September 25, 2020
Superintendent's Message to Staff
Thank you for an incredible first week of school!
Dear GBSD Staff,
After weeks of preparation, countless training sessions, multiple team meetings, numerous phone calls to families, and hours working on lesson plans to get the first week of learning perfectly planned for our young learners; you did it!
The start-up to the start of school this year has been unique, with many challenges to overcome. We distributed more than 9,200 devices in a matter of days. We are providing hundreds of meals to our families at school sites throughout the district and to various neighborhoods by school bus. Not only did class start this week, but many schools also distributed curriculum and instructional materials in the late afternoon and early evening, braving rainy weather to make sure our students had what they needed for a strong start.
What an incredible first week of school, and more!
Each member of TeamGBSD is playing a pivotal role during a historic moment in time. You are making the difference for the 11,500+ students who anxiously awaited to “Return to Learn” this fall. Our theme for the 20-21 school year is #TogetherWeCan. If we work together as a staff and partner with our families and community, there is nothing we can’t do.
I cannot thank you enough for the work you did to get ready for the start school, and I know our GBSD families are so appreciative that their students are back in class. It’s an annual milestone for our students, a time to celebrate, a time to focus on all we have accomplished, and all we have to be thankful for.
On behalf of the GBSD school board and leadership team, thank you for your dedication and commitment to the students of our community. Because of you, they continue to learn, grow, and thrive!
Take a moment to relax this weekend, and enjoy this tribute to you and all of our first responders during this pandemic. In the words of the One Voice Children’s Choir, “Good Job!”
Yours in education,
Dr. A. Katrise Perera
Superintendent of Schools