GPS District Digest
Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools
Old Greenwich Pumpkin Patch Celebrations
Old Greenwich School is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pumpkin Patch! Due to health and safety restrictions, Old Greenwich School will host a spooky drive in and virtual patch. Every classroom will also attend a virtual visit of the Bronx Zoo throughout the month to celebrate virtually!
Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot Registration is Open
The Greenwich Alliance for Education is celebrating their 10th Annual Turkey Trot. This year's Turkey Trot Fitness Challenge is a month-long celebration, culminating on November 28th. Registration is open! Run/walk/bike anywhere during the month of November in support of the Greenwich Alliance for Education!
Greenwich Athletics raises money for Alzheimer’s Awareness
Multiple Greenwich High School Athletics Teams participated in the Fairfield County Alzheimer’s Walk this past weekend to raise money for Alzheimer’s Awareness. The GHS Baseball Team (pictured right) participated in the virtual walk and through their efforts raised over $600 as a team.
Upcoming Parent Chat Sessions
For the 2020-2021 school year, the district Behavior Support Team is excited to offer parents weekly "Parent Video Chat" sessions. This is an opportunity to connect virtually with other parents in our community and with mental health professionals to learn effective parenting strategies. Parents will be able to share resources and discuss many relevant topics such as establishing positive routines at home, managing challenging behaviors, how to cope with stress and foster resilience, etc.
Please find below details about our next Parent Chat events:
- Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm – Click here to JOIN
- Friday, October 30th at 10am - Click here to JOIN
- Thursday, October 15th at 7pm – Click here to JOIN
- Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm – Click here to JOIN
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY REMOTE SCHOOL
- Friday, October 16th at 10 am - Click here to JOIN
GPS Partners with Town Agencies to Alleviate Food Insecurity
On October 6, 2020, the Greenwich Board of Education unanimously approved a grant from the Greenwich United Way totaling $25,800 which was distributed on July 14, 2020 to the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) Food Service program, through the dedicated work of the Greenwich Parent Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC). The grant covered approximately 20% of the food cost during the Summer of 2020.
Superintendent of GPS, Dr. Toni Jones shared, “We are so grateful to our partners at PTAC who submitted this grant application on behalf of our GPS team and to the Greenwich United Way for providing funds that directly supported the students and families of our community. The pandemic has created financial, emotional and physical tolls for many of our community members, but by partnering with these incredible town agencies, we hoped to alleviate some of these pressures by committing to distribute an ample supply of healthy and nutritious foods for those that needed it.”
GPS Food Services Department, PTAC, Filling in the Blanks (Norwalk), Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and the Greenwich United Way worked collaboratively this past summer to support families at risk for food insecurity due to the pandemic crisis. These organizations worked together to assemble and deliver breakfast and lunch meals to families Monday through Friday every week. Over 1,000 meals per day were prepared by the GPS Food Services staff and delivered daily with the help of TAG and CES. In addition, Filling in the Blanks distributed shelf stable foods that were delivered on Fridays to help families prepare meals throughout the weekends.
The Greenwich High School Soil Remediation Project recently completed the Phase I cleanup focused on the northernmost athletic fields and several small areas on the Greenwich High School property and allowed for renovation of Athletic Fields 6 and 7.
GHS Cardinal Stadium
Cardinal Stadium plans were approved through Planning and Zoning and the demolition of the old bleachers will take place after the GHS Fall sports season.
Western Middle School Fields
GPS consultant Langan is working with the voluntary remediation action plan and is continuing to conduct testing and prepare a plan for the removal of soil.
Julian Curtiss School and Old Greenwich School Feasibility Studies will be on the Board of Education's agenda in October.
Greenwich High School Entranceway
The GHS Security Entrance Project is currently with the Office of the First Selectman to begin the process of the formulation of a Building Committee.
Hamilton Avenue School Field
Hamilton Avenue School's field project is on schedule and, once completed, will provide a level playing field for the students.