Elementary Edition

November/December 2021

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Thank You!

Dear Families,


As we enter the Thanksgiving season, it is the perfect time to say how thankful we are to have such amazing students and families here at GES. "Children learn best when the significant adults in their lives -- parents, teachers, and other family and community members -- work together to encourage and support them." J. Comer & N. Haynes. We make a great team!


During the months of September and October, the students and staff have worked diligently to establish routines and expectations, enjoyed learning outside, and testing out the new playground equipment in the primary building. There have been many positive referrals and a few exciting Green Buck drawings from our PBIS team. The morning announcements have been a wonderful way to start the day; our students do a truly amazing job!


We look forward to another exciting few months.


Sincerely,


Jennie Mueller

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Important Dates for November and December

November:

10- Emergency Early Release Day (2:15 pm for K-6; PreK will remain at 1:00)

11- Veteran's Day NO SCHOOL

18- Kindness Club

19- Picture Re-Take Day

24-26- Thanksgiving Recess NO SCHOOL


December:

10- Report cards go home

15- MG Winter Concert

16- Kindness Club

24-1/3/22 Holiday Recess

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

At GES we strive to help students develop their social emotional skills, these skills help students share their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with conflict. The graphic below illustrates the difference between conflict and bullying. Students will have many relationships throughout their school years, family, friends, teammates, bandmates, or students who sit next to them on the bus or in class. Navigating the changes and conflicts that naturally occur in these relationships can sometimes be difficult. Perhaps two friends on the playground do not want to play the same game or two students want to be the line leader, conflicts like these happen each day at school. Using our social skills, guided by empathy, to resolve these conflicts is a key life skill.

Conflict occurs between two people who are equal in a relationship, like peers in a class. Conflict resulting from a disagreement is something both parties wish to resolve so that they can move on with their healthy relationship. Bullying involves relationships where the power is not equal and the intention is to hurt others; tripping someone in front of a group so they fall and get hurt/embarrassed. Bullying is negative, threatening, and meant to cause harm, it is also repeated or threatened to be repeated. Conflict can be uncomfortable however, it is an opportunity for equals to problem solve. We are working to be sure students know the difference between bullying and conflict. Our PBIS framework allows for positive behaviors to be rewarded while our teachers, social workers, and school psychologist all work to teach students the tools they need for positive and healthy conflict resolution.

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Introducing our Health Office Staff

While we were sad to see Mrs. Ellen Kent retire, we wish her all the best on her new adventure. We are excited to introduce our new Health Office Staff. Mrs. Kimberly Bachich is our new Primary School nurse and she has hit the ground running. We are so happy to have her as part of our GES family!


Mrs. Bachich can be reached

via email at kbachich@greenwichcsd.org

or

via phone at (518) 692-9542 ext. 1010

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Gearing up for Winter

As the cold weather approaches please remember to send students to school prepared for recess or gym class outside. Dressing in layers is a helpful way to be sure that students are comfortable both in the classroom and outside. Keeping a spare pair of mittens, a hat, or boots in a separate bag may be a good way to assure students are ready for winter weather. Please contact your child's teacher or the health office if your child is in need of winter clothing supplies.
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Dismissal Plans

If your child has a change in his/her dismissal plans, please send in a note with your child’s name, teacher’s name, what his/her dismissal plans are including the name and address of where your child is going and the date. If the change is a permanent change in dismissal, please indicate that on the note. If you have any questions, please contact:

Tracy Dennis - 518-692-9542 ext. 6100 - Primary Office

Jennifer O’Connor - 518-692-9542 ext. 6200 - Middle Grade Office

PreK - 6 Memory Book

Memory Books sales will run from November 15, 2021-January 14, 2022. Books can be ordered online by visiting our Elementary website @ greenwichcsd.org. Online order cost will be $16.65 per book including $1.05 sales tax, and a $.60 user fee. You may also send in a check made out to Greenwich Central School for $ 16.05 ($15.00 for the book and $1.05 tax). Please remember to include: The student's name and classroom teacher when sending in a check.