Kathleen E. Goodwin
HESTON SUTMAN, PRINCIPAL
Here's what's coming...
Our fifth and final Strategic Plan Series event, Profile of a Graduate, will be held on April 25 at 7:30PM in the Old Saybrook Board of Education office. This interactive evening will last about 60 minutes and will serve as the culminating event of this year's Straegic Plan Parent Information Series.
Don't worry if you were unable to attend the first four events.
You can view a recap of our first event by following the link: Learners to Leaders
You can view a recap of our second event by following the link: Personalized Learning
You can view a recap of our third event by following the link: Customized Classrooms
You can view our informational video on Goal Setting by following the link: Goal Setting
We look forward to seeing many of you at this final, informational evening. If you are planning to attend, please send an RSVP to Linda Warchol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second-grade students put on quite a show on Thursday, April 12th! They sang seven songs in French and each class performed a dance. The dances included a traditional French Canadian folk dance and a Cajun version of the Hokey Pokey. Their artwork was on display behind them as they sang. This was a collaborative production by Mrs. Geer, Mrs. Bernhardson and Madame Namin
Per state law: All children entering Kindergarten must have an updated School Physical with updated immunizations. This must be dated after August 28, 2017, and be received by the nurse’s office prior to the start of school. If you could provide this for registration night, it would be greatly appreciated.
Parents, we are excited to kick off Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart! Your student is becoming a Heart Hero by taking care of their own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association and raising funds for lifesaving research. Have your student jump online at heart.org/jump or heart.org/hoops to take one of our three health challenges, send emails and ask for donations. ANY STUDENT THAT GOES ONLINE AND TAKES THE CHALLENGE GETS A GLOW IN THE DARK WRISTBAND. ANY STUDENT THAT GETS A DONATION WILL BE RECOGNIZED AND RECEIVE A CARABINER, JAX AND CHARGER, OUR TWO COOLEST LIFESAVING MONSTERS. Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association!
The students celebrated our world language program today at our Goodwin Gathering. Students in each grade level sang songs in the language they are learning, either French or Spanish. It was a wonderful treat to hear all the students speaking so fluently and singing so beautifully in these languages. Learning another language at the elementary level in Old Saybrook really sets us apart from many other districts and we are lucky to have such a strong and established program.
Our students will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart as a part of a wellness day in June. The fundraising for the American Heart Association will take place prior to wellness day. Look for more information to follow.
In this Education Gadfly article, Jeff Murray reports on an MIT study on a key characteristic of adult-child verbal interactions that boosts children’s language abilities: “conversational turns.” These are an adult utterance, followed by a child utterance (or vice versa), with no more than a five-second gap between them. The more of these reciprocal interactions children had (the researchers studied average 4-6-year- olds), the more brain activity they had in Broca’s area (the part of the brain that handles language production and processing), and the better the children did on standardized tests of vocabulary, grammar, and verbal reasoning. This was true regardless of socioeconomic status, parents’ educational attainment, or the number of words to which they were exposed at home. Lead researcher Rachel Romeo said conversational turns were “almost magical” in their power to build children’s language ability.
“Conversation and Language Development” by Jeff Murray in The Education Gadfly, February 28, 2018 (Vol. 18, #9), https://edexcellence.net/articles/conversation-and-language-development; the full study is “Beyond the 30-Million-Word Gap: Children’s Conversational Exposure Is Associated with Language- Related Brain Function” by Rachel Romeo et al.,Psychological Science, February 2018 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797617742725
Last Tuesday evening, the PTA invited Superintendent Perruccio, to join us for a school safety conversation. The majority of the conversation centered around a potential new badging system that scans a visitor’s license and prints their photo on a visitor’s badge. We also discussed a need for a new check in system when we are welcoming large numbers of visitors to events. More to come as final decisions are made.
One change that we have made is making a copy of IDs for anyone picking up students who are not familiar to the front office staff. Lastly, we want to remind you not to hold doors for others coming in behind you. We understand that in our culture if feels rude not to hold the door. Over time, we will all come to understand that it is not rude, it is just following a safety procedure.
Last Tuesday night, Alicia Farrell joined the Early Childhood Council in the Goodwin Library Media Center to discuss how to support children when they fail. She highlighted parenting tips to assist children when they need guidance. Below are a few of her “Boots on the Ground Parenting Tips”:
1. Never do for your children what they can do for themselves. Builds self-esteem.
2. Allow your children to experience the natural consequences of their choices. Builds resilience.
3. Solve problems with your children not for them. Builds critical thinking skills and competence.
4. Let your children falter and fail. Builds grit and a strong sense of self.
5. Give your children a few responsibilities they do not like to do. Builds perseverance.
The testing window is April 30th – May 12th. Students will only take one test per day Monday – Friday. Students will test in one of two time slots; 9:15-10:45 or 11:00-12:30. Please make sure your child(ren) get a good night’s rest and are on-time to school. For more information about the SB Assessment, please visit http://www.smarterbalanced.org.
Thank you to our PTA for another wonderful program. Dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet performed Circus of the Animals. Students were amazed by the performance.
As Superintendent Perruccio addressed with you earlier last week, we are increasing our efforts to become more secure as the changing world warrants. Regardless of how successful we have been in the past, we have added a step of asking for identification from anyone who is not a regular visitor to our building. We can quickly identify most parents, but there are times we don’t know visitors who are picking up students or entering the building. This added step may seem like an inconvenience at first, but quickly it will become part of our culture. Any questions, please contact Principal Sutman.
A big thank you to our PTA for this week's Cultural Arts Program. The kids had a ball.
Thank you for the staff luncheon that was provided Friday. Soups, salads, breads and desserts were enjoyed and very appreciated by the staff.
Eleven talented and enthusiastic third grade singers recently participated in the Shoreline Elementary Choir Festival in North Branford. The mission of the SECF is to broaden elementary students’ knowledge of music skills and promote a love of choral singing. The students worked with Mrs. Geer in after school workshops twice a week for two months to prepare for the festival. The children sang with 110 other students from surrounding districts. They sang songs by famous composers such as Handel and Copeland, an Israeli folk song and an American folk song. Normally students do not get to participate in things like this until Middle School or High School, so we were all very grateful to have this opportunity.
Please continue to report any fever or positive flu screens on your child so we can continue to track Flu within the State. As stated before; please keep your child home until fever free without the use of Tylenol or Motrin an additional day. Some children have been returning to school too soon and have had a return of fever, so please make sure your child is completely well before returning. We want them ready to learn and have the endurance to do so.
Thank you for all you do in keeping your child and our school healthy.
All grade two students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week with songs and spoken facts about his life and legacy. The program began with a short section of video from his famous,“ I Have a Dream Speech.” Then the entire second grade sang, “What a Wonderful World.” Other songs on the program included, “Dr. King was a Mighty Good Leader,” “Martin Luther King,” and “Come Sing a Song with Me.” The program was the result of combined efforts from Mrs. Geer and the grade two team of teachers.
We are starting to see an increase in flu, flu like illnesses as well as strep. Just a quick reminder (per school policy in the parent handbook):
1. Your child must stay home if diagnosed with strep for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic and must be fever free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours.
2. If your child has had fever from another illness such as flu, they must also be home 24 hours fever free without Tylenol or Motrin.
3. If your child has had the GI bug, they must stay home 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
This means staying home an extra day. Children should be fully well and able to eat, drink, and have had adequate rest. If you call the school it will be an excused absence. It is vital that we keep all students and staff healthy so that we can fully participate in school without spreading illness to one another. Unfortunately, if your child comes back too soon, I will have to call and have your child sent home. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
A tribute to our namesake, Kathleen E. Goodwin, has come together in our foyer. A plaque, donated by Computer Signs of Old Saybrook, commemorates this remarkable woman.
Students may begin to enter the building at 8:30 a.m. and remain in the foyer until 8:40 when the first bell rings. At 8:40 they may walk down to their classrooms. At 8:50 the second bell rings and begins the school day, students should be in their classrooms at this time.
Please be vigilant about watching your children for flu like symptoms that include cough, fatigue, fever and headache. As per Jan Perruccio, please keep your children home for 7 days if they have the flu. This year’s flu has hit the pediatric population especially hard, and adequate rest and recovery is vital. Please follow up with your child’s doctor should your child develop a fever. Any child sent home with fever, flu like symptoms, nausea and vomiting MUST remain home the next day and then be symptom free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours until they can return back to school. This is to ensure your child has fully recovered and does not have a setback and it will ensure that students and school staff are not exposed to ongoing illness. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.