Office Hrs: 7:50 a.m.–4:20 p.m.
Phone #: 847-963-7000
Fax #: 847-963-7006
Absence #: 847-963-7001
Health Office: 847-963-7002
Gr 1-6—8:45 a.m.–3:25 p.m.
AM K—8:45–11:20 a.m.
PM K—12:50–3:25 p.m.
Lunch—11:20 a.m.–12:50 p.m.
Gr 1-6—8:45 a.m.–2:35 p.m.
AM K—8:45–10:55 a.m.
PM K—12:25–2:35 p.m.
Lunch—11:20 a.m.–12:50 p.m.
Principal: Kate Arenberg
Assistant Principal: Tiffany Costa
Secretary: Debra Cox
Clerical Assistant: Iveth Cardona
Nurse: Sharon Gilbert
Head Custodian: William Thomas
Bilingual Parent Liaison: Gloria Perez
PTA Website: https://www.ccsd15.net/gms-pta
Arrival/Departure Procedures: Students who are eating breakfast may arrive at school at 8:30 a.m. Students not eating breakfast are expected to arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Supervision for students begins at 8:30 a.m.
Please do not park in the front circle drive at any time during the school day. Please be considerate when arriving to pick up and drop off your child. Please park your vehicle in the designated parking spaces only.
The front circle is a FIRE LANE. Vehicles may not be stopped or parked in the front circle at any time. The parent drop off and pick up location is off of Wood Street by the northeast entrance to the school. Parents should wait in the car pickup line stretching from the northeast school doors near the gym into the Palatine Park District parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation in getting all of our children to school safely.
We have two locations that students enter the building on a daily basis. Car riders enter through Door 8 on the side of the school facing Wood Street. Mrs. Johansen and/or a Program Assistant are stationed there as supervisors. Walkers or bus riders will enter through Door 1 at the front of the school. Mrs. Watson, our Assistant Principal, is always stationed at the front as a supervisor.
All student who ride the school bus home from school will exit the school Door 1 to board their buses. Our classroom teachers walk their classes to their designated bus and ensure that all students board the correct bus each day.
Student who are walking home will dismiss out Door 1, as well. They are to walk along the sidewalk to their destinations. If they rode a bicycle to school, they must walk their bike when on school property. Once they have left school property, they can resume riding their bicycle home.
Students who are car riders should go to Door 8 for parent pick-up. This is where we have staff available to supervise their dismissal and safe entrance to their car. We have heard from the Palatine Park District that students are not using the designated cross walk areas on Wood Street. There have been a few noted issues of kids dodging moving cars to go to their family's car. We appreciate your help keeping our kids safe by following these guidelines.
Walking to School/Crossing Guards: Crossing guards are stationed at the corner of Colfax and Benton Streets in the morning and again in the afternoon to assist children walking to and from school.