James Gettys Elementary
October Newsletter

James Gettys Elementary

898 Biglerville Rd.

Gettysburg, PA  17325

334-6254 press 5 for James Gettys ext. 1229 

Donna Kluck, Principal


Upcoming Events:

    • October 12 - Individual Picture Day
    • October 14 - Fall Fun Run
    • October 17 - JG Coat Drive Begins
    • October 21 - RIF Day
    • October 21 - Ms. Prevoznik to Eisenhower Farm
    • October 26 - Mrs. Lindsley and Mrs. Aurand to Eisenhower Farm


    • November 1 - PTO meeting 7:00 PM
    • November 2 - Presentation of the GHS musical "Seussical"
    • November 4 - JG Coat Drive Ends
    • November 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No school for students)
    • November 11 - Veteran's Day (School is Closed)
    • November 16 - JG Food Drive Begins
    • November 17 - Two Hour Delay
From the Principal's Desk... 
Parent Conferences

Parent conferences offer an opportunity for you to find out how your child is getting along with classmates, how they are progressing in school and what you can do at home to build on strengths and overcome challenges. The following guidelines will help you, the parent, to be prepared for the conference:


Before the conference:

  • Decide what you want to ask the teacher and write the questions down
  • Consider making a list for your child's teacher of things that will help create a better understanding of your child; for example, family conflicts, feelings about school, hobbies, special health problems.
  • Ask your child some questions: what's her favorite subject? what's her least favorite? what do you want me to tell your teacher?
  • Be on time. Write down the time of your appointment and arrive promptly. If you can't make the conference as scheduled, call and notify the teacher.

During the conference:

  • If you have a specific point to discuss or have a complaint, listen to the teacher's point before criticizing.
  • The teacher may have some questions too -- not trying to pry into your personal life, but only to obtain information that may help working better with your child.
  • Before you leave develop an action plan. If need be, set up a way to check on your child's progress. You and the teacher can decide how best to stay in touch. Finally, follow through with the plan.
  • Leave promptly to allow other parents to have as much time as you had with the teacher. If you feel the need to continue, schedule another conference.

A few questions you might ask the teacher:

  • What will you cover in this grade or subject this year?
  • What are your expectations for homework? Has my child missed any of his/her assignments so far?
  • How are my child's work habits? Does he/she use his/her time in class well?
  • Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?
  • Is my child able to do the math you would expect for a student in this grade?
  • Does my child qualify for any special programs -- for example, gifted, English as a second language, or learning disabilities?
  • Does my child get along well with the other students in this class?
  • What can I do at home to help my child be more successful at school?

The key to a successful conference, parents and teachers agree, is two-way communication. By exchanging information, parent and teachers can set the stage for a great school year.

You can also help by being prepared to discuss the general area of your child's health, sleep habits, special interests and problems, and reactions to school, plus any other information which only you have but which could help the school. We hope these conferences are very productive!

Important Info from the Nurse:


Healthy Lunches 


Running out of ideas already for a healthy packed lunch for your child?  A brain that is deprived of "fuel" (glucose) can cause behaviors that don't sync with doing well in school. Not only do children need a healthy breakfast to get the day rolling, but their lunch should have a variety of food groups for important nutrients. Here are a few suggestions that may pique their interest and provide for a balanced, varied packed lunch:

  • Vegetables - baby carrots, red or green bell peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, leafy green salad, celery sticks,  cherry  tomatoes                                                                                                                 
  • Fruits - of many different colors, fresh, frozen, or dried. strawberry
  • Lean meat, fish, poultry, egg, legumes, beans, and nuts group.
  • Whole grain products - bread/tortilla wrap, crackers, pita pockets, corn ships
  • Dairy - low fat or fat-free milk or yogurt, cheese made with 2% milk


Create a packed lunch with something from each of these groups. Kids do like healthy foods and will eat more of them if lunch time foods are presented in interesting and creative ways.




Tuberculosis Tests


TB tests are available in the James Gettys Health Room on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. These TB tests are a requirement for volunteer clearances. Please be advised that you will need to have the test check 48 - 72 hours after the test is given.  

 Safety and Security


Keeping your children safe is one of our number one concerns at James Gettys.  We have many safety procedures in place that assure you we are keeping your children safe.  One of the most important procedures is our sign in procedure in the office.  Regardless of whether you are walking your child to their classroom or visiting for an hour or so, we MUST have you sign in at the office and get a visitor's badge.  Our staff will be questioning you if you are in the hallways without a sign in badge.  It is also very important that you sign OUT when you leave.  For all of our James Gettys students' safety, please follow these very simple safety procedures.


Fall Fun Run
 James Gettys Fall Fitness Mile Run for Grades K - 2 will be Friday, October 14th at 10:30 AM.  The Fall Fitness Fun 5K Run/Walk for Grades 3 - 5 will be the same day at 2:00 PM.  Please have your child bring a plastic recycleable water bottle with their name on it.  (If your child is not able to do this, one will be provided for them).  If you are interested in sending in individually wrapped healthy snacks for your child's classmates the morning of the event, please fill out the bottom portion of the form that was sent home several days ago and return it to school. Please send your donations to school with your child the morning of October 14.  Hope to see you there, supporting and exercising with your child!

 School Store:


We are excited to offer a student school store at James Gettys.  Our school store offers items from $0.05 to $1.00 and includes such items as stickers, pencils, erasers, pencil grips, folders, friendship bracelets. etc.

School Store Days are as follows:

 Tuesdays - First and Second Grade

Wednesdays - Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade

 School Store Hours: During the lunch/recess hours


Kindergarten students will get an opportunity to visit the school store the second half of the year!


We're excited about this addition to James Gettys for several reasons.  It promotes responsible decision making, learning to add and subtract money, and making change.  Our fourth and fifth grade students volunteer their time to work the store. 



Annual Coat Drive:


It's that time of year again for our "Annual Coat Drive." We will be accepting donations of coats, jackets, hats, mittens, and gloves of any size from October 17 - November4. If you have any of these items that you can donate to us, we would be very happy to accept them. There will be a collection box in the lobby during this time. Send the items in with your child or drop them off in these boxes when you visit the school. In advance, thank you for your assistance in helping our families in need.


News From Food Service


  • If you applied for free or reduced meals this school year and have not received a notification letter, please call the Food Service Offices at 717-334-6254 ext. 1204.
  • You can now apply money and monitor your child's meal account balance using an online parent payment system.  Got to www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us.  Click on food Services under the Quick Links.



Donna S. Kluck


Donna S. Kluck