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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/10/2016

posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:56 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

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November 10, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


         On Tuesday, November 8, the staff engaged in an exciting and productive day of professional development.  Our day began with an inspiring presentation from Ron Suskind entitled “Seeing the Unseen."   He shared with us the stories of two boys and the educational journeys that helped to shape their lives that formed the basis of his books  A Hope in the Unseen and Life Animated. Additional informative workshops during the day focused on high expertise teaching and fostering growth mindset as well as best practices in math instruction.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity to spend this time collaborating with colleagues while developing new strategies and skills to support our students to help them maximize their learning.

          This week we have learned so much about the electoral process.  At Green Meadow our students had an opportunity to go to the polls and vote for the spirit days of their choice.  They waited anxiously for the results that were finally announced at the end of the day, after all had voted and the school polls had closed.   The result of our election was that our student body selected a Pajama Day for Monday, November 21 and a Tiger Pride on Tuesday, November 22.  This result was welcome news and brought cheers from some while for those who had votes for the other choices experienced disappointment.  As we think about talking with our children about the presidential election, we can help them understand that the principles of the election and process are the same as what we experienced during our school election.  People had an opportunity to go to the polls and vote not only for candidates but also on important issues for our state.  Just as with our election, the results created excitement for some and disappointment for others.  As an important part of the learning process, we learned that we can all make different choices but it is important that we are always respectful of each other, ensuring that we follow our core values that we are kind, we are safe, and we are learners.

            Today we continued our exploration of our core values through a special school assembly.  All classes read the book Kindness is Cooler Mrs. Ruler and discussed how we make acts of kindness an important part of each day.  Through our Respectful Schools Committee, a talented group of teachers presented this story to our students as a play.  Similar to the students in the book, our Green Meadow students will post their acts of kindness on hearts or paws on bulletin boards in the hall.  This display will serve as a constant reminder of the acts of kindness we show  throughout each day.

            Our next Parent Coffee will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:45.  Our Math Coach, Terri Morrison, will share information with us about math instruction.  Through instruction, we focus on developing student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and enhancing their ability to solve complex problems.  She will share strategies used in classrooms to foster understanding as well as ideas for supporting students at home.  I hope you will be able to join us for this informative discussion.             

                                 Donna Dankner


 News from Mrs. Ginnity’s Class:

Our class community continues to thrive through acts of kindness, cooperation and friendships. Our class is focusing on acts of kindness as we join together with the school to learn from the book, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. In math we are finishing learning how to show, write and count numbers 6, 7, 8, 9. We have enjoyed using dominoes and creating block towers to represent these numbers.  Also, we have been working very hard learning all our letters and sounds and we are sounding out, reading and writing words. We are showing what we know, as we draw and write about small moments in our lives. Our friends have enjoyed storytelling with each other as they prepare to draw and write these moments.  As we continue on our science journey we are adding to our journals and learning about nature in November. We have been visiting our adopted tree, “Tree Tree”, frequently as we observe and collect data on the changes it is going through.  We have been very excited about the presidential election as we experience historical events! We are also learning the importance of Veterans Day as it approaches. We send a big thank you from our class to all the Veterans as we honor their service for our country!


News from Mr. Morello’s Physical Education Class:

My name is Mr. Morello (Mr. M), and I am the new physical education teacher at Green Meadow School.  I have had an amazing experience during my first few months and I am very excited about the rest of the school year!  Hopefully, your son/daughter has already told you about some of the new and exciting things going on in the Green Meadow gym.
Students have been engaged right away with some ASAP activities including Bananas, Stuck in the Mud, Frogs Across the Pond, and Listen and Move.  October was filled with soccer skills and aerobic tagging games.  Upcoming units include tossing, catching, and throwing!  How can you help?  Remember to send your child to school on days they have physical education with or wearing sneakers.  -Mr. M


Special Notes:

Support the Maynard Education Foundation when you Dine at Not Your Average

Joe's in Acton any Tuesday in November Come enjoy a great meal and help raise funds for the Maynard Education Foundation (MEF) when you dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton any Tuesday during the month of November. Present a certificate (available at or simply mention that you are a MEF supporter to your server when you dine in or order take-out, and Not Your Average Joe's will donate 15% of your purchase to MEF. (Excluding alcohol, tax, and gratuity.)  Thank you for your support!

·         News from Maynard SEPAC: there will be no SEPAC meeting in November (due to the conflict with Election Day), but please save the date on your calendars now: The SEPAC Winter Social will be Tuesday, December 6! More information coming soon.


Dates to Remember 

Friday, November 11               No School, Veterans’ Day

Tuesday, November 15            Parent Coffee 8:45 AM

Thursday, November 15             PTO Meeting, GM Cafeteria 7:00-8:15 PM

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day