End-of-Year Celebration Volunteers Needed

Wed, Jun 9 9:20pm

Hello GMIS Families, We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the school year this Friday, June 11. To help the event go smoothly, GMIS teachers and staff are asking for some help from familie ... [More]

Thanks Everyone!

Tue, Jun 8 4:06pm

Thank you, GMIS families for supporting our teachers and staff! Together, you all contributed a total of $2,118.12. Vivi has now been informed and the funds are being transferred to her to be distribu ... [More]

End-of-Year Thanks Reminder

Sun, Jun 6 9:09am

Hello GMIS families! Just wanted to send along a reminder that contributions for the end-of-year teacher gift are due tomorrow night, June 7. If you do intend to give, please make your contribution to ... [More]

End-of-Year Thanks

Tue, Jun 1 9:31pm

Hello GMIS Families! The end of the 2020-2021 school year is just around the corner and I’m sure we can all agree it’s been quite a year. Thankfully, our GMIS teachers and staff have stepped up to pro ... [More]

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7)

Wed, Apr 28 9:21pm

Hi GMIS Families! In case you might not be aware, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. If you are so inclined, please consider showing your children’s teachers some gratitude for all the work they’ ... [More]

GMIS Yearbook Orders & Personalization Deadline Tonight 4/25!

Sun, Apr 25 10:05am

This is a reminder to all our GMIS families to submit your orders for your copy of our 2020-2021 preschool yearbook no later than end of Sunday, April 25.      You can purchase your copy via the GMIS ... [More]

Tennis Lesson Recommendations

Sat, Apr 17 8:13am

Errol has gotten super into tennis and we’re hoping to get him proper lessons. Anyone have a recommendation on a place or coach that works with young kids?

4-Week Online Art Class in Mandarin

Sun, Jul 12 1:38pm

Dear GMIS Families,   Over the past week, our very own Jackie lao shi has been busy at work with her close friend, I-Wei lao shi, to help create a special online art class for children taught in Manda ... [More]

Interested in Options for the Summer?

Sat, Jul 4 9:16am

Dear GMIS Families,   Are you and your family interested in hearing more about Summer options, including online learning, shared childcare arrangements with other GMIS families, and in-person and onli ... [More]

Let the Art Auction Begin!

Fri, Jun 26 5:06pm

  GMIS Families,   Earlier this month, we announced the official cancellation of our annual Spring Fling event but, with a promise to preserve an element of the in-person experience, through the hosti ... [More]

Spring Fling - CANCELED

Tue, Jun 16 3:05pm

Dear GMIS Families, It saddens us deeply to announce the cancellation of this year's Spring Fling. Thank you for all the hard work undertaken by our kids, teachers, and parent volunteers in support of ... [More]

[Quick Survey] GMIS School Reopening

Tue, Jun 9 10:41pm

Dear GMIS Families,   With still so much uncertainty around school reopening, even in light of the recent updated Alameda County shelter-in-place order dated June 5th allowing care for all children to ... [More]

An Open Letter to GMIS Families on Recent Events

Sat, Jun 6 3:20pm

GMIS Families,   I know that the past few months have been hard and dispiriting. But watching the heightened activism of so many in our communities and bearing witness to the development of a deepened ... [More]

Teacher Appreciation Update

Tue, Jun 2 11:24pm

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the teacher appreciation slides. We wanted to let you know that they were sent out to teachers who so appreciated all of the heartfelt messages,  pictures, and ... [More]

Reminder: Teacher Appreciation - please contribute by Monday 6/1

Sat, May 30 9:59am

Please remember to add your teacher appreciation slide by Monday 6/1 at 9am. Thank you to all families who have already contributed!   -----   Hi GMIS Parents,     During teacher conference weeks in t ... [More]

FINAL REMINDER: Yearbook Order Deadline is 5/31

Thu, May 28 11:10pm

Dear GMIS Families,   This is a reminder that the deadline to place your order for the 2019-2020 GMIS Yearbook is this Sunday, May 31. Yearbooks are priced at $37.    If you are choosing to add a cust ... [More]

Parent Education Night: Wrap Up and Resources

Thu, May 28 5:17pm

Dear GMIS Families,   Thank you to those who participated in last night's Parent Education Workshop, The Trouble with Consequences, with Marcilie Boyle Smith. Your thoughtful questions, willingness to ... [More]

[REMINDER] Parent Education Night is Tomorrow Night!

Tue, May 26 5:26pm

Happy Tuesday GMIS Families,   As a reminder, tomorrow evening Wednesday, May 27th, from 7:30 pm - 9 pm, we welcome back Marcilie Smith Boyle for a  Zoom workshop just for parents.   Thank you to all ... [More]

Teacher Appreciation - please contribute by next Monday 6/1

Mon, May 25 11:31pm

Hi GMIS Parents,   During teacher conference weeks in the past, the GMIS Parent Organization has organized lunches for teachers to show them how much we appreciate them and all of their hard work.   T ... [More]

Yearbook Reminder

Fri, May 22 12:03am

Dear GMIS Families,   If you are planning to order your family's copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook, this is your reminder to place your order by May 31. Yearbook pricing starts at $37. Also, May 31 is th ... [More]

GMIS Yearbook

Fri, May 8 8:05am

Dear GMIS Families,   On behalf of the parent volunteers of the GMIS Yearbook Committee, I wanted to let you know that we are working on getting our yearbook ready to mark what has undoubtedly been an ... [More]

Zoom Guide for Families

Thu, Apr 2 10:29pm

Good morning, GMIS Families!   As promised, the GPO put together a brief guide to using Zoom. You can find this 2-page cheat sheet, here: Zoom Guide for Families.   We hope this helps everyone have a ... [More]

Regarding Recent Email from GMIS

Sat, Mar 28 2:04pm

Dear GMIS Families,   Late this morning, an email was sent by Vivi regarding possible future directions GMIS and families might take while the shelter-in-place order remains in effect.   If you have n ... [More]

Update from GPO

Sun, Mar 22 9:53pm

Dear GMIS,   We had hoped to have more information for you all today.    The situation before us is complex just like the new reality we are facing. Finding a solution that satisfies all will take som ... [More]

Message from Your GPO Regarding the Cancellation of Online Classes

Sat, Mar 21 10:35pm

Dear GMIS Families,   By now you have read the announcement that online classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the month and into April.    A number of you have reached out to the GPO to exp ... [More]

[UPDATE] Spring Fling Postponed

Wed, Mar 11 11:14am

GMIS Families,   After much consideration for the wellbeing of our community, the GPO has decided to postpone this year's Spring Fling originally scheduled on Saturday, March 21st.   We hope to resche ... [More]

[LAST DAY]: Spring Fling Early Bird Pricing Ends TODAY!

Sun, Mar 1 8:01am

GMIS Families-   Today is the FINAL DAY for you to enjoy Early Bird pricing to this year's Spring Fling + Pajama Party on Saturday, March 21st. To RSVP, please add your details to the REGISTRATION & C ... [More]

You're Invited to the GMIS Spring Fling

Tue, Feb 18 10:11pm

  You are formally invited to join your fellow parents for the GMIS Spring Fling on Saturday, March 21 at the Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant between 5:30-8:30 pm.   We will enjoy an 8-course meal, mu ... [More]

Save the Date: Spring Fling

Sun, Jan 12 9:30am

Dear Parents,    You are cordially invited to the annual GMIS Spring Fling.   Join your fellow GMIS parents for dinner, entertainment, and a chance to take home one of many auction items provided by o ... [More]

Share Your Pics from Today's Winter Celebration

Fri, Dec 20 2:05pm

Thank you all who participated in today's Winter Celebration! We hope everyone had a wonderful time getting their hands dirty making winter crafts, singing along with their children, and having a nice ... [More]

New Year, New Plan: Third Thursdays are for Dad's Night Out

Tue, Dec 17 10:53pm

Dads of GMIS:   We are taking a new, simpler approach to Dad's Night Out.     Here is the plan:    Beginning in the new year, we will have a standing Dad's Night Out on the third Thursday of every mon ... [More]

Room for One More this Holiday Break?

Tue, Dec 17 12:13pm

Two of our class pets are looking for some shelter this holiday break: Jigamasaurus, the bearded dragon from Orchid, and Lizzy, the gecko from Bamboo.   Jigamasaurus needs shelter and care for the ent ... [More]

Holiday Thank-You Cards

Tue, Dec 17 7:18am

Dear Parents,    GPO has placed thank-you cards for teachers in the sign-in folders, please take a moment to  show your appreciation and sign by Thursday. Also, if you would like to leave your own tha ... [More]

Spring 2020 Snack, Laundry, Flower and Pet Food Sign-Ups

Mon, Dec 16 9:01am

**UPDATE: This sign up is now available online. Thank you for signing up!**   With a new year just around the corner, we are asking families to help all our kids by signing up for snack, laundry, flow ... [More]

Saying Thanks to Our Teachers and Staff

Tue, Dec 10 1:30pm

Hello Parents,   Several times a year, GPO arranges appreciation gifts for our teachers and staff on behalf of all GMIS families.  It’s just one more way for our community to come together to show our ... [More]

Save 25% on Scholastic Book Clubs Orders this Cyber Monday & Support GMIS!

Mon, Dec 2 1:18pm

If children's books are on your holiday shopping list then don't miss Scholastic Book Clubs' extra 25% off savings on everything they have in stock this Cyber Monday. Simply use code "MONDAY" during c ... [More]

GMIS Hoodies for You & Your Mini-Me

Sat, Nov 30 8:37am

Just in time for the colder weather- GMIS Hoodies!     Available in heather grey in both adult (S-2XL) and child (XS-S) sizes. Made of 50/50 soft and pill-resistant poly/cotton thread. $40 for adult-s ... [More]

Halloween Parade Volunteers Needed

Thu, Oct 24 7:29am

Halloween is only one week away and that means the GMIS Halloween Costume Parade and Celebration is fast approaching!   This year GMIS is asking for a total of 8-10 volunteers to help hand out treats ... [More]

Reminder: Parent Education Night with Maryam Haghbin

Tue, Oct 22 7:56pm

GMIS is inviting all parents to meet with Montessori educator, Maryam Haghbin Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00-7:00pm. Topics covered will include: an overview of the Montessori philosophy, development ... [More]

Be the Match at Our Welcome Back Picnic — Register as a Bone Marrow Donor!

Thu, Aug 22 11:19pm

A member of our GMIS family needs our help. Evan, a GMIS alum and older brother of Audrey (Orchid), was diagnosed with a rare genetic immune deficiency disorder called Chronic Granulomatous Disease (C ... [More]

Save the Date: GMIS Summer Playdate on 7/20

Fri, Jun 21 10:46am

Join your fellow GMIS families for a summer play date!   Your GPO will be hosting a summer play date at one of our local Bay Area parks on Saturday, July 2019 from 10am-1pm. Mark your calendars and st ... [More]

Mom’s night out

Sun, Jun 2 6:19pm

Hi Mamas- Just a reminder to RSVP to Mom’s night out this upcoming Wednesday, June 5th. We will be meeting at the Berkeley Social Club on 2050 University Avenue at 6:30pm. And for you die hard Warrior ... [More]

Mom’s night out

Sat, May 25 1:20pm

Hi GMIS Mom’s- Come out on Wednesday, June 5th at 7pm for an evening of mama fun and hanging out as the school year comes to an end. Please RSVP to julialiou2@gmail.com if you can make it! I’ll be sen ... [More]

Parent Info Night this Wednesday 5/15 from 6-7:30! RSVP for Childcare by noon tomorrow!

Mon, May 13 4:23pm

Hi Parents,   One last reminder that the final parent information night of the year is this Wednesday at 5/15 from 6-7:30 pm.  Childcare is available during the event only as the school does not have ... [More]

A Letter from Ms. King

Sat, May 11 10:32pm

Ms. King has had such a huge impact at GMIS, teaching all of our kids in Bamboo. We are sad that she will not be returning in the fall. We will miss her, and wish her all the best! Below is a letter f ... [More]

GMIS hoodies are ready!

Mon, Mar 25 2:31pm

Hooray!! GMIS hoodie orders are ready! Please check in with Tracy in the front office to pick up your hoodies :)   If you haven't already, payments can be made via Venmo or PayPal, or cash payments ca ... [More]

...memories of handprint trees and confetti cake

Sun, Mar 17 10:13pm

  Friends,   It's been a whole 24 hours since last night's Spring Fling party, and we're still reliving the fun memories from last night - from our fantastically entertaining emcees, to the beautiful ... [More]

Last Chance! Order Your GMIS Hoodies by Tuesday

Sun, Mar 3 9:18pm

Don't Miss Out on the 2019 GMIS Hoodies! Proudly wear one of the awesome new 2019 GMIS Hoodie Sweatshirts!  They are black and feature the GMIS logo on the front chest, and for youth, also the GMIS ic ... [More]

Photo link for CNY Celebration

Sat, Feb 9 10:18am

Yesterday's CNY Celebration was amazing!  Thank you to all the teachers and staff, and to all the parent and grandparent volunteers who made the show happen!   If you have photos you would like to sha ... [More]

Winter Celebration Photos

Sun, Dec 16 12:45pm

We hope everyone enjoyed Friday's Winter Celebration! Thank you to all the parents and families for the potluck dishes.   If you have photos you would like to share, please upload to this link: Winter ... [More]

Holiday Shopping: Scholastic Books and Amazon

Sat, Dec 8 12:48am

You can support the school by shopping at Scholastic or Amazon this holiday.   Scholastic Books GMIS is now signed up for Scholastic! You can buy online at clubs.scholastic.com and enter your class co ... [More]

Black Friday/Cyber Week Shopping

Fri, Nov 23 8:22am

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are shopping this week, please remember to use the GMIS-Amazon link, so that some proceeds will go back to the GPO! When you purchase your cart, be sure ... [More]

EXTENDED- Fall 2018 Usborne Books & More BOOK FAIR

Wed, Nov 14 7:36pm

EXTENDED: Place orders by 11/25/18 by emailing GMISGPO@gmail.com I will also be bring some of the books to GMIS on Friday morning 11/16, from 8:30-9:30am, as well as have a paper catalog and a few boo ... [More]

Laundry Volunteers

Wed, Nov 7 9:34pm

Some parents have asked for clarification about when they are responsible for picking up laundry.   Parents should pick up laundry on the last school day of the week they are signed up for, and return ... [More]

Halloween shared photo link

Thu, Nov 1 7:42am

Yesterday's Halloween Parade was amazing! Please share your photos with this link:   GMIS Halloween 2018   (Some of these photos may be used for the yearbook.)

Announcement: Update on Placemats, and Reminder on Family Directory

Fri, Aug 31 7:18am

Hi GMIS families -    UPDATE: Solution for Placemats; do you have a sewing machine? If you attended this Monday's Orientation, you may have recalled hearing Vivi mention getting placemats for your chi ... [More]

Signup sheet for Anthony Chabot camping Sept 8

Tue, Aug 14 12:24pm

Kathryn Loving is graciously organizing our camping trip again! Here is the sign up notice from her: Hi GMIS families, Here is a sign-up sheet for the Fall Camping trip GPO mentioned in their email ea ... [More]

Sticker Name labels

Fri, Jun 29 7:43am

Alice Chen (Keenan, Bamboo), has generously offered to order and bring back Chinese/English sticker name tags that are perfect for labeling all of your kids' stuff while she is in Taiwan.  Please see ... [More]

LAST CALL- End of Year Teacher Appreciation

Wed, Jun 6 5:31pm

LAST CALL- If you would still like to include a card (or multiple cards), please bring them to school by tomorrow (Thursday) morning!  Please use an 8.5 x 11" standard size paper, as these are going t ... [More]

Yearbooks are here and available for pick-up starting today (6/4) at after-school pick-ups

Mon, Jun 4 11:02am

Greetings!   The yearbooks are here!   They will be available for pick-up starting today by checking in with Tracy Gaines in the office during your after-school pick-ups.   For those who ordered a per ... [More]

Introducing your GMIS GPO Officers for 2018-2019

Sun, May 6 8:46pm

Dear all,  As nominations chair for the GPO elections this year, my work is done!  I have included pictures of your GMIS GPO officers for 2018-2019 with their election statements.  The officers for 20 ... [More]


Sun, Mar 4 2:45pm

Dear all,   The beginning of March marks the start of the election period for our next GMIS GPO elections.   I am serving as this year's nominations chair to help run the elections to install a new sl ... [More]

REMINDER: Oliver Chin book orders by 3pm!

Thu, Mar 1 10:45am

Please remember to turn in your Oliver Chin book orders by this afternoon (3pm) in order to receive autographed/dedicated copies tomorrow!  If you need to email your order to us, please send your list ... [More]

Spring social events

Wed, Feb 21 8:05am

Hi parents, Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! GPO has just added three events for Spring that you should know about. We are excited to announce two Moms Night Out (MNO). Your fellow parents h ... [More]

Yearbook Volunteers Needed!

Tue, Feb 13 11:43am

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with this year's GMIS Yearbook!   Most of the work can be done online at home, via the Picaboo site.  Volunteers can choose which classroom and which event ... [More]


Thu, Feb 8 9:08pm

Dear parents, We did it!! Thanks to your incredible generosity, we collectively raised ~$4180 for our teachers and staff! We will be giving $400 to our full-time classroom teachers, $100 to our admini ... [More]

Big Day Almost Here!

Tue, Feb 6 9:17am

Dear parents, Final call to fatten up those red envelopes for our deserving teachers and staff! It took us leaving GMIS this year for kid #1 to realize just truly how magical GMIS is. And Vivi and the ... [More]

Hong Bao Reminder

Thu, Feb 1 2:28pm

Dear Families, friendly reminder to submit your hong bao contribution by Feb 7: 1) Drop off a check or cash in the GPO mailbox at the front desk with a note “Lunar NY Hong Bao”; or 2) Venmo or Pay Pal ... [More]

Lunar New Year Hong Bao Collection for Teachers & Staff

Mon, Jan 29 9:13pm

Dear Parents, The biggest event of the year -- the Lunar New Year celebration -- is around the corner! Our teachers, staff and kiddos are working diligently to prepare for what promises to be a grand ... [More]

Open House this Sat Jan 27 10am-noon

Wed, Jan 24 2:01pm

Hi parents! Our Spring Open House is this coming Saturday. Please help spread the word about our wonderful preschool! Current families are welcome for casual play date and play soccer with Coach Raul. ... [More]