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Green Meadow Newsletter 1-31-2013

posted Jan 31, 2013, 8:34 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

January 31, 2013                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


Our core values remind us that at Green Meadow School We are kind, We are safe, We are learners’. Although, each school day is guided by these important core values, this past month has caused us to focus our attention on safety.  It has always been our procedure to have visitors be buzzed in after being viewed from inside.  Visitors must sign in and state their purpose before entering the building. CORI forms are required of all volunteers, in the classroom, on fieldtrips, and when volunteering in the school.

 As a school community, we must continue ongoing reviews of our procedures to continually enhance safety.  Families have shared suggestions and ideas in addition to identifying areas of focus. The staff has met with Officer Duggan and Mrs. Dowst, our school nurse, to review and critically look at all procedures including lockdowns, evacuations, and medical emergencies.  We have established a staff safety committee to develop proactive steps to strengthen current procedures based on the feedback from staff and families.  

As we develop new security measures we will begin implementing them, keeping families informed along the way.  Beginning today, all doors to the building will remain locked while the school office is open, allowing us to provide extra security both during the school day as well as for the students attending the before and after school Excel Programs.  Preschool families will meet their children outside where the teachers will be certain to connect children with their parents.  While the school office is open, all families and visitors coming to the building directly after school will need to be buzzed in the same manner while school is in session. We continue to explore new ways to monitor access to the school building throughout the day as well as while the Excel program is in session.

            The world we live in continuously changes.  Some changes such as new technology and enhanced communication enrich our lives.  Some changes such as the need to increase our focus on security and monitor access to our building are necessary but are sometimes difficult to understand.  It is very important to us that families always feel welcome in school as active participants in education, as volunteers, and to attend special events.  Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas as we work together to enhance our school community.            

                                                                                                Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Kindergarten Class:

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is very busy!  We are about to publish our third piece of writing in writing workshop!  We are learning all about numbers, counting and shapes in math! We are in the middle of a science unit on earth and our solar system.  Groundhog Day is this Saturday- we can not wait!  We are all hoping he will not see his shadow and stay out to play, bringing Spring with him!  We are very excited to be celebrating our 100th day next week and Valentine’s Day!


Ms. Little’s third grade class has had a successful start to 2013!


In Literacy, we are working on becoming fluent and independent readers. We practice listening to reading, reading to someone, and reading to ourselves each day. We have also been visiting our reading buddies in Ms. Burns’ class to practice reading to our first grade friends, as well as listening to them read and checking for comprehension.  Practicing word work is also helping us become better readers, spellers, and writers.


In Writing Workshop, we are writing some very creative realistic fiction stories! We used strategies to help us generate story ideas, developed believable characters, created dramatic story mountains, wrote leads and endings that grab the reader’s attention, and studied mentor texts to learn from published authors. Right now, we are peer editing with our writing partners, and will be writing our final copies next!


In Math, we are studying subtraction. We are using what we know about place value to subtract two and three digit numbers both on paper and using mental math. Regrouping, or “trading” was tricky for many of us at first, but we have learned several dice and card games to help us practice and reinforce our skills.


In Science, we just finished our unit on Matter. Our class paired up with Mrs. Messina’s third grade class to help us explore the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We also conducted experiments to learn more about properties of matter, different types of physical and chemical changes in matter, mass, volume, and density. This week, we will be diving into our study of the Water Cycle!


Special Notes:

  • 11th  ANNUAL TASTE OF MAYNARD The Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) is excited to sponsor its 11th Annual Taste of Maynard on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4 PM to 7 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks. Restaurants will be serving appetizer, entree and dessert delicacies from 4-6 PM; entertainment will continue until 7 PM.   Every year, this is a  “not to be missed” event, with the general public being encouraged to come and enjoy exceptional samples of food specialties from local food establishments in the Maynard, Acton, Stow, Concord, Hudson and Marlboro area. There will be a cash bar, entertainment by the local sensation "Shoot the Cat" and raffle/silent auction prizes.  Tickets are available in advance for $30/adult, $5/child 5 and under, $10 ages 6-12 by calling Jim McCann (978) 897.3148, Trish Signet (978) 835.7379, Mary Brannelly (978) 764.5279 or at Middlesex Savings Bank, 17 Nason Street, Maynard or by visiting any of the three Maynard public school offices.  Tickets may also be purchased by going to MEF’s website  Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for $35/each.   The Maynard Education Foundation’s mission is to financially support innovation in teaching for Maynard educators through grants for teaching professionals.    Visit our website at
  • SEPAC Presentation Monday 2/4/2013: “Public Benefits: Mass Health, CommonHealth and other potential assistance for families” will be presented by Gail Havelick from the Department of Public Health on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary, or feel free to contact her with any questions at or 978-897-2705.
  • Save the Date for Green Meadow Spring Auction and Social 2013: Please come join us on the evening of April 27th, 2013 at the Maynard Elks for our Annual Spring Auction and Social.  This event is a fun way to raise money for programs and supplies for our school and enjoy some time together as a Green Meadow community.  More details to follow but please put it in your calendars!


Dates to Remember:

v     February 1, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     February 4, 2013                  SEPAC Presentation

v     February 8, 2013                  Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal

v     February 18-22, 2013          Winter Break

v     March 7, 2013                       Grade 2 Hoops a Thon (Snow date March 14)

v     March 21, 2013                     Books and Bingo (Snow Date March 28)