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February 17, 2011

posted Feb 17, 2011, 1:17 PM by mstevens@maynard.k12.ma.us   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 5:06 AM by pbator@maynard.k12.ma.us ]
This week we celebrated the 100th day of school!  Classrooms displayed varied 100 collections consisting of pennies, toothpicks, sea shells, rocks, marbles, magnetic letters, and other interesting items.  Students created beautiful 100th day crowns as well as colorful glasses with 100 stickers.  Classes took this opportunity to celebrate the teachable moment by engaging in 100th day math lessons that involved such activities as bundling 100 pieces of yarn in groups of 10 or creating a class trail mix by combing 100 pieces of each ingredient that arrived in bundles of 10.

We are truly excited to highlight the 100 days of learning that have occurred this year. This 100th day also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the experiences and initiatives of the school year.  We would truly appreciate your thoughts and perspectives as well as your ideas for the future.  Please join us on Wednesday, March 16th, from 8:45-9:30 for our first Coffee and Conversation for parents to share your reflections of this first 100 days of school.

 March 2 will be Read Across America Day at Green Meadow School.  We will celebrate this occasion with visits from guest readers and a special assembly. It is wonderful for us to take this opportunity as a school community to highlight the importance of reading.

We hope you have had an opportunity to see the beautifully painted hallway. On Saturday, March 12, we hope to complete this project with a second parent painting day.  The hall by the cafeteria and music room will receive a new coat of paint while colorful dots will be added for a unique design. We hope you are able to share your talents and join us for this special day.

Donna Dankner and Don Holm

 

Highlights from the Classroom:

 

News from Mrs. McNamara’s Second Grade Class:

For the past two weeks all the second grade classes have been busy collecting items for the Maynard Food Pantry. This activity is a community service project that helps our students learns the importance of helping others.  It also is a hands-on way to teach the concept of one hundred.  Each day we tallied the items donated by our class.  We made predictions about how many total items were collected by the entire second grade.  Finally, we counted all the items.  The second graders collected over 270 items.  Thank you to the second graders and their families for their generous support of this project.

On Monday, we celebrated the 100th day of school.  We enjoyed participating in many special activities.  In math we estimated how many times we would have to roll a die to get to 100. We also wrote about what we would do with one hundred dollars.  We read the story One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes.  This story taught us about dividing 100 by 2, 4, 5, 10, and 50.

February has been a very busy month in second grade.

 

ART Update from Ms. Santillo:

The children and I are very excited about all the new projects going up on the website. All work is organized by year of graduation from Maynard High. Kindergartens, class of 2023, posted two new movies on maynardschools.org, “Castle March”, parts one and two. They are currently exploring the sun through scientific photographs and artists’ interpretations from around the world. Warm colors, radial weaving, and Picturing Writing are all part of their study.

Grade One has two new productions. “Blue Dog Learns Spanish,” in the Flashcards section, challenges the whole family to say the Spanish word before Blue Dog barks. (Blue Dog has been silent in our other two productions, but he has found his voice.) Blue-Footed Booby Dance, also by grade one and inspired by Mrs. Mully’s trip to the Galapagos Islands, is in the movie section. Being good Maynard Tigers, first-graders also looked at the plight of the tiger in the wild. If unprotected, scientists predict that in twelve years there will be none left. The students used posters and puppets to get the message out to their public. A study of the life and art of Pop artist, Andy Warhol included printmaking, drawing cylinders, and the best part, founding their own soup company and making up soups and ingredients.

Grade Two has not been sleeping on the job. Hard at work preparing for their May exhibit at ART space, Nature Around the World, (date TBA), they have tooled metal and learned texturing techniques with watercolors. Look in the photo section, class of 2021, for updates.

Also in the movie section, you will find Grade Three’s production, “Feet”. In the photo section, you will see examples of their mosaic masks and accordion books. Their first books are visual memoirs of what they did in the December 26th blizzard, while the second book covers 18,000 years of climate change in the area that is now Boston, including their own prediction of the future. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.

Special Notes:

The Maynard Police Department has advised us to communicate the following: parking in Crowe Park is restricted to the designated parking spaces. Vehicles need to be parked in only the painted white line spaces. Vehicles parked in non designated spaces may be subject to a violation. We know this puts a burden on parents during arrival and pickup, but safety is important for everyone.  Parents involved in pickup are advised to use the Fowler Parking areas if necessary. In time the snow piles will be gone and the parking challenges will be history.

Parents of children in grades 1 -3 are advised that afterschool pickups will return to the door at of the end of the kindergarten wing starting on Monday, February 28th.

 

Dates to Remember:

v     February 19-24                                             February vacation

v     March 2 & 3                                                   Vernal Pool – Archaeology Classes for Grade 2

v     Wednesday, March 2                                   Read Across America Day

v     Wednesday, March 2                                   STAR/EXCEL Family Writing Party 6-8:00 P.M.

v     Thursday, March 10                                      Hoop-A-Thon 6:30 P.M.

v     Saturday, March 12                                      Painting Party from 9:00-2:00

v     Wednesday, March 16                                 Principal’s Coffee and Conversation, 8:45-9:30

v     March 22                                                        Afro Brazilian Ensemble (All School Assembly)