Green Meadow News
November 6, 2014 Donna Dankner, Principal
Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal
Last Night over 50 parents spent an evening Exploring Math through thoughtful and informative presentation by our math Coach, Terri Morrison. She focused the discussion on the high quality instruction that occurs in each classroom daily, the Common Core curriculum expectations, and ways families can support students at home. Throughout the school year, students enhance their mathematical thinking by increasing their understanding of concepts and content. In addition, we spent some time discussing Reflex math and Go Math, instructional resources that support our daily math instruction.
Beginning in kindergarten, students use manipulatives to understand that numbers are symbols that represent quantities. Through inquiry based learning, problem solving, and meaningful connections, students move from concrete thinking to abstract understanding, Learning in context and making strong connections to makes math concepts meaningful and ensure understanding.
Families enthusiastically shared in some of these learning experiences as they discussed different ways to solve problems. We defined specific math vocabulary and discussed a range of strategies strategies that can reinforced at home. We also took some time to experience a math game that encouraged mathematical thinking and provided opportunities for application of strategies
The evening concluded with some important ways to support students along this learning journey. Making math fun helps develop a positive attitude. Noticing math in our work and in our daily experiences helps children see its relevance and meaning through context. Encouraging students to share observations, thoughts, and ideas as well as asking questions helps them develop as mathematical thinkers. We look forward to additional workshop presentations that Mrs. Morrison plans to offer during the year for further exploration of math.
We have some additional upcoming programs and discussions for families that we would like to share with you. Our next parent coffee will be held on Wednesday, November 19 at 8:45 AM. This is a wonderful opportunity for a discussion of your child’s school experience and for questions that may arise throughout the year. In addition, on Tuesday, November 25 at 9:00, we will have a conversation for kindergarten families that focuses on Teaching Strategies Gold and Kindergarten progress reports. We hope you are able to join us for these informative discussions.
Mrs. Coppola’s Reading News:
Our class will be using Raz-Kids as part of our daily five reading workshop. This is an online reading resource where students have access to hundreds of eBooks. Students can listen and read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books at their independent level. After listening and reading the book, the students take a quiz to check for comprehension. Students earn stars for all their reading and quiz activity to make their own Raz Rocket. This award winning site helps motivate students to practice and improve their reading skills. This is a fabulous resource to use during our reading workshop.
Our class had the pleasure of having Mrs. Messina’s third grade friends help introduce Raz-Kids to us. All the students were engaged and enjoyed this opportunity of reading together. The children can’t wait to begin this new adventure in reading!
Greetings from Green Meadow Music!
Our first musical event of the year is quickly approaching! On Friday, November 21, we will be having a Sing-Along Assembly for the students in the cafeteria. However, things will be done a little differently than in the past. The whole assembly will be navigated by third grade leaders! These students have volunteered to help and practice on their own time outside of music class. We will have some students announcing, some students singing fun Thanksgiving songs, and a special surprise in store as well! All students, grades K-3, will be getting acquainted with these songs during music. Many of the songs used in the assemblies this year will be from John Jacobson’s Music Express Magazine. If you want to learn more, go check it out at www.musicexpressmagazine.com, where there is also a “Kid’s Corner” section with interactive musical activities for your student.
· Please remember that the cool weather has arrived and students will need warm clothing each day for outdoor play. Please send jackets to school with children daily for outdoor recess.
· The Green Meadow students are very appreciative of the wonderful enrichment programs provided to us through our PTO. Funding for all these programs that enhance our curriculum comes through the fundraisers sponsored by the PTO. The Magazine Drive which is currently in progress is a major fundraiser. Your support of this program is greatly appreciated.
Dates to Remember
· Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No School, Veterans Day
· Friday, November 14, 2014 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
· Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM
· Tuesday, November 24, 2014 Kindergarten Parent Discussion, 9:00 AM
· Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Early Release, 11:45 Dismissal
· Thurs/Fri. November 27-28, 2014 No School, Thanksgiving