Greenfield Elementary School

May Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Douglas Silvernell, will attend our HSA meeting Monday, May 9th at 6:30PM. He will share information on how next year’s school budget was developed. Fast Facts about the 2016-2017 school budget are posted on our the district's website. May 17th is our Greenfield Elementary Annual Art Show. Come see our hallways! They will be full of the artistic creations of our students. Come in and walk the hallways, enjoy some musical interludes by our very own Orchestra/Band students and then don’t forget to vote for the school budget before you leave. You can find more information on the school budget in the District's Fast Facts.

Our May BEST assembly was on May 2nd at 9:30 AM. In May we will learn about community. At our BEST assembly we watched a video made by Mrs. Williams' 5th grade students. It showed us how friendships and how we treat our friends affect our classroom community. We also learned about other ways to help our community by taking care of our environment. The Parent Corner below has a great article about serving others and how it helps children build good character. Check it out!

With this in mind, the Shared Decision Making Team continues to work on school improvement goals and initiatives. This year we have worked on school safety and a summer reading initiative. Next year we are looking to investigate homework practices and a parent resource center. We are currently looking for parent representatives for next year. Please let the main office know if you are interested in applying for a position on this team. We meet seven times a year. We have been meeting at 8:30 in the morning but the time can be looked at by the team.

We have some important reminders and information for you on our website. Added this month is information from our attendance office and information about our Health and Wellness policy. Please remember that we do not celebrate birthdays with food. Check out our Health and Wellness brochure which explains that we make an effort to make sure your child feels special on their special day without utilizing food to celebrate.

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.

Some end of the year important dates are:

Annual Art Show and Budget Vote- May 17th

Grade 4 NYS Science Performance Test- May 25th

Fun Day- May 26th

Parent Volunteer Breakfast/ Half Day of School- June 3rd

Grade 4 NYS Science Written Test- June 6th

BEST Assembly- June 7th

Dragon 5K- June 18th

Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony- June 20th

Last Day of School- June 22nd, Dismissal 11:50AM

Best Regards,

Mrs. Davis

Curriculum Corner

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

Character education is a fundamental component of our school's program. Our children's social and emotional growth is just as important as their academic growth. In fact, their social and emotional growth and their academic growth occur simultaneously. Some of the skills that children and adults need to be successful in the 21st century are called the "The Four C's". They are collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. Success with collaboration and communication are closely tied to our social and emotional development. Our district has begun to integrate a framework called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) into our schools. Greenfield Elementary will begin working within this framework next year. PBIS is a school wide approach with an "emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments" ( We are planning on developing our framework for PBIS this summer. As we get closer to Greenfield's roll out, we will send you more information.

Special Area Teachers

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

Are you looking for the May Math Challenge. There is one for students in grades K-2 and one for students in grades 3-5. See who participated in our math challenges.

Parent Corner

Parent Resources

Looking for ways to help your community? This article explains how helping others can build other positive character traits.