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Principal's Corner

Christian Strickland
Welcome to the Green Acres Elementary School Website!
I want to thank everyone - students, parents and staff for the teamwork we displayed during this unprecedented pandemic. I am so proud of what we accomplished during our distance learning, and I know it wasn't easy for any of us. Nothing could have prepared us for this, but by working together, we were able to move our learning forward, even from a distance. Our goal remains to work with you and with your child to create a positive learning experience. Whatever lays ahead for the school year, it’s going to be a great learning year with the collaboration of faculty and staff, parents and community. We will continue to use the Responsive Classroom approach to help every child enter a warm and safe learning environment that supports them to take risks to learn and reach their full potential. This is the core principle behind Responsive Classroom and is our philosophy at Green Acres in reaching all of our students.
This easier-to-navigate website will provide information throughout the school year. The student handbook, calendar, newsletter, and additional information will now be posted on the school and district websites in lieu of paper copies being sent home. Even with these technological advances, you will still receive some paper notices from school, the teachers and our P.T.A. Please be sure to look in your child’s backpack daily.
The district administrative team worked to develop the following North Haven Public Schools Vision Statement, Values and Core Beliefs:
North Haven Public Schools Vision Statement: As a result of their experience in the North Haven Public Schools, every student will acquire the skills necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century.
·          Faculty and staff have the capacity to contribute to continuous improvement in student achievement
·          District and school leadership must commit to improved student achievement
·          We must hold ourselves and each other to a standard of excellence and contribute to the positive school experience of all students
·          All students deserve highly effective instruction every day
·          Learning must be relevant, engaging, and challenging It is the expectation that the above statement, values and core beliefs will be the guiding force behind the work we do with all of the students in North Haven.
Green Acres is fortunate to be able to make available to your child one of two instructional programs. The Integrated Day and the Contemporary Program both address the curriculum and skills your child needs to know. Each has a different educational philosophy, assumptions, and structure and this enables the parent to make a choice. The Contemporary Program instruction takes place in single level classrooms and is a more traditional type of approach. The Integrated Day Program provides instruction in multi-grade classrooms and is based on the British primary school model. An information session is held in the spring to give parents the opportunity to learn more about each of these wonderful programs before making a decision.
We are the Green Acres Soaring Hawks! 
We expect that your child’s experiences at Green Acres Elementary School will start him/her on the road to ever-expanding opportunities. We emulate the characteristics of *responsible, respectful, and safe* Soaring Hawks. Kindness is spoken here as we set the stage for our guiding principles.
Parent, Family and Community support and cooperation are vital. 
Please stay informed and keep us informed of any changes that are important for us to know. We look forward to a thought-provoking and challenging year of student growth and relationship-building!
Sincerely, Christian Strickland
Principal, Green Acres Elementary School