Together We Can

January 23, 2023

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These last few weeks, I have been able to get out to the school buildings and see some great things going on. There is so much inspiring learning from our students. I have seen some great literacy and math lessons by our dedicated staff. Our classroom teachers are doing such great work with your children.

On Thursday February 2, I will be providing an update on the Special Education Action Plan to the Board of Education. The meeting will be at the Havemeyer Building on Greenwich Avenue and is expected to start around 8:00 pm after the BOE has an executive session. If you are not able to attend, you can also watch virtually.


Stacey Heiligenthaler, Ph.D.

Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports

What We Are Seeing 👀 Around the Schools

Kindergarten at Cos Cob School

Mrs. Bennet at Cos Cob is leading a math addition lesson in the kindergarten co-taught class.

Math at Julian Curtiss School

Students in Ms. G's third grade classroom at Julian Curtiss are working on solving multi digit addition and subtraction problems.

Chinese New Year at Parkway School

Third-grade students at Parkway celebrated the Chinese New Year! 2023 is the sign of the rabbit! Chinese New Year 2023 fell on Sunday, January 22, and celebrations will culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 5.

The ABC's of Special Education

Lynn Rule from Connecticut Parent Advisory Center (CPAC) provided parents and staff an overview of special education and the PPT process. On February 8, she will be returning to present on "Getting to Know Your Child's IEP." See the registration flyer in this newsletter for more details.

Sensory Room at Western Middle School

The new sensory rooms at Western MS help children improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing as well as fine and gross motor skills.

English Skills at WMS

Ms. Barnett's English Skills class at WMS is discussing and brainstorming character traits. The class is brainstorming character traits and using graphic organizers to write paragraphs related to their independent reading.

Greenwich High School Professional Development

GHS teachers Ms. Gillian Thompson and Ms. Nicole Kumar present to faculty on the Zones of Regulation. Teachers left with tools to use in their classrooms to build students’ emotional vocabulary.

Student Success Planning at GHS

Teachers at GHS convene to work on a student’s individual plan so that all stakeholders are on the same page. Collaboration is key for student success!

Community Connections

Community Connections expands job opportunities for for students with a student being hired directly by Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel. A great student and job match is a true success story!

Workshops and Resources

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Greenwich Public Schools Listening Community - Winter 2023

Please join our Winter 2023 Listening Community.

Meetings will be held at Greenwich Town Hall in the Gisborne Conference Room.

Wednesday mornings from 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM:

  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 1
  • March 8

For those parents that would prefer to participate virtually, below is the meeting link:

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 570-415-1046‬ PIN: ‪950 110 805‬#

More phone numbers:

Inclusion Corner by Rachel Rubin

I hope you are having a great start to 2023! I’m excited to continue building our understanding of inclusion and share some resources with you.

A major part of promoting inclusion is understanding NEURODIVERSITY. Put simply, neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains; my brain works differently than yours. In the context of learning, humans take in, process, and express their learning in different ways. A person can be neurodivergent or neurotypical.

Resource Share:

Here are two videos that dive deeper into neurodiversity:

This year, GPS elementary schools began its partnership with PINE, "Program for Inclusion and Neurodiversity Education," to strengthen our inclusive practices, build on our understanding of neurodiversity, and better support all of our neurodivergent learners. Through PINE, elementary school teams are doing a variety of inclusive work such as, completing courses on topics like Understanding Autism and Building Executive Functioning, having thoughtful conversations about areas of strength and areas of growth, and participating in office hours with PINE experts.

As I continue to share resources and information, let me know what is of interest to YOU. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

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