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Dear Parents and students,
Welcome to our educational family.  We look forward to working with you to provide the best possible education for your child.  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th.  School begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4:07 p.m.  
 
Our theme this year is “#GretchkoStarMakers.  Your classroom teacher’s welcome letter is included in this mailing. We invite parents and Gretchko student to stop by school on Monday, August 31st to pick up important information, see where your classroom is located and practice how to get to the office, car loop or bus loop from your classroom.  
      Kindergarten –   9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
      First Grade –    11:30 -- 1:00 p.m. 
      Second Grade -  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Classroom SUPPLY LISTS are available on line or you can pick one up in the lobby. Please remember supplies are for classroom use. At the August 31st “Meet and Greet” you will receive a packet of directions, information, forms, a calendar and PTO material.  Please review the information and return the requested forms at the start of school.
 
Food service is available at school for breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast is $1.25 and Elementary lunch, including milk is $2.35.  Additional milk may be purchased for .50 cents and water for .50 cents. Funds are collected in advance through checks, cash or online payments.  If your student had a credit from the previous year, it will be available in the lunch account at the start of school.  Lunches are served the same day they are ordered and a monthly menu are available on line.  If you have further questions please contact Caroline Smith, Food Service Director at 248-865-6732 or e-mail caroline.smith@wbsd.org.
 
MENU – First day lunch menu – (1)Chicken patty sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Chef’s Salad 
 
This year we will continue utilizing Scholastic News/or Weekly Reader in our classrooms for a cost of $6.00 per student.  Also, each year our P.T.O plans 3 classroom parties and would like to collect $6.00 to pay for the activities and crafts during the party.  This total of $12.00 per student and can be paid by check or cash.  Please make checks payable to Gretchko Elementary.
 
Please be sure the enclosed BLUE (for Kindergarten), WHITE (for First Grade) (yellow for Second Grade)BUS CARD is completed and is attached to your child’s backpack or shirt, during the entire first week of school.  If your child is being picked-up by a parent, has specialized arrangements or will stay for Kids Klub, please write it on the card. Information will be mailed from the Transportation Department to your home as to the location and time of resident in-district routes.  If 
you are a School of Choice parent and would like to request a shuttle, please stop by the office and pick up a request.  The shuttle busses are limited and are provided as a first come first served basis.  
Please have your student follow the same transportation pattern for a few weeks before making changes such as visiting friends, etc. We anticipate busses will arrive home late at the start of school. You may be assured that your child’s safety is of primary concern to all of us.  
 
The first two weeks of school we will see long lines and traffic congestion at our Drop-Off and Pick-Up areas.  We ask for your patience as parents and students become familiar with procedures.  Please review the enclosed map and become familiar with the procedures before the start of school. Thank you!
Also, we are all interested in a very basic issue: Student Safety.  The provision of a safe environment in which your students can learn is, and will continue to be, our first priority. We will continue to work to provide quality character education programs for our children to help drive home the meaning of the words respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, and fairness.  As adults, we can also remind ourselves that our adult behavior and treatment of each other and young people provides the most visible model for the behavior of our students.  For the good of all students, parents and staff members please review and follow this partial list of general safety procedures in place at Gretchko.
 
 All doors to the school will be locked throughout the school day.  
 Please buzz at the front WEST door, wait for the door to be unlocked then enter.
 All adults entering the building are required to sign in at the front lobby. 
 Drop off and pick up will be at the back of the building.  Please do not drop off children in the front loop.
 Late students, visitors and volunteers must park in the parking lot and walk their child to the office. 
 Adults will wear a visitor’s sticker until they leave the building.
 Adults must sign out students from the office when leaving the building. (This includes the end of the school day).
 Parents should write out and send to school any transportation change so it may be recorded in the office. 
 Students will not be dismissed from the classroom door.
 Students boarding busses will be escorted outside by adult staff.
 Students riding with parents will be escorted from the cars by adult staff during designated drop-off and pick-up times.
 Students pre-arranged to walk to and from school will be signed out in the front office at the end of the day.
Our school office is (248) 865-6570, Fax (248) 865-6571.  If you have questions, concerns, or need further assistance.
The welcome atmosphere felt at Gretchko would not be complete without the participation of our parents and their families.  
We count on their support throughout all of our educational efforts.  We are hoping to see you at as many school activities 
as possible. 
Sincerely, 
Sally Drummond, Principal
 
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER - September – 2015-16 School year 
August 31– School is open for parents to bring their students for a visit. Meet and Greet” 
      Kindergarten –    9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
      First Grade  –    11:30  -- 1:00 p.m. 
      Second Grade -  1:30  –  3:00 p.m.

September 8 – First Day of School – FULL DAY (Normal school day)
September 10 – Elementary School Parent Curriculum Night –
            Session 1 – Kindergarten 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
            Session 2 – First Grade -  6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
            Session 3 – Second Grade – 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 11 – District “Family Fun Night “ at West Bloomfield High School-beginning at 5:00 p.m.
September 15 – Fund Run Kick off Assembly in Gym –during the school day

September 17 – Gretchko Meet the Families Night – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
September 18 – Spirit Day – Bagel Sale $1.00 each
September 14 – “NO SCHOOL” – Non-membership Day 
September 23 – “NO SCHOOL” – Non-membership Day
September 25 – PTO FunD Run during the school day
September 29 – PICTURE DAY – (All Gretchko students will have their picture taken for identification)
September 30 – Late start – School begins at 10:15 a.m. . (Kids Klub available in the morning