Message from Dr. Marino

February is speeding by! And of course we have been busy learning, but we’re also making time for fun. February 2nd brought a visit from our own Garry the Groundhog! He must have seen his shadow, because we haven’t seen him since, and we sure have had some cold winter days. But while he was here, he gave out lots of hugs and high fives! The whole Greenwood staff sends a huge shout out and thank you to our wonderful PTO and Greenwood families who provided a delicious luncheon on February 11th. Greenwood teachers agree, Souper Lunch Day is one of our favorite days of the year! Valentines Day brought lots of hearts and smiles, especially welcome on such a cold, windy Monday. And, yet to come is Twin Day! Since 2/22/22 is on a Tuesday, we thought it would be fun to have a Twin Day. Spring will be here before we know it, so we’re not letting winter get away without having some fun!

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Message from Dr. Marino

Dear Greenwood,

This is a thank you note!

As we already know, we have had a school year like no other. As Mrs. Stinson, likes to say, “We’ve been making history!” We made a lot of discoveries this year. We know a lot about digital learning now. We learned how to provide tech support for each other. We learned all about mask breaks and we invented countless ways to take our learning outside. We found out that we are so much more than teachers and students, we are inventors and explorers. And so I want to thank you! Thank you for being a part of this weird and wild school year. Thank you for learning different schedules and different ways of doing things. Thank you for figuring out how to be friendly and helpful to your classmates and teachers, even from a distance. Thank you for helping keep our school safe.

I know this has been a very challenging school year, but it was still a great Greenwood year! And Greenwood students are the reason why!

With love and gratitude,

Dr. Marino

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Return to School

Happy New Year from Mrs. Marino. I hope you had a safe and peaceful winter break.

This is a reminder that school is in back in session tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 4. All students will continue to learn remotely this week, with the exception of

Mr. Bickel and Mrs. Slowik’s full day students, who will be learning in-person, at Greenwood starting tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 4.

If you have any questions, please contact Greenwood, tomorrow. Thank you.

Feliz año nuevo de parte de la Sra. Marino. Espero que haya tenido unas vacaciones de invierno tranquilas y seguras.

Este es un recordatorio de que la escuela se reanudará mañana, lunes 4 de enero. Todos los estudiantes continuarán aprendiendo de forma remota esta semana, con la excepción de los estudiantes de tiempo completo del Sr. Bickel y la Sra. Slowik estarán aprendiendo en persona, en Greenwood a partir de mañana, lunes 4 de enero.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Greenwood mañana. Gracias.

Kindly,

Tracey Marino, Ed. D.

Greenwood Elementary

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Earth and Garden Club

Greenwood Elementary School’s Earth and Garden Club was the idea of Mrs. Erika Slowik and Mrs. Sarah Thorne-Locke. Both teachers enjoyed the passion of gardening and wanted to revive the garden in the courtyard of the school. At the time it was somewhat of an eyesore. Initially, Mrs. Slowik had started “The Knowledge Garden” with her classes and when Mrs. Thorne-Locke came on board shortly thereafter, they decided to start a club for students with similar outdoor interests. Members of the Earth and Garden Club

The Earth and Garden Club is open to fourth and fifth grade students. Over the years, about 15-20 students have participated, but currently, more than 30 students are enrolled with several more on a waiting list! The purpose of the club is for students to get outside and spend time learning about and exploring nature.

To date, the group has completed several projects including completing arts and crafts, painting and photography, making bird feeders, and caring for native plants. Every spring and fall, the club is responsible for cleaning plant beds, plants seeds and new plants, and for the watering and tending of the gardens. This year, the club has planted five dwarf apple trees near the outdoor play space! Greenwood Elementary School now has it’s very own orchard! We are thankful that we have such wonderful stewards of our environment.

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