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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/3/13

posted Oct 10, 2013, 7:44 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

October 3, 2013                                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal



            Our core values are an important part of each day. Our students know that at Green Meadow School, “We are kind, We are safe, We are learners.”  We encourage everyone to strive to demonstrate and recognize these core values throughout the day.


 On Friday, we will have our first student assembly of this school year during which we will begin our “Paws” Program.   When staff members notice a student demonstrating our core values, they will give the student a paw to be placed on the bulletin board by the office. We may see students being kind to classmates, sharing with others, offering assistance, or welcoming a new friend.  In addition, when students earn a “paw,” they will also receive a note to bring home and share with their families.  Once the bulletin board is filled, we will have a school celebration to mark this special accomplishment.  


We would like to welcome two new staff members to Green Meadow School.  Monica Galdamez joins us as a teaching assistant in the kindergarten Spanish Immersion Class. She has already begun working in the class and becoming familiar with the students and routines. Elizabeth Eagan will be joining us soon as a special educator, focusing primarily on second grade.  She comes to us with a wealth of experience in differentiated instruction and teaching in an inclusion setting. We look forward to the skills and experiences they bring to our school.


Donna Dankner




Mrs. Duddy’s Grade 3 Class

We have had a busy start to the school year!  We have spent a lot of time discussing respect, responsibility and effective effort.  Students have created a set of guidelines which they feel will enable them to become kind, safe, learners.  Getting to know our classmates has been fun!  The acrostic name poems paired with water color self portraits really brighten up our classroom.  Students are excited about and continue to write about small moments during Writer’s Workshop.  The goal for the year is to catch 100 compliments.  As a team, we can achieve anything!


News from Mrs. Monahan’s Kindergarten Class:

We have been working hard in kindergarten. We have been talking about numbers and letters and colors and shapes. We’ve been practicing names and drawing their pictures for Curriculum Night. We had an “apple taste test” to find out who liked which color apple best.


We discussed what living things need and with magnifying glasses, we examined a sunflower.  We talked about making patterns with two and three different colored blocks and we graphed what kind of shoes we were wearing.  We even checked out the inside of an apple to see the “star” inside.


Many thanks for all your assistance.





Special Notes:


Ø      Note from Mrs. Hazel – Physical Education:  We are in full swing this year in PE!  Be sure to send your child with the appropriate footwear on PE days!  Check in to see what we’re up to on my blog:

Ø      Our bicycle safety assembly has been rescheduled.  We will share the new date as soon as it is finalized.

Ø      Come join us on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM at the Green Meadow School for the first PTO meeting of the year.  All are invited to attend and learn about the PTO and how you can get involved!

Ø      Mornings are a busy time at Green Meadow.  Please help us ensure proper supervision of all students during morning arrival by remaining behind the cones once you drop off your child.

Ø      Please have students wear sneakers instead of “flip flops” out to recess to enable them to run and climb safely. 

Ø      The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend an Update on Special Education in Maynard, presented by Jill Greene, Director of Special Education in Maynard. The presentation will take place on October 7, 2013 at The Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm.  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 978-897-2705.  Learn more about The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at




Dates to Remember


Ø      Friday, October 4                     Title 1/ STAR Parent Meeting, 8:45 AM

Ø      Tuesday, October  8                 PTO Meeting, 7 PM

Ø      Friday, October 11                   Early Release, 12:40 Dismissal

Ø      Monday, October 14                No School, Columbus Day

Ø      Friday, October 18                   Preschool Screening

Ø      Wednesday, October 23          Parent Coffee “Friends & Foes 6:30 PM

Ø      Thursday, October 31              Monster March 

Ø      Friday, Novemebr 1                 Monster March Raindate