2019-2020 Beginning of Year Information

2019-2020 Beginning of Year Information
We are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. I want to provide you with important information regarding the start of the year. It is my hope that this information will make you aware of upcoming events and timelines.
Wednesday, July 17th – July 31st Online Express Check-In
Online Express Check-In will open on Wednesday, July 17. Click here to login. You will use Online Express Check-In to update your contact information, pay school fees, and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Please note that the Emergency Dismissal form must be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Tuesday, August 6, or the first day of school. All students must register via Online Express Check-In by July 31st. For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
GRE Registrar - Christi Dismang
GRE Administrative Assistant - Anita Rudman
Wednesday, July 17th - Class Placement
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her classroom teacher will be. Starting July 17th, you can click here to access the Parent Portal. You will be able to view your child’s teacher by clicking on the schedule tab, then selecting your student in the upper right corner. You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.
Tuesday, August 6th - Meet Your Teacher Grades 1-5
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school. Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Tuesday, August 6th, and drop off school supplies 
We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times below by clicking here for our online scheduler. The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger. The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times. If you ordered school supplies through the PTO, they will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
Meet Your Teacher Times on Tuesday, August 6th
Wednesday, August 7th - First Full Day of School Grades 1-5
The first full day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Thursday, August 7th. Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony that begins at 8:30 AM. Click here for a map of your classroom location for our opening ceremony. All teachers will have a sign with their name on it.  
Thursday, August 8th - Rolling Start to the School Day Begins for Grades 1-5
On the second day of school, students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20 AM-8:30 AM and walk directly to their classrooms. Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students. Our rolling start ensures a smooth start to the day. Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in. School is in session from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.    
Click here for the 2019 - 2020 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day
Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.
Balanced Beginnings Schedule for Kindergarten Students ONLY
With the transition to free full day kindergarten, we have the opportunity for additional transition days for our youngest students. Please see information below regarding our start of the year events for kindergarten students only. These opportunities allow our kindergarten students and families a comfortable transition to their new school.
Individual Meet & Greet - August 6th or 7th
We plan to meet with kindergarten families during an Individual Meet and Greets on either August 6th or August 7th. The meet and greet sessions are an opportunity for your family to explore the classroom and begin to build a lasting relationship with your child's teacher.
We ask that you sign up for a time by clicking here for our online scheduler. The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger. The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred day or time.
Balanced Beginnings - August 8th or 9th
We will also offer Balanced Beginnings Days on August 8th and 9th. Kindergarten students will meet with a small group of students for an hour on either the 8th or 9th. Kindergarten students will get to know other students in the classroom and partake in classroom activities. This is an opportunity for classroom teachers to observe your child's social, emotional, and physical strengths and needs.  
Again, we ask that you sign up for a time by clicking here for our online scheduler. The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger. The sign up is also first come first serve.
First Full Day of Kindergarten - August 12th
Kindergarten students’ first full day of school is Monday, August 12. A staff member will meet families at the exterior doors near his/her classroom between 8:20-8:35 AM. Parents are invited to a Tears and Cheers breakfast on August 12th from 8:45-9:30 AM in our cafeteria.
Wednesday, August 21st – Back to School Night K-5 (for Parents Only)
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 21, during the following two Back to School Nightsessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM. The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM. We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.
Tuesday, August 27th – 1 Hour Assessment & Picture Day Grades K-5
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, every child will come to school for one hour only on August 27th to complete reading and math assessments. The assessments administered allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select an assessment time for your child.  The password isdigger. Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 27th. Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location. Students will conclude their assessment hour in the gym where your child will take his/her school picture. Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on the 27th. Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
We are looking forward to an incredible year! We look forward to seeing you in August!
8:20 AM First Bell
Students enter the building
Crosswalk supervision begins
Students should not arrive at school prior to this bell
8:30 AM Start of the School Day
8:35 Tardy Bell

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