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Kathleen E. Goodwin
Elementary School - News & Events


Principal - Heston Sutman


80 Old Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
860-395-3165  Fax: 860-395-3360
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Last Tuesday evening, the PTA invited Superintendent Perruccio, to join us for a school safety conversation. The majority of the conversation centered around a potential new badging system that scans a visitor’s license and prints their photo on a visitor’s badge. We also discussed a need for a new check in system when we are welcoming large numbers of visitors to events. More to come as final decisions are made.

One change that we have made is making a copy of IDs for anyone picking up students who are not familiar to the front office staff. Lastly, we want to remind you not to hold doors for others coming in behind you. We understand that in our culture if feels rude not to hold the door. Over time, we will all come to understand that it is not rude, it is just following a safety procedure.

Last Tuesday night, Alicia Farrell joined the Early Childhood Council in the Goodwin Library Media Center to discuss how to support children when they fail. She highlighted parenting tips to assist children when they need guidance. Below are a few of her “Boots on the Ground Parenting Tips”:
1. Never do for your children what they can do for themselves.
Builds self-esteem.

2. Allow your children to experience the natural consequences of their choices. Builds resilience.

3. Solve problems with your children not for them. Builds critical thinking skills and competence.

4. Let your children falter and fail. Builds grit and a strong sense of self.

5. Give your children a few responsibilities they do not like to do. Builds perseverance.

The testing window is April 30th – May 12th. Students will only take one test per day Monday – Friday. Students will test in one of two time slots; 9:15-10:45 or 11:00-12:30. Please make sure your child(ren) get a good night’s rest and are on-time to school. For more information about the SB Assessment, please visit

Student's from every classroom visited the foyer today to visit "Hogwarts Castle" and pick out two new to them books. A special thank you to the PTA and teachers who helped create a magical experience.

Thank you to our PTA for another wonderful program. Dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet performed Circus of the Animals. Students were amazed by the performance.

This summer, Goodwin School will offer it's on-going "Summer Camp." In addition, we are considering creative program offerings for a cost. If you could create a program that would interest/benefit your child, what would that program be? Email your creative ideas to

As Superintendent Perruccio addressed with you earlier last week, we are increasing our efforts to become more secure as the changing world warrants. Regardless of how successful we have been in the past, we have added a step of asking for identification from anyone who is not a regular visitor to our building. We can quickly identify most parents, but there are times we don’t know visitors who are picking up students or entering the building. This added step may seem like an inconvenience at first, but quickly it will become part of our culture. Any questions, please contact Principal Sutman.

A big thank you to our PTA for this week's Cultural Arts Program. The kids had a ball.

Thank you for the staff luncheon that was provided Friday. Soups, salads, breads and desserts were enjoyed and very appreciated by the staff.

Eleven talented and enthusiastic third grade singers recently participated in the Shoreline Elementary Choir Festival in North Branford. The mission of the SECF is to broaden elementary students’ knowledge of music skills and promote a love of choral singing. The students worked with Mrs. Geer in after school workshops twice a week for two months to prepare for the festival. The children sang with 110 other students from surrounding districts. They sang songs by famous composers such as Handel and Copeland, an Israeli folk song and an American folk song. Normally students do not get to participate in things like this until Middle School or High School, so we were all very grateful to have this opportunity.

Kindergarten students were delighted to have a special visit from the Old Saybrook Fire Department. They learned about fire safety, what to do when the smoke alarm goes off, and about having a family meeting place outside. The children even got to sit down on the fire truck!

Please continue to report any fever or positive flu screens on your child so we can continue to track Flu within the State. As stated before; please keep your child home until fever free without the use of Tylenol or Motrin an additional day. Some children have been returning to school too soon and have had a return of fever, so please make sure your child is completely well before returning. We want them ready to learn and have the endurance to do so.

Thank you for all you do in keeping your child and our school healthy.

All grade two students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week with songs and spoken facts about his life and legacy. The program began with a short section of video from his famous,“ I Have a Dream Speech.” Then the entire second grade sang, “What a Wonderful World.” Other songs on the program included, “Dr. King was a Mighty Good Leader,” “Martin Luther King,” and “Come Sing a Song with Me.” The program was the result of combined efforts from Mrs. Geer and the grade two team of teachers.

We are starting to see an increase in flu, flu like illnesses as well as strep. Just a quick reminder (per school policy in the parent handbook): 

1. Your child must stay home if diagnosed with strep for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic and must be fever free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours.

2. If your child has had fever from another illness such as flu, they must also be home 24 hours fever free without Tylenol or Motrin.

3. If your child has had the GI bug, they must stay home 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

This means staying home an extra day. Children should be fully well and able to eat, drink, and have had adequate rest. If you call the school it will be an excused absence. It is vital that we keep all students and staff healthy so that we can fully participate in school without spreading illness to one another. Unfortunately, if your child comes back too soon, I will have to call and have your child sent home. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

The annual SMARTER Balanced Assessment will be administered to all 3rd grade students this spring. We are in the beginning stages of building the schedule. Students will utilize the computers in the Library Media Center and the Computer Lab to complete their assessments. More information will be shared in the coming months. We believe our daily instruction is the best preparation for this assessment. The only "test prep" that will take place, will be to familiarize students with the on-line tools that are utilized while completing SBA tasks.

A tribute to our namesake, Kathleen E. Goodwin, has come together in our foyer. A plaque, donated by Computer Signs of Old Saybrook, commemorates this remarkable woman.

KE Goodwin Tribute

Students may begin to enter the building at 8:30 a.m. and remain in the foyer until 8:40 when the first bell rings. At 8:40 they may walk down to their classrooms. At 8:50 the second bell rings and begins the school day, students should be in their classrooms at this time.

Please be vigilant about watching your children for flu like symptoms that include cough, fatigue, fever and headache. As per Jan Perruccio, please keep your children home for 7 days if they have the flu. This year’s flu has hit the pediatric population especially hard, and adequate rest and recovery is vital. Please follow up with your child’s doctor should your child develop a fever. Any child sent home with fever, flu like symptoms, nausea and vomiting MUST remain home the next day and then be symptom free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours until they can return back to school. This is to ensure your child has fully recovered and does not have a setback and it will ensure that students and school staff are not exposed to ongoing illness. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

We invite you to join is for our second evening in the series, Personalized Learning, which will be held on February 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Old Saybrook Middle School in the Fitness Room. This interactive meeting will last about 60 minutes and provide an opportunity to learn from teachers about growing efforts to personalize learning for all students. Please R.S.V.P. to so we can plan for the evening.
Please watch for flu symptoms in your child. If your child develops a headache with fatigue and fever, please follow up with your child's MD. We are tracking the flu in the state, if your child tests positive please let the nurse's office know.
As the leaders of our school, 3rd graders in Mrs. Durie's class have taken on the task of ordering their own lunch each day. This level of independence has been welcomed by the students and they have enjoyed piloting a new procedure. Each day they complete their own order and a class leader totals the orders. Students are fully aware that if they make a mistake, they are responsible for their choices. So far the pilot has been seamless. Other third grade classes are now eager to get on board. This change has saved valuable minutes each day.
We love the winter months, but snow can make for tricky bus stops. The town works very closely with the school system to prepare roads each day for safe travel.The community can assist by making sure all sidewalks and bus stops are shoveled. If you have property that abuts bus stops or sidewalks, help our students be making sure they are safe and free from snow.
Applications for the Early Childhood program are now available in the Goodwin School office. Typical peers must demonstrate age appropriate social and communication skills, be toilet trained and turn 3 years old prior to August 29, 2018. Applications are due by Friday, February 16, 2018.
Nurse Sue Cowan is in need of socks for the nurse's office. New or gently used would be greatly appreciated. Donations of new underwear is also needed.
Last year Goodwin School introduced the concepts of the Buddy Bench. Students participated in a refresher training during lunch waves. It is important to our community that students and staff are always on the lookout to lend a helping hand. Encouraging students to empathize with each other starts at a young age and can last a lifetime.

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