Weekly Updates

New Lebanon School

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We Did It - Week 5 of Distance Learning Complete!

Hello Bobcat Families!


Thank you for adjusting your calendars and working with your students through what was formerly known as Spring Break. Stay tuned, but hopefully this will allow us to finalize the school year on the early end this June - we are still waiting to hear what our last day of school will be. We are SO proud of your accomplishments as families during Week 5. Thank you for posting to our Spirit Week Padlet each day - it was a joy to see you when we woke up each morning and throughout the day.


Next week is New Lebanon's Virtual Read-a-thon! There is quite a bit of information below, so feel free to take your time reading through it and seeing how you can participate in our read-a-thon this year. The most important items are: turn in your signed contract, READ, READ, READ, and log your minutes read. Details are below...keep scrolling!


Next week is also the Town of Greenwich's Earth Week of Action! There are different themes for each day, and PDFs below give you ideas about how to celebrate our beautiful earth from home. Please share pictures to dojo! Thank you!


A quick note regarding school concerts: Concerts for this spring have all been cancelled. SO, we are taking matters into our own hands and providing opportunities to share your musical talents virtually for all to see, if you would like. Stay tuned for more information from our fabulous music teachers about what this will look like!


Below are a few more resources, what we think are the best, that have come across our desks this week...enjoy at your leisure!

Audible has opened up hundreds of stories in English and Spanish for families and students to listen to. Check them out here: https://stories.audible.com/discovery!


Crabtree Publishing has opened up their entire library to the public for FREE! They have wonderful nonfiction books to read each day at home. http://www.crabtreebooks.com/

Username: read

Password: free


Time for Kids opened up their virtual library for FREE for everyone! Check it out here: https://www.timeforkids.com/.


Virtual Field Trips: More Virtual Field Trips can be found here. Click on the links to the right of each picture to take you directly to the websites offered!


For some of our younger students: this helpful video about Corona Virus explains what is happening in a very friendly way. There is also a story below to accompany the video!


Be Safe, Be Well, and We Love You!

Ms. B & Mrs. Monaco

Important Upcoming Dates!

Monday, April 20th: Read-a-thon kicks off!

Monday, April 20th - Friday, April 25th: Town of Greenwich Earth Week of Action!

Friday, April 24th: FLEX Friday (catch up on missing work, check out extra enrichment opportunities on your grade level planner, enjoy time with family!)

Tuesday, April 28th: Regular Distance Learning School Day


Flex Fridays:

As we make adjustments for several more weeks of Distance Learning, please note that April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th (our next four Fridays) will be Flex Fridays. We have heard from an abundance of staff and families that these days are essential for many of you. For those families who would like additional work on those days, please utilize the supplemental items on the Distance Learning website, and also at the bottom of the K-5 templates.

check out some of our art rock-stars! we are proud of your hard work!

check out some of our P.E. rock-stars! we are proud of your hard work!

kindergarten registration is live!

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If you need to register an incoming Kindergarten Student, or know someone who does (neighbor, friend, family member!), please go to https://www.greenwichschools.org/new-lebanon-school and click on Kinder Pre-Registration - forms are available in English and Spanish.


This will serve as a pre-registration - we will let you know at a later date when to bring us all of the forms (in person). Thank you and please reach out to Christina Gorbal in the main office with any questions at christina_fedyn-gorbal@greenwich.k12.ct.us.

Placement for 2020-2021

If you wish to provide information for our team to use in placing your child in a classroom next year, complete send an email to Ms. B at alexandra_bartholomew@greenwich.k12.ct.us by May 15, 2020. While you cannot make requests for a particular teacher, please provide any information about what type of environment best suits your child's learning style. We do not keep a record of information from previous years, so if you had specific concerns from previous years please share them again. Questions? - Just reach out!

read-a-thon officially starts on monday!

On Thursday and Friday, information was posted to dojo about "how to" participate in New Lebanon's Virtual Read-a-thon! Be sure to check out the forms below, and, most importantly, START READING! Let's Read, Bobcats!


Below you will find directions, your contract to fill out, tally sheets to keep track of your reading minutes, and a POSTER CONTEST! All documents will be posted to Padlets which can be found here:



Contracts: https://padlet.com/cheri_amster/ReadathonContracts


Minutes/Tally Form: https://padlet.com/cheri_amster/ReadathonMinutes


Poster Contest: https://padlet.com/cheri_amster/PosterContest

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next week is earth week of action!

The week of April 20th is Earth Week! Check out the resources below to see what you can do each day to celebrate Earth Week from home. More information can also be found on the website here: https://www.greenwichct.gov/1614/Earth-Month


To celebrate Earth Day, and to help those less fortunate, we have an opportunity to donate our stained, torn and broken clothes and textiles to benefit the Harris Project, and our extra canned and dry goods to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. We can drop off both donations at ARCH Street Teen Center.

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Families as Partners in Distance Learning - A Message from our Consultant, Patti Jomo

Patti Jomo has created an updated message for our families and community - reflecting what we need now as we finish Week 5 and head into Week 6 of Distance Learning. Remember, families are at the center of Distance Learning - and we thank you for that!


The links in the PDFs below can also be found here:

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 - English

Cómo ayudar a los niños a lidiar con los cambios provocados por la COVID-19

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The PTA Needs us - can you help?

Now, before you keep scrolling past this...read below...the time commitment could be less than one hour per month!

We need your help! Please consider volunteering for a PTA position for next year. All of the executive board positions will be open and we desperately need people to fill them. We are very fortunate that our current executive board members will remain active participants in our PTA and will offer continued support and training for those willing to take on the leadership positions. Maybe you want to partner with a friend to hold a position to split some of the work.


Please let Ms. Bartholomew or PTA Co-Presidents Clare Kilgallen or Dawn Zimmerman at NewLebanonPTA@gmail.com know if you will consider this. Remember, many hands make for light work! Nominations for 2020/21 begin now because NL PTA Elections are April 28, 2020. Please send all nominations to Ms. B. or NewLebanonPTA@gmail.com.

Open positions: Co-President, Secretary, Co-Treasurer, VP Fundraising, VP Curriculum Enrichment

The positions of President, Secretary, and Treasurer must be filled because they are required in order for the PTA to exist.


Position descriptions and exact time commitments to come!!!

There are playbooks of how events have been run so you aren't starting from scratch!

Second Step at Home!

In Greenwich Public Schools, we use a social emotional learning curriculum called Second Step. They recently came out with many resources for parents to use at home!


Scroll down to On-Demand Second Step Lessons and click on your child's grade level (see picture below) to watch excellent videos of Second Step lessons! We hope you enjoy these as a family! You do not need a login - all materials are available to everyone!


CLICK HERE: https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support (There are also many other resources on this page!)

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looking for a way to begin and end your day for your child?

Looking for More Books?

Greenwich Public Schools has wonderful resources for reading books online. Please click on the link below and scroll down to "ebook collections." We like the Tumble Book Library - there are so many wonderful books you have read yourself or have read out loud to you!


Looking for a specific book? Once on Tumble Book Library, Click on "index" and you can search for your favorite book alphabetically.


https://www.greenwichschools.org/teaching-learning/academics/digital-literacy-lms/research-tools

Below are links to log into your students’ grade level lesson plans. All future days will be in the same place for Distance Learning!

Click on each link to access your child's lesson plans for each day...these are the same Google Docs as you accessed in the past!


Kindergarten link


Grade 1 link


Grade 2 link


Grade 3 link


Grade 4 link


Grade 5 link

Check out the video below to see how you get to each day's lesson

Using Bookmarks In Google Docs

Need Help Logging into Google Meet?

Check out the video below if you need support logging into Google Meet with your child's teacher.
Logging Into Google Meet

Is your child under the weather?

If your child has a reported illness, fever, or other symptoms, please email Nurse Pat so we can keep track just like we would when we are in school: Patricia_Bleuher@greenwich.k12.ct.us

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP/SUPPORT WHILE WE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL

Our School Social Worker School Psychologist will be available during school hours (8:00am-3:00pm) via email if you need any support.


Kaitlin Cyr: kaitlin_cyr@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Sandra Saavedra: Sandra_Corrente@greenwich.k12.ct.us


In case of an emergency, please call 911 or 211 (Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services or EMPS).


Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234 if you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis or are concerned about someone who might be.


Kids in Crisis - 24 Hour Hotline - (203) 661-1911

Need help? Not sure? Any time of the day or night, there is always a live counselor on the end of the phone. These trained Crisis Counselors are available to provide immediate help and assess services needed to address and work through any situation.

INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS:

Hotline Numbers for residents who have questions about COVID-19:

203-622-7865

203-622-7703

203-622-7614

203-622-7842

203-622-7836


COVID-19 Testing at Murphy Medical Associates:

1 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich 06830

30 Buxton Farm Road, Stamford, CT 06905