Dear Parents/Guardians & Students of GES,
We have had a great first nine days of school with our 1st through 5th grade students. We have also had a great first four days with our energetic, enthusiastic, and optimistic kindergarten class. It is fantastic to have my students in the building – they are the one thing that keeps me coming back for more.
What a great turnout we had for the Hot Dog Howdy. Thank you all for coming and showing your support for our school. The hundreds of hotdogs we cooked just barely covered our appetites. Again, thank you all for spending the evening with us.
I wanted to take this opportunity, while I have a short break in my day, to communicate several important items that we all need to be attentive to:
First, we have incorporated a new expectations program throughout the school that your children’s teachers will be sharing with you. It involves all staff members, all students, and all areas of the school. I have met with all of the staff and we have developed a list of expectations that we are all going to strive for. We looked at our expectations from last year and made some adjustments that we believe will make GES an even better school. Your child’s teacher should be sending this home for your review if they haven’t already. Your child’s teacher will also be using this tool as an opportunity to keep you informed of your child’s performance.
Second, please emphasize to your children that riding the bus is a privilege. We all need to remember that our bus driver operates a bus that is full of students varying in age from 6 to 18 sometimes on the road for quite a while. We have all driven to Anchorage with only a couple of kids and know that sometimes that can be a challenge. We need to support our bus drivers and I intend to. If your child has difficulty on the bus then your child’s teachers will be giving you a call. Hopefully that will solve the problem. If it doesn’t solve the problem then your child could lose their bus riding privileges and nobody likes that including me. Bus passes are also very important, please notify the office by 2:00pm if your child needs to go somewhere other than their usual stop. Written notes or emails are best. We will do everything possible to make sure children get where they are supposed to go but communication is vital!
Third, and I hate to say this, but have you seen the how low the snow is getting on the Wrangells? My goodness, the cold weather is almost here. Please make sure that your child has the proper winter gear not only to come to school but to ride the bus as well. They will also use this gear during recess. And as hard as your children are going to be working in the classroom, they are going to need recess for a break.
Have a great weekend.