Greystone News

October 12, 2018

Susan Morgan Memorial Western Day & Pink Day!

Tuesday, October 16 - Bring $1.00

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Susan Morgan was a Greystone kindergarten teacher who was loved by everyone! She passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Susan's birthday was in October and she loved wearing cowboy boots! In her memory, we are having a Western Day and Pink Day. Students and Staff can bring $1 to wear their cowboy hats and boots and any other western items. (No need for tennis shoes in PE on that day!) If you don't have western wear, your child can wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds will be added to the Susan Morgan Memorial Fund and will be used in her memory.

Fabric Scraps Needed for the MakerSpace

We are going to be making a fun piece of art using fabric scraps. If you have bags of fabrics scraps you are not using, please send them to Mrs. Fox. We will begin using those in November and need to begin collecting those now! Thank you so much for helping our students learn the art of creating!

Dress Code Reminder


Please make sure your child comes to school dressed ready to learn. The Hoover City Schools Code of Student Conduct outlines our district's dress code. Please take a minute to review these expectations and share these with your children. The biggest problems we have are shorts/skirts/dresses that are too short and leggings that are being worn as pants. Click here to access the HCS Code of Student Conduct. Dress code is on pages 31-32 of the document.

Leave a Legacy Update!

Thanks so much for your support of our annual fundraiser. We were able to raise over $28.000 thanks to the generosity of you, your friends, and family. Our students are so excited about the BMX Stunt Show as well as their grade level prizes:

1st Place: Skate Party for 4th Grade

2nd Place: PJ's and a Movie for 1st Grade

3rd Place: Dance Party for 3rd Grade

4th Place: Ice Cream Party for Kindergarten

5th Place: Pizza or Chicken Party for 5th Grade

6th Place: Extra Recess for 2nd Grade

Your support helps fund the many projects and events that the PTA sponsors and which enhance and support the instructional program of the school.

Defining Leave a Legacy

The PTA voted to donate $1,000 to Pamlico Middle School in North Carolina who was greatly affected by the hurricane. During the fundraiser, classes were asked to make a card for us to send with the check and teachers explained how this gesture helps define what it means to leave a legacy. After contacting the principal about the donation, they received this response:

Thank you so much for contacting me. I am completely overwhelmed by your generous offer of support! The hurricane brought so much destruction to our area. It has been a difficult time for our school, students, teachers, and entire community. In fact, we just started back to school today. Our students are now displaced...7th and 8th grade students are having classes at Pamlico County Primary School. Our 6th graders are now housed at Fred A. Anderson Elementary School. Plans are in place to begin repairing our school building, but it will be a slow process. The generosity and kindness of others across our country have truly been an encouragement to all of our students and teachers. There has been an outpouring of love, encouragement, and support that is both humbling and sustaining. I thank you for your offer of support and humbly accept it on behalf of my students and teachers.

Thank you again for this amazing offer of support. Your kindness and willingness to help us is truly a blessing.


Jeremy B. Johnson, EdD


The Art Department Needs Your Help

Seeking any old comic books and/or graphic novels to donate for an upcoming Pop Art project featuring the comic works of Roy Lichtenstein. Please send donations to Ms. Horn.

Examples: Pink Panther, Archie, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, Marvel, DC Comics - anything appropriate in an elementary setting.

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Red Ribbon Week- October 22nd-26th

Theme: “Life is YOUR Journey,

Travel Drug and Bully Free”

October 22nd-26th

Monday (22nd)

To kick off our Red Ribbon Week, students will receive Red Ribbon stickers as reminders of the importance of good character and good choices!

Tuesday (23rd)

Be a “Jean-ius!”

Stay Drug and Bully Free!

Students are encouraged to show their unity in making good choices by wearing their favorite jeans.

Wednesday (24th)

Red Ribbon Day!

Students may wear red on this day as a reminder to stand against drugs and be bully free! The Spain Park TNT will visit with grades K-2.

Thursday (25th)

Where will YOUR journey take you?

Students are encouraged to dress-up in their college t-shirts or future career clothing. Students in grade 3-5 will attend the Character assembly.

Friday (26th)

To conclude Red Ribbon Week, students will receive RRW memorabilia to take home.

Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, the PTA at Greystone Elementary School will host a poster contest. All grade levels are permitted to participate. A winner from each grade level will be chosen and acknowledged on Friday, October 26th, 2018. The rules are as follows:

Theme: “Life is YOUR Journey, Travel Drug and Bully Free” (The theme MUST be on the front of your poster)

Specifications: The poster contest is for students grades K-5. Each student’s poster must be no larger than half a poster board and must include the Red Ribbon Week

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Library News

Scholastic Book Fair coming to Greystone Elementary October 29-November 1! Click here for the Book Fair Schedule: If you would like to volunteer for the Book Fair, please click this SignUpGenius link

This week, 3rd-5th graders have been learning how to check out eBooks & audiobooks through Sora and Overdrive. These great titles have been selected by the HCS elementary librarians, and are available anytime on your Chromebook or personal device. All students have access to these books, so kindergarten-2nd graders are welcome to check them out on a personal device. For more information, click the following links: Sora Instructions and OverDrive Instructions

The Be a Champion and Read contest has begun! Your child's parent letter and book list will come home soon. Students should read 6 books on their level. Younger students can have their parents read the books to them. Parents need to fill out and sign the bottom portion. Turn the book list into Mrs. Richey by October 22. Your child could win 3 tickets to the Iron Bowl, sideline passes, and more! Everyone who participates will receive an Alabama or Auburn bookmark. A copy of the parent letter and book list can be found by clicking on the following link:

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Oak Mountain Missions Clothing and Food Drive

Greystone Elementary is Now Collecting Kids’ Clothing and Food for Oak Mountain Missions

Option 1: Collect Kids’ Clothing

Help your parents clean out your clothes that are too small or unneeded-especially jackets for the colder months ahead. Bring your gently used clothing for boys and girls ages newborn to 12 years old!

Option 2: Donate Items for OMM’s Food Pantry

Anything canned or boxed helps!

No glass items please.

Needed items include:

peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, condiments, breakfast foods, canned fruit, personal care items like deodorant, soap and shampoo, diapers, paper goods, etc.

Option 3: DO BOTH!

Place food items in the box in your classroom!

Clothing in the box in the lobby!

October 9 – October 24

OMM will pick up all our items on Oct 24, 2018.

Your family is invited to stock Oak Mtn. Missions’ shelves October 27th from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Spain Park Homecoming Parade

Spain Park will have their first annual Homecoming Parade on Thursday, October 25th at 4:15. The parade route is set to go along the road in front of the school (carpool lane). We would love to see you there and show your support for the Jags!
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Hi, my name is Katie Spitzer. I’m excited to be serving as VP of Financial for my second year. My husband, Mikey, and I have 3 girls. Elle is in third grade, Peyton is in second grade and Eve is in preschool.

Ashley Sellers and I are responsible for all the fundraising and social events for the school as well as spirit wear. As a team we try to make raising money for our school fun and successful. I have enjoyed planning social events and bringing a sense of community to our school with Bingo and Movie Nights. We just wrapped up “Leave A Legacy”, which was a huge success, thanks to our school community we surpassed our goal. Last winter we brought Cars 4 Classrooms to our school, sponsored by Chrysler FCA, and raised over $4000.

We are always open to new suggestions so if you have any fundraising ideas or social event ideas feel free to contact us. Our PTA board is a great group of women and we always welcome any help or ideas. I encourage you to be involved with the PTA, it is such a great organization for our school.

Katie Spitzer

What's Happening in PTA?

What’s Happening with your PTA:

  • Jag Den has been redecorated/redesigned – to be used by teachers to enrich reading activities in the children
  • Planning well under way for our Leave a Legacy Kickoff and Fundraiser
  • Held a Room Coordinator Meeting to discuss the events of the year
  • Delivered our September Teacher/Staff Birthday Cupcakes
  • Jason’s Deli Spirit Night
  • Spirit T-shirts & Socks were ordered and distributed

Important Dates

October 15th - 19th - National School Lunch Week

October 15th - Student Flu Clinic

October 16th - $1 - Susan Morgan Western Day or Wear Pink

October 17th- Make Up Pictures and Report Cards Go Home

October 19th - 2nd Grade to Desoto Caverns

October 22-26th- Red Ribbon Week

October 22nd- Taco Mama Spirit Night

October 25th- Dauphin Island Parent Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

October 29th-November 1st- Fall Book Fair

Click Here for the 2018-2019 Hoover City Schools Calendar

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Our Greystone Motto

Learn - Lead - Leave a Legacy

Our Greystone Mission

As a school community, we empower learners, inspire leaders, and encourage all children to reach their potential.

Our Greystone Vision

Empowering a generation of learners and leaders to leave a legacy.

Greystone Elementary

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