GREGORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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GENERAL REMINDERS

REMINDERS

  • Please label your child's clothing that comes to school. The Lost & Found is getting full! Please come check it out if you have been wondering where a certain jacket, sweater, shoe, etc. have gone.
  • If students bring their cell phones to school, they must be off during the school day and out of sight.
  • No toys in school.
  • No candy in school.


PARENT PORTAL

For families who haven't setup their Parent Portal account, please contact Mrs. Dawn Brennan in the main office. Email address: dbrennan@westorangeschools.org


SAVE-THE-DATE

Marking Period #1 Ends: Friday, December 10th

Grade 5 Virtual Winter Concert: Thursday, December 16th

Report Cards will go LIVE via PowerSchool: Friday, December 17th

TRAVEL GUIDELINES

  • Parents/Guardians must report travel information to the principal via the Travel Notification Form.
  • Students traveling outside of NJ, NY, PA, or DE must quarantine for 7-10 days. (If parents are willing to have their child tested for Covid-19 on days 3-5 after returning from travel, the student will be eligible to return to school with a negative test on Day 8. If parents do not wish to test their child, then the students must complete a full 10 day quarantine period.)
  • Students are eligible for virtual instruction, while students are in quarantine. The principal will communicate with you directly, once the Travel Notification Form is submitted.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To assist families with following the district and school policies regarding Covid-19 and delineating symptoms, please follow the "Can My Child Go to School Flow Chart"?


SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS SENT HOME BY THE NURSE


  • In order for symptomatic students that were sent home by the school nurse to be able to return to school, these students must have a negative PCR test. Parents are encouraged to email these tests to the principal rather than sending in a hard copy. This allows the student to come back to school without worrying about being asked for paperwork.


CLOSE CONTACT RULES


  • Parents/Guardians of students that are identified as close contacts will be called by the principal or school nurse.
  • Mandatory Quarantine Period: While we remain in the moderate range, all close contacts must complete a 7-10 day quarantine period. (For parents who are willing to test their child on days 5, 6, or 7 after exposure, the student is eligible to return to school on Day 8 with a negative test result. For parents who prefer not to test, their child will have to complete a full 10 day quarantine.)
  • All identified close contacts are eligible for virtual instruction.
  • ALL COVID TEST RESULTS MUST BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL.


QUARANTINE PERIODS


  • Students can only be put in quarantine by the principal.
  • Virtual instruction is only authorized by students put in quarantine.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Students who do not wish to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance will be permitted to sit in the class that they are in at the time of the pledge with their hands folded, until the pledge is over. Parent confirmation emails will be going out this week to ensure that parents are aware of their child's choice.
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CLUB OFFERINGS & DETAILS

SOCIAL CHATTER: Social Emotional Learning Cooperative Learning Activities

Advisor: Mrs. Ferriera

Grade Level Target: 2

Meeting Day: Wednesdays

Club Start Date: Week of: 11/29

Total # of Participants: 16


PAPER WIZARDS: Creative Writing

Advisor: Mrs. Marino

Grade Level Target: 2-3

Meeting Day: Fridays

Club Start Date: Week of 11/29

Total # of Participants: 16


MOVING MINDS: Social Emotional Learning through Physical Activity

Advisor: Mrs. Asman

Grade Level Target: 3

Meeting Day: Wednesdays

Club Start Date: Week of 11/29

Total # of Participants: 16


NUMBER NINJAS: Math Fluency

Advisor: Ms. Kuser

Grade Level Target: 4-5

Meeting Day: Tuesdays

Club Start Date: Week of 11/29

Total # of Participants: 16



*Applications will be sent home this week and due Friday, November 19th.

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EAGLE LEADERS

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!

FIFTH GRADE STUDENT COUNCIL WINNERS

PRESIDENT: MAYA KINNEY

VICE PRESIDENT: LOTUS HAMILTON

SECRETARY: MAX MARCONI

5-1 CLASS REPRESENTATIVES: EVITA FELICIANO & MARCEL RILEY

5-2 CLASS REPRESENTATIVES: ELIZA GATTENS & AMIRAH LEAKE ALOMAR

5-3 CLASS REPRESENTATIVES: NATALIE ABSOLAM & REAGAN RAYMOND


Advisors

Ms. Brennan & Ms. Kuser


Follow them @gregorystudentcouncil on Instagram

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NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

November is National Native American Heritage Month! During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. Students will learn about Native American history and their contributions to our American history.


Native American Heritage Month Link

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY!

Saturday, November 13th


World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed to promote kindness throughout the world. It is observed in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.A.E. World Kindness Day allows us the opportunity to reflect upon one of the most important and unifying human principles. On this day, we try to bring people together by encouraging small and large acts of kindness.


World Kindness Day link

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

Tuesday, November 16th


International Day for Tolerance was created to increase mutual understanding among peoples and cultures. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay says " It's time to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together!"


International Day for Tolerance

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK

Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th


National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to the discipline of geography. During Geography Awareness Week, students will engage in the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.


National Geographic Awareness Week

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DIWALI

Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row(avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.


To learn how to celebrate Diwali with kids, please click on this link.

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RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY-NOV. 17TH

AAA Northeast is encouraging schools, especially those with active AAA School Safety Patrol programs, to participate and encourage students to walk to school on Wednesday, November 17th. These nationwide walking events honor the brave young girl who helped to end racial segregation in public schools.


MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW LATER THIS WEEK!


To learn more about this day of recognition, please go to SENATE PROCLAIMS NOVEMBER 14 RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY TO HONOR CIVIL RIGHTS ICON .

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH

Student Dismissal: 1:15 pm

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NO SCHOOL

THURSDAY, 11/25-HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

FRIDAY, 11/26

PTA NEWS

PRESIDENT: Mrs. Veronica Bird

VICE PRESIDENT: Ms. Nicole Davis

TREASURER: Mrs. Tess Lewis

MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON: Ms. Shawna Seals

SOCIAL CHAIRPERSON: Ms. Audrey Mahoney

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Ms. Darlene Heller

RECORDING SECRETARY: Ms. Samantha Loguidice

BYLAWS: Ms. Lashea Brickle


Email Contact Info: gregoryschoolpta@gmail.com


5TH GRADE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRPERSONS: Ms. Christine Catalano & Mrs. Heather Jordan


Email Contact Info: gregoryfifthgrade2022@gmail.com

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GO FUND ME

All funds will be equally distributed between our two Gregory Families!

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MY BOOSTER

REGISTER your student here!

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ORDER ONLINE

ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS EVENTS PLANNED FOR OUR FIFTH GRADERS!

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Gregory School earns free money (10 cents) for every Box Top!

1. Clip Box Tops from your favorite Box Top Products. An expiration date is on every box top so please make certain the box top hasn’t expired.

2. Send in the clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher in a labeled plastic bag, envelope or on a collection sheet (please write the teacher's name on a bag/envelope/sheet.) OR

3. DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM boxtops4education.com shop as you would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. You can also receive exclusive coupons and learn about Box Tops Promotions & view list of participating products.

SHOPRITE FOR MY SCHOOL

1. Register your Price Plus® club card at ShopRiteForMySchool.com and select the school you wish to support with ShopRite For My School.

2. Shop for participating products at ShopRite® during advertised promotions using your Price Plus® club card.

3. Earnings are automatically credited to your school. Visit ShopRite For My School for new monthly offers.

GENERAL PTA MEETING

Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

To join this PTA meeting, please click the link below.


Please Note: In order to be admitted into the meeting, all participants must have their full name displayed.


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Meeting ID: 896 8361 2394

Passcode: 660841

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