From the Principal's Pen

November 18, 2018

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Wednesday, November 21st is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 12:45. Please change your child's dismissal plan in School Dismissal Manager if needed.

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Thanksgiving Message

As we move into Thanksgiving week, I want to express how thankful I am to work with such a hardworking, amazing, and professional staff.

Did you know that two of our teachers are being flown across the globe to present at an International Conference in Australia? Fifth grade teacher Mary O’Connor and fourth grade teacher Sandra Grandinetti will be presenting "Teaching and learning in mathematics: Cross cultural perspectives of teaching strategies that support learners." Their individual presentations will be focusing on the personalized learning that has been implemented at Julian Curtiss.

The teachers will be presenting with Bronwyn Ewing, grandmother of Maddie Hunt in 5O and Izzy Hunt in 3D. Ms. Ewing is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Course Coordinator Master of Teaching (Primary) at the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Queensland University in Brisbane. We are hoping that over time and in the near future that we create some collaborative work between JC, Greenwich Public Schools, and schools associated with Queensland University in Brisbane.

In the last two weeks we have had the opportunity to collaborate with Todd White, Educational Consultant, on mathematics and problem solving and worked with Teachers College staff developer Meghan Hargrave in grades 3 and 4 on developing ideas and improving small group implementation in reading and writing. On the November 6th Professional Learning Day, many of our JC staff members took leadership roles and shared their expertise with colleagues throughout the district. The following professional learning sessions were led by JC teachers:

  • Levels are a Teacher's Tool, Not a Child's Label - Dr. Grace Blomberg and Mrs. Caren Iannazzo
  • Mindful Journaling and Sketchnoting, and Using Games to Make Content Connections - Ms. LeAnn Hinkle
  • Using Google Slides in the Classroom: Tips & Tricks for Instant Feedback, Interactivity, and Multimedia - Mrs. Heather McGuinness
  • Google Apps Script to Automate your Classroom Workflow - Mr. John Ehlinger

The experts are truly among us! Our students benefit from the BEST in Teaching and Learning. All of our teachers are collaborating and learning from one another. Many of them are leaders in the field.

November has truly been amazing! Our Julian Curtiss staff members never fail to inspire me!! It has been a blessing to be a part of our school and district professional learning days. I have been so caught up in the passion of so many teachers that are excitedly taking part in their professional learning. Their enthusiasm has been contagious and it puts the learning and excitement of students into another gear.

I wish you all time to relax and reflect over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Take the time to tell someone how thankful you are to have him or her in your life.

Mrs. Brush and I are truly thankful for this wonderful little school that includes a dedicated staff, an engaged and supportive PTA and 319 fabulous little human beings! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and long weekend!
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Veterans Day Recognition Assembly

On Monday, November 12th, the Julian Curtiss School Community honored veterans who also happen to be loved ones of our students. We welcomed the following guests:

  • Peter Paris - US Navy/US Army Reserves (grandfather of Brooke Dodaj)
  • John Vecchiola - US Army (grandfather of Kate Salomon)
  • Walter Forest - US Navy (grandfather of Dylan and Ella Procaccini)
  • Christopher Sawyer - US Marine Corps (uncle of John Hopkins)
  • John Slusarz - US Air Force (grandfather of Abigail and Michael Slusarz)
  • Richard May - US Army (grandfather of Corinne Broderick)
  • John Hennigan - US Navy SEALS (grandfather of Callum and Tess Hennigan)
  • Tom Cahill, Sr. - US Marine Corps (grandfather of Clara Cahill)

In a moving and meaningful assembly, we recognized the service of these eight individuals who came from all walks of life, but they share several fundamental qualities. They possess courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self. They are experts at our norms of Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others and Let Go and Move on. We thank them for their service, and for being such excellent role models for our students.

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Our Julian Curtiss Parents Know How to Throw a Party!

Heartfelt thanks to Suzanne Donahue, Michele Tierney and their committee who planned, organized and provided an amazing experience at the Millbrook Club on Friday evening.

Thank you to ALL of our parents who donated goods, services and their time for the auction. There was an abundance of items with a wide variety of choices, and lots of happy winners!

A fun and enjoyable evening was had by all! Thank you for coming out to support our school, build our community, and get involved.

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Come Run Off That Turkey with Us!

Please consider registering your family for the Greenwich Alliance Turkey Trot! This is a great day to show our JC School Spirit! Mr. and Mrs. McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. Brush, and Mrs. Loechner are already registered!

The Greenwich Alliance for Education supports a number of programs that benefit our students including the revamping of our Innovation Space, Odyssey of the Mind, and many others.

Run For Your School Competition - The Greenwich school with the greatest participation wins a $500 gift card for PE equipment. Get involved and be sure to indicate Julian Curtiss as your school when you register.

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