The Greystone Glance

Weekly Newsletter From Principal Quattrucci

The Week of February 7, 2022

What a wonderful week it was! Everyone was thrilled to eat lunch at 'Cafe Greystone' as we maintained COVID protocols and practiced beautiful manners. This was successful because of the amazing teamwork of everyone here at Greystone!
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Thank you Mrs. Fallone for the amazing Chinese New Year Presentation in Mrs. Hervieux's Classroom!

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World Read-Aloud Day

We are so grateful for author Brian Wray and illustrator Shiloh Penfield for the amazing virtual visit on Wednesday!

PTA/ Meet the Principal Meeting

It would be great if you would join the Greystone PTA and I this Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30pm. I would love to formally introduce myself and get to know to families a little bit better. I promise that as soon as we can, I will host an in-person, proper 'Meet the Principal' event and I can't wait for that opportunity!

100th Day of School

February 8th is our 100th day of school! I am looking forward to the many celebrations/activities that have been planned in so many classrooms!

Lifetouch Picture Retakes/Makeups

They are scheduled for this Thursday, February 10th.

Black History Month celebrations have begun!

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What do you think about these Groundhog's Day predictions from grade 2?

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Thank you Brian Wray and Shiloh Penfield for the amazing Read-Aloud and Art Lesson on world read-aloud day!

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COVID Protocols

As numbers are rising, we are all keeping our windows open as much as possible, air purifiers on all day, and making sure students sanitize/wash their hands at the start of the school day, before eating snack, lunch, and after recess. Extra masks are always available, and we are following all nurse protocols.

Unicorn Jazz Valentine Treat

Lisa Caprelli, author of the Unicorn Jazz series will be treating us to a special Valentine's Day Virtual Author Visit! This will happen at 1:45 on February 11th via zoom!
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Our next School Improvement Team meeting will be rescheduled. Mr. Miele and I are in the process of completing a deep dive to identify our goals/priorities for the remainder of the year. We will develop a schedule for 3-4 meetings between now and the end of the year and send it to everyone as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Snow much fun in Ms. Crudale's Class!

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Why just play a division game when you can use your own creativity and design your own? There is so much greatness happening in Mr. Torres' Room!

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SurveyWorks began on Tuesday, January 18th. It is important for all of us to participate by answering the SurveyWorks questions, because our answers provide meaningful feedback on how to improve Rhode Island Schools.

This is the family link and it will ask you to choose our school from a drop-down menu.

This is the teacher link and it will also ask you to choose our school from a drop-down menu.

Reading Week

Reading Week will be celebrated throughout the week of March 7th. The theme is "Be You! We are Readers!" We are pleased to be welcoming author Jay Miletsky for a Virtual Author Visit on March 10th. He is the best-selling author of multiple children's books, including Ricky the Rock That Couldn't Roll. Information on how to pre-order a signed copy went home two weeks ago.

More information about Reading Week will be shared soon! We are very excited about the many different ways Greystone will celebrate reading, including a Battle of the Books run by Mrs. Eastman, virtual guest readers, and exciting creative writing activities! Thank you to Mrs. Montecalvo and the Reading Week Committee for all your hard work planning this very special time of the year!

From Mrs. Kollek:

Some of my 2nd graders are learning about the Festival of Lights from Diwali in India. They are making connections to their own family and culture. One student, Manit, also showed us how to write the word "Diwali" in Hindi. They were all so proud to share their knowledge with their classmates. :) So amazing!

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Caught Being Kind

It was very kind of Jackson from Mrs. Robert's class to bring Mrs. Roberts a shiny red apple!

Kaylee wrote a very sweet note to her teacher, Mrs. Creamer, on the back of her George Washington project!

Luca and Luna, from Mrs. Creamer’s class, were so kind to share their kindness papers with others who were being photographed by The Valley Breeze!

When given the opportunity to choose a prize from Mrs. Montecalvo’s prize box, both Gabriel and Elena decided to choose prizes for their brothers!

Thank you Lianna, from Mrs. Kovolski's class, for being so kind and responsible while getting more breakfast for your class.

Samantha Ciancaglini from Mrs. Turcotte’s room always shows kindness by helping a classmate who needs help without even being asked!

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Quote of the Week

"Change your thoughts and you'll change the world."

Negative thoughts are draining. Just as words are powerful, so are thoughts. If you find yourself thinking, “Work is hard, life is hard, and teaching is even harder,” try to reframe your thoughts in a positive statement, such as, “Teaching is hard, but it is rewarding,” or, “Life is hard, but it makes me stronger.” If you change your thoughts, you can form new pathways to the brain which may, in turn, change your experience in life and in this world. Actively thinking in a positive way doesn’t mean you are always happy. It just means you approach the situation in a more positive and productive way. Don’t let your negative thoughts hold you back. You are capable of so much more in life.