Green Meadow News
October 29, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Today the third grade students explored American history through a field trip to Plymouth. They spent time visiting Plimouth Plantation, exploring the buildings and speaking with the members of this community. They visited the Mayflower, and saw the tight quarters shared by the pilgrims during their long voyage across the ocean. The students thoroughly enjoyed this authentic opportunity to learn more about colonial America.
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. Staff will contact parents in advance if they will need assistance 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.
Green Meadow School Council
The strength of a school community comes from the contributions of its staff, students, and families. The Education Reform Act recognized the importance of these contributions with the establishment of School Councils. The charge of the School Council is to discuss initiatives and procedures that support education. Ideas generated through these discussions form the basis of a School Improvement Plan which identifies school-wide goals that support and enhance the instructional excellence that is characteristic of Green Meadow School.
Green Meadow School is very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated School Council comprised of staff members, community members, and parents. Membership on the School Council rotates to offer ongoing opportunities for families and staff members to participate in the process. Parent representatives provide valuable information and perspectives to all discussions and develop the school improvement plan. The first meeting of the school year will be held on Monday, November 2 at 6:30 PM. This year we are seeking additional parent representatives for the School Council who would be interested in participating and would be available to attend regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. Please consider this opportunity and contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a member of the 2015-2016 Green Meadow School Council.
News from Mrs. Adamson’s Class:
We continue to focus on our core values: kind, safe, learners. We learned the I Pick Rap which helps us choose “just right” books for our book boxes. We have almost reached our goal of Reading to Self for 20 minutes. In math, we are working on addition and subtraction strategies. We are excited to continue learning together!
News from Mrs. Smart’s Class
One of the first things we did as kindergarteners in September (summer) was to adopt a tree outside our classroom. We became scientists and observed the tree’s leaves, trunk and bugs. We drew pictures of the tree in the summer and recorded what it looked like in our Science Journals. The other day we visited our tree again and observed how it has changed since that summer day. We talked about the color of the leaves and the fact that there were less leaves. We noticed that the trunk did not change much. We recorded our observation in our Science Journal. We will observe the tree many times this year.
In addition to observing our tree, we have been busy learning our friends’ names, how to sit on the rug, walk in the hall, and play with our friends. We have also been learning letters and numbers. Life is busy in kindergarten.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.maynardeducation.org) for MEF to receive a donation.)
Dates to Remember
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
Friday, November 20 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal