Grizzly Gazette

January 2021

Happy New Year!

Greetings Grizzly Families,

We hope you enjoyed a restful break from school and a wonderful holiday season. We are so grateful to have been able to celebrate the season with lots of holiday fun in our classrooms the last week of school! We are working hard to make sure that there is time for fun and excitement at Garwood Elementary, even though this year looks different. It is important to us that our school is still full of joy!

The new year brings great opportunity to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the possibilities fo 2021. We started the school year with a great deal of uncertainly surrounding what "reopening" in a pandemic would look like. We're delighted to still be open to provide a stable learning environment for our students. We know the benefits of being in school goes beyond just learning academic skills; our students are building friendships, learning social skills and learning to be members of a community. We want to thank you, sincerely, for your continued support this year- we can be a great school because we are supported by a great community.

Our newsletter this month features some important information. Thanks for taking the time to peruse through and see what's going on at Garwood. I want to highlight the importance of your attention to our 1:1 rollout information over the coming weeks. We're excited to be able to increase student access to technology.

Please note the opportunity to sign up to be a part of our parent advisory committee. If you are interested in getting involved by providing feedback and partnering with us for planning next steps, this is a great opportunity!

Thank you for your continued support. As always, it's a privilege to serve our students and the Garwood community!


Jake Massey, Principal

Garwood Elementary

Important for Parents & Guardians

Read 2 Ride

Silverwood's Read 2 Ride begins soon! Be on the lookout for information sent home from your child's teacher soon. READING BEGINS IN JANUARY!

Student Led Conferences (SLC)- March 11th

We're looking forward to SLCs again this year! We're planning to hold this even just like we have in previous years and also keeping in mind a "remote" alternative, just in case. This is a no student day. Your child's teacher will send out information about how this will work closer to the event.

1:1 Devices- REQUIRED Form Turned In

We're anxiously awaiting the arrival of more Chrome books to support LJSD's 1:1 initiative. When the rest of the devices arrive, all students in LJSD will have access to a device to support learning.

If you have not already please print the attached form (at the bottom of the newsletter) and send it with your student to school. Even if you have already paid for the replacement program, please indicate that and submit the form. Thank you!

  • Monday, January 18th- MLK Day, No School
  • Thursday, January 28th- Last Day of the 2nd Quarter (Semester)
  • Friday, January 29th- Teacher Work Day, No School

From Mrs. Martines, Garwood School Counselor

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What's Going on at Garwood

Garwood Staff Member of the Month

We have had a blast this year honoring one special staff member each month. We are so fortunate to have a staff that goes above and beyond for students and community daily. This is our way of honoring them and their contribution to our school!

Meet Mr. Joe... Mr. Joe keeps our school running! In his position as head custodian, he is busy from the moment he arrives, which is extremely early, to the moment he leaves in the afternoon. Thanks to the support of Mr. Joe, our school is clean, sanitized and well-maintained. Mr. Joe knows all the students, and they know and love him too!

Thank you, Mr. Joe!

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Some Holiday FUN.. it's good to be a Grizzly!

Other Updates

Parent Advisory Committee- Starting in January

We're excited to starting up a regular meeting with involved parents and guardians. We believe that our school is great, and we can remain great as long as we are in-tune with our families and community. The format of these meetings may change as COVID restrictions fluctuate- but most of all we want to remain committed to feedback & collaboration, especially through this pandemic.

To become a part of this advisory group, please fill out this short, simple contact form by clicking here or email your name, phone number and student(s) names to

Want to join our team? We're looking for a fun and committed Noon Duty!

This person helps supervise lunch in classrooms as well as help coach students during recess games from about 11:00 to 1:00 daily. Apply by clicking here, or feel free to email us at if you have any questions or if you need help applying.