Grizzly Gazette

February 2021

A Successful 1st Semester

Greetings Grizzly Families,

We have some exciting updates at Garwood this month! First, thank you all so much for your continued support throughout this semester. A lot has changed over the past months, and we are delighted to say we've been able to remain open and be as consistent as possible for students!

As we release grades for the end of 2nd quarter, we ask that you consider not only how much students have grown this year, but also the adjusted starting place because of the unexpected circumstances of last Spring. This year I have seen our dedicated teachers and staff work harder than ever to fill learning gaps and help support students on their learning journey. The grades we report reflect progress toward end-of-year standards. If you notice that your student's grades show they are behind standards and this is atypical for them, it may not be lack of effort or growth- it is likely due to the fact that the starting place is very different this year. To help interpret this information, our teachers have made comments and included other information as necessary to show where students are growing.

Grades will be posted and available to view on Friday, February 5th. There are instructions attached to this newsletter for how to log on to your student's Skyward account and access Quarter 2 grades.

Chromebook 1:1 Rollout- THIS WEEK! Please either print the attached form titled "Technology Damage Replacement Program". This document serves as an update for permission to use the device as well as opt-in for the damage replacement program. Your student will not be issued a Chromebook until this form has been completed. Whether you opt in to the program or not, is completely up to you.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, it's a privilege to serve our students and the Garwood community! If you have any questions about the following information, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Jake Massey, Principal

Garwood Elementary

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Important for Parents & Guardians

Reminder about Changes in Student Plans

Thank you for keeping us up to date with changes in your student's schedule or routine!

Please call the office by 9:00 am if your student will be late or out for the day.

Please call the office by 2:15 pm for changes in student pickup.

You can reach us any time at (208)-687-1265. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date!

Read 2 Ride

Silverwood's Read 2 Ride begins soon! Be on the lookout for information sent home from your child's teacher soon. READING BEGINS IN JANUARY!

Student Led Conferences (SLC)- March 11th

We're looking forward to SLCs again this year! We're keeping an eye on the possibility of having this event in person, and we're also planning for remote alternatives. This is a no student day at Garwood. Your child's teacher will send out information about how this will work closer to the event.

1:1 Devices- REQUIRED Form Turned In

Our Chrome books are coming! We expect they will be delivered this week. Please print the attached form (at the bottom of the newsletter) and send it with your student to school. Even if you have already paid for the replacement program, please indicate that and submit the form.

This form is required before your student can be issued a device.

Thank you!

  • NO SCHOOL - Monday, February 15th, President's Day
  • ELECTION DAY - Tuesday, March 9th, Garwood Elementary is a polling place.

From Mrs. Martines, Garwood School Counselor

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What's Going on at Garwood

Garwood Staff Member of the Month

We have had a blast this year honoring one special staff member each month. We are so fortunate to have a staff that goes above and beyond for students and community daily. This is our way of honoring them and their contribution to our school!

Meet Ms. Rena! Rena takes care of so many things at Garwood! As the evening custodian, Rena routinely goes above and beyond making sure that all of the details are taken care of so our students can return to class safely each morning. She is a delight to be around, and her smile and positive attitude spread to all staff and students who interact with her in the afternoons.

Thank you, Ms. Rena! We're so grateful for you!

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Some FUN From Our Latest Assembly!

Other Updates

Parent Advisory Committee- Still Accepting Members!

We're excited to have started up a regular meeting with involved parents and guardians. We believe that our school is great, and we can remain great as long as we are in-tune with our families and community. The format of these meetings may change as COVID restrictions fluctuate- but most of all we want to remain committed to feedback & collaboration, especially through this pandemic.

To become a part of this advisory group, please fill out this short, simple contact form by clicking here or email your name, phone number and student(s) names to