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.
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!