Garden Road Parent Weekly



We want to give a huge shout out to Tiffany Waasted, Jamie Pomponio and all of our lovely parents for making our APEX fundraiser a HUGE success! Please check out this great APEX video below.

Dear Families,

This coming week is Student/Parent/Teacher conferences! We can't wait to meet with all of you to deepen our understanding of how best to serve your children and make their elementary experience the best it can be. In many classes the students will be leading the conferences. This is a huge step into the Leader in Me culture where students lead the work! So excited to hear how this shift impacts our learners.

We are also celebrating Red Ribbon Week next week. Parents have planned a wonderful week of experiences which include a BMX bike safety assembly on Thursday and an Impact Martial Arts assembly on Friday.

Schedule 11/15-11/19

  • Monday: Non student day for conferences
  • Tuesday: Minimum day for students (8:00 - 11:45)
  • Wednesday: Minimum day for students (8:00-11:45)
  • Thursday: Regular student day
  • Friday: Regular student day (8:00-12:40)

Tutoring Available from PHS Students: If you are interested in having your child participate in this free tutoring, please reach out to The VP of Tutoring, Abby Gant, or Nathalie Geffroy, President of Community Outreach NHS, will connect you with potential tutors. Because of the large volume of students in NHS this year, we should be able to accommodate all different days and times.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Thanksgiving Week: No school 11/22-11/26
  • Monday, 11/29- Regular schedule

Thank you again for everything,

Lisa Maguire

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Calling all first responders and servicemen and women!

We need you! Please help us with Red Ribbon Week by greeting students upon their arrival to campus on Tuesday 11/16. Meet in uniform in front the school office at 7:30am for quick instructions. Greeting will last from 7:40 until 8am.

Volunteers needed for Red Ribbon week

Volunteers are needed for several red ribbon week activities. Please CLICK HERE to see details and sign up!

GRES Spirit Wear

Thank you to our student council for purchasing spirit wear shirts for every student on our campus! The student council partnered with our GRES Foundation to design and purchase the shirts. If you would like to purchase additional spirit wear, click here or scan the qr code.

Sock Drive

The Student Council at Garden Road is excited to start our very first service project of the year. We will be creating care packages for the homeless, consisting of a warm pair of new socks, a homemade card and a few snacks. These decorated bags will be distributed through a local homeless shelter.

Each student at Garden Road will have the opportunity to participate! They will choose a pair of socks for "their" person and will create a card and decorate the bag as they would like. We have done similar projects in the past and the kids just love giving back. They feel a real sense of pride knowing that there is an actual person that will receive their very special gift.

In order to make this work we will need lots of donations- both of new, warm socks and individually packaged snacks. We will have collection boxes in each classroom and will send reminders out as the "packing day" gets nearer. We ask that all donations be turned in by Friday, December 3rd.

Please contact Katie MacLeod with any questions or suggestions

Volunteer Opportunities!


>> Pull books that students request, check-in returned books and assist while Mrs. Lal works with classes during their library time.

>> On-campus weekly on a variety of days/times

SIGN UP or email Erika for more info


>> Make copies, create packets, laminate lessons, cut, color and laugh with other volunteers in the workroom

>> On-campus weekly on Wednesdays

SIGN UP or email Elizabeth for more info


>> Scan badges and cheer as students earn laps on the track every morning from 7:40-8am

Email Cindy to volunteer or to get info

Library News from Mrs. Lal

We celebrated Native American Heritage Month and Veteran's Day in the Library this week with Grades 3-5. We started with a brief introduction to native culture and how the native kids were put in boarding schools to learn the English way of life. However, most remembered their language and traditions, which later became an important weapon in WWII, especially in the battle of Iwo Jima. We watched an Unbreakable Code, which gave the students an opportunity to hear Navajo and a Code Talker. Finally, the students tried their hand at encoding and decoding using a Navajo dictionary page is from the Eisenhower Library. Hope your students loved it! Mrs. Lal

Support for Military Families

Did you know that military families often encounter challenges related to school enrollment, eligibility, placement, and graduation due to frequent relocations in service to our country. From kindergarten through 12th grade, the average military child will attend from six to nine different schools! PUSD has compiled a comprehensive list of supports! Click here: Support for Military Families for information!
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