Principal Page

July 26, 2023

Dear Green Gables Families,

Welcome back! We hope this letter finds you well-rested and filled with excitement as we begin a new school year. Whether you are a returning family or joining our community for the first time, we extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you.

As we embark on the start of our new school year together, I want to take a moment to share my deep commitment to our students and families. As I begin my 16th year as an educator and as a mother of three, I understand how crucial it is for our students and families to feel safe, connected, and a true sense of belonging at school.

I am passionate about the work we do at Green Gables Elementary to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. A place where every child can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. As we step into the new academic year, my dedication to this mission remains steadfast, and I am eager to continue serving as the leader of Green Gables.

Together with our exceptional team of educators, staff, and the wider community, we will strive to make this academic year one of growth, curiosity, and endless possibilities for each and every student. Our commitment to Jeffco Thrives 2025 remains unwavering, and we are focused on providing extraordinary student experiences and instructional excellence for all.

We will continue to utilize our EL resource for literacy instruction, which has shown tremendous success in nurturing students' love for reading and writing while integrating science and social studies. This innovative approach prepares our young minds to be critical thinkers and effective communicators. Additionally, throughout the past two years staff has dedicated substantial time engaging in Orton Gillingham training to continue to deepen their instructional toolbox in teaching foundational literacy skills, anchored to the science of reading.

Furthermore, as part of the second Jeffco cohort for Illustrative Math, we eagerly embrace a new resource aligned with best mathematical practices and standards. Our staff is eager to dive into our new resource and nurture a love of mathematics in our students. 

Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome our full day preschool program to Green Gables. We look forward to the opportunity to watch our youngest learners grow and thrive! 

Throughout the spring, our staff engaged in a reflective process to build clarity on the true essence of our motto, "Leading, Learning, and Growing Together." As a result, we have crafted a mission and vision that will anchor our work and guide us in creating a dynamic and supportive learning environment.  

Mission

Green Gables is a collaborative and responsive community that is dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environment.

Vision

Through high expectations, we empower all students with the academic and social skills to succeed, develop meaningful relationships, and contribute to a better world.

Our mission and vision reflect our core values of collaboration, inclusivity, and nurturing the holistic growth of every student. We firmly believe that by working together, we can create an educational experience that empowers our students to reach their fullest potential and make a positive impact on the world around them.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve this remarkable community as your school leader. The dedication and support from our families, educators, and staff inspire me each day, and I eagerly anticipate the moments of celebration and growth that this school year will undoubtedly bring.

If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am here to listen, collaborate, and ensure that we create the best possible learning experience for our students.

Once again, welcome back to Green Gables Elementary, where we embrace a shared vision of excellence and compassion. Let us embrace this new school year with enthusiasm and determination, knowing that together, we will achieve great things!

Please take a moment to look at important upcoming events listed below.

With warm regards,

Jenn Withee

Principal│Green Gables Elementary

303-982-8314

This is our favorite family photo of the summer at a wedding in Bend, Oregon. Outside of being an educator my most treasured roles are that of wife to my husband of almost 11 years, Brian and our three amazing kids: Braden (9.5), Braxton (8), and Ashlyn (3.5).

 

Important Start of School Information

Green Gables School Hours

PreK

8:00-2:30pm

Grades K-5

Breakfast Program 7:40 - 8:05am

Soft Start/Drop Off 7:55 - 8:05am

Tardy Bell 8:05am

Dismissal: 3:05pm 

(Kindergarten dismisses at 3:00)

Office Hours: 7:10 am-3:40pm 

Registration

Online registration opens on August 1st. All tasks can be completed online at Enroll Jeffco (watch for email from district team with the link). However, we will have walkin registration for families wishing for support on Wednesday, August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. at the main office.

Teacher Assignments

Friday, 8/11

We know you are anxiously awaiting class assignments. We will be communicating with your student(s) teacher on this day if in grades 1st-5th. 

 

Kindergarten students will have Kinder Kamp the first two days of school and will find out their teacher on Wednesday, August 16th in the evening.

 

PreK students will all be in our one, full day classroom with Ms. Haines (lead teacher) and Mrs. Borja (Early Childhood Instructional Partner).

Meet and Greet

Monday, 8/14

4:30-5:30

Meet and greet is an opportunity to come to school to meet your teacher(s), connect with our amazing community, and drop off school supplies. If you ordered school supplies through PTA, these boxes will be ready for families to pick up outside of the main entrance during this time.

Students First Day

Tuesday, 8/15

We will kick-off our year together on the front lawn (west side). We will ceremoniously welcome students into the building at 8:05 and families are welcome to attend! Please note that you will give hugs goodbye on the front lawn and students will enter with their teacher and class into the building. 

 

Students purchasing breakfast will still be able to enter at 7:40 and will then move outside to enter the building with their class.

 

Kindergarten students will start their half day Kinder Kamp this day. Please refer to the Kindergarten Welcome Letter for more details.

 

PreK Families: Please ensure you reference this communication from the Executive Director of Early Learning regarding a delay on our preschool start date due to construction.

Mark Your Calendars

Fall Assessment Days

Friday, August 25th and Monday, August 28th

There is no regular school for students these days. Students only come during their assessment time. We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair that will be open on these days.

 

Southern Gables Neighborhood Night Out

Friday, August 25th (on school grounds) from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Back to School Night 

Thursday, August 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 4th 


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