By Bob Schumm



Welcome to Greenfield Elementary, the world’s greatest school. We are excited to begin the 2017-18 school year.

Greenfield Elementary will welcome all students in grades 1-5 on Wednesday, Aug. 16 for a full day of classes. Walkers are asked to report to school after 8:50 a.m. and before the start of school at 9 a.m. Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. will report directly to their classrooms. No students shall be allowed on either playground before school, as no supervision will be provided. Any student who arrives before 8:50 a.m. must report to the McClain cafetorium.

Free breakfast will be held in the cafetorium from 8:40 a.m. to 9 a.m. for any student who wishes to participate. Students eating breakfast need to arrive at school and go promptly to the McClain cafetorium in order to finish by 9 a.m. Bus students will arrive from 8:40 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. Students walking to school or being dropped off are not expected to arrive before 8:50 a.m., unless participating in our breakfast program.

Our cafeteria will again offer breakfast and a hot lunch program. Breakfast will be offered to all students for free this fall. Lunches are $2.30 for students K-5. We also offer a free or reduced ($.40) lunch program for those who qualify. Milk prices are $.45 per carton.

Kindergarten breakthrough and orientation will be held Aug. 16-21 with the first full day on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Preschool breakthrough and orientation will be Aug. 16-18 with the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 21. Parents of preschoolers and kindergarteners can look forward to a letter from our teachers with all necessary details of all opening activities.

Dismissal procedures are tiered to help keep congestion at a minimum. All K-2 children are dismissed from the front doors, while all preschoolers and walkers in the third and fourth grades are dismissed from the north door next to our primary playground. Students are dismissed as follows: preschool, 3:30 p.m.; kindergarten, 3:35 p.m.; grades 1-2, 3:40 p.m.; grades 3-4, 3:45 p.m.; and grade 5, 3:50 p.m. Students are to leave the school grounds immediately upon dismissal. There are no teachers on playground duty before or after school. Both playgrounds are closed to the public until 4 p.m. weekdays.

Special care needs to be taken when students are dismissed from school. The area around the school becomes very congested with traffic. Children do not always remember the safety rules. Please drive and walk cautiously to keep our children safe.

If your child needs to be absent from school for any reason, please contact the school office at your earliest possible convenience.

Contact information – Greenfield Elementary, Bob Schumm, principal; Kris Davis, principal’s secretary; Donna Grate, office secretary; 200 N. Fifth St., Greenfield, Ohio 45123; 937-981-3241 (phone); 937-981-2521 (fax); bob.schumm@greenfieldmcclain.org; kris.davis@greenfield.mcclain.org; donna.grate@greenfieldmcclain.org.

Our website is http://greenfield.k12.oh.us and click on Greenfield Elementary. We work extra hard to keep all current news and activities up on our website. The Greenfield Elementary School website is maintained by Lynn Cornwell. If you have any technical questions about this wonderful site, give her a call at school. All other questions should be directed to the elementary office. Also, ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Our mission – Greenfield Elementary believes that an excellent attitude, along with hard work, will result in successful learning. The staff is dedicated to creating a learning environment that meets the individual needs of all our students. Our teachers are well versed in the new Common Core Standards. Teachers are trained to provide learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners. We offer opportunities for students to not only learn academic skills, but become well-rounded, responsible, and self-disciplined citizens. We look forward to serving the children in the Greenfield community.

Class lists and supply lists – Class lists and supply lists are posted on the front doors of the General Duncan McArthur building. Careful consideration was made in classroom assignments to ensure each child has a productive and successful school year. At this time there will be no changes made to our class lists.

Our staff – The entire staff for the 2017-18 school year is as follows: Principal: Bob Schumm; Principal’s Secretary: Kris Davis; Office Secretary: Donna Grate; Director of Instruction: Alisa Barrett; Library Specialist: Mindy Haines; Computer Lab Specialist: Lynn Cornwell; Preschool: Becky Anderson, Megan Cheesebrew, and Mallorey Wells; Kindergarten: Tia Barham, Brooke Novak, and Marcia Starkey; First Grade: Calee Febes, Tammy Hollar, Amber Iseman, and Jean Little; Second Grade: Tara Garman, Katie Paugh, Vanessa Penwell, and Gemma Smith; Third Grade: Jeannette Crabtree, Bobbie Hurtt, Lindsay McNeal; Jayme Weller; Fourth Grade: Thom Bruney, Amie Gallaugher, Kellie McGlone, and Jeana McNeal; Fifth Grade: Janelle Allison, Sally Dettwiller, and Joellen Wagner; Federal Programs Consultant: Jan Wilson; Title One Specialist: Molly Stegbauer; Director of Special Programs, Heather Dratwa; School Psychologist, Marty Dobson; Intervention Specialists: Holly Clevenger, Denise Bierhup, and Angela Johnson (TAG Coordinator); Speech Pathologist: Patty Chafin and Emma Stuckey; Related Arts: Cathy Rivas, Art; Karen Shonkwiler, Music; and Donnie Willman, Physical Education; Reading/Mathematics Intervention Specialists: Mandy Binegar, Mindy Haines, Rhonda Simpson, Lisa Williams and Joe Wisecup; Nurse: Katie Pryor; Nurse’s Aide: Val Mullikin; Elementary Guidance Counselor: Melissa Murdock; Student Counselor: Maggie Gilmore; Technology Coordinator: Jesse Mitchell; Technology Assistant: Kim Kier; Paraprofessional Aides: Emily Booth, Melanie Dalton, Jean Goddard, Jennifer Highley, Shawnee Hurley, Amanda McCune, Tiffany Maag, and Pat Watkins; Lunchroom Monitors: Vette Highley and Racheal Sowers; BASC Care: Beth Penwell.

Open House – We will welcome parents and community members to our open house Monday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Please visit classrooms, meet the staff, and enjoy the comradary of the Greenfield Elementary School community.

Preschool – Greenfield Elementary will again offer a preschool program coordinated by Heather Dratwa, director of special programs. Call the special programs office (981-4856) if you have a child ages 3-5 and are interested in learning more about this exciting program for our youngest learners.

Volunteers – Parents and community members are always welcome at Greenfield Elementary. Volunteers may work with individual students, help prepare materials for instruction, share special talents and skills, or perform other duties to enhance our school program. Children who have parents or interested adults involved in school usually become successful students. Please contact the school office if you are interested in participating as a volunteer. Greenfield Elementary requires background checks for volunteers. Please call our office for details.

Parents are the most important people in a child’s education. It is vital to have positive parent participation for children to receive the maximum learning experience in school. The more involved parents and community members are in education, the greater the success for students.

BASC Care – We once again will provide before and after school care beginning at 6 a.m. and ending each evening at 6 p.m. For information on this wonderful program, contact our school office or Beth Penwell at extension 32152.

Important Dates to Remember:

• Open House – Monday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

• First Day of School (grades 1-5) – Wednesday, Aug. 16

• Preschool First Day – Monday, Aug. 21

• Kindergarten Entire Class – Tuesday, Aug. 22

• Labor Day/Fair Week – Sept. 4-8

Bob Schumm is the principal at Greenfield Elementary School.

By Bob Schumm