January 12, 2020
The Ram Report: highlights for the week ahead
  • Please join us on Friday at 7:45 a.m. in the Library for the HSA General Meeting. You can find the tentative agenda here.
  • Kindergarten and new 1st Grade registration begins on January 27th. Please see details below.
Have a great week!
Greenfield Announcements
Auction Planning Meeting
Thursday morning 1/16/20 after drop-off
Library

Are you interested in helping out with this year's auction?  Please attend our planning meeting and find out how you can help make this year's auction our biggest yet!  We will meet Thursday morning in the library after drop off. If you'd like to help but can't attend the meeting, please email Jennifer Shur at greenfieldhsa.auction@gmail.com.
MLK Day of Service

MLK Day is a Day On, not a Day Off. Please consider joining your Greenfield community on MLK Day as we clean up our school and outdoor playground. Come for the day, the morning, an hour and bring the kids. Additional information will be provided as the day approaches. The sign up genius is available HERE
Kindergarten and New First Grade Registration

It is that time of year again when Kindergarten and new first grade registration is upon us!

Registration Begins: 1/27/20 (This is a change from the date that was originally advertised)

Registration Ends: 5/31/20

Please make sure to bring:
1.Proof of residency (PGW or PECO Bill)
2.Your child's original birth certificate
3.Your child's up to date shot record/proof of physical
4.Your identification for the address at which you live.

All acceptances are subject to verification of address based on forms turned in.

Registration will begin at 9 AM. Parents will be given numbers in the order they arrive.

We will accept the first 90 students for Kindergarten and then students will be waitlisted and sent to the next closest school with available space.

Registration is for in catchment students only. If a child is waitlisted for kindergarten and attends another Philadelphia public school for kindergarten, they would return to Greenfield for 1st grade.
Lunchtime Volunteers

The lunchroom is a busy space for our children. We are hoping to add some parent volunteers to the K-4 lunch periods in the cafeteria to ease some of the chaos and help the kids eat lunch quickly. 

Please consider signing up for a lunch period to help. Please reach out to Reva Batheja Ruiz if you have any questions. Reminder: to volunteer your clearances must be on file in the front office. 
Weekly Mindfulness

Do you ever notice Mindfulness posted on the calendar for each Monday morning at drop-off (in the library) and wonder what it is?

It is a group of parents who sit quietly to rest the mind, without judgement.  In doing so we connect with ourselves and with each other deeply.  No experience is necessary!  Vimla Gulabani promotes the spirit of overall wellness through varied guided practices, intentionally bringing our attention to the present moment without judgement.
 
I look forward to this time each Monday with Vimla and other Greenfield parents. It allows me to slow down, clear my mind for the week ahead, and focus on overall wellness. Nothing is required other than to just be, breathe, and let your mind go where it wants to go. It's a wonderful resource for the Greenfield community.
Jill (2nd grade parent)
 
Mindfulness at Greenfield has been such a gift. I am so grateful to be able to start off my week with it.
Erica (3rd grade parent)
 
It's a way to be still, to be silent, and to release and relax your thoughts.
Legacy (2nd grade parent)
 
I find stillness, peace, and energy to tackle my week.
(5th and 7th grade parent)
 
Come join us for a session to learn about mindfulness.  All parents and caregivers are welcome!


Click HERE to enlarge flyer
Greenfield Events
Wake Up Wednesday
Raising Brave Kids: Recognizing and Managing Child Anxiety
Presenters: Hilary Dingfelder Kratz, Ph.D. 
and Emily Becker-Haimes, Ph.D.
Wednesday, January 15th
8:15 a.m.
Library

Anxiety and fear are feelings that all children (and adults!) have. These feelings serve an important purpose: they keep us safe from harm and away from dangerous situations. However, for nearly one-third of children, anxiety and fear can become excessive and can begin to interfere with their daily functioning. For these children, additional help and support from parents or professionals are sometimes needed to help them succeed. 

Drs. Kratz and Becker-Haimes, who presented in 2017, will join us for a return visit to provide an overview of common fears and worries in children as well as the signs and symptoms that may indicate that more help is needed. Resources and strategies parents can use to support their children in managing their anxiety will also be provided. 
Playdate for the Playground
Thursday, January 23rd
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Craft Hall
901 N. Delaware Ave

On Thursday, January 23rd from 4pm to 8pm, the amazing people behind  Craft Hall, the site of Philadelphia's only gigantic-indoor-pirate-ship playground, have graciously offered to host a Playdate for the Playground. We hope to see you and your little pirates for an evening of fun to support our playground!

Got tweens? Don't fret! Craft Hall has cornhole, vintage video games, ping pong and foosball too!

Because the playground is for everyone (and not just Greenfield students), all are welcome to attend. The more the merrier!  100% of all sales will be donated to Greenfield's playground project!!!

Important:  Please be sure to grab a wristband at the door if you attend this event, so Craft Hall can track sales to donate back to us.
School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting
Friday, January 24th
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Library

Please join us for the SAC Winter Title I Parent Input meeting at which we will review and get input on Greenfield's 2020-21 School Improvement Plan. 

The School Improvement Plan is planning and evaluation process/tool that maps our (Greenfield's) outcomes, targets, and evidence of implementation onto District anchor outcomes/goals (eg., around attendance, achievement, behavior, parent involvement, climate).

This is the meeting at which school outcomes/goals, targets, and evidence of implementation are mapped onto District anchor goals.
7th and 8th Grade Gathering
Bowling at Pep Bowl
Friday, January 24th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Pep Bowl
1200 South Broad Street

7th and 8th Grade families: Please join us for a fun bowling event!

7th and 8th grade parents are needed to chaperone the Bowling event at Pep Bowl.

Please contact Amy at amygarcaro@gmail.com if you can chaperone for 2 hours.  Six parents are needed. Come experience the spirit of middle school!!

Please see attached flyer and permission slip for more information about this fun-filled event.
DoGs Night
at The Cambridge
Tuesday, January 28th
7:00 p.m.
1508 South Street

DoGs! Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 28 starting at 7 PM at The Cambridge, 1508 South Street

Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico,  owners of The Cambridge and Greenfield parents, are generously donating $1 from the purchase of each and every beer to Greenfield's Playground Fund! Not like you needed an excuse to drink! 

While there you can check out Chris and Heather's newest venture, Wine Dive at 1506 South St. You don't even have to go outside, they cut a door through the wall to Wine Dive!
Love Your Playground Chefs' Dinner
Wednesday, February 12th
Tour: 6:15 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Reading Terminal Market

The Greenfield Community is home to many talented chefs and on the evening of Wednesday, February 12th, they will host a "Love Your Playground" chefs' dinner. On this night, they will prepare a selection of their favorite dishes in the Reading Terminal Market's demonstration kitchen.

The wonderful chefs who will be cooking for us are  Jim Burke, Rafi Nieto, Mike Lynch, and Kate Jacoby. 

Tickets for this dinner are $200 per person. A limited number of VIP packages (@$250/person) will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Reading Terminal Market hosted by its General Manager, Anuj Gupta. 

Space will be extremely limited. So please reserve a spot for you and your sweetheart today! 
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Dates to Remember

Monday, January 13
Mindfulness
8:30 a.m.
Library

Wednesday, January 15
Wake Up Wednesday
Raising Brave Kids
8:15 a.m.
Library

Friday, January 17
HSA General Meeting
7:45 a.m.
Library

Monday, January 20
MLK Day
Day of Service
No School

Thursday, January 23
Playground Playdate
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Craft Hall

Friday, January 24
Noon Dismissal

Friday, January 24
SAC Meeting
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Library

Friday, January 24
7th and 8th Graders
Fun at Pep Bowl
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pep Bowl

Monday, January 27
Mindfulness
8:30 a.m.
Library

Tuesday, January 28
DoGs Night
7:00 p.m.
The Cambridge 

Friday, January 31
Dollar Dress Down Day and
T-shirt Sales

February 3-7
Scholastic Book Fair

February 5-7
Report Card Conferences
Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, February 12
Love Your Playground
Chef's Dinner
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Reading Terminal Market
Volunteer Opportunities

Please review the available volunteer opportunities for this school year. Please sign up for an event you'd like to help with, and the chair of the event will reach out to share more details. We look forward to a successful 2019-2020 school year!
Greenfield has Venmo!



Please consider making your Annual Fund gift through Venmo. Venmo allows us to accept donations without fees, and it's easy to use. Simply scan the QR code above, visit @greenfieldhsaphila through the Venmo app, or click HERE.
Counselor Corner

Substitute Counselor:
I am pleased to announce that school counselor Olivia Rosenfeld, will be filling in for me when my sabbatical begins on Thursday, January 16th. She can be reached at my current extension (215-400-7810--extension 1) and via email at o.rosenfeld.counselor@gmail.com. She has shared some information about herself below!

My name is Olivia Rosenfeld and I am so excited to join the Greenfield
community during Ms. Stern's sabbatical. I graduated with my master's degree in school and mental health counseling from The University of Pennsylvania. I completed my internship at Andrew Jackson K-8 in South Philly as well as The English High School in Boston where I am originally
from!  I am eager to bring my knowledge and variety of work experiences to Greenfield including my teaching background. A little bit about me, I am an avid reader, sports fan and lover of exploring new places and traveling! I look forward to getting to know the students, parents, faculty, and staff who make Greenfield such a wonderful place to learn and grow.

High School/Middle School Selection:
If your child applied to high school or middle school, application decisions will be available on Friday, January 10th beginning at 5:00 pm.

Selections are made online and must be completed by January 21st. The attached 'decision stepper sheet' provides the steps for accessing these results and making your selection.


It is strongly advised that high school applicants accept an offer even if there is the possibility that they may attend a private, charter or parochial school next year. High school acceptances can always be rescinded at a later time if necessary.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I wish you all a successful, happy and safe remainder of the school year. I look forward to seeing you in September!

Jennifer Stern, M.Ed, LPC
School Counselor
Greenfield Elementary School
2200 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-400-7810 
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Fax: 215-400-7811
jestern@philasd.org
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