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GREENFIELD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

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January 18, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
 
Enjoy your long weekend as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  Remember, Monday is also an eLearning day so we will see all our Cougars on Tuesday 🙂
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A Few Important Items:
– (NEW) ILEARN Readiness Test – As you may know, the state has done away with ISTEP+.  Our new statewide assessment is called ILEARN.  All students in grades 4-6 will be taking this assessment starting in April.  In order for the state to see if they can handle all of the online testing traffic, they require us to conduct a Readiness Test.  This will happen on Wednesday (1/23) morning at 8:05am for all our students.  Please make sure your student has earbuds/headphones for this assessment, as there is a listening component we want our students to become familiar with using.  Thanks for your help with this!
 
– (NEW) Body Boundaries – The Body Boundaries program will be presented in each classroom on Tuesday, February 12th (5th grade, and part of 6th) and 13th (4th grade and part of 6th), 2019. Social workers from Kids Talk, with expertise in the area of child abuse prevention, will present the program in our school. Trained mental health professionals will be on site at the school during the program to speak with any children who express safety concerns after the presentation. Per Indiana law, any disclosures of suspected child abuse or neglect must be reported to the Indiana Department of Child Services. If you do not want your child to participate in Body Boundaries, you MUST complete an opt-out form. Please contact Mrs. Kimberly Hunt, School Counselor, for a copy of this form. All opt-out forms must be returned to the school office prior to February 11. Please direct any questions regarding the Kids Talk program to Kimberly Hunt, at (317) 462-6827 or kshunt@gcsc.k12.in.us. To learn more about Kids Talk Body Boundaries program, please visit their website: http://www.aspireindiana.org/body-boundaries. Thank you for your support in keeping all children of Greenfield-Central Community Schools safe.
 
– (NEW) Library NewsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book club will start January 29th.  The club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:00pm. Students need a signed permission slip and a book to participate. Students may use their book from home or order one for $8.00 (permission slip attached).
 
– (NEW INFORMATION) Weather Make-up Day (eLearning Day) – Since we had a school closure on November 15th,  GC has decided January 21st will be made up as an eLearning day.  Students will complete their work off-campus on this day.  This will be different than our two planned eLearning days we’ve had already, as our buildings will not be open at all for students.  Teachers will be available during normal school hours via email to answer student questions (letter from Dr. Olin attached).  For families without internet connectivity, our building will be open on Tuesday, January 22nd and Thursday, January 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  If you’ve not done so already, please login to your Powerschool Parent Account to complete the RSVP for this day.  This helps us tremendously in determining our needs for our eLearning Day.  You should have received a post card in the mail and a paper copy of the RSVP about this as well. 
 
– (NEW REMINDEREducation Support Professional’s Day – January 25th is Education Support Professional’s Day and I ask that you join me in recognizing the contributions of our dedicated staff members.  We are dedicating Friday, January 25th as Education Support Professional’s Day to give thanks to all of our instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, and custodians.  Please consider showing your appreciation for these dedicated groups of people on this day.  We really appreciate these hard-working folks on a daily basis, as they are a vital component to making Greenfield Intermediate such a great place for kids.  For more information, please ask your child’s teachers how you or your student might show appreciation.
 
– Profile of a Graduate – Greenfield-Central has identified characteristics we would love to see in all our students by the time they graduate from high school.  We call the collection of these characteristics the “Profile of a Graduate.”  I’ve attached a digital copy of this document for you.  Each month, GIS focuses on one of these characteristics.  Throughout the month of January, we are discussing Citizenship.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
– School Dismissal Manager – Please continue to make ANY dismissal changes by using School Dismissal Manager.  We want to be sure we have accurate dismissal information each day to ensure the safety of our students.  As a reminder, you may make changes by logging in to www.schooldismissalmanager.com
– Lunch Schedules – Our lunch schedules have changed this year.  Also, they can be a little confusing because lunch times are different on Blue and Gold days. Our lunch times are as follows:
  • 4th Grade – BLUE Day (11:05-11:35) / GOLD Day (10:25-10:55)
  • 5th Grade – BLUE Day (10:30-11:00) / GOLD Day (11:10-11:40)
  • 6th Grade – BLUE Day (11:55-12:25) / GOLD Day (12:10-12:40)
January 11, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
A Few Important Items:
We had a great first week back!  It was nice seeing all our Cougars again 🙂
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– (NEW) Profile of a Graduate Nominees – We’d like to congratulate our nominees!  Throughout the month of December, we discussed the GC Graduate Trait of Character.  This is the fifth of five qualities we, as a GC district, have determined to be representative of what we are looking for in a Greenfield-Central High School graduate.  The following students have been nominated by their teachers as exemplifying this month’s graduate quality (picture attached):
    • 4th Grade – Macy G., Lillian I., Adison P., Deion P., Bennett S., Ayden S., Olivia T., Bella W.
    • 5th Grade – Lizzy G., Nora H., Kinzie I., Natalie J., Declan M., Veronica R., Hayley S.
  • 6th Grade – Bella F., Jesse H., Madysen H., Andrew M., Emma N., Ivan S., Hunter S., Tyler T.
– (NEW) Profile of a Graduate – Greenfield-Central has identified characteristics we would love to see in all our students by the time they graduate from high school.  We call the collection of these characteristics the “Profile of a Graduate.”  I’ve attached a digital copy of this document for you.  Each month, GIS focuses on one of these characteristics.  Throughout the month of January, we are discussing Citizenship.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
– (NEW INFORMATION) Weather Make-up Day (eLearning Day) – Since we had a school closure on November 15th,  GC has decided January 21st will be made up as an eLearning day.  Students will complete their work off-campus on this day.  This will be different than our two planned eLearning days we’ve had already, as our buildings will not be open at all for students.  Teachers will be available during normal school hours via email to answer student questions (letter from Dr. Olin attached).  For families without internet connectivity, our building will be open on Tuesday, January 22nd and Thursday, January 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
– (NEW REMINDER) Quarter Two Report Cards – Quarter two report cards became available for viewing on Wednesday, January 9th.  Please take some time to review your child’s progress.
– (NEW REMINDER) CogAT Assessment – 6th grade students will be taking our annual CogAT assessment starting January 14th and will continue through the following week.  The CogAT assessment appraises the cognitive development of students from kindergarten through grade 12.  The test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities that are learned in and out of school.  The questions in the assessment require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in the areas of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.  Additionally, this assessment is used as one of the pathways for high ability identification in GC schools.
Education Support Professional’s Day – January 25th is Education Support Professional’s Day and I ask that you join me in recognizing the contributions of our dedicated staff members.  We are dedicating Friday, January 25th as Education Support Professional’s Day to give thanks to all of our instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, and custodians.  Please consider showing your appreciation for these dedicated groups of people on this day.  We really appreciate these hard-working folks on a daily basis, as they are a vital component to making Greenfield Intermediate such a great place for kids.  For more information, please ask your child’s teachers how you or your student might show appreciation.
– School Dismissal Manager – Please continue to make ANY dismissal changes by using School Dismissal Manager.  We want to be sure we have accurate dismissal information each day to ensure the safety of our students.  As a reminder, you may make changes by logging in to www.schooldismissalmanager.com
– Lunch Schedules – Our lunch schedules have changed this year.  Also, they can be a little confusing because lunch times are different on Blue and Gold days. Our lunch times are as follows:
    • 4th Grade – BLUE Day (11:05-11:35) / GOLD Day (10:25-10:55)
    • 5th Grade – BLUE Day (10:30-11:00) / GOLD Day (11:10-11:40)
  • 6th Grade – BLUE Day (11:55-12:25) / GOLD Day (12:10-12:40)
Upcoming Dates:
 
– Blue or Gold Day – Monday will be a BLUE day
 
– CogAT Assessment Window for 6th Grade Students Begins – 1/14
 
– Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 1/21 (eLearning Day)
 
– Education Support Professional’s Day – 1/25
 
– eLearning Day – 1/30

 

December 21, 2018
Dear GIS Families:
 
A Few Important Items:
Wow!  We made it halfway!
Thanks for a great first semester!  The first half was a success, but we still have lots to cover and much work to do… we’ll worry about all that after the break though 🙂
I’m looking forward to an amazing second semester!
I hope you enjoy some time with your family over the next two weeks.
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– (NEW) Quarter Two Report Cards – Quarter two report cards became available for viewing on Wednesday, January 9th.  Please take some time to review your child’s progress.
– (NEW) CogAT Assessment – 6th grade students will be taking our annual CogAT assessment starting January 14th and will continue through the following week.  The CogAT assessment appraises the cognitive development of students from kindergarten through grade 12.  The test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities that are learned in and out of school.  The questions in the assessment require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in the areas of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.  Additionally, this assessment is used as one of the pathways for high ability identification in GC schools.
– (NEWEducation Support Professional’s Day – January 25th is Education Support Professional’s Day and I ask that you join me in recognizing the contributions of our dedicated staff members.  We are dedicating Friday, January 25th as Education Support Professional’s Day to give thanks to all of our instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, and custodians.  Please consider showing your appreciation for these dedicated groups of people on this day.  We really appreciate these hard-working folks on a daily basis, as they are a vital component to making Greenfield Intermediate such a great place for kids.  For more information, please ask your child’s teachers how you or your student might show appreciation.
– (NEW) American Legion – Congrats to Lizzie and Finn for being our 4th grade American Legion Flag Education essay winners! (pic attached)  We are proud of you!
– (NEW) Student Devices – All our elementary and intermediate school students have been instructed to leave their student devices at school over break.  As we do not assign work over the break, we feel our students do not need to have them.  Enjoy some face-to-face interactions with your child without the screen!
– (NEW INFORMATION) Weather Make-up Day – Special announcement here…  Since we had a school closure on November 15th, the original plan was that GC Schools would be in session on January 21st (MLK Day) to make up this lost day.  GC has now decided January 21st will be made up as an eLearning day.  Students will complete their work off-campus on this day.  This will be different than our two planned eLearning days we’ve had already, as our buildings will not be open at all for students.  Teachers will be available during normal school hours via email to answer student questions.  Please see the new, attached letter from Dr. Olin for further information.
– Profile of a Graduate – Greenfield-Central has identified characteristics we would love to see in all our students by the time they graduate from high school.  We call the collection of these characteristics the “Profile of a Graduate.”  I’ve attached a digital copy of this document for you.  Each month, GIS focuses on one of these characteristics.  Throughout the month of December, we are discussing Character.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
– School Dismissal Manager – Please continue to make ANY dismissal changes by using School Dismissal Manager.  We want to be sure we have accurate dismissal information each day to ensure the safety of our students.  As a reminder, you may make changes by logging in to www.schooldismissalmanager.com
 
– Lunch Schedules – Our lunch schedules have changed this year.  Also, they can be a little confusing because lunch times are different on Blue and Gold days. Our lunch times are as follows:
    • 4th Grade – BLUE Day (11:05-11:35) / GOLD Day (10:25-10:55)
    • 5th Grade – BLUE Day (10:30-11:00) / GOLD Day (11:10-11:40)
  • 6th Grade – BLUE Day (11:55-12:25) / GOLD Day (12:10-12:40)

Camp Invention Flyer – Camp Invention 2019

Upcoming Dates:
 
– Blue or Gold Day – Monday (1/7/19) will be a GOLD day
 
– Cougar Spirit Wear Day – 1/8
 
– Quarter 2 Report Cards Available for Viewing – 1/9
 
– CogAT Assessment for 6th Grade Students Begins – 1/14
 
– Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 1/21 (eLearning Day)
 
– Education Support Professional’s Day – 1/25