Welcome letter from Mr. Gulden, Our Principal

Griffins are back! Stronger and more wonderful than ever!

Hard to believe our amazing place of learning turns “5” this year. We have accomplished some amazing things in a short period of time but we never forget learning is a journey and we continue to learn and grow every day. Our published mission here at Robert J. McGarvey Elementary guides everything we do. An essential element of our mission is to provide a rigorous, high quality education that challenges every individual to excel in her or his studies, encourages both personal and academic achievement, and fosters intercultural understanding and respect. Our highly qualified staff is committed to these ideals and to collaboration with families and the broader community to ensure our mission is accomplished. As we embark on the fifth year of the McGarvey journey together, it is my hope that this document provides you with helpful information.

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to resume our #WonderfulGriffins campaign. During the school year, every student and staff member at all grade levels will be introduced to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio or to one of the Wonder-related titles like We’re All Wonders, 365 Days of Wonder, or Auggie & Me. In case you are unfamiliar with the story, Wonder is about a boy named August, nicknamed Auggie; a 10-year-old with a facial deformity that causes others to avoid and even shun him. When he enters a regular school in fifth grade, after being home-schooled for many years, Auggie must learn to cope with difficult new situations and new people who do not always treat him kindly.

As we explore what it means to “be wonder-full,” students and staff will engage in class and school-wide activities that promote a culture of being wonderful through behaviors like open-mindedness, thinking, engaging, connecting, communicating, acting, and planning. We already have a wonderful school community, with an emphasis on “unity.” Wonder continues to provide the McGarvey Community – students, families, faculty, and staff – a common lens through which to build character this school year. As a community, we take pride in our unique identities and celebrate our differences while building our community around the idea that by working together, we are wonder-full and SOAR to incredible heights. We are so excited to be back together in a safe manner in the 2021-2022 school year and picking up where we left off in 2020 with our #WonderfulGriffins campaign. We look forward to collaborating with you as we further our school’s mission to guide students and faculty in becoming active, compassionate, lifelong learners who understand and value the differences and unique perspectives of all people. 

It is an honor to join in partnership with our families, students, and staff in moving RJMES to exceptional levels of success. I am excited as we begin our fifth year in our Griffin community journey. I look forward to building new relationships, strengthening existing ones, and serving your family in any way I can. Together, Griffins tall and small SOAR to incredible heights!

Here’s to turning “5” and another amazing school year at Robert J. McGarvey Elementary!

Be well and stay healthy!

Mike Gulden

Principal, Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School