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Gator Tales, October 19, 2015

posted Oct 21, 2015, 5:36 AM by Joel.Villegas@wpsk12.org
October 19, 2015 // Issue VI
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Your weekly Gator Tales, eNewsletter for the Greenwood School community.

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve"
—Roger Lewin

Dear Parents,

A reminder that Wednesday October 21st will be an early release day for students.  They will be served lunch and dismissed at 11:55 am

On Wednesday October 28th Jay Wallace, the district math coach will conduct a parent information night about the newly adopted math program enVisions. We hope many of you will join us in the Greenwood School library from 6:30 - 7:30 pm to learn more about this program and ways you can support your child at home with mathematics.

Have a great week!

Deb Collura



It’s time for our first submission for Box Tops. Please send in ALL Box Tops you have been collecting over the summer by Friday, October 23rd!  Every box top is worth 10 cents, and they really add up! Simply find and clip the Box Tops and return them to school. A designated box is located across from the library.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Keri and Christina.

Find our more about the Box Tops for Education Program.

Ghoulish Games to Play!!!  


Friday, October 23rd, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street

Join us for....Costume contest, Pizza, Drinks, Dancing and Fun!

  • Candy Corn Bean Bag Toss 
  • Bowling
  • Witch Ring Toss  
  • Tattoos
  • Decorate Your Own Treat Bag

Tickets are $20.00 Checks may be made out to Greenwood School PTO.

Interested in volunteering? If so please include your name and best number to reach you at! 

Register for Monster Mash Tickets Now!

This fall, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, the  following health screening will be conducted the at Greenwood School:

Kindergarten: hearing
Grade 1:vision, hearing, BMI (height & weight)
Grades 2 & 3: vision & hearing
Grade 4: vision & BMI (height & weight)

Vision and hearing screening tests done at school are not diagnostic in nature.  They are done simply to indicate students who may need further evaluation. Because any child who does not pass the initial screening is retested, you will not be notified until after the second screening if your child does not pass. Even if your child passes the school screenings, if you have any concerns, you should follow up with your child’s physician.

If you choose not to have your child participate in the BMI (height & weight) screening, please notify me in writing by October 31st.

Mary Doherty, R.N.

The Library is now open.

Please see below for your child's scheduled classroom time


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

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school from October 26 to October 30th!

We will need parent volunteers to help the children as they visit the fair, to run the cash registers, to set up the fair and to help us tear down and pack up afterwards. Do you have an hour or two you can spare sometime during the week?

To volunteer, please email Kelley Colarusso at kelleym39@yahoo.com. Let me know which days you would like to join us:

Thanks Again for your help,

Kelley Colarusso, Tara Durrant and Nicole Jacob
Book Fair Chair Moms 

Sign up for whatever day and time works best for you!  We look forward to seeing you!

Fair schedule:

Set Up Day: Friday, November 8
Preview Day:
Monday,October 26
(Day 4)

Sale Day:
Tuesday, October 27
(Day 5)

Sale Day:
Wednesday,October 28
(Day 6)

9:30-9:40 Morse
9:45-9:55 Koplik
10:00-10:10 Pirrello
10:15-10:25  Frazier
10:30-10:40  Campbell
10:45-10:55  Braham
11:00-11:10 Ricupero
11:15-11:25 Divasta
11:30-11:40 Harper
11:45-11:55 Swift
9:30-9:50- Braham
10:00 –10:20 Campbell
10:35-11:05   Morse
10:30-11:00 Frazier
1:30-2:00 Ricupero
Make up Day
Friday Oct 30

9:00-1:00 pm
Tear down 1:00-2:45
9:30-9:50 Koplik
10:00-10:30 Swift
11:00-11:30 Morse

Thursday October 29
(Day 1)

9:15-9:45 Harper
9:50-10:10- Pirrello
11:00-11:30 Divasta

Family Folk Dance Night
Thursday, November 12th6-7 PM
Greenwood School Gym
All students are invited to bring their families and friends to participate in Family Folk Dance Night!  Ms. Schwartz and Mrs. Brighenti will teach folk dances from around the world, appropriate for all ages and abilities 
Volunteers are needed to assist Ms. Schwartz and Mrs. Brighenti. 
This year, the elementary music teachers are coordinating new Family Folk Dance Nights in both the fall and the spring. We would like to further involve the community in music this year and we think this will be a fun event that will both, teach traditional music and dances from around the world, and bring the Greenwood community together. 

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.

School Council [Ongoing] 
One more parent is needed to serve on this advisory board that guides our school improvement plan. Board consists of two parents, principal, a school staff member and a community representative.

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.

Book Fair team members [Fall, probably last week in October]
Team members are needed in-school, guiding students and processing sales, during the week of the event.

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 are 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 in getting out of their cars and to the schoolyard, before school starts in the morning.

Spooktacular Wakefield Trick-or-Treating

Thursday, October 294-7 PM

Once again, the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring Spooktacular Wakefield Trick-or-Treating. Merchants in Greenwood Center and downtown on Main Street and Albion Street will be handing out candy on Thursday, Oct 29th from 4-7 PM.

The Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating is not a program or event sponsored by the Wakefield Public Schools. The District has neither reviewed nor approved the program personnel activities, or organizations announced in this flyer.  Permission to distribute this flyer should not be considered a  recommendation or endorsement by the District. Although  approving distribution of this information, the District does not  assume responsibility of the content or activities described herein.


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Jennifer Moon, Co-President
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