Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  As you have come to know, we will be beginning our school year in a remote learning format.  While this may not be the ideal situation for your child or your family, the teachers and staff members of GPPA 3 are committed to making your child's first few months of school a positive experience. 

While working remotely, your child will still get to experience several portions of the preschool day.  Each morning, students will check in with their teachers through the use of Microsoft Teams meetings.  They will be encouraged to participate in circle time activities, which include the following:  calendar, days of the week songs, month of the year, music and movement, counting friends, etc.  At the conclusion of circle time, the teachers will share a story with your child.  Later in the morning, each student will be assigned to a small group activity Teams Meeting.  This is where the bulk of our skill driven, academically rigorous activities will take place.  Students are in smaller groups so they can get the most benefit out of the meeting.  Finally, the students will close our their morning with a good bye activity with their teacher.  Your child's teacher will provide additional activities for you to do with your child while they are away from the computer.  

Supplies and materials have been ordered for all preschool students.  If you have not picked up your supplies, please call the school secretary and set up a time to do so.  Ipads have been purchased for each preschool student to use throughout the school year.  They are in the process of being set up and will be distributed when ready.  You will receive and email letting you know of the date and time of distribution.  I know for some of you, the lack of a device for your child has been a hardship.  I thank you in advance for your patience.

Finally, I look forward to getting to know you and your child this school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to stop in to see me or give me a call (973) 772-0116. My door is always open if you need anything!


Valerie Stewart

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