IMPORTANT UPDATES

Discovery School at Four Corners

SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE

The following is an update from Interim Superintendent Houle:

(This information can also be found on the GPS website, www.gpsk12.org)


Hello GPS Community!



I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our public forums on the return to in-person learning on March 24 and March 25. We have established a new web page on our site for In-Person Learning, where you can find links to the recordings, in case you were not able to attend. Here’s the link to that page: https://www.gpsk12.org/in-person-learning. You can also get to that page from our main website by clicking the “for FAMILIES & COMMUNITY” and clicking on the In-Person Learning link in the menu. We will continue to update this special web page with information about our in-person learning plans on a frequent basis over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often. We will keep our families informed of updates via our School Messenger system.


We have launched our follow-up survey for families to let us know whether or not you will be choosing to return to in-person learning in April per our plan and how you will be arranging for transportation to and from school. It is important that we receive these surveys back no later than Tuesday, March 30th, as we need this information to finish setting up our classrooms and determining bus routes. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/UBFXJqH3caTNMbyz5. You can also find the survey link on our new In-Person Learning web page.

Our administrators, faculty, and staff are hard at work getting everything ready to welcome our students back to a friendly and safe environment and we look forward to seeing our students back with us in April!


The School Committee voted on a change to the school calendar for next week in order to give our PreK - Grade 4 teachers time to prepare their classrooms. Students in grades PreK-4 will be released from online learning at 11:55 on Thursday, April 1st, and Friday, April 2nd. There will be no online classes or lessons to complete so teachers can come to school and get their classrooms ready for students. All PreK and Kindergarten students will only have a half day on the first two days of school, April 5th and 6th. Students in grades 1-4 will have full days on those days.


The Greenfield School Committee appreciates the time and effort being made to prepare for a return to in-person learning. As all our efforts are focused on this issue, there will be no subcommittee meetings until after the next full meeting of the School Committee on April 14, 2021. At that time, we will address the schedule of subcommittees for the remainder of the spring.


Sincerely,


Dr. Judith Houle, Interim Superintendent of Schools

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE

Dear DSFC families,


We are excited to welcome students back into our building on April 5th! I know many of you have questions about what the day will look like. In the coming days we will provide additional information about:

-Absences

-Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

-Spacing Guidelines in Classrooms

-Mask Breaks

-Outdoor Spaces

-Breakfast and Snack

-Lunch

-Social Time/Outdoor Time

-Materials that need to return with your child/ren



If your child/ren is planning on returning on April 5, students will be offered “Grab and Go” options for both Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) and lunch. You can find the in-person lunch menu here: https://www.gpsk12.org/gps-district-wide/lunch-menus/elementary-schools.


Please note the following calendar change:

The School Committee voted on a change to the school calendar for this week in order to give our Pre-K - Grade 4 teachers time to prepare their classrooms. Students in grades Pre-K-4 will be released from online learning at 11:55 on Thursday, April 1st, and Friday, April 2nd. All Pre-K and Kindergarten students will have half days on the first two days of school, April 5th and 6th. Students in grades 1-4 will have full days on those days


Thank you for taking the time to read these updates. I know this time of transition is filled with excitement, anticipation, and everything in between. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience and understanding. Be sure to check your emails regularly for updates and information. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, and I will do my best to answer them.


Best,

Caissie Putnam

Principal, DSFC

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Thursday, April 1st: Early Release -PreK-4

Friday, April 2nd: Early Release -Prek-4

Monday, April 5th: First Day back to in-person learning; Early Release- Kindergarten only

Tuesday, April 6th: Early Release-Kindergarten only

April 19th-23rd: April Break