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."
The time has come to come back to school! We are ready! Yes, we have had to make some changes, but the one thing that has not changed is how much we love and miss your children!
The teachers have already been busy getting their classrooms ready. They look GREAT! We have adhered to the social distancing rule, but the classrooms look cheerful and welcoming!
The district Reopening Policy can be found on the website.
I want to point out a few things that are important, but might be easy to overlook:
1. Masks will be worn, by everyone in the building. If you choose to have your child wear a shield, they must also wear a mask. They will not be worn at lunch, recess, or anytime the classes are outside. Teachers will take their classes outside every hour, so the children can take their masks off for a few minutes.
2.Temperatures will be taken on everyone entering the building. Bus students will have theirs taken before they get on the bus. Car riders and walkers will have theirs taken when they enter the building. Car riders and walkers will enter the school through the front door (by the office). Parents will be asked to wait in their vehicles until given the thumbs up to leave. If your child has a fever, they will have to return home.
3. Bus riders, car riders, and walkers will be dismissed from the cafeteria at the end of the day.
4. Students will not be able to keep their lunches in the refrigerator this year. Please plan to have an ice pack in their lunch box if their lunch has to be kept cold.
5. At this time, we will not have visito’s in the building. Our main goal is to educate the children and keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have to come to the school, please ring the bell, and understand that we will take your temperature and help you, but we will not let you “roam” the building.
We are looking forward to getting back to some kind of normalcy, but for now, we are all working very hard to just get back to school! We want the children to be here. We want to hear their voices. We will get through this...together!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.
NOTE THIS CHANGE TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR: First day of school for KINDERGARTEN is Wednesday, August 19, 2020. 1 st grade-6 th grade will start on Thursday, August 20 th !
Also......Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will NOT be having our Open House on Monday, August 17 th or Kindergarten Family Night on Thursday, August 27 th .
Meal application forms will be mailed to all families the of July 6-10, 2020. On-line enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is now open. Go to www.usd365.org home page and scroll down to the “On-line Enrollment” links to get started. If your child is new to the USD 365 district, you will need to enroll on-line as a new student. Returning students will receive an e-mail with information about on-line enrollment.
Update 7-15-20: The start date and plans for the fall semester continue to be fluid due to COVID-19 and the mandates set forth by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly as of July 15, 2020. We will continue to post updated information as it is available.
7-7-20: We do expect to begin school on Wednesday, August 19th with students in-class. More information will be coming about the changes we will make due to COVID-19. We are asking each child to bring TWO masks to school. Cloth masks will be more cost efficient for families, and can be washed and reused, but the type of mask is your choice. Disposable masks will need to be regularly replaced.
Greeley’s Open House will be Monday, August 17th at 5:00 p.m.
Please check back throughout the summer for updates regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year and any changes or adjustments that will be made due to COVID-19.
Information regarding school changes related to Coronavirus-COVID-19:
Thank you for doing your part by staying home or practicing social distancing if you must go out! We have a very limited staff working limited hours in our building for the remaining year. We appreciate your cooperation in following our distancing rule at the door during lunch pick-up and packet pick-up!
ONLY USD 365 STAFF WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. IF YOU COME TO THE SCHOOL YOU WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK THROUGH THE SECURITY ENTRANCE SPEAKER. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE. 785-867-3460
Monthly Newsletters can now be found under the “Newsletters” tab at the top of the page!
Scroll to the bottom of this page for our slideshow!
Reminders for preschool parents/guardians:
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.
Inclement Weather: In the event of bad weather, school cancellations and late starts 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. See USD #365 Inclement Weather (late start policy) under the Newsletters link at the top. Click on January 2020
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 it is important to keep your child’s account 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.
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.