Golden Hill Principal’s Corner

Nov. 24, 2020

Hello everyone,

In the midst of all we are experiencing in 2020, I am constantly reminded of all I have to be thankful for and our Golden Hill students & their families are high on that list.

Thank you so much for sharing your students with us each day. Whether we’re seeing them in-person or online, I count it an honor and a privilege to partner with you to invest in your child.

November has nearly come to its end. Thanksgiving is here and it could be different than other years. It’s a time for family but this year it is also a time for reflection. In looking back at the school year so far, I’m thankful for so many things:

  • Our students being in school in person for the last 3 months every day
  • Our remote students being online to learn every day
  • Our staff working above and beyond to meet the needs of all of our students
  • The support of our families
  • The flexibility of our staff in stepping up at all times
  • The students saying ‘good morning’ or ‘ Have a good day!’ on arrival
  • The energy of our entire staff when they are with their students.

I could list many more but these few are the ones I notice most often.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. It means the world to us.

Debbi Lisack

November 2020

Dear Golden Hill Families,

I am so happy we have made it to November in person! All of our teachers and staff have been amazing. Our students have been amazing. All of our remote learners have been amazing. Our families have been amazing. Our staff and students have been wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart. That has helped to keep our school open and in person. Our families, you, have been so supportive and understanding and have erred on the side of caution as you monitor the health of your children. By working together, we have been able to keep our school open with in person learning. I cannot say it enough ~Thank you for your support!

Do you have a moment to send a quick note or email of gratitude to a staff member at GHES?   Here is the teacher/staff Shout Out for Thankful November!

I appreciate your partnership as we navigate this time in our children’s lives.  Our work together creates a team of support for your child(ren) that continues to allow learning to happen academically, socially and emotionally.

Always remember…You Are Important!    We care about you!

With an Attitude of Gratitude!
Debbi Lisack
11/2020

September 2020

Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Virtual Back to School Night last Thursday. I want to highlight some points that came up that night that we thought everyone would benefit from.

Morning drop-off:

  • Remember that doors will open at 8:30 a.m., so please do not let your child exit your vehicle before that time. A school staff person must be down at the lower crosswalk before students can exit cars.
  • Remain in your vehicle and ask your child to exit from the passenger side only. (Park in the lot if you feel you need to get out of your vehicle.)
  • Please remind your child to put their mask on and practice social distancing before they exit the vehicle.
  • We have staff available to support social distancing and temperature checks as students enter the school.
  • We have additional staff in the hallways to help students find their classrooms.

Afternoon pick-up and dismissal:

  • Sending a note/email to Mrs. Scheuermann at school before 11 is required for all changes. kscheuermann@floridaufsd.org.  Please adhere to this.
  • Our staggered dismissal time to alleviate congestion in the hallways is working well.
  • In the event you need to pick-up your child early, send a note/email to Mrs. Scheuermann and the teacher so we can try to have your child ready and waiting for you inside the office.

Should families enter the office or school?

  • If a family needs to pick a child up early for an appointment, they must send an email and call the office when you arrive. We will bring your child to the front entrance.
  • As a school, we have “paused” in-person volunteering and/or family visits. This means the number of times you’ll need to enter the main office will be reduced compared to previous years.
  • Distance learning supplies information will be shared by grade level. We’ll communicate that out by grade-level. In the event we have distance learning supplies for families to pick-up, we plan to restrict that to outside pickup.

Thank you!

Mrs. Lisack

Sept. 21, 2020

August 2020

Dear Students and families of Golden Hill,

Can you believe we are already in August? September is right around the corner. Here are a few things I know about our return to school:

We will wear masks:

You may be greeted with a hidden smile, and we will find fun ways to say ‘Hello’ like winking, waving, dancing or even dabbing.

We will be social distancing ourselves from others:

We may not be side by side but we will find innovative ways to collaborate, play and learn from one another whether in the classroom or online. Our learning will still be done together.

We will have some students learning at school and some will be learning remotely from home.

We are all Spartans whether in person or online. No matter who or where they are, we will be inclusive to everyone. We care about each and every one of you no matter where you may be.

Our school community is still one.

We will learn many new procedures and routines to keep us safe at school.

We will be understanding of mistakes, encouraging each other and giving everyone including teachers, students and families time to learn.

Our school is better when we support each other.

We will need to be adaptable as our plans may change.

We don’t know exactly what this year may bring. We will make decisions together with student safety and wellbeing at the forefront.

Our students are our why!

Please remember to reach out if you have any questions. Be well!

Sincerely,

Debbi Lisack

8/10/20

June 2020

Dear Golden Hill Elementary Families,

As we wrap up a historical school year we know student learning, safety, creativity, and character-building is a team effort. We also know the challenges associated with COVID-19 continue to be very real.

The past few months were a reminder of the many, many incredible people who make Golden Hill such a special place to work and learn—even from a distance. I’m incredibly proud of the collaboration, resiliency, innovation, and most importantly, empathy, demonstrated by our students, staff, and families this year, especially since leaving the school on March 12.

I’ve been watching the unfolding of current events around our nation with a heavy heart and determination as an educator, a mom and a leader to do better. The headlines and images have been particularly painful. This proves to me why our focus on EMPATHY and KINDNESS through teaching, modeling, and practicing are more important than ever.  I continue to find myself thinking about two main questions:

  • How do we better teach our students to practice empathy, compassion, and love?
  • How do we better teach our students to listen and practice conflict resolution with peace and mindfulness?

Discovering the answers to these questions is going to take a team effort. I invite all of us to go on our learning journey together, with hope for a better future. My hope is that, together, we continue to follow these paths as we support our students and the entire Florida Union Free School community.

We all have a lot of questions about the fall. As of June 12, I don’t have a lot of answers regarding logistics, yet. But, I do know the following to be true:

  • Our team is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone.
  • Our team cares SO much about our students and families.
  • Our team is creative, dedicated, and passionate about helping kids while working collaboratively with one another.
  • Our team will do everything we can to teach and support your child based on the guidelines presented to us.

Important dates:

  • June 15 – Student belongings pickup
  • June 17 – Grade 5 Bus Parade Celebration
  • June 18 – Virtual Field Day

Be safe!

Debbi Lisack

Note about Yearbooks: Due to COVID-19, Lifetouch experienced government-mandated shut-downs that reduced their capacity for printing yearbooks. While the Golden Hill yearbooks are in production, they will not arrive before school is over. While this is extremely disappointing, you can be assured that everyone who ordered a yearbook will receive one. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

 


February 2020

Hello everyone!  February is here already! We are now in our 6th month of school!

We’ve been busy at Golden Hill Elementary! Some of our recent and upcoming experiences include:

  • Bring a Friend to Lunch for Grade 2 – our cafeteria was packed with happy students & families. It continues to be awesome to see!
  • Harvest Day with ShopRite – Some great foods introduced to students.
  • We celebrated World Read Aloud Day with numerous authors. Our students were so lucky to hear real authors describe their books and read to them.
  • We are celebrating Kindness Week with many activities supporting being kind.
  • We are celebrating 100 days of School. Can you believe 100 days already?
  • Our PE teachers are supporting Jump Rope for the Heart/Kids Heart Challenge with rope-jumping exercises in PE classes. They teach our students that any form of movement that works your muscles and uses more energy than resting is so important for heart health! Nurse Lysack loves this!
  • TREP$ marketplace is coming soon, as well as our Science Symposium.   Come out to support our students. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! Stay healthy!

Sincerely,
Debbi Lisack


January 2020

Happy New Year to all of our families at Golden Hill!

Isn’t it hard to believe that 2020 is here? May everyone have new hopes, aspirations and resolutions for the coming year!

Some highlights of our busy December were:

  • The Village Tree Lighting was especially brightened by the beautiful singing of our second-grade carolers!
  • Our Golden Hill Winter Concert offered splendid musical and choral entertainment.
  • Our very First Dance Party Fun event brought out tons of laughs and some serious dance moves!

When we provide opportunities for all our students, we awaken and empower them to pursue passions they might not have known existed.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! We are looking forward to a fantastic 2020 year!

Sincerely,
Debbi Lisack


November-December 2019

Hello everyone! We cannot believe that December is here!  

Thank you to everyone—students, families and friends—who helped us make November a fantastic fall month here at Golden Hill! Our November highlight  was witnessing the cutting down of the tree for Rockefeller Center. We were so excited to be able to participate!  

The kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast and Show was beautiful! Under Mrs. Risedorph’s tutelage, along with the support of our kindergarten teachers, our K-students put on an amazing show. They sang their little hearts out!  

We look forward to more events in December which include:

  • Dec. 3: Bring a Friend to Lunch 
  • Dec. 6: Snack & Chat with Principal and PTA 
  • Dec. 6: Village Tree Lighting at 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: Annual Winter Concert
  • Dec. 14: PTA Cocoa & Cookies 

To everyone in our school community, and from all of us here at Golden Hill, have a beautiful and peaceful holiday season with family and friends!  

Remember Winter Recess starts on Monday, Dec. 23.  Students return to school on Monday, January 6. We will see you in the New Year 2020!

Sincerely
Debbi Lisack


October 2019

Students interact with nutritionist as they try a new food. Principal Lisack stand behind them taking a photo with her phone. It’s Autumn on Golden Hill! We have learned a lot about our school life and expectations, and enjoyed many of the season’s activities, with many more to go.

Our friends with the Florida Fire District rolled out another great day of fire safety and prevention education and we hosted our monthly Harvest Day exposing students to new, healthy foods. We’re now in the midst of celebrating Spirit Week and grade 5 will Bring a Friend to Lunch this Friday.  Next, we are looking forward to Red Ribbon Week, the PTA Trunk or Treat, Parent-Teacher Conferences,  and the PTA Book Fair.

Great things I’ve seen at Golden Hill in recent weeks:

  • Students book shopping, Flashlight Fridays, Apple tastings
  • Lots of reading all around, in every class
  • Read-Aloud events with great picture-book themes
  • Menu Math in grade 5
  • Students giving a great effort during MAP testing
  • Students doing visual math
  • Abstract art creations
  • Nursery rhymes coming alive
  • Math in art class
  • Grade 1 butterfly release
  • Greek Mythology coming alive in grade 4 ELA
  • Lots of students and staff smiling
  • Great phone calls with students’ families
  • Great positive postcards sent home.
  • We were all busy, engaged, and having fun in learning!

Debbi Lisack