Greystone News

August 24, 2018

3rd Grade Reading Gains: Alabama's Top 50 earn $1 Million Dollars
Congratulations Greystone! Our 3rd grade reading growth from 2017-2018 was among the top 50 in the state! Our school has been awarded $20,000 for this amazing achievement from the Alabama State Department of Education. We are proud of our 3rd grade teachers from last year; Mrs. Higginbotham, Mrs. Kelley, Ms. Porter, and Mrs. Stacey. Thanks, also, to our amazing reading coach, Dr. Johnson, and our super smart students! For the full news release, click here.

Greystone T-Shirts and Socks Ready for Ordering

It is time to stock up on your Greystone t-shirts and socks. The PTA will be selling these for a limited time. Click the following link to download and print the order form and send it in with your child in an envelope marked for PTA. The shirts and socks they have in stock will be delivered to your child. Those that are out of stock will be ordered and given to them when they come in.

Snack Program Beginning

The Child Nutrition Program will be offering a “Snack Program” for students to purchase for classroom snack time.

Snack of the day + 8oz bottled water

Cost: $1.25

Charges are made through the student’s CNP account

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Snacks are ordered by roster in the morning and then delivered to the classroom.

Monday Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks

Tuesday Baked Nacho Cheese Dorito Chips

Wednesday Whole Grain Rice Krispy Treat

Thursday Baked Cool Ranch Dorito Chips

Friday Fruit Roll-Up

Snack options may change periodically.

Carpool Update!

As you are planning your arrival time for afternoon carpool, please be aware that our line is running very efficiently, so we are finishing close to 3:05pm.

Fall Assessment Information


We are in the middle of fall assessments. These assessments help our teachers plan instruction that will meet your child where he/she is and move your child forward. Students in grades 2 - 5 will be taking Scantron Global Scholar. The initial testing sessions for reading, math, and science(5th only) will be set at 60 minutes. Students who do not finish in that time will be allowed additional opportunities to finish their tests. Not finishing in 60 minutes just means your child is being very diligent and may be getting harder questions that take more thought and time.

You can help by making sure your students are here and on time on their assigned testing day (and every other day, too). They will need earphones/earbuds for the math portion of the test, so make sure to send those. Students will use their Chromebooks, so these need to be brought to school fully charged each day.

Testing Schedule:

K - 1st - ongoing assessments in their classrooms

4th Grade: August 28 - 29

3rd Grade: August 28-29

2nd Grade: September 4 - 5

Thanks for your part in helping us gather this important data as we start the school year.

Stacey Stocks

Important Dates

August 28 - 4th Grade Parent Meeting 6:00-7:15 p.m.

August 30 - 5th Grade Parent Meeting 6:00-7:15 p.m.

September 3- Labor Day Holiday- Schools and Offices Closed

September 10 - Jason's Deli Spirit Night - 4:00 - 9:00 pm

September 11 - Hoover City Schools Budget Hearing 3:30pm, Farr Administration Building

September 11 - Hoover City Schools Board Meeting 5:30pm, Farr Administration Building

September 12 - Progress Reports go home

September 20 - Fall Picture Day

September 21 - Run@School Day - join your child's PE class to run or walk

September 26 - Hearing and Vision Screening

September 27 - PTA Board Meeting, 10:30am

September 28 - Leave a Legacy Kickoff - Family Movie Night

October 1-5 - Leave a Legacy PTA Fundraising Campaign

Click Here for the 2018-2019 Hoover City Schools Calendar

Memorial Gift Opportunity for Ms. Morgan

Greystone lost a special member of our family this month. Retired teacher, Susan Morgan, lost her battle with cancer. I know you will want to remember her family as they grieve the loss of this special lady. Arrangements are still pending.

If you would like to make a memorial gift in her memory, the PTA has opened a special account at the Greystone Branch of Regions Bank. The account is called the "Teacher Memorial Account - Greystone" The last four digits of the account will be needed at the time of donation: 8491. The Greystone Faculty and Staff, as well as the Greystone PTA, will work together to determine how to use these funds to leave a lasting memory of Mrs. Morgan at Greystone.

Jason's Deli Spirit Night

Monday, Sep. 10th, 4-9pm

4700 U.S. 280

Birmingham, AL

Do you need a break from cooking? Do you want to help our PTA earn more money for our school?

Please come to Jason's Deli on September 10th! They will give a percentage of their sales back to the PTA.

Meet Your PTA: Michelle Olson

My name is Michelle Olson and I am your PTA Vice President of Leadership. I have 3 little boys that attend Greystone Elementary. Parker is in 2nd grade in Mrs. Langer’s class and Cole & Mason are in kindergarten in Mrs. Goodwin’s class. My husband, Keith, and I own 2 pet-related businesses. We have been back in Birmingham for 4 years now and we love everything about GSES!

As VP of Leadership for the PTA this year, I will shadow the President closely to prepare for taking over that role the following school year. I attend all PTA related meetings and attend the HPTC meetings that are held with the Hoover Board to be a liaison for our school. I also coordinate a back to school faculty luncheon and winter soup luncheon for our wonderful staff! And to end the year, I will put together our Bridge to Berry ceremony for our outgoing 5th graders! Overall, though, it is my goal and the PTA’s goal to enhance the lives of our students and teachers through various activities and grants we do throughout the year!

Your PTA board does so many great things because of all the financial support from all of the awesome GSES parents. We have many different options for you to get involved in the PTA if you are interested. It can be as little of a commitment or as much as you want. We have parents who have just sent their first babies off to kindergarten, we have the parents who have kids in all three of the school levels, we have the full time working moms on the PTA, we have it all! There definitely is a place for you! We are looking forward to an amazing year at Greystone Elementary!


Michelle Olson


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What's Going on with PTA?

  • Coordinated On-Site Registration Verification
  • Sweet Frog Spirit Night
  • Staff Welcome Back to School Luncheon we had catered by Tazikis
  • Newcomers Coffee – for all our new GSES parents
  • Dinners for teachers during their parent nights
  • Back to School Bingo Night
  • Helped with coordinating the Pep Rally Celebration for the Reading Grant the school received
  • Check out our updated bulletin board by the lunch room!

Click here to view the budget.

Free English Classes!

If you are interested in free English classes, there is a program at Gwin Elementary called "Communities". For more information, click here.
Libraries Rock

Library News

If your child participated in the Summer Reading program at a public library, please send in the certificate or reading log, or you can email Mrs. Richey at for a special reward!

Please help your children remember to bring library books on their library day! For information on library procedures, click the following link to read about our library procedures.

If you would like to participate in the Birthday Book Club, please click the following link to download the flyer.

Help Our School Win $30,000

The Ben’s Beginners™ Contest launches on August 13, 2018 and five winning families will each receive $15,000 for themselves and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their child’s school. So spread the word! The more families from your school that enter, the better your school’s chance of winning. Share the contest for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize for your school. One Grand Prize Foodservice Winner will also win a menu consultation at their school. Click the following link to share the contest:
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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.

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