Grigsby Intermediate School

Principal's Corner



Grigsby School Principal
Donald W. Stratton


Well March came in like a Lion then went Lamb like but I think is going to go out with a vengeance as well.  We are in the throws of PARCC testing and you children are doing great.  We have implemented a "Talking Ticket" in order to keep things quiet in the hallways since students are testing in various areas of the building.  During the week of March 12 we have given special memorial to the victim of the terrible Florida school shooting by giving inspirational readings during announcements as well as offering 17 seconds of silence for the fallen victims.  I would like to share a letter from one of our students here at Grigsby.  Notice the sincerity with this letter.

We are gearing up for another Parent University on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00pm.  Please follow the Principal's Corner for more information concerning this incredibly informational event.  When you think of parent involvement, do you picture moms and dads volunteering in classrooms?  That is always a posibility.....but research shows that supporting your child's education at home is even more important.  Here are conversation starters that will help you stay involved.

I have just experienced one of the most moving dramatic presentations I think I have ever seen.  Mr. Merlin Bell, from the St. Louis Museum of History gave our students a first hand, hands on, learning experence about the Civil Rights Movement.  Click on the highlighted words to enjoy parts of his presentation.

"Let's see what you brought home."

Look at completed work to find out what your student is learning and how well they're doing.  You could comment on their math work or social studies project, for instance.  Also, respond to notes from their teacher, and sign their weekly folder or agenda book if that is required.

"Show me what you have for homework."

It is your child's job to do their homework, but you play a role, as well.  Mask sure they know what they are supposed to do by having them explain the assignments to you.  After they finish their homework, glance over the work to see that it is complete.

"Describe a book you enjoyed today."

This gives you an idea of what your youngster prefers to read.  Then, build a daily reading habit by asking what they'd like to read tonight.  Encourage their reading and listening skills by reading aloud to your child and letting them read to you.

"Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about."

Use your child's interests as jumping-off points for activities to share.  If they like geometry, you might hunt for shapes together.  If they are fascinated by how animals adapt to winter, take them to the library to research the subject or to the zoo to see live animals.

Here are some great After School Questions that you can use.  Just click and enjoy!

There are so many teachers in our building that are doing great things in their classes.  Be sure to check out their individual pages to see what is going on. 

I have been watching Ms. Mary Wright, one of our speech therapists, work with her students.  It is amazing the techniques that she uses, and the progress that her students are making. Take a look at her March Newletter for great ideas that you can use at home.

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.  Here are a few helpful hints that you can do at home to help your child be a successful reader:

  • Set the example by letting your children see you read
  • Have a collection of books in your home
  • Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes, trends and reading skills
  • Support our school's Book Fair by allowing your children to choose their own books to read

Cold weather is here even though we have been fooled by this unseasonably warm weather.  Please encourage you students at Grigsby to dress for the appropriate weather.

With your support, we will continue to develop the very real gifts and talents of all of the students at Grigsby Intermediate School. On behalf of the staff, we are energized and excited about the remaining  year and we look forward to working with your children!  Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me or any of the staff if you have additional questions.


If a Child lives with CRITICISM.....He learns to CONDEMN

If a Child lives with HOSTILITY.....He learns to FIGHT

If a Child lives with RIDICULE.....He learns to be SHY

If a Child lives with SHAME.....He learns to feel GUILTY

If a Child lives with TOLERANCE.....He learns to be PATIENT

If a Child lives with ENCOURAGEMENT.....He learns to APPRECIATE

If a Child lives with FAIRNESS.....He learns JUSTICE

If a Child lives with SECURITY.....He learns FAITH

If a Child lives with APPROVAL.....He learns to like HIMSELF


Exciting things are happening in the 17-18 school year so be sure to check out the photo link at the bottom of the page!


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