Principal's Message

Susan Verde Author visit in grades K-2

Our Julian Curtiss K-2 learners virtually welcomed the award-winning author Susan Verde into their classrooms on Wednesday, October 6th. Starting her session with a quick even breathing exercise and positive-thinking affirmations, Ms. Verde defined what it means to be an author and an illustrator. She explained that she's always loved reading and writing even at times when it could be very hard to get your words on paper. One of the strategies, she said, that works for her is using your five-sense as a story prompt. Ms. Verde then indulged the students in a read aloud of her latest book, I Am Courage, a book of resilience. In this interactive session, students also practiced a few yoga poses: airplane, tree and fierce pose, and then we wrapped the session with some thoughtful Q&A from our learners. Many thanks to our PTA and Mrs. Esra Murray, Library Media Specialist, for the fantastic opportunity to learn from a phenomenal author!

These are the types of enrichment programs provided by our wonderful PTA that add to and extend the school's curriculum. These opportunities provide novelty, motivation and new learning for our students. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in teaching and learning.

Stay tuned for future enrichment opportunities coming up soon!

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You can imagine our excitement when the Greenwich Library shared with us that Julian Curtiss readers took the lead in the summer reading program! Five of the top ten scorers in summer reading attend Julian Curtiss.

JC Top Scorers

#1. Adrian Aliaga in 5F

#2. Grace Biaz in 5S

#4 Nate Engle in 5F

#5. Teddy Gacicia in 5S

#8. Zach Engle in 3G

Julian Curtiss had the 4th highest number of students registered for summer reading (36 students) but those 36 students logged the most minutes of reading of any other school. 56,738 minutes in total! Julian Curtiss students also wrote 24 reviews in the summer reading program.

In honor of their achievement, these five students selected a book and we have purchased them for the JC library Learning Commons. We will place a nameplate in their selected book to celebrate their excellence in reading!


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Happy Friday Julian Curtiss!

I am so excited to share that this Tuesday marked the first week of in school COVID pool testing! I am pleased to say our rollout went smoothly. As mentioned in earlier communications we will not be notifying families of negative results, so no news is good news!

You may still opt into testing at any time should you choose to do so. Instructions on how to do so are on the GPS website.

I would also like to take the opportunity to offer a friendly reminder that children who are exhibiting any signs of illness need to stay home from school. If your child has 1 low risk symptom of COVID such as the following they will need to remain at home until they are 24 hours symptom free:

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Headache

  • Body aches/Malaise

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea/Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If your child exhibits more than one of these symptoms they need to be ruled out for COVID in the form of a negative COVID test or a note from your healthcare provider offering an alternative diagnosis.

If your child exhibits even one high risk symptom of COVID such as the following they will need to be ruled out for COVID in the form of a negative COVID test or a note from your healthcare provider offering an alternative diagnosis.

  • Fever of greater than 100.3

  • New onset cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Loss of taste or smell

I am always here to help navigate which symptoms require which clearance.

The GPS Daily Symptom Self Checklist should be utilized daily before leaving for school. It is found on the GPS website and I have attached the link for your convenience.

Many of these commonly found symptoms are found on the checklist and will help guide the decision if your child should come to school or needs to stay home.

Lastly, the district does strongly advise adherence to the CDC guidelines for domestic and international travel. We are working hard to document travel so please contact my office if you are planning on traveling so I can advise if the CDC recommends quarantine for your child upon your return. I have provided links to those guidelines for your convenience as well.

Thank you all for your support and help in keeping Julian Curtiss safe and healthy. I couldn’t do it without all of you!

In Good Health,

Theresa McIntosh,RN

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