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."
Busy, busy, busy!
February has been a difficult month. The “Flu Bug” hit hard. Students and staff, including substitutes, felt the aches and pains of the flu. Now, as February nears the end, and I am writing this, we are dealing with ICE! Where is SPRING???
March is just around the corner. The 3rd Quarter ends on Friday, March 2nd. Grade Cards will go home on Friday, March 9th. Spring Break is the week of March 19th – 23rd. Kindergarten Round-Up is Thursday, March 29th, from 8:30 – 10:15 AM. If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, please call Lori, at the school office, #785-867-3460, to set up an appointment. We are looking forward to meeting all of our upcoming Kindergarten students!
We begin State Assessments in March, so the teachers are preparing the students for them. This year the format of the assessments is a little different – each test area is only 2 days. This makes the process less stressful for everyone!
As always, thank you for your support of your children, the teachers, the staff, and the administration. Greeley is a strong team because of your support! Please feel free to drop in or call anytime. We always want to hear your concerns, so we can work together to make things better!
Mrs. Alford, Principal
Newsletter March 2018
March……its winter’s last stand, St. Patrick’s Day and lots of basketball! We will be following several college basketball teams as they play through the NCAA tournament. Our display case in the lunch room will be full of items representing college teams in Kansas and around the Midwest. At lunch and recess we will talk about the tournament journey…..who’s in, who’s out. This is a fun season for the students and it’s a great way to teach our youngsters what it takes to get to college and especially what it takes to be a college athlete……lots of hard work starting now, practicing good study habits and setting high goals.
Spring Pictures: Wednesday, March 7th Note: If you would like to order your child’s picture, but your budget doesn’t allow it during order time, you may still order the pictures with a “Late Order Envelope”. Please contact the school office if you would like a late order envelope. Picture packages can also be ordered on-line through Inter-State studios, for up to a year!
End of 3rd Quarter: Friday, March 2nd. We do not have a third quarter Pride Assembly. Grade cards will go home with students on Friday, March 9th.
Yearbooks!!! Please send in your order form and payment for the 2017-2018 yearbook. We need the orders by March 16th. We need a minimum of 50 orders…..Pre-K through 6th grade……every order counts! Checks should be made payable to Greeley PTO. Questions? Please contact Lori in the school office @ 785-867-3460. These are wonderful keepsakes for your child……time flies by!
Spring Break: March 19-23, 2018. Take time to get away or just enjoy time with family!
Greeley Kindergarten Round-Up: Thursday, March 29th 8:30-10:15 am. Children who will turn 5 years old by August 31, 2018 are eligible to begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2018. Please allow 45 mins. to an hour to complete paper work and to allow your child to visit the activity stations. A state certified birth certificate, a copy of a current immunization log and a current health physical (since Sept. 2017) are required at enrollment in August. If you have this paperwork please bring it with you to Round-Up. Parents/Guardians may call 785-867-3460 to make an appointment or for further information.
NO SCHOOL: Friday, March 30th
Theme Baskets: Our PTO will have a Silent Auction of theme baskets on the evening of our Spring Program and Fine Arts Night. (April 24th). Each classroom will have a different theme and families are encouraged to donate items for the basket. Themes are:
Preschool: Movie Night
K, 1, 2: A Day at the Beach
3rd/4th: Summer Fun
Donations for the baskets can be brought to the school between March 7th and April 16th.
Thank you for supporting our school and our students!
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.
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.
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.