Another school year–off & running!

Welcome Back!

I just love the start of school.  Colorful backpacks, smiling faces, a new shirt or shoes, school supplies and happy, rested teachers.  It’s a unique position that we rejuvenate each summer and get a fresh start each August.  I love that part of a school cycle.  We’ve got new faces to welcome into the Grant School community.  Patty Paula is our substitute (hopefully permanent soon) reading specialist.  Colleen Grant is our new nurse.  Ninette Chicca is our speech teacher for the year.  Sonja Wanhala has two counseling interns, Gina and Matt.  Jennifer Friesen is sharing a teaching contract with Jean Groh, so you’ll see both of them in C1 through the week.  Juan Moya is our new, full time night custodian.  He joins us each afternoon at 2:30pm.  Rachelle Rodriguez is a new member of the Noon Duty Supervision Team–what a bunch of outstanding ladies, keeping lunch safe, fun and running smooth.  Wow!  A lot of new people to welcome.  Please introduce yourselves when you see a new staff member.

A Word from our Music Teachers

“Music is about communication, creativity and cooperation. By studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective.” -President Bill Clinton

PCS considers music fundamental as part of each child’s total education.  We have 4 certificated music teachers serving the elementary schools.  All 4 of us are happy to be serving the Grant students!

Our credentialed music teachers, Diane Baines, Sandra Kruse, Luanne Rice, and Elizabeth Robertson bring weekly music lessons to all students, grades K-6 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Students in grades K-4 are learning the fundamentals of music education which include singing, rhythm and note reading, playing classroom instruments, moving to music, listening to music, and playing music games.

Fifth and sixth grade students will choose to either play in the band or sing in the chorus, and will have at least 2 performance opportunities during the year. If your child is in grade five or six, please be on the lookout for forms coming home which will give details about this year’s music program.

Music education encompasses creativity, literacy, and life skills. Throughout the year all students will demonstrate the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity through a variety of musical experiences.

For more information about Grant’s music program, please contact Luanne Rice at or call 765-4854.

Peanut/Tree-Nut Free Classrooms

Please help us keep our students safe by eliminating these foods in your student’s snack and lunch if he or she is in a Nut-Free Classroom this year.  We also broaden the conversation to understanding how this allergy impacts the whole campus.  A friend might need to sit elsewhere depending on what others are eating for lunch.  Or a friend might ask you to wash your hands before you play four-square together.  It’s about staying safe and keeping clear of foods that are harmful to specific students.  Thank you for staying compliant with Nut-Free Classroom guidelines and talking with your student about this allergy.  It’s a life-long consideration to be made as we build responsible, caring citizens.

Forms, forms, forms…

Have you joined PTA this year?  When you do, you receive a beautiful Grant School calendar with all vital dates filled in and amazing student art to decorate your fridge at home!  Have you sent in your directory form?  You want to be able to call or email friends for play dates and birthday parties.  Are you planning to drive on a field trip?  You might turn in insurance paperwork now and only need to update forms as field trips approach.  Are you volunteering at Grant School this year?  Please turn in your volunteer application and get your TB test up to date.

In Search Of…

Would you like to serve on School Site Council?  We are looking for one or two parents to round out our group.  We meet every other month at Grant School to discuss site funding, goals, our annual survey and actions resulting from that valuable community feedback.  Contact Mrs. Haugen if you are interested.

We are also looking for a community member to serve as our representation on the Superintendent’s Lay Advisory Board.  This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9am at the district office.  Reps report out on school events (Mrs. Haugen will help with this, if needed) and hear from other sites as well as specific reports from our Superintendent, Steve Bolman.  Let Mrs. Haugen know if this interests you.  We want Grant to have a voice in this group.  Thank you!

Want to join the Crossing Guard Team?  Parent volunteers cross students safely across Grant Avenue from 7:45 to 8:15 each morning of the week.  Contact Heather Paschoal is this is a team you’d like to join.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Picture Days: September 18th & 19th (order forms & specifics coming home soon)
  • Ice Cream Social: September 25th

One response to “Another school year–off & running!

  1. Hi Catina! Thank you so much for your awesome editing skills! And thank you for getting this published so quickly.

    And thanks for letting me know about the student’s special and/or extra needs lists that are coming soon.

    Take care and see you Wednesday, Luanne

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