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Kathleen E. Goodwin
Elementary School - News & Events


Principal - Heston Sutman


80 Old Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
860-395-3165  Fax: 860-395-3360
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The South African Choir visited Goodwin School on Tuesday. Our students not only learned African Culture, but also participated in many dances.

As we enter into October, now is the perfect time for you and your family to get a flu shot. Please be advised that flu shots are mandatory for all pre-K students per State Statutes. October is the recommended time for your child to receive a flu shot as it takes several weeks for immunity to be achieved. While we cannot predict the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine, any protection is better than none at all. Please consider a flu shot if your child has a chronic medical condition such as asthma to prevent flu related complications such as pneumonia. If your child receives a flu shot, please remember to drop off proof of this to the nurse’s office ASAP. Families have until 12/31/2018 to have their Pre-K student immunized before they are no longer allowed to attend school.

A big thank you to all of our families for attending parent night. Mr. Sutman would welcome any suggestions.

Today was our first Goodwin Garhering. Todays’s emcees were Mia Hanover and Jacob Potter, they did a fantastic job.

Thank you to Lois Geer for organizing the performances.

The nurses office is looking for donations of new, boys underwear.

A big thanks to our wonderful PTA. Our students enjoyed their first cultural arts performer this week. Lou Del Bianca portrayed Abe Lincoln in an engaging performance that had students listening, laughing and participating; while learning a valuable lesson of perseverance.

School picture day will be on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. Order forms are coming home with students today.

If you would like to sign your child up for the half day daycare program offered on October 5, November 2 and December 7, please remember to turn in the permission form by Monday, September 24, 2018.

The Annual Old Saybrook Community Day will take place on September 29th on the town green. Rain date is September 30th . Be sure to find the Early Childhood table, where they will have activities focused around our one book one town initiative. All GS students have been exposed to the book, What Do You Do with a Problem? At 2:00, students will be invited to participate in an impromptu skit as the story is read aloud.

Recently a parent shared a NY Times Article titled, How to Play Our Way to a Better Democracy. The bulk of the article signified the importance of play and less adult intervention. Play is a time where children need to figure things out without adult interference, to role play, to deal with disappointment, and a chance to recover. I have copied a few quotes below that you may find interesting. The entire article can be found at

It’s free, it’s fun and it confers so many benefits that theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics recently urged Americans to give far more of it to their children. It’s called play — and it matters not only for the health of our children but also for the health of our democracy.

The young human brain “expects” the child to engage in thousands of hours of play, including thousands of falls, scrapes, conflicts, insults, alliances, betrayals, status competitions, and even (within limits) acts of exclusion, in order to develop its full capacities.

 Peter Gray, a developmental psychologist at Boston College, studies the effects of “free play,” which he defines as “activity that is freely chosen and directed by the participants and undertaken for its own sake, not consciously pursued to achieve ends that are distinct from the activity itself.” 

 The absence of an adult also leaves room for children to take small risks, rather than assuming that adults will always be there, like guard rails, telling them where the limits of safety lie.

 If we “protect” kids from the small risks and harms of free play, we stunt their ability to handle challenges and recover from failures

We are pleased to share that Marla Rubenstein has joined our counseling staff and will be working in all three buildings on a part time basis. She has already visited Goodwin School and will be working closely with our team.

Our new visitor badging system is up and running. If you have not visited school yet, please make sure you bring in your license in when you do, and check into the office. As always, with any change in dismissal plan, please send in a note to your child’s teacher, which will be sent down to the office.

We had 626 students and family members attend our Monday night Summer Storytime and Pizza with Goodwin teachers this summer! In addition, 95 students from early childhood to third graders logged in reading minutes over the summer for a total of 31,671 minutes of recorded reading! WOW! We will randomly choose a name at a future Goodwin Gathering, from all students who registered, for a chance to win a gift certificate for Harbor Books here in town. We hope you enjoyed ALL the wonderful events at Acton Library this summer. We intend to make our Monday night Storytime an annual tradition!

At the PTA Fall Festival, which will be on October 21st this year, there will be a Touch a Truck opportunity. Any families with trucks or equipment that could be used should contact the PTA.

It was a very hot opening, but also a very successful one. A big thank you to the PTA for the “Incredible” balloon display. Our students were thrilled. Students have done a great job riding buses and times will become consistent as students and drivers become more familiar with the routine.

It can be very difficult for both parent and child to separate at the start of the school day. When children are upset and clinging to their parent, 99% of the time the children recovers within two minutes of the parent leaving. If you are experiencing a difficult transition in the morning, we have found it best to separate outside of the front doors. Once entering the building, children seem to have a much more difficult time separating. Also, we are here to help. Be proactive by contacting you child’s teacher to set up a transition plan. The more we can make the transition consistent, the better it will be for your child. Lastly, we discourage parents from walking their child to their classroom. This only makes the transition more difficult for the child. It is a great opportunity to build your child’s independence by saying goodbye outside of the school. They can do it! If you need to go to a classroom in the morning, perhaps to drop something off, you must sign in to the front office prior to entering any of the wings.

This year, each day of the week is assigned a letter A-E. Each letter indicates which special a student will go to that day. Your child’s teacher will let you know which day your child will attend each special. For example, each A day is computers. It will be important for parents to note which days they will be going to PE so students can dress appropriately. WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS WEAR SNEAKERS EVERY DAY. Better for recess!

Profile of a Graduate’ a series of videos featuring our K-12 students, will be showing at The Kate, Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to

If you are interested in volunteering in the cafeteria, please contact Lisen Barter at Kindergarten 12:00-12:20, Grade 2 is 12:30-12:50, Grade 1 is 12:55-1:15 and Grade 3 is 1:30-1:50.

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