News From Across GMRSD

Good afternoon and happy Friday from Gill Elementary. We are quickly approaching our February recess, though recent temperatures may have you mistaking it for our April one. Given the recent wet weather, and some inquiries about our recess policies, I thought it would be worthwhile to send them out. We try to go outside for recess unless there is a danger to kids’ safety. With that in mind, we will go out in drizzle and snow. We generally use the cutoff temperature of 20 degrees to determine if it is too cold. However, that is a bit suggestive. It if is a calm 18 with the sun shining...
  Hillcrest Elementary School Friday News February 8, 2019   Dear Hillcrest Families, Did you know that Wednesday marked our 100th Day of School?  Our students really enjoyed celebrating this milestone. The school was filled with all kinds of 100th Day activities . . . guessing the contents of 100th Day Mystery Bags in preschool, creating 100th Day crowns in kindergarten, and building structures from 100 mini-marshmallow building blocks in first grade.  Interspersed with all this fun and creativity was plenty of counting and writing (Can you write...
Every Turners Falls High School student can get breakfast at school every day -- and, starting next week, later in the morning! The secondary school's cafeteria manager, Liana Pleasant, is trying out a new "Second Breakfast" program this month using the grab-and-go cart we got this year with support from Action For Healthy Kids. Here's how "Second Breakfast" will work: Because our school qualifies for and participates in the Community Eligibility Program, all of our students can have two no-cost meals each day: one breakfast and one lunch. Additional meals and...
I could really use your assistance . There is an upswing in the "trash talk" that is primarily happening on the playground before school and at recess. Playing at school is an opportunity for students to get exercise and have fun. There are no trophies handed to the winner after each recess, and yet some of our students are feeling the need to insult, tease, and generally be unkind while playing. I would greatly appreciate you addressing this newsletter item with your child. You have to love New England weather! We have students outside getting fresh air and exercise every day so...
Pioneer and Regionalization – Statement from School Committee Chair: On Friday, January 30, the Recorder ran a story about Pioneer town officials’ interest in forming a planning committee to consider regionalizing with Gill-Montague. As you might expect, this topic has the potential to create a great deal of anxiety. On behalf of the Gill Montague School Committee I would like to say I believe an accurate way to characterize our current position on this topic is the following: We are interested in gathering the detailed data necessary to thoroughly examine this complex topic including...
Hillcrest Elementary School Friday News February 1, 2019   Dear Hillcrest Families,   Happy February to all of you! It really seems like the first month of 2019 flew right by!  Despite the disruptions of our Two Hour Delay days and holidays this past month, our teachers and students have taken advantage of all of our school days to explore new ideas and build new skills.  In preschool, our students have been taking on a variety of pretend roles in their Tools of the Mind Restaurant theme.  In kindergarten, our students have launched into a...

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