Kathleen E. Goodwin
Elementary School - News & Events

 

Principal - Heston Sutman

HESTON SUTMAN, PRINCIPAL

80 Old Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
860-395-3165  Fax: 860-395-3360
Safe School Climate Plan 


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A big thank you to Sam Kantrow for visiting our Kindergarten classes with his Storm Team Channel 8 News Truck. Students loved learning about the weather and checking out thesuper cool weather Jeep. This was all made possible through Mrs. Goodhue’s coordination. We loved seeing your class on the news!

Parents, get your kids involved in reading (and voting for) award winning children's literature by
reading
Nutmeg books this year! Goodwin students will be involved in voting for their
favorite
Nutmeg nominee. Nutmeg books are nominated each year by a committee comprised of the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut Association of School Librarians, teachers, and
students. Each summer, a new collection of children's books is nominated, and the following April students can vote for their favorites. The award winners are announced in mid-May. We have ALL Nutmeg nominees for elementary grades in our Goodwin library. Teachers have been checking them out to read in their classrooms, and some will be read to students in the library. The Acton library also has multiple copies of ALL titles for lending. Look for their display when you visit. If your child reads a Nutmeg book outside of school, please be sure they let Mrs. Brown know so she can add them to her voting register. Here's a link to summaries of all the titles, and a book trailer for a wonderful seasonal Nutmeg Nominee:
http://www.nutmegaward.org/elementary

Blizzard, by John Rocco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uQg_EiCqXM

Each year students have the opportunity to choose one donated book during the Celebration of Reading. In order to prepare, we are asking families to donate gently used books appropriate for Early Childhood – Grade 3 students. Please be sure to check the content before sending in. A box has been placed in the foyer. Thank you!

Each spring students, families and staff complete the Safe School Climate Survey. The results lead to annual Climate goals. This year we have two areas to address:

  1. Students reported that they feel left out by peers

  2. Staff data indicated that more communication was needed

Our next steps include retraining staff and students on the use of the buddy bench, the continuation of our Pride Card Program, Denise Tedesco (School Counselor) has built goals to support students, and we have created a Goodwin Staff electronic calendar.

Order forms for purchasing discounted tickets to The Connecticut Science Center went home this week! Everyone pays the kids' price of $16.95!! This saves you $7 on adult tickets and Goodwin gets to keep a portion of each ticket sold! It's a win win! Please make checks out to Goodwin PTA. Deadline to buy tickets is December 8th! Tickets are good for a year and will be distributed before the Holiday break. Give the gift of science this year!

Any questions contact Erin Pumerantz at ebush214@aol.com

The focus of today’s teacher professional development was aligning rubrics.  What’s a rubric?  Rubrics are an important piece of standards based instruction.  Rubrics help teachers compare student work to rating scales.  It is important that these rubrics are aligned with district and national expectations.  Teachers are constantly monitoring student progress and rubrics help them determine a student’s current performance.  Teachers can then adjust their instruction to meet students needs.   

The final Goodwin Gathering for 2017 will take place on December 22nd.  Students will participate in a sing along and will be treated to the annual staff rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas.  This is always a student favorite.

The district continues to advertise the need for teacher and para educator substitutes.  If you have any interest in applying, please inquire at Central Office (860-395-3157).

Each year The Town of Old Saybrook leads a toy drive to support local families.  This year Goodwin School will be a collection site.  Gifts for all age children are needed.  The toys will be picked up on December 14th.  If you wish to participate, please drop off or send in an unwrapped toy.  We have collection boxes in the foyer.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is independence. At this point in the school year, students at all grade levels are capable of walking to their class in the morning. They are familiar with the school, the staff, and the location of their classrooms. In order to continue to build this independence, we ask that parents no longer walk their children to their classrooms in the morning. This also helps with school safety, as it is a difficult time to monitor all of the adults entering the building. We understand that there may be times that it is necessary to escort your child to class, ie. a difficult morning or carrying supplies to a classroom. If you need to walk your child to the classroom, you MUST check in with the office staff, sign in, and get a badge. Thank you.

Friday, November 10th, our children’s voices warmed the hearts of all in attendance at our Veterans Day Celebration. The program was led by emcees Ainsley Sigersmith, and Dustin Dussault. Thank you to our music teacher Lois Geer for preparing our students and planning this event. Thank you to our Veterans and families who were able to attend.

Anxiety disorders have the highest prevalence rates of mental health disorders amongst children and adolescence. In an ongoing effort to continue to collaborate and partner with parents and guardians to support the varying ways in which anxiety can manifest in children and teens throughout these formative year, the district's four school psychologists will be hosting an evening workshop on Wednesday, November 30th from 6 to 7:30PM in the Old Saybrook High School's Library Media Center.

As their February 2017 workshop entitled Typical vs. Problematic Anxiety: OSPS Assists Parents/Guardians in Knowing the Difference & How to Help Their Child/Teen was so well attended/received by families in the community, the school psychologists from OSHS (Gretchen Holthausen and Marissa McCarthy, Old Saybrook Middle School (Susan Diaz) and Goodwin (Anita Costanzo) wanted to keep the conversation going regarding the importance of differentiating between healthy and unhealthy levels of anxiety, as well as provide developmentally-appropriate resources.

As the topic of anxiety is broad to say the least, the school psychologists would like your help to cater November 30th's workshop to the current needs of students and families. To make the focus of the workshop more targeted and meaningful for attendees, this week, school psychologists will be sending a link to a brief, electronic survey asking for specific topics on which parents/guardians would like more information, as well recommendations for ongoing supports this year and in years to come.

To register for November 30th workshop or to ask any questions pertaining to the survey, please contact Anita Costanzo at acostanzo@oldsaybrookschools.org or 860-395-3165 x1300.

The PTA is running a food drive this month. The classroom with the largest number of items donated will get to host the "Thankful Turkey" mascot for a week! Any questions, feel free to contact Theresa Bollmann, theres3@comcast.net

Our art teacher, Sarah Bernhardson, is looking for donations of glass baby food jars for our before school art club.

Old Saybrook High School Drama Club presents MIDSUMMER/ JERSEY by Ken Ludwig Directed by Lenore Grunko

Tickets, which are available at the door, are $5- Seniors and Students/$7- General
Midsummer/ Jersey is the hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's
Dream
set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nick Bottom). The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood spirit.

A huge thank you to Breck Lindley and the PTA crew for putting on an awesome book fair. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!

OAK (Outdoor Adventure Kids) is a nature based club for Old Saybrook students in grades K-6 and their families. The club's four annual events focus on the discovery and enjoyment of Old Saybrook's natural resources. Recent activities have included moonlight hikes, beach explorations, trail maintenance and stewardship, and scavenger hunts in the woods. Every year the Acton Library exhibits photographs taken by members on the winter hike. Our next event is a scavenger hunt hike on Saturday October 22nd.

 OAK provides opportunities for families to appreciate the diverse habitats of the shore and uplands and connect with our rich natural environment. Hopefully, members will also have so much fun while learning that they will grow up to be good stewards in the future. For more information email:  oakhikes@gmail.com or visit the Old Saybrook Land Trust http://oslt.org/  http://oslt.org/index.php/oak

The nurse’s office is looking for donations of mittens, hats, jackets, and heavy socks. If you have any of these items please drop them off in the nurse’s office. We appreciate it!

We continue to accept donations for an OSHS senior who has taken on the role of collecting donations for a school district that was affected by a hurricane. Students can bring in coins (in a plastic bag) and place them inside our hurricane relief display in the foyer.

The Old Saybrook Early Childhood Council as supported the addition of Little Free Libraries in Old Saybrook. The first library was recently added to Trask Park. Children of all ages are encouraged to take a book, return a book for free. The is a national initiative that helps build a love for reading. To learn more, please visit https://littlefreelibrary.org. 



Students are still getting in the swing of the afternoon bus routine. On some days buses leave as early as 3:15 and other days as late as 3:25. Please ensure that someone is home to receive children considering this window of time.

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