Weekly Wildcat News for Families

Week of January 16-20

Tutoring Tues/Thurs and Project on Track on Wed


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Breakfast/Lunch Menus

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ESSER Funds for EV

ESSER 3.0 updates and highlights

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. The plan included Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to help state educational agencies and school districts safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools, as well as address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. Greeneville City Schools received funds from the ESSER program. A list of ESSER 3.0 updates and highlights, along with the opportunity to provide feedback, is available at https://bit.ly/ESSERHighlights through February 15, 2023. The list is also available in Spanish at https://bit.ly/ESSERSP23SPN. Information on Greeneville City Schools' ESSER funds, along with the opportunity to provide feedback on a continual basis, is located on our Web site at https://bit.ly/ESSERGCS, which will also include the upcoming updated Spending Plan and Health and Safety Plan.

Healthy Tips from our Nursing Department

Screen Time

Increased screen time has been identified as a contributing factor to children becoming less active and increasingly overweight.Early data from a landmark National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that began in 2018 indicates that children who spent more than two hours a day on screen-time activities scored lower on language and thinking tests, and some children with more than seven hours a day of screen time experienced thinning of the brain’s cortex, the area of the brain related to critical thinking and reasoning. Screen time also inhibit restful sleep. The blue light from the screen inhibits melatonin, which can delay sleep. Excessive screen time and sleep deprivation are linked to obesity, which can affect self-esteem and lead to social isolation and more screen time.

As adults it is easy for us to set limits on our screen time, but for young children it is harder to set those boundaries. Here are ways to help your child limit screen time: co watch whenever possible, keep bedtime, mealtime and family time screen free, limit your own phone usage, and emphasize the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise.

References: https://healthmatters.nyp.org/what-does-too-much-screen-time-do-to-childrens-brains/

Free Resources


In partnership with Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), the department is opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any of their children in grades K-2.

Through this partnership, the department and GELF want to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom. Based on if a child is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, they will receive seven At-Home Decodable Book Series, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality books from Scholastic.

All Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this site.

This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students

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Safety Reminder

Do not pass in the areas where kids load and unload in the front and back car lines. A few students do use the left sides of the car. If possible, please have your child unload and load in the right side as to avoid any moving traffic.

Cafeteria Charges

Reminder to be sending in lunch money or use the online payment system to prevent charges.

Cheer Camp Prek-Sixth Grade

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