Gratz Brown News

December 3, 2018

From the Principal's Desk

GBE Families,

December is here, and we have had a variety of weather. As they say, dislike the weather wait and it will change in the next 30 minutes. :) From a blizzard to thunderstorms it's kept our kiddos indoors for recess since we have come back. We are working on giving movement breaks in the day at the regular slated recess times until we can get back outside. Please do make sure your students bundle up appropriately for what the day will bring in case we do get to go outside for some much needed movement.

At the end of this month we will have 2nd Quarter ending, and our teachers will be getting grades readied to send home to you in January. We are starting our diagnostic winter benchmark assessments at this time, and will send home these results in a timely fashion.

Please do come join us on the 21st for our Caroling around the Tree in the School Square. It is a beautiful tradition that we love doing with our students. Then following we will have our Winter Parties from 9:30 to 10:30. Do feel free to reach out to your child's teacher to see how you can help with the fun this day!!

Stay warm everyone and Happy Holidays!!

Angie Doss


Moberly Public School Mission Statement:

To ensure all students have a quality education and a sense of direction.

GBE's Vision Statement created by our Student Advisory Team and Staff:

GBE Students want to be a Champion in:

  1. Attitude

  2. Action

  3. Academics

GBE Partners in Education

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

Arts Appliances and Furniture

Central Bank of Moberly

PTO News

Attend a Meeting!! All meetings begin at 5:30 and take place in the GBE Library on the Last Monday of the Month--

Our Postponed PTO meeting from last week's snow day will be rescheduled for Monday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm.

T-shirt sales coming up before 3rd Grade's Winter Program on December 10th. We will also have sales before school that entire week, December 10th to 14th. Flyers will go out with info soon.

iReady Parent Info:

We will begin our 2nd Diagnostic testing window for Math starting on Monday, December 3rd for the entire week. We will then have our Reading test take place the week of December 10th.

Title 1 News:

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

SMART Reading Tips for the Holidays

Winter break is right around the corner, and the holidays can get pretty hectic! Routines can fly out the window with celebrations, travel and out-of-town guests. As your family prepares for the holidays, use these tips for keeping kids engaged in learning and reading over winter break.

  1. Read for fun! Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories or the newest installment from a favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to set aside school books and read for fun. Make time for bedtime stories to create the routine and enjoy books on a daily basis.

  2. Stock up on books at the local library. Help your child pick out books they’re interested in reading over the winter break. Libraries may also have fun, free holiday activities throughout the break.

  3. Make the most of travel time. Turn travel time to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice reading. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see. Read street signs and billboards you see along the way.

  4. Create a new tradition. A little predictability is comforting for kids. Starting a special Winter Break Story Time can be a new tradition that links reading with happy memories. Hot cocoa and your favorite stories will have the whole family feeling comfy and cozy, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

By simply interacting with children around books, you can show them that books are important and worthy of our attention.

Character Trait for each Month:

August/September: Respect

October: Cooperation

November: Responsibility

December: Compassion

January: Perseverance

February: Honesty

March: Self-Discipline

April: Positive Attitude

May: Patience

GBE Important Calendar Dates for November:


Monday, December 3rd iReady Math Diagnostic Testing Week; PTO Mtg in Library @ 5:30 pm

Rest of week: Great Learning occurring

Monday, December 10th iReady ELA Diagnostic Testing Week; 3rd Grade Music Program 6 to 7 pm; PTO will be selling GBE Sweatshirts that evening for a Stocking Stuffer for Kiddos!!

Tuesday, December 11th Board of Education mtg at CO 5:30 pm

Rest of week: Great learning occurring!

Monday, December 17th Santa Store during PM Recesses; December- GBE PTO mtg at 5:30 pm in the Library

Wednesday, December 19th December Spartan Spirit Assembly at 2:50 pm

Thursday, December 20th Early Out; End of Second Quarter; Caroling around the GBE Tree @ 8:45 am; Winter Celebration Parties at GBE 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Friday, December 21st NO SCHOOL

December 21st to January 2nd- Christmas Break

January 3rd First Day back!!!

Contact Information for GBE Office Staff and Administration:

Principal, Angie Doss

Principal's Secretary, Melissa Slater

Assistant Principal, David Samuel

Assistant Principal's Secretary, Dee Noel

Office # 660-269-2670

Address: 1320 Gratz Brown Road, Moberly MO 65270