NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL    Dr. Timothy Grivois-Shah, Ed.D.



November 15, 2016

Dear Families,

Grijalva tried something new at our last Awards Assembly. In addition to our traditional awards for Honor Roll and Grizzly of the Quarter, teachers recognized students for unique achievement in their studies or in their character.

Why did we make this change?

  - Because our teachers wanted you to know how grateful we are to you for sending us such great kids.
  - Because kids who aren’t ready for honor roll still worked hard to grow as readers, mathematicians, or scientists.
  - Because we want Grijalva to be a place that celebrates kids who work hard to achieve their goals.
  - And most importantly, because we want all of our families to know that their Grizzly is special to us.

At the end of every Awards Assembly, I invite the Grizzlies to thank their families for helping them learn. Here’s the truth—Grijalva families, (parents, aunts/uncles, siblings, cousins, stepparents, grandparents, and anyone else who loves your Grizzly) are a big part of our success. Thank you!

Some families help by volunteering in classrooms. Others help by seeking out donations. We all help by making sure homework gets done and practicing math facts every day.

The most important way you help is by sending us your great kids to school on time and ready to learn each and every day.

I want you to know that I am proud of the kids you send me, and that everyone at Grijalva loves your kids and wants them to succeed.

In the following weeks, we’ll be asking you for your perspectives on how we can help all children — no exceptions — achieve their very best.

Warmly,

Tim Grivois-Shah


September 28, 2016

Grijalva has been awarded a grant from the Arizona Department of Education!  This grant trains teacher teams to support Positive Behavioral Interventions Support throughout the school.  Good job, Grizzlies!

Timothy Grivois-Shah, Ed.D.
Grijalva Elementary School, Principal
Tucson Unified School District


July 15, 2016


Dear Grijalva Families:

We are looking forward to an exciting new school year full of success for our Grijalva Grizzlies. Our first day of school will be Thursday, August 4 at 7:45. We hope you’ll join us in the courtyard for our Opening Ceremony!

To establish a routine and to encourage independence, we ask that adults not accompany students into the building. Instead, after our Opening Ceremony, families are invited to meet in the cafeteria for our first Cafecito where we will share Grijalva’s Positive Behavior Interventions Support program and how we hope your children can earn Grizzly tickets at home that they can add to our collection over the year.

Grijalva’s PTA is an invaluable support to our school. This year and past years, Grijalva PTA has contributed thousands of dollars to improving our school. Please join! You’ll find a PTA application attached to this letter. Our first PTA meeting is August 9, 2016 in the Family Room (Portable 1).

We ask that you continue to contact the office with any changes in childcare, your address, phone number, or emergency contacts. Please also let us know right away of any changes at dismissal time so we can make sure your child gets to the right place.

Finally, at the end of the day on August 4 and for the rest of the school year, our dismissal routine is as follows:
• Students in PACE, Kindergarten, and First Grade are dismissed when their adult meets them in their classrooms.
• Older students who walk home will be dismissed from their classrooms.
• Grijalva staff will take children meeting daycare vans to the pick-up area on Drexel Avenue.
• Car pick-up for students in grades 4-5 will be through our main parking lot. Please pull all the way up to our new gate at the corner of our driveway and Pin Oak. Older Grizzlies picking up younger Grizzlies will be with their youngest family member.
• Car pick-up for students in grades 2-3 will be through the round-about at the end of Grijalva Park.

You’ll find in your envelope two blue signs. If you Grizzly or Grizzlies go home in a vehicle, please write the names of the children who should be in your car in big letters on the sign and set it on the lower right side of your dashboard. This will help school adults match your child to the correct adult at dismissal time.

We are eager to see all of our new and returning students! If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Dr. G-S



15 de julio, 2016

Estimadas familias de Grijalva:

Estamos muy felices de empezar un nuevo año escolar lleno de éxitos para nuestros “Ositos Grijalva”. Nuestro primer día de clases será el jueves 4 de agosto a las 7:45. Esperamos que nos acompañe en el patio durante nuestra Ceremonia de Primer Día de Escuela!

Para establecer una rutina y para fomentar la independencia, les pedimos que los adultos no acompañen a los estudiantes al edificio. En lugar de esto, después de nuestra ceremonia de bienvenida, las familias están invitadas a reunirse en la cafetería para nuestro primer Cafecito, donde compartiremos el programa de Apoyo de Comportamiento Positivo, y cómo esperamos que sus hijos puedan ganar Grizzli Tickets en el hogar, los cuales se pueden añadir a nuestra colección en la escuela.

PTA de Grijalva es un valioso apoyo a nuestra escuela. Este año y el año pasado, Grijalva PTA ha contribuido con miles de dólares para mejorar nuestra escuela. ¡Por favor únase! Encontrará una aplicación PTA en esta carta. Nuestra primera reunión del PTA es del 9 de agosto de 2016 en Portable 1.

Le pedimos que siga en contacto con la oficina para informar sobre cualquier cambio en el cuidado de los niños, su dirección, número de teléfono o contactos de emergencia. Por favor, háganos saber de inmediato cualquier cambio en la hora de salida para que podamos hacer que su hijo reciba al lugar correcto.

Por último, al final del día, el 4 de agosto y durante el resto del año escolar, nuestra rutina de despido es el siguiente:
• Los alumnos de PACE, Kinder y Primer Grado son despedidos cuando el adulto autorizado se encuentra con ellos en sus clases.
• Los estudiantes mayores que caminan a casa saldrán de sus aulas. El personal de Grijalva se llevará a los niños que usan camionetas de la guardería a la zona donde los recogerán en Drexel Avenue.
• Para los estudiantes de 4-5 grado, que son recogidos en carro, será a través de nuestro estacionamiento principal. Por favor, estacione su coche lo más cerca posible a la esquina de nuestro acceso de entrada y la avenida Pin Oak.
• Ositos Mayores recogiendo Ositos más jóvenes estarán con su hermano/a más joven.
• Para los estudiantes de 2-3 grado, que son recogidos en carro, será a través de la rotonda al final de Grijalva Park. En su sobre encontrará dos hojas azules. Si sus niños van a casa en un vehículo, por favor escriba los nombres de los niños que deberían estar en su coche en letras grandes en el letrero y póngalo en el lado inferior derecho de su tablero. Esto ayudará al personal de la escuela a identificar el auto y entregar al niño al adulto autorizado a la hora de salida.

¡Estamos muy contentos de volver a ver a nuestros estudiantes y de recibir a los nuevos! Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor háganoslo saber.

Atentamente,

Dr. G-S




My name is Tim Grivois-Shah, and I am excited to be your school’s principal!

I’m a teacher of ten years experience:  eight as a classroom teacher and two as a building leader of a large elementary school in Niles, Illinois.  I am excited to begin a fun year full of learning with my new Grijalva family.

You can count on all of us at Grijalva to help your child feel safe, connected, and challenged each and every day.  We look forward to working with families and community members to ensure that our children achieve all they can.

I look forward to meeting you soon.  Feel free to drop by the office and share with me what you love about Grijalva!

Warmly,

Dr. G-S