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Gator Tales, November 23, 2015

posted Nov 23, 2015, 6:32 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org

November 23, 2015 // Issue XI
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Your weekly Gator Tales, eNewsletter for the Greenwood School community.

"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart" —Seneca

Dear Parents,

A reminder that Wednesday November 25th is an early release day for students. Dismissal will be at 11:55 AM. for the Thanksgiving holiday. THERE WILL BE NO LUNCH SERVED. School will resume on Monday November 30th.

Picture make-up day is Tuesday, November 23rd.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th.  Greenwood students and their parents are invited to help kick off the Holiday Stroll by participating in the Hat Parade that will begin at the Civic Center at 3:00 pm (families should arrive 2:30) look for our school banner. Dawn a festive hat and come and show your Greenwood pride and march in the parade with us!  Parents must attend this event with their children. 

We are so grateful for the wonderful families who support our school. We are always so inspired by your compassion and generosity. On behalf of the entire staff we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Deb Collura

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!
We currently have no donations and no volunteers to help with this event.

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…

Supply Your Information 
or You Will NOT Be in The Greenwood School Family Directory

We are building a new Directory, to ensure we have the most recent contact information for all families. Supply your family contact information now  to be included in the Directory. Prior year Directory information will NOT be transferred.

The Directory is a listing of contact information for Greenwood School families, to be shared publicly within the school community. This data is kept separate from that supplied when signing up for PTO communications such as Gator Tales.

Fri., Dec. 4 – Sun., Dec. 6

Welcome winter with a weekend full of fantastic events provided by the Town of Wakefield and the Greenwood School!

From the Friday night Tree Lighting Ceremony, toGreenwood’s Holiday Bazaar, to the Frozen Frolic Road Race, to the Hat Parade and Holiday Stroll, you are sure to have a fun-packed Welcome Winter Weekend!

Get a handle on all that is going on: View the Key Events Timeline and event contacts.

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!

4th Grade Strings Update 

String instruction at Greenwood will take place after school 2:45-3:30 PM on Tuesdays, beginning the week of January 4, 2016Sign up for 4th-grade strings.  The string program is an optional program available to all 4th-grade students.If you have already signed up for strings, you must SIGN UP AGAIN in the new form. Sign-ups are open until Tuesday, December 1st.  Learn more…

Technology News:

Grades 3 & 4 

We are finishing up our Digital Citizen/Internet Safety flyers and have started printing them so they can be posted in the school.  The students have done a fabulous job with these and they are all so different showing their individual creativity. 

Grade 2 

The students are doing a wonderful job typing their Super Digital Citizen papers in Google Docs.  Each student selected a Super Hero of their choice to insert under the title at the top of the paper.

Grade K & 1

Our K & 1 students are having fun typing sentences and words using Story Maker inABCYa. We are using the shift, space and backspace keys.   


AFTER SCHOOL Programs coming up for the new year:



Watch for the Wakefield Academy special sign up flyer in December as this program is on a first come basis and space is limited. The program will run for 5 weeks and will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for 2 hours each class for a total of 10 hours (you choose the day). 

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!

Family Night/Dance team members [Winter]
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.

Take Charge
of Education

Enroll your Target 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.

Stop&Shop's A+
School Rewards 

Oct. 9, 2015 through Mar. 17, 2016, we can cash through the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. Log in at www.stopandshop.com/aplus, using your Stop & Shop Card, and designate the Greenwood School, ID#10105.  Don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more CASH for our school.

Collect Your Box Tops! 

Every box top is worth 10 cents, and they really add up!  Be sure to check the expiration date, as any expired Box Tops cannot be redeemed. You child can bring in their BOX TOPS at any time and give them to their teacher. 

Recycle, Upcycle!

Bring in used and spent markers, of any type and put them in the ColorCycle box under the main bulletin board. The markers will be converted into clean fuel, which can be used to heat homes, power vehicles, cook meals & more!  Learn More.

CFK (Cartridges for Kids) is a recycling program that pays us CASH for cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, tablets/ereaders/notebooks, cell phones, iPods. Donate materials in the blue bin in the copy room across from the office.
Volunteer: run this program for Greenwood.  
Learn More about acceptable materials.



Community Information

Daisies for Greenwood K & 1
The Greenwood School has two Girl Scout Daisy troops accepting members:
> Kindergarten: Troop is open for new members and parent leaders.
> 1st Grade: Troop is open for members, with leaders in place.
Register with Girl Scouts Eastern Mass.
Contact area registrar with any questions.

Wakefield Boys Lacrosse
Register for the Indoor Season, 7-8 PM Thursdays
Session 1: Nov. 12 - Jan. 21
Session 2: Feb. 4 - Mar. 24
Download the flyer or visit wakefieldlacrosse.net.
Calories for Charity
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) your workout before you hit the dinner table! Join team MadFitZ on Thanksgiving morning for a fun, cause worthy, calorie burning workout.
Thursday, November 26
9-10 AM at Lake Commons
Minimum $10 donation
View the flyer or Register.

Frozen Frolic Road Race
Supporting WHS Cross Country and Track & Field Programs
Saturday, December 5
1:30 PM: Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
2:15 PM: 3.4 Mile Race
Adults $25 in advance / Kids $15
View the flyer or Register.
Wakefield Soccer's Winter Training
Program runs Jan. 10 - Mar. 20 at Galvin Middle School.  View the flyer or register now.
Youth Hockey Seeks I-Mite Players
Wakefield Youth Skating Association (WYSA) is looking for additional players for I-Mite teams. This program is for Boys and Girls ages 5 to 9 looking for their first hockey team experience. Weekly practices are held at Hockeytown and weekly games are held at Stoneham Area. The games and practices are complemented with skills sessions, street hockey sessions and special events. For more informationcontact Bill Welch, WYSA I-Mite Age Director.


Deborah ColluraPrincipal
Marie PaivaSecretary
Mary DohertyNurse
Alexandra AmicoPerm. Building Substitute
Jane ThayerPerm. Building Substitute
Larry MathewsonCustodian
Rick LemboCustodian
Kathryn.DiVastaK Teacher
Katie FrazierK Teacher
Mrs. Radabaugh Paraprof.
Mrs. Murphy