William Gay

Weekly Update

Upcoming Dates

October 4th 12:00-2:00 Flu Shots

October 10th-11th- District Wide Learning Days

October 11th - Parent Teacher Conference 3:30-9:30

October 12th-14th Fall Break

October 18-19 Ward Ranch Pumpkin Patch

October 27th - 5:30-7:00 Fall Carnival

November 18th - District Wide Learning Day

November 21st-25th- Thanksgiving Break

December 19th- January 2nd- Christmas Break

January 3rd- return to school

Reminders for Start of Day

Please remember that school starts at 7:45, and tardies begin at 8:00.

We all run late sometimes! But, please remember if you arrive at school after the car lines that we need you to walk your child all the way to the front door and make sure he/she gets inside the building. Our second set of doors is always locked, so your child is locked out of the building until a staff member is available to open the front door.

A message from Mrs. Lester...

Parent Support/Volunteer Group Meeting

We had a good turnout for our meeting. If you would still like to help volunteer in some capacity please email me at klester@mcalester.k12.ok.us

Fall Carnival

We will be having our fall carnival on October 27th from 5:30-7:00. There will be food and games (prizes). We will not be wearing costumes to school. However, students will have the opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes to the fall carnival. The cost will be $5 a person or $20 for a family of 4 or more (per household). This is one of our two fundraisers for the year.

Pumpkin Patch

October 18th-19th- We will be going to the Ward Ranch in Wilburton. We will be splitting the students into two groups for this field trip. Leibfried, Monroe, Sterling Nelson, and Hampton are going on the 18th. Reed, Taylor, Dickerson, Mitchell, and Collier are going on the 19th. The cost will be $7. Parents may meet us there.We will be collecting money for the students in the next few weeks. Parents will pay when they arrive.

Flu Shots

Flu will be offered on October 4th from 12-2. Permission slips have gone out. A parent will need to be present for students who would like to be vaccinated. If you have sent back a permission slip please plan on coming to the school between 12-2 to be present with your child. You may also sign a permission slip when you come.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

We have had screenings. If your child did not pass you will be receiving a letter from the school.

Distance Learning Days

We will be having distance learning days October 10th and 11th. The remainder of this week will be fall break.

Parent Teacher Conferences

October 11th 3:30-9:30 is our first parent teacher conference. Teachers will have testing data to discuss with parents. We are excited to announce that we will be resuming in-person conferences. Teachers have been communicating with parents for setting up appointments for this evening.

Contacting the School

It is the goal of William Gay ECC that every student be successful and that every student and their family have an enjoyable experience while being a part of our school. We strive to have an open door policy of communication. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions. Things can generally be resolved at the teacher or principal level to everyone’s satisfaction. We look forward to a great year as we get to know the students and families better. You can call the school at 918-423-6229 or email Mrs. Lester directly at klester@mcalester.k12.ok.us

Fall Pictures

You will be able to order pictures online if you forgot to send your order form to school. You will receive a code for your child when you receive your child's proofs. There will be a picture make-up day on November 9th if your child missed picture day.

Click below to view drop-off and pick-up procedures.

William Gay Pick-Up & Drop-Off Procedures 22-23

Car Line Instructions

Please follow the pick-up procedures at the end of the day and pick up your child through the car line. The front is reserved for bus students and day care bus pick-ups (Madison is also a no parking street).This creates a safety issue as parking in the front blocks the bus lane. THE FRONT DOOR WILL BE LOCKED AT 2:45 because the school is busy during that time coordinating bus riders, dividing students between car kids and beyond the bell kids, answering phone calls, and finishing up the end of day activities. If you need to check your child out early then it will need to be before 2:45. You will need your ID, and your child will be counted tardy.

Early Drop-Off/Drop-Off/Pick-up

E Street- Mitchell, Reed, Dickerson, Taylor

F Street- Hampton, Nelson, Leibfried, Collier, Monroe, Sterling

7:00-7:15 F street side door- parents walk students to side door

7:15-7:30 F street side door- early car line

7:30-7:45 E and F street car lines

7:45 SCHOOL BEGINS- Please walk students to the front door. The second set of doors are always locked so allowing them to walk inside the building by themselves creates a safety hazard.

8:00 TARDY- You will need to sign your child in on the kiosk.

3:05 Pick-up car line begins

Car Line Safety

Please remember safety!! Remember to follow the procedures for the car line routes. It is not safe (plus it makes for other unhappy parents) to attempt to cut into the lines or go around parked cars to exit the line. Stay off of cell phones! Make sure younger siblings are buckled into appropriate car seats. Make sure your kindergartener buckles up after getting into the car. Please pull forward to do this. Don't block driveways. Please be courteous to other drivers. We are all in this together to get the kiddos to and from school safely!

Attendance & Illness

School begins at 7:45, and we will begin counting tardies at 8:00. Attendance is vital to your child's academic success. However, we do realize there are times when your child is sick. In the case of an illness, please notify the school. This keeps Ms. Rachel from having to spend time calling all the parents of the students who are absent.

While we strive for high attendance rates, we also value the health of our students and staff. If your child has a fever or other symptoms of concern please call the school and let us know you will be keeping your child home. Please remember that students cannot return to school the day following a fever. They must be 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. The same goes for vomiting and diarrhea.

We are going to do our best to attend to not only your children's academic needs but also to their social and emotional needs. If your child is struggling with something please don't hesitate to reach out to your teacher or principal to make them aware of any special needs we can help them with.