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GREENFIELD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

September 13, 2019

Dear GIS Families:
 
At GIS, we value your partnership!  Knowing that you are the number one influence on your child’s education, you can continue to stay involved by following up with the work your student is completing at school.  Your student has a green and a red folder to help them organize their school work.  “Let’s see what you brought home tonight” is a great way to start the conversation.  Take a look at completed work to find out what your student is learning and how well they are doing.  Praise them for the great work they are doing!  Ask questions about things you need more information on.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to your child’s teachers for clarification!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Grandparents/Friend Day – Don’t forget!  This coming Wednesday is our Grandparents/Friend Day!  Please pass along the following schedule and details to your child’s visitors.
  • 4th Grade – 8:00am-9:00am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 5th Grade – 9:30am-10:30am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 6th Grade – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)  **Visitors of 6th grade students were to RSVP for lunch purposes (RSVPs are currently closed) **Also, please note that the adult lunch price is $3.40**.
 
– (NEW) GCHS Homecoming Spirit Week – To support our GCHS Cougars during their homecoming week, GIS will be participating in a few of their spirit days next week.  Our spirit days at GIS will be:
—Monday – Mismatched Day
—Wednesday – Sports Team Day
—Friday – Blue and Gold Day
 
– (NEW) Book Fair – Return of the Book Fair!  The Book Fair is now here through September 20th. We have some special events for you to visit 🙂 Grandparents/Special Friend Day is Wednesday, September 18th and our Family Night will be Thursday, September 19th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Additionally, Muffins with Mom will be Friday, September 20th at 7:00am. The Book Fair will be open for all these events!
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Earbuds – Please make sure your child has earbuds (headphones, etc.) with them at school.  We have many online solutions available for students to use, but they require the use of earbuds. We appreciate your help with this!
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Muffins With Mom – GIS will be hosting its annual Muffins with Mom celebration on September 20th at 7:00am! Please join us for a morning of family, fun, and breakfast food! Muffins, coffee, milk, and juice are available for $2.50 per family member. ALL are welcome!  Please sign up by clicking this link. (Note that this link is to ATTEND the event, not work at it. Please sign up at your earliest convenience, as it helps us greatly with the amount of food needed). See you there! (Flyer attached as well)
 
– 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 September, we are discussing being a Critical Thinker.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)

September 6, 2019

Dear GIS Families:
 
Are you having trouble finding out what your child is doing at school each day?  Asking your child “How was school today?” might not provide you with much info (I know this is how it works with my own children!).  Instead, try some of these to get the conversation started:
 
– “What’s the coolest thing that happened today?”
– “What was the most creative thing you did?”
– “How would you describe your math class today?”
– “How were you kind or helpful to someone today? How was someone kind or helpful to you?
 
Have a great weekend!
 
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Profile of a Graduate Nominees – We’d like to congratulate our nominees!  Throughout the month of August, we discussed the GC Graduate Trait of Citizenship.  This is the first 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 – Om A., Emily D., Chase F., Julian G., Conrad L., Madisyn L., Jalen S.
  • 5th Grade – Brooklyn F., Xoey G., Brooklyn H., Jocey M., Andrew S., Kaylin W.
  • 6th Grade – Sophia C., Camden G., Violet H., Marin J., Clayton M., Matthew N., Colton P., Jayden S., Braxton 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 September, we are discussing being a Critical Thinker.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
 
– (NEW) Earbuds – Please make sure your child has earbuds (headphones, etc.) with them at school.  We have many online solutions available for students to use, but they require the use of earbuds. We appreciate your help with this!
 
– (NEW) Muffins With Mom – GIS will be hosting its annual Muffins with Mom celebration on September 20th at 7:00am! Please join us for a morning of family, fun, and breakfast food! Muffins, coffee, milk, and juice are available for $2.50 per family member. ALL are welcome!  Please sign up by clicking this link. (Note that this link is to ATTEND the event, not work at it. Please sign up at your earliest convenience, as it helps us greatly with the amount of food needed). See you there! (Flyer attached as well)
 
– (NEW) BOSS Social Skills – Does your child struggle with social skills? Well-developed social skills can positively influence academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and participation in extracurricular and community activities. FUSE will be offering a social skills instruction program at our school this year. BOSS (Building our Social Skills) is a 24 week program that runs as an after school club once a week for 12 weeks in both fall and spring semesters. To learn more about the program and how to register your child, visit the FUSE website at http://www.fuseinc.org/boss2019info.

 

– (NEW REMINDER) Grandparents/Friend Day – Mark your calendars!  Grandparents/Friend Day here at GIS will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.  Please pass along the following schedule and details to your child’s visitors! (More details to come as we get closer to the date):
  • 4th Grade – 8:00am-9:00am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 5th Grade – 9:30am-10:30am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 6th Grade – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)  **Visitors of 6th grade students will need to RSVP for lunch purposes.  Please RSVP by clicking here by Friday, September 13th.**  **Also, please note that the adult lunch price is $3.40**.  If you are willing and able to help work at Grandparents/Friend Day, please sign up to volunteer by clicking this link.  Thanks!
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)

August 30, 2019

Dear GIS Families:
 
Our Glow Runs were awesome today!  Our students had a great time and we met our goal!! I cannot thank our GIS community enough.  I appreciate you all so much for helping out our school.  We are going to use our funds we raised to continue to do some cool things for our students.  THANK YOU!
 
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Labor Day – GC Schools will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. 
 
– (NEW) ILEARN – We were able to gain access to the ILEARN student reports sooner than anticipated. You are now able to access the 2018-2019 ILEARN results as well as your child’s Fall NWEA scores in your Powerschool Parent Portal.  We knew that compared to previous ISTEP+ scores, we would likely see a drop in ILEARN achievement as it is a much more rigorous assessment. While specific details are still embargoed until September 4th, as expected, the entire state saw a drop in proficiency rates. As mentioned, ILEARN is a much more rigorous assessment and with the newly defined performance cut scores overall performance levels were lower.
 
– (NEW) Vaccination Compliance – We still have several students that have not met the vaccination requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.  If your child is not in compliance, you should have received a letter and a telephone call to notify you of your child’s status.  If your child is in need of vaccinations, the Hancock County Health Department will be holding a vaccination clinic at GIS on Wednesday, September 4th.  Please see the attached flyer on how to sign up your child. If your child is to be exempt from any vaccinations, please send in a statement to include your child’s name, date of birth, specific vaccination that is excluded or exempt, and the reason for the exemption.  The statement must be dated and signed by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. VonGunten, our health assistant.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Grandparents/Friend Day – Mark your calendars!  Grandparents/Friend Day here at GIS will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.  Please pass along the following schedule and details to your child’s visitors! (More details to come as we get closer to the date):
  • 4th Grade – 8:00am-9:00am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 5th Grade – 9:30am-10:30am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 6th Grade – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)  **Visitors of 6th grade students will need to RSVP for lunch purposes.  Please RSVP by clicking here by Friday, September 13th.**  **Also, please note that the adult lunch price is $3.40**
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)
August 23, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
 
Did you know that by the time your child reaches 4th grade, age-wise they are halfway to high school graduation and moving on to the next stage of their lives?  I know, difficult to believe.  You as parents are the number one influence in their lives.  It’s a good reminder to take advantage of the time you have with them at home and help teach them the values they need to be successful beyond GC Schools.  YOU are our Most Valuable Partnership!
 
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Fundraiser Update – We had our kick-off pep session on Wednesday!  The kids seemed very excited 🙂 Please be sure to log your pledges on www.funrun.com.  Every pledge counts!  Thank you for helping us reach our goals!
Greenfield Intermediate School GOALS:
  • 100% of families get pledges from sponsors
  • 5 pledges per student
  • $10,000 school profit for student activities!
 
– (NEW) Spell Bowl – We will be holding a call out meeting for all 4th-6th grade students interested in being a part of our Spell Bowl team. The call out meeting will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 7:10 A.M. in room B130 Please see the flyer for more information. 
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Grandparents/Friend Day – Mark your calendars!  Grandparents/Friend Day here at GIS will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.  Please pass along the following schedule and details to your child’s visitors! (More details to come as we get closer to the date):
  • 4th Grade – 8:00am-9:00am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 5th Grade – 9:30am-10:30am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 6th Grade – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)  **Visitors of 6th grade students will need to RSVP for lunch purposes.  Please RSVP by clicking here by Friday, September 13th.**  **Also, please note that the adult lunch price is $3.40**
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)

August 16, 2019

Dear GIS Families:
 
Here at GIS, one of our goals is to provide a welcoming, caring, and safe environment for our students, staff, and school community.  We regularly review our school safety practices to ensure that we are providing a safe and secure environment for all in our care.  I’d like to share some information with you today in regards to school safety.

First, as you know, our students and staff participate in several safety drills as required by state law.  Each month, we have a fire drill; additionally, we hold one earthquake drill, at least two lockdown/intruder drills, and two severe weather drills each school year.  The purpose of these drills is to practice our safety protocols so that we are prepared in case of an actual emergency.  Although no drill can ever fully prepare you for an emergency situation, science does show that regularly practicing emergency procedures has a positive impact on our brain’s ability to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of an actual emergency.  To that end, I do want to let you know that our students and staff participated in our first lockdown drill today.  Our students did a wonderful job practicing this drill.  We will continue to hold drills throughout the school year and discuss safety procedures with our students. 

Please know that all of the safety procedures, from drills to check-in procedures and more, are designed with the purpose of keeping our students and staff members safe. This is our top priority and will remain at the forefront of all decisions that we make.  Again, our goal is to provide a welcoming, caring, and safe environment for our community.  We love having visitors and guests here at our school and know these procedures will help us to do so in the safest way. Thank you for your partnership and support in this important way! If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns in regards to school safety, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Fundraiser Update – Pledging is now open!  The easiest way to help us reach our goals is through our easy SHARE feature on www.funrun.com.  There you can make a Student Star Video to share with your social media friends.  Every pledge counts!  Thank you for helping us reach our goals!
Greenfield Intermediate School GOALS:
  • 100% of families get pledges from sponsors
  • 5 pledges per student
  • $10,000 school profit for student activities!
– (NEW) Grandparents/Friend Day – Mark your calendars!  Grandparents/Friend Day here at GIS will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.  Please pass along the following schedule and details to your child’s visitors! (More details to come as we get closer to the date):
  • 4th Grade – 8:00am-9:00am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 5th Grade – 9:30am-10:30am (Refreshments in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)
  • 6th Grade – 12:00pm-1:00pm (Lunch in the cafeteria and optional book fair visit)  **Visitors of 6th grade students will need to RSVP for lunch purposes.  Please RSVP by clicking here by Friday, September 13th.**  **Also, please note that the adult lunch price is $3.40**
 
– (NEW) Regarding the Recent Dismissal Change – Parents, you guys rock!  Thank you for helping us keep our kids safe at dismissal!
 
– (NEW) BOSS Program – Does your child struggle with social skills? Well-developed social skills can positively influence academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and participation in extracurricular and community activities. FUSE will be offering a social skills instruction program at our school this year. BOSS (Building our Social Skills) is a 24 week program that runs as an after school club once a week for 12 weeks in both fall and spring semesters. To learn more about the program and how to register your child, visit the FUSE website at http://www.fuseinc.org/boss2019info. Enrollment deadline is August 26th.  There is an application attached to this email.
 
– (NEW REMINDERSpirit Wear – Sunday is the last day for orders!  Please find the store here: https://gispiritwear.itemorder.com/sale The order deadline is August 18th.
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)
August 9, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
 
A great first, full week of school!  I’m so impressed with our students right now.  This is going to be an awesome year!
Have a great weekend 🙂
 
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Morning Drop-off – Please do not let your student out of your vehicle before 7:15am.  We will have supervision at door 10A beginning at that time.  Additionally, please do not drop your student off anywhere other than the car drop-off line.  Having students walk through traffic and parking lots creates safety concerns.  Thank you for ensuring the safety of all students.
 
– (NEW) School Safety – As safety is our number one priority here at school, I wanted to update/remind you of a few safety items we practice here in GC.  The first one is SafeSchools Alert.  Greenfield-Central Schools uses SafeSchools Alert to help us keep our buildings safe and secure.  It is a great way to report (anonymously, if need be) any safety concerns you or your student might have.  The second item I want to mention is our Standard Response Protocol.  This document summarizes how our staff and students will respond to various emergencies.  Students will have the opportunity to practice these responses throughout the school year.  Please the two attached flyers for further information on both of these safety items.
 
– (NEW) Fundraiser Update – I have never been a fan of asking parents for money multiple times in a school year.  This is why we have one BIG fundraiser at the beginning of the year…and that’s pretty much the last of the fundraising!  Pledging open next Wednesday, August 14th.  Check out this two-minute video for a brief overview.  Thank you for your support in reaching our goal!!
 
– (NEW) School Dismissal Manager – Beginning Monday, we will be relying on the information entered into School Dismissal Manager for all dismissal arrangements.  Please make sure this is updated each day for your student.  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  before 1:15 each day.  Should you need assistance with your account, please contact our office by emailing GISoffice@gcsc.k12.in.us or by calling 462-6827.
 
– (NEW) Employment Opportunities – Looking for a job with Greenfield-Central Schools?  We have several openings right now!  Click here to see the list of current positions we are looking to fill.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Red and Green Folders – Please ask your child about this.  These folders will be used by all students at GIS in an effort to simplify organizational methods for our students (it should also make life easier on you if there are siblings in other grades here!).  The Green folder means “GO.”  The items in the Green folder should “GO” back and forth between school. For example, homework would go in the Green folder and once it is done, it should go back in the folder to GO back to school. The Red folder means “STOP.” Items in the Red folder should Stop at home.  These are items being sent home for families to review and do not need to come back to school. Red folders should be emptied each day.  You’ll always know where to look now 🙂
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Spirit Wear – Now is the time to get “geared up” for the new school year!  This year, our spirit wear orders will be taken online.  Please find the store here: https://gispiritwear.itemorder.com/sale The order deadline is August 18th. 
 
– Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)
The Cougar Code – At Greenfield Intermediate School, our students follow our “Cougar Code.”  You can help by reinforcing these at home with your child!  The daily expectations at GIS are simple:
1.       Be Respectful
2.       Be Responsible
3.       Be Ready to Learn
August 2, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
 
Cougar Camp was a giant success!  It is our hope that these first two days helped your child acclimate to GIS and the new school year.
After the summer break, I was reminded again today of how amazing our GIS students and staff are.  From what I’ve seen so far, this is going to be an awesome year 🙂
Thanks for all your support to start the school year!
**(I apologize, this first Cougar Connection is a little info heavy)**
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) MVP Kits – We hope you enjoyed the first edition of our new MVP Kit.  If you weren’t able to pick one up at one of the open houses, feel free to stop by the GIS office and we will give you one.  Don’t forget to send a quick photo/video to GISoffice@gcsc.k12.in.us of you performing the trick at home and connecting with your child.  As much time as your child spends at school, research has shown that parents are still the number one influence on a child’s education.  YOU are our Most Valuable Partnership!  Additionally, if you’d like the next two editions of the MVP Kit, please send an email to GISoffice@gcsc.k12.in.us with “subscribe MVP Kit” in the subject line.
 
– (NEW) Lunch Schedules – As a reminder, here are the times lunches happen during the day.  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)
 
– (NEW) LEAP – You may hear your student talking about “LEAP” at some point in the year.  LEAP is our intervention time for students.  Not all students will be in LEAP, as this time is for students who may need additional academic support in math and/or reading.  LEAP occurs during science and social studies for students who may need this support.
 
– (NEW) Red and Green Folders – Please ask your child about this.  These folders will be used by all students at GIS in an effort to simplify organizational methods for our students (it should also make life easier on you if there are siblings in other grades here!).  The Green folder means “GO.”  The items in the Green folder should “GO” back and forth between school. For example, homework would go in the Green folder and once it is done, it should go back in the folder to GO back to school. The Red folder means “STOP.” Items in the Red folder should Stop at home.  These are items being sent home for families to review and do not need to come back to school. Red folders should be emptied each day.  You’ll always know where to look now 🙂
 
– (NEW) Morning Drop-off – If you drop your child off at school in the mornings, please do not let your child out of the vehicle until one of our supervisors is present.  This will help keep everyone safe while waiting for the 7:15am opening.  Students should not be dropped off at all before 7:15am.  Also, the drop-off lane is only one lane so you’ll have to be a little patient 🙂 Thank you!
 
– (NEW) Perfect Attendance – This is just a heads up 🙂  For those families striving for perfect attendance throughout the year, our definition of “perfect” is being at school every minute of every day (no tardies, no absences, no appointments during the day, etc.).
 
– (NEW) P.A.W.S. – We are excited to again partner with P.A.W.S. (Parents Active With Students), a parent/teacher group (similar to a PTO) formed to enhance and support the educational experience at GIS. P.A.W.S. exists to encourage parent involvement throughout the year during school events and develop a close connection between school and home.  To stay connected, please follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pawsGIS  Questions can be directed tgispaws@gmail.com.
 
– (NEWNWEA Testing – NWEA testing is set to begin for all students the first full week of school.  The tests are adaptive in nature, which means the questions on the test get more difficult or simpler depending upon if the student gets the questions correct or not.  We take our NWEA tests three times a year and will use the data from these tests to focus our instruction.  There is a letter from Dr. Olin, GCCSC Superintendent, attached to this email explaining NWEA further. 
 
– (NEW) Spirit Wear – Now is the time to get “geared up” for the new school year!  This year, our spirit wear orders will be taken online.  Please find the store here: https://gispiritwear.itemorder.com/sale The order deadline is August 18th. 
 
– (NEW) Fundraiser – We have partnered with Boosterthon again this year to provide our students with fun, fitness, and character-based lessons between August 21st-August 30th.  This year’s main fundraiser is the Cougar Glow Run! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on August 21st. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps) at the Glow Run, which will happen on August 30th. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 for Student Activities, and we need your help!  Pledging begins August 14th.  We’ve asked the experts at Boosterthon to power our fundraiser to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun.  Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST! Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.  Donations will go toward all our fun student activities and the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by getting pledges from family and friends and entering them on FUNRUN.COM.  Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on our students at the Cougar Glow Run on August 30th.  Thanks so much for your support!  Stay tuned…more information to come 🙂
 
– (NEW REMINDER) School Dismissal Manager – Written notes, emails, or phone calls to our office should be replaced by using School Dismissal Manager.  Please use SDM for ANY dismissal change that is not your child’s normal route home.  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  before 1:15 each day.  Should you need assistance with your account, please contact our office by emailing GISoffice@gcsc.k12.in.us or by calling 462-6827.
 
The Cougar Code – At Greenfield Intermediate School, our students follow our “Cougar Code.”  You can help by reinforcing these at home with your child!  The daily expectations at GIS are simple:
1.       Be Respectful
2.       Be Responsible
3.       Be Ready to Learn
 
– Profile of a Graduate – It’s never too early to start thinking about graduation!  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 to look at throughout the school year.  Each month, GIS will be focusing on one of these characteristics.  In August, we will be discussing Citizenship.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic.
 
Lunch Accounts – Greenfield-Central is once again using www.ezschoolpay.com to put lunch money in your child’s lunch account (there is a small fee and you will need your child’s student number found on Powerschool).   Lunch money may also be submitted by check when you come to registration.  Please be sure to keep your child’s lunch account in good standing.  Additionally, our cafeteria computer system does not have the capabilities to put a “block” on student lunch accounts for purchasing extra lunch items.  You will want to make sure your child is on the same page as you when it comes to spending lunch account money.
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
– Blue or Gold Day? – Monday will be a GOLD day
 
– NWEA testing begins for all students – 8/5
 
– 4th Grade Hearing Screenings – 8/8
 
– Fundraiser Pledging Opens – 8/14
 
– Sister Cities Visit – 8/14
 
– Picture Day – 8/14
 
– Boosterthon Fundraiser Kickoff – 8/21
 
– Cougar Glow Run – 8/30
 
– Labor Day – 9/2 (NO SCHOOL)