Dear G.C. Hartman Elementary Families

Dear G.C. Hartman Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe that it is time again to welcome everyone back to a new school year. Summertime certainly does fly by!  We are looking forward to Monday, August 30th when the classrooms of G.C. Hartman Elementary Center will again be filled with the excitement of our children and to the opportunities that await them throughout this school year. Our school is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment that recognizes individuals and develops lifelong learners who value and respect themselves and others.  It will be a year filled with growth and flexibility, as we continue to work together through this unfortunate COVID Pandemic.

This summer we have had several new students enroll and continue to receive more children.  Our enrollment will be similar to last year and we would like to welcome our 450 children to what we know will be an exciting school year in which we anticipate growth academically, socially, and emotionally.  We will continue to ask that all visitors use the entrance door by the flagpole and to please check in at the office with your driver’s license when you arrive, so we can have a record of your visit. We are eagerly awaiting the first day of school for our children on August 30th and know that 2021 – 2022 will be a grrrrr-eat school year!

We are striving to become more of a paperless environment and you can find more information on our school website,, such as breakfast and lunch information, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), School Insurance, supply lists, the Student Handbook, forms for Edicational Trips, signing up for the Parent Portal to access your child’s grades and report cards as well as bus information and our children’s first day forms that need to be filled out, etc.  You can also find a copy of the Elementary Supply Lists at the following address: Please remember that if your address or phone number changes during the school year that it is extremely important that you update it in the parent portal with this new information.  There are several forms/sign-offs that need to be completed on the Parent Portal.  The required forms/sign-offs that will be coming available within the next few days are:  Review Contact Information in Sapphire, Elementary Student Handbook, Technology Department Repair/Replacement Costs, Income Verification for Subsidies, Virtual/Snow Days, Attendance Information, Unplanned Early Dismissal Procedure, and Permanent Pick-Up Option.  Please check in the parent portal for these forms to become available and complete them at your earliest convenience.

An important reminder about attendance.  If your child is absent, you can submit an excuse in one of three ways.  You can submit it through the Parent Portal, email it to, or send in a written note with your child.  If we do not receive an excuse within three days of their absence, the day will be marked as unexcused.

Our main goal is to make this school year the best your child has ever had. The ways in which you can help are numerous and a few that come to mind are:

– set an early bedtime that allows your child to receive plenty of rest

– determine a set time and place where homework will be completed

– check your child’s Tiger Folder daily

– at least once a week, preferably daily, clean out your child’s backpack

– contact your child’s teacher via note, email, or scheduled visit

– celebrate success at all levels of learning

– cover the front of the refrigerator with your child’s accomplishments

– start the day with a hearty breakfast

– read to your child at least 15 minutes every day and limit television/electronics time

– have your child arrive to school on time and limit their absences

I am excited and am looking forward to working with all of you throughout the school year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                                           John C. Fetterman