Gratz Brown News

September 2nd, 2016

A dose from Mrs. Doss

GBE Families,

We have wrapped up our first few weeks of the 2016-17 school year. I am once again amazed by all of the hard work seen daily in our hallways and classrooms at GBE. We have dedicated staff and hard working students.

I have been as equally pleased to see our parents at Open House and our 1st Annual Curriculum Night! We are working diligently this year to increase our opportunities for parents to become involved and an active partner in their child's education.

Ways that we are planning to increase these opportunities are nights such as Curriculum Night, and our upcoming Grandparent's Lunches on the week of September 12th.

Another way we have worked to develop a parent friendly area is the changes we have made in our school square. We have revamped the bulletin board and spartan table area into a parent information center. Next time you are in please check this area out and read up on all GBE has to offer you and your students.

We have a space for news from our Counselor, Resource Coordinator for our Elementary Schools, PTO and the building happenings!

Also check out our Box Top Heros Bulletin Board and Growth Mindset Info we are sharing with our students this school year.

We urge you to continue to check out our newsletters for up to date information and events that are for you and your students.

GBE what a great place to be!

Mrs. Angie Doss

Resources for Parents and Students

GBE Partners in Education

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

City Bank

Arts Appliances and Furniture

Moberly Public Schools Mission Statement:

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

Title 1 News:

GBE is a School-Wide Title I School. Title I is a federally funded program designed to help students reach academic success. Many students will spend 30-40 minutes with a Title I Interventionist to increase their reading skills. Title I teachers for Gratz Brown are; Mrs. Rivera, Mrs. Thompson, and Mrs. Mathis. If your child visits the Title I teachers, you will be notified with a letter. This letter will make you aware if your child will be receiving these services or not. It is not a permission form for Title. It is just to verify that you have read the information and are aware of this service. This is something that was unclear and we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this year. If you have any questions always feel free to call and talk to one of our Title Teachers at 660-269-2694.

Character Trait/Terrific Kid for August/September

The word for these months is Respect. As GBE students we say our pledge daily and pledge to be respectful to ourselves and others every day. Our students take this as a serious commitment and are proud to grow as Champions every day here, putting their best effort forward in every way from academics to character!

Mrs. David, our Counselor, will be in classrooms educating our students on this trait. It will also be our focus for our Terrific Kid award at the Spirit Assembly at the end of the month.

GBE PTO Back to School Bash

Wednesday, Sep. 14th 2016 at 5-6:30pm

Gratz Brown Elementary Playground- parking will only be available out front this evening.

Come join us for an evening of fun, meet and greet style event. GBE PTO has organized an event for families of our students and staff to come together and mingle. We will have food trucks available that evening for dinner. There will be a variety of vendors for you to choose from and music to entertain as parents can mingle and students play and enjoy the beautiful playground area. Bring along your picnic blanket or chairs to sit and enjoy the evening.

The vendors are an option for meals, but are not covered by the PTO or school. These are the patron's responsibility. More information will follow from our PTO prior to the event.

Thank you for helping make GBE a great place to be!!

Save the Date:

Feel free to detach the bottom portion of this newsletter to keep on the fridge as reminder to all of the events we have coming up this school year. Others will be added as the year progresses, but these are the events already set on the calendar at this time.


5th- No School

9th- PTO Fall Fundraiser Ends/Turn in all sales by this date

13th Board of Education Meeting Central office

13th- 3rd Grade's Grandparent lunch

14th- 5th Grade's Grandparent lunch,

14th Back to School Bash 5 to 6:30

15th- 4th Grade's Grandparents Lunch

19th Week of Homecoming; Spirit Day Info will follow later

23rd Early Out at 1:00; Homecoming Parade: Mid Quarter Grades Go Home; Picture Packets Go Home.

28th GBE Picture Day- info will follow

29th McDonald's Cookie Sales flyer Goes Home

30th Spartan Spirit Assembly at 8:35 All Grades


3rd- McDonalds Cookie Sales $ due- info will go home prior; Spartan Tutoring Begins

5th- Walk to School Day; Author Visit for Students - Beth Vrabel

7th to the 21st GBE PTO T-shirt sales begin - online

12th Bike to School Day

17th No School Teacher Work Day

21st End of First Quarter

24th-28th Scholastic Book Fair at GBE

25th Parent Teacher conferences- evening only

27th Early out at 1:00 PT conferences continued in evening; Spartan Spirit Assembly 8:35 All Grades

28th No School

31st Halloween