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
Newsletter May 2018
Monday, May 14 GREELEY DAY Staff and students will walk to the Greeley City Park for activities and a picnic. We will serve grilled hotdogs, chips, a cookie, and a drink. We ask that each student bring $2.00 by Friday, May 11th to cover the cost of his/her lunch. We will return to the school at 2:00 p.m. for an assembly as we host the drumming group Percussion Magic. Parents, family members, friends are invited to attend the 2:00 p.m. assembly. This will be the third year we’ve hosted Percussion Magic and it’s always great fun, music, and laughter.
Tuesday, May 15 Last day of Preschool Regular dismissal times.
Wednesday, May 16 USD 365 Play Day. This is a BIG event for all K-6 graders in the district and is held at the football stadium near the pool in Garnett. Events begin at 9:00 am. Students choose 3 events to compete in. Schedules will go home students. Please be aware of weather conditions- Sunscreen and tennis shoes are a must, however, jackets are sometimes needed! All students must bring a sack lunch and drink from home. Parents are encouraged to attend and watch their child compete. If you wish to take your child home when their events are finished they must be signed out with their teacher first. (Students must arrive at school in the morning as usual and will ride the bus to Play Day. Parents may follow the bus or meet their child in the stands at the stadium before the events begin. Each school has their own section.)
NOTE: There is NOT a rain date for Play Day
Thursday, May 17 Talent Show, Fourth Quarter Pride Assembly, Last Day of School for K-6: A student talent show will start at 10:30 a.m. Students who wish to participate in the talent show will need to have their act/talent approved by staff in an audition. The Pride Assembly will immediately follow the talent show (approx. 11:00 a.m.) Fifth and Sixth graders will have a short program, awards and recognition will be announced and the sixth graders will be recognized as they complete their education at Greeley Elementary! We hope to have an end-of-year video to complete the program. School sack lunch will be served to students afterwards. Dismissal is at 1:00 pm.
On-line enrollment for the fall semester will begin in late May or early June. Information will be sent out to families this summer. Enrollment day will tentatively be Thursday, August 2nd at the high school. Watch for later announcements via newspaper, mailings, and posters regarding enrollment day. The first day of school for the fall semester is Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
We appreciate all of our families at Greeley and we are so glad you allow us to work with your children each day. May you enjoy the warm, wonderful days of summer! We look forward to seeing everyone again in August!
Happy Summer Vacation!
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.