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Grand Isle School is a welcoming community where every family and staff member is invested in our students. We recognize and celebrate the whole child. We provide an equal opportunity and the right supports so all students and adults are successful. We practice positive and collaborative teaming and teaching throughout the school.

Go Wildcats • Friday, September 8th

School’s in Session

Hello! I am writing this newsletter to report on a few things about the beginning of the school year. The first week of school connected and reconnected students and adults, and began the adventure into the 2017-18 school year. I’ve had the opportunity to visit each classroom multiple times over the last couple of weeks,and can report that the students are settling back into the saddle (please pardon the idiom).

One of our goals this year is to build and strengthen both student and adult relationships school-wide. To help support this goal, we have designed K-8 student groups and activities to help students get to know one another, and build connections across grade levels.

This past Friday was a great example of our plans in action. To close out the first week, we had a school-wide assembly where each class, led by their teacher, introduced themselves to the rest of the student body. We had a variety of presentations that included class videos, dancing, individual introductions with student names, personal interests and more. Following our introductions we asked the 8th graders to come forward and recognized them as leaders within our school by giving each student a carnation followed by a brief pep talk about the responsibilities that come along with being leaders. Afterward, we had the students assemble in their assigned K-8 groups, participate in a ‘getting to know you’ activity led by a teacher and then having ice cream to end the day.

A continued goal of ours is to build and strengthen our parent and community partnerships. With this in mind, I want to formally invite you to our open house on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30-6:30. The school-wide open house is for all students, parents and guardians. We will begin promptly at 5:30 in the gymnasium with welcoming remarks. Families will then visit their child’s classroom and learn about their school day and can expect to receive information about overall curriculum plans and goals, HW expectations, teacher communications, website, student schedule etc. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening!

Another example of community partnerships happened when Deputy Jason Ziter from the Grand Isle Sheriff's Department visited our school this past Wednesday morning. The purpose of Deputy Ziter’s visit (known as Sheriff Jason to the kids) was to assist our staff with teaching all K-8 students the bus riding expectations. For the lesson, students boarded the school buses, discussed the bus riding expectations and ended the lesson by practicing our bus evacuation procedures. Included in the newsletter is a bus behavior matrix that outlines the expectations for what Honest, Safe & Kind behaviors look and sound like while riding the bus. We are continuing to roll out our Honest, Safe & Kind behavior expectations in all settings, and you can look forward to receiving more information about this in upcoming newsletters.

Finally, beginning October 1st, student and adult lunch prices will increase 10 cents. Breakfast will continue to cost $1.50. Student lunches will cost $2.45 and adult lunches will cost $3.45. This increase is due to decreased state/federal funds that help subsidize a portion of the program costs. Your child may qualify for free meals or reduced price meals. Reduced priced meals are served at no charge to families. Found on our school’s website, under files and links, is a packet that includes an application for free or reduced meal benefits, a set of detailed instructions, and some common questions and answers to help with the application process. Please note that while applications are being processed for approval, lunch charges remain the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Free and reduced meal applications can be found at the following link: Click Here

Again, we look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening!

Thank you,
Eric Arnzen
Principal at Grand Isle School

Posted by eriarnz@gisu.org on 2017-09-08


Links & Files
2017-2018 Draft Student/Parent Handbook
2017-2018 Middle School Supply List
Building Use Form
Bus Route 1, 1st AM Run K-5
Bus Route 1, 1st PM Run K-5
Bus Route 1, 2nd AM Run 6-8
Bus Route 1, 2nd PM Run 6-8
Bus Route 2, 1st AM Run K-5
Bus Route 2, 1st PM Run K-5
Bus Route 2, 2nd AM Run 6-8
Bus Route 2, 2nd PM Run 6-8
Concussion information
Expense Report
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
GISU VCAT
Jupiter Grades
OTC Medication Clarification Form
Parent Information
Safety Form
Well Exam-Sports Participation Clearance Form

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