Gerber Newsletter

Back to School

Gerber Union Elementary School District

The Mission of Gerber Elementary School is to team with families to create a college-oriented culture where students are safe, respected, and empowered to contribute in a global community.


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to a fantastic year of growing and learning at Gerber School. Our goal is to provide the best learning opportunity possible for every student. Administration and other staff will be working hard to help support teachers and inspire and motivate students, but research suggests that your child will do better in school if you get involved. We encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning, volunteer in your child’s classroom and attend school events. Also, get connected online by visiting our website and our Facebook page @Gerber Union Elementary School.


Gerber School administration and office staff are ready to welcome and support you as we move into our new school year. Our staff include: Jenny Montoya, superintendent/principal; Megan Motta, assistant principal/MTSS coordinator, Bree Brown, CBO; Maria Zavalza, accounts payable; Judy Grana, secretary & attendance clerk; and Alexia Gonzales, bilingual secretary. Please let us know how we can support you!

SEL Tips and Resources

  • Hello, Gerber parents, students, and community members. The Gerber School social, emotional, behavioral (SEB) team would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students. We hope that you all have enjoyed a nice summer break spending time with family and friends while participating in the many fun summertime activities our beautiful county has to offer. We are looking forward to another great year here at Gerber School!

The SEB team consists of Cori Dittner, School Counselor, Dale Cheatham, School Psychologist, Megan Motta, Assistant Principal, and Alfred Gomes, LCSW, Behavior Intervention Coordinator. The SEB team provides applicable social, emotional learning (SEL) opportunities to identified students; both individually and in group format using a variety of program options, including individual counseling; please refer to our school website for a link to our ‘Program Options’ and staff profiles for more detailed information.

Our mission is to provide all students with equal opportunity to access consistent, high quality social, emotional, behavioral supports and interventions, as needed, to assist students in enhancing their social, emotional skills and capabilities; providing optimal learning opportunities. In addition, the SEB team is available to assist students and families with brokerage and linkage to applicable and available community resources and services. Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have. We appreciate your role in the lives of our students here at Gerber School. Below are some very helpful links to resources in Tehama County. Thank you!

  • (Tehama County Community Resources)

  • Motivational Quote:

    • "The greater danger for most of us is not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." -Michelangelo

Healthy Habits that Support Academic Success

As the new school year approaches remember to implement these healthy habits at home to support academic success for your child.

Click on link to read articles:

Good eating and sleep habits help kids succeed in schoo

Students' Healthy Habits Can Boost Their Chances for College

  1. Incorporate at least 60 minutes of physical activity four times a week. This has been shown to increase student self esteem and concentration.

  2. Avoid any tobacco, alcohol, vaping and other drugs .

  3. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can impact attention and impulse control. The National Sleep Foundations recommends students 6-13 years old should be getting nine to eleven hours of sleep.

  4. Ensure your child has access to nutritious food. Fruits, proteins, and vegetables help nourish the brain. Have cheese sticks, seeds, and a fruit bowl accessible for your child for easy access.

How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need

Tech Tip

Gerber School classrooms are going to be using the website/app Remind to send out information, reminders, and general communication about your students. Sign up is necessary to use the app, but if you prefer to get your information through a text message then sign up isn't necessary. The sign up links are below.

Click here to sign up using Remind's website

Click here to download app for Apple

Click here to download app for Android