Dear G.C. Hartman Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe that it is time again to welcome everyone back to a new school year. Summertime certainly does fly by!  We are looking forward to Monday, August 28th when the halls of G.C. Hartman Elementary will again be filled with the excited faces of our children and to the opportunities that await them and their families throughout this school year. Our school is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment that recognizes individuals and develops lifelong learners who value and respect themselves and others.

A new face will be joining us at G.C. Hartman for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 school year.  We would like to welcome Mrs. Amber Trometter to our G.C. Hartman family!  Mrs. Trometter is our new physical education teacher. We are very fortunate to have her joining the rest of our excellent staff!

For those of you who have driven by the school during the summer, you will have seen that a few adjustments have been made to the elementary.  The heating, ventilation and air conditioning has been updated throughout the building, a few of the older windows have been replaced with more energy efficient ones, the glass wall in the cafeteria/gymnasium has been updated and a few of the exterior entrances have been modified.  Although we have made adjustments to a few of the exterior doors, for the safety of everyone, we continue to ask that all visitors use the entrance doors by the flagpole and to please check in at the office when you arrive, so we can have a record of your visit.

I welcome the many students and their families and appreciate all the support you give throughout the school. Parent involvement is the KEY to student success! We will have numerous opportunities for you to get involved this year!  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer section on our website for forms and more information.

This summer we have had several new students enroll and continue to receive more children.  Our enrollment will be similar to last year and we would like to welcome our over 500 and growing number of children and their families to what we know will be an exciting school year in which we anticipate growth academically, socially and emotionally.  Please remember that the doors will open at 7:50 and the late bell is set for 8:10. We are eagerly awaiting the first day of school for our children on August 28th and know that 2017 – 2018 will be a grrrrr-eat school year!

 Our main goal is to make this school year the best your child has ever had. The ways in which you can help are numerous and a few that come to mind are:

- set an early bedtime that allows your child to receive plenty of rest

- determine a set time and place where homework will be completed

- at least once a week, preferably daily, clean out your child’s backpack

- contact your child’s teacher via note, email, or scheduled visit

- celebrate success at all levels of learning

- cover the front of the refrigerator with your child’s accomplishments

- start the day with a hearty breakfast

- read to your child at least 15 minutes every day and limit television time

- have your child arrive to school on time and limit their absences

I am excited and looking forward to working with all of you throughout the school year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                Let's have a grrrrr-eat school year and Go Tigers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Mr. Fetterman