Greene Notes

October 9, 2020

Our Flight Pattern

Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoon.

Important Dates

Friday, October 9 - Interim Report Cards

Friday, November 6 - End of First Quarter

Monday, November 9 - Teacher Records Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19 - Evening Conferences

Friday, November 20 - Daytime Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 1 - Evening Conferences

What is my child doing on their computer?

Did you know? You have a tool that will allow you to monitor your child's computer activity when they are off campus? Parents can set up a Blocksi account to monitor student activity. Click the link below for directions on how to set this up.


BLOCKSI Parent Account Setup

Know! To Positively Connect with Your Teen

The desire to connect with others is universal, which is why social media has exploded over the years among people of all ages. When it comes to teens, just about everyone has at least one social media account to be able to connect with their “friends” at any given moment. A child’s virtual and in-person connections are important and highly influential in their lives, however, it cannot compare to the importance and influence of the parent-child connection—for better or worse. It’s the relationship between the parent or other caregiver and the child that serves as the backdrop of present and future interactions with others and highly impacts how young people make decisions. The parent-child relationship must be fostered and strengthened for healthy adolescent development.

Children whose relationships with their parents can be characterized as consistent, warm, kind, loving, and stable, are much more likely to: initiate positive social interactions with others, respond to situations with empathy, be cooperative with others, exhibit a higher self-esteem and make healthy life choices, including the decision not to use alcohol and other drugs.


How to Enhance Your Parent-Child Connection

Spend Time Together: Hanging out and having fun with your child is critical in building and fostering a close connection. Whether you get ice cream or spend an afternoon relaxing and watching movies at home, enjoy some “hang time” with your child.


Include Friends: What better way to get to know your child’s friends than bringing them along on a family outing or inviting them over for dinner? It’s also important to get to know their friends’ parents.


Listen: Put down your electronic devices and listen. Our kids want to be heard, and they want to feel like what they say matters to you. Listen attentively, then ask questions to show your interest.


Talk: Your child wants and needs to hear from you on a variety of topics, including mental wellness and substance use. Children whose parents talk early and often with them about not using alcohol and other drugs are 50% less likely to smoke, drink or use other substances in the first place.


Set Future Goals: Research shows that when youth set their sights on future goals, be it a position on a sports team or an academic scholarship, they make more careful choices.


R-E-S-P-E-C-T: It is important to both give respect to your child and insist on it from your child. This is an occasion where if you give, you are much more likely to receive.


Share Expectations: Most youth want to please their parents. Children whose parents set clear expectations are more likely to make better choices.


Eat Dinner Together: While it need not be anything fancy, studies show that sitting down together to share a meal and conversation strengthens family connections.

Adolescence is a time of many changes and big decision-making. Be sure to talk regularly, remain engaged in your child’s everyday life, and continuously strive to strengthen the connection. A strong and positive relationship now will serve you and your child both today and down the road.


Sources

MADD: Power of Parents. MissouriFamilies.org: What can parents do to keep connection with their teens?

New Mealtime Procedures Grades K-6

Beginning October 12, Sycamore Child Nutrition will no longer be using a pre-order system for Grades K-6 breakfast and lunch. We received a great deal of negative feedback from families about the functionality of the pre-ordering system put in place at the beginning of the school year. In addition, pre-ordering and meal delivery (for Grades K-4) was placing an undue burden on staff. In an effort to be responsive, we are doing away with the pre-ordering system and shifting towards our traditional meal ordering process with safety protocols in place. These protocols include social distancing while in line, contactless checkout, and extra sanitation measures.


How will students order meals and be served?

  • Students will select what they want to eat while going through the lunch line as in a typical school year.

  • Students will be served most of their meals by the kitchen staff. If necessary, students will grab limited pre-packaged fruits and veggies and milk to finish their meal.


How will students checkout safely?

  • As a reminder, all meals are free for ALL students until December 31 (or until the allotted program funds are no longer available-whichever comes first).

  • Students will use a lanyard with a lunch badge and scan it at our new scanners for a contactless checkout. They will not enter their numbers into pin pads as in past years.


What other safety protocols will be in place?

  • Physical distancing using marks on the floors will be put in place. Students will still be separated by class when coming through the lunch line.

  • The kitchen staff will be wearing proper PPE and face shields for added safety.

  • There will be extra sanitation procedures between groups going through the line.


When does pre-ordering end?

  • The last day you need to pre-order for your child will be Friday, October 9th. The first day for traditional meal ordering will be Monday, October 12.


How do I find out what’s for lunch at my child’s school?

  • Menus for October 12 and beyond can be found on the Sycamore website or by clicking here


Does this also impact students in Grades 7-12?

  • No, only for Grades K-6. There are no changes for meal ordering at Grades 7-12.

Breakfast and Lunch for Week of October 12th - October 16th

A note from our Cafeteria ...

Dear Parents,

I want to apologize for the mix up on the My Meals menu this week. It won't happen again, mainly because we are no longer pre ordering lunches or breakfast. We are serving. The breakfast is a grab'n' go set up, so students will pick up their breakfast before going to the classroom. We have 2 locations - the first is in the drop off area and the second is in the main lobby. The menus remain the same, 2 options at breakfast and 4 at lunch.


Menus for Monday, October 12 - Friday, October 16


Monday - Breakfast - Donuts or cereal with string cheese

Lunch - Chicken Nuggets with a pretzel, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Bagel Meal

Tuesday - Breakfast - Pop Tarts or Pumpkin Bread

Lunch - Turkey Hot Dog, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Fresh Garden Salad with a muffin.

Wednesday - Breakfast - Donuts or a muffin with yogurt

Lunch - Big Daddy's cheese or pepperoni pizza, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Bagel Meal.

Thursday - Breakfast - Pop Tarts or a Benefit Bar

Lunch - Pancakes with egg and sausage, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Fresh Garden Salad with a muffin.

Friday - Breakfast - Donuts or Cereal with string cheese.

Lunch - Big Daddy's Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Fresh Deli Sandwich or a Bagel Meal.


If your student(s) are quarantined at home and you would like access to school meals, you can sign up for the virtual meal curbside pick up by registering here and get meals this way until you are back at school. All meals are free to ALL students until December 31st. Find out more information about pick-up times, locations, and FAQs by clicking here.

Notifying the school about an absence, dismissal changes, early pickups for your student...

In order to limit the transfer of paper this year, parent communication ( formerly done by a parent communication form) will be done through email. This would include a change of dismissal, leaving for an appointment, late arrival or an absence of any kind.


If it is necessary for a student to leave school early (before the regular dismissal time), or a child is being picked up by anyone other than the custodial parent, or is going home in any
way other than his/her typical procedure the parent should call or e-mail the school's main office prior to 2:00 PM. An email should be sent to ehgattendance@sycamoreschools.org. Parents should come to the school's main office to have the student called from class. Parents will remain outside the building. To ensure student safety, identification may also be required to pick up a student.

Dismissal Times Beginning Monday, October 12th

On Monday, October 12th, we will begin dismissing students using our bell system. We have been refining the times that students are dismissed over the past few weeks, and here is the schedule we will be following:


2:40 pm Dismiss Car Riders

2:42 pm Dismiss 1st Bell Bus Riders

2:47 pm Dismiss 2nd Bell Bus Riders

2:55 pm Dismiss Walkers and Bike Riders


Please note that we cannot release walkers and bike riders first due to logistical and social distancing requirements in the hallways.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences

ALL conferences will be held virtually, for both Virtual Classroom and Face-to Face students. Parents will receive details regarding the conferences as they get closer. Dates are as follows:


Nov. 19 (Thursday) Evening Conferences (K-6)

Nov. 20 (Friday) Daytime conferences (No School-K-8 only)

Dec. 1 (Tuesday) Evening Conferences (Gr. 5-6 only)

Greene School T-Shirts

We do have a LIMITED supply of Greene School t-shirts left! Please contact Ms. Brubaker (brubakera@sycamoreschools.org) if you are interested in purchasing one for your child. Shirts are $10.

PTO NEWS!

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at EH Greene! Although this year may look different, we plan to continue to support the staff and students at EH Greene like we always have. Your PTO membership is a great way to show your support and help us fund a variety of valuable programs.

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PTO Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in getting involved at the Greene School? It’s true that we can’t physically be in the building as volunteers for now this year, but there is still much we can do to impact our children’s educational experience. Thanks for those who have already filled out the below PTO Volunteer Survey to indicate interest in volunteering - we are still looking for more volunteers and especially to fill some Co-Chair positions for this school year. Here are some highlighted needs:

  • Yearbook - This is a position and committee that will be able to happen this year for sure but in order to do a yearbook we need a Chair who would work with the company to compile and submit pictures.
  • Recycling/Eco Team - Are you passionate about the environment and helping our children learn to value it? This committee has traditionally managed a Recycling initiative, an Earth Day program, and the Bus-Walk-Bike Day. In the current environment these traditional programs may or may not be feasible this school year, but their is certainly an opportunity to come up with a creative way to do some of these programs in this year’s school environment.
  • Arts Alive - This is an arts appreciation program that happens every other year and would ordinarily be scheduled for March 2021. We do not know if we will be able to run the program as it has traditionally been delivered, but again there may be creative ways to do it unconventionally.

If any of these are roles you would be interested in getting more information about, please reach out to Co-VP Programs, Betsy Rinehart and Kathy Mercurio, at grptovpprog@sycamoreschools.org.


Below you will find the google form to fill out for any Chair roles, committees or general volunteer positions for this school year. We know that some of these activities are unlikely, but in the event that something changes we would like to have people in as many positions as possible.


Volunteer Survey (same link as on this week’s s’more)

Committee Descriptions (https://docs.google.com/document/d/120yKWI4gqnXZeBExlno6M_jEUHb1BLdTwXpffWfHJOc/edit)

1N5 WARRIOR RUN - The Race For Life

Sycamore High School’s speak up AVES student group invites you to join our team for the annual 1N5 Warrior Run. This year’s event is a virtual “choose your own path” event that encourages participants to complete a 5K - YOUR WAY! The challenge runs from September 26 through October 10. Registration proceeds support the work of 1N5, our community partner, committed to mental health education across the state, city and our district. Sponsorship funds raised come directly back to Sycamore Schools to support mental health programming. Additionally, if Sycamore High School can win the high school challenge, they earn additional funds and opportunities to support mental health at Sycamore High School, and most of all, bragging rights! Visit our team page for more information and register or donate today!

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