Principal's Page

September 2021



Dear Parents and Guardians: 

I would like to welcome all new and returning students and families to the James A. Garfield Early Childhood Learning Center. We are very excited that your children will be with us, and plan on making their learning experiences as educational and enjoyable as possible.

We at the Garfield Public Preschool want the best for your children, just as you do. We can achieve this goal with your involvement, because we know, that parents and teachers, as equal partners working together, can do great things for children.

As we continue to deal with the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are preparing for a positive start to the new school year and the safe reopening of our Preschool and the return to full-time in-person instruction.

To safely transition the children from home to school, your assistance and cooperation is needed to address all health and safety concerns, Parents and Guardians should monitor their children for symptoms daily before sending to school. If your child does not feel well, please keep your child home and inform the school office and contact the School Nurse: Mrs. Amos at


Morning student drop-off and afternoon pick-up will be conducted outside. Each classroom will have a designated outdoor line-up area. All students, parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to wear a mask outside while waiting on the liner Students will be required to stand on the social distancing markers placed on the pavement. Once your child is on the class line, a staff member will visually screen the child for any symptoms and will take your child's temperature, If your child's temperature is above 100.4 or displaying any visual symptoms, they will not be permitted into the building. Please remain with your child until his/her temperature is taken in order to ensure their wellness. Once the children have been cleared for entry, please say good-bye and reassure them that you will be back to pick them up. At the end of the school day, your child will line-up outside in their designated classroom area. A staff member will sign your child out for the day when you arrive for pick-up.

All students will be required to wear a mask in school. Disposable children's masks are recommended since they provide a tighter fit. For the safety of the students and staff, we are strictly limiting access into the building. Per the Governor's mandate, everyone must wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Parents and Guardians will be required to complete and return the school packet containing the authorized release form, walking field trip/student permission form, breakfast/lunch form and the student travel documentation form. These forms must be presented to the classroom teacher on the first day of school. Emergency cards will be issued on the first day of school and must be returned on the following day. No student will be allowed to remain in school without this documentation.

Free breakfast and free lunch will be provided to all students during the 2021-2022 school year regardless of income eligibility. Students will also be supplied with individual markers, pencils, scissors, crayons, glue and playdough.

Per the district policy, Preschool students will be required to wear a school uniform. Uniforms can be ordered at YNI< Uniform Store, Clifton, NJ (website: — Passcode: garfield38). Students will also need a backpack for school,

You are strongly encouraged to log into Parent Portal regularly to receive documents, links and messages as limited paper notices will be sent home. We also ask that you review the

Preschool Parent Handbook and familiarize yourself with all the policies and procedures of the Garfield Preschool Program. Remember to check the district and school websites regularly, as well as the district media accounts for important notices, updates and immediate revisions in the event of unexpected occurrences with the number of COVID-19 positive cases. It is extremely essential that the school has the most updated contact information (email address and phone numbers) at all times to be able to contact you especially in an emergency situation. We kindly ask that you provide your email address to your child's classroom teacher, as you will be receiving important emails from the classroom teacher and administrators.

Please know, we are here to support you, our Preschool family, as we continue to navigate together to meet the challenges of this public health emergency. The Garfield School District will prioritize emotional health and wellness during the upcoming school year and focus on supporting students and families. You are encouraged to reach-out to us, if your child is struggling and would benefit from additional Social/Emotional support. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.

Once again, welcome! We at the James A. Garfield Early Childhood Learning Center are delighted that your child will be with us and want to assure you that we are committed in doing our best to help your child experience academic, social and emotional growth. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are prepared for a great year ahead and hope for a successful school year. We thank you for your patience and cooperation and extend our best wishes for a safe, healthy, positive and productive 2021-2022 school year.


Mr. Frank A. D’Amico, Principal                                      Dr. Nicole Grillo, Vice Principal

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