Greene Notes

October 16, 2020

Our Flight Pattern

Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoon.

Important Dates

Friday, November 6 - End of First Quarter

Monday, November 9 - Teacher Records Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 12 - CogAT Testing - 8:20 - 10:30 am

Friday, November 13 - Report Cards

Thursday, November 19 - Evening Conferences

Friday, November 20 - Daytime Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 1 - Evening Conferences

Halloween at the Greene School

This year we will allow students to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30. Participation is optional.


The district face mask requirements MUST BE FOLLOWED regardless of whether a student participates in dressing up or not. Please remember that costumes need to be school-appropriate and meet our dress code policy (hats are an exception). Costumes need to be worn to school and will remain on the student for the entirety of the day. There will be no time for changing in or out of costumes during the school day.


Costume masks, face paint or make-up, props/accessories that are carried, and costumes that symbolize hate or are considered offensive, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. Students who come to school with a costume that does not follow our dress code or the Halloween costume guidelines will be sent to the office and parents will be contacted.


Each team will also have a class party of sorts. Teachers will show a movie and ask for donations from parents for a snack for students while they watch.


We thank you for paying close attention to these details in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable day for all members of our school community.

CogAT Testing

CogAT Testing:

All 6th grade students (face-to-face) will be given the CogAT test on Thursday, November 12th at 8:20 a.m.


Parents of 5th graders (face-to-face): If you are interested in having your child take the CogAT for possible gifted placement into 6th grade advanced language arts, accelerated math, or double accelerated math, we are administering the test on November 12th. 5th graders will only be tested if they are registered. Students already in accelerated math, double accelerated math, or advanced language arts do not need to take the CogAT to remain in the class.


Read more about the 5th grade CogAT and how to register here.

New Mealtime Procedures Grades K-6

On October 12, Sycamore Child Nutrition stopped using a pre-order system for Grades K-6 breakfast and lunch. We received a great deal of negative feedback from families about the functionality of the pre-ordering system put in place at the beginning of the school year. In addition, pre-ordering and meal delivery (for Grades K-4) was placing an undue burden on staff. In an effort to be responsive, we are doing away with the pre-ordering system and shifting towards our traditional meal ordering process with safety protocols in place. These protocols include social distancing while in line, contactless checkout, and extra sanitation measures.


How will students order meals and be served?

  • Students will select what they want to eat while going through the lunch line as in a typical school year.

  • Students will be served most of their meals by the kitchen staff. If necessary, students will grab limited pre-packaged fruits and veggies and milk to finish their meal.


How will students checkout safely?

  • As a reminder, all meals are free for ALL students

  • Students will use a lanyard with a lunch badge and scan it at our new scanners for a contactless checkout. They will not enter their numbers into pin pads as in past years.


What other safety protocols will be in place?

  • Physical distancing using marks on the floors will be put in place. Students will still be separated by class when coming through the lunch line.

  • The kitchen staff will be wearing proper PPE and face shields for added safety.

  • There will be extra sanitation procedures between groups going through the line.


How do I find out what’s for lunch at my child’s school?

  • Menus for October 12 and beyond can be found on the Sycamore website or by clicking here


Does this also impact students in Grades 7-12?

  • No, only for Grades K-6. There are no changes for meal ordering at Grades 7-12.

Breakfast and Lunch for Week of October 19th - October 23rd

Monday - Chicken Tenders with Mac n Cheese, Hamburger, Cheeseburgers, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Bagel Meal.

Tuesday - Mini Pretzels with Cheese, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Deli Sandwich, or a Fresh from the Garden Salad with a muffin.

Wednesday - Turkey Corn Dog or Corn Puppies, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bagel Meal or a Fresh Deli Sandwich.

Thursday - Brunch with French Toast Sticks egg and sausage, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Deli Sandwich or a Fresh from the Garden Salad with a muffin

Friday - Big Daddy's Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bagel Meal or a Fresh Deli Sandwich.


Breakfast Menu doesn't change week to week:

Monday -Donut or cereal

Tuesday - Pop Tart or Banana Bread

Wednesday - Donut or Muffin with Yogurt

Thursday - Pop Tart or Benefit Bar

Friday - Donuts or Cereal


Families, remember we are participating in the USDA pandemic meals so for the rest of the school year ALL meals are free: breakfast, lunch, virtual and face to face!


If your student(s) are quarantined at home and you would like access to school meals, you can sign up for the virtual meal curbside pick up by registering here and get meals this way until you are back at school. All meals are free to ALL students until December 31st. Find out more information about pick-up times, locations, and FAQs by clicking here.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences

ALL conferences will be held virtually, for both Virtual Classroom and Face-to Face students. Parents will receive details regarding the conferences as they get closer. Dates are as follows:


Nov. 19 (Thursday) Evening Conferences (K-6)

Nov. 20 (Friday) Daytime conferences (No School-K-8 only)

Dec. 1 (Tuesday) Evening Conferences (Gr. 5-6 only)

Greene School T-Shirts

We do have a LIMITED supply of Greene School t-shirts left! Please contact Ms. Brubaker (brubakera@sycamoreschools.org) if you are interested in purchasing one for your child. Shirts are $10.

PTO NEWS!

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at EH Greene! Although this year may look different, we plan to continue to support the staff and students at EH Greene like we always have. Your PTO membership is a great way to show your support and help us fund a variety of valuable programs.

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PTO Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in getting involved at the Greene School? It’s true that we can’t physically be in the building as volunteers for now this year, but there is still much we can do to impact our children’s educational experience. Thanks for those who have already filled out the below PTO Volunteer Survey to indicate interest in volunteering - we are still looking for more volunteers and especially to fill some Co-Chair positions for this school year. Here are some highlighted needs:

  • Yearbook - This is a position and committee that will be able to happen this year for sure but in order to do a yearbook we need a Chair who would work with the company to compile and submit pictures.
  • Recycling/Eco Team - Are you passionate about the environment and helping our children learn to value it? This committee has traditionally managed a Recycling initiative, an Earth Day program, and the Bus-Walk-Bike Day. In the current environment these traditional programs may or may not be feasible this school year, but their is certainly an opportunity to come up with a creative way to do some of these programs in this year’s school environment.
  • Arts Alive - This is an arts appreciation program that happens every other year and would ordinarily be scheduled for March 2021. We do not know if we will be able to run the program as it has traditionally been delivered, but again there may be creative ways to do it unconventionally.

If any of these are roles you would be interested in getting more information about, please reach out to Co-VP Programs, Betsy Rinehart and Kathy Mercurio, at grptovpprog@sycamoreschools.org.


Below you will find the google form to fill out for any Chair roles, committees or general volunteer positions for this school year. We know that some of these activities are unlikely, but in the event that something changes we would like to have people in as many positions as possible.


Volunteer Survey (same link as on this week’s s’more)

Committee Descriptions (https://docs.google.com/document/d/120yKWI4gqnXZeBExlno6M_jEUHb1BLdTwXpffWfHJOc/edit)

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