From the Principal's Pen
October 16, 2020
UN Week 2020
The flags will always fly!
United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations charter in 1945. On that day, the United Nations officially came into being. Oct. 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding charter.
It is a yearly tradition for our school to celebrate United Nations Day which formally takes place on Saturday, October 24th this year. This is the first year in approximately 30 years that the children of Julian Curtiss did not march in our beloved United Nations Day Parade. Although we were not able to gather and hold our signature event this year, we celebrated the week with many culturally rich instructional activities. The children were treated to “Autumn Stories from around the World” performed by an Arts for Learning storyteller, Monica Peterson, in a virtual assembly. Our classroom teachers discussed the World Food Program, which recently won a Nobel Peace Prize for their global work during the pandemic. In celebration of this achievement, we ran a school-wide Food Drive to benefit our local food pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor. Some classes virtually welcomed parents to speak to the children about their heritage and their customs. Students and their families contributed to a Flipgrid that celebrates the traditions of our diverse school community. Next week, on October 28th our fifth-grade students will engage in a virtual visit to the United Nations.
We ask that parents continue to discuss how we at Julian Curtiss and in our larger world make a difference in the lives of others by contributing to school and community through daily acts of kindness and volunteer work. This is a time for our school community to reflect on what makes us who we are, why we should be proud of our diversity, and provide us with the opportunity to understand the culture of others.
Thank you to the families that contributed to this week through virtual visits and contributions to our food drive! A very special thank you to Jessie Bennett, mother of Grace and Olivia for planning the United Nations activities this week. Jessie has been a strong supporter and leader of our United Nations week for six years now and we thank her for her time and dedication to our school!
The Julian Curtiss School works in partnership with our children, their families, and the community to provide a quality education that has high expectations for student success and excellence. The diversity of our children is recognized as a source of strength and a reflection of our world.
60 Countries, 30 Languages, One Great School!
Together for Safety and Learning
A few resources about how to speak to your children about race and cultural diversity:
A Special Message for UN Week
Turkey Trot 2020
- The Innovation Space in our Library Learning Commons
- Families as Partners in Learning Parent Engagement Grant
- Fanny Packs for each student for Mask Breaks
This year marks our 10th Anniversary of the Turkey Trot and it is REIMAGINED as a month-long Fitness Challenge. Prizes will also be awarded for social media posts on Facebook and Instagram. Please use #GreenwichAllianceTurkeyTrot2020 and share your run/walk photos and videos with us.
Will the Julian Curtiss Eagles - the reigning champions of the Turkey Trot - be able to maintain our title? We are counting on you, our incredible Turkey Trot enthusiasts, to make this year’s event a tremendous success. Please consider registering - and encourage friends and family to do so as well! Click the link below, and make sure to indicate Julian Curtiss as your school when you register!
Mr. O'Brien and Mrs. Loechner will be supporting the Turkey Trot with a flip grid so that students can record their exercise and miles and keep track for the month of November.
Don't Forget to Show Your JC Spirit!
If you are looking for some new Spirit Wear, families, staff, and teachers may order whatever they like. There are masks, stadium seats, blankets, and other fun accessories as well as clothing. You can customize the logos, colors, etc. (within select choices). There are no minimums. The company will produce and ship directly and Julian Curtiss will receive a 12% commission. Hopefully easy for all! Click below to see all of our fun, new JC Spirit Wear!
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