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Dear Families,

On behalf of the staff at Gary D. Wright Elementary School, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our learning community for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year!  On Monday, August 17, families will have the opportunity to drop off your Kindergarten through Fifth Grade student’s school supplies, locate his/her future classroom, and meet your child’s teacher as part of our annual School Supply Drop Off Event.  For this event, parents and students are encouraged to visit Gary D. Wright Elementary School any time from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  I look forward to seeing you there! (If you are unable to attend this event, simply send your child with his/her supplies on Tuesday, August 18.)

I also look forward to kicking off the start of a successful school year for our Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students on Tuesday, August 18.  Please note that the first day of school will be a full day of student attendance, from 8:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.  Gary D. Wright Elementary School has a rich tradition of commemorating the start of each school year with a balloon release.  On Tuesday, August 18, we invite our families to join us around our school’s flagpole from 9:00-9:15 a.m. as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Wildcat Creed, followed by each classroom participating in the balloon release sponsored by our tremendously supportive PTO. 

Also on Tuesday, August 18, we will be hosting our Supply Drop Off Event for our PreK students and their families from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Then, on Wednesday, August 19, our PreK students will be celebrating their first day of school at Gary D. Wright Elementary School!  

Additionally, please mark your calendar for the following upcoming events:

  • PreK-Second Grade Open House – Monday, August 24 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Third-Fifth Grade Open House – Tuesday, August 25 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • PTO Ice Cream Social – Friday, August 28 – 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Fall Picture Day – Tuesday, September 22

As you can see, we have a lot to look forward to as we begin the 2015-2016 school year!  Enjoy these last few weeks of summer!  I look forward to working with you in support of your child’s success!


Mrs. Melanie Gravel

Phone: 847-683-5700
Attendance: 847-683-5780
Fax: 847-683-5799
Wright Elementary School
1500 Ketchum Road
Hampshire, IL 60140
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