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Gator Tales - April 28, 2014

posted May 1, 2014, 4:37 AM by Joel Villegas
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In this issue
From the Principal
MCAS May Dates
Kelly McLean Thumbs-Up Walk
Lemon-AID Day
Field Day Volunteers Needed
District News
Band Instrument Info
Cultural Arts
Kindergarten screening volunteers needed
A Note from the Nurse
Join The Greenwood School on Facebook
Follow Dr. Zrike on his blog
Upcoming Events
Student & Family Directory
Ongoing Fundraising
Contact Us



Upcoming Events

View 2013-2014 Calendar
View April Calendar Pdf

Half Day
April 30, 2014

Lemon-AID Day
May 3, 2014

PTO Meeting 
May 6, 2014 @7 PM
Greenwood Library 

Painting Party 
May 10, 2014 @9 AM

Cultural Arts
Animal Adventure - 3rd Graders
May 13, 2014

PARCC (EOY) Assessment Testing
4th Graders
May 21-22, 2014

Kelly McLean Thumbs-Up Walk
May 29, 2014

5th Grade Orientation
June 4, 2014 from 6-7pm
Galvin Auditorium

Field Day
Friday, June 6, 2014

5th Grade Ice Cream Social
August 27, 2014
View the April Lunch Menu

Missing Keys and other small items!

Marie Paiva has a Lost and Found on her desk with small items. There are MANY expensive car keys and other keys that look like house keys. If you are missing keys or any small item, please check out Marie's Basket. Unclaimed items will be thrown away in June.

Greenwood Student and Family Directory available here…

Download the Directory Here


Read Dr. Zrike's Listening and Learning Tour — Report of Findings.



Previous Gator Tales Issues

September 9, 2013
September 16, 2013
September 23, 2013
September 30, 2013
ctober 7, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 21, 2013
ctober 28, 2013
ovember 4, 2013
November 11, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 25, 2013
December 2, 2013
December 9, 2013
December 16, 2014
January 6, 2014
January 13, 2014
January 20, 2014
anuary 27, 2014
eburary 3, 2014
February 10, 2014

February 24, 2014
March 3, 2014
March 10, 2014
March 17, 2014
March 24, 2014
March 31, 2014
April, 7, 2014
April 14, 2014



A+ School Rewards

Textile Donation Bin

Cartridges for Kids

Box Tops for Education

Labels for Education

Target Card Program

PTO Board:

Marci Seidman
Jennifer Theriault

Vice President
Amy High

Alison Federici

Tammy Milsky
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emily Buckwald


Grade 3 Math Session 1:Tuesday May 6th
Session 2Wednesday May 7th

Grade 4 Math Session 1:Tuesday May 13th
Session 2Wednesday May 14th

Grade 4 PARCC Pilot Math TestWednesday May 21st and Thursday May 22nd

Volunteers for kindergarten screening needed.

April 28, 9-2:30
April 29, 9-2:30
April 30, 9-11:55

We are looking for 6-7 volunteers.

If there are any parents that would be willing to volunteer to greet our new families on any of these days please email Marie Paiva

Greenwood School Lemon-AID Day to Benefit the Wakefield interfaith Food Pantry
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

As part of the of the Greenwood School Outreach activities, we are inviting families to participate in a Lemon-AID day to benefit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Lemonade Day is a national program designed to teach children how to start, own and operate their very own business — a lemonade stand. By participating in the Greenwood School's Lemon-AID day, kids will learn business skills (marketing, selling, serving, providing change, etc.) and will be giving give back to the community as the stand will be run as a non-profit. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Pantry.

We are asking for volunteers to help run the stand for one hour shifts from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 3 at the Wakefield Common. We ask that a parent stay with their child/children to help run the stand.

If you have questions, please feel free to email Katherine at kcruise@rcn.com. If you can't volunteer that day, please consider dropping by for a nice cool glass of lemonade.
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. 

Please sign up for Greenwood School Lemon-AID Day! 
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Htsu6K 
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots — VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Field Day Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers for Field Day Friday June 6th with a rain date of Friday June 13th
Field Day will begin at 11:15 am. The schedule is as follows:
  • 11:15 Lunch
  • 11:45 Stations (changing every 15 min)
  • 2:15  Slush 
  • 2:30 Students head back to the classrooms
Water Balloon Toss 
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
  5. Water Balloon Fillers:  We need to fill about 400 balloons, so they more fillers we get the less people need to fill up.
Sack Races
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  1. Station Manager  (This is usually ran by Joie Edson, but she may not be able to run this)
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
Tennis Ball Relay
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
Dunk Tank
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Dunkers (If you are going to be a dunker and if you would like to be in a specific class please let us know that)
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
Sponge Race
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
Basketball Toss
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
Disk Toss
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
Recycle Relay
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
  4. Helper
  5. Need various plastic recycle plastic bottles about 50 items
  1. Station Manager
  2. Helper
  3. Helper
Gas for Generator
Classroom Volunteers
should arrive at their appointed classroom by 11:00
Currier      Kayla Goveia
DiVasta:   Rita McKenna-Cohen
Fraizer     Grace-Marie Sullivan
Gilchrist    Amy Davis
Wallace     Karen Walsh
Pirrello      Andrea Day
I'd like to Volunteer for Field Day
Station Managers should arrive at the school yard by 10:15 to help set up. Those who will be working a station should arrive by 10:45
If you would like to volunteer please email us at dlee1967@verizon.net and please put FIELD DAY in the Subject Line.
Dan and Diane Lee
Field Day Commitee

Kelly McLean Thumbs-Up Scholarship Walk


Please mark the date of this year's Kelly McLean Thumbs-Up Walk around the lake: Thursday, May 29(rain dateThursday June 5th) at Lake Quannapowitt. 

Registration begins at 4:00P.M. The walk begins at 5:00 P.M.. The cost is $5 per walker and $20 per family. Music will be provided by DJ Pete Healey while friends of Kelly enjoy a picnic or pizza by the gazebo. Thumbs-Up rings, bracelets, and T-Shirts will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield'sKelly McLean Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to a local student in need of financial assistance who is pursuing an education in the medical field.  Should you need further information, please contact Nancy Hurley at 781-224-0866or Liz Stumpf at 781-245-5290.

District News:

2014-15 Transportation

Please note that  a communication broadcast message via School Messenger was sent earlier last week to all WPS families notifying them that the 2014-2015 Bus Application is now available online. 

If we do not have an e-mail address on file, the family will not get the notification. Click here to download the bus application for next year. We are attempting to reduce paper consumption, printing costs and manual data input, the application is a GoogleDoc / GoogleForm that families complete and submit online.


As the school year starts to wind down so do our Cultural Arts Programs. We have 1 more event in May, from Animal Adventures. 
May 13th will be the final program for the 3rd Graders. It will be the same program that the 1, 2 & 4th graders will be seeing.
Since we booked these programs as a Premium show there will be a special Exotic Animal at each presentation. So Ask your children after they attend the presentation what special animal was brought in.
Diane Lee

Band Instrument Information and Demos Are Coming!

Students entering 5th grade at the Galvin Middle School next year will choose either Band, Chorus or Orchestra (or a combination of two) for their music class.
In order to help students learn more about, and select a band instrument, there will be a series of in-school demonstrations beginning on April 29th at the Walton and Greenwood schools and then on May 2nd for the Dolbeare and Woodville Schools.
After the school demonstrations students are invited to try the instruments out at the “Instrument Petting Zoo” Night on May 8th  being held on a drop in basis from 6-8pm at the Galvin Middle School Cafeteria. Students may hold, play and experiment with all the available instruments. Students who attend this night will have a chance to talk their top choices over with Ms. Viscardi-Bankert (Ms. VB) and will receive preference with instrument selections.

Sign up and Instrument Selection information will be distributed on May 9th. Please email Ms. VB at jaclyn.viscardi@wpsk12.org if you have any questions.


Painting Party for kids grades 1 - 3, at the Hartshorne House on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Hartshorne House resident Ariel Gaudet is pleased to announce a Painting Party for kids grades 1-3, at the Hartshorne House onSaturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m.This is a great chance for children in this age group (and their parents) to see the Hartshorne House, but also to express their artistic creativity and create the perfect Mother's Day gift! Cost is $20 per child, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Soft drinks and coffee will be available. All proceeds go to the care and maintenance of Wakefield's historic Hartshorne House. Please contact Ariel at aablashock@liberty.edu, or 781/245-3935.

Sign up for the Painting Party


If you have not yet done so, would you please send me in a current physical for your 4th grade child?  This is a state requirement for admission to the 5th grade. Physicals done after June 1, 2013 are acceptable. 
I was hoping to get as many of these as possible before the summer break in order to avoid confusion for your child in September.
If you have any questions please fell free to call me at (781) 245-4573.
Thank you!
Mary Doherty, R.N.
Please remember — A copy of a physical must be on file for your child to enter grade 5 at the Galvin Middle School in September.