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Gator Tales, May 11, 2015

posted May 12, 2015, 7:38 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org

May 11, 2015 // Issue XXVII
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Your weekly Gator Tales, eNewsletter for the Greenwood School community.

“If you are a parent open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown, give him support.”  ― Osho

Dear Parents,

I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  Mark your calendars for our Spring Learning Fair Thursday May 21st from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. We invite you and your children to join us for what we are calling a Literacy Extravaganza! Our goal is to make this evening not only a celebration of the reading and writing the children have accomplished during the school year but also an informative evening for our families to learn more about the English/Language Arts Common Core Standards and what they mean for your child’s education. We will be highlighting informational reading and writing standards and the speaking and listening standards demonstrating with student work how the standards progresses through the K-4 curriculum.  We hope you can join us! 
I am looking for parent help on Monday, May 18th, anytime and Wednesday, May 20th1-2:30 PM  — to prepare for Spring Learning Fair's Literacy Extravaganza. Pleasego to VolunteerSpot to register to help. (It's easy and you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot. And, VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.) Thank you for your consideration.
Our third and fourth grade students will be taking the EOY PARCC ELA assessments on Tuesday May 12th.  Please avoid taking students from school during these dates.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. This will conclude our testing for the school year.
Have a great week!
PARCC Assessment 2015 Calendar
Part 2:  End of Year AssessmentELA – Reading comprehension5/12/15
Deb Collura

PTO Meeting Wednesday, May 13th @ 7 PM

Attend what may be the last meeting of the school year

... and voice your position on a number of topics, including how our earnings should be allocated and how open positions should be filled. 

See Agenda for May Meeting [PDF].
See Meeting Minutes from April Meeting [PDF]. 



Attend the PTO MeetingWednesday, May 13 and Learn More about Shaping Success for Next Year!

It is time to finalize the 2015-16 Committee Chair and PTO Board positions. Please take time to review these positions and consider whether you or someone you know may be interested in one of these roles.

For those interested in the PTO board,  attached is the PTO Board nomination form, description of positions, and explanation of the election process [PDF]At this time, a nominee for the Secretary or VP role would be uncontested. But any position may be considered for nomination and an election will take place. This is a GREAT opportunity for anyone interested in a leadership position, getting involved in the community, and much more.  Nominations forms are DUE, Wednesday, MAY 27

Review Open Committe Chair and Team positions for 2015-16 in the attached Committees & Chairs Transition [PDF]. ANY position can be co-chaired. Please emailgreenwoodpto@gmail.com with interest or questions.

We are very excited to help create a SUPERB group of PTO leaders for next year! Transition and training periods will be built in. Many active volunteers graduate out of the school this year. It would be a great loss for your children not to have exposure to the wonderful programs provided by the PTO.

Thank you in advance for all your efforts and time. Volunteers truly make a difference in our school and our children's lives. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Spring into Summer

with the
Greenwood School Family Dance!


Friday, May 29th
5:30 - 8 PM

St. Joseph's Church, Wakefield

Dancing with DJ Doug!
                               Fun Children’s Raffles!

Free Pizza, Chips, Popcorn!
                            (small fee for beverages)

Join in on the fun Friday evening, May 29th.
Order tickets or volunteer to help through the attached form.
Cost is $15/family. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult. Please contact GreenwoodPTO@gmail.com with any questions. 

Volunteer & Join Greenwood's
Beach Party!

Friday, June 5, 11:15 AM - 2:30 PM

Rain Date: Monday, June 15

Several volunteer spots remain open for THE children's favorite event of the year! We really need more help or we will have to cut activities, which would be a major disappointment. Even if you can only offer 1-2 hours, we could use your help!

Please talk with other parents and encourage them to volunteer.
   (remaining number required):
  • Water Balloon Filling (1)
  • Pie in the Face (2 or 3)
  • Sponge Race (1)
  • Tennis Ball Relay (2)
  • Water Balloon Toss (1)
  • Sack Races (2)
  • Basketball Toss (2)
  • Newcome wtih Mrs. Edson (2)
  • Recycle Relay (1)
  • Water Station (1 or 2 )
   Volunteer Now.

Thanks to those who have already volunteered.

Volunteer Now!



Greenwood School is offering Pre-K Story Hour to incoming Sept. 2015 Greenwood Kindergarteners and their Parents.

Here are the details...

WHO: Children and their parents who will be entering Greenwood School Kindergarten in Sept. 2015- Siblings welcome!
WHAT:  PRE-K Story Hour (stories and a craft)
WHERE:  Greenwood Elementary School After School Room
WHEN: All Story hours will meet 1:15-2:15pm
  1. Tues. May 12, 2015
  2. Thurs. May 28, 2015
  3. Wednesday June 3, 2015
  4. Thurs. June 11, 2015
WHY: To socialize and have fun with peers and other incoming Kindergarteners and their parents.
HOW: You and your child can join us at the Greenwood School on any or all of the above dates for stories, songs and crafts! We hope to see you there!

Greenwood Elementary School

1030 Main Street Wakefield, MA. 01880   781-246-6460

Please contact the Pre-K Story Hour Coordinators with any questions
Deb Bry 
Nicole Jacob

Teacher Appreciation Success!

The school community is very fortunate to have Sarah DiFrenna in their midst! She went WAY above and beyond this week of Teacher Appreciation, with something special for the staff every single day, and with the grand finale of a Seafood by the Seaside luncheon this afternoon. The staff was blown away, as were the PTO members who attended to help out a bit. Thank you to anyone who contributed. And huge thanks to Sarah for being both the captain and crew of all that was concepted, cooked, baked, purchased, designed, decorated, lugged and shared — with a very delighted staff whom felt very appreciated and very lucky to be a part of the Greenwood School.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and either bought lemonade or helped with the stand. The kids were truly amazing with their marketing and customer service skills. This is always one of my favorite days of the year and with your help, we raised $836 for the 
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

Some people have asked if they can still donate and the answer is YES! Donate to Lemond-Aid Day via PayPal and support the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. 
We are just $164 away from our goal of $1000!

See more pictures at Facebook Event Lemon-Aid 5: A Benefit for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.


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Contact the PTO Board with any questions or ideas atGreenwoodPTO@gmail.com. Your PTO Board for the 2014-15 school-year:
Marci Seidman, Co-President
Jennifer Moon, Co-President
Tammy Milsky, Treasurer
Christine Gori, Secretary