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February 7, 2011

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:05 PM by   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 5:10 AM by ]

What an amazing winter we are experiencing! Our students are definitely enjoying it.  They are becoming very adept at climbing on the mounds of snow that cover the playground.   Playing in the ever present snow covering brings added excitement to outdoor recess.


I hope you have an opportunity to school to see all the exciting changes that are occurring throughout the school. 


Donna Dankner and Don Holm


Highlights from the Classroom:


News from Mrs. McPhail’s Kindergarten Class:

Greetings, again, from the Smiley Face Kindergarten Classroom!  It's hard to believe we're halfway through the school year already!  We have begun a new style of Curriculum Centers which gives us more choices and more independence...we seem to love it!  We spent some time this month learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his "dream".  We are exploring the 5 Senses in science.  We are investigating Measurement (length, capacity, weight) in math.  In language arts we continue to work on Sequencing, Setting, and Plot.  Our list of "high frequency words" keeps growing and we are exploding with new reading skills every day!  We are excited to begin our turn for Health with Mrs. Demars on Thursdays.  We are also getting our turn to lead the school in the morning Pledge of Allegiance this week.  We certainly have a LOT to smile about! ~Mrs. McPhail


News from Mrs. Weksner’s Grade 2 Class:

We’re coming to the end of January. Can you believe it? Our class continues to work hard. Students are studying about TIME in Math.  Each student uses an individual clock every day to practice time to

the hour, half-hour, and quarter hour. The students enjoy having the clocks on their desks during this study.


We’ve just begun using the second anthology in Reading. Students are now reading more non-fiction types of stories. Writing activities that relate to the stories are daily assignments.


In Social Studies we are studying the CONTINENTS. Students use atlases and work on mapping skills. It’s exciting to read and compare the seven continents. Students list important facts about each continent in their writing journals.


Last week we worked with a paleontologist (Greg Wenzel) to learn more about dinosaurs and fossils. Everyone enjoyed learning how to draw a realistic dinosaur. (Thanks PTO Enrichment for this inspiring class.)  As you can see, we never have a dull moment in second grade.


Special Notes:

·      Every year the PTO puts together a 3rd grade DVD to commemorate their years at Green Meadow School.  We need YOUR help to ensure that EVERY student is included!  We are looking for pictures from 3rd grade activities of course, but also your children 'though the years' first days, holidays, sporting events, boy/girl scouts, and birthday parties.  Please send pictures to Steve Synan at or put them on a CD (not a DVD) and get them to Steve or the PTO.  Thanks so much for your help!

·      The Auction is coming!!  The Auction is coming!!!  As you know, the Auction pays for the majority of the PTO programs for the following year.  Do your children love the Enrichment programs that come into the school?  Do you appreciate upgrades in technology and curriculum based supplies that the PTO is able to supply?  Do you like special programs like Read Across America and the Kindergarten Literacy program?  These are all programs funded by the PTO and largely by the Auction.  If we don't have donors and volunteers, the auction won't be successful.  And we need your help to make it happen! We still have several classrooms that don't have volunteers to help the children make their classroom projects.  You don't need any serious artistic abilities to make a great project with the kids (we promise!).  We provide all the supplies, you provide the inspiration and fun with the kids.  If you can help, please contact Denise Donovan at  We also wanted to remind you to consider making a family donation to the auction.  Do you have a skill such as photography or bartending?  Donate a class!  Are you in the trades?  Donate two hours of service.  How about gift certificates to a local restaurant?  Still not sure what to donate?  We have pre-made donation baskets available where all you have to do is send us a check and indicate which basket you want to purchase.  There are baskets available in a wide variety of prices so you can donate on your own or go in with your neighborhood or book club.  A copy of this form can be downloaded at  Please contact Michelle Grace at with questions.  Finally, we need volunteers to help before, during, and after the event.  Want to learn more about how you can help?  Join us at our January Auction meeting on Monday, January 31st at 7:30 PM at Laura Howrey's home.  Please contact Laura Howrey at if you can attend the meeting or would like to find out more about what you can do to help.

·      The GMPTO has a new and improved website at!  Many thanks to preschool parent Marlys Furze for her hardwork to get us up and running.  Keep checking back with us for more new and exciting information!!!