Hard to believe we are already in October! I love fall in the Bay Area because it brings with it some gorgeous colors during sunrise and sunset. Hopefully, you were able to see the super moon lunar eclipse this past weekend—what a magnificent sight that was!
This week marks our first formal Tutorial period and I am confident that our students will take full advantage of this targeted assistance. We had to teach 1,174 students how to access the Plus Time program and take their education into their own hands. I am consistently impressed by the academic commitment that our students show and this week solidified that for me. By Monday afternoon there were only a few students who had not signed up for a Tutorial offering—and by Tuesday morning they all knew where to go!
During September we have seen our students settle into the routines of school, homework and extra-curricular activities. Sometimes the stress of getting everything done and on time can cause havoc in a young person’s world. If you find your child is in need of a little extra support with time management, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our counselors. Please be aware that conference week is coming up and our students who are in danger of failing any class will have a conference with his or her teachers. Please be aware that we will be on a minimum schedule that week and school will be dismissed at 11:49am each day during the week of 10/12 – 10/16.
As you know, the Run for Education will be held on October 11th and GRMS has always won top honors for the most participants. Please help us keep that tradition alive by signing up! There are several ways for you to support the Run—you can walk, run or volunteer. You don’t even need to be present, as you can be a “virtual runner!” Please use this link to sign up.
I’d like to clarify my earlier email about dropping your student(s) off too early: you should be aware that we do not have supervision on the blacktop or courtyard before 7:45am, but your student(s) can be in the MPR for breakfast at 7:30. On Wednesdays, our library opens at 8:00 and is a safe place for your children to be until school begins at 9:05. I appreciate your cooperation.
Please be aware that Friday, October 30 is a staff development day, which means no classes for students. We will be allowing kids to dress up for Halloween on Thursday, October 29 and costume guidelines will be forthcoming. Looking ahead to November, there is no school on Wednesday November 11.
Have a fantastic October!
Sue Goldman, GRMS Principal