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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/18/2012

posted Oct 18, 2012, 8:47 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

October 18, 2012                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


 What beautiful weather we have enjoyed the past few days!  Even the few showers and the cooler temperatures haven’t prevented us from enjoying outdoor recess and the beautiful colors of the fall season. Hopefully, this weather will continue for our Monster March on Friday.

We are eagerly preparing for the Monster March, a special fall tradition at Green Meadow School. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Friday, October 26 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 Wednesday, October 31.  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. Viros’ PreK Class

This week, we have begun a three-week discussion about the signs of fall, which includes learning about leaves, squirrels and acorns, and pumpkins.   On Monday, the children went on a nature walk in front of the school and collected leaves, acorns, pinecones, and small sticks.  The wind was blowing, the air was crisp, and leaves were falling down.  Children noticed that some leaves were wet.  They concluded that the colder weather, the wind, and the rain made the leaves fall off the trees.  We discussed how the trees would soon become dormant and would not have enough food for their leaves.  Children were encouraged to use words such as food/nutrition, cold, wind, and blow(ing).

Here is a poem that we learned:


Five Little LeavesSo bright and gay

Were dancing about a tree one day.                                     

The wind came blowingThrough the town

And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Four little leaves (repeat all the way down to zero)…


Holly Class Happenings:

(Written with help from Holly class students) 


Fall FUN in First Grade makes us very busy and very HAPPY!  

  • We will SOON be celebrating our first Writing Pieces with a class Publishing/Authors’ share Party.
  • We are learning to read, write, and spell some “snap” words and some “trick words. 
  • We are Reading to Ourselves, Reading with Partners, Listening to Reading, and enjoying all kinds of “Just Right” books during Readers’ Workshop!
  • We have fun writing and playing math games with our Second Grade Big buddies in Miss S’s class .
  • We have fun reading books and playing math games with our Third Grade Big buddies from                    Mr. Mehigan’s class.
  • We are building Mr. Potato Head by earning class compliments and when he is built (we are one arm away!) we will earn a special class treat!
  • We have been using our Smart Board to do attendance and we even learned how to use it for Education City- math and language arts skills practice fun!
  • We are working in Math with the numbers from 0-20, counting, adding, ordering, and playing dice games.

‘Thank you” to the parents who volunteer their time to help us read and a thank you to parents who send in extra snacks and glue sticks.


Special Note:

  • We are in need of someone to organize the Trick or Treat for Unicef Prrogram during the coming week.  Please let us know if you are interested and available.

Dates to Remember:

v     October 19, 2012                  Early Release 12:30

v     October 26, 2012                  Green Meadow Monster March at 8:45

v     October 26, 2012                  Early Release 12:30

v     October 30, 2012                  Preschool Halloween Parade

v     October 31, 2012                  Rain date for the Monster March