Principal's Note

Jim Woytek

Jim Woytek - Principal

The mission of the Gunnison Elementary School is to develop lifelong learners in a safe, caring environment by providing a standards-based instruction at each student's level, meeting assessment targets, and increasing individual achievement.

 FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK:

Dear Families,

Wow, what a week! Just two weeks ago, teachers left school for Spring Break thinking that we might be teaching from home for a week and then be back to life as we know it. Things have changed rapidly since then and we find ourselves embarking on a new adventure of e-learning. I am so incredibly proud of everyone for how we, as a school and community, have quickly met the call to sacrifice our comforts for the good of our neighbors.

 

As I saw Mr. Hanks, GHS Principal write, none of us asked for this. The interruption to our lives is unprecedented in the past century and the toll this crisis has taken on all of us is severe. I especially think of how this has and will affect our children, who are wondering when they might next get to play with a friend. Our community has rallied together and I do not have the words to accurately express my gratitude for the hard work, patience, grit, and grace shown by our staff, students, families, and community members.

 

I want to say a very special thank you to Dr. Leslie Nichols, our Superintendent, who has been an incredible leader in these difficult times. Likewise, Mrs. Shari Marshall, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Katie Gallagher, Technology Integration Specialist, Mrs. Tia Mills, Business Director, and Ms. Kristen Osborn, Food Services Director, have been integral to the success of this enormous transition to e-learning. Our teachers, EAs, food service professionals, office staff, custodians, Technology staff, and Transportation staff (especially Mrs. Katie Clarke) have shown their love of our students through countless hours of behind the scenes planning, preparation, and hard work. I am humbled by the amount of brains, sweat, and tears that have gone into addressing the needs of students and families this week. I'm also grateful to our County and City leadership for their coordination that has supported the health and wellbeing of our communities in the Gunnison Valley.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please consider supporting a local business, if you have the means to do so. Order carryout, order a book from the local book store, or find some way to help small businesses through this trying time. We need each other more than ever.

 

Best,

Jim Woytek
Principal


Immunization Compliance Notice:

Just a reminder to all families to make sure their children's immunizations are in compliance. If your student is still out of compliance on January 6th a formal Notice of Immunization Requirement & In-Process Plan will be mailed home. You have 14 days to get your child in compliance. If at the end of the 14 days, your student is still out of compliance they MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL until an up-to-date immunization record, in-process plan or an exemption is on file at the school (stated in Colorado Law Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2). Please email the district nurse, Leanne Schliesman with any questions leanne.schliesman@gunnisonschools.net.

Parent Feedback Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TMDBv7zJaYZpWToJYFPD_FlNXzGozM1uEwgPQQ8WlKs/

Happy New Year! I hope your children all had a wonderful Winter Break and have enjoyed their week back at school. This time of year is when we see some of our best academic growth, so it's an exciting way to start off the new decade! 

 

With the snow and ice build-up in the parking lot, you may notice that the curb is not so pronounced as it is in warmer months. Please mind your speed in both the parking lot and the student drop off/pick up area. The safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate you looking out for all kids! Likewise, please note this friendly reminder that the parking lot loop is for buses only. Please drop off or pick up your children in the loop parallel to 11th street. Only use the parking lot if you are parking in a space and walking into school. 

 

I would also ask you to take note of a few changes at Gunnison Elementary School that are being implemented in this New Year. If you are picking up your child during the school day, we ask that you sign him or her out at the front office and wait for your child at the office while our staff pages the classroom. Your child will meet you at the front office. This will help limit distractions to teaching and learning. If you have questions, please feel free to address them to me.

 

Finally, in an effort to better prioritize my time to support teaching and learning, Mrs. Hannah and I are working together to make my schedule more conducive to spending more time in the classroom. This means I may seem less available for drop-in visits or telephone conversations. However, I deeply value communication with family and community members, so, when you would like to speak with me, please feel free to call or email Mrs. Hannah at the front desk, and she will schedule a time to speak. 

 

Thank you for your patience while we continue to implement these changes and thank you for your ongoing support of our schools. Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy New Year! I hope your children all had a wonderful Winter Break and have enjoyed their week back at school. This time of year is when we see some of our best academic growth, so it's an exciting way to start off the new decade! 

 

With the snow and ice build-up in the parking lot, you may notice that the curb is not so pronounced as it is in warmer months. Please mind your speed in both the parking lot and the student drop off/pick up area. The safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate you looking out for all kids! Likewise, please note this friendly reminder that the parking lot loop is for buses only. Please drop off or pick up your children in the loop parallel to 11th street. Only use the parking lot if you are parking in a space and walking into school. 

 

I would also ask you to take note of a few changes at Gunnison Elementary School that are being implemented in this New Year. If you are picking up your child during the school day, we ask that you sign him or her out at the front office and wait for your child at the office while our staff pages the classroom. Your child will meet you at the front office. This will help limit distractions to teaching and learning. If you have questions, please feel free to address them to me.

 

Finally, in an effort to better prioritize my time to support teaching and learning, Mrs. Hannah and I are working together to make my schedule more conducive to spending more time in the classroom. This means I may seem less available for drop-in visits or telephone conversations. However, I deeply value communication with family and community members, so, when you would like to speak with me, please feel free to call or email Mrs. Hannah at the front desk, and she will schedule a time to speak. 

 

Thank you for your patience while we continue to implement these changes and thank you for your ongoing support of our schools. Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy New Year! I hope your children all had a wonderful Winter Break and have enjoyed their week back at school. This time of year is when we see some of our best academic growth, so it's an exciting way to start off the new decade! 

 

With the snow and ice build-up in the parking lot, you may notice that the curb is not so pronounced as it is in warmer months. Please mind your speed in both the parking lot and the student drop off/pick up area. The safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate you looking out for all kids! Likewise, please note this friendly reminder that the parking lot loop is for buses only. Please drop off or pick up your children in the loop parallel to 11th street. Only use the parking lot if you are parking in a space and walking into school. 

 

I would also ask you to take note of a few changes at Gunnison Elementary School that are being implemented in this New Year. If you are picking up your child during the school day, we ask that you sign him or her out at the front office and wait for your child at the office while our staff pages the classroom. Your child will meet you at the front office. This will help limit distractions to teaching and learning. If you have questions, please feel free to address them to me.

 

Finally, in an effort to better prioritize my time to support teaching and learning, Mrs. Hannah and I are working together to make my schedule more conducive to spending more time in the classroom. This means I may seem less available for drop-in visits or telephone conversations. However, I deeply value communication with family and community members, so, when you would like to speak with me, please feel free to call or email Mrs. Hannah at the front desk, and she will schedule a time to speak. 

 

Thank you for your patience while we continue to implement these changes and thank you for your ongoing support of our schools. Have a wonderful weekend.

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