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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/14/13

posted Nov 15, 2013, 8:10 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                    

November 14, 2013                                           Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                            Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


        My favorite part of each day is seeing the excitement and learning that is occurring in each classroom.  Students are becoming proficient readers and thoughtful mathematical thinkers.  They are collaborating with their peers and solving problems that require higher level thinking skills.  It is amazing to see the progress and skill development that has occurred in the few short months since this school year has begun.

Teachers are looking forward to the opportunity to share the details of this progress with each family during parent conferences on December 11 and December 12. Conferences are the time for in depth conversation about the skills that each student has mastered and areas of focus as the school year continues.  If you have not already scheduled a conference, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a convenient time.

Donna Dankner


News from Sra. Reyes First Grade Class:

First Graders from Sra. Reyes’s Spanish Immersion class are quickly mastering their vocabulary and language skills.  During the first 50 days of school they have shared and learned many interesting stories about the many holidays and how they are celebrated in different Latin American countries.  In Writing Workshop they are writing descriptive sentences; it’s all about fall, bats and feelings.  They are also learning the parts of a letter.  Math is great!  They are practicing number writing, addition, subtraction and word problems.  Soon they will write their own word problems.  Science is fun too!  They love plants and how they grow.


News from Mrs. McPhails Grade 3 Class:

AHOY from Mrs. McPhail's 3rd grade!  We are cruising along as we learn lowercase cursive letters, experiment with states of matter in Science, discuss the importance of Veterans Day in Social Studies, explore properties of addition in Math, use the netbooks to type our personal narrative stories in Writer's Workshop, and continuously develop our individual C.A.F.E. (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanded vocabulary) skills  during Daily 5 for Literacy.  Coming up we have fun learning activities planned with our Kindergarten Buddies.  We will begin multiplication and work  collaboratively to create our own class version of Tigercast News soon!  We are looking forward to smooth sailing ahead!


Special Notes:


Ø      Green Meadow Family Directory: The Family Directory was sent out last week via email to our families that signed up for an email copy and provided an email address.  Please look over the information and send along any revisions to  If you did not receive a copy of the directory and would like to receive one by email, please contact us at  We will be printing the paper copies after we make some revisions and should have those ready by the Thanksgiving break.

Ø      Enrichment Committee . . .We Need Volunteers!  The Enrichment Committee is a group of parent volunteers that work with the Green Meadow teachers to provide supplemental educational programs to the grade level curriculums and to the student body as a whole.  The Committee receives its budget primarily from the PTO.  Volunteers are also needed to help with the visiting programs for set up, clean up, and child supervision.  A big Thank You to Stacey Rosander who has agreed to help head up the Committee for the 2013/2014 school year!  There will be an Introductory Meeting on November 19th at 7pm at the new Serendipity Café to discuss plans for this year.  Please come join us if you would like to know more about the Enrichment Committee and how to get involved.  If you can not attend this meeting but would like to be on he Committee, please send an email to

Ø      Green Meadow Holiday Shoppe: The annual PTO sponsored Holiday Shoppe will be held from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 5.  Classes will visit the holiday shop Monday through Thursday with Friday being the make up day. This year the Holiday Shoppe will be a little different.  Instead of receiving parent donated gifts, will provide the merchandise.  There will be a large variety of gifts priced between .25 to $1.00.   On the day your child’s class visits the holiday shop, please send in the envelop that is being sent home today listing the amount your child can spend on each person.  Donations are welcome to support this program and ensure all students are able to participate.  Volunteers are still needed to assist children as they make their purchases. Please register to volunteer through  

Ø      PRESENTATION DATE CHANGE: The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC invites

you to attend a presentation, Promoting Social Skills in Young Children, presented by Kaitlin Roessle-Meerman, M.A., C.A.S., N.C.S.P., School Psychologist at Maynard Public Schools.  The presentation will take place on November 14, 2013 at the Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, FROM 7:00 TO 8:45 P.M.   Please RSVP to Jennifer O’Leary at or 978-897-270.  Learn more abut the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at  

Ø      Attention 3rd Grade Parents!!  Mrs. Hazel will be doing a 1 mile run with interested 3rd graders this Friday, November 15th!  Only interested students need to come with proper running shoes for Friday afternoon.  We will be walking to the track for this run!  If you care to meet up with us, email Mrs. Hazel at to let her know!

Ø      The Holidays are almost here- make things easy by ordering gift cards through the Green Meadow PTO Scrip program!  Orders and checks due by Monday, November 25th.  Gift cards will be available for pick up December 4th at Green Meadow.  Any questions, please contact Jen Lenicheck  at"

Ø      The Green Meadow PTO has received $164 from Target for the Facebook promotion in September.  We truly appreciate your ongoing support of the school and the PTO.

Ø      Please be certain to send warm clothing for outdoor play each day.

Ø      Our lost and found is overflowing. Please check the lost and found for any items your child may have lost in school.

Ø      We are in need of additional substitutes to supervise students during lunch and recess.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.


Dates to Remember

Ø      Monday, November 25                     Preschool Art Show

Ø      Wednesday, November 27              Early Release, 11:35 dismissal     

Ø      November 28 & 29                           No School, Thanksgiving Break     

Ø      December 4                                      Picture Retakes

Ø      December 12, 13                              Parent Conferences