Gregory Gardens Weekly Bulletin
Week of September 29, 2019
Greetings from Administration
Happy Sunday Families! Remember September is Attendance Awareness Month. No need to debate, go to school and don't be late!
Gregory Gardens Community Service Day
We had a wonderful Saturday coming together as a community to make our school better for students. Together we completed 2 murals, cleaned up, organized toys, decorated bathrooms, cleaned the garden and added a fence decoration for elementary and preschoolers to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who donated time and materials to make the projects a reality.
This year students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Halloween, Thursday October 31st. We will continue to reserve the parade for our youngest Gators- preschool, TK and Kindergarten friends. In the coming weeks a flyer will be sent home regarding school appropriate costumes. We are excited to bring back an old Gregory Gardens Tradition.
We are doing our best at helping students keep track of their belongings. Please remember to label all reusable containers, water bottles, sweatshirts and jackets. Our lost and found is already filling up :( We will be making a donation run at the beginning of November..... please be sure to come find your items.
Walk/Bike to school day 2019
Join the fun on Walk/Bike-to-School Day at Gregory Gardens and Robert Shearer!
This is part of a nationwide effort to celebrate the joys of walking and biking and open the eyes of students, families, school and community leaders and partners in seeing the possibilities for walking and biking to school every day. Everyone who rides or walks to school will get a special sticker upon arrival. The class with the most students who walk or ride gets a special prize AND an extra recess!!!
If you live too far, you can still participate. Simply park somewhere in the surrounding neighborhood and walk or ride in. If you would like a FREE bike helmet, please contact GGPTAINFO@YAHOO.COM! We have received a donation of quite a few brand new, solid black bike helmets!
To help provide snacks for busy gators rushing out the door to participate in this event, please check out our sign up!
We are in the final phases of our roofing project. Once complete, I will be working with M&O to get our blacktop fixed.
Click here to view the 2019-2020 MDUSD Academic Calendar
Let's make it a great day Gators!
Gregory Gardens Elementary
I am working closely with students and families to support student success. Recently we have had reports of inappropriate language being used at school. Students are often using adult language on the playground. Words are intended to hurt and insult peers. Please watch the video below with your students and talk with them about positive ways to express their frustration or displeasure with peers. Please work with your students on resolving conflict in a school appropriate way. Language we use at school, "STOP- we don't do that at our school", " I feel unsafe when you use bad language around me", " I am getting a teacher for help"
We will continue to work together as a community to create a safe and respectful environment for all.
For the safety of our students and staff the back gate will be locked at 8:15am and unlocked between 2:00-2:15 pm each afternoon. (12:15 on Wednesday). We appreciate your cooperation and flexibility as we keep our campus safe.
Gator Time and Academies
Beginning tomorrow students will participate in two rotations to support student achievement.
Gator Time- 1st and 2nd grade, 9:40-10:10 and Academies- 3rd-5th grade, 8:00-8:30. Students will receive support in areas of language, reading or math.
We are thrilled to bring Sheila Hill to GG as our new Garden Education teacher. Sheila will be working with students to plant, harvest and learn healthy cooking habits. Garden rotations begin this week and last 4 weeks. Tk-2nd grade students will start and 3-5th graders will begin in November. Sheila will be with us until May.
Please refrain from picking any vegetables from our garden.... students will need these during class time.
*Check into the office to receive your visitors pass.
*Adults will be verified using our online database.
*Make yourself available to all students.
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.
WAlk/Bike to school day is Wednesday October 3rd. Help us celebrate healthy habits and bike safety. We can't wait to see everyone riding bikes, wearing helmets, and walking safely.
For more information and ways you can help, please connect with your PTA room parent or check us out on Facebook.
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.
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Robert Shearer Preschool
Picture day is coming up for our Preschoolers- Photographers will be here on October 7 and 8 to capture the smiles of our youngest students. Our Preschool Parade Tradition will continue this year on Halloween. Stay tuned for details. We want to thank our wonderful team who worked with students during vision screening in each preK classroom last week. We are a great team!
What's Happening around Preschool
Rooms K4, 5, and 6 gather together every Tuesday morning in the Elementary Music Room to share in a large group music activity. The teachers of the three classrooms take turns taking the lead. The children have an opportunity to participate in familiar and new songs in a larger group setting.
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.
LET'S RUN FOR FUNDS!
September 30- School Site Council- 2:50-3:50
October 2- Walk or Bike to School
October 7 & 8- RSP Picture Day
October 11- Dads and Donuts- 7am
October 15- General PTA Meeting
October 21-25- Red and Blue Ribbon Week
October 25- GatorWeen- 5:30-8:30pm
October 31- Halloween
November 8: End 1st Trimester
November 11: Veterans Day- No School
November 12- See's Candy Fundraiser begins
November 15- Lunch on the Green
November 25- 29: Thanksgiving Break
December 2- See's Candy Orders Due
December 9-20- Parent Teacher Conferences
December 23-January 6- WINTER BREAK
January 7- WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL
January 17- Family Movie Night- 6pm
January 20- Martin Luther King - No School
January 27-31- Multicultural Week
January 27-31- Book Fair #2
January 31- Multicultural Week Potluck
Conversations to have at home
Happenings around campus
Lunch on the Stage! I highlight on the Gator Bite Menu.
Have you seen the updates to our office! We love decorating with student smiles.
A quick selfie with our 3rd graders.
We loved having our Olympic high School Service Learner helping in our 2nd grade classroom! He was a wonderful role model for students.
Swinging into the weekend with Ms. Koontz.
Gator Bite smiles! Swing by the display case and see how many Gators have purchased pictures!
Tk students are studying setting and characters in Language Arts!
Our new rainbows bring so much joy to our kindergarten courtyard.
The garden is one of our favorite places on campus! It's even more beautiful after PHill Community Service Day