Frequently Asked Questions

School Questions

What is the bus schedule for GSES?

The bus schedule can be found on the Huntsville City Schools transportation website at

What are my options for after-school care?

1. EXTENDED DAY: Per Huntsville City School: Huntsville City Schools is currently working to implement a new after school care/extended day program for elementary students which will begin in September, 2021. Once plans are finalized, information will be shared with schools, posted here, and shared with parents. Information can be found at 2. UP A CREEK AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES Up a Creek picks up students from school in vans or a shuttle at the back of the school. Contact:, 256-270-8570, 3. HAMPTON COVE PRESCHOOL Hampton Cove Preschool picks up students in their vans at the back of the school. The after school program operates from school pick-up time until 5:45pm. Students are served an afternoon snack and the teacher will assist students with any homework they might need help with. For tuition rates and more information, contact: them at:, (256) 585-1137, or 4. ALEXANDER’S MARTIAL ARTS Alexander’s Martial Arts provides pick up at the back of the school and combines after school care with karate lessons! For the most current tuition rates and more information, visit or call their Hampton Cove location at (256) 539-8175. 5. RAINBOW CHILD CARE CENTER Rainbow Child Care Center offers before and after school programs. RCC picks up students in vans at the back of the school. For tuition rates and more information, visit: or call (256) 539-3773.

Can I walk my child into the classroom on the first day of school?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to walk their child in on the first day of school. Please note that parking is very limited and traffic can be very difficult on the first day so be sure to allow for extra time. Also, we do ask that parents exit the buidling by 8:00 am so the day can begin!

How do I send in an excuse note?

Send an email to your child's teacher and to Please add your child's name and teacher to your email. We have a link to submit an excuse note on our homepage, too.

Do you have After School Clubs?

We hope to offer After School Clubs on campus again this year. No date for clubs has been set at this time. As soon as we have details, we will post information in our Sunday Send Out, social media pages and on this website.

Lunch Questions

How much is lunch?

Students: $2.65 Faculty & Staff: $3.65 Visitors: $4.25

How much is breakfast?

Students: $1.50
Faculty & Staff: $2.00
Visitors: $2.50

Can I eat with my child at lunch time?

Yes! Get your student's lunch time from their teacher and meet the class at the cafeteria. We will also post the lunch times here when they are available.

How do I find out what's for lunch?

The PTA publishes the weekly lunch menu in our Sunday Send Out newsletter. We also post the current monthly lunch menu on our Lunch page.

Hunstville City Schools posts monthly breakfast lunch calendars on their website too. Click here to view the menus.

How do I send in money for my child's lunch?

Each student has his/her own lunch account. Below are the options for adding money to your account. Any funds left over from last year will automatically carry to the new school year, even if they have changed schools within the district.

1. Cash or Check: Send in cash or a check payable to GSES with your child. You can send in any amount and the balance will stay in your child's account as long as he/she is enrolled in Huntsville City Schools. Send the money in a plastic bag or envelope clearly marked as lunch money, along with your child’s name and teacher.

2. Online: Sign up to monitor your child's lunch account and pay online at There is no charge for monitoring your child's account, checking the balance, and viewing what they have purchased. For a small fee, you can add funds to your child's account and set up automatic payments. When registering, the website will ask you for a Student ID. This ID is the student's State ID number and it can be obtained from the cafeteria manager.

What time does my child's class go to lunch?

The current lunch schedule can be found here as soon as it is available.

PTA Questions

Why should I join the PTA?

  1. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  2. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
  3. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school by giving you voting rights on things such as the PTA budget and activities.
  4. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.
  5. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  6. PLUS, you get an awesome school calendar magnet!


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