Gretchen Gray » Mrs. Gray 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Gray 4th Grade Teacher

Welcome to my class! I am a proud Eastern Washington University  graduate for my Bachelor of Arts degree (Go Eagles!) and National University for my Master of Arts degree. It's hard to believe I am entering my 14th year as a classroom teacher. Washington is my home, but we moved here from the Mojave Desert in California. This is my 5th year in Waxahachie ISD. My son is a 4th grader and my daughter attends University of Nevada-Reno. Mr. Gray is a Texas native and has done a great job showing me around this great state.  I couldn't be more excited to be teaching your kiddo! Outside of school, I love adventuring with my family. We love to see and do new things! 
I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! Our class schedule looks like this:
7:40-9:40 ELAR (reading, writing, grammar)
9:40-10:30 Special Classes (P.E., Art, Music, Computers)
10:30-11:05 Social Studies
11:10-11:40 Tribe Time (targeted instruction time to meet individual student needs)
11:40-12:00 Recess and Restroom 
12:00-12:30 Lunch (remember, no campus visitors this year)
12:30-3:00 Math and Science
3:00-3:20 Small Groups 
Covid is giving us some new opportunities to do things differently. We appreciate your understanding so much! Dismissal is at 3:20 this year. Students who are bussers or day care van riders will be dismissed in a similar fashion to last year. Please make sure your child knows their address on the first day of school and the appropriate bus number if possible. We will be filling out their bus cards. Car riders will be socially distanced and dismissed from their grade level hallways, while teachers are supervising them. For the first day, parents will need to write the student's name and Teacher/Section on a sheet of paper to place in the window until we get car tags to you. Our class is Mrs. Gray/4A. I'll send home a tag with your car rider on the first day of school. Walkers will be dismissed in a similar fashion also, but parents will need to write their student's name and teacher/section number on a sheet of paper also. The teacher who takes the walkers to their respective locations will release students to parents that way. Thanks for your understanding and patience as our number one goal is to keep your kiddos safe! 
Typically, I would send out an invite for parents to volunteer in our classroom. Because of Covid-19, we cannot have guests on campus. With that being said, if you have a special skill or talent that you would be willing to share, let me know! We can get creative and help families feel more connected and involved in our class. Our classroom will be working hard and having fun this year. I believe in my students and know they are going to do GREAT things. Laughing with my kids is one of my most favorite things about being a teacher. Learning all of their personalities helps me challenge them. Students will be encouraged to teach each other this year too!  Our vision is a classful of lifelong learners and leaders! 
Please don't ever hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Email is the best way to contact me. 
My conference period is 9:40-10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. 
2020-2021 school year, LET'S DO THIS! 
This is a short video for your kiddos to see what I look like: