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Garfield Elementary, Spokane, PK-6
Garfield Elementary is a community school, your community school . . Principal Clint Price


Student Support

At its core, student support at Garfield Elementary revolves around community. The entire staff works hard to sustain a welcoming, risk-free learning environment for students, parents, staff and community members.

Here are just a few of the activities and practices that act as building blocks for Garfield’s strong, community-minded culture.

Build Community for a Support-rich, Risk-free Learning Environment

Math night

Multi-activity event that include estimation stations where students win prizes, math activities for students and lesson demonstrations at every grade level during which parents can learn with their child. Every student leaves with a math game to play with their family.

Literacy Fair

Open invitation to families and the community to see and read the amazing work of Garfield students. Each class has at least one table packed with student writing in all subject areas. Readers can leave compliment cards and listen to students reading their work aloud. Teachers encourage parents and kids to write poetry together. The Garfield Writing Ribbon Award displays proudly on every student’s special writing piece.

Character Counts assemblies and luncheons.

This program rewards children who demonstrate the “Six Pillars of Character” —trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

At a monthly, all-school assembly, two students from every classroom accept the honor for a specific character trait. Classrooms take turns presenting the positive aspects of the trait and teachers tell the assembly how their students demonstrate the trait every day. Family members attend to see their child receive a special certificate with the teacher’s commendation on it. The kids receive a Character Counts tee-shirt, and have their names and pictures displayed in the front hall of the school and listed in the school newsletter. Soon after, they sit down to have lunch with the Garfield’s principal and counselor.

School and classroom newsletters

Classroom newsletters go home every week. The school newsletter goes home monthly and includes a letter from the principal, upcoming events, pictures, highlights on school-wide events and student work.

Culture and Community Night

A highly popular celebration of the wonderful diversity of the Garfield Elementary community. Native American dancers, international art projects, world music and cuisine from countries around the globe pack the event with interesting and exciting chances for community engagement. Over 500 people attend this well-organized, school-centered event every year.

Game Night

Students and families spend a relaxed and fun-filled evening at the school playing board games. Many bring games from home to expand the Garfield collection.

Kindergarten round up

Parents join their kindergarten students at school for a math/literacy event in the large, multi-purpose room. Staff set up learning centers, which parents visit with their kindergarten student. The kids have already learned the math and literacy lessons and proceed to teach their parents at each center.

Preschoolers set to begin kindergarten come to Garfield for two special round ups where they jump into the activities at each rotation station. This is a great chance for new students and their families to meet the staff and try out a few key learning activities. Round ups also give the teaching staff an opportunity to do some informal assessment, and get an idea of where their new students are relative to math and literacy.

Muffins with Mom

Moms, grandmas, aunts, kids and teachers come to school, and enjoy donuts and juice while they take part in a series of fun-packed literacy activities.

Donuts with Dad (with Literacy activities

Dads, grandpas, friends and teachers come to school, and enjoy donuts and juice while they take part in a series of fun-packed literacy activities.

Book Swap

Kids bring in gently used books, for each of which they receive a ticket. At the book swap, all the books are arranged by level on tables in the large multi-purpose room where students and their families use the tickets to pick out new books. The swap opens up time for kids and parents to read their new books together.

Monthly Family Lunches

Although families are always welcome to have lunch with their student at Garfield, once a month, staff organize a themed family lunch. Grandparents day, veterans day, apple cup, book character, outdoor barbeque, ‘50’s day and super bowl — are just a few of the special lunch themes that land on family calendars in the Garfield Elementary community.

Chess club

Students learn how to play chess at a weekly lunch and recess get together. Once students know how to play the game, they play against other students and staff.

Book fairs

Held twice a year for one week in the Garfield library, these events coincide with weeks during which parent-teacher conferences and the literacy fair occur — optimal for family engagement. Families take the opportunity to add books to their home libraries.

Active parent group that also puts on events

This parent group meets every month with Principal Clint Price. They discuss items of interest to Garfield families and do the planning for events, such as the Garfield Read-a-thon and fundraisers.

School spirit t-shirts for ALL students

With help from the local business community, the school is able to buy school spirit tee-shirts to hand out to every student in September. Kids are encouraged to wear their special tee-shirt on School Spirit Fridays.

Business community support for after school activities

Community groups and local businesses provide generous support for Garfield’s after-school math and literacy programs. More on the Instruction

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   Updated 12/5/2012

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