Grey Cloud to Go:

The Week of October 19th-23rd

Important Dates:

Friday, October 23rd is an in-person day for the A Cohort. It will still be a flex day for the B cohort and Pre K!


  • October 29th: Virtual Fall Conference from 3:30 PM to 7:45 PM
  • October 30th: VLA Material Pick up form 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
  • October 30th - November 12th: Virtual Book Fair (See below.)
  • November 2nd: Virtual Fall Conference from 3:30 PM to 7: 30 PM
  • November 3rd: NO SCHOOL Election Day (Includes VLA)
  • November 10th: PTA Meeting at 4:30 PM
  • November 25th, 26th, and 27th: NO SCHOOL (Includes VLA)
  • November 30th and December 1st: School Pictures
  • December 1st: VLA Pictures from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Grey Cloud
  • December 14th and 15th: Picture Retakes at Grey Cloud
  • December 15th: VLA Retakes from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • December 23rd- January 1st: Winter Break (Includes VLA)


A and B Day Calendar: LINK


District Family Calendar: LINK


Pre K Schedule: LINK

More dates will follow, but it is safe to say that all large group events during the 2020-2021 school year will not likely be possible.

Important Specifically VLA Dates:


  • October 30th: VLA Material Pick up form 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (This include math material kits.)
  • December 1st: VLA Pictures from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Grey Cloud
  • December 15th: VLA Retakes from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at Grey Cloud

School Hours:

8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

8:20 a.m.- Supervision is available outside

8:30 a.m.-First Bell and Students Enter the Building

8:40 a.m.- Second Bell and Students Begin the Day

3:05 p.m.- First End of the Day Bell and Lines Assemble Inside

3:10 p.m.- Students Exit the School

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Grey Cloud Virtual Open House "Bitmoji-style"

Since business as usual is not the 2020 motto, our informational open house called "ThunderWONDER" is also modified. We have created a virtual experience for families to learn more about Grey Cloud. As you click within this "Bitmoji-style" presentation, you will find video, slideshows, and various documents.


Please enjoy this experience on your own schedule and choice of viewing environment!


ThunderWONDER Virtual Informational Open House Link



Sincerely,

Laura Loshek

Principal

Sign up for Beginning of the Year Conversations/ Non-traditional Fall Conferences!

Rather than traditional in person conferences, we will be having a virtual "Beginning of the Year Conversations" as a response to the pandemic. A sign up will be sent for PreK-5th grade next Tuesday. Please see the details below:


When: Thursday, October 29th and Monday, November 2nd


Where: Virtually in the teacher's Webex address that will be provided


Anticipated Format:

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction
  3. Possible Topics:
  • Social emotional check in
  • What is going well?
  • Literacy: Where are we headed next for growth?
  • Math: Where are we headed next for growth?
  • Building Independence
4. Closing



How do I Schedule a Conference? To schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please click on the following link and an e-mail will be sent to you to begin this process. https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Grey_Cloud_Elementary_School

(Please note that we ask families to work together to schedule one conference for their child unless the student is in our center-based ASD program.)



You also will have the opportunity to schedule a time with Grey Cloud Specialist Teachers and Support Staff.



What do I do if I am having Difficulty Scheduling a Conference? Please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

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Important Math Material Kits will be Coming Home:

We are thrilled that all of our students will be receiving important math material kits for use on their remote learning days. For our A and B students on the Dial or in Hybrid, the kit will be sent home early next week. For our students in VLA, these kits will be part of the material pick up on Friday, October 30th. (See details above.)


Thank you for reading the following and making sure these kits are placed in a safe spot and all materials are returned in the box after use to make sure your child has them for the entire year!



Dear Families,

Hands on math learning is a key component of our Bridges Math Curriculum. To better facilitate this type of learning your student is receiving a box that contains helpful learning tools they can use during at-home learning experiences. We encourage you to:

  1. Store in a safe spot for continued use throughout the year.

  2. Always place manipulatives back into the “suitcase” after using, so that they do not get misplaced.

  3. Refer to lesson information and/or videos from the teacher to help your student use the tools successfully.


We do not have replacements, so we appreciate your extra care with this wonderful learning tool for your student to KEEP AT HOME. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

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Tools for Supporting Students on Remote Learning Days:

Thank you for supporting students on their remote learning days! We are working to help students become more independent and build healthy routines. With students having their own devices, we have or will be teaching them how to use the following programs for independent practice as the year goes depending on their grade level:


  • Seesaw- Assignments and Lesson
  • RAZ Kids- Reading
  • Dreambox- Math
  • Readworks- Reading for older student
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Looking for Enrichment on Remote Days:

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Although meals are free through the USDA through December 31, District 833 would still like to encourage families to sign up for Free and Reduced Lunch. As of now the full price of lunches would begin again in January. Here is the information about Free and Reduced Lunch:

https://www.sowashco.org/departments/nutrition_services/free_reduced_meals

Picture Days

  • November 30th and December 1st: School Pictures
  • December 1st: VLA Pictures from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Grey Cloud
  • December 14th and 15th: Picture Retakes
  • December 15th: VLA Retakes from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM


This year we are working with Jostons. Please note that it will be a different process in which families do not preorder. Instead, you look at the photos online after the session and order only what you want with your desired options. Photos will be shipped directly to your home.

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Sportswear Can be Ordered Through November 9th:

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PTA

Now that we are back to school, PTA wanted to send out a reminder about Box Top fundraising. It’s easier than ever with the new app! Watch this 2 minute video to learn how. We appreciate your efforts and contributions!


https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/09CmCXDX3NuOnP7Vs6DzRG?domain=youtu.be

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High School Sports:

Spectator Expectations

Football

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has established guidelines that limit attendance to 250 spectators in the outdoor stadium for football. All South Washington County Schools will not sell general admission tickets to football games this year.

  • Varsity level players on the roster will be issued two 2 tickets for their family.
  • The ticket holders must sit together. You may not move around and a student section will not be allowed.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Face coverings will be required when entering and exiting the stadium. They may be removed once seated.
  • Parents will not be allowed to drop off their elementary or middle school students to watch the game.
  • Concessions will not be provided.
  • Gathering outside the stadium, in the parking lot, outside the fencing or other areas of school district property in order to view the game from afar will not be allowed.

Volleyball

  • Based on MDH recommendations, spectators will not be allowed for indoor events and matches.
  • Only team members and essential game staff (workers) will be the only people allowed in the gyms.

Our district is working to provide live-streamed video for matches and games for fans who are not able to attend based on these restrictions. Prep Spotlight TV will be our main streaming partner. Individual games cost $5.99 and a season pass for all sports, games and events $59.99.

Dropping Off Items and Picking Students Up During Day:

If you are dropping off items for students during the day, please have the items labeled with the student's first and last name. You can buzz the intercom so we aware that their items are here and then leave the items right on the cart.


When picking up a student during the day, please use the intercom to buzz the staff for assistance. Always be sure to have your license or identification ready. Students will be summoned and meet you right in the vestibule.

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Car Pool Procedures Video:

Thank you for making sure you are just using the front sidewalk for dropping students off.


Thank you for sharing this video with anyone who may be providing your child a ride to and/or from school. Our procedure have been modified due to COVID. Video Link:


https://youtu.be/UZLWea5t2w4

Family Technology Support Phone Line 651-425-HELP (4357)

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) has started a new family technology support phone line at 651-425-HELP (4357). Standard phone line hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can leave a voicemail at any time with your child’s name, the school they attend and a call back number, and someone will return your call.

A variety of technology resources are also available on our Fall 2020 website including:

· Device support

· Fee payment support

· Parent portal support

· Schoology support

· Seesaw support

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Just a reminder, various language options are available on our webpages at the top left.

Attendance:

  • Daily participation is required on all In Person and Distance Learning Days.

  • If your child is unable to participate because of an excused reason such as illness or a funeral, please contact the school’s attendance office so that the absence can be excused and participation requirements may be adjusted.

  • Grey Cloud's attendance line number is: (651)-425-4206

Winter Gear for Those In Need

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New Family Directory Sponsored By PTA:

This has been a crazy time to say the least! Our children are missing their friends and as families you are in need of some social interaction! We as a PTA are here to help! We have created a new website through the PTA where you can access a secure directory of other Grey Cloud families who have signed up to share their info. Here is how to sign up:


Our NEW WEBSITE is up and running! Visit gcepta.membershiptoolkit.com to see everything the PTA has to offer. On our NEW site, you can see upcoming calendar events, buy memberships, sign up to volunteer and be a part of our schooldirectory and much, much more.


Here's what you need to do:

  1. Go to gcepta.membershiptoolkit.com
  2. Click on the Log In button or the Registration button.
  3. If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  4. Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  5. Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  6. Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.


Once your account has been created:

  1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information forms.
  2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
  3. When you have completed the forms you will be able to access the whole site accept the directory.
  4. You will need to be approved by the school to have access to our directory, this should take about 24-48 hours. (It may take longer at first with the entire school choosing enrolling.)


We are excited to share this site with you and hope you can use it during this time to keep in contact with other parents and your child’s friends!


We hope everyone is doing well!


Your Grey Cloud PTA

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Thank you for all you do to support Grey Cloud!