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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/20/2016

posted Oct 21, 2016, 9:44 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                         MC900229657[1]   

October 20, 2016                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


          Last Saturday a dedicated and enthusiastic group of Green Meadow families and community members spent a beautiful afternoon sprucing up the courtyard.  Adults and children alike arrived with their rakes and garden tools ready to rake, weed, and plant to make our courtyard a beautiful place for all.  It was wonderful to see our current and former students so actively engaged in this project.  Also a dedicated Daisy Troop took this opportunity to engage in community service and help us beautify our garden.  It was amazing to see the difference such a committed group of volunteers could make in a few hours.  We want to thank everyone for their efforts and contributions.

          Fire Prevention week gave our students an opportunity to learn strategies to keep safe in an emergency.  They learned the importance of remaining calm, following the plan, and having a meeting spot in the event of an emergency.  Following the presentation for our kindergarten students, the firefighters visited their classrooms wearing the equipment firefighters would be using during an actual emergency.  This was an effective way to introduce students to this equipment so they would not be scared and would know how to respond if needed.  Special thanks to the members of the Maynard Fire Department for this important and informative presentation.

          On Tuesday, October 18, we held our first Parent Coffee of the year.  Carol Gahan, Director of Student Services, and Jennifer Gaudet, Assistant Superintendent, shared information about the educational initiatives within the Maynard Public Schools.  This interactive discussion enabled families to ask questions, share ideas, and offer suggestions.  We look forward to our next parent coffee on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:45.  Our Math Coach, Terri Morrison, will share information about math instruction and offer resources for families to use at home to support student learning.

                                                                                             Donna Dankner

 News from Mrs. Smart’s Kindergarten:

It is hard to believe October is almost over. We have settled into a routine. We started writer’s workshop. Writer’s workshop is a time in our day that we all sit and write a story. Our stories need to be about a small moment. That means, we write about something that happened to us and we focus on only a small part rather than the whole story.

We also started the Daily Five. This is a time in our day that we break up into small clusters according to our individual academic needs. We rotate through listening, writing, read to self, and word work. During this time, Miss Tricia and I teach small groups. Our brains and bodies have grown since the first day of school in September.


Ahoy from Mrs. McPhail's third grade!  We are building our CAFE literacy skills with Daily 5.  We finished the math unit on adding/subtracting within 1,000 and have begun the unit on representing and interpreting data.  We are learning about the Pilgrims/early Massachusetts history and are looking forward to our trip to Plimoth Plantation next month!


 News From Music:

Hello!  My name is Christine Wysokowski and I am very excited to be the new music teacher at Green Meadow School! I have only been here a few weeks, but can already tell that Green Meadow is a special place.  I have really enjoyed meeting all of your children!


One of the ways I like to share some of the music and communicate with families is through ASK ME sheets.  I will be sending these out to families periodically throughout the year via email.  They will include the name of a song or activity students have learned with the corresponding lyrics or instructions.  You should expect to receive the first one before the end of October.  Please look for these and ask students to share them with you!


Special Notes:


·         Join us for our 1st Annual Vendor Night on November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

·         Thank you to those who returned their PTO Parent Volunteer Forms. If you have not done so yet but still are interested in helping out with school activities sponsored by the PTO this year, please return the orange form in an envelope marked "GMPTO".  We appreciate your help!

·         Our first BoxTops collection is on Friday, October 21.  Please turn in your BoxTops at Green Meadow (a box is outside of the office) or at one of the many convenient drop off locations around town.  Every clip counts and is worth 10 cents for our school!

·        An email was sent to all families with a link to a survey of communication practices and needs in the Maynard Public Schools. Please take a moment to complete this survey. A committee is forming this fall to propose suggestions for a communication plan with the goal of improving family and school partnerships. Your input is valued and will be used to help guide those conversations. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Jean LaBelle-Pierce at Maynard High School:

·        Hockey Night at UMass Lowell is on November 5 at 7:00.  Join families from GM and Fowler for a fun night out watching the UMass Lowell Riverhawks play UVM at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.  Ticket order forms went out in backpacks last Thursday and are due Oct 18. Contact  with any questions.


Dates to Remember      

Thursday, October 27                        Preschool Halloween Parade 9:00 AM

Friday, October 28                              Monster March 8:45 AM

Friday, October 28th                            Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Monday, October 31                          Monster March Rain Date

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor Night GM Cafeteria 6:30-8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 8                       No School, Professional Development Day for Staff

Friday, November 11                         No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15                     Parent Coffee 8:45 AM