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
Newsletter February 2018
Congratulations to our spelling bee winners: Alex Schaffer and Preston Kueser! Alex and Preston went on to represent Greeley at the Anderson County spelling bee on Friday, January 26th. We appreciate their hard work and we’re very proud of them!
All-School conferences: Thursday, February 1 from 4:00-8:00 pm.
All-Elementary conferences: Tuesday, February 6 from 4:00-8:00 pm.
We’ve had very good parent attendance for conferences in the past and we hope to have 100% attendance this year. It is important to keep the parent-teacher connection, and by attending conferences it shows your child that school is important to you! If you need to re-schedule, please call the office at 785-867-3460. Conferences are for Preschool through 6th grade.
Spring Pictures: Tuesday, Feb. 20
Spring pictures are more casual and often bring out your child’s personality. K-6 students may bring a small prop to use in their picture. A prop can be a favorite toy, medal, award, baseball, collectible etc. Props cannot be a weapon, alive (family pet), and must be easily transported if he/she rides the bus. It will be up to each child to have their prop ready when it’s their turn for photos. We will not make phone calls to parents if the prop is forgotten at home that day.
Preschool students have spring pictures too, but should NOT bring a prop. Their photo session goes much better without one.
Buck Bingo Night: 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Greeley PTO, Buck Bingo Night is a fun way to support the PTO and our school. Bingo cards are 4 for $1.00 Win great prizes!
Civic Engagement Conference: Five students in Mrs. Secrest’s class were chosen to present their project at this conference! The students created a plan to better their school and community and were chosen by a committee to give an oral presentation on Feb. 19th in Topeka, KS. Only 16 groups in the state of Kansas will attend. Congratulations to Alex, Preston, Tyler, Cadence, Brendan, and Mrs. Secrest!
Yearbook order forms will be handed out to parents at conference time.
The school yearbook is 20 pages of full color photos documenting our activities throughout the year. It’s a great keepsake for kids as they spend up to 10 years at our building if they attend preschool and go through 6th grade! Think how much they change each year. The cost is $17.00 and can be paid by cash or check (payable to Greeley PTO). We need 50 orders to be able to get our book published each year, so every order counts! Deadline to order: March 16, 2018.
Running Club for K-6th:
Mondays, beginning February 5th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. Consent forms need to be signed and returned before your child may participate. Running Club members will be training for the Munchkin Marathon in Olathe on April 21. The marathon is optional and your child can still be a part of running club without competing in the marathon. They will meet on the following dates: February 5th, 19th, 26th, March 5th, 12th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Your child’s ride needs to be at the school promptly by 4:00 pm.
Greeley PTO/Site Council Meeting: Monday, February 19th in the lunch room.
NO SCHOOL: Monday, Februrary 12th
Valentine Parties: Wednesday, February 14 @ 2:30 pm. Contact your child’s teacher if you haven’t signed up but would like to help.
Jump Rope for Heart: Will not be held on Feb. 16th as listed on the school calendar. It is post-poned until further notice.
Upcoming Events: Kindergarten Round-Up. Children who turn 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018 are eligible to attend Kindergarten next fall. If you have a child or know of a family with a child who will be attending Kindergarten next fall please have them contact the school office @ 785-867-3460. We are taking appointments now for Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 8:30-10:15 a.m.
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.