Principal's Messages

Principal's Messages
Principal's Messages

5/28/20 All Call Message

Parents: This is to remind you that Friday, May 29 we will be holding our supplies pick-up and drop-off parade from 11:00 to 12:00 through our campus.  We need all of the school supplies that were distributed prior to distance learning like class novels, packets of work, hotspots, basketball jerseys, library books, and anything else that belongs to the school, OTHER THAN CHROMEBOOKS.  Students will be holding on to Chromebooks through the summer, as we don’t know what the fall will look like at this time.  However, if your student will be moving out of the district we will need those Chromebooks, which you can drop off that Friday.  You will be able to pick-up student belongings if you missed last week’s pick-up and enjoy a popsicle as you leave.  Consider coming, even if you already picked everything up and don’t have anything to turn it just to say good-by to teachers and staff.

The Gateway Unified School District is conducting a survey to better understand your experience with distance learning and your intentions for your child's education when school reopens.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes of your time and it closes at the end of this week on Friday, May 29.  

Thank you for your time.

Kati Parsons



5/24/20 All Call Message

Good Evening Parents, Guardians, and Students,

The SAILS program will be registering students online rather than with paper registration packets for next school year.  Starting June 1st, registrations opens for CURRENT SAILS students.  Starting June 5, registration opens up for all.  A waiting list will start once we reach capacity.  To register online, go to our school website, which is http://goes.gwusd.org/  Then go to the “Parents” tab.  Scroll all the way to the bottom and select the “SAILS After School Program” tab.  

You may have noticed teachers posted a survey in their Google Classrooms for parents to complete.  If you haven’t done so already, please complete the “2020-21 School Year Survey”.  You can find it on our school website or click herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7GX8LBG  We would really like to get the information from you as we plan for next school year.  

Next Friday, May 29 will be our last day of formal online instruction.  We will be holding  our last School Supplies Drop-Off Drive-Thru AND Parade Friday, May 29 from 11:00 to 12:00.  We need all of the school supplies that were distributed prior to distance learning like class novels, packets of work, hotspots, basketball jerseys, library books, and anything else that belongs to the school, OTHER THAN CHROMEBOOKS.  Students will be holding on to Chromebooks through the summer, as we don’t know what the fall will look like at this time.  However, if your student will be moving out of the district we will need those Chromebooks, which you can drop off that Friday.  You will be able to pick-up student belongings if you missed last week’s pick-up and enjoy a popsicle as you leave.  Consider coming, even if you already picked everything up and don’t have anything to turn it just to say good-by to teachers and staff.

If you haven’t already, please like up on Facebook :)

Have a great rest of your weekend, be safe, and hopefully see you Friday in your car!


5/17/2020 Parent All-Call

Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We hope you all are doing well, as we start our fifth week of distance learning.  Remember to be checking into Google Classroom every day and keep up with your assignments. 

If you need to register your upcoming kindergartener please stop by our office on Tuesday between 9:00 and 2:00 to pick up a packet for enrollment.  

THIS Wednesday, May 20th students can pick up their belongings in our gym.  We are staggering pickup times according to student last names to help keep the numbers of visitors down so we all can maintain social distancing protocols. 

 Students with the last names starting with 

A-F pickup from 9-9:30

G-L pickup from 9:30-10

M-R pickup from 10-10:30

S-Z pickup from 10:30-11

If you have any library books or basketball jerseys, please bring them to drop off as well.  


If you ordered a yearbook, we will call you with the plans for pick-up when we receive them.  We are still waiting for their arrival.

Have a great rest of your weekend and a great week to follow!
Take care,
Kati Parsons


5/10/2020 All-Call

Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We hope you all are doing well, as we start our fourth week of distance learning.  Remember to be checking into Google Classroom everyday and keep up with your assignments. 

Those interested in SAILS, please know we are trying to convert our traditional sign-up packets to electronic forms, so please be patient while we work out this process.  You will be notified when you are able to enroll.  

If you missed our Kindergarten Registration Packet Pick Up, please stop by on Tuesday between 9:00 and 2:00 to pick up a packet for enrollment.  You can turn them in on Wednesday, June 3 from 9:00 to 10:00.

If you haven’t already, please “like” us on Facebook. We are called, “Grand Oaks Elementary School “. This is another platform to get updates.

Please mark your calendars to pick up student belongings on Wednesday, May 20.  We are staggering pickup times according to student last names to help keep the numbers of visitors down so we all can maintain social distancing protocols. 

Students with the last names starting with 

A-F pickup from 9-9:30

G-L pickup from 9:30-10

M-R pickup from 10-10:30

S-Z pickup from 10:30-11

Take care,
Kati Parsons

4/15/20

Message from principal Kati Parsons:

Grand Oaks Families,

We are so happy to report that nearly everyone has picked up their Chromebooks.  There were directions for accessing Google Classroom and a label printed with your student’s email/username and numerical password that went home with the Chromebooks.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your teacher by email, which was also printed on the label. School will be starting Monday, April 20. Again, please email your teacher if there are any concerns or call the school and leave a message.

Now that students have their Chromebooks, it is a good time to remind students that their activity is still tracked even at home.  While most questionable content is blocked, it is impossible to censor everything. I get a notice as soon as inappropriate content is searched or viewed and will have to call home if this happens.  Please remind your students of this.  

I have received a few messages concerned about the spring pictures that were taken at the end of February.  We still haven’t received them yet, but will have a way for parents to pick them up when we do get them.

I hope you have a great remainder of your week, and see everyone online next week :)

Take Care,

Kati Parsons

PRINCIPAL's MESSAGE 4/7/20 A second Chromebook disbursement date for parents to pick up their student’s Chromebook has been scheduled.  It will be Tuesday, April 14 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. We ask that you pull into our parking lot, stay in your car, and we will come to you with everything you will need.  PRINCIPAL's MESSAGE 4/3/20

Grand Oaks Parents, Guardians, and Students,

This is a reminder notification to parents and guardians that you will be able to pick up student Chromebooks on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Students with the last names beginning with A - L will pick up their Chromebooks between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Students with last names beginning with M - Z will pick up their Chromebooks between 10:00 and 11:00 am.   Please enter the parking lot as usual, remain in your car, and follow the arrows to pick up student materials and Chromebooks and also turn in student work, library books, and 4th and 5th-grade basketball jerseys. School staff will bring out everything to your car.  Please bring your I.D. If you are unable to make it during the scheduled time there will be an additional time scheduled in the future. The Chromebooks will allow for students to utilize Google Classroom where they will be getting instruction from their teachers as we enter into distance learning. 

Thank you for being so patient with the more frequent notifications.  If you need to reference the information from phone-call notifications you can always find a copy on our school website.  I will also send out another reminder about picking up Chromebooks closer to Tuesday, April 7.

Take Care,

Kati Parsons

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE 4/1/20

Grand Oaks Parents, Guardians, and Students, Parents and guardians will be able to pick up their students’ Chromebooks on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Students with the last names beginning with A - L will pick up their Chromebooks between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  Students with last names beginning with M - Z will pick up their Chromebooks between 10:00 and 11:00 am. Please remain in your car and stay in the drive-thru line in the parking lot that is usually followed for picking up and dropping off students.  School staff will bring out the Chromebooks and other materials to your car. Students can also bring their completed classwork to turn in. Please bring your I.D. If you are unable to make it during the scheduled time there may be additional times scheduled in the future.  The Chromebooks will allow for students to utilize Google Classroom where they will be getting instruction from their teachers as we enter into distance learning. 

Thank you for being so patient with the more frequent notifications.  If you need to reference the information from phone-call notifications you can always find a copy on our school website.  I will also send out another reminder about picking up Chromebooks closer to Tuesday, April 7.

Take Care,

Kati Parsons

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE 3/31/20 

Grand Oaks Parents, I know you received a call from our District Superintendent, Mr. Harrell, but I wanted to reach out with a little more information from Grand Oaks Elementary School. 

Following our Spring Break, we will begin distance learning on April 20th until further notice.  The tentative plan at this time is to distribute Chromebooks to all of our students. The distribution schedule will be announced soon.  

At this time, students should have completed or be nearly done with the learning packets that we sent home on March 16th.  We would like to have you turn those packets in for teacher review. Please hold on to the work and it can be dropped off at the school when you pick up your Chromebooks in the future.  

I have received some phone calls from parents asking about more work packets.  At this time, we will not be issuing any new work for the time period before April 20.  However, you may go to Buckeye School of the Arts or Shasta Lake School websites and review or use their educational packets as a supplement.  Otherwise, we will begin online instruction on April 20th.  

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.  We would like to thank all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and guardians for working with us in continuing to provide educational opportunities for our kids.  Please stay safe and healthy.

Respectfully,

Kati Parsons



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