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Green Meadow Newsletter 3/23/17

posted 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        

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/12/2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:32 AM by Joanne LoChiatto   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 9:33 AM ]

                 We are truly overwhelmed by the support of our community for the Green Meadow Playground project.  84% of those attending the meeting voted in favor of appropriating the funds needed to address the issues with drainage and accessibility on the playground.  As a result we can look forward to a safe, dry, and accessible playground for all students.

                We are committed to educating and supporting the whole child at Green Meadow School.  Outdoor recess plays a vital role in each child’s development of social skills, ability to collaborate with peers, and strategies for problem solving.  Currently the playground surface can be challenging for all students to navigate.  Inclement weather conditions and the lack of proper drainage cause water and ice to collect throughout the area, limiting our play space.  Through this initiative we will create accessible rubberized pathways that will allow all children to play together, fostering friendships and developing the interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.

                We would like to thank Leslie Knight, chairperson of the playground committee, along with all the dedicated members for committing countless hours and abundant energies to making this project a reality.  We would also like to thank the members of the school committee and the school administration for their ongoing efforts and support.  We would especially like to thank the community for their incredible support. We look forward to the next phase of this project as the work begins. We are so excited that through this project we will be able to fully address drainage along with accessibility concerns to maximize opportunities for all students to play outdoors together.

We are looking forward to our parent coffee on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM with our school counselor, Ann Rutherford.  She will help us explore such important topics as friendships, anxiety, and transitions as well as other topics that are raised during the discussion. Sharing strategies and ideas from the book “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will be very helpful as we discuss supporting and communicating effectively with our children.  This discussion will also be a source of references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, January 17!

 

                                                                                    Donna Dankner

                                                           

News from Mrs. Holly’s class : Holly Class Happenings: 

 We are starting 2017 like  KIND, SAFE , SMART learners!  HAPPY NEW YEAR

     We said "Goodbye and Good Luck" to our college friend, Miss Sweeney- she  taught us about synonyms and antonyms, we studied Kevin                     Henkes, we read many stories,  and WE taught HER "how to teach 2nd graders"!

  • We are "Building a Snowman, OLAF"- with our Sensational 2nd grade behavior so that we can earn another CELEBRATION.
  • We created and displayed our OWL PELLET bone diagrams- The bones helped us discover the kind of prey/food that our owl ate.
  • We are working with "bar models" (part/ part/ whole) during Math as we learn how to write number sentences to help us  solve problems.
  • We continue to learn about the "Power of YET"...we are enjoying reading many books that teach us about "Our Fantastic Elastic Brain" and how:   We can do hard things, We can keep trying, We can learn from our mistakes, We can problem solve, We can try different strategies, and We can train our brains.

 

 News from Mrs. Viros’ Class:

In preschool, we started the new year by learning about music and musical instruments.  We brainstormed names of instruments we knew and practiced ways to play them by shaking, hitting, and tapping them.  It's been fun to make instruments too!  Children brought home some kazoos made of paper tower rolls and wax paper, and some shakers made of paper plates and rice.  In addition, we used music to work on three important concepts: patterns, story telling, and letters.  We read books with sound words and rhythm, such as We are Going on a Bear Hunt and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Finally preschool families had a chance to come and visit their children this week during our parent visiting days.  We always enjoy opening our doors and sharing the great work that we do each day.

 Important Information about Dismissal:

 As you can imagine, dismissal is an extremely busy time of the day.  Please help us make sure all students are dismissed safely and to the appropriate place or individual by adhering to the following:

·         Please do not call during the day to change dismissal arrangements unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance. 

·          If there are extenuating circumstances and you must make changes, please do so prior to 1:00pm PM.  After 1:00 PM is it very difficult for us to be certain that changes are properly communicated to teachers.

·         Please send dismissal changes in writing, either through a note with your child or an email to the office during the day (prior to 1PM) in the event of an unavoidable change.

·         School dismissal is at 2:50.  Please arrive on time to pick up your child. 

·         Parking can be a challenge at dismissal.  Please park at the Crowe Park parking lot. Please do not park in the bus circle, on the road leading in and out of the bus circle, or in the staff lot.

·         Please come to the school to pick up your child.  Students may not walk unattended to cars parked in the parking lot.

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring safety for all.

                                                                                                   

Special Notes:

      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.

·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

 

Dates to Remember 

                                                 

Friday, January 13                               Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 16                           No School, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17                           Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Thursday, January 19                         Preschool Information Night 6:45 PM

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

Friday, January 27                               Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Green Meadow Newsletter 1/5/2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                                          MC900229657[1]     

January 5, 2017                                                               Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                                                Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

               

Happy New Year to all!  Monday was an exciting day at school as the students and staff returned from the winter break, ready to continue with their learning.  It is hard to believe that the arrival of 2017 signals the beginning of our preparations for the 2017-2018 school year as we begin to plan for our incoming kindergarten class.  An important step in this process is kindergarten registration, when we welcome our new kindergarten families into the Green Meadow Community.  Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2017 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

This year, kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.  We also offer an evening registration option will be held on Wednesday, January 11th from 5-7 PM.  Registration packets are available in the office or online through the district website if you would like to complete the forms in advance.  As documentation for registration, birth certificates, proof of residency, current physical and immunization records are needed to complete the process.  For families who would like to participate in the EXCEL before and/ or after school program for the coming school year, EXCEL will be holding its fall kindergarten registration next week as well.  If you have an incoming kindergarten student, we look forward to seeing you at registration.  Also, please share this information with friends and neighbors who may have kindergarten age students so we can be certain to include them in our planning for the 2017-2018 school year. We always enjoy welcoming our new students to the Green Meadow Community.

Our next parent coffee will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:45AM.  Our school counselor, Ann Rutherford will help us explore, “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk.”     Strategies and ideas from this insightful book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish will serve as the catalyst for us to explore ways to support our children through the complex relationships and challenges they confront throughout childhood.  We will explore topics such as friendships, anxiety, transitions, and other  situations that children encounter, exploring how to keep the lines of communication open and have meaningful discussions with our children.   During this discussion Ms. Rutherford will also offer references, information, and ideas to help support students as well as providing opportunities for conversation, questions, and sharing ideas. We hope you are able to join us for this informative discussion.

                                                                                     Donna Dankner

 

News from Sra. Gamboni’s Class:

Feliz  Año Nuevo! We are back into the swing of classroom routines. We read Compost Stew by Mary McKenna just before the break and now we are writing our own A to Z book of composting! We are also learning all about the Arctic zones during this cold month of January. The children love learning about pinguinos and osos polares. In Math we completed 2D shapes and moved to 3D shapes while reviewing numbers by tens.  We added our Invierno song to our repertoire, observing the changes of the season and this week we also have our song for words that start with letter Dd. Hasta luego!

 News from Mr. Thomas’ class

Mr. Thomas' class recently wrapped up their second writing unit of the year on realistic fiction. All students went through the writing process to develop a final draft after revising, editing, and rewriting a first draft. This week the students began work on persuasive writing. Each student will write an essay on a topic of their choice, choosing a topic related to an activity, a special place to visit, or something of interest or importance.

Mr. Thomas' class also finished up a three chapter unit on multiplication prior to December break. This week they began work on division, with the understanding that division is the inverse of multiplication and relates to equal groups. Students are able to turn division problems into multiplication problems and use strategies already learned to find an answer. For example 42 ÷ 7 = ? can be thought of as 7 x ? = 42.

In the fall the third grade spent a considerable amount of time learning about the Pilgrims and Plimoth plantation. After that lengthy unit of study Mr. Thomas' class switched to a science unit on plant and animal life cycles. The students made posters about different animals, food chains on their animals, and are now in the process of creating informational short videos using the website animoto.com

The third graders are looking forward to the remainder of the school year, including learning about the precursors of the American Revolution and writing poems and fiction. 

 

Important Information

On Monday January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Special Town meeting, the town will vote on an article to appropriate $245,000 for the construction phase of the Green Meadow playground. This funding will allow the town to:

·    Regrade the entire play area to make sure water drains well and so that slopes are an appropriate grade for accessibility;

·    Put in drainage structures so that the playground is usable year round, despite weather;

·    Put in new asphalt pathways that help both with water drainage and accessibility and replace the old, cracked asphalt currently there;

·    Put in rubberized pathways that enable ALL children to access the play equipment.

Construction costs are not cheap, but they are necessary. The warrant article proposed by the Board of Selectmen pulls funding for this work from the Capital Stabilization Fund, NOT from an increase in taxes or from borrowing money. The work accomplished with the funds will provide a solid playground foundation that drains well and allows access to the playground for ALL children.

Please consider attending the Special Town Meeting to be held at Fowler on Monday, January 9 starting at 7 p.m. MHS National Honor Society students will provide free on-site babysitting starting at 6:30 with crafts, stories, and games (children must be toilet trained to participate).  Please attend the town meeting  and let your voices be heard on this and other important issues.                                                                                             

Special Notes:

 ·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

Dates to Remember 

January 10, 2017                               PTO meeting, 7-8:15pm.

January 10,11,12                               Kindergarten Registration

Wednesday, January 11                   Evening Kindergarten Registration, 5-7PM

Friday, January 13                             Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, January 16                         No School, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 17                         Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

Green Meadow Newsletter 12/22/2016

posted Dec 23, 2016, 6:51 AM by Joanne LoChiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

December 22, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal

  

As 2016 ends, we begin looking forward to all the events and experiences that 2017 will bring.  Before we begin this look forward, I would like to take a moment to celebrate all the amazing learning activities and special events that have occurred since this school year began. A true highlight and enormous sense of pride surrounds the development of our new mural.  The many images displayed come directly from our students understanding of our school core values, reflecting their creativity, kindness, and caring.   We continue our school wide focus on differentiated instruction, seeing each child as an individual and tailoring the learning to help them maximize their potential.

  

              Our students learning has been enriched through  special experiences such as a visit to Plimouth Plantation to further understanding of colonial America and exploration of owls and animal habitats with scientist Erica Whitworth.    Our learning about the democratic process during this election year culminated with a school wide election as students voted for two school spirit days.  They learned that their vote was an opportunity to have a voice in decisions and make a difference.  We continue to expand our skills as effective readers, writers and mathematicians, writing about the small moments in our lives, understanding complex texts, and solving challenging problems. We have also enjoyed assemblies lead by Respectful School Committee that emphasize our core values and support our Responsive Classroom program as well as those led by our music teacher that support our music program.

 

        Excitement is certainly building as the winter break and winter holidays approach.  Students and staff are anxiously looking forward to the visits, activities, and celebrations that are planned.  We hope you enjoy this vacation and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  We look forward to seeing everyone and sharing the many new learning experiences that 2017 will bring.

                                                                                           Donna Dankner                                                                    

News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Class:

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is busy this December.  In math, we are learning all about 2D shapes.  In January, we start an exciting unit on 3D shapes! We are becoming quite the authors and illustrators in writing workshop! We are learning our letters and sounds, and how to put them together to read CVC words!  In Science, we are studying animals and their habitats.  We are learning how different animals hibernate and migrate!

  

News from Mrs. Vasta’s preschool class

Over the last month we have completed two units of study – Boxes and Buildings. Coincidentally, those themes tie in nicely with each other! We have learned about the characteristics of boxes, whose jobs involve boxes, what you can do with a box, and how boxes are moved (Has the UPS truck been to your house lately?). Since some boxes are cube shaped it was a nice way to learn about familiar 3-D shapes as well. We built buildings with boxes in our classroom as a segue to our Buildings theme, which we are finishing up this week. We compared buildings and homes in our neighborhood to those found around the world. When discussing the buildings we see in Maynard we also learned about people who work inside those buildings – community helpers.  We made a 3-D cardboard map of Maynard where children decorated paper bags to look like their own homes and painted streets for cars to drive on. Since the holidays are right around the corner we included gingerbread houses in our study of buildings as well! Some books we read over the last month include: Not a Box; The Birthday Box; Me on the Map; Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site; The House That Jack Built; The Three Little Pigs; The Gingerbread Man; The Gingerbread Baby; and the Gingerbread Girl. When we come back from winter break we will begin our “Music Study” which should be very entertaining! On our “Science Thursdays” we have been busy as well. We continue to do our tree observations, outside temperature observations, and our pumpkin plants now have blossoms! This week’s Science Thursday lesson is on light and shadows. Hopefully it will be warm enough to spend time outside and do some investigating!  Happy Holidays from all of us in preschool to all of you!

 Special Notes:

 ·         Winter Clothing: With very few exceptions, Green Meadow students go outdoors for recess twice daily. Both the weather conditions and temperatures can change throughout the day. Besides their jackets, students need to bring snow pants, boots, hat and mittens every day. They also need to bring shoes to wear in the classroom. It’s New England! We have several months to go before we can shed those winter clothes!

 ·         Save the DateMaynard Special Town meeting will take place at the Fowler Auditorium on January 9th, 2017.  An article to fund repairs to the Green Meadow playground will be up for a vote.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  The Maynard High School National Honor Society Students will provide onsite babysitting.  The students will meet families at the Fowler School Assembly Hall entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The students will play games, read to them and do arts and crafts with the children. *Please note that children should be toilet trained.  

 Dates to Remember 

Dec, 24 – January 2                  No School – Winter Vacation

January 3, 2017                         School Reopens following the Winter Break

Friday, January 13                    Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 17                 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM

                                                                        

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