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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/22/2015

posted Oct 22, 2015, 9:54 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                 MC900229657[1]   

October 22, 2015                                      Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


The Green Meadow Monster March is a very special fall tradition at our school. This year the Monster March is scheduled for Friday, October 30 and will begin 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 have selected this early morning time in order to allow families to attend this event and 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 school day 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 Monday, November 2.  If necessary to reschedule, we expect to inform families of this decision in the next Green Meadow News.


Donna Dankner



Mrs. Coppola’s Science News:

 Students are learning interesting facts about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin through great literature. We read, The Pumpkin Book, by Gail Gibbons. This popular nonfiction book describes planting and harvesting pumpkins. The book displays beautiful illustrations and labels to support the text. We also read our Scholastic News about a Pumpkin’s Life. As part of our subscription to Scholastic News we have additional resources to support our topics. We watched a video about how a pumpkin grows and played a game together which sequenes how a pumpkin grows.


News  from Sra. Gamboni’s Class            

We had a great beginning of school. We are learning everyone’s name during morning meeting and learning new songs every week. In Math we are into Chapter 2 of go Math, comparing numbers and finding which number is equal, greater or smaller. In science we are learning about life cycles and observing the changes of seasons around us and writing about it. We are learning letter names and sounds and learning letter formation during reading and writing. We are learning new vocabulary every day!


Special Note from Kate Markowitz             Wings for Autism event at Logan Airport

Travel is stressful in general, but can be particularly difficult for families who have a child with special needs. This Wings for Autism event allows children and their families to practice the airport boarding process. This event is specifically designed for families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder. During this event, families can practice getting a ticket, going through security, waiting in the terminal, and boarding the airplane.  The date of this event is November 7th at 9:00. It is being held at Logan Airport in Boston at Terminal E. Registration is required and can be done at For more information or to have questions answered contact Jennifer Ryan, Wings for Autism Coordinator at or at (781) 474-9146. This is the 10th year that Wings for Autism has sponsored this event at Logan Airport and many families have enjoyed the experience.



Special Notes:


·         The HS is looking for a choral accompanist for its high school choruses. They meet Monday-Friday, 2:15-3pm during the school year. We perform a wide variety of literature so the person accompanying would need to be comfortable playing classical, renaissance, jazz, spirituals, musicals and pop literature.

The stipend is $3,000 for the year and for someone who would enjoy playing for the students, is a great experience-the students are wonderful!! Please contact Mrs. Blanchard at if you are interested.


·         Help support the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) and enjoy a great meal any Tuesday in October at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. When you tell your server that you are a MEF supporter, Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase* to MEF. *(Offer excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)

Don't miss this opportunity to help raise funds for MEF's grant program!

(Please note you must mention MEF or present a certificate (available at for MEF to receive a donation.)


Dates to Remember


Friday, October 23                   Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal

Thursday, October 29              Preschool Halloween Parade

Friday, October 30                   Monster March, 8:45 AM

Monday, November 2              Monster March Rain Date

Wednesday, November 11      No School – Veterans’ Day