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Gator Tales, April 4, 2016

posted Apr 9, 2016, 5:54 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org
April 4, 2016 // Issue XXVIII
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Your weekly Gator Tales, eNewsletter for the Greenwood School community.

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
— Charles R. Swindoll

Dear Parents,
This is a very busy week at school this week! Come learn with your children about music and dance from around the world with our wonderful music teachers Ms. Brighenti and Ms. Schwartz on Wednesday evening April 6th  from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. The children and their families that participated in this event earlier in the year had a wonderful time. Come learn and dance!

Our students will be bused to the Galvin Middle School on Friday April 8th for the annual Visual and Performing Arts celebration from 9:45 – 11:30 a.m. This wonderful program highlights our talented students through art displays, demonstrations, and ends with a musical performance by the high school theater and band members.

It is hard to believe our annual Gator Galop is less than a week away. As you have all heard by now this is the one annual fundraiser for the Greenwood School. It is an amazing event that brings our entire school community together in a fun and active way. I hope you will all come out next Saturday morning April 9th and walk/run in the Gator Galop to show your support for our school. Many of our staff members will be on hand to congratulate the children as they walk/run the kids race!
Wakefield Public Schools invites all families to the 2nd annual International Night celebration Friday evening April 8th  from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Galvin Middle School.  This is a wonderful celebration of cultural diversity within our school community!

Congratulations to our school community members who will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Learning Thursday April 14th sponsored by the Wakefield Educational Foundation at the Galvin Middle School. This special evening honors the fourth grade students who exemplify our schools core values, our parent volunteers that go above and beyond expectations to enhance our students’ education and the teachers that demonstrate our core values and have dedicated themselves to excellence in education. Our community members being honored are as follows:  Students: Nadia Collins, Cooper Davis, Molly Forrest and Liam Wallace.  Staff member:  Michael Swift and Volunteers Tammy Milsky, Marci Seidman.

Have a great week and I hope to see many of you at these wonderful community celebrations!
Deb Collura
Get in the Gator Gallop Spirit!!

Students Celebrate All Week Long!

TODAY — Crazy Hair/Hat Day!

Tuesday, 4/5 — Class Spirit Day! Each class dresses according to their own spirit plan!

Wednesday, 4/6 — Sports Team Day! Wear your favorite sports team shirt, national or local!

Thursday, 4/7 — Wear Green Day! Green for Greenwood!

Friday, 4/8 — Greenwood Class T-shirt Day!

SATURDAY, 4/9 — To the Gator Gallop....Wear you Greenwood Class T-shirt AND/OR your CRAZIEST Outfit. Try to win the Spirit Award!!

Greenwood Parents:
Please Help Out at the Gallop

We still need many volunteers for the event this coming Saturday, April 9. Some roles are very small, yet very important to the day running smoothly. Many will fit nicely around your own run.

1. Go to Gator Gallop VolunteerSpot, review the options and choose the spot(s) you would like.  
2. Join us for the Volunteer Meeting, Monday, 4/4, 7 PM at the Greenwood School Library.

If you are having trouble selecting a spot, please come to the Volunteer Meeting anyway. We will find just the right spot for you!

Volunteers are essential to the Gator Gallop running smoothly. This one inititiative replaces a multitude of fundraising initiatives throughout the year. Please keep this the better option and get involved!  IIf you have any questions, please email gatorgallop5k@gmail.com.
Volunteer at the Gallop

Be Prepared: the Gallop Experience

Saturday morning, April 9th

The Scene
  • Bring some $ CASH $ for an amazing selection of raffles which include:
    • Kidcasso,
    • Velvet Green Organic Lawn Care,
    • Defensive Edge,
    • The Boston Red Sox,
    • A Peaceful Escape Salon & Spa 
  • DJ John Ross will build on the positive energy.
  • Food samples from Whole Foods and Wagamama and other shops!
  • Water from Whole Foods, Fast Freddie's and Mystic Runners
  • Massage service!
  • Coffee from HoneyDew!
  • Porta-potties!
  • Happy faces!

The Key Events
  • 8:15 AMCheck in and onsite registration opens.
  • 8:30+ AM: Children's warm-up with retired Greenwood PE teacher, Joie Edson.
  • 9 AM: Kids' 1M begins
    • For children 10 and under, released in phases by age
    • Takes place in a protected area.
    • Is not limited to Greenwood students
    • Awards prizes by age division and gender.
  • 9: 30 AM: Chip-timed 5K begins
    • A flat roadrace around Lake Q.
    • All ages from all places are welcome.
    • Enjoyed by competitive runners, leisurely joggers, walkers and babies in strollers.
    • Awards prizes by age division and gender. 
Register Yourself for the Gator Gallop 5K

This is the ONLY school-wide fundraiser and it provides ALL of the Greenwood PTO's internal funding to support the ancillary educational experiences of your child, such as the programs brought to you by Cultural Arts, furniture and books for the library, Field Day and supplemental field trip costs. Along with grant funding from WEF, it also provides for AuthorFest. This is the 3rd year of the Gator Gallop. Without it, we would need many fundraisers throughout the year to make up th required revenue.

Go to GatorGallop.com to learn more, register or sponsor.
Go to the GatorGallop FaceBook page to stay in touch.

Please contact gatorgallop5k@gmail.com with any questions about the pledge process and your child's involvement in the Gator Gallop.
The Wakefield Elementary Music Department Hosts
Greenwood’s Spring

Family Folk Dance NIGHT

Wednesday April 6, 6-7 PM
Greenwood School Gym

Mrs. Brighenti & Ms. Schwartz will teach folk dances from around the world, in an effort to use music and dance to strengthen the Greenwood Community.

All Greenwood students, families and friends are invited to participate.

download flyer >>

International Night!
Friday, April 8th, 6 - 8 PM 

After a huge success last year, Wakefield Public Schools will hold it's 2nd annual International Night on Friday, 4/8 at the Galvin Middle School.

Displays will include food, artifacts & other information as related to a country or heritage.

Interested in adding to a display, based on your family's country and/or heritage background? Please complete the Participation Form

If you have any questions, please contact the International Night Committee via  Wakefield Public Schools International Night Facebook page

Performances will include:  
  • The Galvin Middle School Choir, performing songs in Spanish.  
  • The Divinity Dancers, performing various Latin dances such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata and then teaching how to dance to one of the styles.
  • Shin Daiko, conducting workshops for students who are interested in learning Japanese drumming and then performing.  Students interested in the workshop will need to sign-up ahead of time, at the event.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming early April!

Keep your eye out for the next communication.
It will be here before you know it!!

We need volunteers, TBD the week of April 5-8 or April 12-15 — any time one can give would be greatly appreciated. We need volunteers for set up, assisting students finding books, and running the register. Please contact Kelley C. to volunteer.
Volunteer for the Book Fair

Please Help Bring BOKS to Greenwood!

We would like to run a 4-6 pilot at Greenwood, beginningMay 1. We NEED a lead volunteer and a couple assistants to run this pilot, for 40 minutes, 2 x week, in the morning just before school starts. BOKS provides a completely free robust curriculum: All you have to do is lead the children through it with energy!!

Volunteer/Inquire about BOKS.

With success of the pilot, we hope to have the program in place at Greenwood in the Fall.

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of the Reebok Foundation, is a free before-school physical activity program aimed to get children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning. This program is running quite successfully at the Galvin Middle School and will soon be piloting at the Walton. 

All BOKS classes focus on a functional fitness skill of the week (ex. squat, push up, plank) and follow the same format including team-orientated games. The lesson ends with a short nutritional talk to provide kids with the tools to make smart healthy food choices. The BOKS curriculum provides children a safe, fun environment to practice skills through play, while building confidence and developing lifelong healthy habits. 

Volunteer/Inquire about BOKS.
Learn more about BOKS.
Volunteer for BOKs

WPS Spring Closet Clean Out Contest!


It's a Feel Good Program!                                   

*Feels good to clean out your closet!
*Feels good to support your local community!
*Feels good to help the environment!

1. Does it FIT?
2. Have I worn this in the last YEAR?
3. IF I was shopping right now, would I BUY this?
4. Does it look GOOD on me?
5. If this item is damaged, will I actually make the effort and/or spend the MONEY to get it repaired?

Bay State Textiles will reward the WPS system an additional $800 if the Wakefield School Community collects 16,000 pounds by June 30th. That's in additional $800 on top of our standard rebate rate of $100 per ton.


5 fabulous musical events in Wakefield on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 3:30-5:00:
Come meet and greet 5 world-renowned student musicians from Heifetz on Tour (HoT), alumni from Heifetz International Music Institute. Listen to a sample of their classical music on piano, violin, viola, and cello, and enjoy refreshments in the Lecture Hall, Beebe Library, 3:30-5:00!

Sunday, April 10, 3:30:
On Sunday, April 10, 2016, please join us for Heifetz on Tour's debut at the new Galvin Middle School Veterans Memorial Auditorium, with a lecture at 3:30 by Heifetz director Benjamin Roe, and a 4:00 pm classical music concert featuring works by Bach, Schubert, Dvorak, Amy Beach, and Samuel Barber. There will be a reception to follow.  

Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12:
HoT musicians will be performing and teaching in the elementary, middle, and high schools. Monday afternoon, April 11, HoT will perform for the Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield at 4:00 pm. Parents are invited to attend. Tuesday, April 12, HoT in partnership with violinist Caroline Lieber will conduct a master class for distinguished strings students at Galvin Middle School, time TBD.  Wakefield music students are invited to attend.  See attached flyers and website for details and concert tickets! www.heifetzinwakefield.org

Questions, Sarah Roehrich, heifetzinwakefield@gmail.com


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