From the Principal's Pen
May 21, 2021
School is closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st as we remember and honor our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Have a wonderful long weekend!
Sunny Days are Here Again!
Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year
Our teachers are beginning the class placement process for the 2021-2022 school year. We make class placement decisions based on the best interest of all children in the class and ask you to continue to trust our professional judgment in determining class placements. Our teachers see the full picture of learning styles, needs, and personalities when they are developing class make-up. Having said this, we do value input from parents as you are aware of the various teaching styles in your child’s academic career. As always, we will be following the Board of Education procedure regarding class placement:
In accordance with Board of Education procedure E040.17, The building principal will have the responsibility and the authority for the assignment of each student to his or her class and, therefore, his or her teacher with the best interests of the child in mind. The principals will not take requests to place children with particular teachers. The parent(s) will have the opportunity to inform the principal or designee in the spring prior to classroom assignments concerning the child's learning style, specialties and difficulties, and particular needs, personal or educational. The parent(s) is/are also encouraged to discuss with the principal the child's progress in the fall once classes are underway. However, the principal will make the final determination in placing all children.
To assist us in making this process easier during this time we have created an electronic survey with some questions for you to answer. If there is something imperative you feel would benefit our staff in the placement process, please provide us with this information in the comments. We ask for surveys to be completed by May 31st. Please remember your response should not contain a request for a specific teacher.
As it stands now, Julian Curtiss is slated to have 13 sections for the 20-21 school year.
We are planning on 3 first grade sections and 2 sections at every other grade level. This is subject to change as our enrollment numbers may continue to change. Teacher assignments are not official and are subject to change so it is important that you speak to your child’s learning needs rather than your preference for a specific teacher.
Additionally, placement with a teacher that an older sibling had will not be automatic. All children have different needs and it is not a foregone conclusion that having a student placed with the same teacher as a sibling will be the best possible placement. We take each child’s academic and social-emotional needs into account when determining placement, therefore having a teacher you are familiar with may or may not be in the child’s best interest. It is important to note, teachers will reference these letters during the placement process, and I ask you to refrain from writing any negative comments about a particular teacher. Similarly, while there are occasions when it is necessary to ensure particular students not be placed together, we ask you to keep your peer requests to a minimum. It is vital for children to continue to develop new friendships at the elementary level.
Should you hear of new families moving into your neighborhood, please encourage them to contact Lisa Maniscalco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Oca (email@example.com) to register their children as soon as possible to ensure we have accurate enrollment projections.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. The survey will be closed for responses at midnight on Monday, May 31st, 2021. Please fill out the survey by clicking the class placement button below. Formulating class lists is a lengthy process, therefore any requests received after this date will not be considered.
Music Lessons for 2021-2022
Dear 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Parents,
The JC Band and Orchestra are currently organizing their ensembles for the 2021-2022 school year! We have met with each class, demonstrated the instruments, and explained the different opportunities available. If your child is interested in participating, please complete either the Google or Paper Form by Tuesday, June 1st.
We know this year has been very different due to COVID, but we are hoping to have our ensembles back up to full strength next year!
If you have any questions, please reach out to:
Holly Brown (Band): Holly_Brown@greenwich.k12.ct.us
Giulia Sanford (Orchestra): Giulia_Sanford@greenwich.k12.ct.us
Mr. O'Brien and Ms. Loechner have some fun activities planned for our students on Field Day this year!
Field Day will consist of 6 stations that each class will participate at for around 8 minutes. Once all stations are completed we will have a 25-yard dash for each class from K-2 and a 3-5 50 yard dash.
There will be sitting areas located against the fence for each class to take breaks if needed.
Field Day colors
Each class will also have a banner and class name like years past.
Tuesday June 8th, FIELD DAY TIMES
3rd: 8:45 10:00
5th: 10:10- 11:20
Wednesday June 9th FIELD DAY TIMES:
Due to COVID restrictions still in place, parents are not invited this year. We will take lots of pictures and send them home!
2020-2021 GPS Family Feedback Panorama Survey
GPS will be administering year-end surveys to parents, students, and staff throughout the month of June. The survey will be sent via email to families next week. The surveys have been condensed, so that they can be completed within a matter of minutes. The survey email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org, and the sender is: The Panorama Education Team. The subject line will be: 2020-2021 GPS Family Feedback Survey.
Surveys are one of the best ways to gather significant community input, all of which is completely anonymous, using an outside vendor; and therefore, we encourage everyone to participate.
Parents may choose to opt-out their children (Grades 3-12) from participating in the survey by completing the online form in English or Spanish, no later than June 5, 2021.