Department of Defense Education Activity

Grafenwoehr ES: Principal's Corner

Meet The Princpal: 

Hello Grafenwoehr Elementary Parents,

 It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Grafenwoehr Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education!

Our staff takes pride in creating a caring and creative environment. Together we will continue to focus on student achievement and providing rigorous and engaging academic and educational experiences that promote student growth and learning throughout the year. During the upcoming school year, I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning. Parent involvement plays a critical role in our school’s success. Ways to support and increase your child’s academic success include:

  • Make attendance a PRIORITY including limiting tardiness and absences
  • Stay informed of your student’s progress
  • Communicate often with your child’s teacher
  • Read with your child at least 20 minutes a day
  • Limit television and social media and encourage outside play
  • Review the school day with your child
  • Volunteer in the classroom, school events and join the PTA

Please see the attached school calendar- We have added all our professional development dates and half days so you can plan. Additionally, every Thursday students will be dismissed from school at 1:40 (instead of 2:40) for teacher collaboration. Buses will run accordingly.

I am also including a copy of the school calendar to hang on your refrigerator- this should be a great reference tool.

If you are interested in finding out more information about joining the PTSA and supporting our school please email: grafenwoehrPTA@gmail.com

Safety is very important to us. We appreciate you following the guidelines and reviewing the school handbook with your child. You can find a copy of this on our webpage. I sincerely look forward to this upcoming year! Please do not hesitate to contact us at Grafenwoehr Elementary School if we can be of any assistance to make your child’s year the very best!

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. The staff and I are looking forward to an educationally rewarding school year with you and your children. I hope that you will visit and volunteer often. I look forward to getting to know you and your children and partnering with you in their educational journey.

Kind Regards,

Sonya B. Gates
Principal Grafenwoehr Elementary School