Grigsby Intermediate School

Principal's Corner



Grigsby School Principal
Donald W. Stratton


"Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,

I wonder where the school kids is?"

I posted an article a couple of month ago that I want you to read again.  It is all about the importance of getting your kids to school and what they miss if they are not here.  Being in school every day means your child won't miss out on learning.  Try to schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours.  If you child asks to stay home "just because," remind them of what they'll be missing, such as reading group, an art project, band/music or PE.  Explain that they can be absent only if they're sick or there's a family emergency.  

"Just Do the Right Thing"

Our first entry on "Just Do the Right Thing" is from one of our 6th grade student, Christopher Kenkoff, from Ms. Kelting's room.  Christopher watched a great movie over Spring Break and asked if he could write a review on the movie.  Click on the name of the movie to read his review.  "Pacific Rim, Uprising."  Here is a brand new review from the new Avengers movie "Avenger's Infinity War."  I think this one got 5 stars and 2 thumbs up.

"Look What's Happening"

Let me share with an experience that your children had with this amazing man.  Last Thursday we had an assembly with Brandon Lee White.  I would love for each one of you to have witnessed what your children did.  Take a moment and ask them about Mr. White and then check out this link to his web page....

Now let me share some things that happened at that assembly.....

"Own It""Own It""Own It"

"Own It""Own It"

Take a look at this incredible videos of Brandon, the teachers and the students.....






"Blood Drive"

On April 26th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm the Grigsby Intermediate Student Council will be sponsoring a Blood Drive for the community.  The benefit of having the blood drive here is that we will be able to have all of our teachers, if they choose to, be CPR certified for only $5.00 each.  As a parent that is a huge plus for a school.  At an assembly earlier this month our speaker, Wilma McGlothlin, spoke to us about the importance of giving blood.  If you would like to participate in the blood drive you may sign up for in using this link.

"Cheer Club"

The Cheer Club at Grigsby has been doing some wonderful stuff.  They performed at the blood drive assembly this month just to practice for their cheerleading tryouts at Coolidge.  You tell me what you think about these incredible girls.




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.

"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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