Greely Middle School 4-5
November 2016 Newsletter
From the Principal’s Desk
Students and staff are participating in a schoolwide effort to be “bucket fillers” based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? This book emphasizes that when we use kind words and actions toward others, we make them feel good. That’s being a bucket filler and it supports a positive school climate. Staff are reinforcing and recognizing students for their safe, respectful, and responsible behavior by giving them “bucket slips”. Students are working together to earn schoolwide celebrations by accumulating slips. Our first celebration was a Hat Day, and we are more than halfway to our goal of our next celebration. In addition, at each school assembly, we are recognizing individual students for their safe, respectful, and responsible behavior by randomly drawing “bucket slips” and inviting those students to pick a prize. The energy around this initiative is really positive, and we look forward to many more celebrations and recognitions throughout the remainder of the school year.
Upcoming Dates of Interest:
Tuesday, November 8 - Picture Retake Day
Wednesday, November 9 - Garbage to Garden Launch (more information at the end of this newsletter)
Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day - No School
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Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.
Sincerely, Carol MacArthur
Principal, Grades 4-5
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• School begins at 8:45 AM. Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.
• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815. If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.
• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.
• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes. If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.
We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.
Our campaign officially wraps up TODAY! Thank you to everyone who has already contributed.
Every dollar makes a difference in our ability to invest in curriculum enhancing field trips and enrichment activities. Thanks for considering making a donation
to this appeal.
Are you a Room or Team Parent for your child's class? If so, are you using the program Sign-Up Genius to organize classroom parties and collection activities? If not, we'll show you just how easy and efficient this tool is to use. It really makes managing volunteer sign-up activities a snap!
Join us on Tuesday, November 8th from 6-6:45pm in the Greely Middle School cafeteria for an interactive introduction to Sign-Up Genius.
Did you know anxiety disorders are one of the three most common childhood psychiatric disorders?
Are you concerned your child or teenager is struggling with anxiety issues?
Do you have questions about what to look for and how to manage an anxious child?
Pack only what you/your child will eat
Do not buy single serve packages - make your own with reusable containers
Pack like items in the same container
Use a durable, reusable lunch box
Use reusable containers and bags made of plastic, metal, glass, or cloth
If you use small plastic bags or foil, bring them home for reuse & think creatively about reusing “disposable” packing multiple times
Use reusable water bottles and thermos’ for drinks to avoid single use bottles and cans
We recommend aiming for no-waste, but if you can make your lunch low-waste in the process, that is a great place to start
If you must use disposables - think compostable like paper bags and waxed paper
Remind kids to use the green compost bins at school - “if it grows, it goes!”