WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM MR. MOODY
As you know, there is no school tomorrow (Monday, January 18) in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School resumes on Tuesday of this week (January 19) and that's also the first day of the second semester. If your child is returning to GES for in-person instruction from the Lexington One Online Learning Academy OR if your child will simply have a different teacher, all of those changes begin on Tuesday.
Parents of 5K and 1st grade students who are returning to GES from the online learning academy and parents of 5K and 1st grade students who will have a new teacher have been given permission from the school district to walk their child to class on Tuesday only. This is the same courtesy that was given to parents of 5K and 1st grade students on the first day of school in August. Again, only parents of 5K and 1st grade students who are returning to GES from the online learning academy and parents of 5K and 1st grade students who will have a new teacher are allowed to walk their child to the classroom on Tuesday only.
Approximately 80 students are returning to GES from the online learning academy and that means more cars in the car rider line in the morning and afternoon. It will be important for all of us to be patient and flexible this week, as it will take a little time to adjust our procedures to accommodate more students. You can expect morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up to be a little longer than usual. You can help us speed up the car rider line by pulling forward as far as possible to the adult standing at the very end of the sidewalk. Even if you're behind a car that stops a little too soon, we'd prefer for you to wait and then pull forward as far as possible to avoid creating an unnecessary backup. It also helps speed up the process if your child is ready to go as soon as your vehicle comes safely to a stop. Children should exit from the passenger side so they can step directly onto the sidewalk. Exiting the vehicle from the driver's side can be dangerous as other drivers may be trying to pass you in the other lane.
Our doors open at 7:00 am daily. Students who arrive between 7:00 am and 7:15 am will be taken to one of two large waiting areas until they are taken to their classroom at 7:15. If you'd prefer for your child to go directly to his or her classroom, then you should plan to arrive at 7:15 or after. Dismissal begins at 2:00 pm daily. All students and staff are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth while entering the school, inside the school, inside classrooms, on school buses, and when leaving the school. The only time students remove their masks is during breakfast, lunch, recess, outdoor activities, and when teachers lead the class through a structured mask break. Other health and safety precautions include frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing, plexiglass dividers on student desks/tables, hand sanitizer, and limited numbers of students in hallway restrooms.
Thank you for your continued encouragement, patience, and flexibility. We are now halfway through this challenging school year and that's due in part to our supportive community. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday and remember - behind every mask is a Gilbert Elementary smile. Have a good evening!
Will Moody, Principal -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Pelley, Assistant Principal -- email@example.com
Sujata Wallace, Assistant Principal -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary School (4K–5)
Spanish Immersion, 4K, 5K, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade
Gilbert Elementary School is dedicated to producing literate and responsible students by clearly communicating high standards and assessing each child's strengths.
GES teachers and staff believe that children flourish when they are encouraged and celebrated in all aspects of their lives.