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April 12, 2012

posted Apr 13, 2012, 12:36 PM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Apr 13, 2012, 12:38 PM ]
We are continuously impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of our students.  On Wednesday the cafeteria was filled with delighted families and staff members as the second grade students performed a very special concert. The school was filled with music and movement as students shred their talents as singers, dancers, and musicians.  Their poise as performers truly enhanced this special performance. We would like to thank Ms. Lilley for the wonderful instruction that prepared the second grade students for this exciting event as well as the second grade students for sharing their talents with us.

This evening we have an additional opportunity to share and celebrate the learning of our students that has occurred throughout the year during our first spring Open House.  Students have been eagerly preparing to showcase their accomplishment as their families visit and explore classrooms.  In order to facilitate parking and allow families with multiple students at Green Meadow to visit all classrooms, we have developed a staggered schedule.  Kindergarten and first Grade families are asked to visit from 6:30-7:15 while second and third grade families should visit from 7:15-8:00.  We hope you enjoy visiting the classrooms and experiencing the high quality instruction that occurs each day. We also hope you spend some time visiting the spring book fair that is open throughout the evening.  We look forward to seeing you this evening during our Open House.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

News from Mrs. Laferriere’s Grade 1 Class:

In writers’ workshop, we are finishing up an author as mentor unit on Kevin Henkes.   The children have enjoyed listening to his stories so much that you could hear a pin drop in the classroom!  We have learned many fun facts about Kevin, such as he feels he is most like his character Owen because he is quiet and also like Wemberly because he worries a lot.  In addition, Kevin loves to use mice as characters in his stories.  As a means of culminating our unit, the children are writing their own mouse stories involving a problem and solution, which we will be mailing to Kevin for future story ideas.  If you are wondering why Kevin chose to use mice in many of his stories, come by and ask! 

In addition, on March 20th, an author/illustrator, Brian Lies visited Green Meadow!  His books include: Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library and Bats at the Ballgame.  Brian taught the children the lengthy process one must go through before a book is published.  A very important message the students left this author visit with was, “Practice makes better.”  He created a personalized illustration for our class as a keepsake, which is displayed in our classroom…feel free to stop by and check it out!

The first graders have enjoyed the days that feel like summer and look forward to many more on their way!  Have a safe, wonderful vacation!!

Special Notes:

  • Bus sign-up for next year will begin on April 23, 2012.  Forms will be available at school offices and on our website beginning on April 20th.  (Please see forms under “Documents to Download”.)
  • All letters from families regarding placement need to be submitted to the office by May 1, 2012.  Please see the letter that was sent with today’s backpack materials for specific information about this process.

Dates to Remember:

v      April 12, 2012                           Open House , 6:30 PM

v      April 13, 2012                           Kindergarten Screening

v      April 13, 2012                           Birds of Prey – Grade 1

v      April 16-20, 2012                       April Vacation

v      April 27, 2012                           Kindergarten Screening

v      April 23, 2012                           Bus Registrations for the 2012-2013 School Year

v      April 23, 2012                           Lowell Mills – Grade 3

v      May 9-10, 2012                         Grade 3 MCAS (Math)

v      May 17, 2012                            Preschool Drumlin Farm Field Trip