From the Principal's Pen

November 6, 2020

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH - EARLY RELEASE FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH - EARLY RELEASE FOR THANKSGIVING


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH - NO SCHOOL FOR THANKSGIVING

Early Release Day - Thursday, November 12th

Thursday, November 12th will be an Early Release Day for professional learning. School will dismiss at 12:45 pm. Please make sure you have made dismissal arrangements for your child.


Lunch will not be served at school. Students will be provided with a "grab and go" bagged lunch to take with them when dismissed. In the past, we have doubled up on lunch waves but can no longer do that due to COVID social distancing requirements. Lunches will be provided free of charge, but they must be ordered that morning. Please send your child with a substantial healthy snack on early release days!

After School Care on Early Release Days

YWCA - Will pick up on all early release days:

November 12th

December 2nd

December 3rd

November 25th

December 23rd



Boys and Girls Club - Will pick up on all early release days:

November 12th

December 2nd

December 3rd

November 25th

December 23rd



FLEX Eagle's Nest

November 12th

December 2nd

December 3rd

No aftercare on the day before holidays (November 25th and December 23rd)



Family First

November 12th

December 2nd

December 3rd

No aftercare on the day before holidays (November 25th and December 23rd)

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 HEALTH REMINDERS


https://www.greenwichschools.org/teaching-learning/student-support-services/health-services/covid-19


The link above will bring you to the daily checklist, the decision tree, and the number of cases in the district.


Please note that a runny nose is a low-risk symptom where a cough is a high-risk symptom. With no known exposure to a positive COVID-19 case and 2 low-risk symptoms or even just 1 high-risk symptom you need to be evaluated by a doctor. There is ( *** ) next to the high-risk symptom and there is a note on the left that says a PCR test is required to return with this symptom. The PCR test is the most reliable test we have at this time. Rapid antigen testing is not as reliable and is recommended for use in symptomatic patients. If you have a rapid test that is negative you may need to repeat testing with a PCR. Your healthcare provider can offer guidance on follow up testing if needed. This information is based on the latest DPH guidelines. These guidelines are subject to change based on future updates from the DPH. Below is a link from Nurse Theresa from the FDA Coronavirus testing information.


https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-testing-basics


If there is a negative swab but a diagnosis of allergy, asthma or other the nurse should be provided with a note from your doctor stating these conditions with permission to administer inhaler, allergy medicine, or other medication. In this case, the student should be allowed back in school but still needs to complete an additional 24 hours at home following the day of absence to be sure other symptoms do not develop.


Nurse Theresa and the school staff are working hard to follow the guidelines and keep students safe. We appreciate Nurse Theresa’s vigilance in following up on every student. We are fortunate to have a small school and she is able to follow up with individual parents daily. Please always feel free to call her directly.


Kind regards,


Trish McGuire

Growing Young Readers

There are countless resources for teachers and parents focused on growing young readers. While Read Brightly has always been a go-to source for literacy, this week we're sharing another excellent resource called Reading Rockets. They have a robust parent section in both English and Spanish with resources for all aspects of literacy. Below is an interesting article about selecting the right book for your child. Enjoy!
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Virtual Parent Chats

During these challenging times, please join us for a virtual “Parent Video Chat” facilitated by one of our GPS psychologists. Connect virtually with other parents in our community and learn effective strategies to manage personal stress and discuss relevant topics. You can join at any point during a session and stay for as long as you can. We are here to answer questions and provide support.


The theme for November is, “Parenting with the Brain in Mind – learn effective parenting strategies from a Non-Drama Discipline Approach.”


Elementary School Parents

Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm


Secondary School Parents

Friday, November 6th at 10:00 am

Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 pm


Elementary & Secondary Remote School Parents

Monday, November 23 at 7:00 pm


Elementary & Secondary Parents in Spanish

Wednesday, November 11th at 7:30 pm


Google Meet Link for all meetings: meet.google.com/arm-hbjd-yvy

IT'S NOT TOO LATE...SIGN UP TODAY!!

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Turkey Trot 2020

It's that time again...the Turkey Trot is coming soon! The Greenwich Alliance for Education supports the Greenwich Public Schools in many ways, and has helped Julian Curtiss specifically with such things as:



  • The Innovation Space in our Library Learning Commons
  • Families as Partners in Learning Parent Engagement Grant
  • Fanny Packs for each student for Mask Breaks



This year marks our 10th Anniversary of the Turkey Trot and it is REIMAGINED as a month-long Fitness Challenge. Prizes will also be awarded for social media posts on Facebook and Instagram. Please use #GreenwichAllianceTurkeyTrot2020 and share your run/walk photos and videos with us.


Will the Julian Curtiss Eagles - the reigning champions of the Turkey Trot - be able to maintain our title? We are counting on you, our incredible Turkey Trot enthusiasts, to make this year’s event a tremendous success. Please consider registering - and encourage friends and family to do so as well! Click the link below, and make sure to indicate Julian Curtiss as your school when you register!


Mr. O'Brien and Mrs. Loechner will be supporting the Turkey Trot with a Flipgrid so that students can record their exercise and miles and keep track for the month of November.


Turkey Trot 2020 Registration

Boys and Girls Club Fall 2020 Programs

During these trying times, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is still a safe, supervised & FUN place for children to attend. They follow all of the CDC safety protocols, and still have 100 members a day come to our afterschool program. They are excellent community partners who help our students daily with their homework, character development, and leadership skills.


Please reach out them directly with any questions regarding their programming at (203) 869-3224 or by visiting their website at www.bgcg.org.

BGCG Fall 2020 Programs

Don't Forget to Show Your JC Spirit!

Each Friday, we show our Julian Curtiss School spirit by wearing our JC Spirit Wear or our school colors which are green and white. We would also love to see everyone come to the first day of school showing lots of JC Eagle pride!


If you are looking for some new Spirit Wear, families, staff, and teachers may order whatever they like. There are masks, stadium seats, blankets, and other fun accessories as well as clothing. You can customize the logos, colors, etc. (within select choices). There are no minimums. The company will produce and ship directly and Julian Curtiss will receive a 12% commission. Hopefully easy for all! Click below to see all of our fun, new JC Spirit Wear!


https://apparelnow.com/julian-curtiss-school-apparel

¿Necesita leer nuestro boletín en español?

¿Necesita leer nuestro boletín en español? Haga clic en cualquier parte de este correo electrónico, desplácese hasta la parte inferior y haga clic en traducir. Luego, seleccione español, y el boletín debería aparecer en español. ¡Gracias!

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@JCSPrincipal and @JCSEaglesAP