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Green Meadow Newsletter 11/17/2016

posted Nov 18, 2016, 6:39 AM by Joanne Lochiatto

Green Meadow News                          MC900229657[1]   

November 17, 2016                                   Donna Dankner, Principal

                                                        Debbie Bresnick, Assistant Principal


     Our third graders explored the topic of weather this week through a fascinating presentation by Bri Eggers from Channel 7 News.  She discussed in detail many different weather events, focusing on characteristics and impact.   We learned that tornadoes may be four miles wide and only last ten minutes, causing major damage as they pass. We also learned that hail occurs mostly in the summer as it needs the warm air to form.  We saw a picture of hail eight inches in diameter that fell in South Dakota.  Students were amazed that snow from the snowiest winter on record did not completely disappear until July 14.  Also part of her presentation was how the weather is forecast and how the news is filmed.    

     Third grade students are also looking forward to their trip to Plimoth Plantation on Friday.  The weather is forecasted to be wonderful which will greatly enhance this special outdoor experience.  Students will have an opportunity to walk around the village and visit the many buildings, making the history they have been learning come to life.

     Math was the focus of our most recent parent coffee.  Terri Morrison shared an informative presentation for families about the critical concepts that are the core of our Math instruction.  In addition, she discussed strategies that are used in school to foster student learning and offered suggestions for ways to support students at home.   Also provided were some games that parents and students could play at home to foster numeracy and fluency skill development. If you were unable to attend this discussion,  we will be offering an evening program focused on math on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30.  We hope you will be able to join us.

     We are anxiously looking forward to our school spirit days next week.  On Monday we will have a school wide Pajama Day when everyone may come to school in their pajamas.  (Please remember to have children wear sneakers for outdoor recess and gym.)  On Tuesday, we will celebrate Tiger Pride day.  Students are encouraged to wear Green Meadow or Maynard spirit wear as well as black and orange clothing.  We will have an exciting couple of days leading up to the Thanksgiving Break.

     As Thanksgiving approaches, it offers us an opportunity to reflect and be thankful, sharing time with friends and family.  The staff and I truly appreciate being part of each child’s educational experience.  We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community and the partnership we share in helping students learn and grow.  We wish you a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to seeing you after the break.       


 Donna Dankner


Sra. Soler’s 3rd grade Spanish Immersion

The Spanish Immersion class is super excited to learn more about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.  On Friday we will be visiting Plimoth Plantation and will have a closer look at life in the settlement. We have been reading extensively about how the first Thanksgiving happened and why; how the Pilgrims and Wampanoags got together, what they ate and what they did during the celebration.  We are comparing and contrasting our Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions to theirs.  We are also comparing life then and now.


In Math have started with multiplication and are catching up fast.  Math is super fun!


Mrs. Coppola’s Science News:

Students are learning the life cycle, stages, and parts of a pumpkin. Students have observed our class pumpkin, and written what they already know. They made pumpkin predictions about how many seeds are in our pumpkin, and what will happen if they plant the pumpkin.  Predictions of seeds ranged from less than 25, 25-100, or more than 100. We will find out soon when we carve our pumpkin.


Special Notes:


·         Reminder: There is no school on Wednesday, November 23.

·         Save the date for the GM PTO Restaurant Night at Halfway Cafe Wednesday, Dec. 7! Have dinner out with your family and the PTO will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Have a great meal and support our school!

·         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!

·         From the Maynard SEPAC: After Thanksgiving, December is just around the corner, which means. . . the SEPAC Winter Social is coming soon! Please save the date: Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Green Meadow cafeteria. The free event is open to the whole family of any student receiving special education services. Stay tuned for more details! (To RSVP, contact Rachel Levy at or at 617-458-1294.)


Dates to Remember 

November 23, 24, 25                No School, Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 30      Parent Program, Exploring Math Instruction, 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 1             Picture Retake Day   

Friday, December 2                  Early Release – 11:45 Dismissal

Wednesday, Dec 7                    Restaurant Night at Halfway Café

December 12 –15                      Holiday Shoppe

Thursday, December 8             Early Release – Parent Conferences

Friday, December 9                  Early Release – Parent Conferences

December 8 & 9                        No Preschool – Parent Conferences

December 26 – 30                     No School – Winter Vacation