Greenfield Elementary School

January Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! One of the best things of a new year is the chance to start something new or just start over from scratch. The past few years we have celebrated good character each month in our BEST Assemblies. With a change in a few key people, we've had a hard time getting it off the ground. But...we are starting again! We have some new ideas, new character traits and we are keeping some of the things we did in the past. We hope to have our first assembly this month. We won't have any student certificates this month, but we will in February. Parents are notified by letter if their child is recommended for an award. Parents are welcome to attend our BEST Assemblies, we just ask that you call ahead the day before so that we can prepare for your arrival. We also can't guarantee a seat. The whole student body, all the teachers and parents makes for a tight squeeze. In January the character trait we are practicing is commitment. At our BEST Assembly we will review the trait and give instruction on how the trait is practiced.

Brrrr!!! It's cold outside. We are anxious for a good snowfall so we can get outside and play in the snow! There is so much to do on our playground when you get to play in the snow. Snow gear is essential! During the winter months keep your child's snow gear together and do a triple check before they head out the door. It's not uncommon to lose a glove or a hat so be sure to label these pieced the best you can. If you're missing something it is likely in our "Lost and Found". Let your child's teacher know if you are missing some pieces. Our Lost and Found is on the way to the cafeteria, so most times children can take a peek on their way to lunch.

We are almost halfway through the school year. Report cards are scheduled to go home at the end of this month. When your child brings home their report card, reading it over with your child can be a great opportunity to celebrate successes and "set goals" for the next quarter. Children learn to become confident in their abilities when they take an active role in setting expectations for their own work habits and behavior.

Just a reminder....Greenfield Elementary has a website with important school information. Bookmark our website on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Our website also has a school calendar. You can link the calendar to your phone to get reminders about events and important dates.

Stay warm and have a wonderful start to the New Year!

Best Regards,

Mrs. Davis

Winter Wonderland?

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We really like to play outside....right now our backyard is now called "Lake Greenfield". It is completely frozen over. If we had skates and helmets we could make a great ice skating rink....but it is not safe to play outside right now. We will try to find locations outside that are safe for play or just a nice walk.

Curriculum Corner

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

This year Greenfield School will begin a new program called Project Lead the Way- Launch. Each grade will work within two modules. These modules use a structured approach such as the engineering design process to solve problems. Using their critical thinking skills and their STEM skills, students will take risks and work to solve problems. For example, in kindergarten, students will work to design a structure that the big, bad wolf can't blow down. As the students progress through the grades the problems become more difficult and they continue to enjoy the challenge of designing structures. Be on the lookout for the date your child will begin their first module.

Our results on the 2014-2015 NYS Assessments can be found here.

More information about our programming can be found here.

Special Area Teachers

Check out news from our Special Area Teachers, our School Nurse and our Reading and Math Coaches.

See who participated in our math challenges.

Parent Corner

Parent Resources

Our Home School Connection for January provides families ideas to manage time wisely and there are a couple of neat science activities too! The topic of managing time wisely fits well with our character trait "commitment".

Believe it or not, as parents we can help nurture a child to have a healthy self esteem. This article has some great tips for families.