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What's Happening

Grant School News: 

-Mr. Sarullo's Google Classroom for Announcements (May only be accessed from school accounts): https://classroom.google.com/c/MTUzMzg3MjEwNjM0?cjc=youvp2k
code: youvp2k

Grant School Families,

Reminders:

-We would like to thank Mrs. Tineo, Grant School Nurse for her time here at Grant School. Her last day is Tuesday, (1/19). A replacement has been hired and is slated to start (2/15). In the meantime, please contact Mr. Sarullo with any health related questions or updates. He will put you in touch with the covering nurse for that day, whom will also update our system with important information regarding your child. 

-There is no school Monday (1/18) in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The South Plainfield Guidance Department will be providing videos for the students to watch during snack periods in honor of Dr. King. Other activities are also planned.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day_Community Service[1].pdf

-Tuesday (1/19) The Grant School schedule switches back to a 7:30 am start time, with transportation for Hybrid students. Hybrid instruction will resume with B day students returning that day. Friday (1/22) is a B day for Hybrid students. http://spboe.org/calendar Please be reminded this link is posted on the Grant School website to identify the Friday rotation.

-Parents of students that attend school on a hybrid day must log onto Genesis and fill out the COVID-19 safety check form by 7:10 am. (We are in this together. It is very important that if anyone feels sick that they stay home and contact a doctor.)

-I would like to remind everyone on page 14 of the Grant School Handbook:

All students will be required to wear a mask while they are in school. The South Plainfield School District will provide a reusable solid green mask for each of the students on their first day of in person learning. Students may wear their own mask, but it must be a solid color or have South Plainfield logo on it. All students are expected to wear masks and follow the social distancing protocols in the classrooms and hallways. Any student choosing not to follow the safety protocols, facial masks, etc., will not be able to continue attending in person instruction. This is for the safety of the individual student and the school community as a whole.

-All students may remain virtual at this time. If you decide to switch your student to hybrid, you must email Mr. Sarullo, psarullo@spboe.org, directly. The office staff will then contact you and notify the teachers. 

Grant School Schedule effective Tuesday (1/19)

schedule

-Online instruction for all students starts January 4th. Hybrid instruction resumes January 19th.

-A/B Friday Calendar: http://spboe.org/calendar

Grant School January Activity Calendar (This will be updated throughout the month and information on events will be provided):
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1APQrQ0WuYN5urtdC0GvKVajCo0xopVnpd3HxY-NvRM0/edit?usp=sharing

-Parents & Guardians:

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break. I am requesting that you speak with your child regarding "Google Meets". It has come to my attention that students are using the school network to meet up with other students after school hours. Please advise your child that this is not permitted. Students are to only use a "Google Meet" when assigned by a teacher and should not be meeting up unless directed by the teacher. Our technology can track all student accounts that log into a meet with specific times. If a student is found to be using a school "Google Meet" when not instructed, this may be addressed under the code of conduct with regards to inappropriate use of technology. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. This message will also be posted for the students in my Google Classroom.

Thank you,

Mr. Sarullo, Grant School Principal

 Grant School Guidance & Assemblies: 

-Please have your child check the Guidance classroom daily for tips and strategies regarding virtual learning, social-emotional learning, and self-care during these unprecedented times. Guidance is here to help support your child emotionally and academically.  -Guidance Google Classroom: https://meet.google.com/lookup/fg4ghbrkhd?authuser=0&hs=179
code: Inmdqoe


-Student Council Presents "Gibberish"

Grant School Pet Day: Please see the link below for information. (Press present once you open the document to access the links.)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BuBUX0DEAdUW3dH3XfzrbS6V7aG9OxpwSZn7T9J81x4/edit?usp=sharing


-Grant School Holiday Family Night and Music Presentation:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vT8bATwWxG_4CAlEPZY07Q4BGKgK2levhBGdcmBsVnKVukyO5BrEm396vmHkwQ3BX9o9LqMGk51MGJC/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.gb227f79e60_0_7

-Grant School Multicultural Club Holiday Presentation:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1A8FRild_J5QLMBVaoqfHYBbCJRwOFCSU9MNAVXm4rA8/edit?usp=sharing


-Snowman Activity: 
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SEEce6I64NupPwrKGgtwGlH3tOt2Huey9VZiwCRJAWM/edit?usp=sharing

-(December 22nd) 6:00 PM – Miss Maddolin-  Holiday Family Music Night, Lip Sing Battle, Kitchen Rock Band, Musical Winter Garment (Musical Chairs Concept), Nutcracker Cup Game, Virtual Choir Performance Release! More information to come!

Contact:(Ms. Shannon Maddolin) Smaddolin@spboe.org

-(December 22nd) The SPHS Choir will be performing for all K-6 students on Tuesday, December 22nd at 10:30 am. A link will be sent out. 

-(December 21st) 3:00 PM Sock Snowman Craft with Principal, Vice-Principal, and special guest Superintendent, Dr. Noreen Tansey-Lishak:
Topic: Sock Snowman Craft
Time: Dec 21, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 924 3955 9686
Passcode: 586747
Contact:(Mrs. Colucci) Scolucci@spboe.org

-(December 17th) 7:00 PM Polar Express Scavenger Hunt. (More information to come.)

-(December 14th) 3:00 PM Holiday Kindness Rocks Strong Character at Grant School with Mr. Sarullo & Mrs. Colucci on Zoom: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NW72b3adymB8LObnrKY0c_BEDpRAXWDKGw_ttoIQZsw/edit?usp=sharing
Contact: (Mr. Sarullo) psarullo@spboe.org

-(December 11th) Grant Guidance Department presents Steered Straight program (for substance abuse/HIB education). All students will meet on Zoom 9:44 am- 11:15 am.
Contact: (Mrs. Joretta Strayhorn) Jstrayhorn@spboe.org

-(December 4th) The Guidance Department is sponsoring ADOPT A SOLDIER for the holiday season. We are asking ALL students (and you can join in too) to make a card, write a letter or note as a source of encouragement for our service men and women who will not be home for the holidays. We would like the students to use their homeroom or lunch time to create their card if at all possible. The virtual students have been directed to bring their letters to school and drop them in a box outside or they can mail them directly to :http://www.americasadoptasoldier.org/)

America's Adopt a Soldier
P.O. Box 1049
Springfield, VA 22151

Due date December 11, 2020
Contact: (Mrs. Horn)ahorn@spboe.org

-(December) Peer Leaders and Buddies Against Bullying are participating in Let's Carol for a Cause. https://letscarolforacause.com/
jstrayhorn@soboe.org
Contact: (Mrs. Basile) mbasille@spboe.org
-(December) “It is with deep sorrow that the Stoeckel family announced the passing of their sweet baby girl Laney Grace as a result of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Laney was only 5 months old, although her time on earth was short she was fierce. Laney’s 5 siblings currently attend Grant and Kennedy School.”

Grant School PTO is requesting that students participate in an activity to honor baby, Laney Stoeckel. Students are invited to color the attached page (that Logan found) of a “Laney Bug”, Laney’s nickname. The completed pictures are to be cut out and submitted to your child’s homeroom teacher and will be hung up around Grant School. Parents/Guardians of students that attend grant School virtually may drop off submissions to Grant School Main Office. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13x3Sin69Plx7skZ5QwnbY7Ek8jUiGIi9/view?usp=sharing

-Student Council will be presenting a Virtual Game Day on Tuesday November 24th at 1pm! The game will be BINGO!! Come join us for a fun time!  All our welcome! Link will be posted on game day!
-(Week of November 16) South Plainfield Mayor, Mr. Matthew Anesh will be visiting 5th grade students during snack time in honor of Education Week.

-(Week of November 16) Sixth Grade Science will be assigning a special project in honor of Education Week. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/162yvN4PzHj8SruqYPHC2h9oHKot-S4mp/view?usp=sharing

-Wednesday, November 11th: A zoom meeting has been setup Lourdes Spurlock, Petty Officer 2nd Class, Nuclear Electricians Mate

-Tuesday, November 10th: A zoom meeting has been setup with Christoper Bradshaw, 
Petty Officer 2nd Class 

-Monday, November 9th: Students will view a video by Robert Hill, Petty Officer 2nd Class 

-(October) The Guidance Department will be visiting classrooms for an assembly on Gratitude
-Mindfulness Mondays will take place during snack periods. Information will be shared on Mr. Sarullo's and Guidance Classroom.
-Even though the Grant School Library is closed during our hybrid instructional period, students can access books remotely through the South Plainfield Public Library.  Mrs. Alongi has partnered with the public library to ensure our students are aware of how to obtain their very own library card. 

With a library card, students can borrow print books, audiobooks and ebooks owned by the public library and other libraries in the area.  If one is waiting for a book to be returned and available, Hoopla is a great alternative that allows a card holder to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and to enjoy on any device.  With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Many of our students enjoy using, Epic! . Epic! Books is a digital library of over 40,000 fiction and nonfiction titles which students can access for free during the school hours of 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Students do need to use our school code which was provided to students. If you need assistance with the code, please contact Mrs. Alongi kalongi@spboe.org  

Mrs. Alongi is  working diligently to get books in the hands of students to promote the enjoyment of reading. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Grant School Resources:

-Grant School Virtual Learning Expectations: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_ftxFQhoMLeh6saDYtg-QVQFuEPuLqQM6OJad61yUeY/edit?usp=sharing

-Grant School Guide to Google Classroom & Organization:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRhXvimQFSH03TAsS-EZ3DAqdSQKLzSqjTJqgcz5bRjWPC-F3GlrvYjc35QOVhl17thAJuJJ43Y6BY8/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000&slide=id.p 

-How to use school email: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Zs0BZzPAsHrdxjLkp0CtmSulVcPoBd4cDrfs7xTTZ4/edit?usp=sharing
 
-Wearing a backpack properly: Wearing a Pack Elementary[3].docx

-Quarantine and COVID-19 Reporting Procedures (Click on Links Below):

Quarantine, Isolation, & Return to School[1].docx

Covid Reporting Process 2020 (1).docx

Homeroom Return Schedule:

 -At this time Genesis Parent Portal has your child's assignment for A or B day. Please note that you will have two forms to sign. One is an update to page 14 of the Student Handbook.

-Please note that a change will be made to the Grant School Handbook regarding attendance. Students that return to (A-B) in-person instruction are allowed 2 days in which they may work virtually, if they are sick. Please leave the message that the child will be using a virtual-sick day. This should only be used if truly needed.

Grant School Clubs:

Academic Bowl

Advisor: Ms. Gross, rgross@spboe.org

 Academic Bowl is a club that allows the students to challenge themselves in the academic subjects, along with current events and pop culture. The format is similar to quiz bowl. Students work in teams to answer a series of questions, covering various subjects. Academic Bowl meets once a week, on Fridays.  

For those interested in joining, a sign-up form and permission slip can be found on the google classroom. The classroom code is 2fsab75, the google meet code will only be up when the club meets.

Buddies Against Bullying

Advisor: Mrs. Horn, ahorn@spboe.org

 Buddies Against Bullying will meet on the first Friday of the month from 1:15 to 2:15 pm, starting on October 2nd. In this club we will talk about ways to be an up-stander, brainstorm ideas to contribute to a positive school climate, and do activities to strengthen our school community. The Google link is: https://meet.google.com/lookup/hk4ih3ulyl?authuser=0&hs=179
code: 2lfwggx

 Chess Club

Advisor: Mr. Orfan, jorfan@spboe.org

 The code to join the Chess meet is: x5xbn6i. There is also a meet link listed. Chess Club will meet on Mondays from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  It is open to all 5th and 6th grade students. 

Our first meeting will take place on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm.  

 Chess brings students together in a competitive and friendly social setting.  The Chess club encourages the students to help each other learn how to play the game. Chess fosters creativity and self-esteem. Chess also exercises the brain by promoting problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  The students enjoy this interesting and unique game. 

 Literary Magazine Club

Advisor: Miss Eppes, oeppes@spboe.org

When: Mondays 2:45-3:15

 Welcome to Grant School’s Literary Magazine Club! This club will provide students at Grant School the opportunity to showcase their creative writing stories, poems, illustrations, and other types of literary work to the entire school community. Please see below for important club information.

 I am looking forward to seeing the many pieces that showcase the creativity and unique imaginations at Grant School!

Multicultural Club

Advisor: Mrs. Arriola,  larriola@spboe.org

When: Second Tuesday of each month,  12:30-1:00 pm

The goal of Grant School Multicultural Club is to educate students & staff members and increase cultural awareness. At every meeting, students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, as well as teach others about their own customs and culture. The club will promote awareness and appreciation for all cultures and ethnicities.

 Newspaper Club

Advisor: Mrs. Bennett, kbennett@spboe.org

 First Meeting 9/22

Meet Tuesdays right after school 

Class Code: qqynbu5

 In the Grant School Newspaper Club, students report on the latest news that is interesting and relevant to their age group! Writers contribute their research and ideas to a variety of sections to make the "Grant Gazette" a must-read for all fifth and sixth graders: School News, Community News, Entertainment News, Fashion Trends, Sports, Issue Overviews, Recipes, Horoscopes, "Teacher Feature," Puzzles, and Comic Strips. Look for the latest edition of the Grant Gazette to be posted on the school website shortly! The club generally meets on Tuesdays.

 Student Council

Advisor: Mrs. Basile, mbasile@spboe.org
(Information will be provided to all students regarding elections.)

 Student Council is an organization that allows students to contribute to the Grant School community, as well as the South Plainfield community. Students work together collaboratively to plan school events, complete projects, and help others.  

 Student Council consists of homeroom representatives (one representative from each of the fifth and sixth grade homerooms). The homeroom representatives volunteer for their position and are voted in during their homeroom class.  

Student Council focuses on building citizenship within our school and community. We also do activities to build character in other areas, including respect, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and caring. Projects are intended to focus on these pillars of character.  Examples of these projects are the “Giving Tree”, writing letters to soldiers, Food Drives, and other activities related to community service.

Student council we meet twice  a month and then an additional two times a month for school wide activities.

Drama Club

Advisors: Ms. Eichert, seichert@spboe.org

Mrs. Stasio, jstasio@spboe.org

Ms. Gorman, agorman@spboe.org

Ms. Maddolin, smaddolin@spboe.org

 This club welcomes all students interested in theater and dramatic arts. Members improve their craft by participating in theater games, improvisations, and performing dramatic scenes and monologues. The club generally stars in January and will meet several times a week.

Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MjExMTA4NTg5NjIw?cjc=p6dx2y7
Code: p6dx2y7

 Ski Club

 Updates will be provided on this later in the year.

-Important Letter (5th Grade):

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wXmBVGIdENrLXBD-R5nuxp7Y6GllU8lL92dWIiqJa3E/edit?usp=sharing

-Grant School Welcome Letter: Grant School Welcome_2020-2021_revised.doc

-Grant School Virtual Learning Expectations: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pdRMElcF2AebAsfiY_vaXpQR74cCnvHjN2hIG1NlFw4/edit?usp=sharing

-Please be sure you are sign up for School Messenger emails through Genesis Parent Portal

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Contact: Mr. Sarullo, Principal- psarullo@spboe.org  (908) 754-4620 ext. 3610

Mrs. Colucci, Vice Principal- scolucci@spboe.org (908) 754-4620 ext. 3611

Mrs. Mercier, Secretary- dmercier@spboe.org (908) 754-4620 ext. 3601

Mrs. Ranger, Secretary (Attendance)dranger@spboe.org  (908) 754-4620 ext. 3602

      
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