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 27th 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 few new faces will be joining us at G.C. Hartman for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 school year.  We would like to welcome Mrs. Brenda Breisch, Mrs. Kristy Trefsger and Mr. Zachary Malett to our G.C. Hartman family!  Mrs. Breisch is our new office secretary, Mrs. Trefsger is our new Title I Reading Specialist and Mr. Malett will be teaching computers. We are very fortunate to have each of them joining the rest of our excellent staff!

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 500 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 continue to ask that all visitors use the entrance doors by the flagpole and to please check in at the office with your driver’s license when you arrive, so we can have a record of your visit. We are eagerly awaiting the first day of school for our children on August 27th and know that 2018 – 2019 will be a grrrrr-eat school year!

We will be holding our Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, August 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 and our Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Thursday, August 23rd.  There is also a good amount of information you can find on our school website,, such as breakfast and lunch information under the Departments tab, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under the resources/parent resources tab, supply lists under the EC Students tab, etc.

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

Have a grrrr-eat summer and Go Tigers!

John C. Fetterman