GES Grey Wolf Gazette

January 14, 2022

Happy New Year!

Dear Greenfield Families and Friends,


Happy New Year! I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday break. The new year brings us new opportunities for learning together along with new challenges as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 world that includes changing guidance and recommendations. The ConVal District updated its guidance on Monday 1/10/22. You can find updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine after a positive exposure or test result below.


Effective immediately, we will be emailing families to notify you of any potential close contacts that occur in school instead of calling individual families. Please don't hesitate to call me or the school nurse if you have any questions after being notified of a potential close contact. Please monitor your child for symptoms after receiving notification. Students who may have been exposed at school may continue to come to school as long as they do not have any symptoms.


If your child has been fully vaccinated, please send a photo or copy of the vaccination card to our school nurse, Alaina Slocomb at aslocomb@conval.edu for our school records. Per the updated guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to quarantine if a close household contact tests positive for COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic.


As part of our efforts to keep students and staff IN school as much as possible this year, we are able to perform rapid COVID tests for symptomatic students and staff. If your child develops symptoms at home, you now have the option to have your child tested at GES. Please keep them home and call our school nurse to schedule an appointment. If your child develops any symptoms while at school, we can test them here as well. We must have parent permission to perform a rapid test at school. If you have not already done so, please follow the directions below to sign your child up and provide consent to test.


To get started, please fill out the consent form with your permission to perform a COVID-19 test for your student at Greenfield Elementary School. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone.

1. First, click here https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/

2. Then, enter this access code: K06QO0

3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!

Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child at GES, please complete the process once for each child using the same code. If you have children in other district schools, please use the code sent from the principal where your child attends.


Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. Testing empowers us to make these informed decisions about in-person learning and allows students, teachers, and staff to come to school with peace of mind.


With the weather getting colder, we will be inside more than we have been and it is even more important than ever to monitor children for any signs of illness and keep them home if they develop any of the following symptoms: fever, headache, congestion, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath.


Per our Reopening Plan, any child who is symptomatic with new or unexplained symptoms should stay home until they are tested for Covid-19 and receive a negative result.


Winter Weather and Outdoor Play:


We do go outside for recess every day unless it is dangerously cold or raining. As long as the "real feel" temperature outside is above 10 degrees, we will be outside at recess! Please be sure to send in appropriate winter gear for your child. This includes, snow pants, boots, jacket, gloves and a hat. You are welcome to have your child keep their gear here at school if you have an extra set. While we do have some extra gear, we are running low on gloves and mittens. If you are cleaning out used gear and happen to have any extra gloves or mittens, we will happily take them to restock our supply of extras here at GES!


Winter Benchmark Testing:


All students in grades K-4 will participate in winter benchmark testing in Math and Reading between January 31 and February 18. Students will be assessed using a variety of tests, including Aimsweb, NWEA-Measures of Academic Progress and PNOA (Primary Number and Operations Assessment). Teachers use the data to identify gaps in learning and develop lessons and interventions to support students. Results from the assessments will be shared with families no later than the end of the second trimester in March.


It is important that you check and update your children's after school pick up plans in Pick Up Patrol each day, especially if they have plans that may change on a daily basis. We will follow the plans that are entered in Pick Up Patrol. It's your responsibility to make sure the plans are correct. Thank you for your help!


In case you missed the news, morning snack/breakfast and lunch are free for all ConVal students this year, however if your child gets only milk at either meal there is a charge of $0.50. Please be sure to add money to your child's lunch account to cover the cost of milk if needed.


You can find the November morning snack and lunch menus here:

https://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/webmenus2/#/view?id=6166cbd7534a1314758b4595&siteCode=19740


The Grey Wolf Gazette is now available on our website under the "What's Happening" button. You will be able to find previous editions by clicking on the View All News button. No more scrolling through your email to find the newsletter.


Have a wonderful weekend!

~Colleen


UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES-PLEASE CHECK AND ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR!


1/17/22: NO SCHOOL! MLK Day


1/18-1/21/22: Special: PE/Health with Mrs. Parker! Don't forget your sneakers!


1/24-2/4/22: Special: Library with Mrs. Mack


1/24-2/18/22: Winter Benchmark Testing K-4 (Math and Reading)


2/7-2/18/22: Special: PE/Health with Mrs. Parker! Don't forget your sneakers!


2/21-2/25/22: February Vacation


CONVAL DISTRICT NEWS


GES has a facebook page! You can find the link here:

https://www.facebook.com/Greenfield-Elementary-School-532738607668635


The ConVal School District has news blog to serve as a hub for the latest updates, information and news about the district’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments.


The blog, ConValNews.com is integrated into the schools and District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and will automatically broadcast news blog content onto these platforms, connecting directly with the district community.


With a clean, user-friendly and mobile responsive layout, the news blog allows for easy navigation throughout. It can be accessed on computers, cell phones and tablets. Community members can subscribe and be notified by email when new posts are published.


Parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members should still utilize the district’s main website, Convalsd.net, to access the District-wide calendar of events, contact information, school committee meeting notices and minutes, important documents and notices and to view general information about the district and its schools.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available This Weekend at the Greenfield Fire Station!

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Art Explorations with Mr. Shultz

Hello GES Families,


We have had quite a wild couple of weeks for Art at GES. We had some time in the Art Room, then Winter Break, then we came back and had a Snow Day on Friday and finished our work on Monday. Thank you all for your flexibility and hard work during these last few weeks of unplanned events.


Over the last few weeks we have done an incredible amount of art making. Before we left for Winter Break, we focused our time on learning about painting. The Kindergarteners and First Graders focused hard on learning the process of painting and how to use painting tools correctly. Second Graders were learning about the Primary, Secondary, Warm and Cool color families and how to use them in their work. The Third and Fourth Graders learned about basic Color Theory, and how to make colors using only a few colors. It was an incredibly successful week and the work that was made shows how hard your artists worked.


When we came back from Winter Break, we shifted gears into making collages, which is a type of art where artists might cut paper shapes and put them together in a particular order to make a picture. The Kindergartens, First, and Second Graders used their time this week to learn the best way to use scissors, exploring new techniques and practicing safety at the same time. The Third and Fourth Graders learned new techniques with their scissors so that they could cut more intricate shapes to use on their work. Scissor and glue projects are hard for many students, but they made incredible works of art through hard work and patience.


Overall, we had a wonderful few weeks in the Art Room and here are some pictures of the art that some of the students made to show the incredible work that came out of our learning and focus. Thank you so much, have a great weekend, and we will see you again at the end of March.


Mr. Shultz

Community Events

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Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club! Find out more about Before & After School Care at GES!

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News from the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club!

Looking for Before or After School care for your children? Check out the Boys & Girls Club! They have different options to meet the needs of all our families-come one day a week or all 5! They also have a punch card for occasional use! The Club is up and running and accepting registrations for before and after school care at GES. The program will once again serve Greenfield, Francestown and Hancock students. Before school care is available from 6:00am-8:20am and After School care is available from 3:20pm until 6:00pm. Registration information can be found on the Club’s website www.svbgc.org If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Alyssa Nykanen at anykanen@svbgc.org or Catherine Kendall at ckendall@svgbc.org.