From the Principal's Pen

Jennifer Bencivengo, Old Greenwich School

April 6, 2020

OGS Distance Learning Edition Volume 10

Hop on the Grid!

Here's our new Flip Grid for the day!

Ms Keane created a Flip Grid tutorial for everyone. You can find it here! Thanks Katy our resident technology expert!

Class Placement 20-21

It is the time of year when we began the staffing process for 2020-21. As such, it is time for our annual email regarding writing letters for student placement. If there is something imperative you feel would benefit our staff in the placement process, please provide us this information in writing. Because of our current school closure, we are forced to move to a digital placement letter in lieu of hard copy placement letters this year. Please use the link to this 2020-21 PLACEMENT FORM as the ONLY available communication vehicle regarding placement. Please remember your letter may not contain a request for a specific teacher. Below is a link to my placement letter, please review it for other important details regarding student placement at Old Greenwich School.

Again please remind new neighbors and friends to contact Mrs. Marchetti to register students by emailing her at or they can complete this New OGS Student Information FORM. Both those new to the Old Greenwich Community and incoming 2020-21 Kindergarten students can enroll now for next year. Similarly, if you are anticipating a move this summer, please contact Mrs. Marchetti to complete the necessary withdrawal forms. The more accurate picture I have of future enrollments impacts the number of sections we are allotted in each grade. As those of you with children in some of the larger classes know, the sooner we are able to adjust the number of sections the better!

Read Alouds and Birthday Wishes

Please enjoy our read alouds today! We have some birthday shout outs in one of our videos as well. If you click on the title of the book it should take you to the video! There are no birthdays today. We'll celebrate more birthdays later this week.

OGS Readers We Need Your Help!

We would still love to have more readers! If your child read and recorded a story please be sure to email the video to their classroom teacher and to Ms. Bencivengo.

Thank you to our latest group of readers Lily Bittman and Shia Arenas who added to our Read Aloud Collection this week! You can hear their stories by clicking here.

National Assistant Principal Week

It's National Assistant Principal Week this week. Please join me in celebrating Ms. Keane and all she does for our OGS community! We're blessed to have her as part of our crew! If you want to send her some OGS love her email is

Today's New Resources

The Read Brightly Blog has updated their Monthly Reading Challenges and this month's theme in the Year of Meaningful Reads is called Read Together - Be Together. There are some excellent strategies for growing and tween readers included in the article links.

**New** Active Coping April Calendar

Our Action for Happiness Program has a new calendar for April. Active Coping April. Please find more resources for coping and handing this new normal in the calendar below.

Looking for More Resources?

Previously Shared Resources:

Mindfulness Ambassador Videos

Norwalk Maritime Center

Virtual Programs for Families

Little Passports Online Program

Little Passports at Home

Boston MFA online Visit

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts celebrates women across cultures and millennia in eight online artworks.

Also available to enjoy online is Tamar Avishai's Podcast series about works of art in the Museum's exhibit, “Women Take the Floor.”

Smithsonian Online Visit

"Women and Aviation in Space History," an online exhibition.

Mommy Poppins@Home


Imagineering in a Box

Imagineering in a Box

Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems

Evening Story time with Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf in Frozen)

Girls Mini-MBA program




I'll continue to curate these additional resources and share what I find valuable as the days progress.

#OGSDolphinPride 2020

What's New With the Crew


Thank you to all of our teachers for their efforts in planning for your children. Please continue to watch for emails from all of us!