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Posted on 12/13/2016

CLASSROOM
HOLIDAY PARTIES:
Thursday 2:15-2:30 p.m.
Room moms will be allowed in classrooms to assist at 2:00 p.m.
Parent may check students out from the classroom after the party by signing the check-out log in the classroom.

STUDENTS NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE HOLIDAY PARTY
We will have activities provided for students who are not attending the party due to religious reasons or parent choice. Such activities will take place in the library.
THANK YOU TO THE HUNDREDS OF DADS WHO CAME TO SUPPORT DONUTS WITH DAD!!!!!
ALL SCHOOL-WIDE PLANS CAN BE FOUND IN THE OFFICE & IN THE LIBRARY:
*ACIP * TITLE I PLAN* *TITLE I PARENT COMPACT
*ACT ASPIRE DATA

December14, 2016
Mid-year News
Garrett Elementary School Gator News
Parent Newsletter UNIFORM PLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!!!!!
Please make certain your child comes to school properly dressed and in compliance with the schools’ rules and regulations. Enforcing these policies interrupts instructional time which is vital to student achievement.
Our uniform consists of white or navy tops and navy or khakis for the bottoms. Undershirts should match the uniform colors (navy or white no yellow or light blue). There should not be any graphics or symbols on uniform items.
Your assistance in this matter is

Thank you.
Anissha B. Officer, Principal
Stephen Walker, Assistant Principal
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the faculty and staff of Garrett dedicate themselves to ensuring that all students develop to their maximum potential academically, physically, and socially.
VISIT US ON THE WEB: http://www.garrett.mps-al.org/
PRINCIPAL’S
CORNER
Parents,
We have had a busy year and it’s hard to believe that we are half way through the school year. As we reflect on the things we’ve learned and implemented this year, we realize we’ve covered a lot. However, there is much to be done. This year we were fortunate to receive several funding sources: Title I funding, Leader in Me grant funds, and a Science grant. Title I funds were needed to update our technology, increase administrative assistance and pay for needed professional development and materials. The Leader in Me grant provided by Leader.org was instrumental in impacting the culture of our school by teaching students the 7 Habits. The faculty and staff are constantly involved in professional development opportunities to impact our students academically, provide leadership skills and environmental changes. Lastly, we were recently awarded funds to increase needed science tools and materials to increase hands-on opportunity for our students. We appreciate the support you’ve provided and the feedback as it relates to school improvement efforts. We hope you will continue to support all of our endeavors at Garrett. Have a wonderful holiday break. Mrs.A.Officer
REQUIRED PROOF OF RESIDENCE

Montgomery Public Schools has requested that all parents provide a new proof of residence. Several parents have not met the deadline and this serves as a reminder. Providing this information now will prevent registration issues in the near future. Student may be withdrawn or rolled over to other schools without this information. MPS is planning on going to an electronic registration and this information is need.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Please make certain that you update contact information as it changes. We would like to be able to reach you in case of an emergency with your child. Lastly, we use the school messenger system to send information to parents concerning events, school business reminders, weather and school closings. Please let the office know what number you’d like for to use to receive these messages.
NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Mr. Stephen Walker arrived as the Assistant Principal in October, 2016. He is excited to work with the students at Garrett. He comes with experiences in technology, science instruction, secondary and elementary education. He completed the Montgomery Public School’s Leadership Academy in May, 2016.
VISION
We strive for greatness.
ALL MPS OFFICES & SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 19th -JANUARY 4th
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School Newsletter
WINTER 2016
DO YOU KNOW THE 7 HABITS?
I BET YOUR CHILD DOES!
7 Habits of Happy Kids
Habit 1 — Be Proactive
You're in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind

Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First
Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win
Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third Alternatives. →
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw
Balance Feels Best
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
We are instilling these habits in your child to enrich their lives for generations-“principles such as responsibility, vision, respect, teamwork, and balance”. Sean Covey
Welcome our PTA officers who were sworn in at October’s meeting:
Emily Dallas, President
Bridget McDonald,
Vice President
Janet Bailey, Secretary
LeShaundia Smith, Treasure
~ HOLIDAY BREAK
December 19th –
January 3

Students return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
SEMESTER AWARD’S DAY
Award’s day is tentatively scheduled for January 19th & 20th. More information is forthcoming.
SCHOOL UNIFORMS
As we prepare for cooler weather temperatures, please make certain that students are prepared and in compliance with the uniform policy.
(Please place student’s name on the inside of jackets)
Outside Attire: Uniform colors are preferred, but not mandatory. Students will be asked to remove outside attire when in the building.
Classroom-Sweaters, Sweatshirts or Jackets:
Solid White
Navy Blue
Kelly Green
Grey

Blue Jean
(Must be free of logos: Ex: Nike, Polo, Jordan, Adidas, Hello Kitty) Students are permitted to wear these items while in the building.
LOST & FOUND ITEMS: ALL LOST ITEMS WILL BE LOCATED ON THE STAGE UNTIL FRIDAY. FEEL FREE TO CHECK FOR YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS. REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE DONATIONED TO THE LESS FORTUNATE.
OUR SCHOOL DOORS OPENS AT 7:40 A.M. , PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN STUDENTS DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE THIS TIME. THANKS

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