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GREENFIELD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

May 22, 2020
Dear GIS Families:
 
I know this was not the end of the school year that we all hoped for.  However, I could not be prouder of our students, staff, parents, and community for making the best of this situation.  
 
I am very sad to not be able to send off all our students into the summer.  However, see below for a 6th grade event!  For our 4th and 5th grade students, we will see you in the fall!
 
Please stay safe out there.  If I can be of any assistance over the break, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Again, thank you parents for your efforts and support.  We could not have done it without you!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Clap Out – Great news!  We are planning on having this event now!  The details of the event will be coming to you soon, but please plan on 6th grade students having a drive-thru “Clap Out” event at Brandywine Park this coming Tuesday, at 2:00pm.  The Clap Out is a 6th grade tradition at GIS and we are excited to still be able to hold this.  Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
 
– (NEW) Wishing Our Students the BEST! – Please take a look at this brief video and share with your student.  This highlights some of the amazing happenings over the year.  We will miss our Cougars!!
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Choir Update – Check out this amazing video!  We need choir members for next year!  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Beuoy mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us
– (NEW REMINDER) Building Access – I know you have all been wondering when you’ll be able to retrieve items from school.  Unfortunately our buildings are still shut down until the end of June.  Which means, if all guidelines stay the same, we are looking at sometime in July for this to happen.  Our district is working on this plan in accordance with state-level guidance so please be patient with us.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Student Device Collection – Again, with the buildings being shut down, we are pushing back device collection until July.  Students will have to hang on to their current devices until then.  For families who will not be attending GC Schools next school year, please email support@gcsc.k12.in.us to schedule a device drop-off time. 
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Yearbooks – The pandemic situation has caused our yearbook company production delays.  We’ve been notified that our yearbook order will likely not arrive until after school is officially out for the summer. While I realize this will cause a delay in getting this to you, our plan is to distribute these to students once school resumes in the fall.  6th grade yearbooks will be distributed at the junior high school.  
 
– (NEW REMINDER) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (info for current 5th grade students) – There is a new link to sign up for choir next year.  Please sign up for choir by clicking here!!  For those students wishing to participate in 6th grade band, they can do both if they choose to!  Both choir and band do run all year long, so the amount of time and/or number of other Related Arts courses a student receives will be impacted.  For questions,  please contact Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us
 
– (NEW REMINDER2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration (for CURRENT 5th graders) – Registration for all current 5th grade students to enroll in band for 6th grade is now OPEN! Parents should visit the link listed below to find out more information and register. Note: 6th grade is the only opportunity for new students to join band within the district! All those interested should register. Mrs. Brooke Basso – director – will be in touch later this summer about instrument selection.  Please click the link for registration: 2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Tech Support – If you need technical support for your child’s device, you can send a help ticket request to support@gcsc.k12.in.us stating the student’s name, school, and tech issue. The tech department will get back with you.
May 15, 2020
Dear GIS Families:
 
We are down to the wire.  Finish strong GIS!!
So many end-of-year items coming up.  Please pay close attention to the items below and in the upcoming weeks. 
 
Keep posting those pictures on Twitter and use #GISonefamily to share with our school community!  Look for the LAST weekly challenge coming to you on Monday morning 🙂
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) 2019-2020 Peer Appreciation – GIS would like to congratulate Mrs. Batton and Mrs. Voigt for being our Peer Appreciation Winners!  They were nominated by the staff to receive this recognition for their outstanding work each day 🙂  Congratulations!
 
– (NEW) Building Access – I know you have all been wondering when you’ll be able to retrieve items from school.  Unfortunately our buildings are still shut down until the end of June.  Which means, if all guidelines stay the same, we are looking at sometime in July for this to happen.  Our district is working on this plan in accordance with state-level guidance so please be patient with us.
 
– (NEW) Student Device Collection – Again, with the buildings being shut down, we are pushing back device collection until July.  Students will have to hang on to their current devices until then.  For families who will not be attending GC Schools next school year, please email support@gcsc.k12.in.us to schedule a device drop-off time. 
 
– (NEW) End-of-Year Awards – With a number of different factors being considered, there will not be school-wide awards given out this year.  We apologize for this change and are disappointed to not be able to do this onsite as we have in the past.  Instead, we would like to celebrate every student for their hard work, perseverance, and fortitude this school year!
 
– (NEW) Yearbooks – The pandemic situation has caused our yearbook company production delays.  We’ve been notified that our yearbook order will likely not arrive until after school is officially out for the summer. While I realize this will cause a delay in getting this to you, our plan is to distribute these to students once school resumes in the fall.  6th grade yearbooks will be distributed at the junior high school.  
 
– (NEW) GCJHS Information – Attention parents of 6th grade students!  Please view this video   This is a narrated version of the traditional parent night presentation.  Attached to this email you will also find an informational handout.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (info for current 5th grade students) – There is a new link to sign up for choir next year.  Please sign up for choir by clicking here!!  For those students wishing to participate in 6th grade band, they can do both if they choose to!  Both choir and band do run all year long, so the amount of time and/or number of other Related Arts courses a student receives will be impacted.  For questions,  please contact Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us
 
– (NEW REMINDER2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration (for CURRENT 5th graders) – Registration for all current 5th grade students to enroll in band for 6th grade is now OPEN! Parents should visit the link listed below to find out more information and register. Note: 6th grade is the only opportunity for new students to join band within the district! All those interested should register. Mrs. Brooke Basso – director – will be in touch later this summer about instrument selection.  Please click the link for registration: 2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Tech Support – If you need technical support for your child’s device, you can send a help ticket request to support@gcsc.k12.in.us stating the student’s name, school, and tech issue. The tech department will get back with you.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
 
– 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 May, we are discussing the trait of Character.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!

May 1, 2020

Dear GIS Families:
 
It’s crazy to think we are down to the last three weeks of school. And also very sad for us staff members at GIS.  It’s such a disappointment we won’t get to see our Cougar Leaders before they move to the next grade level.
 
As the end of the year approaches, you’ll want to pay close attention to many of the items in the Cougar Connection since there will be some transition information for you.  If you’ve not yet seen the latest COVID-19 Community Update video from Dr. Olin, you can view that here.  
 
Keep posting those pictures on Twitter and use #GISonefamily to share with our school community!  Look for the new weekly challenge coming to you on Monday morning 🙂
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) GIS Teacher of the Year – Congratulations to Mr. Charlie Hart!  Mr. Hart has been nominated as our 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year!  We are very proud of him and all the things he does each day for kids.  Way to go Mr. Hart!
 
– (NEW) Teacher Appreciation Week – As you may have heard, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are so lucky to have AMAZING teachers at GIS!  I definitely do not say it enough, but I appreciate this time of the year to say a huuuuuge “Thank You” to all our wonderful educators.  They work so hard every single day.  I would encourage you to show your appreciation in some form next week too 🙂
 
– (NEW2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration (for CURRENT 5th graders) – Registration for all current 5th grade students to enroll in band for 6th grade is now OPEN! Parents should visit the link listed below to find out more information and register. Note: 6th grade is the only opportunity for new students to join band within the district! All those interested should register. Mrs. Brooke Basso – director – will be in touch later this summer about instrument selection.  Please click the link for registration: 2020-2021 6th Grade BAND Registration
 
– (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 May, we are discussing the trait of Character.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home!
– (NEW) GCJHS Information – Attention parents of 6th grade students!  Attached you will find a little information for you about Greenfield Central Junior High School.  Stay tuned for more information coming your way as well!
– (NEW) Online Book Fair – Looking for some new books to help get you through May and beyond?  Well look no further because the book fair is back!  This online version begins today and runs through May 14th.  Please see the attached flyer for the details.
 
– (NEW) Camp Opportunity – Nameless Creek Youth Camp, located at 2675 S. 600 E. in Greenfield, is once again offering their Plug Into Nature Daycamp this summer from July 6-10, 9am to 4pm, for students who will be entering grades 3-4-5 next school year.  The camp provides activities such as sports and games, nature trail/creek exploration, a water carnival, arts and crafts, and basic culinary skills. These activities are designed to allow the campers to enjoy the outdoors, learn leadership skills, team building, and social skills. If you are interested in having your child attend camp, please complete the attached paperwork and mail it to the address contained within the application. The total cost of the week is $70, with $10 of that due with the application to attend.  Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the camp each day.  These applications are due May 30th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Hunt at kshunt@gcsc.k12.in.us.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Tech Support – If you need technical support for your child’s device, you can send a help ticket request to support@gcsc.k12.in.us stating the student’s name, school, and tech issue. The tech department will get back with you.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
April 17, 2020
Dear GIS Families:
 
I continue to be impressed with our students and their persistence!  Thank you parents for supporting them in their eLearning journey!  We appreciate you 🙂
 
Keep posting those pictures on Twitter and use #GISonefamily to share with our school community!  Look for the new weekly challenge coming to you on Monday morning 🙂
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) eLearning – Regarding Related Arts assignments, our RA teachers are assigning work on Mondays.  Students will have the week to complete the assignments.  This will be the plan for all RA classes.
 
– (NEW REMINDER) Camp Invention – Do your kids need something to look forward to this summer? Camp Invention is coming to J.B. Stephens Elementary on July 13-17!  Watch this Camp Invention 2020 video to get a preview of what students will experience.  The National Inventors Hall of Fame also compiled this At Home STEM Activity Guide for families.  We now have $100 scholarships available to help families send their children to camp! A huge thanks goes out to our community partners: Hancock Health, Duke Energy and Greenfield-Central School Foundation. Complete this Camp Invention Scholarship Form to receive scholarship support. (If we have to cancel or change camp dates, full refunds will be issued to parents.)  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Leliaert at lleliaert@gcsc.k12.in.us or Krista Steeno at ksteeno@gcsc.k12.in.us
– (NEW REMINDER) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (info for current 5th grade students) – There is a new link to sign up for choir next year.  Please sign up for choir by clicking here!!  For those students wishing to participate in 6th grade band, they can do both if they choose to!  Both choir and band do run all year long, so the amount of time and/or number of other Related Arts courses a student receives will be impacted.  For questions,  please contact Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us
– (NEW REMINDER) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
 
– 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 April, we are discussing Teamwork.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home.

April 10, 2020

Dear GIS Families:
 
We miss you all and hope you are getting along ok with eLearning.  If you haven’t yet checked out the video from the staff, here it is for you again.  Keep posting those pictures on Twitter and use #GISonefamily to share with our school community!  Look for the new weekly challenge coming to you on Monday morning 🙂
 
Oh, and I’ve had a few questions on getting into the building to get items.  I do not know yet when this will occur, so please hang on.  Sorry about the delay!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) Camp Invention – Do your kids need something to look forward to this summer? Camp Invention is coming to J.B. Stephens Elementary on July 13-17!  Watch this Camp Invention 2020 video to get a preview of what students will experience.  The National Inventors Hall of Fame also compiled this At Home STEM Activity Guide for families.  We now have $100 scholarships available to help families send their children to camp! A huge thanks goes out to our community partners: Hancock Health, Duke Energy and Greenfield-Central School Foundation. Complete this Camp Invention Scholarship Form to receive scholarship support. (If we have to cancel or change camp dates, full refunds will be issued to parents.)  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Leliaert at lleliaert@gcsc.k12.in.us or Krista Steeno at ksteeno@gcsc.k12.in.us
 
– (NEW) Access to the Building – I’ve had a few questions on getting into the building to get items.  I do not know yet when this will occur, so please hang on.  Sorry about the delay!  As soon as I find something out, I will pass along to you.
– (NEW REMINDER) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (info for current 5th grade students) – There is a new link to sign up for choir next year.  Please sign up for choir by clicking here!!  For those students wishing to participate in 6th grade band, they can do both if they choose to!  Both choir and band do run all year long, so the amount of time and/or number of other Related Arts courses a student receives will be impacted.  For questions,  please contact Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us
– (NEW REMINDER) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
 
– 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 April, we are discussing Teamwork.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home.
April 3, 2020
Dear GIS Families:
 
What an interesting week we’ve had 🙂  I’ve been encouraged at what our students and staff have been able to accomplish in such a short, crazy time.  Nice work!
 
If you’ve not seen the update yet from Dr. Olin, we are switching up our eLearning schedule a bit due to all Indiana K-12 school buildings closing for the remainder of the school year.  I’ve attached the new calendar for you to look at.  There are still lots of items we are working through so you’ll have to remain patient on getting some of these answers for the time being.  More info to come!
 
Don’t forget to post your eLearning adventures to our Twitter hashtag #GISonefamily.  Look for a new weekly challenge on Monday!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) eLearning – There is a new schedule attached to this email.  Please check it out and ask questions if you need!
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (info for current 5th grade students) – There is a new link to sign up for choir next year.Please sign up for choir by clicking here!!For those students wishing to participate in 6th grade band, they can do both if they choose to!  Both choir and band do run all year long, so the amount of time and/or number of other Related Arts courses a student receives will be impacted.  For questions,  please contact Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us.
– (NEW REMINDER) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
– (NEW REMINDER) Quarter Three Report Cards – Quarter three report cards will now be available for viewing on Monday, April 6th in the PS Parent Portal.  Please take some time to review this with your child when these become available. 
 
– 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 April, we are discussing Teamwork.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home.
March 27, 2020
Dear GIS Families:
 
While we normally do not have a Cougar Connection over spring break, there are some important items to pass along.
As we get moving into our eLearning phase next week, please look for a brief video coming to your inbox Monday morning with a few more eLearning details!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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A Few Important Items:
 
– (NEW) eLearning – This coming week teachers will communicate an instructional plan and a schedule of his or her office hours to you.  Please be patient with them as we work to get better at providing access to learning opportunities for students and families.  Teachers will be available during office hours and on email to deliver information and content.  Monday (3/30/2020) will be a waiver day for students so there will be no lessons or learning opportunities sent to families.  Beginning on Tuesday, March 31 through Friday, April 3, teachers will push out learning opportunities to students each day and be available for identified office hours.  Beginning the week of April 6, new learning opportunities will be made available for students on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  No new content/opportunities will be pushed out on Wednesdays, but teachers will maintain office hours that will be communicated by teacher.
 
– (NEW) Food Service – For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this opportunity for GC families.
 
– (NEW) Technology Support Clinic – The GC Technology Department will have a “drive through clinic” at GCHS for parents who need chargers, device swaps, etc., or for devices that may have become broken or non-functional over break.  They will host the clinic at the main GCHS entrance on Monday from 1:00-3:00pm.  Please follow the instructions when you arrive. 
 
– (NEW) AskRose Homework Help – This may be an even more important resource in light of our current situation.  Trained Rose-Hulman tutors provide free help to students in math and science.  This support is available Sunday-Thursday, 7:00pm-10:00pm (877-Ask-Rose), and they have now added the hours of 12:00pm-3:00pm to accommodate eLearning needs.
 
– (NEW) Assistance Requests – If you need assistance or have a concern, please contact your child’s teacher or our school guidance counselor Kimberly Hunt.  Phone calls to GIS are not currently being answered.  Mrs. Hunt can be contacted by email at kshunt@gcsc.k12.in.us
– (NEW) Quarter Three Report Cards – Slight change here.  Quarter three report cards will now be available for viewing on Monday, April 6th in the PS Parent Portal.  Please take some time to review this with your child when these become available. 
 
– (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 April, we are discussing Teamwork.  Please continue to speak with your student about this month’s topic to make that connection at home.
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Choir 2020-2021 (Info for Current 5th Grade Students) – Please see the choir sign-up sheet for more details.  At this time, we would ask that you email Mrs. Beuoy at mbeuoy@gcsc.k12.in.us if your child plans to participate in this Cours next year.  This is important so we can start building class schedules for next school year.
 
– (NEW) 6th Grade Band 2020-2021 (Info for Current 5th Grade Students) – Mrs. Basso has created the list of interested students.  We will work on rescheduling the instrument testing once things return to “normal.”
 
– 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)