There is always something going on at Greenwood Elementary. Fifth-grade classes recently completed a financial literacy class and ended the lesson with a trip to Biz Town. Upcoming school events include the Library book fair that runs through March 8 and Healthy and Fit night on March 29 from 5:00 pm- 7:00pm. Robotics teams competed at the State Championship on February 17th and six teams from Tahlequah Public Schools qualified for the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. We have had an amazing year this far and want to recognize some amazing teachers and community supporters that have helped make this year a success.
Tahlequah Public Schools Education Foundation recently awarded grants to several TPS teachers. Greenwood recipients include Emily Freise, for “Communication Stations,” receiving an iPad for each of the district’s speech pathologist; Heather Moles received funding for “Learning Tools for Students with Exceptional Needs” which provided OSMO kits, additional iPad’s, calculators, and reading comprehension aides. Deena Jones received funding for our Greenwood Elementary Library through the grant “Destination Inquiry & Authentic Learning: Engineering in Elementary through STREAM.” The variety and depth of the materials and activities purchased will provide all our diverse learners with the chance to develop STREAM and 21st Century Skills. Also awarded was Elizabeth Rader’s proposal, “Exploration Stations: Starting our Day with Creativity and Connectivity” and Jes Robinson’s “Teaching, Teamwork, and Technology” for First Grade grant which will provide OSMO activity kits for each 1st grade classroom. Thanks to all who support the Education Foundation making these grants possible.
Tahlequah Community Fund awarded Mrs. Chrissy Waldhoer her grant, “Water Does a Body Good.” This grant provided water bottle refill stations to be added to our current water fountains. This will encourage students to drink more water, save plastic water bottle waste, and deter long drink breaks as it fills faster than the drinking spout. Four refill stations were purchased and distributed throughout the building benefiting all grade levels. Mrs. Moles & Mrs. Berry received a Tahlequah Community Fund grant for Technology Based Instruction for Students with Exceptional Needs. My Friends and Me, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting inclusion and awareness for individuals with special needs in and around Tahlequah, recently received and matched a grant through the Tahlequah Community Fund. The money is being used to purchase "sensory kits" for local schools. The kits contain various items such as large balls for sitting, weighted lap pads, noise cancelling head phones, and more. We appreciate our community for investing in our students.
Kindergarten teachers have been working diligently on implementing guided reading into their reading block. Embedded professional development has been provided and teachers understand the importance of a balanced reading program. The students are excited about learning to read and eager to take home books to share with their parents. Parents, please listen to your child read his/her books every night. They have worked super hard learning reading strategies while at school and need to practice at home so the strategies become fully known and utilized independently. Thanks to the best PTO ever, students now have fifty-seven new books to be added to the Guided Reading Library. We appreciate the support from PTO and are very grateful that they place such high value on literacy resources and provide our students with new reading materials. Greenwood’s PTO and school fundraising efforts also purchased a set of safety doors that were installed at the entrance of the learning commons. This will add additional security for our students and staff.
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