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Grade 5 Students (Transition to Gilbert Paterson)

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 5 Students,

We are preparing to welcome future Tigers to Gilbert Paterson Middle School! The purpose of this letter is to explain the registration and orientation process and timeline for grade 5 students who will be attending GPMS for the 2024-25 school year. The registration process will begin on Friday March 22nd.

  • Friday, March 22nd – All families with current grade 5 students designated for GPMS for the fall will be emailed a registration form to submit electronically by Thursday, April 11th . If you have any issues with this process, please contact our office at 403-329-0125. This is only the registration form stage – see below for option course selection and other information. Please complete all areas of information on the registration form so our records are complete.
  • April 26th – We will be emailing out option course selection information to families. The selection of option preferences will take place electronically later at your child’s school with their grade 5 teacher.
  • April 9, 10, 11, and 18th – Our Band teacher, Ms. Lewis, will be visiting different schools and introducing instruments and her program so students and parents can make informed choices in May.
  • April 15th-25th – We will be visiting students from the grade 5 classes at our five feeder schools to answer general questions about middle school, options, the selection process and welcome them to Paterson.
  • May 2nd-15th – Students will be indicating their option preferences electronically through PowerSchool with their grade 5 teachers using the option form that they have worked through with their parents. This is not a first come, first serve process so do not worry if you are not on day one.
  • Thursday May 23rd – Gilbert Paterson Open House – We will be having an open house on this evening for students and parents to come and see our school and meet us. There will be tours, displays and staff on hand to meet you and answer questions. It is a drop-in evening between 6:30-7:30PM.
  • Late June TBD – Grade 5 students will come over to Paterson for orientation visits with their class during the school day for another chance to see our school and meet our staff.
  • Week before first day of school – Prior to the start of school, we will host an Open House to have gr. 6 students receive their locks, acclimate to our school and get ready for the new year. More details will be sent out at the end of this school year.

You will continue to hear from us throughout the spring prior to all these dates with reminders and further details as we move along the process. We are also just a call or email away if you have questions. We look forward to meeting our new students and families over the course of the spring! Welcome to GPMS!

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