November 5, 2021

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Nov 7, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 7, 2021 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Is your child getting enough sleep? Here is how to tell.

News from the School

Dear Parents,

We have lots of exciting news from our staff at Julian Curtiss. Our Eagle's Nest is filling up and the following teachers are expecting in the spring. Please join me in congratulating the following staff members.

Mrs. Meredith Gillam, one of our special education teachers, is due in April! She and her husband Greg along with their son, Jude are very excited for this addition to their family!

Mrs. Caroline Perez, one of our special education teachers, is due in May! She and her husband Chris are so excited to welcome their second little one! Their daughter, Penelope, can’t wait to be a big sister!

Mrs. Giullia Sanford, our Orchestra teacher, is due in early May! Husband Dave and soon to be big brother Davey are super excited for another baby boy to join the family!

Dr. Grace Scaglione, our literacy specialist is due early April! She and her husband Patrick are excited to welcome their first child, a baby boy.

On another note....

The colder weather is here and your children need their jackets. Please remember to put your child's name in their clothing. Our Lost and Found is growing by the day!



We hope to see most of our parents at our evening meeting on Wednesday evening at 6 pm.

Principal Mcguire will present the goals of the School Improvement Plan. This includes the goals that we are working on as a school community.

Emily Peters, School Psychologist, will present information on Social Emotional Learning that will include the major principles of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports

and the implementation of our Second Step Program.

School Improvement Plan

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Second Step Curriculum

PTA evening meeting

Wednesday, November 10 · 6:00 – 7:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-893-6043‬ PIN: ‪895 363 030‬#

More phone numbers:

Come learn more about your child's day at Julian Curtiss!

Student Council

More Exciting News!

We will begin elections for the new Student Council. We have not been able to hold a student council since 2019 and we are excited to have our students' voices heard again.

The JC Student Council will be made up the following elected positions:

Student Council Co- Presidents - Two fifth grade students

Classroom representatives in grades 3-5 -One representative from each class, 7 positions.

The purpose of the Council is to act as liaison between the JC student body and the JC PTA, teachers and administration. Over the year, the Council will meet with the Principal, the JC PTA Executive Board, and the Safe School Climate Committee to communicate issues that are important to the students of JC.

The fifth grade co-presidents will be elected first. Fifth graders should self nominate on this form by Monday, November 8th. The fifth grade co-presidents will be elected by their peers in the 5th grade. They will be permitted to campaign the week of November 8th and should be ready to give their speech during lunch on November 10th. Elections will be held on November 12th.

Following the elections of the fifth grade students all students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will all have the opportunity to self nominate to serve on the Council. There will be one representative per class. This election process will begin on November 15th. Students should self-nominate on this form and be ready to campaign on the week of November 15th. Students will give a speech to their classroom peers on Friday, November 19th. Elections will be held on Monday 11/22.

Once the candidates have been announced, they will be given the opportunity to campaign (posters, slogans, hand shaking, etc.), and they will each be given an opportunity to deliver a campaign speech. All campaign related material must be in good taste, will not involve gifts and will be prescreened by the JC PTA and/or JC staff.

IMPORTANT: Fifth grade forms are due in the office on Monday, November 8th. Third, fourth and fifth grade classroom representative forms are due to the main office on November 15th.

In order to run for Student Council, all candidates must be considered in “good standing” by the staff and administration at JC.

“Good standing” is defined as a student who consistently follows our school norms, abides by the Julian Curtiss School Pledge, and is not disruptive, disrespectful or rude to the staff, teachers or his/her peers. The student must demonstrate effort in their schoolwork and the ability to manage the day-to-day demands of school including homework. All candidates must arrive at school on time. Any candidate marked late 2 or more times so far this school year will be excluded from the election. Attendance and promptness will be checked.

JC Student Council Self Nomination Form

Nomination is open to any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader

Name: ___________________________________________

Grade: _______________ Teacher: ____________________

How it will work:

All 5th grade students will vote for the two fifth grade co-presidents. All 3rd and 4th and 5th grade students will vote for one representative from their respective classroom to serve on the Council. The two 5th graders with the greatest number of votes will automatically become the Co-Presidents of the Student Council. The voting will take place in the classrooms, and the results will be overseen and counted by the Principal and the JC Teacher Representatives. Throughout the year, Mrs. Iannazzo, Mr. Librandi, Mrs. McGuire and JC PTA Council Representative will continue to work with the JC Student Council to ensure that the Council is running effectively and fulfilling its mission.

There will be a second election for Classroom Representatives the week of November 15th. A classroom representative will be elected to represent every classroom in grades 3-5. Students who wish to run for classroom representatives will have an opportunity to campaign the week of November 15th.

Important Council Dates:

November 8th: The 5th grade self-nomination forms for Co-presidents are due to the JC office

November 8th- 12th: Candidates give speeches in the cafeteria during lunch.

All students need to be prepared by November 10th.

November 12th: Elections for fifth grade Co-presidents are held in the morning and announced at 2:30 pm.

November 15th: Self-nominations are due for class representatives in the

JC office.

November 16th- November 19th - Candidates give speeches in their classrooms. All students need to be prepared for their speech by November 18th.

November 22 - Elections for Class Representatives are held in the

morning and announced at 2:30 pm.

December 1 - First meeting

All meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:15 am twice a month. Students must be able to make these meetings. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades who do not wish to hold a leadership position will have an opportunity to sign up for special projects.

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Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 11, 2021

10:00 AM in the Front Circle

Dear Julian Curtiss Community Members:

On Thursday, November 11th, JC students and staff will be honoring veterans with a special recognition ceremony outside of our school at 10:00 am. The school will gather in the circle to honor our guests. Please consider whether you know any veterans who might like to attend.

If so, would you please contact them and, if they'd like to participate, ask them for the following information so that we can personalize the experience for all participants:

1) Name

2) Which branch of service

3) Number of years served

4) Primary responsibilities

5) Something you're most proud of related to your military experience

6) A contact email

Please email this information to our School Secretary by November 4, 2021.

Contact address:

Advanced Learning Program Grade 2 Pullout Enrichment Program

The Advanced Learning Program has started the placement process for the Grade 2 Pullout Enrichment Program, which begins in January of 2022.

Parent input is a valuable component of the placement process. In order to refer your student for evaluation to the enrichment program, for Language Arts or Math we ask that you provide the committee with your insights. To do so, please complete the google form found at Parent Referral Form:

This form must be completed by Wednesday, November 10th.

Due to the nature of the accelerated Grade 2 Placement timeline, we are unable to accommodate late referrals. You will have another opportunity to refer in the spring for grade 3 ALP placement should you not want to at this time.

More Information for Parents:

Bonnie O’Regan, Advanced Learning Program Facilitator, and the Advanced Learning Leadership Team, will be hosting zoom webinars about the ALP placement process on Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30 pm and Thursday, November 4 at 9:30 am.

Webinar Access:

November 3 6:30 pm or Dial 646 558 8656 and use Webinar ID: 862 0800 0489

November 4 9:30 am or Dial 646 558 8656 and use Webinar ID: 828 3303 5756

The PowerPoint and videos of the webinars will be available on the ALP website at

If you have any questions, please contact us at

El programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado, (ALP por sus siglas en inglés) ha empezado el proceso de ubicación para el programa de Segundo Grado de Enriquecimiento Fuera del Aula Regular, el cual empieza en enero de 2022.

Las aportaciones de los padres son muy valiosas en este proceso, por eso, si quieren recomendar a su hijo para la evaluación de acceso al programa de enriquecimiento en lenguaje o matemáticas, les rogamos faciliten al comité sus impresiones a través de este formulario de Google Parent Referral Form: Este formulario debe estar completado antes del miércoles 10 de noviembre inclusive.

Debido al plazo acelerado del proceso de ubicación para el segundo grado, no tomaremos en cuenta los formularios que nos lleguen después de esta fecha. En la primavera contarán con otra oportunidad para recomendar a su hijo al programa de ALP de tercer grado, en caso de que no lo quieran recomendar ahora.

Más información para los padres:

El miércoles 3 de noviembre a las a las 6:30 pm y el jueves 4 de noviembre a las 9:30 am Bonnie O’Regan, la facilitadora del Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado y el equipo directivo de ALP van a presentar seminarios Web a través de Zoom para explicar el proceso de ubicación en el programa ALP.

Modos de acceder al seminario Web:

3 de noviembre a las 6:30 pm o llamando al 646 558 8656 e introduciendo este número: 862 0800 0489

4 de noviembre a las 9:30 am o llamando al 646 558 8656 e introduciendo este número: 828 3303 5756

La presentación de PowerPoint y los videos de los seminarios Web estarán disponibles en la página Web de ALP en

Pónganse en contacto con nosotros con cualquier duda mandando un correo electrónico a

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Please consider registering your family for the Greenwich Alliance Turkey Trot! This is a great day to show our JC School Spirit! Julian Curtiss is always a top runner or winner for most participation in this Race.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education supports a number of programs that benefit our students including music lessons, maker space restoration and much more!

Run For Your School Competition - The Greenwich school with the greatest participation wins a $500 gift card for PE equipment. Get involved and be sure to indicate Julian Curtiss as your school when you register. Get your friends and family to register and indicate Julian Curtiss as your school! Let's win this again!

Please register HERE.

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November 10 - PTA evening meeting 6 PM

November 11- Veteran's Day Service for students 10 am

November 24 - Early Release Day 12:45 DISMISSAL

November 25, 26 - Thanksgiving Recess

December 6 - Early Release for Report Card Conferences -12:45 DISMISSAL

December 7 - Early Release for Report Card Conferences -12:45 DISMISSAL

December 8 - Full day of school, Evening Report Card conferences