Greenbush Elementary School
127 Greenbush Road
West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893
Greenbush Elementary Mission Statement
The Mission of the Greenbush Elementary School, in partnership with families and the community, is to provide opportunities for a comprehensive, differentiated education that fosters academic and emotional growth for our diverse student population. We strive to prepare our students to become lifelong learners and develop 21st Century skills to be successful, contributing citizens to society in our ever changing world.
Revised and approved October, 2012
We are excited to announce a new initiative with the Kent County YMCA for the 2019-2020 school year! The YMCA received 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the Rhode Island Department of Education to provide academic enrichment programs during out of school time hours. They will continue their services as a DCYF licensed childcare site but they will be able to include more opportunities to help your child to be successful in and out of the classroom. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Kristen Petrarca. She can be reached at email@example.com or 401-828-0130 ext 50720.
ALICE Safety Training - All staff and students have received initial training on the new ALICE Emergency protocol including how to respond to an intruder in the building. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. A notice went home with students on Friday, 4/26 informing parents of an evacuation drill on 4/30. Please take a moment to review what they learned.
Any changes made regarding your child’s transportation must be completed in writing. We cannot accept changes made via the telephone and only those listed as contacts will be able to pick-up your child from school. We cannot release a student to anyone that has not been identified as a contact prior to pick-up. This is a policy put into place to protect your child.
Bus routes for all students for the 2019-2020 school year: WWPS website.
Aspen access - use the link to fill out a form for access to the student Aspen portal, directions and login information will be sent to you.
Upcoming Events 2019 - 2020
PTA Pizza Fundraiser - Sept. 20-Oct. 15th
Blood Drive - Tuesday, 10/1 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Fall Picture Day - Friday, October 11th
Flu Clinic - Wednesday, October 23rd
Scholastic Book Fair - October 28th-November 1st
Veterans Day - No school - Monday, November 11th
Thanksgiving Break - No school - Thursday 11/28 & Friday 11/29
Open House 2019
West Warwick Public Library
PTA Registration & BCI Checks
Thank you to all of the faculty and community members who came out to welcome families to the 2019-2020 Open House at Greenbush on September 19th. The format of the evening was changed a bit to allow for various school and community organizations to showcase their work and encourage participation from parents. The evening began in the cafeteria where parents could speak with representatives from the YMCA, the PTA, the West Warwick Public Library, Thundermist, Scouts, the school nurse and the district mentoring program. There was a station where parents could complete their BCI paperwork as well. Parents were then invited to the classrooms where teachers shared a ten minute presentation from the principal. This allowed parents to be in a smaller, quieter, environment to hear updates on Greenbush and gave them the opportunity to ask questions. Then parents were able to visit with classroom teachers and see their child's classroom(s). The turnout was great, we are looking forward to a great year at Greenbush!
Golden Apple Winner
On Channel 10 News on Thursday, May 2nd, Mrs. Greco will be honored with the Golden Apple Teaching Award. She was nominated by a student and parent in her class for the efforts she makes to provide all students with both social and educational experiences. Her husband and two daughters joined in as Commissioner Ken Wagner and Patrice Wood from Channel 10 presented the award. The parent stated, "Kindness is a lesson that transcends the classroom and make this world a better place; Mrs. Greco has contributed to creating a more peaceful world by instilling kindness in her students. Mrs. Greco uses positive reinforcement to encourage her students. My son has shown tremendous growth academically and socially under her care this year. " Mrs. Greco also received a $250.00 donation to spend on her classroom. Greenbush is proud of her recognition!
March was empathy month at Greenbush
Congratulations to the winners of March's student of the month recognition. These students were nominated by their teachers and selected by the Student Recognition Committee because they demonstrate empathy. This was defined for the students as the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
In an effort to recognize all the wonderful students at Greenbush, we will be recognizing students each month for their kind acts which make Greenbush an awesome learning environment. Each student who won received a certificate, a letter home to parents/guardians and a personal phone call home. All students who were nominated received a letter home.
Stay tuned for April where we will be recognizing students who demonstrate perseverance.
Catching leprechauns at Greenbush
Leprechaun Catchers in Mrs. Dupre's Room
Mrs. Houle's class is ready!
More catchers set and ready!
Greenbush students cooked up some winners at the Sodexo Future Chef Contest!
Ally, Grade 4
Ally tied for third in the Future Chefs cooking contest on Saturday, March 9th at West Warwick High School. Kreative Kids Kreation was a Mexican casserole, made with chicken, rice, beans, corn and some great Mexican toppings .
Ava, Grade 4
First Place went to Ava with her “10 Minute Chili”- The judges raved over recipe. Ava’s recipe will go on to the Regional level. Let’s hope it goes all the way to Nationals!
Grade 2 Pirate Plays
Kudos to grade 2 and Mrs. O'Neill for their fabulous, energetic and well choreographed Pirate Plays on February 14th & 15th. The students were decked out in their best pirate attire and performed before an appreciative audience of family and friends. The chorus and leads did some great singing and dancing and successfully memorized many lines. Great work!
Lovely Sweater Fashion Show
On Friday, December 21st Greenbush Teachers put on their most sparkly holiday attire to walk the red carpet for a good cause. The Student Council, the brains behind the operation, promoted the event that helped raise school spirit and over $400 for Christmas Is. The student council members, shown in the picture, acted as the distinguished judges as the teachers did their best catwalk. A special thanks to Mrs. Reyes who provided the fabulous trophy and Mr. Reyes who rocked the red carpet music. The winners and their fabulous attire as described during the fashion show:
1st prize - the grade two team - "While you are snuggle in bed on Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are putting presents under your tree. Mrs. Bagley was decked out with ornaments from the North Pole, Mrs. Smith was Santa's favorite elf, Mrs. Hall, Ms. Sousa, Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Auclair were rocking designer reindeer bags!
2nd prize - "Ms. Hersey was decked out in her holiday best and was escorted by Santa and one of his elves (the class pets in their holiday finest!)"
3rd prize - Mrs. Butterfield, our new Super Nurse!
Mrs. Greco's Class Showing Gator Pride!
Mrs. Parry's Class Cast Their Votes
On November 14, Mrs. Caetano and Mr. Rock from the RI State House visited Mrs. Parry’s 3rd grade class. They taught the students about elections and the students were able to participate in a mock election with a ballot that was designed especially for the students. The students were then able to actually vote by inserting their ballot in a voting machine. Thank you to Mrs. Livesey for joining us and casting her vote as well.
These are the ballot questions and the results:
1. Should West Warwick Public Schools require students to wear school uniforms? The most popular choice was No.
2. Should the American Burying Beetle remain as the State Insect? The students voted Yes.
3. Should we extend the school day to 7 hours? As expected the popular vote was No.
4. Should elementary students be able to take their Chromebooks home for the summer but for educational purposes only? Surprisingly, the students voted No.
Thank you to Mrs. Caetano and Mr. Roch for giving our future voters this amazing opportunity!
Written by: Mrs.Parry, Rylie, and Adeline
Math Wizard Challenge
The Greenbush Math Wizard delivered Mrs. Frisone's class a fact fluency challenge on Thursday, November 11th. They accepted! In the spirit of fun, most of the classes are engaged in friendly competition to show improvement in their math facts. Good luck, Gators!
Greenbush Baseball Spirit Day!
Congrats to the 2018 World Series Champions!
Greenbush Faculty Rocks Pink Out!
Showing our support for Breast Cancer Awareness. The students did a fabulous job wearing their pink as well.
PTA Autumn Festival Pumpkin Walk and Family Dance on October 20th
Greenbush Pumpkin Walk
Saturday, October 20
Gator Great Pumpkin Party
PTA Sponsored Event
Greenbush PTA Ice Cream Social
We love our school!
PTA ice cream social
Ice Cream Friends Forever
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Social Emotional Learning is Essential for Student Success
Gator Greats: Samia, Hayden, Jack, Landon, and Julia
Greenbush Elementary rolls-out PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) for the 2018-19 school year. Greenbush has been using PBIS since 2013 to provide positive behavior supports for all students in order to provide an equitable learning environment and improve teaching and learning throughout the school. Every year the school refines its systems, data collection and practices for teaching behavioral expectations. The focus is on a positive approach towards students’ behaviors.This is the opposite of what happened in schools traditionally where misbehaviors were met with loss of privileges and reprimands. The three tenets: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe are highlighted throughout the building. Each grade level met as a team to discuss what it means to be respectful, responsible and safe in the halls, cafeteria, classrooms, restrooms, playground, on the bus and when using technology. Visit the Greenbush web site to view the presentation.
Greenbush will complement their PBIS program with a social and emotional learning curriculum. Greenbush Elementary will be joining the other elementary schools in West Warwick to implement the Second Step social-emotional program. Research shows that SEL improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, and also increases prosocial behaviors like kindness, sharing and empathy. SEL instruction also improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Edutopia, 2016). The teachers will be working side by side with the school’s guidance counselor and social worker in this first year of implementation. The SEL curriculum units include: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving.
Greenbush Elementary School celebrates Gator Greatness every day with the Gator Great Pledge, and on Fridays with the Gator Great Store and student recognition.
To have “Gator Greatness”, I promise to be respectful and responsible. I will be ready and eager to learn each day and to be safe at all times.
When students earn 10 Gator Great green tickets they exchange them for a Gator Buck and those students are recognized over the school’s intercom. The gator buck is used to choose prizes from the Gator Great Store, and the class with the most gator bucks for the week hosts the Gator Great Award.