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GREENFIELD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

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March 1, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
Wow…I can’t believe it’s March already!
Have a great weekend!
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) ILEARN – As you know, our students will be taking the ILEARN assessment this year instead of the expired ISTEP+ assessment.  ILEARN is a little different from ISTEP+ in that it requires our students to demonstrate a deeper level of understanding of our Indiana Academic Standards.  You can learn more about this by viewing this video from the Indiana Department of Education.  Additionally, I’ve attached a brief overview of the ILEARN assessment for your review.  All GIS students will begin testing on Wednesday, April 24th.  
 
– (NEW) Online Safety – There has been a lot of social media discussion about internet “challenges” recently.  Allegedly, these challenges are encouraging viewers to engage in acts of self-harm.  As our young students may be susceptible to these influences, I would encourage you to have discussions with your child about how to be safe online.  The schools provide digital citizenship training each year, but it is very beneficial for parents to have continual conversations with their children too, as it shows a partnership through communication between schools and families.  Please reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns.
 
– (NEW) Disabilities Awareness Month – March is Disabilities Awareness Month! During the week of March 4th – 8th, we need your participation in a fundraiser to help raise awareness and acceptance in support of student with disabilities.  Please help support Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation’s Unified Champion Schools Program! Here’s how….
Monday– Jersey Day
Tuesday– Sunglasses /Beach Day
Wednesday– Crazy Hair/ Crazy Sock Day
Thursday– Hat Day ($1 donation day on this day. Proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics / Unified Champion Schools Program which helps schools bring together students WITH and WITHOUT disabilities to learn the skills and knowledge needed to participate successfully in inclusive sports and fitness programs in school and in the community)
Friday– Blue and Gold Day
 
– (NEW) Quarter Three Incentive – Our students have been working hard following our Cougar Code to qualify for the quarter three bounce house incentive. We will hold this event on Wednesday, March 13th. If you would like to volunteer to help at this indoor event, please sign up using this link. Thanks for your support!
 
– (NEW) Vaccination ClinicWe are excited to announce that GIS and the Hancock County Health Department have partnered to offer an onsite vaccination clinic here at GIS. The clinic will be held during the school day, and a parent/guardian DOES NOT need to be present for the student to receive the vaccines. Please see the attached letter from the health department, which provides details regarding the clinic and the registration process. Email vax@gcsc.k12.in.us with any questions regarding the clinic.
 
– (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 March, we are discussing the trait of being a Lifelong Learner.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
 
– 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 at 462-6827.
 
– Lunch Schedules – 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)
February 22, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Field Trip – I’ve attached a copy of the 6th grade field trip permission slip.  Please note the lunch situation for this day!
 
– Human Growth and Development Program – Parents of 5th and 6th grade students, please find attached information regarding the annual human growth and development program that will take place at GIS soon.  The attachment also contains a place for you to allow/deny permission for your child to attend.  This should be delivered back to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Paper copies went home with students on Tuesday.  If the form is not returned by February 25th, permission to attend the program will be implied.
 
– 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 at 462-6827.
 
– 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 February, we are discussing the trait of being a Critical Thinker.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
 
– Lunch Schedules – 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)

February 15, 2019

Dear GIS Families:

Enjoy your three day weekend!

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A Few Important Items:

– (NEW) Presidents’ Day – GC Schools will not be in session on Monday, February 18th due to Presidents’ Day.

– (NEW) Human Growth and Development Program – Parents of 5th and 6th grade students, please find attached information regarding the annual human growth and development program that will take place at GIS soon.  The attachment also contains a place for you to allow/deny permission for your child to attend.  This should be delivered back to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Paper copies went home with students on Tuesday.  If the form is not returned by February 25th, permission to attend the program will be implied.

– (NEW) Medication at School – As a reminder, all prescription medication and over the counter medication must be brought to school and picked up from school by a parent, guardian, or designated adult.  See the following language:

Prescription Medicines

A parent/guardian must bring these medications to school in the original container. Students may not carry medication to school.   Form 5330 F1 (attached to this email) must also accompany this medication, which is to be signed by the prescribing authority and the parent/guardian.

Over the Counter Medications

All over the counter medications stored in the clinic require a physician to complete Form 5330 F1b (attached to this email). The parent/guardian must also sign this form and bring the  medication to the clinic. Only medication brought to the clinic in a new, sealed, unopened container will be accepted.

– 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 at 462-6827.

– 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 February, we are discussing the trait of being a Critical Thinker.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!

– Lunch Schedules – 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

– Presidents’ Day – 2/18 (No School)

– 6th Grade Indy Fuel Field Trip – 2/19 (PERMISSION SLIP ATTACHED)

– Math Bowl – 2/21

– Health Ed Pros Parent Preview Night – 2/27 @ GIS

– 6th Grade Discovery Concert Field Trip – 3/1

– Last Day Before Spring Break – 3/15

January 25, 2019
Dear GIS Families:
 
We had another great week here at GIS!  …a little short, but great!
Don’t forget, next Wednesday is an eLearning day!
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A Few Important Items:
– (NEW) Camp Invention Camp Invention is Back! Camp Invention will be returning to JB Stephens Elementary July 15-19 for students entering K – 6th grade for the 2019-2020 school year, flyers went home before winter break! This year’s program is going to be our best year yet. Check it out at www.campinvention.org. We are in need of some parent help and it comes along with the benefit of registration discounts! Please contact Amanda Bradford, abradford@gcsc.k12.in.us if interested in the opportunities below:
*Camp Parent: Looking for a way to help with Camp Invention and would love to send your own kids but can’t volunteer the week of camp? I am in need of 1 Camp Parent. I  am looking for a parent who is connected to the community and can help spread the word about Camp Invention. In return you are able to register 1 child for free and up to two additional children for only $95! HUGE SAVINGS. This would be perfect for a family who would like to send 2 or 3 children to Camp Invention this summer. You do not have to register your children right now. 
*Parent Volunteers: Excited about camp and want to help? Would your family benefit from the added bonus of a discount for your own children? Our volunteers were the backbone of our 
camp last year, and we need good ones to help the week of camp, 3+ to be exact! By volunteering you can register, up to 2, of your own children for camp for only $95 each. BIG Savings off the $225 registration fee. If you are interested in a parent volunteer spot, please contact me asap! These spots go fast, and you do not have to register your children right now.
 
– 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.
 
– 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 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