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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/27/2016

posted Oct 27, 2016, 6:53 AM by Joanne Lochiatto   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 6:54 AM ]

Green Meadow News                             

October 27, 2016                                     Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


Maynard Schools Book Discussion: Mindset:  Smart Is Not Something You Are, But Something You Become.

 Supporting student learning is the focus of every school.  Learning occurs throughout the day in the classroom and on the playground.  We learn through collaboration, study, inquiry, and experience.   A range of academic and social emotional learning experiences support each individual’s ability to enhance and increase content knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and creativity.

Our mindset is such an important factor in the success of each learning experience.  Do we approach everything with a fixed mindset, believing that not everything is on our grasp or do we see everything through a growth mindset, believing that although through effort we can accomplish our goals.  As a district we are embracing and emphasizing Growth Mindset to our students.  We continuously remind them that they are always growing as learners and that with time, effort, and practice they will achieve.  The key message is that when there is something they don’t know, they have not learned it YET.  We build students’ self esteem with a belief in themselves and their abilities along with the support to help each individual learn and progress.   As I visit classrooms, I hear teachers consistently emphasizing the word yet and building students’ self confidence.  

This evening will provide us all with an opportunity to explore the concept of a growth mindset through an informative discussion based on the book Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Even if you have not had the opportunity to read the book, you will find this discussion interesting and informative.  Please join us this evening Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Fowler School for this discussion.


Green Meadow Monster March

Everyone is eagerly looking forward to the Monster March.  Unfortunately the forecast for Friday morning indicates that the weather may be unsettled, cool, and windy.   Given that the rain is expected to go through the night, we will postphone the Monster March until Monday, October 31 at 8:45 which offers a much more promising forecast.   Please note that students should arrive at school in their costumes to allow for this early start. Students may participate in the procession whether or not they are wearing costumes.  As always, participation in the parade is optional out of respect for differences in comfort levels and religious views.

 We ask that families wait outside for the March to begin after dropping students off at school.  The procession will begin at 8:45 as students  come out the door where the walkers are dismissed, continue on the path by the kindergarten classes, and go around the circle in the front of the building. Students will reenter the building by the library doors where they will have an opportunity to view each other’s costumes before returning to their classrooms.  Teachers have contacted parents in advance to arrange for any assistance that may be needed with costumes when students will return to class.

A few additional reminders as we prepare for tomorrow’s Monster March:

·         Scary or gruesome costumes as well as masks that depict violence may 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.

  • Students may not wear makeup or face paint 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.


                 Donna Dankner

  Hello from Mrs. Jones’ second grade class!

We have been working hard in grade 2.  In math we have been working with place value and practicing our math vocabulary.  We are being flexible with the different ways we can group numbers without changing the value.  In reading we have been enjoying looking closely at story elements such as character traits, sequencing, predicting and setting.  We are very excited about Halloween and the Monster March!

 News from Mrs. Lawton’s Class:

First grade has been very busy this month learning about the lifecycle of a pumpkin.  Did you know that a medium sized pumpkin could have over 500 seeds in it?  We carved our pumpkin and predicted how many seeds were in it.  To our surprise we spent a good portion of our math block sorting and counting as well as writing by 10’s to 500. This month we also learned a lot from our firefighters who made a special visit to teach us about fire safety.  We hope everyone has an evacuation plan in place in case your smoke detector goes out.  We are looking forward to the Green Meadow Monster March this Friday, weather permitting of course.  I hope everyone has a great Halloween and remainder of the fall season.

Take Care, Mrs. Lawton

 Special Notes:

·         Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average
Joe's in Acton any Tuesday in November
 Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November. Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  Thank you for your support!

·         Join us for our GM PTO Vendor & Craft Night on November 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!  A variety of home based businesses and crafters will be there - plus a raffle table and bake sale. Shop local and support the GM PTO!  Are you a vendor interested in reserving a table? Please contact for more information.

·         News from Maynard SEPAC: there will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day), but please save the date on your calendars now: The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.

Dates to Remember      

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

Monday, October 31                          Monster March, 8:45 AM

Thursday, November 3                     Vendor & Craft 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

November 23,24,25                            No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1                      Picture Retake Day