From the Principal's Pen

January 14, 2022

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School will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Magnet School Applications and Open House

Dear Parents,

We will hold our annual Magnet School Open House Meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Please pass the information on to any families who might be interested in learning more about our school. If you know of families that have kindergarten students enrolling for the fall but reside in our district our K information session will take place on March 16th.

Julian Curtiss School is a Magnet School, which means any family living in Greenwich can attend our school (see attached in English and Spanish). The magnet application can be found here in English and here in Spanish.

Our Julian Curtiss Team will be presenting via Google Meet at Julian Curtiss School Magnet Open House next week.

Tuesday , January 18th at 9:15am

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Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30pm

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Transition from 5th Grade to Middle School

The Academic Coordinator Team has started the placement process for our current 5th graders as they enter into middle school next year. Parent input is a valuable component of the placement process. In order to provide input for your student’s middle school placement in ELA, Math, and Science, we give you an opportunity to provide the committee with your insights via a Google Form linked below.

Grade 6 students are placed into classes based on achievement, ability, and overall well-being. In early January, Academic Coordinator Team, Middle School Administrators, and School Counselors presented on the Middle School Transition Process. This informational meeting detailed social, emotional, and academic shifts at the middle level. Presenters also describe the differences in course offerings and support available. Video links to these presentations, as well as the slides used, are available below:

5th-6th Transition January 3, 2022

Before completing the parent input form, we highly recommend reviewing the Transition Information for Parents made available by the district’s Academic Coordinator Team. While parent input is not required, if you wish to provide information, please complete the google form below:

  1. Parent Referral Form:

The parent input form must be completed by Friday, February 4th.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


El Equipo de Coordinación Académica ha comenzado el proceso de colocación para nuestros estudiantes actuales de 5.º grado cuando ingresen a la escuela intermedia el próximo año. La opinión de los padres es un componente valioso del proceso de colocación. Con el fin de proporcionar información para la ubicación de la escuela intermedia de su estudiante en ELA, Matemáticas y Ciencias, le damos la oportunidad de proporcionar al comité sus ideas a través de un formulario de Google vinculado a continuación.

Los estudiantes de sexto grado se colocan en clases en función de los logros, la capacidad y el bienestar general. A principios de enero, el Equipo de Coordinación Académica, los Administradores de la Escuela Intermedia y los Consejeros Escolares presentaron el Proceso de Transición a la Escuela Intermedia. Esta reunión informativa detalló los cambios sociales, emocionales y académicos en el nivel medio. Los presentadores también describen las diferencias en las ofertas de cursos y el apoyo disponible. Los enlaces de video a estas presentaciones, así como las diapositivas utilizadas, están disponibles a continuación:

5th-6th Transition January 3, 2022

Antes de completar el formulario de comentarios de los padres, recomendamos encarecidamente que revise la Información de transición para padres que el Equipo de coordinadores académicos del distrito pone a disposición. Si bien no se requiere la participación de los padres, si desea proporcionar información, complete el formulario de Google a continuación:

Spanish - Parent Referral Form:

Este formulario debe completarse antes del Viernes 4 de Febrero.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con nosotros a

Atención padres de habla hispana de Estudiantes de 5 Grado


Attention Spanish Speaking Parents of Grade 5 Students:

Virtual meeting to discuss the Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition Process to be held in Spanish Tuesday, January 18.

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:

· Monday, January 18 at 6:00 pm (

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 19.



Atención padres de habla hispana de Estudiantes de 5 Grado:

Reunión virtual para discutir el Proceso de Transición de Quinto a Sexto Grado el martes 18 de enero. La reunión se realizará en español.

Los consejeros y directores de las escuela secundarias y los coordinadores de currículo hablarán en vivo sobre lo que sucede en la primavera y el verano para que los estudiantes estén preparados para el siguiente grado. Durante esta sesión, también habrá información sobre el proceso de ubicación en los Estudios Avanzados para los grados 6-8.

Únanse a nosotros virtualmente:

Lunes 18 de Enero a las 6:00 pm (

Hay más información disponible en el sitio web de nuestro distrito y en S'Mores. Si no pueden asistir, la presentación de diapositivas y la grabación de video de ambas reuniones estarán disponibles en línea a partir del 19 de enero.


Preschool Program to place one new classroom at Julian Curtiss in the 2022-2023 school year

Overview of the Program

The Greenwich Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program serves both youngsters with identified special needs and those who are typically developing. Through a structured, center-based program, each child participates in instructional activities/experiences, which address the domains of communication, cognition, self-help, fine/gross motor and social emotional development.

The Guiding Principles and Curriculum of the Preschool Program

  • Early Learning and development are multidimensional: the development domains of cognitive, personal and social, physical and creative expression aesthetic development are interrelated and throughout the day.
  • Young children are capable and competent.
  • There are individual differences in rates of development among children.
  • Children will exhibit a range of skills and competencies in any area of development.
  • Knowledge of child growth and development and consistent expectations are essential to maximizing educational experiences for children and to developing and implementing programs.
  • Families are the primary caregivers and educators of their young children.
  • Young children learn through active exploration of their environment through child-initiated and teacher-selected activities.

Students who will turn 3 years old but will NOT turn 5 years old by December 31, 2022 are eligible to apply for entrance to the GPS Preschool Program. Entrance into the program is based on a lottery.

First Priority

Siblings of youngsters who are presently enrolled in the preschool program (and will continue in the program as a 4 year old for the 2022-2023 school year) will have priority status for a vacancy in a preschool class. These students are not placed through the lottery system but are offered seats in the classes prior to the lottery.

Second Priority

Youngsters applying to a GPS "magnet" preschool location (Julian Curtiss, North Street, Old Greenwich) will be selected based on a lottery system. As the names are selected through the lottery, consideration for availability is based on gender and age to ensure the classes are appropriately balanced. Priority consideration will also be given to youngsters who are economically disadvantaged.


If you have any questions please feel free to email me at

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