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Principal's News

From the Desk of Dr. Norman...

March 2020

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

 As we spring into March and look forward to the warmer times,  please ensure that students dress appropriately for the weather.  It can be very unpredictable and students should come to school prepared with a jacket and proper shoe attire.   We have lots of exciting things ahead and your continued support and involvement is always appreciated. 

  As we continue to foster our goal of “Making Cultural Connections” with our school  community,  we have invited family members of our grades k-2 students into classrooms to share information and educate us on different aspects of their culture.  To date, we have had presentations in kindergarten and first grades and learned interesting facts on Dewali and Chinese New Year. We plan to invite the families of our upper grades to share with us as well. Stay tuned! 

 The week of February 24, 2020 was a busy one.  On February 26, we hosted our second GW Basics playdate where seven preschoolers, future GW students, were in attendance.  Parents and students participated in activities that supported pre-readiness skills. Parents were provided with take home packets and information on how they can work with their children to build these skills at home.  Please join our Instagram page for updates - username - gw.basics

 On February 28, 2020 we celebrated Read Across America with Camp Read S¨more at GW.  Our school was transformed into an amazing campsite where students and teachers hosted guest readers in their classroom.   A fun time was had by all!

 Testing - This year the district will be administering the state testing in both ELA and math in the paper based format.  The English Language Arts state test will be administered on 3/25 & 3/26/2020. The math state test will be administered on 4/22 & 4/23/2020. 

 Superintendent's Conference Day is scheduled for March 13, 2020.  This is not a school day for students,  please plan accordingly. 

 Coronavirus - Information regarding the coronavirus has been forefront in recent news.  We ask that everyone take the time to review the superintendent's message posted on the district´s website regarding the district's response. Please note that we are aggressively working to step up our health and wellness procedures. Surfaces are being wiped down daily and our nurse, along with teachers are encouraging students and families to utilize  good hygiene practices. This includes washing hands frequently, covering the mouth when coughing and staying home when ill. 

 The following links may be useful in obtaining information regarding the coronavirus:



NY Dept. of Health: