Dear Parents:

Welcome to Grizzell Middle School! We hope you have had a fun summer making memories and taking the time to relax and visit with those important to you. As you know, the start of school is just around the corner. We have planned several events and worked very hard in preparation for the new school year. I’d like to call your attention to the checklist at the bottom of this message. Completion of the items on this checklist is paramount in making the transition back to school as smooth as possible. For your convenience, we have provided active links to these action items that required at the beginning of each school year. To be as thorough as possible, we have also sent a hard copy of this letter and checklist to everyone via the U.S. Postal Service.

For families who are new to Dublin, we have a New Student Breakfast on August 9th at 9 a.m. which features activities that will help those new students become familiar with other new students, as well as Grizzell Middle School. Please contact Katie Pack, guidance secretary at 614-718-8613 to add your child’s name to the list of attendees.

Our “Back to School” day is August 9th. Sixth Grade Only Orientation will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Both students and parents are asked to attend. Students can meet their teachers, walk their schedules, pick up pre-ordered school supplies, get their school pictures taken, and practice opening their lockers. Simultaneously, parents will be participating in “My Child Is In Middle School. Now What?” which is designed to introduce parents to office staff, Schoology, information about Outdoor Education, and use of technology devices as learning tools.

Our 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend “Back to School Day” on the afternoon of August 9th from 1-5 p.m. As in years past, students can decorate their lockers, pick up pre-ordered school supplies, have their pictures taken, and walk their schedules.

Please take the time to look over the GMS website. It is full of important information and should be your primary resource for event dates (academic, music, and athletic), weekly newsletters and school information. Additionally, please follow us on twitter @gmsDCSD and @GMSCeltics for reminders throughout the school year.

Enjoy the last few days of summer! We can’t wait to reconnect with you and your family, and we know that the 2017-18 school year is going to be a great one!




8/1 Fall Sports Begin

8/9 New Student Breakfast, 9 am

8/9 6th Grade Only Orientation, 10 am - 12 pm (parents and students)

8/9 7th & 8th Grade Back to School Orientation, 1-5 pm

8/15 Fall Sports Meet the Coach (Required for parents of all Fall Athletes), 7 pm

8/16 First Day of School (8:28 am - 3:08 pm)

8/29 Open House for All Grades, 6-9 pm

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As our district continues to improve our technology and become more environmentally friendly, we have changed how families can complete all the necessary forms and update their preferences which are required at the beginning of each year.

You should receive a separate mailing with instructions on how to complete these tasks by visiting the Back to School Section of the district website: http://www.dublinschools.net/backtoschool.aspx

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· GMS Website (this is your primary resource for all information for our school)

· Student Schedules will be emailed during the week of August 7th

· School Picture and Yearbook Information* (Picture/Yearbook order forms will be sent in a separate mailer directly from HR Imaging. Please bring your completed order form to Orientation Day.)

· Student Activity Pass/Family Activity Pass Order Form*

· PTO Membership Form* or PTO Donation PayPal Link

· Dublin City Schools Calendar or Printable Calendar (pdf)

· GMS Events Calendar

· Lunch Account/EZ Pay Link

· Information about 6th Grade Camp/Outdoor Education (including packing list)

· Information about 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

· School Supply Lists by Grade / Supply Order Form (last day to order is August 5th)

· Health Care forms for EpiPens, Allergies, Inhalers, Medications and medical conditions

· Fall Sports Information

· Clubs/Activities Information

· PTO Contacts and Information

· Link to Final Forms Registration (mandatory form completion for all GMS athletes)

Please note: If you do not have access to the Internet and/or ability to print something listed, you may obtain a hard copy by visiting the main office during normal school hours starting July 31st. For your convenience, computers will be available to parents during Back to School Orientation Day on August 9th.

*There will be an opportunity for you to turn in these items during Back to School day if you wish to purchase these items or make a donation.

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