Connect 5 Bulletins

Watch for our Weekly Bulletins here starting the week school begins (August 23rd)!

August 15, 2017  
School begins on Wednesday, August 23, 2017  
Good evening Garden Road families and students.  This is Gail West, with your Back to School update.

Welcome to Garden Road Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year.  I am very excited to have our children, staff, and families returning for the new school year.

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 new school year. 

I spent the summer time planning, organizing, and working to get things ready for the beginning of school.  I miss having everyone around, and seeing the children every day.  I was thankful to have the students in ESS to visit and catch up with.  Mrs. Mary Nicholl and the ESS staff take such good care of our children. 
Our custodial staff, Tonya and Tony, has worked very hard to prepare the classrooms and school grounds for the new school year.

The PTA and Foundation leadership met over the summer to plan the school calendar and school events.  We are very fortunate to have such caring, hardworking, and generous parents helping to support our efforts and instructional program.
Text Box: School begins on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
            Students arrive between 7:40 – 7:55 a.m.  The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  Students need to be in their seats by 8:00 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:00 a.m., are considered tardy, and need to come to the office for a late slip.
            Grades 1-5
                        8:00 – 2:20      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
                        8:00 - 12:40     Friday
                        8:00 – 1:00      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8/23 through 9/28.
                        8:00 – 12:40    Friday
                        8:00 – 2:20      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10/2 – through the end of the year.
                        8:00 – 12:40    Friday
            TK (Transitional Kindergarten)
                        8:00 – 12:00    Monday through Friday all year
 “Who’s My Teacher?” Posting Party
On Monday, August 21st, our wonderful PTA and Foundation will sponsor a Posting Party from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the lunchroom area.  They will be offering some treats, and it is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and neighbors. I look forward to seeing 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.
Back to School Night for Transition Kindergarten Parents (TK) and Kindergarten Parents
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
This is a wonderful time for our TK and Kindergarten parents to meet with their TK teacher and their Kindergarten Teachers, and learn all about the classroom expectations, school experience, and curriculum.  This is an “adults only” evening. 
TK and Kindergarten Open House
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
We are so excited to welcome the newest members to the Garden Road school family.
TK’ers and Kindergarteners and their parents are invited to our TK/Kindergarten Open House.  This is an opportunity for students and their families to stop by for a short visit, see their classroom, and meet their teacher, prior to the first day of school.
New GRES Family Orientation
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
We want to welcome all of our new families to Garden Road.  Please join us on in our Multipurpose Room.  We will provide an overview of our school, welcome you to our school community, and will take you on a tour. 
It’s Back to School Time
Wednesday, August 23rd
We can’t wait to welcome all of our Garden Road students back to school.  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.  Students need to arrive by 7:55 a.m.  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.
For the safety of all our students and staff, the front and back gate will be closed and locked each morning at 8:10 a.m.
Back To School Night (BTSN) for Grades 1-5
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 31st                                  
Grades 3-5 will be at 5:30 p.m.  - 6:15 p.m.
Welcome by Principal, PTA and Foundation 6:20p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Grades 1-2 will be at 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Please join us for the Back to school Welcome from the Principal, PTA, and Foundation.  This provides an opportunity to gather everyone as school community and hear about how we can work together to support our students, their learning, and school experience.  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, Tom Nicholson, either after or 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.
I am looking forward to our continued partnership and teamwork, working together to create a positive, loving, and challenging learning environment for our students and staff.  Please know that my door is always open.  Together we will make this a wonderful and successful year for each and every student.
Gail West



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August 13, 2017
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