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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

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7th Grade Theater

A scene from the 7th grade theatre class' original mystery,
THE NUGGET FAMILY MYSTERY.
Performed on November 20, 2014

From the Principal's Desk
Gary Tashjian

I would like to draw your attention to two important new items. The first is Taste of World Cultures Night on December 17th from 5-7PM. We hope all of you can attend and, if able, to bring a small dish to share.
The second is information about becoming a substitute teacher in our district. If you are interested or have questions please call me at 772-1360 ext. 2242.

Counselor’s Corner
Our school-wide reading of the book Wonder will finish up in December.  Take the opportunity to discuss with your child the social messages from the book reviewed in their advisories.  Starting in January, all classes will begin again the PATHS and Second Step curricula to help students manage their social and emotional well-being.  Have a wonderful winter break with your children!!

Calendar for December/January

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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9

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15

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Taste of World Cultures 5-7PM

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22

Yrbk order deadline

23

Early Dis. 11:10

24

DEC.
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29

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School Resumes

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Early Dis.
11:10

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M.L.K. Day
No Sch.

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Prof. Dev.
No Sch.

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Grades 4/5 News
Dear Parents and Guardians,

The year has started off well for the 4th and 5th grades. They are embracing the GMS Bucks and our new attendance policy and look forward to their shopping day at the school store each week.  Please  continue to encourage them to come to school by 7:40 a.m. because their success ultimately depends on being present in school.

The 4th graders have quickly acclimated to the middle school and are embracing new academic     challenges. They are learning to master their math facts and how to write good summaries. They also enjoyed a field trip to Old Deerfield where they participated in presentations on clothing, games and toys, as well as fireplace cookery. These students have also begun swimming at the YMCA and are enjoying 10 lessons to master their swimming skills.

The 5th graders are being great role models and floor leaders for the 4th grade and continue to display good citizenship here at the middle school.  With our new math program enVisions, they are learning to justify their answers and determine if those answers are reasonable while persevering through difficult math concepts. In ELA, they are reading as part of a 50 book challenge this year as well as memoir writing and summary writing. They have also enjoyed a trip to the art museum at Mass MoCa where they integrated their knowledge of geometry with the Sol Lewitt exhibit.

All of the students continue to enjoy the One School, One Read program each morning in advisory as they share the story of Auggie in our book choice Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The lessons they are learning from this wonderful story include how to be a good friend, why our differences make us unique, as well as always choosing kindness. We hope you have been hearing at home about this boy’s experience and how much they are learning from his story.

Lastly, the school will host and participate in a family and community night this December at the 2nd Annual Taste of World Cultures on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. I hope you can join us in celebrating our cultural diversity and sharing in a night of delicious food and exciting entertainment.  Please save the date and be part of this wonderful celebration!

If you have thoughts, ideas, concerns or questions at any time during the year please feel free to contact me at karpat1@gpsk12.org or 413-772-1360 x2321.

Sincerely
Karin E. Patenaude, Associate Principal 4/5


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 which allows them to leave their classroom and come to the office for parent/guardian pickup.

Nurse Note
It's flu season again.  Consider getting a flu shot for you and your family.  In addition to getting vaccinated, encourage your child to take everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of germs. This includes:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.  If not are available, cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Protect yourselves and others by washing hands frequently with soap and water.

Please remember to keep children home from school if they have a fever or diarrhea.  Children must be fever free (without the aid of fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hrs. before returning to school.

I’m always happy to speak with you if you have question or concerns! 772-1360 ext. 2237
Melissa Bednarski


Quilters and sewers….I need your help!  
When my students finish sewing their required projects, I have a couple of boxes of fabric scraps and I tell them that they can take any fabric from it and complete another extra credit project.  I am asking for help to replenish this supply of fabric!

I am looking for print or solid colored fabrics; FABRICS USED FOR QUILTING (COTTON) is preferred, but kids also love flannel, sequined, metallic, taffeta and home decorating fabrics as well.    Quantity or piece size isn’t important because we have projects where students actually sew small pieces of fabric together to make up their own CRAZY QUILT-like fabric and another project where they glue small fabric pieces to cardboard.   

So, if you have any scrap fabric pieces you don’t need, just send them into school with your child and tell them to drop them off in the office for Ms. Campbell.

Thank you so much!
Ms. Campbell, Family & Consumer Science Encore


A Reminder from Mr. Hickey, Physical Education Teacher
All students are required to wear sneakers in P.E. classes!


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

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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.

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Page last updated: December 11, 2014

 

 

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