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Parent Update – March 23, 2023

Mar 23, 2023

Home 9 Superintendent Updates 9 Parent Update – March 23, 2023

This week’s Parent Update will include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Fair
  • Film and Art Festival
  • Taste of World Cultures
  • Registration
  • FY24 Budget
  • Green Wave Store
  • Vaping Resources for Families and Teens

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Greenfield Public Schools will be participating in an upcoming education job fair.  The fair will be held on April 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you are interested in a job in education, please click here for more information and the flyer will be posted on the Greenfield Public Schools’ website.

Job Seekers Click Here for More Information

The Greenfield Public Schools is having its annual Film and Art Festival on Thursday, May 11th.  We are looking for school-appropriate film submissions from any GPS student ranging anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. Films may be emailed to Rachel Cronen-Townsend at raccro1@gpsk12.org.  If real people are in your film, please contact Ms. C-T at the below email to get additional information. All films must be submitted by Monday, April 22nd.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. C-T at raccro1@gpsk12.org.

Taste of World Cultures will be held at Greenfield High School from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on March 29th. This is a family celebration of the cultures of GHS with food, music and dance.  All are welcome to this free event.

As of today, the last day of school will be an early release for students and staff on June 22.  Let’s all hope there is no more snow!

PK – GRADE 12 STUDENT REGISTRATION

Student registration for the 20023-2024 school year has begun for all grades, including preschool through grade 12. We are asking for the families of any incoming kindergarten students to please register for school as soon as possible so we can determine class sizes.

Evening hours will be available by appointment by contacting Andrea DiTullio at 772-1323.

The registration evening scheduled at Greenfield Gardens is now March 28th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A reminder to families – a birth certificate or other original proof of age, immunizations, and proof of residence in Greenfield are required for registration.

FY24 BUDGET

The School Committee voted to approve the FY24 budget reflecting a 10.35% increase over last year’s request to the City.  The majority of this increase reflects the hard work done by all of the negotiating committees on behalf of our staff and the School Committee.  It is our priority to retain highly qualified staff in all positions district-wide.

The budget hearing was recorded and is available on GCTV. In addition, all of the FY24 budget materials are on the home page of the district’s website and will be updated throughout the process.

The FY24 proposed budget does reflect some reductions.  These include:

* eliminate an unfilled Assistant Director of Special Education

* eliminate an unfilled custodial float position

* eliminate academic coach/interventionists from the grant

* eliminate an unfilled nurse float position

* eliminate the district registrar

* eliminate Grade 4 band

* reduce technology grant money from approximately $950,000 to $520,000

* reduce textbook grant money from $300,000 to $100,000

The budget will now move to the City side for review by the Mayor and the City Council. I will provide updates as information becomes available.

GREEN WAVE STORE

We have opened a school store for Green Wave gear. Please check it out!

https://greenwavespring23.itemorder.com/

VAPING RESOURCES

Many youth and adults struggle with vaping.  Here are some resources provided by FRCOG that may be helpful.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/get-the-facts-about-youth-vaping

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/get-the-facts-about-youth-vaping

My Life My Quit: Quitting Resource for Vaping or smoking

Free, confidential help for teens, with one-to-one, nonjudgmental support from trained quitting coaches. Quit when you want, how you want.

Text 36072 or visit ma.mylifemyquit.org

This is Quitting: Quitting Resource for Vaping

Free, anonymous text messaging program with messages from other youth working on quitting and tips to quit and stay quit.

Text DITCHVAPE to 88709.

Take care

Christine

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