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GREENFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7

GMS

Principal: Gary Tashjian, 413.772-1360, x2242
Associate Principal 4/5: Karin Patenaude, tel. 413.772-1360, x2321
Associate Principal 6/7: George Lanides, tel. 413.772-1360, x2142

Now enrolling for 2014-2015

2013 Massachusetts State Report Cards for Greenfield Middle School

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From the Principal's Desk
Gary Tashjian

There are many ways you can help your child succeed in school. Reading together is one of the best.  Sitting down and reading together can make an enormous difference in your child’s learning.

Try to designate 10 minutes a day.  Call it “Our Reading Time” and read together!

At GMS we are also reading together.  All classes, from fourth to seventh grade, have begun to read and discuss the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. You are all invited to our December celebration when the book is complete and every child gets a copy to bring home.

Also at GMS we have created an Instructional Focus.  This coordinated whole school effort is geared to have students:

  1. read a selection of non-fiction,
  2. understand the piece and then
  3. summarize the content.

In kid friendly terms this is:

READ it, GET it, SUM it!

Attendance  Note
Being in school is the single biggest way to help your child succeed.  At GMS, this means getting to school before 7:40 and staying until 3:30.  Several students are getting dismissed after 2:00.  We want to let everyone know that this year there are academic classes at this time.  This change in schedule from last year means your child is missing valuable instruction. 

Dismissals: If your child needs to be dismissed early for an appointment, they must come to office in the a.m. with a note.  They will then be given a dismissal pass.

MCAS Results
The MCAS results are included in this envelope. If you have any questions, please call Principal Tashjian (413-772-1360 extension 2242).  GMS uses this data to plan instruction, view our strengths and work on our weaknesses.

All grades at GMS need to continue to strive for more understanding in written text (see our instructional focus to the left) and on numeracy. Reading and practicing multiplication facts can help a child immensely.

Multiplication practices you can have your child do are:

  • Count change.
  • Look for shapes and patterns in real life.
  • Use dice or cards to practice math operations.
  • Measure ingredients when cooking.

This in turn can pay huge dividends in almost every math class your child will be in today and in the future.

Setting “Our Reading Time” aside can help your child’s reading skills and at the same time bring you closer to each other.


Important Dates in October

Early Dismissal (11:15 am)
October 24

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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7

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9

10

13

Columbus Day – No School

14

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Interim Reports sent out

23

Picture retakes

24

Parent Conf. – 11:15 dismissal

27

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31

Staff Talent Show

PICTURE RETAKE DAY
Picture retake day is scheduled for Thursday, October 23rd.  If your child did not have their picture taken on picture day, this will be their last chance for one.  There are picture forms available in the main office.  If you want a retake, your child must bring in all the pictures they received in original packet on retake day in order to have another picture taken.


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Counselor’s Corner
We want to welcome both old and new students at GMS!  This year has gotten off to a good start and we have already made connections with many of your children.  If you have any questions please call Kate Marion-Lapierre  (413-772-1360 ext. 2114) or Nora Israeloff  (413-772-1360 ext. 2116).  Thank you!


Project Bread
Help is one free call away!
Project Bread – FoodSource hotline 1-800-645-8333 or go to www.gettingsnap.org for information about:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Emergency Food Programs
  • School Meals

(The FoodSource Hotline is funded by the Mass Dept. of Transitional Assistance)

WIC
Do you have a child under 5?
Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

WIC offers families:

  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Checks for free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family

Call WIC at 1-800-942-1007 or visit www.mass.gov/wic


Student Insurance
If you are interested in purchasing student accident medical insurance, please stop by the main office for information.

Stop & Shop
A+ School Rewards

Since 2005, Stop & Shop A+ School rewards program has given away over $10 million dollars to many schools!  They are excited to give away another $2.5 million to local schools in our community!

Parents! You can help GMS by registering your Stop & Shop card at any local Stop & Shop store using GMS ID number 05191.  If you have done this once, you do not need to re-enroll.

Thank you for your support!

PTO
There was an error on the WREATH fundraising order forms. The wreaths are SINGLE sided, not double.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Box tops! Box tops! Box tops! Please collect them and have your child bring them into school. If students collect $500 worth, PTO will fund a fun day!

Did you know that PTO help pay for field trips? This is made possible by fundraisers. Look for upcoming fundraisers this spring!

We would love more parents to join PTO.  We meet on the the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 in the GMS Library. Please email Lynn Facey (dlfacey@comcast.net) to request being added to the email list.


School Start and Dismissal Times
Students are to be at school by 7:40 AM
Dismissal is at 3:30, Monday through Thursday
Dismissal is at 2:10 on Fridays

Varsity and Junior Varsity
Sports Schedule

Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the Greenfield Public Schools, in active partnership with students, their families, individual citizens, and established groups within the community, is to educate students to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a rapidly changing and diverse world.

We recognize that every child is deserving of equal opportunities to maximize his or her potential, and we encourage all students in their pursuit of excellence.

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE, PLEASE CALL 413 772-1360 AND PRESS “3”
Upon return to school, please bring a note explaining the absence.

We want to hear from you! Do you have good news; questions; ideas; or concerns?
Help Greenfield schools be the best!

NewsClass NewslettersNews

Grade 6 October, 2014
Grade 7 October, 2014
Grade 6 November, 2014

Grade 7, November, 2014


Teacher Class Web Sites

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Elizabeth Fisher


Field Trip Policies and Permission Slips
Policy and form for Greenfield Middle School

Suggested Web Sites
Multiplication Games from Big Brainz


Page last updated: November 3, 2014

 

 

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