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February 7, 2020

Words of Inspiration

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
-Jim Rohn

A Special Applause to...

The Carnival is here! I want to give a special shout out to all of the help you have given to make this happen. Thank you to the volunteers who will give up their time this weekend, thank you to all who have promoted this event to students and to the community. This is a giant undertaking that our kids enjoy and it couldn't happen without you!

PD on the Fly...

Thank you Mr. T for sharing this article. While I typically share a summary of the articles in this section, and will do so in this section today, I also want to couch some of my words as thoughts, reflections, and ideas. This is the disclaimer part: no decisions are being made or at this point even considered. We are working to operate about 6 months ahead of implementation (ie, if the plan isn't in place for next year now, it's not coming from me.)

This article is a reflection on what we know about normed reading scores for students over the past two decades. In short, they are at best flat. The article goes on to examine research behind what could be. The author, Natalie Wexler, shares when discussing a shift in instructional focus, "The implication is clear. The best way to boost students’ reading comprehension is to expand their knowledge and vocabulary by teaching them history, science, literature, and the arts, using curricula that guide kids through a logical sequence from one year to the next: for example, Native Americans and Columbus in kindergarten; the colonial era and the American Revolution in first grade; the War of 1812 and the Civil War in second grade, and so on. That approach enables children to make sense of what they’re learning, and the repetition of concepts and vocabulary in different contexts makes it more likely they’ll retain information."

So here we go... what could we do for students? How could we embed more into the reading experience for students? How could we develop reading from a skill based drill to one of retention through connections? I do know that there are Intervention teachers who are looking at a novel based approach. Is there a way to take this exceptional school to a higher level? Read and join me in reflection. Enjoy!

Information for the Staff

PTO Spring Gifting

It's time again for another round of PTO gifting. Please use the following link to fill out a request form.

Money raised at our Greene School Carnival is used to fund our Spring 2020 gifting. Please consider supporting our carnival with signing up to work a shift this weekend. There are still plenty of open spots available. The link to volunteer is below.

Leaving Yellow Wing Parking Lot During School

Please be aware when leaving during the school day if there are children on the lot. It would be best to plan ahead and park in the front. If you do not, please drive with caution. This year we have a group of students who are working on a project to make sure their time outside is safe. They have already advocated to have our maintenance department change their practices on driving through the lot during recess time.


Tim and Kelly will begin group and individual OELPA testing with students on February 11th (see dates below). Testing passes and locations will be in teacher mailboxes for each day. Information has already been provided to families. Thank you for your flexibility!

Listening Assessment (group): February 11th

Reading Assessment (group): February 12th

Writing Assessment (group): February 13th

Speaking Assessment (individual): February 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

Carnival Room Usage

Please see the attached map for the rooms that will be used during carnival on Saturday, February 8th. Thank you!
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For the Week of February 10, 2020

February 10 - Monday (B) day

  • E.A Professional Development - 7:30 - 8:00 am - Media Center
  • Soup Cook-Off - please be sure to sign up! Please bring soup and other items to staff lounge in the morning! Then try all the delicious soups during your lunch time!
  • Gray Team PBL Presentations in Cafeteria - 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Kidz Home Alone class - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - MPR

February 11 - Tuesday (C) day

  • CPI Safe Holds training - 7:20 - 8:00 am - Cafeteria
  • Subject Leaders meeting - 7:20 - 8:00 am - MPR
  • OELPA Testing - Group administration
February 12 - Wednesday (D) day
  • OELPA Testing - Group Administration
  • Grief Group 8:25-9:07 am - Rm 70
  • Better Babysitters class - 3:00 - 5:30 pm - MPR

February 13 - Thursday (A) day

  • OELPA Testing - Group Administration
  • Principal's Pick (Author visit) Luncheon - 10:30 - 12:15 pm - Media Center

February 14 - Friday (B) day

  • CPI - Verbal De-escalation Training - 7:20 -8:00 am - Cafeteria
  • OELPA Testing - Group Administration
  • Orange Team Valentine's Day Party - 11:36 am

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Announce to Students

Saturday, February 8 - Greene School CARNIVAL! 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday, February 10 - B Day
  • Greene Machine - 3:00 -4:00 pm - Room 66 - Choir Room
  • Girl's Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Start of Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 - Old Gym
  • Kidz Home Alone - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - MPR
  • Girl Scouts - 6:45 - 8:15 pm - Mrs. Dentinger - Ms. Combs' Art Room

Tuesday, February 11 - C Day

  • Chess Club - 3:00 pm - Media Center (last day)
  • Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym
  • Student Council - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Room 53 - Mr. Tobergte

Wednesday, February 12 - D Day

  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Better Babysitters- 3:00 - 5:00 pm - MPR
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Card Club - 3:15 pm - Room 24

Thursday, February 13 - A Day

  • Principal's Pick Luncheon - 10:30 - 12:15 - Media Center
  • Greene Machine - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Room 66- Choir Room
  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Makerspace Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Media Center

Friday, February 14 - B Day

Happy Birthday!

Jennifer Steelman - February 1

Jonathan McGranahan - February 5

Corey Bogdan - February 11

Olivia Masuck - February 11

Jill Pihl - February 25

McCristy Gould - February 26