Ivan Green Primary School

Ivan Green Primary School

Message from the Principal

  • Tera Strauss

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

    As the new Principal of Ivan Green Primary School, I am both excited and honored to become a member of this great school community. Over the past month I have had the opportunity to learn about the school from leadership, staff, parents, and students. I am humbled by a shared purpose which has guided my own leadership: a relentless commitment to putting children at the center of our work in education.

    We at Ivan L. Green Primary School are proud to serve the East Irondequoit Community and provide a nurturing and enriching environment for our students.  We pride ourselves on being a Learning Community where teachers, parents, administrators and all school stakeholders work together for children to create a school where learning is loved, children are challenged, and diversity is honored and celebrated.  I have been inspired by the strong collaboration and commitment to student learning at Ivan Green. Together, we can ensure that we are all learning and growing for our number one priority: Doing what is best for OUR children/students!

     Our area of unified common interest is the students of Ivan Green Primary School. It is imperative that our community embraces the idea of doing whatever it takes to ensure the academic and social/emotional growth of our students. As a professional learning community, we are committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children each day. To be successful as we can be in our learning community, we need your help. You are a special and unique part of our learning community. Collaboration with your child's teacher is a main ingredient to a healthy and successful year. Open communication is vital to ensure a successful home-school partnership throughout the year. Parent involvement is an important aspect of every child's education and is the primary factor in a students' success in school.

    Our Be Enthusiastic About Reading home reading program encourages parents to read with their child each evening and record the titles of books on their BEAR card. Second Step, a program that supports social and emotional development provides our students with problem-solving tools and emotional skills and strategies for positive interpersonal interactions.  In addition, we have created a school-wide positive behavior program:
    Lancers Have H.E.A.R.T.:

     These are our school-wide rules:

    • Honest
    • Empathetic
    • Acting safely
    • Responsible
    • Thinkers

    I am excited to announce that Ivan Green Primary is now an authorized Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. We have now joined with the intermediate schools, and the middle and high school to complete the continuum of the district-wide International Baccalaureate Program for grades K-12. Our focus will continue to develop students who are globally minded and who demonstrate the Learner Profile Traits: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective. Students will learn through a curriculum model that promotes learning through inquiry where students make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world.

    All of us at Ivan Green are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. This year is going to be "Great" as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and builds relationships. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-staff, students, and parents-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.


    Tera Strauss-Ivan Green Principal