Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin

Week of May 12, 2019

Greetings from Administration

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Gator Moms, Grandmas, Aunties, Cousins and Big Sisters. We hope you were spoiled by your families.

It was a great week to be a Gator. On Monday teachers were welcomed to school with beautiful door decorations and posters of affirmations all over campus. It was the perfect start to our week. Tuesday we were spoiled with cookies, cheeses and all of our favorite pastries. Thank you for making us feel so loved. On Thursday, Kindergarten hosted their Annual Mother's Day Event. It was so wonderful to see students sharing their songs and homemade gifts with their families. Later that evening, we were proud to watch our Gator performers singing at the MDEA Academy Awards. They sang three songs from the Lion King and sounded awesome.

We are ready to take on a new week! We hope we will see you at Open House on Tuesday evening. This is your chance to come see what your child has been working on in class, and scope out classrooms for next year!

If we can support you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cheryl Kolano

Katie Koontz

Gregory Gardens Elementary


We have 2 openings for Noon Supervisors!! Come join our team to help support student success during lunch. The position is 5 days a week for a total of 7.5 hours. If you are unable to commit to 5 days, please consider signing up as a Sub Supervisor. click here to see our job posting on or come into the office to fill out a paper copy!

Noon Supervisor Hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 11:20-12:50

Wed 11-12:30

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.

PBIS/Soul Shoppe at GGES

On Friday May 17th our 4th Soul Shoppe assembly will be taking place in the Library. Students will talk about being an ally for peers who are struggling.

PlayWorks- Recess Reboot

Playworks continues to be a success at GGES! Our Junior Coaches help out during recess and lunch. Our 4th/5th grade coaches have learned how to set up game areas, organize and run inclusive playground activities, and support students through disagreements. 4 coaches support students during all morning and afternoon recesses. It is truly a delight to watch our kids in a leadership role. We are looking for a volunteer to lead our Junior Coaches in a once a week, 20minute check- in session. If you are interested please reach out to Ms. Koontz for more details. In the mean time ask your students what their new favorite game is........


*Olympic Style 4 Square

*Mr. Fox

*Band-Aid Tag

*Behind the Back Tag

*Medic Dodgeball

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PTA Corner

General PTA Meeting

Please join us at 7:50am on Tuesday May 21 for our monthly PTA meeting. We will meet in the multi-use room to discuss upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and what’s been going on at the executive board meetings. We need your vote on next year's board members! Every voice counts! See you there!

Teacher appreciation

On behalf of our teachers, thank you all for your generous gifts, food, and volunteering this week! Teachers loved having a few extra minutes to themselves while parents covered yard duty shifts. We were also spoiled not once but twice with a delicious brunch and delightful luncheon.

Robert Shearer Preschool

Extended School Year

Due to our summer roofing project, RSP will not be hosting Extended School Year. All students who are eligible to receive ESY services will attend Sequoia Elementary with Nadia Visaya as the Principal. Stay tuned for more information about dates and transportation.

Drop Off/ Pick Up Procedures

We need your help to reinstate best practices for preschool drop off and pick up. Parents may not park or pull into the bus circle between 8:00am-2:30pm. Parents should park in a designated parking stall and walk their student to the preschool. If your child starts at 8:30 please bring them to the playground gate where your teachers will be waiting to receive them. 10:40 students should come into the pod and enter the playground from the back double doors. Teachers will be there to greet students. At dismissal, please park and walk to meet your child outside the pod at the appropriate time. Thank you for helping us streamline our procedures. We appreciate your flexibility.

Looking Ahead


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 Election PTA Meeting 7:50-8:50am

May 22– 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 12:00pm

May 29- Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day

May 28- Field Day

May 30-High 5 Party 1st-5th grade 1:00pm

May 31- 5th Grade Swim Party

May 31- End of Year Family Picnic 6:00-8:00pm


June 3- Mrs. Kolano Retirement Party 2:00-4:00pm

June 5- 5th Grade Informal Celebration

June 5- Last Day of School- 12pm dismissal

Happenings around campus

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