Greystone News

September 21, 2018

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Together We Are Stronger

We have just finished our first MakerSpace lesson and we wanted to show you the incredible results. Students learned how powerful we are when we work together through a demonstration. Using marbles to symbolize our problems, we each let go of one of our problems. Then we became drops of water. One drop alone did very little to move the marble. However, when all the drops of the school were joined together, we saw great results! We then realized that if the whole world worked together, we would be a lot like the power of the ocean on our marble sized problems and would be able to sweep them away!

To help each student remember this, everyone decorated one drop. We then put all the drops together on a canvas and hung it in the hallway so they can walk by and remember that "Together We Can Do More". We hope you enjoy seeing our results!

A special thanks to Jane Roberson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roberson, for doing the lettering on our canvas!

Movie Night

Leave a Legacy Kickoff- Movie Night September 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Join us as we kick off our "Leave a Legacy" fundraiser movie night presented by Mathnasium. September 28th at 6:00 p.m. we will have Ferdinand the movie beginning at 7:00 p.m. Food trucks will be open from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come and join us for the Silent Auction which runs from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Don't forget to bring your chairs and blankets.
Leave a Legacy

Greystone Elementary Leave a Legacy Campaign to Run Oct. 1st-5th

The Leave a Legacy Campaign will kick off on October 1st and run through the 5th. This is Greystone Elementary's only fundraiser of the year and the school gets to keep 100% of the money raised! This year's goal is $25,000. If we meet our goal, we will have a BMX Stunt Show! Greystone has a few wish list items that the money will go towards such as playground shades and courtyard renovations.

There are three easy ways to contribute:

1. Donate at the Kickoff Party on September 28th.

2. An envelope will be sent home with your child. Send that back with cash or checks.

3. Donate online! Paypal links will be set up for each grade and will be emailed to you.

Prizes include:

1st place: Skate Party

2nd Place: PJ's and a Movie

3rd Place: Dance Party

4th Place: Ice Cream Party

5th Place: Pizza or Chicken Party

6th Place: Extra Recess

Spirit Days:

Monday: MisMatch Day

Tuesday: Tie-Dye Day

Wednesday: Wacky Hat Day

Thursday: Tropical Day

Friday: Favorite Team Day


Jeans Needed for Enrichment Classes

Enrichment classes will be collecting old jeans for our project we are working on called Sole Hope. This organization makes shoes for the people of Uganda who suffer from jiggers (sand fleas) who burrow into their feet and cause infection. If you have any jeans you no longer need, please send them to Mrs. Fox and we will be glad to make them into shoes for the people of Africa! Thank you for your help!
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Library News

The Be a Champion and Read contest has begun! Your child's parent letter and book list will come home soon. Students should read 6 books on their level. Younger students can have their parents read the books to them. Parents need to fill out and sign the bottom portion. Turn the book list into Mrs. Richey by October 22. Your child could win 3 tickets to the Iron Bowl, sideline passes, and more! Everyone who participates will receive an Alabama or Auburn bookmark. A copy of the parent letter and book list can be found by clicking on the following link:

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Is your child missing some glasses? We have had these items for quite awhile in the lost and found.

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Important Dates

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

October 8- Professional Development Day for Teachers- No School for Students

October 17th- Make Up Pictures and Report Cards Go Home

October 22-26th- Red Ribbon Week

October 22nd- Taco Mama Spirit Night

October 25th- Dauphin Island Parent Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

October 29th-November 2nd- Fall Book Fair

Click Here for the 2018-2019 Hoover City Schools Calendar

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PTA Highlight- Joan Bishop

Hi! My name is Joan Bishop, also known as Emmett and Natalie's mom. They have been at Greystone Elementary since kindergarten and are now big third graders! My husband Eric and I are Mississippi State University alumni and have been in Birmingham for over 15 years. This is my second year on the Board, and I am serving as this year's Treasurer. My main role is to manage the PTA's funds and provide information to support decision making. I also work alongside the President and Assistant Treasurer in preparing our annual budget.

The PTA is an open and inclusive group, and I encourage you to share your time or talents with us! You'll have an opportunity to share your skill set and work with an incredible group of parents dedicated to supporting the efforts of our teachers and staff. I also invite you to attend a PTA meeting to see what we’re all about! It’s a great way to get to know Mrs. Stocks and Mrs. Williams, find out about events and decisions affecting our school, meet other parents, and see what we achieve as a team. It is our hope that you feel a greater sense of community and school pride through what we do.

Above all, we are so grateful for your continued support of the PTA. Your financial contributions, willingness to volunteer, and attendance at Spirit Nights or Family Nights all make a difference! Our annual Leave a Legacy fundraiser is just around the corner, and we are hosting a Movie Night next Friday, September 28th. This will be a fun way to kick off our fundraising campaign so please make plans to join us!

All the best,

Give Hope Day 2018

We spent some time raising awareness of childhood cancer and the need for research to find a cure. We also emphasized the importance of philanthropy and doing our part to help others.

National Suicide Awareness

Adapted from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.

Across Hoover City Schools, our intervention counselors will lead efforts during National Suicide Awareness/Prevention Week to highlight this issue, which affects all ages. Among those efforts - helpful information and resources for parents at both the Elementary and Secondary levels:

HCS Elementary Parent Alert Bulletin*

HCS Secondary Parent Alert Bulletin*

You may notice both Hoover and Spain Park high schools will have 115 chairs placed in visible locations. One-hundred and fifteen chairs represent the number of suicides each day. We hope students, parents, employees, community members, and others will take time to review resources found in the Parent Alert Bulletins and understand the importance of reaching out to those at risk for suicide.

*If needed, please visit our text-equivalent Parent Alert Bulletin.

See more by this web address:

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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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