GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

GHS Roots & Shoots Club and Diversity Awareness Week

This week is "Diversity Awareness Week" at Greenwich High School, a week dedicated to, "acknowledging the beauty within all individuals and communities.”

At one of the events, GHS Roots & Shoots Club, the youth-led community service club, ran a workshop with an interactive experience that exposed over 80 students to the service philosophy of world-renowned activist, primatologist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall. Teams of students brainstormed projects related to people, animals, and the environment with great success.

Diversity Awareness Week continues with keynote speakers, panel discussions, artistic and musical performances and more.

Also, a special congratulations to GHS junior Gabby Mendoza on her acceptance to the National Youth Leadership Council for Roots & Shoots! The NYLC brings together passionate young leaders from around the United States to learn, grow, and collaborate on service projects that make the world a better place. Students in grades 8-11 join the NYLC to gain valuable skills in service compassionate leadership, receive mentorship from influential leaders, and participate in training to represent Roots & Shoots across the country as they inspire this and the next generation to take action on behalf of people, other animals and the environment we share. Gabby shared, "To me, Roots & Shoots is a symbol of that growth–it’s a symbol of my evolution as a young adult through the means of helping other people. I believe that there is a large power that comes from that–helping others whilst helping yourself.”

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Glenville's BEST DAY EVER Fundraiser Heads to Greenwich Avenue

The “BEST DAY EVER” hat project started as a way to raise money for Sam Buck, a Glenville student who suffers from an incredibly rare terminal illness called Vanishing White Matter.

Physical Education Teacher and Fundraising Organizer, Ms. Deirdre Burke shared, "I taught myself to loom knit and I began selling hats. Before long, I was not able to keep up with all of the hats being requested. I reached out to Sam’s other teachers and taught them how to knit. Our 4th and 5th grade students watched us knit and asked if we could teach them as well. We now have an entire team looming hats!"

The Glenville PTA has sponsored this project and has provided the team with $2,000 worth of looms and yarn for this project. The Glenville School staff, teachers and community members have raised nearly $9,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Vanishing White Matter Families Foundation.

On Saturday, February 29, the BEST DAY EVER fundraiser will be having a sidewalk sale on Greenwich Avenue outside of the VW Contemporary art gallery. Glenville students will be running the stand and showcasing all of the time, energy and effort they have donated to this project. Additionally, the Riverside School A Cappella group the Riverside Rhapsody, led by Mr. Lauren Regan, will be performing at the event! Be sure to come visit these students and staff members to share your support of their great cause.

Ms. Burke poses with Sam to spread awareness of their hat sales to benefit Vanishing White Matter Families Foundation

Advertise in New Lebanon School's Spaghetti Fundraiser Program

New Lebanon School's Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be on Saturday, March 28. This beloved school tradition includes an opportunity to feature local advertising or sponsor raffle prizes. Additional information for advertising in their event program is available in English and Spanish.

Please contact Lyndsay Cafagno for more information.

Support Greenwich Alliance's Participation in Fairfield County's Day of Giving

On February 27, 2020, the Greenwich Alliance for Education, the town’s education foundation and partner with Greenwich Public Schools, is participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising challenge for local non-profits. Donations of $10 or more put the Greenwich Alliance for Education in the running for additional prize money. Non-profit organizations with the most unique donors win a grand prize of $20,000 and second place prize is $10,000! Every donation can make a huge difference.

Donate here today! Your donation supports the sole mission of the Alliance—funding innovation, expanding opportunities & inspiring educators in Greenwich Public Schools.

Distinguished Teachers Award Submissions -- Two Weeks Left to Submit!

The 2020 Distinguished Teachers Award Program is open for submissions for two more weeks! The Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to recognize and celebrate excellence among the dedicated teaching staff of the Greenwich Public Schools. The Committee is comprised of approximately 20 members and is a balance of representatives from the Greenwich Education Association (teachers), the Greenwich Organization of School Administrators, PTA Council (parents), and Board of Education, and members of the community. Members serve a three-year term. The awardees are selected based solely on the written information provided in each candidate’s Nomination Packet.

Information about the submission process is available on the program's website. Submissions are due no later than: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Food Services Team: March Menu Items & Allergy Information

With the month of March just around the corner, we are sharing the March Menus for our schools. Featured items include: Empire Apples from Blue Hills Orchard in Wallingford, CT, crunchy kale chips, Maine baked stuffed potatoes, veggie quesadillas, quinoa vegetable salad, harvest roasted vegetables, and chicken tinga tacos.

Additionally, as a reminder, allergy information can be found on our Food Services website.

Appropriate Use of Apps and Warnings for Parents

Schools have shared that they are seeing an increase of discussion amongst students about Tik Tok dances and activities. This article on TikTok will give you detailed information about the implications of TikTok usage for children. TikTok does require children to be 13 to access the system and have parent approval under the age of 18. However, it seems that students younger than 13 have been able to gain access to this social media platform. Recently, there were news reports about the latest TikTok challenge with detrimental and in some cases potentially life-threatening results. We are sharing this information for your awareness should your children use digital devices or social media at home.

Projects Update

Central Middle School Fields

Last week, the Board of Educated voted to approve Option 4 for the Central Middle Schools field, which represents both a turf field and an engineered grass field. Meeting minutes and the rending of the approved design are available.

Upcoming events across the District