The Greendell Gosling Flyer-16th Ed

December 2, 2020

Dear Greendell Families,

I hope your family had a restful break together. It was so nice to spend some time with my family without everyone being on a different online class. Like many families, we also found other ways to connect with our extended family and friends. Families were using Zoom to have Thanksgiving dinner together, playing games together online, reading familiar children's stories over video chat, and meeting outside at a safe distance. It is definitely not the same but I have enjoyed seeing and talking to relatives that we would rarely see otherwise.

The children were so glad to be back into their school routine this week and maybe a little sleepy from getting up early again (or is it just the adults who are tired?). As we head into winter, I am already seeing so much growth in our students. They are adapting to a very different school environment, whether they are online or in person, and yet they are making great progress!

We have only two and half weeks left of school this year and then we will be in 2021! It seems like we just started our school year a couple of weeks ago. I am looking forward to all the wonderful moments and learning experiences still to come!

Warmest Regards,

Principal Shannon

December is Here!

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Greendell School Site Council Meeting

We held the first meeting of the year for our Greendell School Site Council on November 30th. A big thank you to the families and staff who are participating in this important work for our school. At our meeting, we reviewed student progress on last year's goals and began discussing this year's goals. Some areas our site council members would like to focus on included: social emotional development, equity, emotional wellness and family connectedness with our school.

Our next meeting in scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 12:30pm on Zoom. For more information on our site council meetings, please contact Principal Shannon Coleman.

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Supporting Learning at Home: Affective Factors that Impact Learning

The PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, includes resources that explore the connections between emotions and readiness to learn. Parents and teachers intrinsically know the importance of addressing emotions in order to set the stage for learning. When students feel known and appreciated, they can learn more effectively. This module explores this connection and suggests ways of addressing distance and hybrid learning challenges such as using conversation starters and parent-teacher partnerships. Check out the “Affective Factors that Impact Learning” to learn more.

Registration Reminder for New Student Enrollments

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on January 4, 2021. Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment web site starting on January 4: If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to

Please note: All current Greendell students do not need to reenroll for Kindergarten. Registration is for new students only. Current Greendell families need only complete the Annual Data Update in May.

Tradition of Giving at Greendell School

For over 25 years, PreSchool Family and Young Fives have coordinated our efforts at Greendell School to give to families in need for the holidays. Through the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), the Greendell School Community has collected and donated food and gifts to sponsored families in need. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are saddened to not be able to collect items for donation. One way we can continue to help is by connecting Greendell families to the EHP website, where individual families may make a donation.

For families interested in donating to EHP or learning more about their programs, please follow this link. Thank you so much for your generosity and thoughtfulness!