Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of April 7, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break with your family and friends. We are excited to welcome our kiddos back to school bright and early tomorrow morning!

I am delighted to be back at Gregory Gardens and Robert Shearer, and look forward to the weeks ahead with our students, staff, and parents. I greatly appreciate the support from the District during my medical leave, and the addition of Katie Koontz to our administrative staff. You have already seen that Katie brings remarkable skills to our team. Together we will make each day count!

I hope to see you at school soon.


Attached please find a Letter to the Gregory Gardens Community from Assistant Superintendent Jose Espinoza.

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Volunteer Opportunities

You've heard the saying....."It takes a village to raise a child" We are looking for volunteers to support students during lunch recess. If you love basketball, have epic four square skills or just love our Gators- please swing by the office to find out how you can help! Below is a link to the MDUSD volunteer instruction page.

Principal Input

Jose Espinoza will host the Principal Input Session on Thursday April 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the MUR. Parents are welcome to attend the event to provide input on next year's Principal.

PBIS/Soul Shoppe

At GGES your students' physical and emotional safety is our top priority. This week our fabulous counselor Chrissy, will be popping into every classroom for 20 mins to provide a refresher course about positive student behavior and school wide expectations. The lesson will include a review of school norms such as being safe, respectful and responsible on campus, being considerate of cafeteria systems, and using appropriate language on the playground. Teachers will follow up the lesson with a review of school wide rules and procedures every day this week!

We also have 4 Soul shoppe assemblies scheduled for students. Assemblies are progressive and build on last year's lessons. They are designed to support kids by giving them conflict resolution tools that allow them to support each other as allies. Talk with your students about the strategies they are learning at our assemblies and how they can implement them in and out of the classroom. Together we can create a positive environment for everyone!

Robert Shearer Preschool

With blue skies ahead of us, preschoolers will be visiting the GG Gardens. The vegetable and the sensory gardens offer many learning opportunities for our kids.

Vocabulary development – learning and using adjectives to compare and describe textures, fragrances, and colors.

Math – counting, comparing sizes, and weight

Inspiration for art/fine motor activities

Developing an understanding of where food comes from and the life cycles of plants

Health & adaptive skills – cleaning, cooking/preparing snacks using food from the garden (yes, we do add from the grocery store to make sure every child harvests a tomato or zucchini!)

Everything we do at Robert Shearer is designed to expand our students’ skills into the rest of their world! Walking in our neighborhoods or shopping in our community bring us into contact with live plants – and an opportunity to expand lessons from the GG Gardens into everyday life.

Looking Ahead


April 8- Welcome Back Gators

April 9- Spring Back to Success Classroom Presentations

April 9- 5th Grade Field Trip to PHMS 10:00-12:00pm

April 11- 5th grade Field Trip to VVMS

April 11- Spring Back to Success Classroom Presentations

April 12- PTA Movie Night 6:00pm

April 15- Skydome Assembly

April 16- Soul Shoppe Presentations

April 16- General PTA Meeting

April 25- Principal Input Session- 5:30pm

April 26- Soul Shoppe Presentations


May 3- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 3- Gator Gala PTA Fundraiser 6:00-11:00pm

May 7- Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 6-10- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

May 10- Incoming Kinder Assessment

May 14- RSP Open House 6:00-7:00pm

May 14- GGES Open House 6:30-7:30pm

May 17-Soul Shoppe Presentations

May 21- General PTA Meeting

May 22nd – LCAP/Speaker Series – LCAP & Budget - Dent, Board Room 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 23- Tk/Kinder Orientation 6:30-7:30pm

May 27- No School

May 29- Volunteer Luncheon- 12:00-1:00pm

May 31- 5th grade swim party -


June 3- High Five Party

June 4- Field Day

June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- Last Day of School- 12pm dismissal

Saturday Spring Clean Up

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