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Green Meadow Newsletter 4/13/2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 10:56 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                     

April 13, 2017                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

 

              It was wonderful that so many students and their families were able to join us last night at our Annual Green Meadow Open House.  The classrooms and hallways are covered with student work, showcasing the learning that occurs each day.  Second grade students have proudly displayed their timelines, sharing with the school community all the important events in their lives with pictures and detailed descriptions.   Students demonstrated such pride as they toured their families around the classrooms and explained the work they have been doing.  It is amazing to see how each student has grown and how much they have learned during this school year.

            Science has been in the forefront this week. Our second grade students worked with a naturalist to extend their understanding of Vernal Pools.  They had an opportunity to look through the lens of a microscope to discover findings from the Vernal Pools that are not easily visible.  They explored life cycles, helping them understand changes that occur throughout the year.  With the support of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, our kindergarten student searched for tadpoles in a pond near school.  Despite their best efforts, most classes were able to see frogs but were unable to find tadpoles.  One class however, found tadpoles and generously shared their findings with the grade level peers so all could observe and explore.  Each grade level is collaborating with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to explore the rich natural environment around our schools through inquiry based learning.

            We always marvel at how quickly the year passes.  It is hard to believe that April Vacation is upon us.  We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing week.  We look forward to seeing you when school reopens on Monday, April 24.

Donna Dankner


2017-2018 BUS REGISTRATION

 Bus registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on May 1, 2017.  The deadline for registration is June 30.  Registration hours on May 1 will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 Registration will take place at the administrative offices at 3-R Tiger Drive.  We are now located near the main office of the Fowler School. Forms will be available for download on our website starting April 28.  No forms will be accepted until May 1. There is no fee increase this year.  $270.00 for the first student; $220 for the second or more children.  Late fee:  $30.00 for registration after June 30. 

Important Note:  If you have a student entering 7th grade at a distance of 2 miles or more, you must now pay the fee.

 

News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class:

Dear Families,

Finally spring is here and we are excited for the warmer weather.  First grade had a great visit from the Mass Audubon earlier this month.  The students were excited to plant bean seeds.  We are experimenting with the effects of the sun on our seeds’ growth.  Students were able to pick areas in our classroom that has lots of sun, some sun and no sun to place their plants and watch them grow.  We look forward to seeing the outcome and to see if our predictions are correct.  

 This month we also have the great opportunity to begin planting basil plants, courtesy of Lombardo Loom and Gravel Company. We are fortunate to have individual plants to watch, record and predict the growth.

  It was so nice to see everyone at our open house.  We have worked hard and were excited to display some of our favorite activities.  We are continuing our author study on Kevin Henkes as well as our spring activities and writers’ workshop creations.  We hope everyone has a great spring break!  Take Care, Mrs. Lawton


News from Mrs. Arcelay’s Art Class:

It has been a busy year in the art room.  Students have been learning about neoplasticism (Piet Mondrian), impressionism (Claude Monet), and blown glass art (Dale Chihuly).  Students also studied Wayne Thibault as a part of their clay lessons and created clay donuts, lollipops, cupcakes and tiny plates of food.  Student artwork will go home at the end of the year in one portfolio for you to enjoy with your child. 

 In Mid-May we will have our Annual 2nd Grade Art Show.  The show will be held at the Maynard Public Library from May 15th-25th.  There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 16th from 5:45-7pm.  Invitations and fliers will be going home soon.  Happy Spring!  Mrs. Arcelay

                                                                                                       

 Special Notes:

·         Important reminder for Kindergarten families:

There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, April  27 and Friday April 28.

·         If you would like to share information about student learning needs to be used in the student placement process for the 2017-2018 school year, please submit a letter to the school office by Wednesday, April 26. 

·         Tiger Trot registration forms are due April 28th. 

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more. Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         Our school Book fair has been occurring throughout the week.  Some classes have already had the opportunity to visit the book fair.  The remaining classes, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs.  Richard, Mrs. Holly, Mrs. Smart, Mr. Mehigan, will visit tomorrow, Friday, April 14.

Dates to Remember

Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21      No School, April Vacation

Wednesday, April 26                Last day to submit information for student placement

Thurs, April 27-Fri. April 28     No School for Current Kindergarten Students

Thurs, April 27- Fri. April 28    Screening for 2017-2018 Kindergarten students

Green Meadow Newsletter 4/6/2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 8:20 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                     

April 6, 2017                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

                This week we were delighted to welcome the families of our incoming kindergarten families to the Green Meadow Community.   Prior to the beginning of the presentation, incoming kindergarten families had an opportunity to visit classrooms and meet the kindergarten teachers. Families truly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the classrooms and speak with the teachers to learn about the kindergarten experience.  They were amazed by the student work throughout the room, highlighting our current kindergarten students’ development as effective readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers.  The presentation provided more specific information about the kindergarten curriculum and program as well as an introduction to the Spanish Immersion option.  We always enjoy the opportunity to share information about the kindergarten experience and look forward to having the children join us in kindergarten next year.

Our annual Spring Family Open House will be held next week on Wednesday, April 12.  The students are looking forward to sharing all of the learning that occurs throughout the year and celebrating their growth and progress.  They are so excited to be your guide for your visit to their classrooms and their school.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6:00-8:00                              Green Meadow Book Fair in the Library

6:30-7:30                              Visits to classrooms, specialists, and special educators

  Your children have been eagerly preparing to showcase their many accomplishments and their ongoing learning.  Throughout the year students have become amazing writers, sharing their small moments, creating beautiful poetry, and writing realistic fiction that engages all readers.  They are reading a wide range of authentic literature with fluency and expression.  Through our math instruction and learning experiences, students are demonstrating an understanding of complex mathematical concepts and the ability to solve challenging problems.  As you visit classrooms during the evening, we hope you have an opportunity to read students’ original writing in journals or writing folders and play some of the math games that help students develop an understanding of mathematical skills and concepts.

In addition to classroom visits, please take some time to visit the specialists in art, music, library, and physical education to learn about the arts curriculum that is such an important part of each child learning experience.  Special educators will be available throughout the evening as well. Please check the information in the school lobby as to where specialist and support staff will be available throughout the evening.  We also hope you will have some time during the evening to visit the spring book fair which will be held in the library.    All proceeds from this book fair benefit the school library. We hope you are able to join us on Wednesday, April 12 for this special celebration of learning!

We received some exciting news this week about the contest to win a visit from renown children’s author Jan Brett.  Although we did not win the grand prize of the author’s visit, we did come in fourth place.  Because of the amazing support of our community, our school’s fourth place finish brings us some of Jan Brett’s beloved books for our school library.  Our students will be very excited to read these new books.  They are extremely proud of the role they played in this achievement.  We would like to thank kindergarten teacher Samantha Mazeika for entering us into this contest and rallying the support of the community to yield such a wonderful result.

Donna Dankner                                         

 News from Mrs. Mooradian’s Class:

Hopefully we have had our last snow storm and spring will truly be here as we would like to do some outdoor science observations connected to the arrival of spring. Recently we have been very busy making and observing a compost bin and partaking in a compost bin lesson presented by Drumlin Farm. In the future we will be completing the life cycle of a plant by using the compost to grow vegetable plants.  This week we are beginning a Healthy Habit theme by participating in exercise activities.  The children will be able to state that exercise, nutritious food and rest are essential factors for a healthy body.  Inherent in the exercise component is less ‘screen time’!  The children have also been gathering articles for their art portfolios and look forward to sharing them with you at Open House.

 News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:

De colores is our spring song, and we are looking for all the signs that shows that spring has arrived during our science walks. Addition and soon subtraction are the main focus of our math units this month. Students are beginning to write and illustrate short stories that include characters, setting, a problem and a solution in the story. We continue to observe our composting and the importance of recycling, how long different things take to recycle, where does trash go? What we can do to create less trash in our everyday lives.

  Special Notes:

·         Important reminder for Kindergarten families:

There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, April  27 and Friday April 28.

·         Great job, Green Meadow students! Working together, you raised $1515 in spare change for the playground in a few short weeks! It's amazing to see what a little community teamwork can do. We've surpassed our $900 goal needed to purchase the funnel ball hoop; the remainder of the money raised will be put towards purchasing another piece of new equipment. Thank you to all who contributed!

·         From the PTO: at this year's Tiger Trot, we will hold our 2nd annual silent auction. This year we are offering some items early to help you get a jump start on planning your summer camp plans for the kids. The summer camp auction will run from Wed, April 5, 10:00 am thru Fri, April 14, 9:00 pm.  Visit www.32auctions.com/TrotCamps2017 to join in. Place bids on any of the camp options or use the Buy Now option to get up to 25% off list prices so you can get your camp reservations in early. Stay tuned for info about the general silent auction later this month!

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more. Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         Our school Book Fair is on Monday, April 10  through Friday, April 14. Listed below are the days that the various classes will be visiting the Book Fair.

Monday, April 10: Sra. Reyes, Mrs. McPhail, Sra. Tavares, Mrs. Ginnity
Tuesday, April 11: Mrs. Fioretti, Sra. Soler
Wednesday, April 12: Ms. Mara, Mrs. Lawton, Mrs. Duddy, Mrs. Mazeika, Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Krasinski
Thursday, April 13: Mrs. Jones, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Messina, Sra. Gamboni, Mrs. Adamson
Friday, April 14: Mrs. Coppola, Mrs.  Richard, Mrs. Holly, Mrs. Smart, Mr. Mehigan

Dates to Remember 

Thurs & Friday, April 6 & 7              No Preschool – Parent Conferences

Thursday, April 6                                 Early Release – Parent Conferences for Preschool through Grade 3

Friday, April 7                                       Early Release – Parent Conferences for Preschool through Grade 3

Tuesday, April 11                                 GM PTO Meeting 7:00-8:15 pm, GM Cafeteria 

Wednesday, April 12                         Family Open House 6:30 PM

Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21              No School, April Vacation

Thurs, April 27-Fri. April 28             No School for Current Kindergarten Students

Thurs, April 27- Fri. April 28            Screening for 2017-2018 Kindergarten students

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/30/2017

posted Mar 30, 2017, 8:21 AM by Joanne LoChiatto   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]             

March 30, 2017                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

            First Graders helped us celebrate our focus on literacy as well as Music in Schools month and through a wonderful presentation this morning.  Through song, creative movement, and instrumental renditions, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation of Dr. Seuss’ Book, My Many Colored Days.  Students were able to share their interpretations and responses to music as they performed. Our cafetorium was filled with families and friends who came to enjoy the music and the talents of our first grade students.  We would like to thank our music teacher Christine Wysokowski and the first grade teachers for all of their efforts to prepare the students for this wonderful event.

                Next week we will have the opportunity to welcome the families of our incoming kindergarten students to the Green Meadow community.  Entry into kindergarten is such a special milestone for children and their families.  Parents will have an opportunity to visit classrooms, speak with teachers, and learn about the kindergarten experience that their children will enjoy.  The presentation will also share information about our rich kindergarten curriculum and our focus on meeting the needs of each child as we support their growth and development  as learners. 

                Our annual Family Open House is on, April 12 from 6:30-7:30.  Students are eagerly preparing their classrooms to showcase all the learning that has occurred throughout the year.  They are so proud of their accomplishments and eager to share how much they have grown.  You will have an opportunity to enjoy students’ original writing, explore the concepts and manipulatives used to develop mathematical thinking, and share the wide range of leveled texts students read as they continue to enhance their skills as effective readers.  The book fair which benefits the library will be available throughout the evening.  We hope you are able to join us for this special event!                      

                           Donna Dankner

News from Mrs. Fioretti’s Class:

Our busy group of first graders is learning about the sun, moon, and stars.  We began by focusing on the sun, the star in the center of our solar system.  Did you know that 1 million earths could fit inside this near perfect sphere?  After searching for facts in several non-fiction books, we made a model that helped us understand how the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun.  These budding scientists then used their science journals to draw diagrams and write down key facts.  We're looking forward to Drumlin Farms visiting at the end of the week to bring the unit to life outdoors.  Together, we'll explore sunrise and sunset, light and shadows, seasons and phases of the moon.    We can't wait to see where else this unit takes us!!!  Happy Spring everyone!!!  

 News from Mrs. Smart’s Class:

On Friday, March 17th we had a visitor from Drumlin Farm.  She helped us launch a unit on living and non-living.  After her introduction, the children went outside, explored and collected living and non-living objects.  As the children found objects, they had to not only tell if the item were living or non-living, but they had to explain why?  This science unit has been incorporated into the Daily 5: At the listening center, the children listened to the story, Is it Alive?  Then the children placed all the objects they collected outside into a container and sorted them into living and non-living.  They had an interesting question about an acorn.  They said it was once living BUT asked if it were planted would it become living again?  At the writing center, the children chose one of their objects to illustrate and write about.  They used magnifying glasses to observe the details.  When the children finished they read their stories to their friends and the friends tried to figure out what item they wrote about.  Since most of the items were non-living, the children each drew a picture of something that was living.  It will be exciting for the children to continue exploring living and non-living as it gets warmer outside and things in nature start to come alive.

News from Mrs. Viros Class:

Preschool spent these last two weeks learning about the farm.  We learned that the hard work of the farmer was essential to help us get the things and the food that we need.  Indeed, while singing Old Mac Donald Had a Farm, we realized that the cows that the farmer cared for gave us milk, the pigs gave us meat, and the sheep gave us wool.  

Alex from Drumlin Farm came to visit on Monday, March 20, bringing with her a duck and a rabbit.  Children commented on the webbed feet and yellow bill of the Pekin duck and on the furry coat and long ears of the rabbit.  

A representative from Drumlin/Mass Audubon was back this Monday to teach us about worms and compost.  Our compost has been a work in progress!  We started it a couple of months ago during our recycling unit, and we revisited it recently by adding "clean, organic trash" to the soil.  Children came to school with baggies of old lettuce, carrots, newspaper, and coffee grounds to mix into the dirt.  Finally, we added a heap of red wiggler worms into the bin to munch on the food scraps. The goal is to soon be able to use this soil to plant seeds and grow new carrots...just like the farmer at the farm.

From the Art Room:  The art room is in need of a volunteer or two to upload artwork to our online art museum, Artsonia.  My current volunteer will need to take some time off and our box is overflowing with work to be uploaded.  If you have an hour or so to come in and help out it would be greatly appreciated.  Uploading work entails use of an iPad to photograph work on the Artsonia App.  If you are interested in helping please email me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us 

Thank you!                                                                                                        

 Special Notes:

·         Great job, Green Meadow students! Working together, you raised $1515 in spare change for the playground in a few short weeks! It's amazing to see what a little community teamwork can do. We've surpassed our $900 goal needed to purchase the funnel ball hoop; the remainder of the money raised will be put towards purchasing another piece of new equipment. Thank you to all who contributed!

·         Maynard Schools event for parents: On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.

·         What happens when two con-artists get mistaken for the Principals and Secretary of a high school? Come see the Fowler Spring Play, Switching Principals, to find out! “Switching Principals” by Pat Cook. Friday, March 31st 7pm or Saturday, April 1st 2pm at the Fowler School AuditoriumTickets will be sold at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The entire family is welcome! 

·         3rd Grade Parents: the GM PTO needs photos of your 3rd grader for this year's video!  It will be a collection of photos throughout the years of the 3rd graders' time at GM.  Each 3rd grader will receive a video at the end of the year as a gift from the PTO.  Please email 5-10 photos (maximum 10) to gmclass2026@gmail.com by  Friday, April 14. Please include your child's name, teacher, and the grade in which each photo was taken.  Thank you! Any questions, contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more.  Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

Dates to Remember 

Mon-Friday April 3-7                          Grade 3 MCAS (ELA)

Thursday, April 5                                 Kindergarten Orientation Parent Program 6:30 PM

Thurs & Friday, April 6 & 7               No Preschool – Parent Conferences

Thursday, April 6                                 Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3

Friday, April 7                                       Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3

Wednesday, April 12                          Family Open House 6:30-7:30 PM

Mon. April 17- Fri. April 21               No School, April Vacation

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/23/17

posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:24 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]             

March 23, 2017                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

                       

                Bingo for Books is always such an amazing event.  Last night over 250 children and parents playing specially designed Bingo games focused on literacy.  The four exciting games included sight words, Dr. Seuss books, Dr. Seuss characters, and the ever popular finale of teacher names.  As always Mr. Mehigan was an excellent Emcee, keeping everyone engaged, generating excitement, and encouraging everyone to celebrate each Bingo. Students were delighted with the book selections, eagerly selecting the perfect book as their prize.  They were so anxious to read and share the many books they won.  Many thanks to the staff members, who participated, set up and planned this very special event.  We are looking forward to next year’s event!

                This week our school literacy specialist Mrs. Spedden led an informative discussion about supporting our children as they learn to be fluent readers.  She shared instructional strategies used during the school day while offering ideas and suggestions for families to support emergent readers at home. We were delighted that so many families were able to join us for this discussion.

                Next Thursday, March 30, our first grade students will share a special presentation that they have been eagerly preparing for during their music classes.  Through song, dance, and musical instruments, they will celebrate our month of literacy with a special program based on the books of Dr. Seuss   Both as individual classes and as a whole grade level, they have been practicing their music and movement in preparation for two performances next week.   On Wednesday, March 29, all of the students will attend the dress rehearsal for the performance as a preview for the parent program the next day. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our music teacher, Christine Wysokowski, who prepared the students for this special performance.

Donna Dankner

 

News from the Music Room:

The music room has been a very busy place lately as we are entering concert season!  The first graders have been working hard to prepare for their concert next week, Thursday, March 29th at 2pm.  In celebration of the month of March being both Music in the Schools Month and Read Across America Month, the first grade will be performing Dr. Seuss’s “ My Many Colored Days” through music and creative movement.  Please try to have them wear their pre-assigned color to school on the day of the concert.  See last week’s letter in the backpack mail for details.

Why Creative Movement?

·         It helps us hear/recognize the different sections of the music.

·         It helps us respond to the different aesthetic qualities/feelings in the music.

·         It’s fun!

·         It’s good for us!

Kindergarten students had their open music classes last week.  Thank you to all family members who were able to attend.  We hope you enjoyed singing, dancing, and playing instruments with us as much as we enjoyed having you there!

Second grade is also working hard to prepare for their performance on May 4th.  With recent additions to their song list of “Peace Like a River” and “Epo e Tai Tai e,” we are looking forward to a great program featuring the diverse music of our country.

The third graders are continuing to “travel around the world with music.”  They have just “left” Mexico and have “arrived” in China to learn a Chinese ribbon dance and a Chinese song on recorder.  Only a couple more stops to go until our concert on May 24th

Musically yours, Christine Wysokowski, Green Meadow Music Specialist


  News from Mr. Mehigan’s Class:  Hi Green Meadow Families,

At this point I think most everyone is ready for spring!   It's time to put away the skis and break out the golf clubs.  The third grade is preparing for their inaugural MCAS tests.  We are looking at sample questions in class. The sample questions can be accessed by parents on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website in case you're curious as to what the test entails.  There is an MCAS parent information night on March 27th.
In class we are always trying to find new and fun ways to learn which we have found to be easy when learning about magnetism.  We are working on persuasive essays in writing and have been learning fractions in math.  We are looking forward to beginning to study the causes of the American Revolution with April 19th just around the corner.  They are also starting to talk about the third grade spring Wax Museum biography project.  We would like to wish you all a very happy spring!  Here's to sunshine and warmer weather!!!!
                                                                                                                                                          

 Special Notes:

·         Maynard Schools event for parents: On Tuesday, April 4 (7 – 8:30 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium), the Maynard Schools are sponsoring a workshop onCollaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), a mindful, empathetic and empowering way of teaching and parenting kids. CPS is the empirically-supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and the recently released books, Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. Come join us for a wonderful presentation about the CPS approach.

·         Peter and the Starcatcher opens at MHS.  This hilarious show is the pre-quel to Peter Pan and features pirates, mermaids, and answers lots of questions about how Peter Pan, Captain Hook and many of the Other characters came to be they way they are.  Sword fights, epic hurricanes are all part of the fun.  Appropriate for all ages.  Don't miss out on getting a great seat! Peter and the Starcatcher, TICKET BOOTH HOURS (Accept cash and checks only no credit cards), Thursday, March 23rd 6-8pm, Friday, March 24th 5-7 pm, Saturday, March 25th 5-7 pm, Sunday, March 26th Noon-2 pm.  Ticket Sales www.mktix.com/mhsm

·         "Thanks for your participation in the spare change drive for the GM Playground renovations. So far the kids have contributed $700 in spare change-WOW! We are so close to our goal of $900 needed to purchase a funnelball hoop. The spare change containers will be in the classrooms until Friday, March 24. Dig under those cushions and in the car console for any other spare change you might be able to contribute! It will be so exciting for the kids to play with a piece of equipment that they worked together to purchase."

·         3rd Grade Parents: the GM PTO needs photos of your 3rd grader for this year's video!  It will be a collection of photos throughout the years of the 3rd graders' time at GM.  Each 3rd grader will receive a video at the end of the year as a gift from the PTO.  Please email 5-10 photos (maximum 10) to gmclass2026@gmail.com by  Friday, April 14. Please include your child's name, teacher, and the grade in which each photo was taken.  Thank you! Any questions, contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more.  Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

Dates to Remember 

Friday, March 24                                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal       

Monday, March 27                              MCAS Parent Presentation, 6:30 PM      

Thursday, March 30                            Grade 1 Concert

Mon-Friday April 3-7                         Grade 3 MCAS (ELA)

Thursday, April 5                                 Kindergarten Orientation Parent Program 6:30 PM

Thurs & Friday, April 6 & 7               No Preschool – Parent Conferences

Thursday, April 6                                 Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3

Friday, April 7                                       Early Release – Parent Conferences for K-3

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/16/2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 6:49 AM by Joanne LoChiatto   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 6:49 AM ]

Green Meadow News                                       

March 16, 2017                                                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                                                      Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

                       

After all the warm weather, this week’s blizzard was quite a surprise!  It reminds us that we still need all the snow dates we set when planning events during the winter.  The Parent Coffee that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 will be held on Tuesday March 21 at 8:45. We are looking forward to this conversation with our Green Meadow Literacy Coach, Justine Spedden,  as she shares strategies for supporting students’ growth as readers, both in school and at home.  Each day we focus on helping our students develop a love for reading as well as an ability to understand complex text.  Ms. Spedden will share information on how children develop as readers as well as offer suggestions for helping children when they struggle or would benefit from extension.  She will explore selecting just the right books for each child as well as sharing resources and instructional materials that families may find helpful.  We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:45 for this informative discussion.

                On Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30, we will hold our annual Bingo for Books family event (Snow date March 29).  If you have received a registration packet, please have students complete their Bingo Boards prior to the event as there will not be time to complete them during the event.  Please come directly to the registration table in the lobby when you arrive to sign in.   If you find that you or anyone registered is unable to attend, please let us know so we can include families on the wait list.  We look forward to seeing you on March 22 at 6:30 PM.

                We are very excited about our continued collaboration with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to support our focus on science and nature.  During the early release time on Friday, March 10, the consultants from the Audubon Society collaborated with the grade level teams to focus on content information and plan lessons to foster student understanding of our natural environment.  These lessons and units use inquiry based learning to help students explore, experiment, and analyze information to deepen their understanding.  During the next few weeks, the staff from the Audubon will join the teachers in the teaching of these lessons along with follow up discussions to continue to refine instruction and enhance lessons to strengthen student learning.  We look forward to these collaborations as we continue to strive to increase opportunities to use our rich natural setting as an extension of our classroom learning environments.

                This year our third grade students will participate in the statewide MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). This assessment explores students’ knowledge and application of skills learned through their educational experience. The Literacy part focuses on reading and writing effectively as well as analyzing text.  The Math component focuses on applying skills and concepts in order to solve problems.  Students will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering open response or multiple choice questions in both Literacy and Math. Students will participate in this Assessment in an online format using Chrome books in their classrooms or in small group settings. Please join us on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM for a parent program offering an overview of the process, types of questions, and curriculum expectations of the MCAS Assessment.                                                      

Donna Dankner

Sra. Soler’s  3rd grade Spanish Immersion

In Math we have finished our division unit and eagerly started fractions.  Fractions are everywhere, they are numbers too!  The students are using different tools and strategies, number lines, drawings, pattern blocks, to find the different ways they can represent fractions. In Social Studies we have been reading “Semillas de Revolución” (Seeds to the Revolution) and learning about rights, freedom and the effects of Taxation without Representation.

From Ms. Mara’s Second Grade

In March second graders work on time lines.  We begin by reading biographies as a class. Then each student chooses a famous person to read, write, and draw about to show the person’s life in a bioboard.  At home students are designing their own time lines.  These will be presented to the class and then displayed in the hallway.  Last Thursday we learned about solids, liquids, and gases during a presentation from the Acton Science Museum.  We are planning a trip out to the vernal pool to check out what it looks like in the winter. We look forward to discovering all the changes that will take place in the vernal pool in the spring.                                                                                                                                                  

 Special Notes:

·         "Thanks for your participation in the spare change drive for the GM Playground renovations. So far the kids have contributed $700 in spare change-WOW! We are so close to our goal of $900 needed to purchase a funnelball hoop. The spare change containers will be in the classrooms until Friday, March 24. Dig under those cushions and in the car console for any other spare change you might be able to contribute! It will be so exciting for the kids to play with a piece of equipment that they worked together to purchase."

·         SAVE THE DATE:    March 21st  7 p.m. Fowler Library - Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the District School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth.

·         3rd Grade Parents: the GM PTO needs photos of your 3rd grader for this year's video!  It will be a collection of photos throughout the years of the 3rd graders' time at GM.  Each 3rd grader will receive a video at the end of the year as a gift from the PTO.  Please email 5-10 photos (maximum 10) to gmclass2026@gmail.com by  Friday, April 14. Please include your child's name, teacher, and the grade in which each photo was taken.  Thank you! Any questions, contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more.  Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         We are so excited about our progress in the contest to have renown children’s book author, Jan Brett, come to our school. Currently, approximately 400 votes separates us from first place.  Every vote counts so if you have not had an opportunity to vote, Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754). 

 Dates to Remember 

Friday, March 17                                  Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 21                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM, Helping your Child be an Effective Reader

Monday, March 20                              Preschool Drumlin Farm visit

Wednesday, March 22                      Bingo-For-Books 6:30 PM (Snow date Wednesday, March 28)

Friday, March 24                                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal       

Monday, March 27                              MCAS Parent Presentation, 6:30 PM      

Thursday, March 30                            Grade 1 Concert

                                                                                                                                                                               

Green Meadow Newsletter 3/9/2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:42 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]             

March 9, 2017                             Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

                       

The halls of Green Meadow School are lined with stars!  Our reading challenge for the year has begun and the enthusiasm of the students is overwhelming!  In just a few days we have read 360 books toward our goal of reading a mile or 6 loops around the school.  Given the enthusiasm with which our challenge has begun, we should be able to achieve our goal by the end of the school year!

As always, our Bingo for Books program registration has generated great excitement.  As in previous years, nearly 300 people will join us for this special evening focused on Literacy Bingo.  Today you are receiving the materials for the four Bingo games that will be played during the evening.  You will receive a complete packet for each child participating.  Each child should use the materials provided to make their Bingo boards prior to the event as we will be spending the entire event playing the different Bingo Games. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know so we may include additional families who would like to attend.   We look forward to seeing you there!

            Our next parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 8:45.  Justine Spedden, our Green Meadow Literacy Coach, will be sharing strategies for supporting reading both in school and at home. Each day we focus on helping our students develop a love for reading as well as an ability to understand complex text.  Ms. Spedden will share information on how children develop as readers as well as offering suggestions for helping children when they struggle.  She will explore selecting just right books’ for each child as well as sharing resources and instructional materials that families may find helpful.  We hope you are able to join us for this informative discussion.

                                                                                                                 Donna Dankner

 

News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We would like to say a big thank you to Mr. Mark (town librarian) for being our mystery reader to celebrate Read Across America Day!  Our author study for the month of March will be Dr. Seuss. To add excitement to this famous author’s books, the children will be participating in special, wacky events . We will have days like Wacky Wednesday hair day and hat day for Cat in the Hat. Rhyming and word families will be a focus of our fun. In science, we have been enjoying the spring like weather and exploring nature. Out of curiosity, the children went on a worm hunt. Unfortunately we didn’t find any worms, but we had fun exploring, stretching out the sounds of items that we stumbled upon and counting how many sticks and acorns we found. While digging in the soil the children came up with some burning questions to investigate. Do worms hibernate? Are they frozen under the soil? We will investigate these questions as we continue to observe and record the changes our class tree is going through as the months pass.  Our little scientists continue to use their curiosity in their world to develop their scientific skills.

 

News from the Library:

In the library we are reading some exciting books! Kindergarten is listening to Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes and First Grade The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Second Grade is comparing fiction with nonfiction and Third Grade is conducting an author study on Allen Say.

A BIG thank you to the following parents for checking out and shelving books: Mrs. Cryan, Mrs. Neumann, Mrs. Friedman, Mrs. Larkin, Mrs. Murzycki and Mr. Herault and Mr. Knight. Your time is greatly appreciated!
A poem from the library:

Read to Me by Jane Yolen
Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished- please read them again
!

 

Greetings from Mrs. Wallace’s Frog Class,

  Can you believe we have been in School 115 days?  Wow, the school year is flying by... I mean leaping by!  We have been busy learning many new Kindergarten Skills. For example in Math: discovering different ways to make eleven through twenty, playing estimation games, and discussing what more or less than means; English Language Arts: working hard on the Daily 5, and using a variety of Reading Strategies during our reading centers; playing Fundations  Phonic Games with magnet boards and white boards; Science: investigating the Earth and Sky; Social Studies: reading about President George Washington, President Abe Lincoln, Doctor Daniel Hale (first doctor to save a person’s life with open heart surgery), Olympic Athlete Debi Thomas, Poet Phillis Wheatley, Explorer Matthew Henson, Astronaut Mae Jemison, Justice of the Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, and Ruby Bridges (to name a few). We also kicked off the “Read Across America” program with a fun whole school assembly. Our classroom's Guest Reader was none other than Mrs. Jennifer Gaudet!  A Great Time was had by all!            Think Spring!                                                                                                                                                                

 Special Notes:

·         SAVE THE DATE:    March 21st  7 p.m. Fowler Library - Members of the District Digital Learning Committee and members of the Distict School Safety Committee are hosting a community presentation by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth entitled Navigating the Cyber World.  Keeping our students safe online is an important priority, and this presentation will help parents and community members be more aware of positive ways to deal with the challenges facing our youth today.

·         The GM PTO is busy planning this year's Tiger Trot and is looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event to make it a success.  If you are available to help on Saturday, May 6 from 12:30 - 4:00, we need help with games, checking in registrants, selling raffle tickets and more.  Get involved in this fun event and our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please contact Ann Stachowicz at gmeadowpto@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you!

·         We are so excited about our progress in the contest to have renown children’s book author, Jan Brett, come to our school. Currently, approximately 400 votes separates us from first place.  Every vote counts so if you have not had an opportunity to vote, Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754). 

 

Dates to Remember 

Tuesday, March 14                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Tuesday, March 14                              PTO Meeting 7-8:15 PM in GM Cafeteria

Friday, March 17                                  Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, March 20                              Preschool Drumlin Farm visit

Wednesday, March 22                       Bingo-For-Books 6:30 PM

Friday, March 24                                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal       

Monday, March 27                              MCAS Parent  Presentation, 6:30 PM

Green Meadow Newsletter 2/16/2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:28 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

February 16, 2017                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

 

We begin each day reminding students of our Core Values, We are Kind, We are Safe, We are Learners. This week, Ms.Nguyen, our English language teacher, and some of our students wanted to help us better understand by showing us show us what acts of kindness looks like.  They explored the techniques of Marcel Marceau who was known for using mime to convey stories, thoughts, and feelings.   This art became the basis of their presentation of the story, “Be a Friend” by Salina Yoon.  With the illustrations presented as a backdrop and with the support of a narrator, they preformed the story of an individual in search of a friend, finding a companion with common interests.  The story also illustrated friends communicating through their acceptance of each other and acts of kindness rather than words.

  Following their performance for the second grade during their grade level meeting, Ms. Nguyen asked the students to share lessons they learned and their thoughts about the presentation.  Some of the ideas shared by the students were:

·         When you are kind, kindness follows.

·         You don’t have to talk to understand each other and be a friend.

·         Don’t hurt others either physically or verbally.

·         If someone falls, help them up.

·         Listen and help each other.

·         If someone is lonely, ask “Do you want to play with me?”

We were so impressed by the thoughtful comments and level of understanding students displayed regarding how to demonstrate kindness, establish friendships, and have a positive impact on others.  The students brought their presentation to many classrooms, sharing their message of friendship and talents with their peers.  We continue this ongoing focus by recording each individual’s many acts of kindness on the hearts that are displayed throughout the school.  Our week will culminate with a special whole school presentation from our Respectful Schools Committee to continue this focus on our core values.

 

During the past week, we have been reminded that even though we have enjoyed some warmer weather, it is still winter. We make every effort to go outside for recess whenever possible.   We also try to have an additional opportunity for play outside during arrival.  Please be certain students have boots, snow pants, winter coats, gloves, and hats each day so they will be prepared, staying warm and dry during their outdoor play.

                                                                                                                               Donna Dankner

 

 Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade class! 

Along with celebrating our 100th Day of School with a variety of hands-on math/literacy activities, we have been cruising along with our Daily 3 math structure.  Students have explored perimeter and area by participating in both independent and cooperative activities in the components: Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing.  During Writer's Workshop students have learned and practiced editing skills to help them be more independent authors.  Currently we are sharing a read-aloud chapter book entitled The Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.  A recommendation from the Daily 5 co-

 

creators, this story helps us understand and practice the reading skill of "point of view".  Our class is enjoying the humorous, relatable text as we get to know each of these distinctive main characters.  We celebrated the friendSHIP and love of Valentine's Day with our classmates by exchanging cards on Tuesday.  Wishing everyone a fun, healthy break next week...wherever your "ship" may take you!  Bon voyage...

 

News from Mrs. Mazeika’s Duck Class

Since February is Black History month, we have been learning about a variety of important African Americans that have made a big difference in the world.  For example, we learned about two very brave children, Ruby Bridges and Ron McNair, that wanted to be treated fairly and stood up for their beliefs.  Also, we have been having all sorts of fun with our science unit on states of matter.  For instance, we conducted several science experiments, such as made dissolving snowmen and puffy snow paint for an art project.  Additionally, we learned about Snowflake Bentley with our first grade buddies in Mrs. Coppola’s class and did crayon resist snowflakes.

 

Lastly, inspired from our author/illustrator study on Jan Brett, I entered Green Meadow into a contest to have Jan Brett come to our school for free.  We are currently in 17th place in the entire US, and every vote counts!  Please Google “Jan Brett school visit 2017” and enter our school’s information (Green Meadow, 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA, 01754).  Every vote counts!  This week our class participated in a video broadcast with high school students from WAVM.  Our hope is that high school students will see our video and vote for Green Meadow!

Special Notes:

 Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.

·         Read Across America day is on Thursday, March 2nd. One way that you can celebrate is by purchasing a Cat in the Hat shirt or sweatshirt and wearing it on March 2nd. $5 will be given to our school library to buy books for every item that is purchased. If you are interested, visit this website:  raamerica.itemorder.com

·         Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 Dates to Remember             

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, February 23                 BattleRoad Brew House GM PTO Dining for Dollars night

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day

Tuesday, March 14                              Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Wednesday, March 22                      Bingo for Books (registration information to follow)

  

Green Meadow Newsletter 2/2/2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:09 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

February 2, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

It is always exciting to spend time in classrooms.  In each classroom students are exploring interesting and complex topics while exploring their skills.   Recently I visited a preschool classroom where students were learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to support our environment. They thoughtfully sorted items made of paper, metal, and plastic during their meeting time followed by hands on learning experiences which allowed them to explore using these materials in unique ways.  They even created individual models of earth, using art materials to depict water and land. 

In a third grade class, students were previewing content vocabulary using the strategy of anticipation guides.  This strategy first asks students to use their background knowledge and experience to “anticipate” the meaning of each word.  Students then consult with their peers, sharing their thoughts and ideas, refining their thinking and learning from each other.  At the conclusion of the lesson, the class comes together to share their thoughts and, under the guidance of the teacher, determine the definition as well as how this vocabulary may be used in the text.  It was evident that during this lesson students were not only enhancing their vocabulary, but also learning to problem solve by using their knowledge and skills.  These lessons are characteristics of what occurs throughout each day in all classrooms helping our students to become strategic thinkers and contributing global citizens.          

Last week, we shared that with the support of our community, our school is trying to win a visit from renown children’s author, Jan Brett.  Her books are favorite readings in all classrooms. Our students would be so excited to meet her and learn about her inspiration for her amazing stories and characters. In just one week we have reached eighteenth place.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to vote, please visit    

http://www.janbrett.com/index.html  and vote for Green Meadow School to win this very special school visit.

                We  hope you have had an opportunity to review the books  The Ant Hill Disaster and I’m Not Scared……I’m Prepard by Julia Cook, that we will use as we begin the conversations with students about safety in emergencies or ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate . We are very aware of the importance of sharing information to children in a reassuring way, teaching them strategies without creating concern.   We appreciate the thought shared by families regarding this process and would like the opportunity for further discussion.   Together with the district safety committee, we are planning a parent program in late February or early March to share information and provide opportunities for further discussion.  We will share additional information as well as the exact date for this program in our next newsletter.  We hope this is a topic and conversation your will find to be informative and helpful. In the meantime, copies of the books are still available in the office for families to preview.           

                                                                                                            Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Richard’s room

Happy February!  Last month our class joined a group of teachers from across the United States to teach mapping skills by exchanging gingerbread people.  Our class was able to learn about many different states, their climates, points of interests, sports teams, state capitals, school mascots, and many more interesting facts from this exchange of letters.   As we received the gingerbread people and their letters each student filled in a map of the United States and our discussions focused on cardinal directions (Never, Eat, Soggy, Waffles) and the compass rose.  Each student made their own large compass rose and was able to identify the 8 directions for our end of the year book to remember these skills and this very special activity.  Our class will be sending home the book we have created with the gingerbread people and letters to share with families!

 

News from Sra. Reyes First Grade Immersion Class

February will be a very busy month. They are some holidays that always come around this time of the year. On Thursday February 2nd, we will celebrate Groundhog Day or “Dia de la marmota”. The famous Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania will tell us if we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring is on its way.  We will celebrate the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day.  In Math, we are developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones. We will explore and discover how to use place value to model, read, and write numbers to 120.

                                                                                                                                                                             

Special Notes:

     In recognition of the Superbowl this weekend, we will have a team spirit day on Friday.  Students and staff are welcome to wear clothing supporting their favorite team or red, white, and blue.

·         Please note that in order to avoid hurt feelings and lost invitations, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school.

·         Next week! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library (3 Tiger Drive) from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of essential information about special education laws. The goal of the workshop is to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed! Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

·         Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

 Dates to Remember             

Friday, February 3                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, February 14                        PTO Meeting GM Café – 7-8:15 PM

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/26/2017

posted Jan 26, 2017, 10:33 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 26, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

            Through the Responsive Classroom social curriculum, we establish a strong school community in an environment of acceptance and respect.  We learn to discuss and solve problems together, developing an understanding of the impact of our actions on others.  Through the Zones of Regulation, a component of the Social Thinking Curriculum, we are able to extend this understanding and acceptance.  During our most recent parent coffee, our school adjustment counselor Ann Rutherford facilitated a discussion of these strategies and ideas that support our children through the complex relationships and challenges by developing self- awareness as well as an understanding of expected and unexpected reactions.  During grade level meetings as well as classroom and small group discussions, she supports students in their understanding of the Zones of Regulation and how this helps them to understand their feelings and respond to challenging situations.  This focus continues to have a positive impact on our students. We would like to share the concepts and vocabulary the students are learning with families so you can continue the conversation at home. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 Donna Dankner

 A Message from Ann Rutherford, our School Adjustment Counselor

The Zones of Regulation (or “The Zones” for short) involve four different colored zones that help students gain skills in the area of emotional self-regulation.  Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control.  The zones describe our emotional state at any given time, and they can and do change throughout our days.

At any given time we are experiencing one of the four different zones.  When in the green zone, we feel “good to go” and show control, this is the zone student generally need to be in for schoolwork and for being social.  Some green zone feelings include happy, calm, ready to learn, and thankful.  If we are in the yellow zone we need to slow down, because we are starting to lose control.  Frustrated, silly, annoyed, grouchy, upset, and nervous are a few of the yellow zone feelings.  If we are in the yellow zone and we don’t slow down we could end up in the red zone, which means that we are out of control.  Other red zone feelings include angry, aggressive, yelling, and mean.  The blue zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick or bored.  This is when our bodies and/or brains are moving slowly or sluggishly.

It is important to remember that the zones describe our emotional state rather than our behavior, and there is nothing inherently wrong with being in any of the zones.  The zones are intended to be neutral and not communicate judgment. There is a saying “all feelings are okay, it’s what you do with them that counts”.  When talking to children about their zones, it can be helpful to distinguish between their zones and the actions they choose in order to express how they’re feeling.  While feeling that one is in the red zone is okay, expressing it by kicking or breaking things is not.

 News from Grade 2 Mrs. Jones’ room

We are very excited to report that our 100 day community service project is up and running!  As a second grade team we are hoping to collect a 100 food items for the Maynard food Pantry.  Our 100th day of school will be February 8th weather permitting.  We had a hands on science lesson with Erika Whitmore, our visiting scientist. We learned what archeologists do.  We were able to be archeologists digging through small middens and finding artifacts.  Our job was to identify the artifact and how it could be used.  We are finishing up our Gingerbread exchange letters and making a class book to share that contains the letters and the gingerbread people who traveled across the country to us! 

What’s the Buzz in Mrs. Messina’s Room:

We have been busy working on weather!  Students have been charting temperature in Maynard and a place in the southern hemisphere. Why you might ask?  The class has learned that due to the rotation and tilt of the earth seasons are not the same between the northern and southern hemisphere.  We graphed the temperatures and found that as Maynard’s temperature was going down, the temperatures in the southern hemisphere were going up!

We also learned about biomes or areas such as desert, tundra, grassland, rainforest and savanna.  We found what plants, animals, rainfall and characteristics each area has.  We turned that into an information pamphlet to share.  

 A special Message from Mrs. Mazeika’s Kindergaten Class

Every year my kindergarteners and I do an author study on Jan Brett.  It is so much fun to see the enjoyment they experience as we explore Jan's books and discover her unique and creative style of writing and illustrating.  If our school wins this contest, my students, in addition to all the children at my school, would have the rare and exciting opportunity to meet this extremely talented author/illustrator in person!  Some schools have had a jump start, but every vote counts!  We only have until April 3, so please get your vote in and help our school meet this amazing author/illustrator!  Thank you!"  One entry can be made per email address, so if you could spread word to family and friends, that would be great!  You can Google “Jan Brett school visit contest,” or visit http://www.janbrett.com/index.html   Thank you for your support.                                                                                                                                                                                

Special Notes:

·          Do you own a business or know anyone who does and might be interested in donating a gift certificate for goods or services to be auctioned off or raffled at the Tiger Trot in May? Or would your business be interested in sponsoring the event?  Different levels of sponsorship are available.  This is the GM PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and money raised goes to fund PTO sponsored enrichment programs for each grade.  If you are interested, please email gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you!

·         This year's Tiger Trot is scheduled for May 6th.  The GM PTO is looking for help with planning the different part of the Trot, and are looking for volunteers.  Come to our kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 31at 7:00 to find out how you can be involved in this fun event!

·         Parking is always a challenge at transition times during the day.  Please be certain to leave the handicapped parking spaces clear for students and families who need them.  Thank you for your support and assistance.

·         Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. UMass Lowell hockey ticket order forms for the Feb. 11 game are due January 25th.  Don't miss out on this fun night out with GM and Fowler families!  Any questions, please contact John Cafarella at jcafarella3@gmail.com

·         Grade projects are a special part of the Tiger Trot and are raffled off at the event.  These unique art projects are made by each grade and coordinated by parent volunteers.  We are still looking for help with 2nd and 3rd grade.  If you are crafty and can lend a hand creating a priceless piece with a grade, please contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you

·         On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Dates to Remember             

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 31                           GMPTO Tiger Trot Kick-Off Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM

Friday, February 3                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

February 20-24                                     No School – Winter Vacation

Thursday, March 2                              Read Across America Day

Thursday, March 2                              Community Reading Day   

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/19/2017

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:50 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 19, 2017                                 Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal     

           

                As a school we focus on educating the whole child.  We spend much of our day engaged in rich academic pursuits, teaching our students to be effective readers, critical thinkers, creative individuals, and capable problem solvers.   We also focus on helping students develop their ability to interact with others, develop friendships, and be contributing members of the community.  In addition, we also teach our students strategies, protocols, and procedures to help them maintain safety at all times.

                Safety is always a foremost on the minds of us as a school, our families, and our community.  We carefully develop safety procedures for all anticipated situations, training staff and students how to respond calmly and safely in any emergency situation.  Multiple times during the year, under the guidance of the Maynard Fire Department, we practice procedures for evacuating the school in the event of a fire emergency. The procedures we use during fire drills have very familiar and comfortable to our students as they have remained constant throughout their Green Meadow experience

                Since many of our students travel regularly on the bus and others travel on buses for field trips, we also want to be certain students know how to exit the bus safely in an emergency situation.  This morning after arrival, students who generally ride the bus participated in a practice bus evacuation.  Students took turns exiting the bus safely from the rear emergency door to be certain they would understand the process should it ever become necessary.  Students who do not generally ride the bus will have the same opportunity for practice on Friday morning, ensuring that all students have an understanding of the procedure.

                For other emergencies, the protocols for how to best respond continue to be refined.  Rather than solely relying on the traditional Shelter in Place or Lockdown that we practiced for many years, we are learning to follow the ALICE protocol in the event of an emergency.  ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is comprised of a series of responses that teachers implement depending on the situation.  Our district safety committee is leading the training of staff and development of protocols, helping us to understand how to address an emergency and how best to respond to maintain safety for all. As part of this process, we will be reading two books to our students that are specially written for primary school children as the basis for conversation.  These books, The Ant Hill Disaster and I’m Not Scared……I’m Prepard by Julia Cook, present information to students in a reassuring, informative, and age appropriate way. Teachers will use the books and the resulting discussion to explore procedures while reassuring the students that we are safe at school.  They will also reassure students that by exploring this topic, we are making sure that we are always prepared.  If you would like to preview these books, we have copies that will be available for you to review in the school office. Students may want to share their learning and engage  in follow up discussions with families at home.

In addition to physical safety and in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, our students explored the importance of emotional safety by fostering an environment of kindness, acceptance, and respect.  Inspired by this message and in conjunction with our core values, one class decided to take action.  After watching the video about the “Complement Guys” from Purdue University, Mr. Mehigan’s third grade class recognized the importance and impact that kind words can have on others.  They designed posters and stationed themselves at entrances to the school, offering complements and kind words to all who walked by.  On Monday, January 16, some students and their parents along with Mr. Mehigan extended this experience, bringing complements to members of the community members.  Through this experience, students learned a valuable lesson about the power of kind words and the impact of random acts of kindness on others.

                                                                                      Donna Dankner

 

 News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class:

As we enter the second half of the school year and the Patriots head to the AFC Conference Championship, we have adopted Coach Belichick’s catchphrase, “Do your job.” We realize Together Everyone Achieves More.

 In Fundations, we are using three glued/ welded sounds (all, am, an). Word study provides us an opportunity to look at the structure and meaning of how words work. During Read to Self or read aloud we continue to make text to text and text to self connections. Using the knowledge in our head helps us understand what we read.

 In math, we are practicing subtraction strategies. We are realizing how addition and subtraction are related. The more we practice subtraction the easier it becomes.

 News from Mr. Morello’s Physical Education Class:

  Winter has set in, but that has not stopped students at Green Meadow from being active in various ways.  Hand-eye coordination was put to the test with the use of scoops and balls.  Third grade students got a cardio vascular workout with the aerobic game Cap-the-Cone.   Before winter break, the parachute was flying in the Green Meadow gym.  The parachute is a great collaborative activity and is engaging for all students!  Students favorite parachute activities included popcorn maker, igloo, mountain, color swap, and sharks.  Currently, students are working on rolling and throwing skills with the dynamic activity Battleships! Please remember to send students to school with sneakers on days when they have PE.   

                                                                                                  

Special Notes:

         Parking is always a challenge at transition times during the day.  Please be certain to leave the handicapped parking  spaces clear for students and families who need them.  Thank you for your support and assistance.

·         Coming Soon! The Maynard SEPAC will host a workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at the Fowler School Library from 7 – 9 p.m.  A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct the workshop, full of super-helpful information to help parents partner with their child’s school in important ways: to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions about, and monitor their child’s progress in school. Come learn, ask questions, and be informed about special education laws. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Karen Heath at sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-394-6183 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

·          UMass Lowell hockey ticket order forms for the Feb. 11 game are due January 25th.  Don't miss out on this fun night out with GM and Fowler families!  Any questions, please contact John Cafarella at jcafarella3@gmail.com

·         This year's Tiger Trot is scheduled for May 6th.  The GM PTO is looking for help with planning the different part of the Trot, and are looking for volunteers.  Come to our kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 31at 7:00 to find out how you can be involved in this fun event!

·         Grade projects are a special part of the Tiger Trot and are raffled off at the event.  These unique art projects are made by each grade and coordinated by parent volunteers.  We are still looking for help with 2nd and 3rd grade.  If you are crafty and can lend a hand creating a priceless piece with a grade, please contact gmeadowpto@gmail.com.  Thank you

·         On January 26 at 7:00 PM Maynard Public Schools will be hosting a screening of the Wahlberg Foundation Film, "If Only".  This film addresses important questions about prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction.  Following the screening, there will be a panel presentation by a group of community members directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Dates to Remember             

Thursday, January 19                         Preschool Information Night 6:45 PM

Monday, January 23                           School Council Meeting 6:30—8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25                   Hockey Order Forms Due

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 31                           GMPTO Tiger Trot Kick-Off Meeting 7:00-8:15 PM        

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