This Week at Gale Ranch Middle School

Gale Ranch Middle School  Newsletter
August 19, 2018
GRMS Attendance Phone Number: 
If your student is sick or unable to come to school, please notify the office with the reason.
August 23 : 6-8 pm - Back to School Night
August 24 : 3-4:30 pm - 6th Grade Bash
September 3 - Labor Day, No School
Principal's Message
August 2018

Welcome to the first Gryphon Gazette of the 18/19 school year! For families new to GRMS, the Gazette is a publication that will come out every week--delivered via email. Inside its pages you will find important information on school happenings, amazing stories about what our students are doing at school, information on how to sign your child up for after school activities and all school related news. There will also be a "Principal's Corner" where I will share any important information and/or offer insight on how to make middle school an amazing experience for your child.  You can also follow us on Twitter: @GaleRanchMS, or follow me @suegoldman4

So far this week, we have welcomed over 400 new 6th graders! The first week of school is always my favorite; witnessing the nerves of day one slowly dissipate into excitement and a confidence of knowing where they're heading--it's something I always look forward to. We've also welcomed back over 800 7th and 8th graders, who've spent the summer growing (some over an inch!) and maturing.

Please make sure to check our website and calendar for important upcoming events. Here are just a few:

8/23     Back to School Night
9/3    Labor Day (No School)
9/14   7/8th Grade Dance
10/2   Minimum Day

Looking forward to an outstanding year!
Sue Goldman, Principal

School photos
If you want to order school photos please follow this link .  If your student missed school photos, picture retakes will be on September 26th at lunch.

Spirit Wear
If you would like to order spirit wear please follow this link

If your child is going to be absent, please phone the
Attendance Line at 925-479-1598.  The Attendance Line is available 24 hours a day to leave a message.

Please provide your student's name (spell name out slowly, please!), grade, specific reason for absence, your name and relationship to the student and a phone number which you may be reached.
If your student leaves for a doctor, dentist or any medical procedure, please provide a doctor's verification note upon returning.  Without verification, the absence will be considered an unexcused absence.

If you need to pull your child from school early, please provide a note in the morning To the front office. Please include your child's name, grade, reason for leaving and time you'd like to pick them up.
We will then issue a pass for your student to give to their teacher and they can meet you in the office at the designated time.

Please provide a photo ID when picking up your student and sign them out in the attendance window.

At 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, an Automatic Safety Message will be sent to parents if a student is marked absent by a teacher. If you have already phoned in to the Attendance Line and you still get a Safety Message, you may disregard it. Due to the high volume of students, our Attendance Line isn't always cleared by the time the message is automatically sent out.

Thank you!

Independent Study

If your student is going to miss 5 consecutive days of school or more, please come to the front office to fill out an independent study contract.  Please be advised we need at least two weeks' notice.

Gale Ranch PTSA Membership

We would like to THANK Parent, Teacher, Staff and Student who have signed up for the 2018-2019 Gale Ranch PTSA membership. By being a member YOU -
  • Are a role model: who demonstrates the importance on education
  • Connect: encourage communication, and develop relation with others in the community 
  • Discover: a variety of programs and materials for students, parents, families, school and community
  • Enjoy special offers: by California State PTA and National PTA 
  • Make a difference: help advance laws and policies to improve education, health, and safety of all children
  • Speak Up: when important decisions are made about our children as you have a "seat at the table" 
Your membership, donation and time  supports programs  to benefit ALL children. For those who have not had a chance to sign up as members, 

We need you..Show you believe today. Join PTSA

You are NOT obligated to volunteer or attend PTSA meetings if you join the PTSA. Questions?  Please contact
STAY CONNECTED TO GRMS PTA on Facebook: Click below to like and follow our FB Page.
PTA Reflections Art Program
2018-2019 " Heroes Around Me"

Reflections 2018-2019
The theme for the 2018-2019 Reflections Art Program is "Heroes Around Me".

All students are invited to participate and submit one original artwork in one/all of six areas:
  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Arts
More details can be found on the California State PTA website.
Have a happy summer and unleash the artist in you!!

Gale Ranch Reflections Committee
SRVEF Run for Education

Earn money for our school by picking GRMS as a beneficiary when you  register for the Run for Ed!

SRVEF Run For Education
Register Today!  

For 35 years, the Run for Education has been the biggest and best family fundraiser for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. This year's Run is Sunday, October 14, with special Mini and Friendship Runs on Saturday, October 13.

Sunday Race Pricing

5k Fun Run $35.35 | 5k Timed $39.35 | 10k Timed $54.35
5k Virtual $35 | 10k Virtual $45

For more information, please go to The SRVEF is excited to be celebrating community, advancing education and promoting wellness in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. If you have any questions please email or


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