PRINCIPAL'S PEN

December 17, 2021

Dear Parents,


Thank you to all of the parents who came out to the Board of Education meeting last night and spoke on behalf of the Julian Curtiss community. It is amazing how many students we have that come from a long line of family members that have attended our school. Grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and parents of our students have attended JulianCurtiss. Each community member spoke with great pride about our GEM of a school located here in central Greenwich.


The minutes from the BOE meeting are not posted at the time this message is being written but they should be posted on greenwichschools.org at the beginning of next week. Our community was focused on the Capital Budget last night and the following is a brief summary of what was passed in the Capital Budget:


  • The budget lines allocated for architecture and design for both Julian Curtiss and Old Greenwich Schools were approved for 1.5 million (a decrease from the original 1.8 million that was presented by the superintendent)

  • 6 million dollars for the Greenwich access road to Greenwich High School was excluded from the plan

  • 250K was moved forward for planning for Central Middle School


The budget will now go to the BET (Board of Estimation and Taxation) for the next step in the budget process. We will be sharing more information about this process in January.


The holiday season is upon us and and as a reminder, teachers are not allowed to accept cash, check, or cash equivalent gift cards (but business-specific gift cards e.g. Amazon are permitted). Here is a link to the GPS gift policy: https://www.greenwichschools.org/uploaded/faculty/karen_ball/L0001GiftsEmployees_2.pdf .



Several parents have asked if we are collecting copies of your child's vaccine records. While we aren't requiring the sharing of those records with the school, if you feel comfortable we encourage sharing the records with Nurse Theresa. She would be happy to add it to your child's vaccine records at school. You can email her at Theresa_McIntosh@greenwich.k12.ct.us

MATH PRESENTATION ON DECEMBER 15TH

On December 15th our Math Interventionists, Jimmy Librandi, and our GPS K-8 Math Coordinator, Mike Reid presented virtually to our parents.


This presentation included:


- an overview of the high impact strategies embedded in the Big Ideas program

- an explanation of the mathematical progressions through the grade levels

- a walkthrough of how and why we use number bonds (break-aparts)

- a tutorial of how you can use the Big Ideas platform at home

- a question and answer session


The goal of the evening was to have parents walk away with a better understanding of how to support your child's math learning at home. We hope we were successful.


You can view the presentation here

ATTENTION GRADE 5 PARENTS


Save the date for a virtual meeting to discuss the Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition Process. Middle School Counselors, Curriculum Coordinators, and Middle School Principals will go live to talk about what goes on in the spring and summer to help prepare students for the next school level. During this session, there will also be information regarding the placement process for Advanced Studies in Grades 6-8.

Join us virtually on:

You are invited to attend one of the sessions listed above. More information is available on our district website and S'Mores. If unable to attend, the slide deck and video recording of both meetings will be available online as early as January 4.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23RD 12:45 DISMISSAL

The YWCA and the Boys and Girls Club are open to members after school that day but the Boys and Girls club will be closing at 5 pm. . Family First will NOT be open on Thursday afternoon.

JULIAN CURTISS SERVICE CLUB

The Service Club is hosting a food drive for Neighbor to Neighbor starting December 6th through December 22nd. Neighbor to Neighbor helps approximately 500 families in Greenwich. They need our help!


Please help the students in our Service Club collect these items at JC!

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UPCOMING DATES


December 23- Early Release Day for the Holidays - 12:45 DISMISSAL

December 24- December 31 Holiday recess

January 3 - School resumes