family preference. If you have questions or need a new copy, please come by the front office.

First Responders Safety Day 2019

Tuesday April 30, 10:00am-12:00pm, students will participate in Safety Day. GGES and RSP will be treated to a fire truck, K9 unit, SAR truck, police cruiser, drones and even a helicopter. Help us keep the helicopter a surprise, please do not tell your students about this part of the event. We will have a lot of emergency vehicles on campus this day, please spread the word to your neighbors and do not be alarmed. If you would like to volunteer to help escort students through the stations please sign in at the front office.

Cheryl Kolano

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary


Tomorrow we begin our second week of state testing. Please talk with your student about doing their very best work. This is an opportunity for them to show what they know. We encourage students to get a good nights sleep each night. Remind students to breath deeply and use positive self talk- "I am doing the best I can, and my best is terrific." and "I have enough time." We know they are prepared and we believe in them. GO GATORS!

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.

PBIS/Soul Shoppe at GGES

On Friday students participated in the second of four Soul Shoppe assemblies. Students gathered in the library for assembly #2 entitled " Stop and Breathe". Stop and breathe is designed to help students "tame their inner dragon". Students learned techniques to check in with themselves, ask themselves what they need and move forward appropriately. This weeks lesson was especially wonderful for our 4th graders. They had an opportunity to work through problems with peers and came to agreements everyone was happy with. We are proud of their teamwork and communication. 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

Playworks has officially started at GGES and we are loving it! Teachers learned new inclusive games and positive language to support students on the playground. We did not hesitate to begin teaching these new skills to our students. In just a couple of days, students already have a few favorite games. Our younger students love "Switch" and our older kids love a new version of tag called "Banana Tag". It was truly delightful to see our teachers teaching the new games and our students playing them all on their own! This week we continue our training sessions with Playworks,

Monday- Playworks personnel will be on campus getting to know students and staff.

Tuesday- 4th/5th grade Junior Coaches Training 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday-Friday- 30 minute Classrooms game lessons

Wednesday-Friday- Playworks on campus for all recesses

PTA Corner

GGPTA Presents 3rd Annual Gator Gala!

The Gala is THIS FRIDAY! Our PTA and volunteers have been working hard to create the best night possible for GGES/RSP family and friends. The event is sure to be a lot of fun. Come for the amazing classroom projects, auction items and socializing! To purchase ticks and access our online auction visit Gator Gala Auction

Teacher appreciation

Is celebrated May 6-10, parents will be gathering at school Sunday May 5, 9-11am to decorate campus for staff.

Robert Shearer Preschool

Extended School Year

Due to our summer roofing project, RSP will not be hosting Extended School Year. All students who are eligible to receive ESY services will attend Sequoia Elementary. Stay tuned for more information about dates and transportation.

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.

Happy Birthday Mrs. Kolano

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Looking Ahead


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 7:50-8:50am

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

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

May 27- No School

May 29- Volunteer Luncheon 12:00pm

May 28- Field Day

May 30-High 5 Party 1st-5th grade 1:00pm

May 31- 5th Grade Swim Party

May 31- End of Year Picnic 6:00-8:00pm


June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- Last Day of School- 12pm dismissal

Happenings around campus

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