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Principal's Message




Dear Family;

Welcome back to school! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer. As you make plans for the upcoming school year, allow me to remind you of some important times, dates, and other information regarding the 2015-2016 school year.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT ORIENTAION and School wide BBQ and Ice Cream Social: Monday, August 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 Personal invitations were sent home on Friday, August 7.

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2015 - School/Offices will be closed

Office Hours: The Main Office is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

School Hours:  Campus is open from 7:45 am – 3:00 pm with the SAFE After-School Program open school days until 6:00 pm. Any student still on campus at 3:00 must report to SAFE. Parents can pick their child(ren) up there. Instructional Hours for grades 1st – 8th are from 8:25 am – 2:50 pm. Kindergarten hours are from 8:25 am– 2:00 pm. Kinderfun will operate from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm. See the Main Office for enrollment packets for Kinderfun/SAFE.

Bus Schedule:  Last year’s bus schedule is enclosed with morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times and locations. We have many new students and not all students who have newly enrolled or recently moved are indicated on the schedule. THERE WILL BE MINOR TIME CHANGES. A new schedule will be sent home as soon as we have added the new stops. Read the route and times carefully. See our website for maps of other stops. If you are concerned about the bus schedule or have any other transportation questions, please do not hesitate to contact our bus driver, Gary Alford.

Cell phones: Cell phones may NOT BE VISIBLE OR TURNED ON during the school day. This restriction includes while attending field trips, the SAFE program, or riding on the bus. For the first offense the student will be given a warning. Upon the second offense the phone will be confiscated and kept in the Main Office for the parent to pick up. Upon the third violation, students will be required to turn in their phones to their homeroom teacher daily to be picked up at the end of the school day or restricted from bringing a phone to school. Further violation may result in a suspension.  


Closed Campus: For safety reasons, GES is a “CLOSED” Campus. Once students arrive on campus, they may ONLY leave campus when signed out in the Main Office by an approved adult OR to go home to their own house for lunch if a written permission slip is on file in the Main Office.

GES Website:  Our web address is You will be able to access many of the items we have previously sent home, such as the Student Handbook, class schedules, GES Connection, forms, maps of the bus stops, cafeteria menus, calendars, etc. IF you have any suggestions, please let us know. We are constantly updating our website! If you do not have access to the Internet, please submit a request for a hard copy of needed documents to Wendy Leach in the Main Office. We will be happy to send them home!

Handbook/Information Packet: On the first day of school each student will receive the First Day of School Information Packet. The 2015-16 Parent/Student Handbook will be available on line at the GES website. If you need a paper copy, contact the Main Office. Both contain important information and required forms to be completed. Please read the information, complete the required forms and return them to school as soon as possible.  


Cross Country: We had a very successful Cross Country Team last year! If you are interested, please contact Daryl Lara, the Athletic Director at 436-2233. Students MUST bring their LAST JUNE’s report card to verify eligibility. Refer to the GES Website for a complete cross country schedule as well as eligibility requirements. We are currently looking for a HEAD COACH for Cross Country. If you are someone you know might be interested please contact the Main Office.

Volleyball: Katie Todd will be our Head coach this year. Open gym will be held August 18th, 19th & 20th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  and August 26th and 27th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Tryouts will start the week after school starts, please check facebook, the GES Connection and we will also send a Remind message out with dates and times.  Students MUST bring their LAST JUNE’s report card to verify eligibility.  Refer to the GES Website for a complete volleyball schedule as well as eligibility requirements.

Lunch Program: Please pre-pay (preferred) or pay daily for lunch (cash or check). Enclosed, you will find the application for the 2014-15 Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Complete and return the application on the FIRST DAY of school. We strongly encourage ALL families to complete the form regardless of program participation. These totals are part of the formula used to determine Title 1, counseling and other funding as well as grant eligibility. All information is confidential. Cafeteria prices for this school year are as follows:


BREAKFAST $2.00 $.30 $2.50
LUNCH $2.75 $.40 $3.75





Please refer to the GES Website for Breakfast and Lunch menus.


Suggested Supplies needed: Below is a suggested list of supplies for this school year. Teachers may hand out a class specific list at the start of the school year.

All students K - 8:                                                                                    

Backpack, notebook paper, pencil bag, scissors, No. 2 pencils, pink erasers, ruler, pencil sharpener, glue sticks


Students in grades 4 - 8:

2 inch, 3 ring binder, with subject dividers (one binder for all classes is sufficient), Binder paper and Binder dividers to keep subjects organized for at least 5 subjects, 1 package 3.5x5 ruled index cards (to start), Crayons, Colored pencils and No. 2 pencils, Hand pencil sharpener with cover to hold shavings, Glue sticks and White glue and Scissors (safety, with a dull end), Package of Whiteboard Markers: Low odor, BLACK, Book covers—3 large & 2 extra-large – or make your own, Ruler with both centimeters and inches (preferably see through), Protractor (measures angles) preferably see through and Compass (to make circles), 2-70 page 8.5x11 spiral notebooks for language arts and math.

In addition, students in grades 6-8, will also need:

1 package 8.5x11 clear plastic sheet protectors, ink pens (black or dark blue only for class work) and red ink pen for correcting science and math, Algebra students also need 1-1.5 inch binder and a scientific calculator, pictures- to collage the above spiral notebooks.


I will not be available from 7:30-9:00, 9:45-10:30, 11:45-1:15 and 2:50-3:10 due to the need to be on the yard for additional supervision during these times. I regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Please stop by or call the Main Office anytime between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm if you have any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share or to schedule an appointment to meet with me.

A big thank you goes out to parents, teachers, board members, and local business for your support.


GingerLee Charles, Principal



Mrs. GingerLee Charles, Principal/Superintendent
Mrs. GingerLee Charles, Principal