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."
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
It is hard to believe that summer is over, and we are back at school! At the time of this writing, children have been here for 2 days! It is nice to have the halls filled with smiles and excitement.
We have new staff to welcome to our Greeley Family. Chelsea Schulte will be teaching our youngest children in our preschool. Kari Collins will be working as a pre-school para. We are so thankful for our pre-school staff. The love of learning begins right there! We are also looking forward to having Luke Catloth with us, teaching PE. Luke will be at Greeley in the morning and ACJSHS in the late morning/afternoon. Bayley Linn will be teaching our children technology. Bayley has been helping the staff with any issues they have, and we are so grateful! A new face on the elementary side of Greeley is Stephanie Moore. Stephanie joins our family as a para, and we are so happy to have her!
Greeley is truly an amazing place. The staff is dedicated and their love for children is evident. The children are great, and the parents are supportive! How many principals can honestly say that they love their job every day? I know one. ME! I am very blessed!
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 year!
Mrs. Alford, Principal
October News 2017
Red Ribbon Week Oct 23-31 “Your Future Is Key So Be Drug Free” During this week we bring awareness to the problem of drugs and addiction. We will recognize Red Ribbon Week in the following ways: Monday 10/23 “Hats Off to Drugs” (wear your favorite hat) Tuesday 10/24 “Sock Out Drugs” (wear crazy socks) Wednesday 10/25 “Pink Out” (Wear pink) Thursday 10/26 “Red Day” (wear a red shirt or Wildcat shirt) Friday- no school Monday 10/30 “Dress For Success” (wear business attire) Tuesday 10/31 “Spook Out Drugs” (Halloween festivities at school)
Students are also encouraged to create a Drug Free poster or write an essay on the subject of staying drug free. Projects should be turned in to the school office by Monday, Oct. 30 and will be shared on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy. NFP’s mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.
Take The Pledge:
Fire Safety Week Oct 8-14 In recognition of National Fire Safety Week, we are asking all Greeley students to bring one or more bottles of Gatorade to school as a donation to the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept. Those who donate bottles of Gatorade will have their name put in a drawing for each bottle donated (up to a maximum of 5 entries). At the end of the week, we will draw a name and the winner will get a ride to school in a fire truck! The donation begins Monday, October 9. The donation box will be in the gym until Friday, October 13. You may donate as many bottles as you wish, but names will only be entered a maximum of 5 times.
Pumpkin Patch: Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be going to Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch in Rantoul, KS on Friday, October 13. The bus will leave the school at 12:00 noon. Our Greeley PTO will cover the $5.00 fee for students and teachers which pays for a small pumpkin. Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for an afternoon at the pumpkin patch (tennis shoes, a jacket etc). We will re-schedule if possible if it rains that day. Parents may attend but should plan to drive themselves.
Preschool Pumpkin Patch: Wednesday, October 25 Both morning and afternoon classes will go together in the morning and we will not have an afternoon session that day. The bus schedule is still being arranged with the plan that all children will arrive to school at 8:00 a.m. so they have time to use the toilet, discuss field trip safety etc, and leave by 8:30 a.m. Please make sure your child is wearing socks, tennis shoes, and a light jacket. This trip is funded by the Greeley PTO and is a wonderful opportunity for the preschoolers! Each child will bring home a pumpkin. Parents may attend but need to drive themselves and pay their own fees. Please call the school at 785-867-3460 with any questions.
School Pictures: Proofs/order forms went home with students on 9/29. If you would like to order your child’s school photos, please return your completed form and payment to your child’s teacher by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH. If you would like to order pictures but cannot fit the cost into your budget by next week, you can always order pictures at a later date with a late-order form, available in the school office.
Picture Re-takes: Wednesday, October 11th, for students who were absent on the first picture day and for students with written parent permission. We will not re-take pictures based on your child’s request only. We need to know by Tuesday, Oct 10
Flu Vaccination Clinic: Wednesday, October 25 Consent forms will be sent home with students. Please complete forms and return them to the school office. (with payment if required) by Thursday, October 19. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid (KanCare), and Medicare can be billed. Those with other insurance types should schedule an appointment with their primary care provider OR un-insured or under-insured patients can pay $25.00 to receive their vaccination at the school clinic.
Pride Assembly: The First Quarter Pride Assembly will be held Wednesday, October 18 at 2:30 pm in the Greeley gym. Mrs Cubit and Mrs. Messick’s classes will be giving a short program. Students will be recognized for achievements during the first quarter.
Parent/Teacher Conferences: All schools…..Thursday, Oct. 19 4:00-8:00 pm.
All Elementary……..Tuesday, Oct. 24 4:00-8:00 pm. Scheduling forms will be sent home with students. Please let your child’s teacher know the day and time that you would like your conference. Please call the office with any changes to your appointment!!
Greeley Halloween Carnival: Friday, October 20, 2017. This is one of the biggest events of the year for our school and a very anticipated night! Sponsored by the PTO, we will have games, concessions, photos and much more. There is also a $1.00 raffle and a quarter raffle. All proceeds go to the PTO organization which helps fund many, many things for us throughout the year. Volunteers will be needed for that night, so PLEASE plan to help in some way. Shifts are only one and a half hrs- what a difference you can make to the success of our event. Grandparents are welcome to volunteer as well. Parents- please plan to bring one small dessert item per child for the cake walk. (3 children= 3 cakes or 3 pans of brownies etc).
Raffle Ticket Sales: Raffle ticket sales are going well! Remember you can get more tickets if you’ve sold your first tickets and turned in the money for them. A note needs to be written by a parent/guardian before we can issue more tickets…..please specify how many more you’d like! Tammie Schaffer will be at the school in the afternoons to issue tickets. ALL unsold tickets and money are due back at school by Monday, Oct 16.
K-6 Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties: Tuesday, October 31. Parade @ 1:30 p.m. …….parties will follow. Parents who want to help their child with their costume should arrive at 1:15 p.m. (no earlier, please). We will walk from the school to the Greeley Co-op and back…..trick or treating businesses along the way. If you would like to help with the classroom party please contact your child’s teacher.
T-Shirt Orders: Our newly designed t-shirts, & hoodies have been ordered. They should be ready in a couple weeks! Thank you for sending in your order forms and payment by the deadline!
Cookie Sales: Mrs. Secrest’s 5th & 6th graders have had a successful cookie business so far! Thank you to those who have supported their efforts. They are earning money for their “moving up to Junior High” party. Next week (Oct 9-13) will feature Snicker Doodle cookies. The deadline for orders is Wed. 10/11/17. Payment is due with the order.
Looking Ahead: ”Buck Bingo Night” Mark your calendar for Friday, November 17, 2017.
Everything’s a dollar…….bingo, hotdogs, chips and pop. Prizes for winners! Stay tuned to find out more information about this fun event, sponsored by our Greeley PTO.
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.
School Pictures were taken on August 31. Proofs should be available within two or three weeks. You may return your order form and payment to the office or you may order on-line. Please note: if you cannot afford school pictures during the initial order period it’s ok- you can send in a late order or order on-line when the timing is better for you! Inter-State Studios keeps photos for 18 months. Check with Lori in the school office for late-order information. Picture re-takes are Wednesday, October 11 only with a written note from a parent/guardian.
PTO/Site Council: The next meeting is Monday, October 9 @ 5:30 p.m. in the lunch room. 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!
Preschool: Mrs. Schulte’s preschoolers are learning lots of new things already! They are painting, talking about germs, learning about classroom expectations, and learning how to fill a person’s “bucket” by doing good things.
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.