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Welcome Back!

“Our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly.”


August 8, 2023


Dear Enders Families,


I hope this note finds you enjoying your summer and relishing the last few days of vacation. The teachers, staff, and I are eagerly preparing for the arrival of the students and the start of school on August 14 at 8:35 a.m.


I am thrilled to report that Enders once again showed significant growth in third-sixth grade students meeting standards on the end of the school year SBAC assessment. In English Language Arts (ELA), there was an increase of 4% and in math an increase of 5%. Overall, 80% of students scored Proficient or Advanced in ELA and 71% in math. I will share more about the testing and GGUSD Strategic Plan Survey at our first School Site Council Meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m.


Last school year, Enders teachers participated in Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) training. PBIS is a research-based program that has been implemented in schools across the nation for over fifty years. The philosophy of the program is to teach and reteach students appropriate school behavior and to encourage a community that fosters positive interactions between students and adults. Throughout this school year, the teachers and I hope to share more of the PBIS components with the school community.


The Enders Garden is almost back to its Pre-COVID beauty. Our two “garden gurus”, Cindy Hinshaw and Tina Coover have spent the summer weeding, planting, seeding, and composting to transform the garden space. In order for Enders to have a garden it needs on-going care. If you are interested in helping, please call the office.


Parents will be able to access the name of their child’s teacher on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 trough Aeries. Please know that the teachers and I put a lot of time and consideration into the class dynamics, class size, and student needs. Rarely, if ever, is a child’s class or assigned teacher changed.



Garden Grove students will continue to receive no cost school lunches. Children wishing to bring a lunch from home may do so. We ask that lunches from fast-food restaurants not be sent with students to school. Enders Elementary also serves no cost school breakfast from 8:00-8:25.


Parking will be very challenging the first two days of school. We will open the upper grade grass area before and after school on Monday, August14 and Tuesday, August15. Parents are allowed to walk their children to class on the first two days of school. Please do not enter the campus prior to 8:25 a.m.


The schedule for the start of the school year is as follows.

  • TK/Kinder. Meet at Greet (Friday, August 11 @ 11:00 a.m.)
  • First Day of School (Monday, August 14
  • PTA packet/membership drive & Spirit Wear orders begin

(Monday, August 14)

  • PTA Association Meeting (Friday, August, 18 @ 8:45 a.m.)
  • Back to School Night (Thursday, August 24 @ 6:00 p.m.)


School Hours for TK-Sixth Grade Students

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday (8:35-2:55)
  • Wednesday (8:35-2:05)


Most Sincerely,


Michelle Rushall

Enders Principal