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Family Updates

Week of March 7, 2022


* A reminder that beginning on Monday (March 7), we transition to a mask-optional school environment for students and staff in school and on buses.

With masks becoming optional starting Monday, individual families are to decide what is best for them and their children. In understanding that various perspectives and comfort-levels exist, students were proactively provided classroom lessons by our school counselor to emphasize respect for individual choices, the understanding of different feelings, and the acceptance that we demonstrate with these different feelings and choices. Students are assured that they can speak with school staff should they experience concerns or anxiety with this transition.

* Group Picture Day (for 5th and 6th grade band, chorus, and club groups) will occur on Thursday, 3/10.

* Although 5,000 miles away, our children are aware of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and some may have family or friends more directly impacted. Children may have questions or concerns regarding images, videos, and news coverage that they see on the news or through their devices. This article provides some takeaways from a psychologist for parents to consider in helping their children understand the current conflict. Should you or your child have specific impacts, please always feel free to contact the school to discuss how we can work together to best support our students.

* Home & School is excited to announce its 1st Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 2nd! For information and to register, visit the Home & School Website.

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Character Corner


The Buzzworthy trait to focus on is Responsibility. Responsibility means you do the things you are supposed to do and accept the results of your actions.

Social Emotional Learning

Sanford Harmony: Unit 4

All grade levels will be taught Unit 4 from Sanford Harmony. This unit is designed to help students learn problem-solving skills. The goals are:

  • Identify constructive ways to resolve conflict.

  • Name conflict styles and learn the benefits and costs associated with each style.

  • Learn a step-by-step approach to successfully resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Grade 3 Home-School Connection

Grade 4 Home-School Connection

Grade 5/6 Home-School Connection

Character Dares

Since the family character dare was not shared last month, we have two challenges for the month of March. The purpose of the Character Dare process is to build habits of character by offering consistent, practical ways to engage in the practice of these sometimes-abstract traits.
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Counselor Corner

Hello and welcome back to the Counselor's Corner! My name is Kristen Lombardo and I am your child’s school counselor. Our Annual Great Kindness Challenge was a success. The grade level that performed the most kind deeds was 4th grade. The grade level that showed the most spirit throughout the week was 3rd grade with 5th grade following closely behind. Thank you for all of your support with this challenge. In February, we celebrate National School Counselors Week! Please click HERE to read more about the Role of your School Counselor in the East Greenwich Township School District.

This is the time of year we start setting goals for the new year. For this reason, I am working with all grade levels on growth mindset. We are spending time learning how to set goals. During these lessons we discuss that in order to have a goal it must be attainable, measurable, and that they must have a plan of how they will accomplish this goal. In third and fourth grade, we watched a short video and discussed the definition of goals and perseverance. We then set a goal for 2022. Our fifth and sixth graders watched a video called, “One Word”. They will be asked to choose one word they want to identify with in 2022. They will define the word, why it is important, and then list examples of how they will live that word this year. The classes will make a poster with their word on it that will hang in their classrooms as a reminder throughout the year. Please ask your students about their goal or their “one word”. If you are interested in checking out any of my lessons they are posted in my google classroom. All students have access to my google classroom.

I am available if you have any questions or concerns. It is important that we all work together. I can be reached by email at lombardok@eastgreenwich.k12.nj.us or by phone at (856)423-0412 ext. 1051. I look forward to working with you and your child.


Kristen Lombardo

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