Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Dear Genet Families!

Happy Friday! What a fantastic Friday it was! We closed out our Character Education program today with a wonderful presentation by our 3rd Graders and celebrated all students who were recognized by staff for demonstrating the character trait of Citizenship! Our next Morning Program will be on Friday, December 6th. It will be led by Kindergarten and our character trait of the month is Kindness/Empathy. We hope you will join us!

As mentioned last week, if you have not opted in to the district’s text notification system in the event of severe weather (i.e. Snow Days or Delays), you can by following the directions at the link:

https://egcsd.org/alert

This is different than receiving e-mails from the district and requires additional authorization from you to join. I put this out to families just as a reminder for the winter season.

Along with the winter months is the need for appropriate attire for students. Please remember to send your child to school with the necessary clothing for outdoor recess as we try to take students outside as much as possible. Warm jackets, hats, gloves and snow boots/appropriate foot attire is required.

I hope that you all found our first Parent-Teacher Conference night informative. I spoke to many parents as they left Genet last Wednesday and appreciate all the comments and feedback that I received. If you missed your time slot this past Wednesday, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher and ask to reschedule for December 5th. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.

News and updates from the Art Room, by Mrs. Letourneau
Third graders did a beautiful job on their warm and cool color overlapping fall leaf paintings. Students are now eagerly working on our Birds in Birch Trees lesson. We learned a new way to apply paint to create texture for tree bark, by using a piece of cardboard and swiping it across the tree trunk! Birds were created and painted on watercolor paper, which gave them the chance to observe and experiment on the paper’s interesting properties, especially how colors bleed into one another. Students were introduced to analogous colors and how these similar colors are neighbors on the color wheel.

News and updates from the Music Room, by Mrs. Scolaro 
This week in music, grades K-2 have been participating in activities that encourages them to keep a steady beat through movement and dance. Such activities include Kindergarten classes moving a parachute to show phrasing in a song, first graders dancing in a group circle dance with a steady beat, and 2nd graders working together to pass rhythm sticks around the circle with everyone passing in time with the music. Each of these skills help students prepare for future activities in music class including activities with instruments! Great job everyone!  

Here is some info on upcoming events at Genet:
November 27-29th – Thanksgiving Recess! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
December 3rd –  Parent Informational Session titled: The Highly Sensitive Child @ CHS Auditorium, 7:00-8:00 PM
December 5th – K-5 Half-Day with Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon.
December 6th –  Morning Program for December’s Character Ed Program hosted by Kindergarten – Parents are welcome to attend!  9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
December 6th – PTO Sponsored SNOW CONE DAY!  
December 9th  – Genet Welcomes the Bridge Arts Ensembles! Musicians will come and put on a performance for our students!
December 17th –  Genet’s Winter Concert for Grades 4 and 5. More information to come from your child(ren)’s music teacher! Program runs from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. See you there!
December 19th  – Star Wars Day at Genet! In anticipation of the final movie release, students have asked to dress up in support of the movie! More information to follow!
December 20th  – Morning Program for December with Holiday Sing-a-long!

Thank you for your continued support of Genet and I wish you all the best this coming shortened week!

Sincerely,

Wayne Grignon
Principal

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