Gator Gazette

Gregg School - Where we pledge to learn together every day!

Principal's Post

Dear families,

As we say so long to 2018 and hello to 2019, it is a great time to reflect on all the happenings here at Gregg School over the past four months! As hard as it is to believe that we are approaching the mid-year point of the school year- the mid-year point is upon us. The past four months have been incredibly productive here at Gregg School and we have a lot to be proud of!

September was the month we launched our Be. theme for the year! We celebrated the 77 students who read over the summer with a boat trip on Seneca Lake! Then we accepted the "Bee a Reader" challenge to read/comprehend our "just right" books to be eligible for another incentive mystery in December.

We took our beginning of the year assessments and learned what life was like in a new grade/classroom. We learned about the character trait Responsibility. Families visited our school for the Annual Ice Cream Social and Open House night.

October was the month that we launched our successful One School, One Book initiative with the distribution of a copy of THE WILD ROBOT to each family. We practiced safety drills and showed our brilliant smiles on school picture day. Student Council got up and running and if students attended school on half days, we showed our appreciation by recognizing them with things like "homework passes" and ice cream treats.

Our teachers and parents met together to review our progress and highlight what lies ahead this school year. Throughout the month, we practiced the character trait Respect. And we ended the month with the very fun Monster Mash Family Night sponsored by the PTA!

November was the month that we really got into learning new content and some of our classes took field trips. We challenged ourselves with stacking cups as fast as we could! Believe it or not, about 83% of our students and their families finished TWR book and we enjoyed a school-wide celebration to wrap things up.

Miss Andrea came to remind us about good dental hygiene habits. Twenty-four of our third -fifth grade girls started their weekly Girls Who Code Club meetings with Mrs. Collins. Our character focus trait this month was Appreciation and we made a hefty donation of food to the Salvation Army.

December was when Gregg School practiced their coding (and dance moves) on the Hour of Code day. Our musicians played on the amazing CPPHS stage and our whole school got to travel to watch them shine in their first performance. 174 first- fifth grade students (94%!) traveled back to CPPHS to watch The Bee Movie in the CPPHS theater as a recognition for reading their allotment of "just right" books for the marking period. We also received our first report card of the school year!

This month, we opened our hearts and donated coins/dollars toward a building service project called Blizzard Bags! In lieu of holiday gifts in classrooms, money was donated toward purchasing specially chosen food items to pack 350 Meals on Wheels food bags. Our school is always generous to this endeavor and we feel good about the work that we do, which goes right along with our word Dignity. This is always a highlight on Pajama Day!

January will be the month that we take our mid-year MAP assessments to check on our growth in Reading and Math. We will begin to gear up for the Spelling Bee and focus on showing Empathy for others. Our readers will keep reading and working toward their next goals.

The remainder of the year promises to be equally as full, with a great balance of fun and challenging work. The partnership that we share is something we should all be proud of! I wish you all a wonderful 2019 filled with much happiness and goodness!

Wishing you the best,

Mrs. Ann Collins, Principal

January Dates to Remember

1/7 School Resumes

1/8 PTA, 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria

1/9 MAP Testing begins

1/9 Family Yoga, session 1, 6:15 pm, cafeteria

1/17 Wear PINK/Empathy

1/21 No School MLK

1/28 No School Staff Conference Day

Relaxing Family Fun!

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Get into the Flow in the New Year

The Hugh Gregg PTA is offering Family Flow Yoga in January on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 pm in the Gregg cafeteria. This is a beginner yoga series open to parents and children alike. If you are looking to begin the New Year with a sense of ease, Family Flow is the Way to Go!!

"As the social worker, I have been using yoga and mindfulness in my work with students since 2014. I would love to share with you elements of what I have been teaching your children but in a family setting. This class is free of charge. I am committed to helping families find a sense of serenity in their otherwise busy lives."

led by: Mrs. Friends

Who: Parents and school aged children, children must attend with an adult

Where: Hugh Gregg Elementary Cafeteria

When: Wednesdays-January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 6:15-7:15 PM

What to bring: A yoga mat-helpful but not necessary. Please dress in comfortable clothing allowing for a free range of movement, water, a beach towel or small blanket. Please try to eat a lite meal about 30-45 minutes before class.

Gregg Family Yoga

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 6:15-7pm

164 Flint Avenue

Corning, NY

Enter at cafeteria/Flint Ave door

Also, 1/23 & 1/30

Pajama Day 2018

Character Trait of the Month: Empathy

Empathy Video for Children. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another being.