September Newsletter

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another school year. We look forward to the time we get to spend with your children every day. We know you send us your best and we will do our best by them. We have a new teacher in 4th, Kinder and Pre-K this year. Denise Boller (4th) is a 20+ year veteran in our district, Amanda Allen (kinder) has 10 years experience and Madison Jenzen is a new teacher in Pre-K. We welcome them to our Gator family as well. We are low on Pre-K students so if you know of any 4 year olds out there that could use an all day program, please have them call 717-4470.

  We are looking forward to the fun things and outstanding learning that will be happening in all the classrooms this year. The students have gotten back into the swing of the routines and things and going very well. Some could use  more sleep as we have a few that struggle in the afternoon. It’s a hard adjustment for all. We are assuming the positive in behavior this year and are counting on fewer reflection sheets going home. We are off to a good start there as well. The students are doing a really nice job.

  Attendance is something we are focusing on this year. We will share the day’s attendance with the kiddos. We have already had three days the first week where we had 100% attendance! If your child is absent 10% of the days they should have been at school, they are considered chronically absent. So in 30 school days, that would be 3 days, etc. We have a building goal with the students to improve our attendance and tardies. We appreciate your help with this.

  I look forward to a wonderful school year. We will have some activities for parent involvement coming up soon. If you ever need anything or have a question, please feel free to call me at 717-4470 or email me at  

lynnshinault@usd475.org.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Lynn Shinault, Principal

*Note from the office:

Parents, it is extremely important to keep all of your students information up to date with the office.  This would include updated addresses, phone numbers which also include emergency contact numbers.  For the safety of your child/children they will not be released to anyone that is not on their emergency contact list.  If you need to add someone you must come into the office.  We cannot accept changes via e-mail or phone calls.

Parents please help us out by using crosswalks when coming to and from school.  Do not walk through the parking lot, your safety is our top priority!!

When your child will be late or not attending school, please call the office, at (785) 717-4470

We truly appreciate your help with these things. We are excited for a fun/safe successful school year.   Mrs. Etheridge, Secretary

Sept Calendar of Events

Sept 2    Labor Day/No School       Sept 11  Freedom Walk                               Sept 13  Pastries with Parents 7:30        Sept 13 Major Saver card begins                Sept 20  Back to school bash  5:30-7:30

Sept 23-26  4th grade swim YMCA   Sept 23  Autumn begins     

  This year we are offering our “kid cart”.  This is a cart that we offer during breakfast time in the morning for students to purchase fun items.  Items on the cart range from pencils, fun shaped sharpeners, gel pens, pencil bags, etc. All items that are purchased must be put in backpacks and taken home.  Exceptions could be for pencils and pens used in class.  Cost of items range from .25 cents to $3.00.     

         September is “National Backpack Safety Month”                  The purpose of this program is to educate students, parents and teachers about the problems caused by over-loaded and improper fitting backpacks.  Here are some easy tips on how to choose, pack and carry your backpack safely.                                   *Choose a backpack that is appropriate for your child’s age and size. It should not weigh more that 15% of your child’s weight.                                                          *Have the child wear both shoulder straps.  Wearing only on one should cause the child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing discomfort.  Adjust the straps so it fits snuggly against the child’s back.                                                                Millions of children carry backpacks, and very few of them know that incorrect fit or use can cause back problems later in life.  It is the responsibility of parents, teachers and schools to spread the word about backpack safety.

                 —tips provided by www.medicalnewstoday.com

September Birthdays

            Monty                                                                       Elijah                                                                        Kasiana                                                           

Sophia                                                     Dakota                                                      

Hello fellow parents of Gators! My name is Ms. Givian, and I will be both the School Counselor and the School Social Worker at Grandview Elementary this year.  In the past, this position has been filled by two separate professionals, some of whom had to divide their time between schools within the District.  Being able to provide both counseling and social work services to students allows me to dedicate all of my time to Grandview’s students!  Additionally, my services provide support to ALL students and includes work with students on an individual basis, in small groups, in the classroom, and with special education. My goal is to provide support to our students to optimize their social, emotional, and academic success.  For small groups or individual counseling, students may be referred to me by staff, parents, or even by self-referral.  If you believe your student would benefit from my services, please feel free to reach out to me!  Thank you, Angela Givian         angelagivian@usd475.org

Library Corner:  Greetings from the library,                           Miss Hinck, Mrs. Anders and the books have missed you!  We are excited to start another year of reading with you this school year.  A couple of reminders from the library:                                             Please remember to take care of your books by keeping them in a safe location away from food and drink.                                                                           Please remember to return your books so that other friends can enjoy them too.                                             Remember to read your book and take an AR test on it so that you can attend the AR parties (1st-5th grade)                                                            We will be getting new books into the library very soon so be sure to check them out when they arrive!   Happy reading!

Miss Hinck and Mrs. Anders