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April 5, 2012

posted Apr 5, 2012, 5:26 PM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Apr 5, 2012, 5:33 PM ]

The Green Meadow Auction was truly an amazing evening.  A dedicated and creative auction committee attended to every detail to be certain a wonderful evening was had by all.  The special tone of the evening began with the candy bar as you entered and continued through the excitement of the silent and live auctions.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the auction committee headed by Michelle Grace and Jill Rubin as well as the many volunteers who created a wonderful community event that strengthens and supports our school. We can’t wait until next year!

Mice and Mallards visited our kindergarten classrooms this week. Educators from Drumlin Farm allowed the children to observe the mice as the climbed through tubes and interacted with each other.  The children adored the mallard, carefully watching each action.  We truly appreciate the efforts of the enrichment committee and the PTO for bringing this special program to our classrooms.  

Throughout the year the students have been focusing on developing their skills as readers, writers, scientists, and mathematicians.  They have been involved in publishing parties, concerts, and special presentations. They have grown tremendously as students and individuals. We are looking forward to meeting with all families this week during parent conference to share the specific details of each student’s progress. We hope you will find the addition of spring conferences to be a valuable addition to our calendar.

On Thursday, April 12 our students will have an opportunity to share and celebrate their learning throughout the year during 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.  In addition to visiting the classrooms, we hope you will visit the spring book fair which will be open throughout the evening.

Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator

Greetings and HAPPY SPRING from the Smiley Face Classroom!  Mrs. McPhail's kindergarten friends have been busy being REAL authors and illustrators each day during our Writer's Workshop. We are stretching our stories, sounding out words, and writing down what we hear.  We know to "do our best and keep on going!" so we don't waste a precious moment of our writing time. We just published our latest take-home class book, Spring Poems by Mrs. McPhail’s Kindergarten and are thrilled when we each get a chance to share it with our families. We continue to explore flat shapes and solid shapes with lots of hands-on activities in math.  We are learning about "Earth and Sky" in science and enjoyed having the “Animal Senses” program from Drumlin Farm visiting in our classroom with a real, live duck and mice!!! Throughout this month we are exploring Spring holidays, such as Earth Day, through stories, activities/games, and crafts.   I am looking forward to having some smiley "face-time" with families at conferences this week and during Open House on Thursday, April 12th!

From the Library:

The BookFair by BookEnds is coming next week! Students will be visiting the book fair during their regular library class time. The book fair will also be open during Open House from 6:00-8:00 pm. If you would like to send your child with money during the week so that they may purchase a book, the suggested amount is at least $4.24, which is the cost of the least expensive books, plus tax. If this is not possible, BookEnds also provides a small bargain book rack, in which many of the books are less than $5.00. The book fair company also sends a number of other items, such as pencils, bookmarks, and a small selection of educational toys.

The BookFair by BookEnds was chosen because of the quality of these items and the high quality of their book selection. Look for more information in today’s backpack folder and also on the Green Meadow website, where the book fair flyer is posted. Hope to see you at Open House!

A lot has been happening at the library! Kindergarteners have learned about story elements, character traits, Chinese New year, and getting a library card from the Maynard Public library. They also learned about the nonfiction section of the library and have been happily choosing from that section. They especially loved the Dr. Seuss stories during Read Across America week, and also the books by Mo Willems (with Elephant and Piggy), which gave us a good chance to talk about different emotions. And starting last week, children now have the option to bring their library book home to share with you! First graders have learned about alliteration, author’s purpose, Venn Diagrams, and library organization, focusing on spine labels and call numbers used in the Everybody section of the library. Second graders have learned about Martin Luther King Jr., Japan and Japanese fairy tales, the Underground Railroad, and the Newbery and Caldecott awards. They have also had an introduction to the Dewey Decimal System and are now practicing using our online catalog system called OPAC. This allows them to search for books in our library on their own and they are very excited about that! Third graders have learned about idioms, been introduced to how to use the Usborne Internet-linked books, learned about the fantasy genre, discussed Women’s History Month and had a chance to explore GoogleEarth. All grades have also seen more of a focus on nonfiction, which I include in many of my lessons.  Happy Spring!  Mrs. Patino

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”.)
  • The next SEPAC’s meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2012 with the title “Transition to Adulthood – Turning 14”, 7-9:00 p.m.
  • Parent conferences will be held on April 5-6.  Please note that early release will be at 11:25 each day.  No lunch will be served.
  • 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 5-6, 2012                      Parent Conferences, 11:25 Dismissal each day

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

v  April 13, 2012                       Kindergarten Screening

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

v  May 17, 2012                        Preschool Drumlin Farm Field Trip