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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/17/13

posted Oct 17, 2013, 9:07 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                    

October 17, 2013                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


What beautiful weather we have enjoyed this month!  Hopefully, this weather will continue for our Monster March. We are eagerly preparing for the Monster March, a special fall tradition at Green Meadow School. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Thursday, October 31  at approximately 8: 45 AM.   Weather permitting, students will walk outside with their classes to the areas where families will be waiting to view the procession. We hope this early morning schedule will allow families to view the procession before beginning the day’s activities.

Please bring students to school at the regular arrival time to allow them to prepare for the march in their classrooms.  Please note that students should arrive at school in their costumes to allow for this early start.    We ask that scary or gruesome costumes as well as masks that depict violence not be brought to school.  Students should leave all weapons, props and extra pieces of their costumes at home as they are easily lost or broken in school. Please be certain that students are able to walk a distance safely in their costumes.


Please review the following additional important information:


  • We will not have an outdoor morning arrival on the day of the Monster March.  Students should follow the indoor arrival procedure on this day only.
  • Parents should wait outside for the parade to begin.  Staff will assist students with their costumes as needed.  Teachers will contact parents in advance if assistance is needed in the classrooms to prepare for or at the conclusion of the March.
  • Students may not wear makeup during this event.
  • The use of masks will be at the teacher discretion. If masks interfere with the students’ ability to see clearly and/or walk safely or if they are not appropriate, students will not be allowed to wear them.
  • Please send students with clothing for the day of school as well as a bag for costumes as they will change following the march to be ready for learning.
  • Students may participate in the procession whether or not they are wearing costumes.
  • Participation in the parade is optional out of respect for differences in comfort levels and religious views.

Students who are not participating will be involved in an optional activity in the library.

  • In the case of inclement weather, the Monster March will be held on Friday, November 1.  If necessary to reschedule, we expect to inform families of this decision in the next Green Meadow News.


The excitement is evident as children and families prepare for this special event.  We enjoy seeing the colorful costumes as well as the excitement of students and families as they march around the school.  The creativity and enthusiasm of all enhances the enjoyment of the day.  We hope you are able to join us for this special event.



Donna Dankner



News from Mrs. Vasta’s Preschool Class:


Today is our 25th day of preschool this year - and we have done so much in that short time! We began the school year familiarizing ourselves with the faces and names of our new friends, brainstorming how we are all alike and different, dictating and illustrating family stories, and learning the rules and daily routines of preschool. Last week Mrs. Dankner and Mrs. Dowst both paid a visit to preschool to talk about all the important things we learn at school and explained what they do in their roles as principal and nurse at Green Meadow as well.

This week we began our unit on "Fall" and are focusing on fall leaves and why they change color and fall off some trees (we have discussed some big vocabulary words like chlorophyll, photosynthesis, and dormant too!). We will continue with our fall theme for the next two weeks as well when we study how apples and pumpkins grow and what they are used for. Our pumpkin study will lead us right up to our Halloween Parade on October 31st.   Before you know it November will be here and it will be time for our Preschool Art Show. It will be an exciting day for families and friends to come and explore the classroom and enjoy the children's artistic creations. As you can see there is a lot to look forward to in preschool this fall!


Special Notes:


Ø      Special Thanks to the PTO for providing us with the funding for the new recess equipment that our students enjoy using each day.

Ø      The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation, Promoting Social Skills in Young Children, presented by Kaitlin Roessle-Meerman, M.A., C.A.S., N.C.S.P., School Psychologist at Maynard Public Schools.  The presentation will take place on November 4, 2013 at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, FROM 7:00 TO 8:45 P.M.   This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-270.  Learn more abut the Maynard Special Educaion Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at  

Ø      Some notes about outdoor time:

o       Please help us ensure proper supervision of all students during morning arrival by remaining behind the cones once you drop off your child.

o       Please drop off your children by the crossing guard and do not drive into the bus area after 8:00 am.

o       The weather is becoming colder.  Please send students with warm clothing for outdoor play.

Ø      Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost in school.

Ø      We are in need of additional staff and substitutes to supervise students during lunch and recess.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.


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

Ø      Monday,  November 4          Promoting Social Skills in Young Children / SEPAC Presentation