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Gator Tales, May 4, 2015

posted Jan 10, 2016, 4:53 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org

May 4, 2015 // Issue XXVI
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Your weekly Gator Tales, eNewsletter for the Greenwood School community.

Taking time and sharing is the essence of teaching. The future of those we cherish will be a reflection of what we model today. (Author Unknown)

Dear Parents,
Mark your calendars for our Spring Learning Fair Thursday May 21st from 6:15 – 7:30 PM. 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 progress through the K-4 curriculum.  We hope you can join us!
A reminder that our third- and fourth-grade students will be taking the EOY PARCC math assessments on Monday May 4th and Tuesday May 5th and the ELA assessment on Tuesday May 12th.  Please avoid taking students from school during these dates.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Have a great week!
PARCC Assessment 2015 Calendar
Part 2:  End of Year AssessmentMath – Understanding major grade-level math concepts5/4/15 & 5/5/15
Part 2:  End of Year AssessmentELA – Reading comprehension5/12/15
Deb Collura

May 6: Walk & Bike to School Day!

Students should walk or bike with their families or friends to school onWednesday, May 6 and enjoy the "change of pace!"

May 6 is Massachusetts' Walk & Bike to School Day, sponsored by Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

Teaching and inspiring children to start walking and bicycling more often—to and from school has many positive impacts:
  • Establishes healthy lifetime habits for students
  • Increases children's independence
  • Helps students arrive at school ready to learn: early morning exercise appears to increase alertness and mental focus.
  • Teaches safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver skills
  • Builds community
  • Helps reduce air pollution and traffic congestion near schools
In 1969, roughly 48% of students bicycled or walked to school. Today only 13% of children do so. Travel to school can account for up to 25% of all morning traffic.



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]. 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. Our volunteers truly help make a difference in our school and our children's lives. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Sponsored by the

The Wakefield Educational Foundation invites you to participate in the S.T.A.R.S. program.  Through this program you can acknowledge those teachers and staff who have made a special contribution to your child’s education. This is a great way to say “thank you” at the end of the school year.
S.T.A.R.S. (School Teachers Are Really Special) allows donors to contribute to the W.E.F. grant program while acknowledging a special teacher or staff person.  When you make a donation, the honoree will receive a personalized card acknowledging that a gift was made by you in their honor (the amount is not mentioned).  The card is printed on beautiful white linen stock embellished with silver foil.   At the same time you are putting much-needed funds directly into the Wakefield Educational Foundation which underwrites the cost of special programs, equipment or services to enhance the learning experience for students at all grade levels. Since our inception, WEF has awarded over $205,000 in grants.
Simply fill out the attached form and return it with your check payable to W.E.F., at P.O. Box 1752, Wakefield, MA  01880 or place in an envelope addressed to WEF STARS and leave it at the front office at your school.  If you have any questions, please email us at info@wakefieldeducationalfoundation.org.

GREAT gift idea for Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4-8, 2015!

Honor Your S.T.A.R.S. Teacher Now

Gator Gallop — Congratulations to Us!

Our Students Brought in over $5500 in Pledges!!

Student with the Most Pledge Money Raised
and Winner of Principal for the Day...

Chloe Iosua of Mrs. Harper's 1st Grade Class

Student with the 2nd Most Pledge Money Raised
and Winner of Gym Teacher for the Day...

Charlie Shvetz of Ms. Campbell's 4th Grade Class

Classroom with the Most Pledge Money Raised 
and Winner of a Pizza Party...

Ms. Frazier's K Class with $710!!

Wow! Almost $200 ahead of the next highest class!

The School Community Got Its Groove On!

Overall, our race-day participation rates were VERY impressive! On average, about 60% of each classroom registered to run, with 10 members of our faculty joining in, and many bringing their families!

Classroom with the highest percentage of participation (including teacher and any dedicated aide) and Winner of a Slush Party...

Ms. DiVasta's K Class with a wopping 74% participation!

Check out all the great race day pictures via the links below:

Photos at Gator Gallop Community on Facebook >>
Photos at Greenwood School Gator Community on Facebook >> 
Photos taken by RaceWire >>

See last week's Gator Tales to find the details on winners of the 1M, 5K & Spirit! 

You can reach previous version of Gator Tales by clicking the "View this email in your browser" link at the top of this message. From the browser view you will see the option to select "Past Issues."


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May Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Mon. - Fri., May 4-8
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Wed., May 6
Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day
Wed., May 13, 7:00 PM
PTO Meeting 
Greenwood Library
Thu., May 216:15-7:30 PM
Spring Learning Fair's Literacy Extravaganza 
Greenwood School
Fri., May 29
Spring into Summer! Family Dance
St.  Joseph's Church, Wakefield

Fri., Jun 5, 11:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Field Day
Greenwood School


May Lunch Menu
2014-15 WPS School Year Calendar


CORI form
Volunteer contract


> 2014/2015 Reg. Form
May BSP Form
May ASP Form
Summer Enrichment Program
Summer Camp 1
Summer Camp 2

Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

To celebrate, please have your child(ren) make something for their teachers and/or any faculty, who are special to them.

They could draw a picture, make a card, write a poem, whatever your child would like do to put a smile on the recipient's face. Please have your child bring their creations to school throughout this week, May 4-8They can bring in their creation throughout the week, to celebrate the faculty all week long. This will mean so much to our wonderful Greenwood Faculty!

Thank you for participating!


Fri., June 5th 

11:15 AM - 2:30 PM

Rain Date: Mon. June 15

Join Greenwood's Beach Party! We still have several spots open for one of the most fun events of the year and THE children's favorite! Please talk with other parents and encourage them to volunteer.

Volunteers needed (remaining number required):
  • Mrs. Morse's Classroom
  • Ms. Frazier's Classroom
  • Pie in The Face (2 or 3)
  • Water balloon filling  (3 or 4+)
  • DJ Station (2 or 3)
  • Sack Races (2 or 3)
  • Basketball Toss (4)
  • Newcome wtih Ms Edson (2)
  • Recycle Relay (1)
  • Slush (1)
  • Sponge Race (1)
  • Tennis Ball Relay (4)
  • Water Balloon Toss (3)
  • Sack Races (3)
  • Water Station (3 )
Thanks to those that have already volunteered.
Volunteer Now!

Attention Kindergarten Parents:

The All School Meeting for Kindergarten has been changed toJune 1st @ 9:00am

Greenwood students, teachers & staff are collecting used markers ready for discard. The markers will go to a facility for conversion into clean fuel, which can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals & more! 
Help & Learn More!

If you have a Target card, please 
enroll your REDcard in Take Charge of Education® and designate the Greenwood Elementary School as the recipientTarget will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com.
Our 2014 earnings were $867.68 through this program. And that’s with only 39 REDcard holders whom have designated this school. Imagine if we all signed up!!


Now Available

2014/2015 Family Directory



School District

Wakefield Public Schools (WPS)
WPS's Greenwood School sub-site
WPS on Facebook


Community News

Town Meeting
Mon., May 4, 7:30 PM
Galvin Auditorium
WPS FY2016 Budget Vote

Doyle PTO Meeting/Incoming Pre-K Parental Social
Mon., May 11
Harrington's Pub, Wakefield

SEPAC May Social
Wed., May 137-9 PM
The Dockside, Wakefield

See more information at Facebook event page >>
RSVP via email to wakefieldsepac@gmail.com.

Join us on Facebook:


Deborah ColluraPrincipal
Marie PaivaSecretary
Mary DohertyNurse
Jane ThayerPerm. Building Substitute
Larry MathewsonCustodian
Rich LemboCustodian
Courtney LeahyAM K Teacher
Kathryn.DiVastaFull Day K Teacher
Katie FrazierFull Day K Teacher
Mary CrumpK Paraprof.
Rachel ArsenaultK Paraprof.
Grade One
Kristen HarperGrade 1 Teacher
Kimberly MorseGrade 1 Teacher, 
Sheila JuntaGrade 1 Paraprof.
Grade Two
Michael SwiftGrade 2 Teacher
Melanie RicuperoGrade 2 Teacher
Angela DriggersGrade 2 Paraprof.
Grade Three
Andrea BrahamGrade 3 Teacher
Elaine PirrelloGrade 3 Teacher
Grade Four
Jeanine CampbellGrade 4 Teacher
Lisa KoplikGrade 4 Teacher
Jason Wallace Grade 4 Teacher
Danielle MetzlerGrade 4 Paraprof.

Michele LabrecqueReading Specialist