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February 1, 2019

Words of Inspiration

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Special Applause to...

While Mother Nature was in the running this week, we are on the brink of beginning the hiring process. Before I look forward to the new staff we will welcome next fall, I want to take a look back to those who will leave us. This year we have five teachers who will retire. Carol, Bridget, Rose, Suzanne, and Patci will move on with more than a century of combine years of teaching. Their contributions to education and the students they served will not be forgotten. I have learned something special from each of them and I am excited to talk about that at the end of the school year when we celebrate their work. Thank you for all that you have done to make teaching your life's work!

For the week of February 4, 2019

Monday, 2/4 - A Day

  • JH Choir Auditions - Room 60: 8:25 - 8:55 am- Purple, Rooms 41 & 45; 8:55 - 9:25 - Purple, Rooms 42 & 43; 9:25 - 9:55 - White, Rooms 24 & 26; 10:00 -10:30 - White, Rooms 25 & 27.
  • Facilities Engagement Meeting - 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Cafeteria

Tuesday, 2/5 - B Day

  • Subject Leader Meeting, 7:20 am - Office Conference Room

Wednesday, 2/6 - C Day

Thursday, 2/7 - D Day
  • Principal's Pick Luncheon - 10:44 - 12:17 - Media Center

Friday, 2/8 - A Day - " First Friday"

  • Staff Breakfast/Jessica Neef Bridal Shower - 7:20 am - Media Center
  • Follow First Friday Schedule
  • January Aviator Ice Cream Social during lunch

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Info for the Staff

Note: First Friday schedule will be on Friday, February 8 instead of Friday, February 1st.

CARNIVAL - Saturday, February 2nd! Come join in the fun!!

Staff Member of the Month

Help us recognize the great work your colleagues do everyday at the Greene School! Take a moment to fill out the Staff Member of the Month form.

Upcoming dates for your calendar:

Wednesday, February 6 - Homeroom classroom photos taken for the Yearbook during FLEX

Thursday, February 7 - Principal's Pick luncheon

February 8-24 - Yearbook orders (online)

February 11-15 - Greene Wellness Week

February 20 and 21: Author Visit - Gordon Korman

Yearbook info:

Homeroom class photos: These will be taken on Wednesday, February 6th during your FLEX time in your homerooms. If you want to have a theme, that is always welcome! A couple of our PTO parents will be taking the photos and will only be in your classroom for a few minutes. I will share a schedule with you soon.

Yearbook orders: flyers will be going home February 8 and all orders are done online through February 24th.

Wellness Week, February 11-15

Our Wellness Committee has come up with some ideas for our upcoming Wellness Week, February 11-15. Here is an outline.


Daily Announcements : Monday-Friday who will present each daily initiative.

•Casie and/or a “student health ambassador” you pick

•introduce board idea for Friday drawing and can we have space to hang up somewhere, drop off throughout week

Mindful Monday: Amy Combs- leads a 3-5 min Mindfulness activity on announcements.


“Research conducted by the Monday Campaigns shows that Monday is seen as a day for a fresh start and if people begin the week with a positive frame of mind, they are more likely to maintain a better mood throughout the week. The Monday Campaign’s DeStress Monday initiative contains great resources from Monday refresh tips to guided audio incorporating evidence-based stress reduction techniques of deep-breathing, mindfulness and positive affirmation.”


•Techfree Tuesday (can send info to Kelsey to send out/post) even ask to go an hour without

•Taste it Tuesday:If trader joes comes


“Workout Wednesday” during Flex time

• Can staff wear workout clothes and or sports teams with students (get approved)

•come up with easy 5-10step work out for flextime )

Run/walk laps at recess (weather permitting)


THANKFUL THURSDAY (Act of Service day)

•”Kindness Tree” post-its. Student can take off a post-it but add something they are thankful for


IN MY FEELINGS FRIDAY (focus mental health)

•maybe have one of the counselors read a funny poem from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” on the announcements

•show a few boards from students, share a few journaling techniques and make themselves available if needed (second semester is a time of change as students are thinking of next year ect)

•do raffle (raffle items TBD)

Grande Finale:

•Music/Dj or Play Just Dance YouTube video at lunch to end week

Misc ideas:

•can you do a school assembly to start the week off or end week?


We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students from the elementary schools and to the junior high.

Rising 7th Graders

Jr. High Choir tryouts for 6th graders were held on Tuesday, January 29, for the Blue and Gray teams and will continue on Monday, February 4 for the Purple and White team students. Please refer to the schedule that was shared with you on the Google drive for the exact times. We will let you know when the make-up day will be.

Course Selector information needs to be completed by Greene School teachers before February 14. HERE is the sheet if you are looking for it.

6th grade tours to the Junior High - Change of date: The orientation/tour/lunch at the Junior High for 6th graders will now be on Friday, February 22, 2019. ALL 6th graders will go at the same time and details will be forthcoming. This will take the place of the original tours that were scheduled for April 24 and 25.

The JH counselors will be meeting with every 6th grade student on March 4th (Gray and White) and 5th (Blue and Purple). Each day they will work with two teams. Students will be pulled out of social studies class for a short period of time as the three counselors work one on one with students.

Rising 6th Graders

We are making an adjustment to the process used to place students on teams. Here is a message that will go out to parents in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions.

At the Greene School, we place a high value on relationships and believe that placement with at least one friend assists our students with the transition to the intermediate school. Students are placed by academic, social, and emotional needs. We collaborate with fourth grade teachers and parents to gather information. In addition, we ask parents to list six friends on a student information form that you will receive in February. While we will not be taking parent requests for specific teachers or teams, we will be taking requests for placement with a friend. This friend will be in your child’s homeroom and with him/her at lunch and recess, providing a familiar face throughout the day allowing for continued relationship building at Greene. We do offer a variety of Project Based Learning experiences at the Greene School. Your child will be placed in a team that uses a PBL approach one of the 2 years at Greene.

Rising 5th Graders

We have a transition timeline in place to welcome the rising 5th graders to the Greene School. HERE it is if you would like to take a look. I also want to let you know that the 4th grade teachers have been getting questions about how we place students and what this PBL stuff is all about. I shared a document with those teachers to help answer questions from parents. Thanks to the Green Team for helping to create talking points. HERE is the document.

I caught word this week that the elementary media specialists are planning a fun activity to help with transition. I don't have all of the details of how this will work. Students will be creating a video on Flipgrid to introduce themselves to their Greene School peers. The media specialists are going to arrange students by team so they can virtually get to know classmates from other elementary schools before the school year starts.

Big picture

Please use this link to buy your tickets to the SAB Winter Social:


Announce to students

Monday, 2/4 - A Day

  • 6th Grade JH Choir Auditions - Purple & White teams - Room 60 (see schedule below)
  • Girls' Basketball (start) - 3:00 pm - New Gym
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball Club (start) - 3:15 - 4:45 pm - Old gym
  • Greene Machine
  • Lego League - 3:00 -5:00 pm - Room 65
  • Champions moved to MPR

Tuesday, 2/5 - B Day

  • Art club - 3:00 pm Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 pm - New Gym
  • Lego League - 3:00 pm - Room 65
Wednesday, 2/6 - C Day

  • Homeroom photos taken during Flex times (refer to schedule in Google)
  • Makerspace Club 3:10 pm - Media Center
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball club - 3:15 - 4:45 pm - Old gym
Thursday, 2/7 - D Day

  • Principal's Pick luncheon - 10:40 - 12:17 pm - Media Center (see schedule below)
  • Bowling - 2:54 - 4:30 pm - Ringo Lanes
  • Art Club - 3:00 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - New Gym
  • Kidz Home Alone - 3:00-5:00 ppm - MPR
  • Lego League (Astrogroots) - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Room 65
Friday, 2/8 - A Day - First Friday Schedule
  • January Aviator Ice Cream Social - Cafeteria during lunchtimes
  • Advanced Orchestra Rehearsal - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Room 61
  • Lego League - 2:50 - 5:00 pm - Room 65

For 6th graders - Jr. High Choir tryouts - Room 60 - Please bring a pencil :

Monday, 2/4 - Purple Team, 41 & 45 - 8:25 - 8:55 am;

Purple Team, 42 & 43 - 8:55 - 9:25 am;

White Team, 24 & 26 - 9:25 - 9:55 am;

White Team, 25 & 27 - 10:00 - 10:30 am

For Students attending Principal's Pick Luncheon on 2/7, lunch times will be as follows. Please come directly to the Media Center for lunch first, then recess.

Red and Green teams: 10:44 - 11:09 am (recess after)

Yellow and Orange teams: 11:09 - 11:34 am (recess after)

All 6th grade teams: 11:37 - 12:17 (option for recess after or stay & discuss book)

Happy Birthday!

Jonathan McGranahan - February 5

Corey Bogdan - February 11

Rose Schnieders - February 16