The Greendell Gosling Flyer-15th Ed

November 19, 2020

Dear Greendell Families,

As we head into our Thanksgiving break, we are making plans for the time off with our families. We may also be thinking about how we will connect with loved ones safely. Or that we are not be able to celebrate the holidays the same way we once did. And when we moved into the more restrictive purple tier, many of our holiday plans changed.

So, instead of focusing on the challenges, I did what recharges me instead: I visited our classes. I saw the children having a great time making turkey art and talking about what they are thankful for. And I heard again and again that the children were most thankful for their families. Usually, I hear more about toys or food or even pets, but this year it was all about families.

We spend so much more time together because of the times we are living in. And while we are worried about the bigger issues, our children are just glad to spend time with us. And that is a wonderful thing to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Principal Shannon

"Thankful" By Our Amazing Artists at Greendell

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Tradition of Giving at Greendell School

For over 25 years, PreSchool Family and Young Fives have coordinated our efforts at Greendell School to give to families in need for the holidays. Through the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), the Greendell School Community has collected and donated food and gifts to sponsored families in need. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are saddened to not able to collect items for donation. One way we can continue to help is by connecting Greendell families to the EHP website, where individual families may make a donation.

For families interested in donating to EHP or learning more about their programs, please follow this link. Thank you so much for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Supporting Learning at Home: What is Instruction?

The first module in the new PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, is entitled “What is Instruction?”. To learn, human brains need time to interact with and apply new skills and information. Effective instruction is organized to provide time for students to practice, collaborate, and receive feedback about their progress. The module includes an overview of the elements of instruction, how those elements fit with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and ideas for supporting learning at home.

Staying Safe Over Break

Dear Greendell Families,

Please see the guidance below on staying safe and reducing risk over break from PAUSD Safety, Security and Disaster Preparedness Manager, Mike Jacobs:

On Monday November 9, Health Officers from 10 Bay Area counties issued joint recommendations for staying safe during the holidays. Their recommendations cover gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to reduce risk including:

  • Keeping gatherings small, short, stable, and outdoors
  • Choosing not to travel if nonessential
  • For those who are traveling outside the Bay Area, tips are provided to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers
  • A 14 day self-quarantine is strongly recommended after a return from traveling, if your activities while traveling put you at higher risk of COVID-19

For more information about their recommendations, please click on the joint recommendations link above, thanks!