From the Principal's Pen

January 20, 2020

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This Monday, January 20th, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. Although most of us know why we honor Dr. King and his dreams of equality, our children may not. The article linked below gives suggestions about how to talk to children of different ages about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and how it is relevant to them.

At Julian Curtiss, we teach our students to follow our norm of "Care for Self and Others." Dr. King's ideals of fairness, kindness, respect, and courage, are ones that we foster within our young people. In our diverse community, we strive to live these ideals each and every day.

How to Tell Kids Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Enjoy the long weekend, and we'll see you back at school on Tuesday!

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Respect at Julian Curtiss

Based on feedback from our Panorama survey, as well as discussions with our staff and students, Julian Curtiss has been focused on respect as a school community this year.

We are working on respect through our five established district norms - Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others, and Let Go and Move On. Students are learning about and discussing examples of respect that relate to each norm. Our Safe School Climate Committee has been working hard this year to provide students with learning experiences to support respect including activities and assemblies where we gather as a school. We have also instituted a monthly Respect Award where one student from each class is recognized for consistently demonstrating the norms and showing respect toward their peers and school adults.

Ensuring that children treat both their peers and adults with respect is important in building relationships where everyone feels safe, trusted, and valued. Respect is not something automatic, it is learned. Although we teach and expect respect at school, we also ask for your support at home. Below is an excellent article with some concrete strategies to use at home with your child.

Do Your Kids Respect You? 9 Ways to Change Their Attitude

Please click on the video below to enjoy our third graders' rendition of the classic tune "Respect" with a special JC Twist!


From our Nurse - Joann Concepcion

We have started the season for Influenza and are asking parents for their help as the Public Health School Nurse along with the Department of Health participate in the State of Connecticut Influenza Surveillance program. When calling your child out sick, please indicate the presence of flu-like symptoms:

Sudden onset of fever (over 100 F or 37.7 C)

Cough and/ or sore throat

Headaches and/ or body aches


If your child tests positive for Influenza, we follow the guideline that states to keep your child home a minimum of 5 days after diagnosis and to bring in a doctor’s note.

It is part of the medication policy that elementary students are not given cough drops without an MD order. NO lollipop cough drops are permitted. Gargling with salt water is an acceptable alternative.

Thank you for helping to keep all of our students and staff healthy this winter!

Come Support JC at Greenwich Public Schools First District Battle of the Books!

On Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Middle School, a team of readers from Ms. O'Connor's 5th grade class will represent Julian Curtiss for the first Greenwich Public Schools District Battle of the Books! Please consider coming to support our readers!

We encourage you to wear either JC colors (green and white) or JC spirit wear! Let's go JC!

JC Students Change the World!

As some of you know, Mrs. Brenda Brush, our assistant principal, has been working with underprivileged children in Bogotá, Colombia for the past 11 years. She is on the Board of Directors of a local non-profit called Love of Orphans Foundation, which helps to support Hogares Luz y Vida, an association that provides care for orphaned, disadvantaged, and disabled children. There are nearly 800 children who are cared for through an orphanage, two schools, several day care facilities, and a working, self-sustainable farm. Ms. Stewart has also visited Luz y Vida.

The JC Service Club is asking for your help in collecting donations for Mrs. Brush's upcoming trip to Bogotá over the February break. They have set a goal to raise $500. Service Club members will be collecting change at morning drop-off, and in the cafeteria from Tuesday, January 21st until Thursday, February 6th. A donation jar will also be available in the front hallway. The funds will help purchase things that the children need such as clothing, diapers, toothbrushes, and medical supplies.

For more information, or to find out about other ways to help, email Mrs. Brush at

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Mrs. Brush, Ms. Stewart, Mr. O'Brien, and the JC Service Club

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