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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."

 

 

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Welcome Back, and Happy September!

Can you believe it?  Summer is over.  Where did it go?  Lazy days, late nights, fun with family and friends – good times!

Now, we are back to school...back to a routine, early mornings, early nights, seeing old friends and making new ones, learning new things, being back with your Greeley Family – good times!

The staff of Greeley Elementary is happy to be back.  We enjoyed seeing you and getting to visit with you at Open House.  Please feel free to stop by, or call, anytime you have a question or concern.

Mrs. Alford, Principal  

 


 

                       GREELEY WILDCAT NEWS                         August/September 2018

Welcome Back To School!  Our K-6th grades have already completed one full week and our preschoolers have completed three days!  Things are off to great start and we’re glad your family is a part of Greeley Elementary.  Please read below for important information and news as we start the 2018-2019 year.

New Staff:   We have a few new teachers this year!  Please welcome:  Michelle Burris- Preschool; Carmen Powls- Music/Band;  Tracey Welch- Special Ed;  Whitney Barnes- District Nurse.  Mrs. Kellstadt will be the Title I Reading Para this year, and Donna Hermreck will be the K-6 Speech teacher, in addition to,  Pre-K Speech;   Best wishes to our new staff and to those with new roles.  

Entering the Building:  We have a new security system in place at the main building entrance by the office.  A video monitor/buzzer was installed on the left side of the doors next to the doorbell button.  The video monitor is a silver, rectangular box and has a round button.  You’ll need to push the button to speak with office personnel.  You should get a reply and the “ok” to open the door.  Only the door on the left is activated by the electronic lock.  You may also ring the doorbell, but you will still be allowed entry via the electronic lock.  If nobody is in the office, a teacher or para may come to the door.   Preschool parents who need to pick up their child early may go to the preschool classroom door, but you’ll need to call the school first at 785-867-3460 and also the bus barn at 785-448-5778.   Thank you for your patience as we continue to make safety a priority in today’s world!

Practice Drills:   The State of Kansas has issued new requirements for emergency preparedness drills that all K-12 schools must practice.  We will now have the following drills throughout the school year:   Four fire drills, three tornado drills, and nine crisis drills.  Before we practice any of these drills we will speak with all our students and explain the reasons for the drills and what will take place.  The children will hear each alarm associated with each drill.  While the fire and tornado drills have been practiced for years, the crisis drills are newer to everyone.  By having discussion beforehand, we believe this will help keep the children at ease. 

Open House:  Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m.   Greeley students and their families are invited to attend our Annual Open House.  This is an opportunity for parents to tour the building, visit classrooms and hear all the exciting ways our teachers will bring learning to your child!  Cookies and water will be served. 

Monday, September 3    Labor Day    NO CLASSES

Midterm   Friday, September 14th  Midterm grades will be posted.

Buck Bingo 2018-19:   The first Buck Bingo Night is Friday, OCTOBER 19th.   The school calendar has it listed in error on September 7th.    There is no Buck Bingo in August or September!

School Pictures:   Inter-State Studios will be here to take Fall school pictures on Thursday, Sept. 6th.  These are the formal pictures that will be in your child’s file and in the yearbook.  Proofs will be sent home, and the payment should be returned to the office or made on-line.  Re-takes are in October.  We will also have spring pictures in February. 

 

Pride Assemblies:  This year we will have a Pride Assembly for every quarter of the school year.  Students will be recognized for their achievements, Perfect Attendance is awarded, and one-class-per quarter will have a short program.  We encourage family members to attend when possible to show support for their child’s progress.  Check the school calendar for dates and times.

                                                          Enrollment Information

On-line enrollment is now open for all RETURNING students.  You will need to use your Powerschool Parent Portal Account.  If you have not set up your Parent Portal, please find the instructions on the main page of the district website at www.usd365.org    The link for on-line enrollment is also on the main page of the district’s website. You may also click on the “Enroll Online” tab at the top our page.

      

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 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 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).    

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SCHOOL POLICIES:   Additional school policies can now be located under the CAMPUS INFO tab at the top of our webpage.