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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/31/13

posted Oct 31, 2013, 6:52 AM by Joanne Lochiatto   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 6:53 AM ]

Green Meadow News                    

October 31, 2013                                              Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal



            This morning we enjoyed another fun-filled Monster March.  The parade of colorful costumes and the excitement shared by staff, students, and families make this traditional event a highlight of each year. We were delighted that so many family members were able to join us for this special event.

A school community is enriched by the many contributions of the staff, students, and families.  The Education Reform Act recognized the importance of these contributions by establishing a School Council in each school community.  The charge of the School Council is to discuss initiatives and procedures that enhance the school and support the education of all students.  Ideas generated through these discussions form the basis of a comprehensive 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.  Becoming a member of our School Council offers ongoing opportunities for families and staff members to collaborate and share ideas that help our school continue to flourish.  Parent representatives provide valuable information and perspectives to all discussions. 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 monthly meetings throughout the year. We hope you will consider participating in this important venture. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a member.

                                                Donna Dankner


News from Mrs. Lawton’s First Grade

We have had a very busy month in first grade! We are continuing our work on short vowels, consonant digraphs and have learned many new trick words in our phonics program. We are continuing to work on number sense, addition and now subtraction.  We have been working on some activities around Fall, Columbus Day and Halloween. We are excited for the ever famous monster march and to go trick or treating!  We hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween.  We will continue our units of study and look forward to the upcoming month and learning more about Thanksgiving and Veterans Day.


From the Art Room and Ms. Santillo


Through art, science, fable and myth, kindergarteners have been studying the sun. I hope your children have used their art to retell the story of the sun and the wind’s argument about who was the most powerful, or about the time Sun took away music and color and kept them prisoners. Earth was a sad place back then.


First-graders have used paint and fabric to create summer trees, apple trees, autumn trees, tree houses, and still to come, winter trees and evergreen trees. A few parents told me, “I never knew how to draw trees, but my first-grader taught me.”


Our ARTspace exhibit in May will be a second-grade circus of art. We are finishing a stick puppet made of dowels, fabric, styrofoam, yarn, and lots and lots of glue. I am requesting that all second-graders bring in a xerox of a photo of their face for a future project. I will do the xeroxing if you want to send in a photo.


Third-graders are completing a very personal mask based on the meaning of their names, their birth month, the day of the week they were born, their Chinese zodiac animal, and the symbolism of their favorite colors. Masks are cut and constructed of cardboard and students are mixing their own paint colors. 


Send an e-mail to if you would like a list of recycling materials we are saving for art this year or a list of holiday gift suggestions for young artists. And, as always, thank you for your support of the arts for our children.


News from Sra. Gamboni’s Kindergarten Class:

What a great otoño!! Make room for the apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and cornucopias the children will be bringing home at the end of the month. We are counting our way to twenty, looking at shapes and graphs during Math time. After studying the vowels we are forming syllables and this week we are working in all words that start with p sound. The children are taking more and more books home to re-read after reading them in the classroom every morning during Literacy Block. This fall we looked at the life cycle of the apple and pumpkin, we have been reading about hibernation and the animals that will soon go to sleep all winter!


 Special Notes:


Ø      The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC invites you to attend a presentation, Promoting Social Skills in Young Children, presented by Kaitlin Roessle-Meerman, M.A., C.A.S., N.C.S.P., School Psychologist at Maynard Public Schools.  The presentation will take place on November 4, 2013 at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, FROM 7:00 TO 8:45 P.M.   This event is free and open to the public and we encourage both parents and educators to attend.  Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-270.  Learn more abut the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at  

Ø      Some notes about outdoor time:

o       Please help us ensure proper supervision of all students during morning arrival by remaining behind the cones once you drop off your child.

o       Please drop off your children by the crossing guard and do not drive into the bus area after 8:00 am.

o       The weather is becoming colder.  Please send students with warm clothing for outdoor play.

Ø      Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost in school.

Ø      We are in need of additional staff and substitutes to supervise students during lunch and recess.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.


Dates to Remember

Ø      Friday, November 1                          Early Release, 12:40 dismissal

Ø      Monday,  November 11                     No School, Veteran’s Day

Ø      Monday, November 25                      Preschool Art Show

Ø      Wednesday, November 27                Early Release, 11:35 dismissal     

          Ø   November 28 & 29                     No School, Thanksgiving Break