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."
April Showers Bring May Flowers!
If this saying is true, we should have an abundance of flowers in May! April has had a cold and wet beginning!
As our year winds down, our activities pick up. April and May are extremely busy months. Our 3rd – 6th grade students are taking their state assessment test. 3rd – 6th grades take Reading and Math. 5th grade takes Science, and 6th grade takes Social Studies. Each test is given in two sessions. After the state assessments, the students will be taking their final MAP Assessments. They take these in Reading, Language Usage, and Math. They are tired of testing when they are finished with all of these!!
We are looking forward to our first Scholastic Book Fair, our FineArts/Spring Program, and our first Family Math Night. We hope you will join us for all of these events!
As always, please feel free to stop by or call, 785-867-3460, if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for always supporting your children and our staff!
Mrs. Alford, Principal
Greeley Wildcat Newsletter
We have entered the fourth and final quarter of the 2017-18 school year! It’s been a busy year and we’ve accomplished many, many things. April snow showers are getting old and we’re looking forward to sunny and warm!
Latest News: Mrs. Secrest has been voted USD 365 Elementary Teacher of the Year! This is a great honor for Mrs. Secrest and for Greeley Elementary School. We have excellent teachers and we’re very proud that one of our teachers received this award. Mrs. Secrest has brought many positive things to Greeley and she truly loves teaching.
Monday, April 2 Running Club
Wednesday, April 4 Spring Picture Orders are due.
You can also order on-line at www.inter-state.com/order using the unique code on your proof flyer.
Monday, April 9 Running Club
PTO meeting in the lunchroom
April 9-13 National Library Week Celebrate the gift of reading and the world that opens up to us when we read a book!
Friday, April 20 Practice Garmin Run. Students participating in the Running Club will have a practice run at 1:30 pm. The An Co. Sheriff’s Dept assists with traffic control during the run, which starts at the highway (on Mary Street) and ends at the school parking lot.
April 20-May 2 Scholastic Book Fair at Greeley Elementary. The Book Fair will be set up on Friday, April 20th and will be available for viewing the night of our Spring Program as a convenience to our families, however, parents/grandparents may stop into the school to look at the Book Fair on any of the days from April 20-May 2. This is a great opportunity to purchase wonderful books at a low price.
Saturday, April 21 Running Club: Garmin Munchkin Marathon. The 1.2 mile marathon will be held at Ridgeview Rd and Hwy 10 in Olathe at 7:25 am. Our bus will leave the school that morning at 5:30 a.m. and will return by 9:00 a.m. Students riding the bus to Olathe need to be here no later than 5:30 a.m. and be ready to go. For additional information about the Garmin Marathon go to their website at ozrun.org/kids-run/
Monday, April 23 Earth Day Students will recognize Earth Day with various activities including litter pick-up near the school and planting & pruning flowers.
Tuesday, April 24 Spring Program; Fine Arts Night; PTO Silent Auction; Book Fair We invite families and friends to enjoy an evening of Arts. Mr. Russell will present the Spring Program. Our K-6th graders have been working hard and practicing a lot! They will perform many wonderful musical selections. We will have original student art work on display and available for bidding. Our PTO will also have their annual silent auction of the classroom theme baskets! The Scholastic Book Fair will also be set up. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Silent bidding on artwork and baskets: 6:00-6:45 p.m. Concert: 7:00 p.m. Bid winners will be announced following the concert. We hope to see you there!
Silent Auction Basket Themes are:
Preschool: Movie Night
K, 1, 2: A Day at the Beach
3rd/4th: Summer Fun
Wednesday, April 25 Preschool Developmental Screening: USD 365 and ECKSPEC will be offering a screening for children ages 3-5 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The purpose of the screening is to assess children, age 3-5, in the areas of communication (speech and/or language), cognition, motor, social, vision, and hearing. The screening will indicate whether there is a need for further evaluation. If there is a need to further evaluate, parents will be contacted by the school psychologist. These services are offered at no charge to parents. If you have concerns about your 3-5 yr old child or would like your child to be considered a peer model for entry into the preschool program, please contact Sandy Rugg at 785-448-3073 to schedule an appointment. CURRENT pre-k students/parents do not need to attend this screening.
Saturday, April 28 City Garage Sales in Greeley. A few of our school staff will have a combined garage sale in the gym! More details will be posted on our school webpage and sent home in a note.
April 23-27 The last week of April will be the final week of cookie sales for the 5th/6th grade.
April 30 Family Math Night Preschool-6th grade 6:00-7:00 p.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.
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: The final week of cookie sales will be the week of April 23rd. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade 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.