Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Sunday September 19, 2021

Dear Gators,

We are having a great year. Students are learning, making friends, learning routines, and having fun at school. We are looking forward to seeing our families at our back-to-school picnic this Friday from 5-8 pm. Wear your Gator gear, bring your dinner, some blankets, and get ready to enjoy an evening with friends. We will have pizza for sale and our one-night-only book fair will be on display.

School Site Council Members 2021-2022

Jorge Reagan- Parent (First Grade)

Rob Fox- Parent (First Grade)

Wendy Klos- Parent (Fourth Grade)

Jeff Tschudi-Parent (First and Fifth Grade)

Karen Ruff- Parent (First Grade and Third Grade)

Donna Langner- School Employee

Michele Miller- Fourth Grade Teacher

Melissa Beem -First Grade Teacher

Tammy Nadeau- Third Grade Teacher

Katie koontz- School Principal

Gator Spirit Wear


Every minute counts ...

Dear Gator Families,

Did you know missing just 3 mins of school each morning equals 540 mins a year??

We want to remind you that school starts at 7:50 am and EVERY MINUTE COUNTS. Every day we have between 20-30 students arriving at school after the bell rings.

We know mornings can be stressful and it is challenging to drop off multiple students are different campuses. This is a reminder that students should be dropped off at 7:40 and no later than 7:50 each day. Please consider setting out clothes, backpacks, and lunches the night before, leaving the house earlier, or carpooling, to ensure a smooth start for your student.

Back to School Picnic & Book Fair- ONE NIGHT ONLY

Back to School Picnic & Book Fair Friday, September 24, 5-8 pm

Join us to browse the latest offerings from Scholastic and stock up on books for the new school year at our outdoor Book Fair.

Bring the family, blankets, and dinner, and join us on the grass as we welcome everyone back to school. Don't want to pack dinner? Pizza will be available for purchase to feed hungry Gators. A portion of your purchases goes to our PTA!

Books bring us together! Come enjoy our safe, outdoor book fair and shop over 100 titles for different reading levels.

Masks required for all when not eating/drinking

Campus Life

We have finished week 5 and we couldn't be happier to have students back on campus! We have noticed students are being very physical during recess and lunchtime. The majority of our physical behavior across grade levels seems to stem from students struggling to communicate needs and wishes in a respectful way. Because of the pandemic and distance learning, many of our students have not been able to keep up the social and communication skills that are necessary to engage in respectful play on the playground. Rather than asking politely to join game students get frustrated or have a miscommunication and end up touching or pulling to get their peers' attention. We have also noticed a desire for rough play (tackling, flipping, pulling, shoving) this appears to be in good fun but we cannot encourage that type of play at school.

What are school staff doing??

*Teaching appropriate games and activities to play at recess.

*Providing alternate activities that do not involve physical activity.

*Modeling and teaching language to express feelings and needs on the playground. (joining games, expressing frustration, telling a peer NO)

*Explicit teaching of appropriate usage of school equipment.

*Teaching appropriate spacing to allow all children to feel like they have a personal space bubble that is respected.

*Increasing supervision with noon supervisors.

*Encouraging parent volunteers during recess and lunch periods.

What can parents do at home?

*Ensure your student is getting enough sleep. (see chart)

*Set predictable wake-up, breakfast, getting ready routines so students are ready for school at 7:50.

*Send food that helps fuel student bodies and brains (water, protein, fruit, sandwiches, vegetables, crackers, cheese, sunbutter, yogurt)

*PLEASE DO NOT SEND- sugar drinks (Gatorade) fast food, candy, soda, large bags of chips

*Water bottles should have water in them....we have filling stations!

*Model appropriate behavior when you engage in conflict

*Support students with positive language for stating their needs. ( I feel, I need, Will you please)

*VOLUNTEER- We are looking for parents to organize games during lunch and recess (soccer, flag football, basketball)

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Of our 352 students, 108 identify as Hispanic or Latino. 31%

Check out these wonderful resources

  • Study Hispanic artists, such as Diego Rivera, Salvador Dalí­, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo. Read Jonah Winter’s Frida or Laurence Anholt’s Pablo Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail.

Student Attendance

We ask that you phone the office when your student is absent from school on the day they are out and any subsequent days. There are some symptoms that will require a negative covid test. The office number is 925-827-3770. You may also email Lisa at

Independent Study Contract/Attendance when travelling

Families while we understand you may have a pre-planned trip or life throws a curve a student might miss school due to being away. If your student is needing to travel from school for a minimum of five days, we ask you contact the office in advance to request an independent study packet. We need a weeks' notice to prep this. Contact Lisa or Kimberly in the office to get started 925-827-3770.

School Pick Up & Drop Off Line

PICK UP AND DROP OFF LINE - We are doing our best to be good neighbors but we need your help. Please do not line up for pick up before 2:30 (12:20 on Wednesdays) This is causing a frustrating and dangerous situation on our neighborhood streets.
Gator Families may not drop off their children before 7:40 each day. We do not have adult supervision and cannot keep your students safe. We appreciate your support.

Bullying vs. Conflict

Continue to talk to your students about the difference between Bullying and Conflict. Attached are two videos to help you start the conversation with children. We take bullying very seriously at Gregory Gardens and we will continue to support students with productive language and conflict resolution skills to help them work through challenging situations. Thank you for helping us build a community of respect and compassion on our campus.

How to Tell the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying

In the Community

Community Service Day 2021 @ Gregory Gardens

9:00 am –12:00 pm

(Come for a few hours or for the whole time.)

Sign up online at:

There are a few child-friendly projects, but mostly we need adults to help with gardening and


Can’t make it on the 25 th , but want to help out? Please reach out to help with prep jobs or to

lend gardening tools. We need wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and painting supplies. Contact the

CSD coordinator, Karen Ruff, at or 617-276-5930.

¡Muestre su amor por Gregory Gardens!

Venga a ayudar con proyectos al aire libre en el campus.

Día de servicio comunitario de Pleasant Hill

Sábado, 25 de septiembre de 2021

9 am - mediodía

(Ven por unas horas o todo el tiempo).

Regístrese en línea en:

Hay algunos proyectos para niños, pero sobre todo necesitamos adultos para ayudar con la

jardinería y la pintura.

¿No puedes hacerlo el día 25, pero quieres ayudar? Comuníquese para ayudar con los trabajos

de preparación o para prestar herramientas de jardinería. Necesitamos carretillas, palas,

rastrillos y materiales para pintar. Comuníquese con la coordinadora de CSD, Karen Ruff, en o al 617-276-5930.

Tutoring by College Park High School Students

Each One Teach One is a free tutoring program for elementary students. We connect you with responsible and committed High School students who can provide extra support for your child. Tutoring sessions can be in person or online. If you are interested please fill out this google form:

You can also email us at

Looking Ahead


September 15-October 15- Hispanic Heritage Month

September 24- Book Fair- 5-8 pm

September 24- Welcome Back School Picnic 5 pm-8 pm


LGBTQIA+ History Month

Bullying Prevention Month

September 15-October 15-Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11-Teacher In-service-No School

October 31-Halloween


November 1-Dia de los Muertos

November 11-Veteran's Day

November 22-26-Thanksgiving Break-No School


December 20-January 4-Winter Recess-No School

December 25-Christmas

December 26-Kwanzaa


January 17-Martin Luther King jr. Day-No School

January 27-UN Holocaust Memorial Day


African American and Black History Month

February 1-Chinese New Year

February 14-Valentine’s Day/Kindness Day

February 18-No School

February 21-President's Day-No School


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Women’s History Month

March 7-Teacher In-service-No School

March 29-Holi Festival of Colors


April 1-Ceasar Chavez Day-No School

April 4-8 Spring Break-No School

April 2-May 2-Ramadan

April 15-23 Passover

April 17-Easter

April 22-Earth Day


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 2-3 Eid al Fitr

May 8-Mother’s Day

May 10-Mexican Mother’s Day

May 30-Labor Day-No School


Pride Month

June 2-Last Day of School

June 19-Juneteenth

June 19-Father’s Day

A Day in the Life of a Gator

What's Happening Around MDUSD

Covid- 19 Protocols

MDUSD COVID-19 Response Plan

Click here for an all in one resource and procedure guide for MDUSD

COVID Testing in MDUSD

Monday- Friday, at various school campuses around MDUSD. Click the link for times and locations

Check out how we spend our days!

School Accounts

Twitter - @gregory_gators, @MsKoontzMDUSD

Instagram - @gregory_gardens

PTA Accounts

Facebook- @gregory.gardens.elementary, GGES PTA Facebook Page



Campus closed

Our Campuses are closed to the public from 7:00 am- 6:00 pm daily. To keep everyone safe (school students and Kidstop) we will be locking our back schoolyard gate (Evelyn Drive) daily during school hours 7:00 am- 6:00 pm. PLEASE share this info with your neighbors. Our community will be able to use the grounds after hours and on the weekends. We appreciate your support and understanding! If you have questions please contact me.

The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, facilities and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identify, 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 (Governing Board Policy 0410).

Contact Us / How to File a Complaint

For questions, concerns or complaints regarding student harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Chief of Educational Services, at or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4016.

For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding compliance with Title IX employee issues, please contact Dr. John Rubio, Chief of Human Resources, at or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4136.

Uniform Complaint Procedures