The Greendell Gosling Flyer, 4th Ed

October 8, 2021

Dear Greendell Families,

Fall is here and our classes have been learning about the season by doing hands-on activities: drawing the apple trees on campus, taste testing apples, making apple sauce and planting pumpkin seeds. October is a busy month - it is Fire Safety month, we celebrate Unity Day and have costume parades. We miss having families on campus to join in the fun and learning but we are hoping that we can welcome families back to school very soon!

Happy Fall!

Principal Shannon

Celebrating Unity Day on October 20th!

On Wednesday, October 20th, Greendell School, along with all of PAUSD, is celebrating our 9th Annual Unity Day!

Our classes will participate in activities that promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. We will create a Greendell Kindness Tree with leaves the children decorate with kind and friendly thoughts. We wear the color ORANGE to show our unity.

Gate Safety Reminder

We have the youngest learners here at Greendell who need all of us to look out for their safety. We have been upgrading the gate handles and locking our back gates to ensure our campus is secure. It takes all of us to watch out for the children and ensure that the gates are working properly and latching when we go through the gates. Please alert the office right away if you see that one of our gates is not working properly. Thank you for keeping Greendell students safe!

Healthy Attendance from PAUSD

Hello PAUSD families.

As attendance and mental health and wellbeing are a major priority for the district this year, we wanted to remind students and families of the importance of attending school when healthy enough to do so. During this time, students may be experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety and we know that school demands can sometimes exacerbate these concerns. Please be aware that absences may be excused for both physical and mental health concerns. If your student is experiencing higher than normal anxiety or stress please contact your site administrator (elementary) or grade level counselor (MS and HS). Parents/Guardians should notify the school when an illness prevents a student from attending school. If staff notice that either physical or mental health absences are frequent for a student missing school, you should expect to hear from an administrator or counselor on how the school can best support your child. Stay well.

Professional Learning Day for our Greendell Educators

Our Greendell staff participated in an engaging day of learning on Friday, October 1st. Our Young Fives teachers and their TK colleagues took an in depth look into the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum and reviewed the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction. Our day focused on ensuring all children receive instruction that builds the foundational literacy skills they need to be readers.

Our Specialists, Teachers, and Student Attendants applied their learning on instructional strategies, communication systems and environmental supports by planning instruction together in their classroom teams. Education Specialist JJ Lee created and led this comprehensive training on Structured Teaching and Communication Systems. Thank you JJ!

Extended Day begins for Young Fives Classes this Monday

Our Young Fives Classes will begin the Extended Day schedule this Monday, October 11th.

Young Fives will stay at school until 1:30pm on either Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday.

Our teachers are looking forward to the additional teaching and learning time in small groups!

New Planters at Greendell

A note of thanks to our Maintenance Department for the lovely new redwood planters they built for Greendell! Our Young Fives garden volunteers found (through some painful bites!) that we had a large ant problem when they tried to ready the planters for our students. While sorting out the ant issue, it was discovered that the wood planters were beginning to rot. So our amazing PAUSD Maintenance Department built new planters for our school in record time. And as soon as the asphalt underneath is replaced we will be ready for fall planting.