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
GREELEY WILDCAT NEWS September 2017
Labor Day has come and gone which means summer is officially behind us. We are in our fourth full week of school! There are a lot of important things to cover at the beginning of each school year………
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.
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.
Website: Check our website for current happenings and other information. usd365.org and click on School Campuses, then click on Greeley Website. USD 365-Garnett - School Campuses
Open House & Buck Bingo: The night was a big success and we were glad to see so many parents and grandparents attend! The evening started with the presentation of 166 beautiful, new books donated to our school library by the family of the late Sara Teel. Mrs. Teel was a secretary in USD 365 for 35 years and had a passion for children’s books. Upon her passing, her husband and daughters decided to use memorial money to donate books back to each elementary school in the district. Our students will certainly enjoy these new books! Our open house followed; we hope you enjoyed visiting the classrooms and talking with your child’s teacher. Thank you to those who played Buck Bingo- our first PTO fundraiser of the year. It was a fun night!
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.
Pride Assemblies are held after the first, second, and fourth quarters. Pride Assemblies give teachers the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of their students. We encourage family members to attend when possible to show support for their child’s progress. Check the school calendar for dates and times. Note: the fourth quarter assembly is much longer and will start in the morning.
PTO/Site Council: The next meeting is Monday, September 11 @ 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!
K-6 Fieldtrip: Thursday, September 21 Science City and Mummy exhibit. Please refer to the note that went home with students. If you want to ride the bus, its first come, first serve! Younger siblings may not ride if they are not enrolled in our school. Parents must pay $11.00 at the door….not in advance.
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.