Green Meadow News
October 8, 2015 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
During this fire prevention week, our students learned about safety from Captain Sean Kiley of the Maynard Fire Department. He spoke to the students about knowing the difference between tools that adults use and toys that are safe for children. He emphasized the importance of staying away from items such as lighted candles which can cause fires. He also spoke to the students about family and school fire drills to help them be prepared in the event of an emergency. The students eagerly participated in the presentation and enhanced their understanding of fire safety.
Tomorrow is the first early release day of the school year. Dismissal for students will be at 11:45, prior to lunch. Please make certain your child’s teacher is informed of dismissal arrangements for an early release day.
Early release days give the staff the opportunity to collaborate and spend time in meaningful professional development that supports classroom instruction. Just as our classroom instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of the learners in our classes, our professional development is differentiated to meet the needs of our staff. Tomorrow our literacy coach will be working with grade level team and special educators on specific programs to address phonics and word study. Our math coach will be working closely with grade level teams and special educators, using our math resource, Go Math. Specialists will be involved in collaborating and curriculum planning with their colleagues throughout the district. Throughout the year, our early release will provide us the opportunity to collaborate with the Massachusetts Audubon Society as we focus on curriculum development and inquiry based learning incorporating our natural environment into our instruction. We will also continue collaborations and instructional planning with our instructional coaches. We truly appreciate the support of the community and the district in providing us with these professional development opportunities.
Please join us next Wednesday, October 14 at 8:45 for our first parent coffee of the school year. We will be joined by our new curriculum director, Jennifer Gaudet who will lead our discussion and answer questions. This parent coffee is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our district curriculum. We look forward to seeing you there.
News From Mrs. Mooradian’s Class
Preschool students have been very busy settling into school, learning about our routines and schedules, making new friends and reuniting with former friends. We have begun our second theme “Trees” which correlates with our new introduction of ‘science day’ on Thursday of each week. Thus far we have adopted a tree in our courtyard, recorded tree parts in science journals and this week we are sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves for journal entries. Additional ‘tree’ topics will be food from trees and trees as animal habitats. How exciting to be a preschool scientist!
News From Ms. Reimer, Literacy Specialist
Green Meadow School is fortunate to have trained volunteer literacy tutors from the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy come to our school. Tutors come weekly and work in classrooms to work with individual students or groups of students to practice new strategies and skills for reading and writing. Often times, Green Meadow students eagerly read to and with tutors or eagerly continue writing the piece they began in class. This year we are hoping to establish a 2nd and 3rd grade enrichment book club and a writing club for students run by some of the tutors who will work closely with our reading specialist. For further information on the book club or the writing club please contact our literacy specialist, Meaghan Riemer.
· 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.)
Next PTO meeting scheduled for Oct 13 at 7pm in the GM cafeteria.
Dates to Remember
Friday, October 9 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
Wednesday, October 14 Parent Coffee With Jennifer Gaudet, Curriculum Director, at 8:45
Friday, October 23 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal