English Village Family Newsletter

June 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Greetings, parents/families!


Safety and security are most definitely on the minds of most of us, especially with the recent violent acts in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. These events break my heart. The fact that innocent children and educators have lost their lives as well as others because of the color of their skin is senseless and devastating.


I feel that, as Principal, is it my duty and responsibility to first and foremost do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of your children/our students. Our little ones NEED to feel safe, secure, and comfortable at school! Just as importantly, you all as parents and families need to feel that once you drop off or put your children on the bus, that they will be safe, secure, and comfortable with us.


You shouldn’t need to think twice about this.


A long time ago, I believed that our job, first and foremost, was to educate our children. Now, I see it as something so different, yet the same. It is clear that job #1 is to keep our students safe and comfortable in school. From there, we must ensure that they are socially and emotionally ready and available to learn. Then, we can educate them!


In addition to all that our District Security Team has done to keep us safe: the addition of and training of more security staff, the installation of additional security cameras, a security patrol, a very strong relationship with the GPD, etc., our school has taken and will continue to take additional steps to ensure safety and security for all: safety drills, locked entry doors, security vestibule, additional training of our Safety Team, etc. In fact, our building-based Safety Team will meet this first week of June to ensure that our procedures are tight and clear for all. Also, I have asked our staff to be even more diligent in regards to safety, making sure to adhere to all safety and security procedures as well as to say something if something doesn’t look or feel right, and to continue to practice safety procedures with students regularly.


Please feel free to reach out at any time with any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions. We are here for you, your families, and your children/our students.


In all of this, we will make sure to continue to move forward and celebrate all of our students’ accomplishments at this busy time of year! It can be so exciting!


Sincerely,

Jason Lewis


Ps-Please take a few minutes to reflect and honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving in our armed forces as we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend!

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"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to be healed. In every heart, there is the power to do it. "-M. Williamson


Thank you to our English Village community for choosing love and showing support for the families and the victims of Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.

Please welcome Ms. Siciliano, one of our new counselors:

Hi everyone!

My name is Ms. Siciliano or you can call me Ms. S. I am going to be here for the rest of the school year when Mrs. VanGorder is out having her baby. I'm very excited to be working with everyone and becoming part of the Lakeshore community. Some fun facts about me are: I love yoga and running, my two favorite sports are Track and Gymnastics, I have a puppy named Millie, my favorite superhero is Batman and I am graduating from SUNY Brockport this month! I am here for you all and if you ever need anything, my office is right next to Ms. Yablin's.

I can't wait to meet you all!

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Counselor's Corner:


Chances are you may have seen an increase in your child's anxiety since the pandemic has started. Teachers may have seen it in the classroom. With symptoms such as trouble concentrating, an upset stomach, sleeplessness, and anxiety can be one of the most debilitating challenges students face today. Anxiety can be more than just “worries” and can influence whole classroom performance OR behaviors at home. Our kids are not doing this on purpose. Our nervous system acts automatically, especially when it comes to worry (sometimes stemming from fight or flight reflexes). So, if you tell a child (or adult) to “just relax”, chances are it will not help them at all! Creating a space to allow those kids to express their anxiety is one way to start helping them. - Mrs. Van Gorder & Mrs. Small


Here are some other great videos to try with your students to calm their bodies and minds when they start to feel anxious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=O29e4rRMrV4&feature=emb_logo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZfe2hjlEwE&t=1s

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are trying to better plan and prepare our Leader In Me focus for next year. PLEASE consider taking 10 minutes to complete our Leader In Me MRA survey by clicking this link before June 14th!

COVID Tests

There are rapid at home COVID tests available to anyone who has a need. Please call the main office or the nurse's office to request them. Permission to send them home with a child is requested (nothing more than verbal consent is required).

Nurse's direct line (585) 966-3890

Please feel free to leave a message if needed.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR STUDENTS

Embracing creativity and nourishing the development of our students.

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Community Schools Corner

Do you have questions about what Community Schools looks like at English Village?

Ask our Community Schools Site Specialist, Kayleigh Roderick!

Kayleigh.roderick@greececsd.org

585-210-3235

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Cultural Committee Updates

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Flag Day, also called National Flag Day, in the United States, a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.
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Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. For more than 150 years, African American communities across the country have observed this holiday. It is known as the second "Independence Day.

DISTRICT UPDATES

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Dear Greece Central Families and Staff:

In the wake of yesterday’s horrific school shooting in Texas, I want you to know that keeping your children safe is our top priority. Greece Central is constantly evaluating our security procedures and adding new layers to keep campuses as safe as possible. Some precautions include:

  • two dedicated full-time police officers working in our schools every day
  • 35 security guards on staff - an increase of four positions from last year
  • a single point of entry at each school where visitors must be buzzed into a secure vestibule and do not have immediate access to school facilities
  • a visitor management system that allows us to vet visitors before allowing them to go beyond that vestibule
  • building swipe card access for every Greece Police officer
  • the installation of new classroom locksets so teachers can lock their doors from inside the classroom rather than from the hallway
  • shatter-resistant security film on the glass at all school entrances
  • background checks for all school staff and volunteers
  • new high resolution security cameras accessible by our internal security team and Greece Police
  • lockdown buttons that disable anyone from entering a school until police arrive
  • use of the Safe School Helpline (1-800-418-6423, ext. 359) where anyone can anonymously report health and safety concerns 24 hours a day
  • a district threat assessment team charged with proactively monitoring students who have made threats against the district
  • district and school specific safety plans filed with local police departments
  • annual emergency preparedness training for staff including lockdown and tabletop drills to practice responding to potential threats

Additionally, our mental health team works with students every day to identify and treat issues. Counselors are available to speak to anyone who has a safety or mental health concern. It’s also important to remember that if any of us see something, we should say something. You can never be too careful. To that end, we constantly evaluate our security and mental health procedures and make adjustments as new information and new technologies become available.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out today. Please know that I share your concerns and Greece Central will never compromise when it comes to school safety. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, it is comforting to know that our district will continue to choose love.

Sincerely,

Kathleeen Graupman
Superintendent of Schools

GCSD Information:

Insect Evidence: Are there insects in your area? Invite your child detective to look for clues like buzzing sounds, ant hills, or chewed-up leaves. Encourage them to describe the clues they find!

Rhyming: Playing with language helps your child learn the structure of words and prepares them for reading success. Use a familiar nursery rhyme and try different voices, rhythms, or even ask your child to guess a missing rhyming word.

Rhyming: Playing with language helps your child learn the structure of words and prepares them for reading success. Use a familiar nursery rhyme and try different voices, rhythms, or even ask your child to guess a missing rhyming word.

Early Childhood

Research shows the importance of connecting children to nature. Nature supports creativity, focus, physical activity, and reduces stress. Take your child on a neighborhood walk and talk about what your senses discover. What do you each see, hear, feel, and smell?

Nature Book Recommendations:

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sigman

A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse

Interested in getting your kids out for a walk? Here are some ways to get creative on your next family walk.

Community Partnership Update

Free Oil Change for Single Moms, Widows, and Military Wives

Here is a link and QR code to share with all of you to spread the word with your networks and teams. They are having a Free Oil Change for Single Moms, Widows, and Military Wives. They will need to register, but once they do they pull up to Hope's parking lot and they have people who will give them a free oil change.

https://onrealm.org/sharethehope/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=NzNjY2U3MGMtZGE4Zi00NzVjLTkzMGQtYWU2MDAxMTM2ZDBi


***Information for GCSD Parent ELA Website-include Link


Families

Do you need before/after school care for your child? KidsCare has options for your needs. Please see our KidsCare flyer for additional information and reach out with any questions.

Upcoming Events

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May Meeting Minutes:

English Village PTA Meeting - 5/12/2022

Meeting called to order at 6pm by Catie Hiltz

Present: 11 members


2021/2022 PTA Board:

Catie Hiltz - President Stacey Remillard - Vice President

Mallory Jerge - Treasurer Jill Morse - Secretary


PTA Updates

-Insurance Renewal - Catie received email, Mallory to take care of this


-Earth Night/Book Fair/Staff Appreciation - our first REAL events since before COVID -

and they all went so well!

*Huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped!


-water cooler? Water refills can be put under snack cart budget


Spring PTA Events:

May: Outdoor KISS event May 18-20 before school, 8-8:40am


Budget -need to increase this budget line to account for price increases and change to covid friendly packaged items


Katy C. entered all paper RSVPs into the google form - approx. 60 per day


Security for this event? Mike said he would try to stop by per email

Ask Curtis to cone off areas in the parking lot


June: EV End of Year Carnival - Outdoors - June 11th 11am-1pm

Rain date - Saturday June 18th

Budget - need to confirm with Mallory? $1500?


Vendors: Arlene’s for air brushing, Rich the magician, Mike with MCA - photo booth (Mallory will contact), MJ the balloon artist clown or Jill can contact the Shriners clowns

**Need to order small prizes, can use up Earth Day supplies and old craft kits


Have several games already: lollipop pull, duck pond, ring toss, bowling, corn hole, bubbles, chalk on sidewalk


We will be ending the year with our June edition for summer. It will be filled with lots of information and fun things to do with your families over the summer!!
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