• Principal’s Message 

    On behalf of the entire Garretson Elementary School staff, I want to welcome you to the upcoming 2017-18 school year.  We look forward to getting to know our new Gator students and families and reconnecting with all returning students and families! 

    We invite you to walk up to our front office area and check out our class lists for students in Transitional Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. 

    The first day of school is Wednesday, August 9th.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m., school begins at 8:45AM and dismissal is 2:57PM (Grades 1-6).  Parents are welcome on campus the first day of school for pictures and to greet their teachers at their class lines on the playground. Parents are reminded that beginning Wednesday, August 16th, students will be released at 1:57PM each Wednesday. 

    A friendly reminder to all incoming TK/Kindergarten families: Please ensure you attend the meeting on Monday, August 7th at 5:30 PM for important Parent Information regarding your child’s schedule and specific school procedures. 

    Last year, Garretson started its modernization project funded by Measure GG. Over the summer break, our school was under Phase 1 of the construction. You will notice that the front of the school is beginning to look very different. We are excited that Phase 1 of the construction is scheduled to be completed in the winter. 

    Please do not hesitate to call our office at (951) 736-3345 anytime you have questions, suggestions, or concerns. 

    Again, we welcome each of you to our Garretson family.  We anticipate a successful school year and look forward to working and learning with all of you! 

    Thank you, 

    Mrs. Luna, Principal 


    Go Gators!

    News, Notes and Reminders 

    Back To School Night 

    Back to School Night for grades 1-6 is Thursday, August 10, 2017 starting at 5:30PM. 

    We look forward to seeing you all there! 

    Support Our Garretson PTSA  

    All Garretson parents, students, and staff are encouraged to join the Garretson PTSA.  Please plan to sign up and join our PTSA for only $7.00! Invite neighbors, family members and friends to help your child’s class reach 100% participation. 

    CNUSD School Safety is Top Priority 

    The Corona-Norco Unified School District considers the safety and health of our staff and students a top priority. To further safeguard the safety of your child while in our care we have implemented a new visitor management system to ensure that individuals visiting our campuses and interacting with our students are authorized to do so. CNUSD believes there is a safer way to monitor visitors on our campus and has replaced the paper visitor sign-in sheets with the Raptor Visitor Management System. You will continue to be required to present your identification to the office staff. Accepted forms of identification are as follows: 

    • Any state issued driver’s license or identification card 
    • Matrícular Consular card 
    • Military ID (active duty or retired) 
    • Permanent resident card 

    Thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation as our Garretson staff implements the Raptor system and follows established district-wide policies and procedures to promote campus safety. 

    Gators on Time 

    At Garretson, we are always striving for excellence.  We are working towards improving school attendance for all of our students.  Students can be dropped off beginning at 8:00; breakfast is available starting at 8:10 and students may play during recess or participate in the 100 Mile Club. The bell to line-up rings at 8:42 with the expectation that all students are in their desks by 8:45, ready to learn.  

    Student Planners 

    We are proud to provide every 3rd-6th grade Gator student with a Student Planner free of charge.  The Garretson Student Planner has proven to be an effective tool to support Gator scholars in organization and time management skills necessary for success in school.  Parents are highly encouraged to monitor your child’s assignments and homework using the Student Planner.  

    Suggested School Supplies 

    1st-2nd grade teachers will be sharing their supply lists at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 10th at 5:30 PM 

    3rd-6th grade supply list: 

    2 standard pencils, sharpened  

    1 red and 1 blue ink pen (Please be sure the pens are not erasable.  Red pens are used daily; be sure to have a ready supply) 

    1 yellow highlighter (If you want one more, make it green, blue, and/or pink)  

    1 pad of 2” x 2” post-it “sticky” notes  

    1 package binder loose filler paper (3rd-4th wide-ruled, 5th-6th college-ruled) (Please do not purchase the perforated kind that rips out of a notebook) 

    1 package of 8 insertable assorted color divider tabs 

    1 sturdy two-pocket insertable homework folder 

    1 clear zipper insertable pencil pouch 

    1 insertable 12-inch ruler  

    1 sturdy 2-inch or 3-ring binder (D-ring preferred) 

    100 Mile Club Spirit Day, AVID College Spirit Days and Gator Spirit Days 

    All Gator students and staff are encouraged to show school spirit on Mondays by wearing their 100-mile club shirt.  Every Wednesday is AVID College Spirit Day.  Show your pride by wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, or any spirit apparel from your favorite college.  Every Friday, students and staff are encouraged to wear Garretson spirit wear or our school color: green.  Go Gators! 

    Parents as Partners 

    The Garretson staff strives to work closely with parents to promote the success of every Gator student.  Parents are invited to join us for Parents as Partners activities and events including Coffee with the Principal and various Supporting Student Success Seminars with our counselor.  We will keep you posted on upcoming activities and events.  

    Business and Parent Partners 

    As part of our school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program = The Gator Way, we are fortunate to have business partners and community members providing donations for student rewards, activities, and incentives.  We are currently seeking a sponsor for a student pizza party, an ice cream social, and a donut party.  If you would like to join us as a partner, please contact our office or email Mrs. Luna at aluna@cnusd.k12.ca.us .  

    Parent Connect 

    All Gator parents are encouraged to remain updated on your child’s grades and academic progress using Parent Connect.  If you do not have your log-in information, please contact our office so you can support your child by frequently monitoring their academic progress. 

    2017-2018 School Site Council 

    Do you want to participate in the decision-making decision process and discuss how to best support academic achievement and student success at Garretson?  It is time to select parent and student representatives to serve on our 2017-2018 School Site Council. School Site Council meetings will be held after school from 3:30-4:30pm at Garretson on designated dates throughout the year.  If you are interested in being on the ballot for this year’s School Site Council, please fill out and return the form that will be sent home on the first day of school. 

    School Messenger 

    School Messenger enables Garretson to personally communicate via phone, email and text message with parents/guardians to support emergency preparedness, school community involvement, and student attendance.  Click on the link below to learn more. 


    We will be sending out additional Phone, Text and E-mail blasts over the coming days with news outlining safe pickup and drop off procedures.   

    We are looking forward to a great year!