Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of January 12, 2020

Greetings from Administration

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Family Photo Project

Family and community is what makes GGES and RSP so special. We are working on a special project that features each and every family in our community. Please send a 4x6 family photo or drawing of your family to school in the next couple of weeks.


School Website

Please refer to our school's website for calendar information and other happenings around our school! https://gges-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/


TK-Kinder Enrollment for 2020/2021

Incoming students who will reach 5 years of age between September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020 are eligible to enroll in TK. Students who will reach 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2020, are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. In person registration will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Details to follow. See district link below to being the enrollment process. https://air.mdusd.org/air/


TK birth date range 9/2/2015-12/2/2015

Kinder birth date student turns 5 before 9/2/2015


For those students currently enrolled at GGE in TK they will automatically roll into Kinder and will not need to register again.


Extra Clothes for Office Needs

We are accepting donations of jeans and bottoms in TK-3rd grades sizes. Prefer unisex for students who may have bathroom accidents.


Superintendent Friday Letter

The Superintendent’s Friday Letter is linked here!


PTA Corner

*After School Enrichment Programs begin this week. Click the link below and register now! Please email ggptainfo@yahoo.com if you have any questions.


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mWbe1fecp5maJXoWTUhVWMBFEpXTmKcK



GG PTA would like to invite Robert Schearer PS and Gregory Gardens Elementary parents to our 4th annual Gator Gala on March 20 from 6-11pm! The Gala team is looking for donations of any kind for the silent auction. If you own a business, or know anyone that may be able to contribute to this super fun event, please email Robin Greenslade at robin.greenslade1@gmail.com. Ticket sales for Gala will be announced soon.


Visit the GGES/RSP PTA Facebook page for more information.

For more information and ways you can help, please connect with your PTA room parent or check us out on Facebook.

What's Happening Around School

Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar

Gregory Gardens Elementary

PBIS

Our PBIS/leadership team has been working hard to create systems and procedures that support student social and emotional success at school. Last week the team organized Playground School, a 45 minute rotation where students (TK-5) reviewed school wide rules and expectations.

All classroom teachers have implemented community circles into their weekly routines. We have had great success with these community building activities and have seen a decrease in conflict on the playground. Students are better equipped to deal with arguments and work through disagreements by using their words.


Bell Schedule

Drop Off

7:40 AM Grades 4-5

7:50 AM Grades 1-3

7:50 AM TK/Kinder Early Friends

9:36 AM TK/Kinder Late Friends


Pick Up

11:11 AM TK/Kinder Early Friends

1:50 PM TK/Kinder Late Friends

2:30 PM Grades 1-5


Wednesday Early Release

12:30 PM Grades 1-5

1:00 PM TK/Kinder Late Friends


Morning Procedures

Please observe our drop off procedures- All students and parents enter campus through the main gate and walk to the playground using the K1 and K2 hallway. All kids and adults are on the blacktop where they can be safely monitored, not roaming the halls where they cannot be supervised. Students may not hang up backpacks prior to the bell ringing, this includes classrooms that are accessible from the blacktop. Once on the playground, students may lay their backpacks in a line at their line up spot. Students may not play on the play structure but they can play with friends on the blacktop. Parents are welcome to wait with their student on the blacktop and may exit campus once students have been greeted by their teacher. We appreciate your continued flexibility and thank you for supporting our efforts to keep all parents, students and siblings safe will at Gregory Gardens.


Volunteer Opportunities

*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.

*Adults will be verified using our online database.

*Make yourself available to support and interact with all students.

*Please no cellphones during volunteering.

Thank you for helping support our positive and safe campus climate.


Volunteers are always encouraged, any day of the week - just come in when you can. However, for the safety of everyone, we can no longer allow non Gregory Gardens children on campus during volunteering, unless they can be carried in a baby carrier.


Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.

https://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1394262952238&vdid=i4ea1lrm2y3nd


Attendance

If you think your student will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline at (925) 682-8000 ext. 7042. Please include your student's name, teacher, and reason for absence. Please be sure to call before 9:30 am. Thank you.


To avoid a Truancy for your student, please call the office within 72 hours for any absence. Without a verification for a day(s) missed of school after that time it becomes a truancy.


See MDUSD website for more details on truancy and absenteeism:

https://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1516177890380&vdid=i4a284jj12xmu


Rainy Day/Indoor Recess Procedures

Rainy days have finally reached us! While we love the rain and need it desperately, it does make recess and lunch periods a bit challenging. We have created a schedule to ensure all students are with a credentialed teacher or classified employee at all times. Morning recess is spent in the cafeteria playing board games, coloring, reading books or using the amazing recess games purchased by our PTA. During lunch, students eat in the cafeteria and then are escorted to a classroom where they are supervised by a noon supervisor. Our new system has been working well and we will make tweaks as necessary. If you are interested in helping on indoor days, please pop by the office.


Students need to be outside! Please dress children in layers with hoods if possible, we will keep kids outside as much as possible in the next week. Everyone is more successful when they play!

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Robert Shearer Preschool

What's Happening around Preschool

All students must be picked up on time. Late pickups cause assistants to be away from their classrooms and teachers to miss important meetings. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Please note that drop off and pick up should happen in front of the Robert Shearer preschool building. If you need to come into the preschool for any reason, make sure you sign in at the office and have an adult escort you to class. Thank you so much for helping us keep everyone safe!

Looking Ahead

January

January 20- Martin Luther King - No School

January 24- GGES & RSP Family Movie Night- 6pm

January 27-31- Multicultural Week

January 27-31- Book Fair #2

January 31- Multicultural Week Potluck

February

February 7-Parents and Pastries

February 10- Teacher In Service Day- No students

February 14- No School

February 17- President's Day- No school

March

March 16- Teacher In Service Day- No students

March 20- Gator Gala

April

April 3-10- Spring Break

May

May 25- Memorial Day- No school

June

June 3- Last day of school

Conversations to Have at Home

Happenings around campus

It's that time again.... come collect your lost items before they are donated Next Friday January 17!

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