From the Principal's Pen

May 21, 2021

Sunny Days are Here Again!

We're getting kids outside more often than ever to get some fresh air, have a mask break, and enjoy the salty breeze from the sound. It is important to send them in clothing they are comfortable wearing when sitting on the ground. If shorts/skirts are too short, or shirts are too tight, they are self-conscious and can't sit and learn when the teachers are teaching outside. Similarly, they struggle to participate in PE when they aren't wearing appropriate clothing and sneakers. Please encourage safe and appropriate school clothes and sneakers each day. And don't forget the sunscreen - sunny days are HERE to stay and we're taking advantage of them!

Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year

Dear Parents,


Our teachers are beginning the class placement process for the 2021-2022 school year. We make class placement decisions based on the best interest of all children in the class and ask you to continue to trust our professional judgment in determining class placements. Our teachers see the full picture of learning styles, needs, and personalities when they are developing class make-up. Having said this, we do value input from parents as you are aware of the various teaching styles in your child’s academic career. As always, we will be following the Board of Education procedure regarding class placement:


In accordance with Board of Education procedure E040.17, The building principal will have the responsibility and the authority for the assignment of each student to his or her class and, therefore, his or her teacher with the best interests of the child in mind. The principals will not take requests to place children with particular teachers. The parent(s) will have the opportunity to inform the principal or designee in the spring prior to classroom assignments concerning the child's learning style, specialties and difficulties, and particular needs, personal or educational. The parent(s) is/are also encouraged to discuss with the principal the child's progress in the fall once classes are underway. However, the principal will make the final determination in placing all children.


To assist us in making this process easier during this time we have created an electronic survey with some questions for you to answer. If there is something imperative you feel would benefit our staff in the placement process, please provide us with this information in the comments. We ask for surveys to be completed by May 21st. Please remember your response should not contain a request for a specific teacher.


As it stands now, Julian Curtiss is slated to have 13 sections for the 20-21 school year.

We are planning on 3 first grade sections and 2 sections at every other grade level. This is subject to change as our enrollment numbers may continue to change. Teacher assignments are not official and are subject to change so it is important that you speak to your child’s learning needs rather than your preference for a specific teacher.


Additionally, placement with a teacher that an older sibling had will not be automatic. All children have different needs and it is not a foregone conclusion that having a student placed with the same teacher as a sibling will be the best possible placement. We take each child’s academic and social-emotional needs into account when determining placement, therefore having a teacher you are familiar with may or may not be in the child’s best interest. It is important to note, teachers will reference these letters during the placement process, and I ask you to refrain from writing any negative comments about a particular teacher. Similarly, while there are occasions when it is necessary to ensure particular students not be placed together, we ask you to keep your peer requests to a minimum. It is vital for children to continue to develop new friendships at the elementary level.


Should you hear of new families moving into your neighborhood, please encourage them to contact Lisa Maniscalco (lisa_maniscalco@greenwich.k12.ct.us) or Chris Oca (chris_oca@greenwich.k12.ct.us) to register their children as soon as possible to ensure we have accurate enrollment projections.


Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. All surveys must be received by Friday, May 21st, 2021. Please fill out survey by clicking the class placement button below. Formulating class lists is a lengthy process, therefore any requests received after this date will not be considered.


Sincerely,



Trish McGuire

Principal

Morning Drop-off Reminder - Be Safe!

Please drive slowly as you enter the driveway or the front circle. Many cars have been observed entering at a high rate of speed at drop-off time in the morning which is extremely unsafe. We have also seen parents passing stopped cars where children are exiting. We understand that time can be a challenge in the morning, but please remember - SAFETY FIRST!

Help Young Readers Make Strides

Join our Reading Champions Webinar on to overcome the Summer & Covid Reading Slide!


Tuesday May 25th at 10:00 am via Zoom


Learn from Literacy Experts:


-Make Reading Fun

-Create a Daily Ritual

-Choose Books at just right levels

-Encourage Oral Reading Skills

-Gain Fluency & Comprehension

-Create Progressive Reading Goals


Speakers will include:


Jodie Rucci

Literacy Specialist, North Mianus School


Laura Lehman

Speech and Language Therapist, M.S. SLP-CCC


Cindy Frank

Children’s Publishing, Speech/Debate Specialist & Outschool Teacher


RSVP to mrodriguez@greenwichunitedway.org or call 203-869-2221. Once you RSVP Zoom information will be sent.

Live Parent Support Chats

During these challenging times, please join us for a virtual “Parent Video Chat” facilitated by one of our GPS psychologists. Connect virtually with other parents in our community and learn effective strategies to manage personal stress and discuss relevant topics (how to establish routines at home, manage challenging behaviors, build your kids' resilience). You can join whenever and stay for as long as you can. We are here to answer questions and provide support.


April and May – Performance anxiety and stress

Google Meet Link for all meetings meet.google.com/arm-hbjd-yvy


ELEMENTARY

Friday, May 28th at 10am - Click here to JOIN


SECONDARY

Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm - Click here to JOIN

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