Dear Gilbert Heights Parents, Students, and Families,
Hope you are all rested from our recent holiday and ready to be back to Gilbert Heights. There are many important things happening here. As most of you know, we are the recipients of an amazing grant partnership with the Oregon Symphony. This grant is bringing wonderful music and learning opportunities for our school. Our first experience will be January 21st during the day with the Oregon Symphony Percussion Quartet. Students will have mini-workshops, followed by a concert in the afternoon. Our next experiences will include evening community concerts, so stay tuned for info in the “Mailbag.” Now is a great time to get back into the swing of those routines at home. Students need to have a full night’s sleep and be rested and ready for school. Everything you can do to help your students is so appreciated. We are all looking forward to an excellent spring. Thank you for helping us keep Gilbert Heights a terrific place to learn and grow!
ATTENDANCE & TARDY SUPPORT
We plan to continue the emphasis we placed on tracking students who had significant absence and tardy rates. Our students loved a MORNING MUSTANGS group that our counselor, Mrs. Hughes, started last year. Students in this group really improved their getting to school on time behavior. We also will continue to send letters and make phone calls to follow up on attendance issues. We realize many absences cannot be avoided. However, we continue to have students miss school for a variety of reasons we believe we can solve if we work together. Almost all students with poor attendance are also well behind their grade level peers in academic performance. We know we can help reverse this trend. This past year was a significantly low attendance year and we want to reverse that trend.
PLEASE do not check your child out of school early unless it is an emergency. Students will not be released from class between 2:45 and 3:!5 without prior communication. This is hard on the child and disruptive to the class. Thanks!
Our SUN SCHOOL program, which is staffed by our partner agency, CAMP FIRE, was a great encouragement to many students and families. The Monday-Thursday after school program will again run from 3:15-5:30 PM. Students can register for either the MONDAY & WEDNESDAY program or the TUESDAY & THURSDAY program. In addition we will offer more short-term opportunities and special classes such as CHESS CLUB. Look for the registration information in the FIRST DAY PACKET. SUN SCHOOL coordinator Sandi Blackwood can be reached at 503-261-5107.
ARRIVAL / DISMISSAL PROCEDURES: Please help us KEEP KIDS SAFE.
• ALL bus riders will arrive and depart from the BUS TURNAROUND behind the gym at the BACK of the school. This is a BUS ONLY turnaround – no cars allowed.
• ALL parent drop off/pick up by car will be in the FRONT turnaround.
REMINDER: From 3:00-3:30 PM there is ONE LANE TRAFFIC ONLY in the
front parking lot. Please pull as far forward as possible.
•Please PLAN AHEAD and call the office EARLY if transportation plans change.
CARPOOL or have students ride the bus if possible, as our pick-up area backs up significantly.
Looking forward to a wonderful year!