Welcome to Greeley Elementary
Our Mission Statement:
"To promote academic success in an environment which is friendly to students and encourages positive self esteem through appropriate social skills."
Good – bye, 2017. Hello, 2018!
The first half of the school year is coming to a close. Much has been happening within the walls and halls of Greeley Elementary. We have a very supportive PTO, and we have had two very successful BUCK Bingo Nights! We had our all school field trip to Union Station to see the “Mummies of the World” Exhibit. All the classes have been working hard, especially in Math and Reading, covering the standards for their grade levels and preparing for state assessments, which begin in March. The students are enjoying lessons in their new science books and continue to work through activities in Social Studies Weekly. A lot happens in the course on one day! We had our Veteran’s Day Program and our Thanksgiving Lunch. We are always happy to welcome guests to Greeley. On November 27, our 5th & 6th Grade students graduated fro D.A.R.E. We wrapped up the First Semester with the building of Gingerbread Houses, our Christmas Program, and our “Christmas Store”.
Greeley is a very busy place. The most important thing we do here is TOUCH LIVES! We have fun doing it. We work hard. We play hard. AND...we do it together!
We are looking forward to the Second Semester of this school year!
Please feel free to stop by or call anytime. If you have a comment or concern that you would like to share or discuss – come by. We are great because we work together!
Have a great winter!
Mrs. Alford, Principal
Greeley Wildcats Newsletter January 2018
Welcome Back! We are beginning the second semester of the 2017-18 school year. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the break and had time to rest and recharge. The second semester always flies by. We start things off with the following January activities:
January 3 School Resumes
January 8 Greeley PTO Meeting School lunch room.
January 10 Greeley Pride Assembly 2:30 pm Parents, grandparents, families are encouraged to attend. We will recognize student achievements and give Perfect Attendance awards. The 3rd & 4th graders will give a short program.
January 15 NO CLASSES. Teacher In-Service
January 19 Greeley Spelling Bee 10:30 am in the gym. 3rd-6th graders will compete against each other in the school bee. The first and second place winners will represent our school at the Anderson County Spelling Bee on Friday, Jan. 26 at 1:15 pm in the high school auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend both spelling bees.
January 22-26 Kansas Week- we will be celebrating the great state of Kansas !
January 25 100th Day Celebration. All students K-6 should bring a display made up of 100 items. We’ve seen many creative ideas in the past such as: Lego buildings, a drawing covered with 100 buttons, a house made of 100 popsicle sticks, etc. Please be sure to let your child do the work! Beginning at 1:00 pm students will participate in various stations to learn about the state of Kansas and/or the number “100.”
January 26 Anderson County Spelling Bee 1:15 pm Anderson Co. High School auditorium.
January 31 Mid-term grades will go home
Upcoming: Parent/Teacher conferences for Preschool through sixth grades will be February 1st and February 6th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. both days. Scheduling options will go home soon in backpacks!
Tummy Time for Preschool: When you hear tummy time, you might think of infants, but it doesn’t stop there. Tummy time impacts the fine motor development of young children, including their handwriting skills as they get older. Children need the sensory input that comes from lying on their tummy, in addition to the pressure on their arms and shoulders when pushing up, to help build muscle and develop control of their core and joints. Whenever you can, encourage your child to lay on their tummy – we do this while reading books or doing puzzles at school. If your child watches TV or plays on a tablet, I highly recommend making tummy time a requirement for those activities – if they don’t want to lay on their belly any more, it is a good sign they should get up and do something more active.
Reminders for preschool parents/guardians:
Be sure your child always leaves home with a winter coat, hat and mittens.
Please send an appropriate and complete change of clothing in case there is a bathroom accident, illness or big spill.
You must call the school (785-867-3460) and the bus barn (785-448-5778) if your child will not be attending that day.
Please keep your child home if they have a fever of 99 degrees or higher, diarrhea, vomiting or unusual rash/infection.
Other News: Yearbook orders will begin soon and order forms will be sent home. Our book will contain 20 pages of full color photos. The yearbook will cost $17.00 each. Payment can be made by personal check (payable to Greeley PTO) or in cash if exact amount is sent.
Cold weather is here! Please have your child dressed appropriately for the cold temperatures and wind chill. Also, in the event of bad weather, school cancellations will be announced on major t.v. and radio stations in Kansas City, Topeka and Ottawa. USD #365 School Reach also sends out automatic phone calls to families who have provided a working phone number.
Please consider re-stocking your child’s supply of pencils, erasers, glue sticks, Kleenex and antibacterial wipes.
Greeley Wildcat News December 2017
December is here and we are packing a lot of activities into a short amount of time! Below is a listing of events we have in December!
PRESCHOOL NEWS: Both preschool sessions will build gingerbread houses on Monday, December 11. The morning class will decorate at 10:15 a.m and the afternoon class will decorate at 2:15 p.m. Families are welcome to join to help their child decorate his/her gingerbread house. Please let Ms. Chelsea know if you plan to join.
In preschool we’ve recently started using the Second Step early learning program to teach important social and emotional skills. Some of the skills include: learning skills, empathy, emotion management, friendship, and problem solving skills. Preschool families should watch for “Home Links” each Thursday with simple, fun activities you can do together with your child.
Preschool will not have school on Wednesday, December 20th. Our last day of school before the holiday break is Tuesday, December 19th for morning and afternoon sessions. We will return to school on Wednesday, January 3rd!
Greeley Helps Haiti- Nov. 27-Dec 8 K-6th grades will be collecting items that will be included on a mission trip to Haiti and coins that will help buy antibiotics for the mission trip. See the attached note.
Savers Fundrive: Sponsored by the Greeley PTO. Preschool-6th: Clean out your closet and put your items in a 33 gallon trash bag. We earn money for each bag of items turned in. Items that can be accepted are: clothing, shoes, bedding/linens, hats/purses/bags, jackets, boots, towels, belts/jewelry/backpacks. Bring full bags to Greeley Elementary on Friday, Dec 8 from 8:00-9:00 a.m and 4:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec 9 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or by appointment text Anna Miller at 785-448-8305.
Gingerbread Houses- Thursday, December 7th. K-6th students will be building their annual gingerbread houses for the holidays. Our PTO has always purchased the icing and other supplies for us, but the candy and other decorations must come from our families! The decorative items needed are divided up by grade so we have even amounts of everything. All students will be given a paper that lists the item(s) he/she should bring for gingerbread houses. Please follow it carefully and have it at the school by Tuesday, Dec. 5th so we have time to make sure we have what we need!!!! Please send it by this date! If your budget doesn’t allow you to donate to this activity, we understand- please let your child’s teacher know, via a note or a phone call to the office at 867-3460. Houses will be sent home with families after the Winter Program. Preschool will build their gingerbread houses the week of Dec. 11th.
Winter Program K-6th- Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm. Students should be clean and neat and in their seat by 6:45 pm. Upon arrival, students should leave their coats with their parent/guardian and sit with their class in the bleachers on the east side of the gym. Have your cameras and phones charged and ready to take pictures! Students should wear nice clothes; no worn-out jeans.
D.A.R.E. Graduation- The recognition ceremony for fifth and sixth graders was held on Monday, November 27th. Students read their essay about being in D.A.R.E and what they’ve learned. The two essay winners for this year are Cadence Wilper and Tyler Stinnett. Tyler was also the overall essay winner and will have his essay submitted to the state competition.
Christmas Store K-6th- Thursday, Dec 14th and Friday, Dec 15th. Our school is very fortunate to have a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) that works very hard throughout the year so we may enjoy lots and lots of extras. One of the very favorite extras we get each year is the Christmas Store. The store is an opportunity for our students to shop for small gifts for their family members for Christmas. Prices are kept very low- $1.00 to $5.00. Each class will shop on Thursday for immediate (household) family, and then again on Friday for anyone they want. After purchasing their gifts, students may wrap them in the gym. All supplies are provided. Students must bring some money to school with them by Dec. 13th if they will be shopping. They LOVE being able to do their own shopping and the variety of gifts is amazing.
Please have your child’s money in a sealed envelope with his/her name on it. Please list the names of relatives your child will shop for on Thursday and again on Friday. This will make it easier for our helpers to assist your child with selections if needed. This activity is a great way for children to learn the lesson of budgeting!! Please call the school office with any questions or concerns regarding this activity.
Parent Volunteers will be needed for the Christmas Store: 1) Help children shop 2) Help with gift wrapping in the gym. 12:15- 2:30 on both days. Please call the school office if you are available to help. You may help however it works for you- all volunteer time is appreciated.
Class Parties K-6th- TUESDAY, Dec. 19th 2:00-3:00 p.m. Contact your child’s teacher or call the school office If you would like to help.
Student Gift Exchange K-6th- Each class will have a student gift exchange with a spending limit of $5.00. The gift exchange will be during the classroom parties. Boys should bring a boy gift; girls should bring a girl gift. Please have the gift in the classroom by Friday, December 15th so we know that everyone has something to open. Remember- the Christmas Store is a great place to purchase a small gift for the classroom exchange.
Preschool does NOT have classes on Wednesday, December 20th. Final class for Preschool is Tuesday, December 19th (regular times)
Kindergarten-6th End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester Wednesday, December 20th Dismissal @ 1:00 pm.
Classes Resume: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Upcoming Events for January:
Greeley PTO: Monday, January 8th
Greeley Pride Assembly: Wednesday, January 10th @ 2:30 pmSpelling Bee: Friday,
January 19th @10:30 a.m.
Best wishes to each of you throughout the holidays! We appreciate all our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who play an important role in education through supportive efforts at home and at school. Thank you for all you have done throughout this first semester. May you enjoy time with family during this wonderful Christmas season.
Happy Holidays from the K-6th and Preschool Staff at Greeley Elementary!
Parent Portals: On-line enrollment this year required parents to set up their parent portal, however, the parent portal has actually been available for several years. It allows you, the Parent/Guardian to see your child’s grades, attendance, and meal account balance whenever it’s convenient for you! All families will need to have their portal set up because it will be the gateway to enrollment from now on for preschool through grade 12. Those who haven’t set it up will have opportunity later this year. It’s easy and it’s convenient; the key is remembering your password. Use the following link to get started: http://www.usd365.org/
Student Meal Accounts: Each student has a meal account for tracking breakfast and lunch activity. It’s very important that your child’s meal account balance does not fall into the negative. You can track the balance by logging into your parent portal and clicking on meal accounts. You can pay on-line using e-funds or by sending a check or cash to the school office. Automated phone calls begin once a negative balance is reached. It will notify you of the low balance. We cannot carry negative balances so your child may be served a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and milk for lunch if the account isn’t brought current. Please call the office if you have special circumstances.
Bus Students: (Preschool through 6th) If your child will be absent from school, please call the school office and then YOU MUST CONTACT THE BUS BARN SO THEY DO NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE UNNECCESSARILY. The same applies at dismissal time. If your child will not be riding the bus home please call the SCHOOL and THE BUS BARN (785-448-5778).
Illness: If your child has a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea, he/she needs to stay home until they have been SYMPTOM FREE for 24 hours. This insures that the illness has actually cleared.
PTO/Site Council: Our PTO (Parent-Teacher-Organization) is an important part of Greeley Elementary and is made up of parents who help us bring extra activities to our school that we wouldn’t otherwise have funding for. Volunteers are always needed and you can do as much or as little as fits your schedule. We are very lucky to have the extra funding available for field trips, celebrations, Pumpkin Day, Christmas Store and LOTS more, but it takes volunteers to make it happen. Consider attending the next meeting and see what a difference our PTO makes.
Need to Speak With Your Child’s Teacher? Preschool-6th grade: Our teachers are always willing to meet with you when you have concerns or questions. To speak with a teacher, please call the school office and leave a message. Teachers will return phone calls after school or before school starts the following day. If it is urgent, please let our office staff know.
New This Year: Brag Tags. This is a behavior plan that should be fun! Students will be rewarded for accomplishments based on their age/grade. Small laminated tags will be given as recognition of a good deed or behavior.
Cookie Sales: Sixth graders will be baking cookies to sell on Friday afternoons. They are raising money for their “promotion to Junior High” party. They will also learn about running a business and finance. Order forms will go home soon. You may order ahead to have cookies at home (2 cookies, ½ dozen or 1 dozen). Please help the sixth graders as they launch this new business endeavor!
If you would like to enroll your child in the Greeley Preschool, please see Preschool News:
The USD 365 Preschool at Greeley enrolls children ages 3-5 yrs who qualify as either a peer model or special needs student. A screening process is required for every child. Parents interested in beginning the screening process for their child should contact Sandy Rugg in the Psychologist’s office at 785-448-3073
Our preschool has a morning session that runs from 8:00am-11:00 M-F and an afternoon session that runs from 12:00-3:00 pm M-TH. Transportation is provided on a bus designated for preschool students only. Morning students are offered school breakfast; all students will get a snack. Immunization records, a current physical and a copy of a state certified birth certificate are required by the first day of classes. Your child will need two Hepatitis A vaccines (6 months apart).
SCHOOL POLICIES: Additional school policies can now be located under the CAMPUS INFO tab at the top of our webpage.