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Gator Tales, November 16, 2015

posted Nov 18, 2015, 9:26 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org

Greenwood School Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, December 5, 9 AM - 1 PM 

The Greenwood School Community and friends can shop for special holiday gifts for their loved ones. Join us in the Greenwood School gymnasium for hot coffee, hot chocolate and festive music that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!
Contact Betty Ward to help with:
> Donations of wrapping paper and raffle items
> Help setting up Dec. 4 & running the bazaar  Dec. 5.                             
Find out more…


For various reasons some families find themselves in a position of wondering how they will provide holiday gifts for their children. 

To help, Wakefield runs a HOLIDAY SHOP for three days at the Civic Center in Wakefield: Monday, Dec. 7 ~ Tuesday, Dec. 8 ~ Wednesday, Dec. 9. Hours each day are10 AM to 3 PMThe only requirement for using the holiday shop is that you are a Wakefield resident and that you shop only for your own children. Learn more.
Any individual or business that wishes to provide anonymous support to Wakefield residents may donate gifts to the shop. New toys, art supplies, clothing, or teenage type cosmetics will be greatly appreciated. Items for middle and high school children are always in short supply. New clothing in assorted sizes is always a help. If you are looking for suggestions, places like Old Navy always have great deals for the holidays. Unwrapped items may be brought to the nurses’ offices at any of the Wakefield Public Schools byFriday, December 4, or dropped off on Sunday afternoon December 6 from 12-3 PM at the Civic Center.  Thank you in advance, for any help you can provide.

November is all about “Thanks” and “Giving”!

Anton's Coats for Kids Drive: Nov. 16 - Dec. 22

In these hard economic times, thousands of individuals in our very own community are without a warm winter coat. Please donate gently worn warm winter coats in the box across from the Greenwood School library. We are accepting donations TODAY, through Dec. 22Coats will be cleaned free of charge by Anton’s Cleaners. Once collected and cleaned, coats will be distributed free of charge through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network.  

It's easy to feel disconnected, as many parents juggle work, school, kids, and activity after activity. One of the most satisfying, fun, and productive ways to unite is volunteering for community service projects. Volunteerism also sets a good example for your kids and helps the community. For questions or more information, contact Katherine Cruise atkcruise@rcn.com. Greenwood Community Outreach thanks you for your support!

News from Technology Class

Grade 3 and 4 students continue to work on their Google Doc Digital Citizen/Internet Safety flyers. They are doing a great job and we hope to finish up this week and post them for all to see.
Grade 2 students continue with their Google Doc papers on being a Good Digital Citizen.  Students are inserting a picture of a super hero and writing information they learned.
Students in grades K and 1 continue to use ABCYa. This week we practiced our typing using Story Maker. Students typed My name is...  Using the spacebar, backspace and the shift for upper case letters.
Parent volunteers are welcome and appreciated during any K-4 technology class.  Please sign up with your room parent.  Students love when a parent visits and helps with projects or what we are learning. 

4th Grade Strings Update from the Visual & Performing Arts Department.

Click here to read more…

K-2 Students have a scheduled library time, as detailed below. We are piloting grade 3 & 4 students using the library with more of an open-door policy. 

Day 3

9:00 - 9:20 - Mrs. Ricupero
9:50 - 10:10 - Mrs. Harper
10:15 - 10:35 - Mr. Swift

Day 5

10:25 - 10:45 - Mrs. Morse

Day 6

1:45 - 2:05 - Ms. Frazier
2:05 - 2:25 - Mrs. DiVasta

Many committees need a chair and/or team members. In the case of a new chair role, the previous chairperson will orient you with the position.

Grants & Corporate Donations CHAIR & team members [Ongoing]
Identify and apply for grant money. Pursue corporate donations/sponsors.

Recycling Committee CHAIR [Ongoing]
Partner with ColorCycle and Cartridges for Kids. Identify new opportunities.

Community Outreach team members [Ongoing]
Team members are needed to help identify and support initiatives.

Enrichment/Cultural Arts team members [Ongoing]
Team members are needed to support Chairs for the programs they plan for within the school day..

Authorfest CO-CHAIR [Late Fall – Early Spring] & team members [Late Winter/Early Spring]   Co-chair needed to partner with existing chair to identify and schedule authors for this week-long event. Team members needed to be in-school and escorts for authors on the week of the event.

Gator Gallop team members [Ongoing, Now through April]
Fill any number of roles: digital marketer, sponsor solicitor, web master, registration manager are just a few of the roles!

Holiday Stroll team members [Late November – Early December] 
Provide support for Hat Parade and/or Festival of Tree Chairs

Family Night/Dance team members [2nd Half of School Year]
Support the chair in settling up & breaking down the invent, and possibly in planning.

Learning About Abilities (LAA) team members [2nd Half of School Year] At least 6 people are needed for in-school support of the program day.

Field Day team members [Spring]
Support the chair on day of event, and possibly in planning.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) [Tax Season] 
Work with our Treasurer to file taxes for our 501.(c)3.

Field Day team members [Spring]
Support the chair on day of event, and possibly in planning.

Lunch Duty [Ongoing or Intermittent]
Assist and oversee children during lunch and recess.

Morning Drop Off [Ongoing or Intermittent]
Assist children getting out of cars and to the schoolyard, before school starts in the morning.


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Marci Seidman, Co-President
Jennifer Moon, Co-President
Susan Palmer, Secretary