From the Principal's Pen

June 4, 2021

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Off to New Adventures!

Please join us in wishing Mrs. Chris Oca a Happy Retirement after 29 years with the Greenwich Public Schools, 28 of them at Julian Curtiss. She is looking forward to traveling, boating with her husband Bob, and having extra time to spend on her love of reading. She is really looking forward to making her own plans each and every day. We will miss Chris’s welcome in the front office.

Ms. LeAnn Hinkle has accepted a full-time position at Western Middle School. Ms. Hinkle has been at Julian Curtiss for 22 years and will be sorely missed as an Art Teacher and supporter of our enrichment programs, support programs, and PTA programs. Ms. Hinkle has a reputation for donating her personal time to support the children of Julian Curtiss and the Greenwich Public Schools. Ms. Hinkle’s move is Western’s gain and our loss but we wish Ms. Hinkle smooth sailing.

Ms. Madeleine Hannah has just announced the wonderful news that she and her husband Chris are expecting a baby in December. Ms. Hannah has made the difficult decision to press pause on teaching and spend some time with her twins Eloise and Grant, as well as the newest addition to the Hannah family. Ms. Hannah has been one of our excellent first-grade teachers at Julian Curtiss for 6 years. We will miss her but wish Ms. Hannah and her growing family the very best in their next stage of life.

Ms. Chelsea Sciarretta has been a valued member of the Julian Curtiss staff since 2017. Ms. Sciarretta has proved herself a highly capable teacher in various roles over the last four years including intern/building substitute, fourth grade student teacher, first grade teacher, and Advanced Learning Program teacher for grades 2-5. We have truly enjoyed having the opportunity to see Ms. Sciarretta grow from an intern to an accomplished teacher, and wish her the best as she continues in her career!

Ms. Valerie Leger, French Teacher will be teaching full time at Central Middle School next school year. Ms. Leger has been teaching French at JC for 4 years. We will miss you Madame Leger! Bon Voyage!

Mrs. Tonia Lackran, Speech and Language Therapist, has worked as a long-term substitute here at Julian Curtiss for the 2020-2021 school year. We have loved having Ms. Lackran at JC, but Mrs. Yaneli Avila will be returning from her remote assignment in the fall. Thank you Mrs. Lackran for all you have done this year. We certainly hope to meet again!

Mr. John Sabito, our Special Education clerk, will be moving on to a new job with the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. Those of you who have dealt with him know that his thoroughness and highly organized and detailed manner will be missed - and will also understand why this new career is perfect for him! We are fortunate that JC was a stop along Mr. Sabito's path to DC.

Congratulations and best wishes to this special group of educators!

Bash the Trash!

Our students enjoyed a wonderful virtual assembly performance from a group called Bash the Trash called "Streaming Sustainable Sounds" this morning! They focused on how to build instruments using the three Rs - reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students had the opportunity to hear how different items make different sounds, and some classes made instruments from their own recycled materials! Thank you to Randi Jachino and our PTA for sponsoring this fun and informational assembly, and to Mrs. Esra Murray for making sure we were all set up to participate! To learn more about Bash the Trash, visit!
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JC's Bash the Trash Assembly 6/4/2021
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Mr. O'Brien and Ms. Loechner have some fun activities planned for our students on Field Day this year!

Field Day will consist of 6 stations that each class will participate at for around 8 minutes. Once all stations are completed we will have a 25-yard dash for each class from K-2 and a 3-5 50 yard dash.

There will be sitting areas located against the fence for each class to take breaks if needed.

Field Day colors



2: Blue

3- Orange

4: Red

5: Green

Each class will also have a banner and class name like years past.

Tuesday June 8th, FIELD DAY TIMES

3rd: 8:45 10:00

5th: 10:10- 11:20

2nd: 11:30-12:45

Wednesday June 9th FIELD DAY TIMES:

K: 8:45-10:00

4th: 10:10-11:20

1st: 11:30-12:45

Due to COVID restrictions still in place, parents are not invited this year. We will take lots of pictures and send them home!

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Friday, June 18th - 5th Grade Ringing Out Ceremony & 5th Grade Party

Tuesday, June 22nd - Last Day of School...Early Release at 12:45 pm


2020-2021 GPS Family Feedback Panorama Survey

GPS will be administering year-end surveys to parents, students, and staff throughout the month of June. The survey will be sent via email to families next week. The surveys have been condensed, so that they can be completed within a matter of minutes. The survey email address is:, and the sender is: The Panorama Education Team. The subject line will be: 2020-2021 GPS Family Feedback Survey.

Surveys are one of the best ways to gather significant community input, all of which is completely anonymous, using an outside vendor; and therefore, we encourage everyone to participate.

Parents may choose to opt-out their children (Grades 3-12) from participating in the survey by completing the online form in English or Spanish, no later than June 5, 2021.

Families as Partners in Learning Update

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Parent Support Live: Using Positive Parenting Skills to help kids thrive in these difficult times.

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.

Google Meet Link for all meetings


Wednesday, June 9th at 7pm– Click here to JOIN

Friday, June 18th at 10 am - Click here to JOIN


Wednesday, June 2 at 7 pm - Click here to JOIN

Wednesday, June 16th at 10 am – Click here to JOIN

Debido a los tiempos díficiles que vivimos, uno de los psicólogos de las escuelas de Greenwich quiere facilitar un “Video Chat para Padres” virtual. Conéctese virtualmente con otros padres de nuestra comunidad para aprender estrategias efectivas para manejar el estrés y discutir temas relevantes, (por ejemplo: cómo establecer rutinas en casa, controlar comportamientos desafiantes o desarrollar la capacidad de resistencia y adaptabilidad en sus hijos). Puede participar cuando le venga bien y quedarse todo el tiempo que quiera. Estamos aquí para responder preguntas y brindar apoyo. Tema: Cómo utilizer estrategias para educar a tus hijos positivamente y ayudarlos en estos tiempos difíciles.

Google Meet Link para todas las reuniones:


Miércoles, 9 de junio a las 7pm– para participar haga clic aquí

Viernes, 18 de junio a las 10am –para participar haga clic aquí


Miércoles, 2 de junio a las 7pm - para participar haga clic aquí

Miércoles, 16 de junio a las 7 pm - para participar haga clic aquí

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