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GCS ARMES Program Nominations

It is once again almost time to begin nominating rising 3rd - 8th graders for the GCS ARMES (Art Reaching Middle and Elementary Students) program.  These students are identified as Artistic Gifted and Talented and served through an after school program at the Fine Arts Center.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AREAS? Strings, Art, Dance, Creative Writing and Drama. Students may be nominated and audition for as many areas as they have interest but once accepted into the program, can only participate in one area per year. A separate nomination form for each discipline is required. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Rising 3rd – 8th graders for the 2021 - 2022 school year. 

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK? Anyone can nominate a student, including teachers, parents, other adults, or self. Go to http://www.armesprogram.com and click on the link, “ARMES NOMINATION” and complete the online nomination. 

Nominations will be open from February 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021.


Fisher Final Informational Webinar

Please click this link to view the Zoom information for Fisher Middle School's final informational webinar for rising 6th graders on January 28th, 2021 at 6pm. 


Positive Parenting Seminar

The Greenbrier School Counselors will host a virtual Positive Parenting workshop on Monday, January 25 at 6:00. This Triple P workshop is titled The Power of Positive Parenting. Triple P is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world and is backed by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help you build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage your children's behavior, and prevent problems from developing.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please use the link below to register.

 

https://forms.gle/ebpsDrVvaMR8fEFy8 


At-Risk 4K Application for 2021-22 is January 11 through March 10, 2021

To be considered, children must turn four years old on or before September 1, 2021.   Parents can apply online at https://bit.ly/3mHuiH9  or call 864-452-0437 if they do not have internet access. Completing the application does not guarantee that the child will be enrolled. Notification of acceptance will be sent to parents via email by April 1, 2021.  Children selected for 4K programs must demonstrate academic or developmental needs and/or risk factors such as low family income and low parent education level.  A child’s primary custodial parent/legal guardian can submit the application. The GCS Virtual Program is not available to 4K students. Please click here to view the flyer for more information. 


January Lunch Menu

Please click the following link to view January's lunch menu. The menu is subject to change based on food delivery. 


Extended Day Program Registration

The Greenbrier Extended Day Program is now open for registration. Please use the following link: https://forms.gle/kZBKrSsgnvCFyHo56 to complete registration information. Availability is open on a first come, first serve basis. Completing the information does not guarantee your student a spot in the program. If you have any questions, please email Gerriann Koch, Extended Day Director, at gkoch@greenville.k12.sc.us


GCS requests community’s help in reversing COVID spread

As COVID cases in Greenville County and the State of South Carolina continue to rise, Greenville County Schools is asking students, parents, and the greater community to help ensure the return to in-person school in the district is not derailed by rising numbers. GCS is asking all citizens to follow DHEC guidelines to help reverse the current increase:  wear a mask when in public, avoid large gatherings, frequently wash or sanitize hands and high-touch surfaces, stay home and away from others when sick, and seek medical advice when running a fever, developing a new or worsening cough, experiencing shortness of breath, or losing the sense of taste or smell.

 

Thanks to the cooperation of employees and students, who have complied with established COVID-19 protocols while at school, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains lower in our schools than in the community as a whole.  In fact, based on statistical analyses using DHEC community spread data and internal GCS reporting, the risk of getting COVID-19 for those who attend or work at a public school in Greenville County is about half the rate of the community as a whole.  Still, the Superintendent cautioned today that even if schools continue to be a less risky environment than the surrounding community, there is a point at which the district could be forced to return to 100% eLearning if the number of employees and substitutes available to work was insufficient for the proper supervision and instruction of students.

 

“In addition to normal employee absences, we are currently averaging over 150 vacancies each day as a result of isolation due to a positive COVID diagnosis (avg. 40) or quarantining due to direct exposure or possible symptoms (avg. 110),” said Superintendent Burke Royster. “By comparison, 29 employees were in isolation and 66 in quarantine on November 1.  We want to keep schools open for in-person instruction, move forward with our plan to return middle school students to full-time face-to-face, and increase high school in-person attendance, but we need the cooperation of the community.”

 

Teachers who quarantine or experience only mild COVID symptoms can teach remotely from home, but schools must still have a responsible adult in each classroom to provide supervision and ensure students stay on task.  With a significant number of substitutes who have refused all offered assignments this year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill in for absent teachers.  Media specialists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and administrators are all being called on to help supervise classes, but at the expense of their usual duties and responsibilities. 

 

Earlier this week, principals were instructed to have teachers prepare eLearning lessons in case a spike in cases over the upcoming holidays required GCS to revert temporarily to 100% eLearning.  “We are not planning to go backwards on our Roadmap, nor do we wish to do so,” said Royster, “but it would be irresponsible of us not to prepare for that possibility, given the current trend.”

 

 

 


Wear A Mask Reminders & Tips

Please click the following links to view informational videos for wearing masks: 

Wear A Mask English

Wear A Mask Spanish


FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS


Greenbrier Mission & Vision

Our Mission:  We are kindness leaders, relationship builders, and successful learners. We are Greenbrier, the school of kindness.

Our Vision:  Student success is based on building relationships and fostering kindness. · All students are unique individuals with distinct abilities and are capable of learning. · Positive relationships among home, school, and community are essential.


School Visitor & Volunteer Guidelines

In order to be a volunteer at Greenbrier, the following steps must be completed: 

  1. Complete  an online application and receive clearance from the district before volunteering at any school/center or chaperoning any school field trip. Please visit the following link: District Online Volunteer Instructions for steps to complete the online application.  Please allow up to 2 weeks for the approval process.
  2. Complete Greenbrier's Online Volunteer Orientation by reading the 2019-2020 PTA Handbook, and then completing the Google form.  You will be contacted within 72 hours, via email, upon completion.     PTA Handbook               Google Form

***Volunteers who are serving as chaperones on field trips must visit the school to have their State Issued ID scanned the Monday prior to scheduled trip.***

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office at 355-5300. 


Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival

Morning drop off is a busy time and extreme caution must be exercised during this period. Our building opens for students at 7:00. Students should remain in vehicles until then. There is no early drop off.

Please be reminded that only authorized vehicles with parking passes are permitted in the teacher parking lots during morning drop off. Please do not let students out of cars in the parking lot. 

Our staff will continue to monitor traffic each morning to ensure a safe arrival for all students, staff members, and visitors to the school. It is vital that everyone follows posted traffic signs, exercise courtesy and caution while on campus.  As a courtesy to other drivers, please have your child(ren) prepared to exit as quickly as possible when your car stops in the green zone. There are two entrances to the school that are in the green zone. Thank you in advance for following morning drop-off procedures and assisting us with providing a safe environment for everyone. 

Afternoon Dismissal Line: 

We continue to monitor our afternoon dismissal/student pick up procedures and would like to make you aware of the following bulleted items:

  • Please do not leave your car unattended or parked in the car line.
  • Please park in a designated parking space prior to coming into the school for activities and early dismissals.
  • You may begin to use the right and left lanes when lining up for afternoon dismissal.
  • Please park in the parking lot and come inside to pick up students if you do not have the dismissal tag. You will need your state ID to pick up students.