Dear Gilbert Heights Parents, Students, and Families,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I hope you all had a fun-filled, relaxing summer and are looking forward to a brand-new school year. We are pleased to have you as partners and want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social, and emotional growth. With your help, this will be an excellent school year. As the year progresses, and as you become either more informed or more puzzled, we encourage you to call the school and talk with those who might be of help. If your question deals with in-class events, please ask to speak with the teacher. If it deals with the overall program, curriculum, or activities, please feel free to contact me directly. One of our goals is to see that parents and guardians of students, like the students themselves, feel at home at Gilbert Heights. We welcome and encourage your participation. Please look for our bi-weekly newsletter called the Mustang Mailbag. The 2014-2015 year will prove to be an exciting one. We look forward to seeing you around our campus. Below are items of interest:
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Please join us on Thursday, September 18th from 5:30 – 7:00. You will have the opportunity to meet the Gilbert Heights staff, see your child’s classroom, and tour our beautiful remodeled school.
There is a one-time $20 supply fee per child. This fee is for consumable supplies that will be used throughout the year. It replaces the usual supply list.
Please DO NOT purchase any supplies or send any supplies from home. Your child’s teacher will purchase supplies over the summer. This fee is NOT optional.
A community supply method will be used. There are many benefits to this method for the parent, child, and classroom teacher. It will save parents money because we are able to buy in bulk, allowing us to purchase a larger variety and better quality of supplies. Students feel more equality because all supplies are the same color, style, size, etc. Students also learn many social skills from sharing supplies. By purchasing supplies over the summer, our classrooms are set up and ready for the first day of school with the supplies that are needed.
Please send the supply fee with your child on the first day of school. It is helpful to put it in an envelope with your child’s first and last name on the front.
If there are circumstances that create a hardship in paying the fee, please see your child's counselor or principal.
As a SMART volunteer, you’ll read one-on-one with our kindergarten through third-grade students each week from now until mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build literacy skills and self-confidence. SMART is fun and further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month to take home and keep.
We are looking for 14 volunteers; reading times are available at Gilbert Heights, Menlo Park and Mill Park!
For more information about volunteering with SMART, call 971-634-1616 or visit www.getSMARToregon.org
“I want a Facebook!” If you have not heard these words from your child yet, get ready because chances are that you will. However, no matter how ready you are the real question is, “Is my child ready for Facebook, Instagram or other social media?” Instant communication, written words and opinions that can’t be taken back, pictures that, once posted, are in cyberspace for all of eternity, “friends” who they may have never met in real life and who may or may not be who they really claim to be. All of this, on their phones or computers, happening at Internet speed that is hard for us, as parents, to monitor.