Green Meadow News
October 10, 2013 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Picture Day is always an exciting time at Green Meadow School. Students posed with pride for their annual photographs. Managing all of logistics of this day is always a challenge. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who spend the day helping the photographers and assisting students and teachers in this process.
Our core values were the focus of our first school assembly. Students had the opportunity to share ways in which they are kind, safe, and focused on learning. Students were excited that they would continue to earn “Paws” when they are noticed displaying our core values. A highlight of our assembly was the appearance of the Maynard Tiger who helped us share our core values. “We are kind. We are safe. We are learners.” Throughout the year we will continue to have assemblies, class discussions, and special activities to continue to reinforce the importance of these values.
Safety will continue to be our focus as we participate in fire safety assemblies next week. Members of the Maynard Fire Department will come to school to help students understand the importance of fire safety and being careful. We appreciate that the firefighters come to school to share this important information with us.
Save the date: Our annual Monster March will be held on Thursday, October 31 with a rain date of Friday, November 1. Additional details will be provided in future editions of the Green Meadow News.
News from the library:
The school year is off to a great start! Through stories and discussions, kindergarten students have been introduced to library rules and procedures, such as how to use a shelf marker, how to check out a book, and how to be good listeners when others are speaking. Students keep their library books in their classrooms for now. Little Bear, the library puppet, has been helping me learn names! First grade students made their own safety stars after listening to Officer Buckle and Gloria, learned some interesting facts about lions, and found out what traditions children in other countries have when they lose a tooth. Second grade students heard one of their favorite stories, Strega Nona, wrote their own stories on mouse-sized books after listening to The Library Mouse, and have had a review of the Reading Counts program. Third grade students have been introduced to our new online catalog system, have learned how to sign onto their own computer accounts, and how to create a Word document that they may add to and save.
I want to thank the many parents who attended the book fair during Curriculum Night. Because of your generosity, I was able to purchase 61 new books for the library! Mrs. Patino
News from Miss Little’s Grade One Class:
Ms. Little’s first grade class has been busy and working hard! In Literacy, we are becoming fluent and independent readers. We are practicing building our reading stamina by reading the words or the pictures of just right books. Proper letter formation of lowercase letters and connecting sounds to letters is our focus in Fundations. In Writing Workshop, we are working on telling stories from
our lives on paper with words, illustrations, and labels for our pictures. In Math, we are practicing number writing, counting, and figuring out what comes next or before a given number. Dice games, card games, and activities using manipulatives have helped us reinforce our skills. In Science, we’re learning about the importance of nutrition, eating healthy foods, and exercising. We are off to a great start!
Ø Note from Mrs. Hazel – Physical Education: We are in full swing this year in PE! Be sure to send your child with the appropriate footwear on PE days! Check in to see what we’re up to on my blog: greenmeadowpe.blogspot.com. .
Ø Mornings are a busy time at Green Meadow. Please help us ensure proper supervision of all students during morning arrival by remaining behind the cones once you drop off your child.
Ø Please have students wear sneakers instead of “flip flops” out to recess to enable them to run and climb safely.
Ø Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost in school.
Dates to Remember
Ø Friday, October 11 Early Release, 12:40 Dismissal
Ø Monday, October 14 No School, Columbus Day
Ø Friday, October 18 Preschool Screening
Ø Friday, October 18 Grade 3 Fieldtrip to Plimouth Plantation
Ø Wednesday, October 23 Parent Coffee “Friends & Foes 6:30 PM
Ø Thursday, October 31 Monster March
Ø Friday, November 1 Monster March Raindate