July 11, 2023
Dear Greenfield Families and Staff,
I am honored and pleased to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope you had a relaxing and fun summer break. I am incredibly proud to serve as the principal of this fantastic learning community for over a decade and continue supporting Greenfield School students! This year, the Milwaukee Public Schools’ theme is Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning. As we all can attest, the last few years have been challenging, but the Greenfield community has emerged on the other side more resilient, more unified, and better equipped to handle an ever-changing landscape. This new school year promises renewed dedication, focus., and energy to the mission of teaching and learning.
I want to welcome our new staff members and our new families. We are excited to share all that Greenfield has to offer with you and believe you will soon feel, as we do, that Greenfield School is a special place for all children. Our teachers, support staff, and families are ready to welcome you into the Dragons Nation (yes, this year, we have planned some special events involving our mascot Gus the Dragon).
To foster academic success, the dedicated staff at Greenfield has been tirelessly working to finalize class schedules, engaged in professional learning opportunities, and updated school routines, procedures, and expectations. In addition, the construction project is underway. The selective demolition of the dock area is taking place as scheduled. The four new classrooms are planned to be ready for the fall of next year. The construction of the outdoor classroom is also going as planned.
Our teachers are eager to meet their new students and begin this new journey with them. Our main goal is to ensure proficiency in all core academic subjects, so we will continue to refine Tier 1 instruction, analyze data, conduct observations, and review student performance to guide instruction and intervention. Additionally, we will continue focusing on integrating Responsive Classroom community-building techniques, Restorative Justice practices, and social and emotional support strategies into our students’ daily school experience. We will work together to create a solid foundation for our students to become self-directed learners, collaborative teammates, critical thinkers, and responsible learners. We will continue to support our diverse learners through specialized programs and the implementation of Tier II and Tier III programs and learning strategies.
Greenfield will continue partnering with organizations and community entities to support our students and bring them various resources and programming. This coming school year, for instance, we have partnered with Forward Scholars. Their Tutors will work with a selected group of K-3 grade students in reading and literacy (please check their website for a little more information https://www.commongroundwi.org/forward-scholars
Students in the middle school grades will continue receiving support in preparation for high school through the Wisconsin Educational Opportunities specialist Mrs. Rodriguez-Kroll. Our students
will also engage in Arts activities through the Arts in Education Grant from Richard and Ethel Herzfeld. All the Greenfield Students will participate in science and nature education activities through our partnership with the Urban Ecology Center.
Please read the Family Manual that will be sent to you to read with your child, and return the school signed acknowledgment page. Also, be sure to read our monthly newsletter going home on Wednesdays, as it contains essential information from the school—the newsletter is linked to our school’s website.
The students’ first day of clases is September 5 at 7:25 am. We will hold our first Open House on September 14 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We will begin with a short presentation in the gym where you will meet our staff. While in your child’s classroom,
your child’s teacher will present an overview of the year’s instructional program, schedules, routines, procedures, and expectations. As I have always said, Greenfield’s outstanding teachers and staff create the foundation for your child’s academic success. In addition, a large part of the Greenfield Learning Community’s success can be attributed to its active and engaged parents. I strongly encourage you to attend our monthly SEC meetings and learn about the many opportunities available to volunteer at Greenfield.
I look forward to starting the new school year and continuing our collaboration to provide our children with a practical and engaging educational experience. As always, we will look to our families to be positive partners in this year’s journey. The Greenfield staff has always prioritized working together as a caring and compassionate learning community with professionalism, teamwork, action, and expertise. We will always put the best interest of our students at the forefront of our purpose. Please join us in ensuring the success of all of Greenfield’s students. Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay connected.
As always, my door is open. And our team welcomes your input. Please feel free to contact me via email at the address below or call to make an appointment to speak with me or discuss any ideas you feel will make this the best year yet!
Ways you can support the Greenfield Bilingual Community
The wonderful Greenfield staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you.
In order to achieve our goals, family members can support us in the following ways:
- Ensure your child is on time and ready for learning every day.
- Make sure your child completes the assigned tasks.
- Establish a routine for completing schoolwork. Give your child a quiet corner to read and regular time to do homework.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teacher via e-mail, telephone, notes, or letters.
- Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences.
- Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
You will receive a copy of our Family School Manual. Please discuss it with your child, sign the acknowledgment page, and return it to school. The Family Manual will provide you with useful information and should help answer questions about our school and important school district policies.
I also want to ask you to complete and submit to the school the Alternate Household Income Form. The information you provide in these forms affects the funding for our K-3 grade students.
Last, but not least, please plan on attending our Parents Title 1 annua, meeting.