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August 2016
Good evening Garden Road families and students.

This is Gail West, your new principal, with your Back to School update.

Welcome to Garden Road Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. I am so excited to be joining you as your new principal. I am looking forward to meeting all of the Garden Road children and families and working together to create a positive, loving, and challenging learning environment for our students and staff.

From everything I have heard and experienced, I can see that this is a very special school, filled with dedicated, committed, and involved parents and staff, who truly function and treat each other as family. You can just feel the “heart”. I feel so lucky to be here with you and look forward to a wonderful school year working together and supporting our children and their education. My door is always open, and I hope you will stop by to introduce yourself.  

I hope you have had a nice and fun-filled summer so far with your families and friends, and are feeling excited and energized to begin the school year.

Our custodial staff and District maintenance staff have been working hard to prepare the classrooms for the new school year.

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Garden Road PTA Leadership and Foundation Leadership to discuss the transition and share hopes and plans for moving forward. I am truly excited to work with all of you to provide wonderful and enriching experiences for our children.

School Hours
Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
8:00 – 12:00 noon Monday through Friday
This year TK students will be having lunch during the TK program. Lunch will be at 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. The students have an early recess at 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. and another recess break at 11:20 until 11:40 a.m. The students will be dismissed at 12 noon.
Kindergarten
8:00 – 1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8/16 through 9/22 8:00 – 12:40 p.m. Friday


School begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beginning September 26, 2016, the kindergarten students will begin the same schedule as Grades 1-5, as listed below.
Kindergarten
8:00 – 2:20 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9/26-through the end of the year. 8:00 – 12:40 p.m. Friday
Grades 1-5
8:00 – 2:20 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 – 12:40 p.m. Friday

“Who’s My Teacher?” Posting Party On Friday, August 12th, our wonderful PTA and Foundation will sponsor a Posting Party from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They will be offering some treats, and it is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and neighbors. I look forward to meeting many of you at this time, and appreciate the PTA and Foundations’ efforts. Classroom assignments will be posted at 4:00 p.m. outside the Multipurpose Room (MPR). All students can come by and see who their teachers are. Students will not be meeting their teachers, but what an enjoyable way to spend some time with friends and celebrate the start of another fantastic school year.

Transition Kindergarten Parents (TK) Open House and Back to School Night
It is a wonderful time for our TK students and parents to meet with their TK teacher, Mrs. Terri Gosen, on Monday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in Room K-1. This is an opportunity for students and their families to stop by for a short visit, see their classroom, and meet Mrs. Gosen prior to the first day of school. Mrs. Gosen will also by having a special

Back-To-School Night for TK parents on Thursday, August 18th from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. She will be sharing information about the TK program. Please mark your calendars for these special and important dates.

Kindergarten Open House
We are so excited to welcome the newest members to the Garden Road school family. Kindergarteners and their parents are invited to our Kindergarten Open House on Monday, August 15th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in our Multipurpose Room. Parents and students will receive an overview of our kindergarten program and meet your child’s teacher.

New GRES Family Orientation
We want to welcome all of our new families to Garden Road. I am joining you as a new member as well.

Please join us on Monday, August 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in our Multipurpose Room. We will provide an overview of our school and will take you on a tour.

It’s Back to School Time We can’t wait to welcome all of our Garden Road students back to school on Tuesday, August 16th. Students in grades 1-5, can be dropped off starting at 7:40 a.m. until 7:55 a.m., and they will proceed to the black top. School officially starts at 8:00 a.m. The teachers, staff, and I will be waiting to greet our students and families on this first day of school. Our TK and Kindergarteners gather outside their classrooms and will be greeted by their teachers.

Back To School Night (BTSN)
Please mark your calendars for this important and exciting evening. Back to School Night is a wonderful opportunity where you get to meet your child’s teacher, see the classroom from your child’s perspective, and learn all about the grade level curriculum, learning goals, class procedures, classroom processes, homework, and expectations. This is a “parents only” evening.

BTSN is Thursday, August 25th
Grades K-2 will be at 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Grades 3-5 will be at 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

This year we are doing things a bit differently. Each session will begin in the Multipurpose Room. I will welcome everyone and explain a bit of our goals and plans for the upcoming year. Parents will then have the opportunity to meet and hear from the PTA President, Mr. Jim Sytsma, and our Foundation President, Sarah Mastrianni, before visiting their child’s classroom. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive, hardworking, dedicated and committed parent community. This is what helps to make Garden Road such a special place and school.

Thank you to everyone for your warm and heartfelt welcome. Together we will make this a wonderful and successful year for each and every student.

Fondly,
Gail West

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