Originally delivered on 8/26/2021 5:53 am

SUBJECT: Back to School - Welcome from PTSA

August 26, 2021
2021-22 School Year - Volume 16, Issue 1
Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year from the Grand Ridge PTSA!

Welcome Grizzlies!  Whether you are new to Grand Ridge this year or returning to our school, we hope you are as excited as we are to kick off this school year. 

If you have not done so already, please make sure we have your most up to date information on our website. If you are new to the school, please register on our website. If you are a returning Grizzly, please update your information on our website as contact information needs to be verified each year. Everyone can even update their student info to include whose classroom they are in once that is announced in Family Access on August 27!

Mark your calendar for August 30th! 

Meet the Teacher is from 9:30-10:30am, outdoors. You can come at any point during this hour to briefly meet your student's teacher.

Curriculum Night is from 4-4:45pm for grades K-2, and 5-5:45pm for grades 3-5. This is an in person event. 1 adult per student may attend. Grades 1-5, please bring your student's school supplies to this event. If you are not attending this event, please send school supplies with your student on the first day of school. Kindergarten parents, please bring your student's school supplies to your scheduled Family Connections Conference. 

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

We wanted to share some information from the school for those of you who are new or may want a reminder. This information will help make drop off and pickup go more smoothly for everyone.


The first bell is at 9:10am, and class starts when the second bell rings at 9:15am. Students may arrive to school at 9:00am and wait in their designated classroom line area. If you are driving, parking is available in the lot or on the streets outside the school. There is also some parking available in the upper area of College Drive.

Walking, Biking, Scooter

There are bike racks available, but you'll need your own lock if you want to lock it.


Students can be dropped off in the Curbside Drop-Off Lane. Those students will need to their designated classroom line area. To keep the line moving, please pull ahead and have your students exit the curbside ONLY after you have reached the crosswalk in the parking lot. Drivers should not park or exit their vehicle in the Curbside Drop-Off Lane . If your student needs more assistance, please park in parking lot or on the street outside the school and walk with or direct your student to their waiting area. 


Students will be dismissed by their teacher at 3:40pm (1:30pm on Wednesdays). Please let your student know where you will meet them for pickup. Adults may wait on the sidewalk near their student's designated classroom line area, at their car in the parking lot, or in the Curbside Drop-Off Lane . Do not line up in the mid section of the parking lot. This is for thru traffic ONLY. Please use the Curbside Drop-Off Lane or park your vehicle. When using the Curbside Drop-Off Lane, please pull forward as the line moves to reduce the backups in the entrance to the lot and on Park Drive.

Back to School Volunteers Needed

Welcome Back Grizzly Volunteers! Can you spare 30 minutes before or after school? Help families find their way to the line up areas. We need people to help from 8:40-9:10am and 3:20-3:45pm on September 3, 7,8,9, and 10. Sign up for one or more shifts using this link.

Order your Grizzly Gear!

The Grizzly Gear store is open until September 10. Grizzly Gear is a great way to show off your school spirit! Orders will be delivered to your student at school in late September/early October. Click here to place your order. If you need assistance with paying for Grizzly Gear, please contact GrandRidgeResources@gmail.com.

Join the 2021-2022 PTSA!

Your membership in the PTSA helps support all students at Grand Ridge. And successful students make successful schools – which make thriving communities! Memberships are valid for one school year, so even if you were a member last year we need you to join again this year. Please join us today!

Open Board and Chair positions

We have a few board and chair positions open. We are looking for the following positions:

  • Advocacy Director
  • Fundraising Director
  • Staff Appreciation Chair

If you are interested in learning more, please email grptsa@gmail.com.

Donate to Gift-A-Book

The Grand Ridge PTSA is proud to sponsor the GIFT-A-BOOK program which expands our school’s library with new and exciting high-quality materials and promotes reading among our students. This year we are offering the option of selecting either an eBook or a physical book. Learn more here!

Reflections Art Program

The theme for the 2021-22 school year is "I Will Change the World By....". Students can use their creative talents to express themselves through original art work on this theme. Learn more on our Reflections Art Program page.

PTSA Meeting / Community Connections

Our next PTSA meeting is Thursday, September 23 at 7pm via Zoom. We will have a small amount of PTSA business, and direct the majority of the time to Community Connections with Principal Ravenscraft. Check our website that week for the meeting materials and Zoom link. You do not need to be a member to attend our meetings, but you do need to be a member to vote.

Grand Ridge Resources

Just a reminder that the office has a confidential email: GrandRidgeResources@gmail.com that any student or family member is encouraged to use if they need some additional resources at a time when they don’t have additional money. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is a need – from an outdoor jacket to supplies for school, a birthday gift to rain boots, a yearbook to Grizzly Gear. Privacy of any requests will be respected.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, August 26
6:00p ISD Board Meeting
Friday, August 27
5:00p Teacher Assignments available in Family Access
Monday, August 30
9:30a Meet the Teacher
4:00p Curriculum Night - Grades K-2
5:00p Curriculum Night - Grades 3-5
Tuesday, August 31
First Day of School (Grades 1-12)
Friday, September 3
First Day of School (Kindergarten)
9:00a Coffee for Kindergarten Parents at Central Park
Monday, September 6
No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7
7:00p GR PTSA Board Members meeting
Thursday, September 9
6:00p ISD School Board Meeting (2021-22 school year)
Tuesday, September 21
6:00p ISD School Board Meeting (2021-22 school year)
Thursday, September 23
7:00p PTSA General Meeting & Community Connections with Ms. Ravenscraft
Friday, September 24
School Picture Day
Stay in The Know

To receive updates in real time, go to www.facebook.com/grandridgeptsa and like or follow our page. We’re on Instagram as well so you can follow our page, grandridgeptsa. You can also visit our website, www.grandridgeptsa.org.

PTSA E-blasts are sent monthly. If you do not wish to receive them, please update your Grand Ridge PTSA account on our website.

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