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Green Meadow Newsletter 10/4/2012

posted Oct 5, 2012, 6:39 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                

October 4, 2012                                                Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Christopher Fleming, Assistant Principal


            October brings to mind everything we enjoy about the arrival of fall, the colorful leaves, the beautiful weather, Maynardfest, special school activities, the first publishing parties of the year, and the Green Meadow Monster March.  This week naturalist Erika Whitworth visited second grade classes to begin their study of the vernal pools.  Students look forward to the learning and discovery that is the cornerstone of this special unit. Third grade students are eagerly anticipating their fieldtrip to Plymouth which occurs on October 12. Preschool students visited Honey Pot Orchards to share in the excitement of apple picking.

            Today was picture day at Green Meadow School.  Having pictures taken of all our students is an involved process which requires the support of staff and parents to be completed swiftly and efficiently.  We would like to say a special thank you to the many parent volunteers who assisted the photographers and teachers, helping to make this day such as success.  We would also like to thank the PTO for organizing and scheduling the many volunteers who helped us throughout the day.

This year the Green Meadow Monster March will be held on Friday, October 26 with a rain date of Wednesday, October 31. As in previous years we ask that children come to school in their costumes since we have scheduled the Monster March to begin at 8:45 am. Students will exit the building through the door by the third grade classrooms, continue around the circle, and renter the school by the library. We hope you are available to join us for this special event.



                                                                                    Donna Dankner



Ms. Little’s third grade class has been busy and working hard! 

In Literacy, we are working on becoming fluent and independent readers. We practice listening to reading, reading to someone, and reading to ourselves each day. We have also been visiting our reading buddies in Ms. Burns’ class to practice reading to our first grade friends, as well as listening to them read and checking for comprehension.  Practicing word work is also helping us become better readers, spellers, and writers.


In Writing Workshop, we are writing personal narratives. We are using strategies to help us generate “seed” story ideas, zooming in to focus on details, writing leads that will grab the reader’s attention, and studying mentor texts to learn from published authors. Hopefully, we’ll start drafting our stories in the next week!


In Math, we are studying place value. We are using place value to write numbers in standard, word, and expanded form. We are learning how to compare and order three and four-digit numbers, as well as how to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. Several dice and card games have helped us reinforce our skills.


In Social Studies, we have been learning about the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people of Plymouth. Every week, we receive Time for Kids, a magazine we read to learn about current events. We have also been learning about the fabulous state of Massachusetts and where we live in relation to the rest of our country.  We have asked friends and relatives to send us postcards from where they live or visit.  Our goal is to collect one from each state by the end of the school year. We are off to a great start!


News from Mrs. Krasinski’s Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Krasinski’s class is so excited to start their adventure in Kindergarten at Green Meadow.  We are getting to know one another and becoming acclimated with the school.  We are looking forward to learning our letters and sounds in the upcoming weeks. We started writing workshop. Our stories are becoming very detailed! We are busy learning about Johnny Appleseed and apples last month.  We are learning about fire safety this month. We are working hard on shapes and counting in math.  We are looking forward to a great year!




Special Notes:

  • Please do not bring dogs to school to pick up or drop off students.  There are students who are fearful of dogs as well as those with allergies who are concerned by the dogs on school grounds.  We appreciate your assistance in making arrival and dismissal safe for all.
  • The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you for a presentation on Special Education Basic Rights presented by Clare Vann of the Federation for Children with Special Needs. This event is co-hosted with Acton SEPAC and will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7-9pm at the Acton Jr. High library, 16 Charter Road, Acton, MA. The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under: •Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) •Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Jennifer O’Leary with any questions at or 978-897-2705. 
  • Kick Off PTO Meeting - The Green Meadow PTO will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 9th in the Green Meadow cafeteria.  Please come join us to learn about our 2012/2013 Programs!


Dates to Remember:

v     October 4, 2012                    Picture Day

v     October 5, 2012                    STAR / Title 1 Open House 8:30-9:30

v     October 5, 2012                    Early Release 12:30

v     October 8, 2012                    No School, Columbus Day

v     October 12, 2012                  Grade 3 trip to Plymouth Plantation

v     October 15, 2012                  School Council Meeting, 6:30 PM

v     October 19, 2012                  Early Release 12:30

v     October 26, 2012                  Green Meadow Monster March at 8:45

v     October 26, 2012                  Early Release 12:30